Rich and Pretty

Rich and Pretty

eBook - 2016
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Forging a deep bond throughout their shared childhood, college years, first jobs and first loves, Sarah and Lauren experience secret envy and horror over aspects of each other's lives before the realities of their disparate responsibilities challenge them to retain their bond from increasingly distant perspectives. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.


A sharp, insightful portrait of how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives, set against a backdrop of moneyed New York City

Meet Sarah and Lauren. Rich and pretty, respectively. They first met twenty years ago at a tony Manhattan private school (Sarah the Queen Bee and Lauren the new kid, of course), and have been inseparable ever since. Best friends through thick and thin, high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the growing pains of their twenties and the settling down of their thirties.

But come to think of it, can you still call them best friends if they don’t see each other that often, don’t really know what to say to each other anymore, and are living completely different lives? Lauren is single and working in publishing, deflecting her parents’ worries and questions about her life and future in New York City by trying not to think about it herself; Sarah’s engaged with wedding planning and charity work taking the place of a job. Both friends envy certain aspects of each other’s lives, and are privately horrified by other parts-and their linguistic dance-arounds to avoid those topics of conversation are masterful.

With impeccable style, biting humor, and a keen observational eye, Rich and Pretty looks at what happens when the friendships we form in childhood change and adapt as our lives shift from school to work, from first crushes to breakups to weddings, and captures the way in which the bonds of friendship remain strong even when our paths and circumstances diverge.

Publisher: [Toronto] :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2016
ISBN: 9781443447553
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Apr 17, 2017

This book was a complete waste of time. I kept waiting for something - ANYTHING - to happen, but there's no real plot, no conflict, no character development - both Sarah and Lauren are as hollow on the last page as they are in the first few. There are sudden, bizarre revelations: an abortion, a miscarriage, possible sexual abuse, that are abruptly dropped into a conversation or the narrative, and then the two women move on and they have nothing to do with plot advancement or character development and are never mentioned again. Additionally, all mention of sex is completely disjointed and seemed to be for shock value only, which came off as the author desperately trying to make Lauren seem like Samantha from Sex and the City. I held out to the end, waiting for something to happen, and was sadly disappointed to realize that this is just the story about several unremarkable years in the lives of two unlikeable and privileged women.

Feb 28, 2017

I was really excited about this book since I saw it had great reviews and honestly, I got to page 80 and completely gave up on it. The writing was so confusing, as entire paragraphs were run-on sentences and nothing was happening. There didn't seem to be much plot or conflict or even conversations for that matter. Most of the book was just describing, in fragments, what each woman was thinking.

athompson10 Nov 03, 2016

A fast easy read. A study of a friendship but somehow it all feels like it's on the surface, with not much depth. There's a vague hint early on of sexual abuse suffered by one of the characters at the hands of the other's father but it goes nowhere. Lots of the novel is like that: vague hints and allusions that promise developments to come, but they never materialize. The writing is clear and thoughtful but this book meanders along and sputters out at the end.

Sep 25, 2016

I thought this book was pretty much a waste of time. The idea may be that one character is rich and the other is pretty, but really it could be rich and richer. Two women, both quite privileged, worry about planning a wedding. They are as self-absorbed as they come.

I know the author has gotten raves as a man able to conjure up female friendship but I found the relationship between the two women to quite superficial. There is nothing that makes it remarkable save for its duration. So I don't even give him marks for that.

Sep 04, 2016

the thing is, NOTHING happens in this book. literally, the book is about NOTHING.

i mean, it's about something, it's about Sarah and Lauren and their 30+ year friendship. but that's all it is really. moments in their lives. told from the POV of each one.

it's more of a study on friendships?

a portrait of a friendship?

i picked this up after reading The Animators, though, which is also about a friendship through the years (AND IT WAS PHENOMENAL) and left me with a bit of a book hangover so maybe I'm being picky, but Rich and Pretty just felt very underwhelming to me overall.

Aug 25, 2016

I finished the book, but cared little for the characters or the story. Self-absorbed. Entitled women who care for little except themselves! Sarah becomes a little more sympathetic as she matures.

Aug 22, 2016

Loved this book. A smart and enjoyable read that really came together at the end. What the title means really changes throughout the book.

Aug 07, 2016

Good writing, excellent characterisation, no plot movement. This book is more like a tableau/vignette than a novel. I gave up a quarter of the way through because it was going nowhere. If you like character studies, though, you may like this book.

Jun 24, 2016

Skimm recommendation

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Feb 28, 2017

rebekahellking thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 19 and 35


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