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These Girls

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  5,705 Ratings  ·  503 Reviews
In her third novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen examines the lives of three women working and living together in New York City and shows that family secrets may shape us all, but it’s the rich, complicated layers of friendship that can save us.

Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, t
Paperback, 325 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Washington Square Press (first published April 1st 2012)
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Rachel Piper
Apr 20, 2012 Rachel Piper rated it really liked it
I love books about people working at magazines. Initially the characters voices were too similar but I soon got wrapped up in their individual dramas. I related most to Cate, with her insecurities and workaholic-ness--but not her dedication to morning running and effortless beauty.

Digression: Why do so many women in novels not wear makeup? There are always descriptions of these naturally gorgeous women who "rarely wear makeup" dusting on "one coat of mascara and the barest hint of lip gloss." Th
Apr 04, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Sarah Pekkanen is now three for three with amazing novels! You won't want to miss this one!!!


Amy Bromberg also reviewed it here.
Apr 26, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
In a relatively short time, Sarah Pekkanen has developed quite a reputation for her smart, sassy and realistic examinations of women’s friendships. Though this is my first experience with her work, I can tell she’s earned it: These Girls is equal parts heartbreaking, surprising and moving. Just as I felt the story was veering into comfortable, well-worn territory, Pekkanen’s plot curved in a new direction. I loved not knowing what I was going to get — and that the obvious tropes didn’t apply.

Apr 05, 2012 Jencey/ rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Thank you to Book spark Pr and Washington Square Press for the copy of These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen. I have one copy to giveaway.
Cate and Renee live in an apartment in New York and recently lost their roommate. They are in search of another roommate. Enter Trey the handsome writer who Renee still has a desire for a relationship. He has a little sister Abby who has suddenly come to New York looking for a safe place. She seeks solace in her brother but because of his job he is unable to
Apr 11, 2012 Monica rated it did not like it
It has been a long time since i read a chic lit book but i have read great books involving loving friendships between women. This isnt one of them. I thought i would get a strong emotional bond between women going through some grown women issues like in Saving Graces, Brothers and Sisters and most books i have read by Lisa See but what i got was an adult book that read like a ya novel. The women were weak, naive and i never felt any strong connections between them even as they started to open up ...more
May 06, 2012 Shari rated it it was amazing
It’s no secret that I adore Sarah's novels. She has a very real, very relatable, very resonant writing style, and along with it comes a plethora of characters you literally can’t help but love. In her new book, THESE GIRLS, we’re once again treated to a cast who makes us wonder, makes us reflect, makes us feel. It’s been a few days since I finished reading and yet I still find myself thinking about the characters – imagining what their lives will go on to be, considering how their journeys tie i ...more
Leanne B
Dec 22, 2012 Leanne B rated it it was ok
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Sep 21, 2012 E rated it it was ok
This is the story of three women in their late 20s in NYC. Of course two of them (Cate and Renee) work at a magazine, because it seems all chic lit that takes place in the Big Apple has to include at least one woman working at a Vogue-like magazine. It would have been lovely to have more creativity here.

The third woman has run away suddenly from her nanny job in Maryland (20 min from where I live, outside DC, and as I was a nanny here for 10 years this story line was a little more interesting)
Read, Run, Ramble
Aug 13, 2012 Read, Run, Ramble rated it it was amazing
Sarah Pekkanen remains one of my favorite authors! I love the stories she puts together and tells. Her characters are deep and well developed, and always amazingly easy to relate to.

These Girls is a story of three young women living and working in New York (I love reading about New York because I know I could never hack actually living there). Each arrived under her own circumstances and each has a separate dream to chase.

Cate is a hard-working magazine editor. Abby is a young nanny who is going
Thomas Edmund
Apr 21, 2012 Thomas Edmund rated it liked it
As a gent reading was is clearly intended as Chic Lit, I began These Girls with a fair dose of trepidation. Nothing in the first quarter did much to relieve this - the main characters were obnoxiously normal woman, battling diets, relationships, and career trouble.

As the book progressed, I found myself warming to the ladies, or at least their melodramas. Even speck of dark humour emerged as Renee struggled to handle the trollish personal comments that emerged when her boss directed her to write
I LOVED this book! This is the first book that I have read by Sarah Pekkanen and it was amazing, and so well-written I felt that I was living vicariously through Cate, Renee and Abby the entire time, as if I was a fourth roommate! Pekkanen expertly describes that struggles that each of the women face in their lives, and they are not struggles that are unlike those faced by many women. I felt especially close to Renee in her struggles with trying to find her path, the agony she was facing over ca ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Can I just say I DEVOURED and LOVED These Girls? Great I just wanted to make sure.

Here's my review with Melissa Amster of Chick Lit Central:

Meredith Schorr
Apr 24, 2012 Meredith Schorr rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is a story of three women (late twenties, early thirties) who are each struggling internally with personal issues; Renee is beautiful both inside and out but, as a size 12, she constantly compares herself to thinner women. When she competes for the position of beauty editor at a magazine, her body issues hit an all-time-low; Cate is holding back a secret that she feels threatens her new leadership position at the magazine; This secret also keeps her a bit emotionally unavailable fo
Sheila DeChantal
Jun 22, 2012 Sheila DeChantal rated it really liked it
Welcome to New York. It's busy and fast paced and feels as though you are surrounded by a constant buzz of electricity that feels the air.

For Cate, New York has brought her the sought after title of feature editor for the magazine Gloss. It is everything that Cate had hoped for in a career, and everything she has dreaded as well.

Renee, is in the running for the coveted position of Beauty editor of Gloss. She suffers from low self-esteem to her constant battle with her weight and her two componen
May 05, 2015 Cassandra rated it it was ok
*A Few Spoilers*

If you’re looking for deep character development, this book is not for you.
If you’re looking to do some deep soul searching, this book is not for you.
If you’re looking for a light, enjoyable read, with some slightly under baked characters, this book might just be for you.

Please don’t get me wrong – this wasn’t a terrible book, but the characters just simply aren’t very developed and many of the issues presented only begin to skim the surface of what they are trying to cover. Of a
Nadine Dajani
I just finished reading this book today on the subway on the way home from work and found myself hoping I wouldn't get to my stop before getting to the last page. Why the three star rating then? I had to think about exactly why this book didn't quite make it to four stars for me (though I would have given it three and a half stars if I could).

This is the story of three unlikely roommates in a tiny apartment in New York City. Two of them, Cate and Renee, work at the same magazine, and the third,
Jun 13, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it

“These Girls”
By Sarah Pekkanen

“These Girls” is the story of three young women who have all come to New York for different reasons.

Cate is the features editor of Gloss which is a high end lifestyle magazine. It was a great promotion but comes with more complications than Cate ever imagined. Cate is beautiful and thin and career driven yet her friendships with the other two girls is high on the priority list. She actually feels insecure around other women, and needs to belong in this threesome fo
Colleen Turner
Apr 10, 2012 Colleen Turner rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for and was so excited to get the chance to do so! I just love this author's writing style and try to pick up everything I can from her.

In a place like New York City it's possible to create a new life, be whoever you want to be. The vibrant city allows you to show whatever face you want to the world and keep whatever secrets you have buried as deep down as you wish. This is the case for three roommates - Cate, Renee and Abby. Each is presenting only part of
May 29, 2012 Yuka rated it really liked it
Do you remember how you met your best friend?

Cate is a new features editor for Gloss magazine. She’s younger than the other editors and is working hard to prove herself to her peers and her boss. Cate has a secret that could jeopardize her career. Renee is a writer for the beauty section of Gloss. Although Renee is friendly, smart and pretty, she has body esteem issue. She is applying for the position of beauty editor and will go to extreme lengths to look the part. Abby was Annabelle’s nanny. W
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jun 01, 2012 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) rated it it was amazing
I've had this book on my to read list for quite some time now, and it's certainly lived up to its hype.

These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen follows the lives of three very different women: Abby, Cate, and Renee as they navigate life, love, and work. At first, I thought it was the typical "fluff" read and while a fun novel, one that wouldn't stay with me long. I couldn't have been more wrong.

This book does tread familiar ground-- dealing with broken marriages, infidelity, friends who both like the same
Feb 12, 2013 Marcie rated it liked it
This was an easy to read, moderately interesting story about three friends living in New York City. Two girls are involved in the magazine publishing industry, so of course the book touches on beauty, weight and glamor (three topics about which I am not very interested in reading). The third girl ran away from a nanny job, for reasons which don't get explained until very late in the book. I felt like the author was cramming too many issues in each girl's life to be believable; is it realistic fo ...more
Siobhan Fallon
Jun 23, 2012 Siobhan Fallon rated it it was amazing
I have a four and a half year old daughter who wakes up too early every morning, and yet I found myself reading Sarah Pekkanen’s These Girls late into the night, braving a tired tomorrow because I needed to know what was going to happen next.

These Girls follows the lives of three very different characters living in New York City: Cate, Renee, and Abby. Each young woman’s story is told with compassion, the characters quickly come to life a few short paragraphs, and the dialogue is some of the be
May 16, 2012 Reaya rated it liked it
I was very happy to have the opportunity to read this third offering from Sarah Pekkanen as I enjoyed both of her previous books (Opposite of Me and Skipping a Beat). This book examines the relationship between young, single women trying to find a balance between work, self, and romantic relationships. The challenge in reading this book was that Pekkanen tried to write from all three women's perscpectives, leaving much of the book very disjointed. I think there are probably 2 compelling stories ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
I was recommended Sarah Pekkanen by a friend of mine with similar taste in chick lit, and I'm very happy about it! This is her latest book, about three girlfriends living in NYC. Two of them work at a magazine called Gloss. The other girl is a former nanny who fled from her job to the city. Her brother is a hottie who works at an outdoors magazine in the same building as Gloss. Great premise and setup, with the classic chick lit themes of friends vs. guys; relationships with parents; someone gri ...more
Anita Johnson
Jun 05, 2012 Anita Johnson rated it really liked it
I think this is a perfect example of quality chick lit (yes, there is such a thing -- at least in my opinion). Two young women,Cate and Renee,both employed by the same fashion magazine, become roommates but do not know each other very well. Of course, every chick lit story has the good-looking guy with a hunky name, Trey, and this one is good and kind too. He has a sister, Abby, who comes to NY looking for her brother when her life falls apart. He is a journalist and reaches out to Cate and Rene ...more
Abby Cavenaugh
Sep 22, 2013 Abby Cavenaugh rated it it was amazing
This may be my new favorite book. I loved it so much!!! I literally laughed out loud and cried a few tears during the course of this amazingly well-written story about three women in New York City. Their three stories are different but intertwined and I loved how their friendship evolved throughout the course of this book. I'm not the best reviewer in the world but trust me: you should read this book!!! So much awesomeness!
Jun 05, 2013 B.reader rated it really liked it
This book was a quick, light read that was enjoyable both despite and because of its frothiness. I thought that it may be formulaic chick lit, but was pleasantly surprised both by the treatment of the issues involved and the characters. I especially like the ending--no spoilers, but it challenges the tropes of the genre in an unexpectedly satisfying way.
Dec 05, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book - when it ended, I even read the acknowledgements at the end so that it would last longer (that may have been because I was getting waxed at the time, trying to distract myself from the pain, but it could also be because I loved this book soo much!).

The characters had depth and I felt a real connection to their lives. I can't wait for her next novel!!
May 30, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Another one I edited and am anxiously waiting to meet again! A complex intersection of very different women and a good read.
May 15, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book! It was a great story about 3 women living in NY, but not as trite as you may think.
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