Hope in a Jar: A Novel
From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Secrets of a Shoe Addict comes a tale of old friends, new loves, and the undeniable power of a little face cream.
Twenty years ago, Allie Denty was the pretty one and her best friend, Olivia Pelham, was the smart one. Throughout high school, they were inseparable . . . until a vicious rumor about Olivi...more
In the opening chapter/lines of the book the main character, Allie, walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her. The opening line is "The only thing worse than finding out your boyfriend is cheating on you with a beautiful woman is finding out he's cheating on you with an average woman." I laughed and chuckled and was instantly hooked.
The writing throughout the book was mediocre, but there were these one liners that w ...more
For me, Hope in a Jar was like devouring an entire box of those Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies and dousing them down with a sugar and caffeine laden Dr. Pepper, which is something I hadn't let myself have in years. Full of empty calories, but yet tasted so good and so familiar, it was a wonderful treat while it lasted. The pop culture referenc ...more
Now, on the eve of their twentieth high school reunion, Allie, a temp worker, finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, a cool and successful magazine beauty editor in New York, realizes she’s lonely, and is finally ready to face ...more
Hope in a Jar starts out with a bang just like all of Harbison's books do. The difference with Hope in a Jar is that the book just keeps getting better and better.
The plot of the mysterious death of friendship between best friends, the too-good-to-be-true guy friend, and the rivalry between classmates which reignites at a 20 year high school reunion is handled well by Harbison.
The parallel plot lines between the past and the present work well and inc ...more
I feel like the author was so hell bent on making sure that she could incorporate nostalgic products from her youth that she forgot to develop characters that anyone would give a shit about. Also, she could have used Lip Smackers and Love's Baby Soft and STILL had characters who were closer to 28 than 38. I had a hard time envisioning these morons being close to 40 years old.
The drama was stupid... I read a lot of chick lit and I can't stand the unresolved fight... "______ ...more
“Well, that's what everyone wants, isn't it? Even these people who go out and have their noses shaved down to pencil erasers, and who get...more
I was looking for some light chick lit, but didn't enjoy this one as much as other books by Beth Harbison. I felt like the characters did not act their supposed ages. As it was their 20 year high school reunion, they'd be 38 years old. I felt like their actions were more like those of 28-year-olds. The only thing that would have needed to change were some of the references to beauty products from their teens and make it a 10 year reunion. Also, while I definitely believe that a fight in ...more
Well, I was right (above) - super fast read (I started it on Wednesday night and finished it Thursday) and I'm glad I didn't have high expectations. It was cute but sooooo predictable. Total chick lit! Even though the characters were 38 years old, I felt old reading it - like it was meant for someone in her 2 ...more
Hope in a Jar was a fun book to read. The chapters alternated between present day and the old school days for Allie and Olivia. The chapters of school days were fun to read as a lot of my memories are similar to that of Allie. From the posters hanging on the wall to the trips to Woolsworths (are there any Woolsworths left these days?) it was a fun read. Allie and Olivia are both enjoyable characters and I could see myself being friends with them, both in s ...more
Apparently, Harbison's writing instructor told her that adding pop-culture and brand-name references would increase credibility and she took it to heart - so much so that I found myself counting the references per page as I read the book (maximum: 15 per page, average: 3-4 per page). If that wasn't enough, her protagonist and friends could easily be 20-somethings: never-marr ...more
Olivia Pelham was the "smart one" and hasn't been back to town since she left after a viscous rumor too close to the truth ended her friendship with Allie.
Noah is Allie's best friend who is currently involved with her arch enemy from high school and has maneuvered both ...more
To start with, there is no way these characters were almost 40 years old. They sounded as if they were 13, and I couldn't stand any of them.
Everything about this book was predictable and obvious, and (view spoiler)[ Noah and Allie falling into bed at the end was disgusting. I hate cheaters! Yes, Vickie was a ...more
Allie and Olivia are best friends from middle school and through most of high school. At their 20th reunion they become reacquainted and fall back into a BFF pattern. A common male friend, Noah and the high school mean girl Vickie/Tori, who are now a couple, cause angst and plotting of the girls. Allie realizes she loves Noah and wants to save him from making a mistake. Predictable, but an entertaining story that alternates the 20 years.
One th ...more
I ask myself, "Carol, why are you reading fluff?" And I know the answer right away. Because the world is going nuts. Because my kids are nuts. Because life is hard enough right now (and really, always). I'd appreciate my reading material to be very light on the d ...more