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Preview — Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison
Hope in a Jar
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
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
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
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
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
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
It was sad that the girls broke up their friendship and a little unbelievable that Olivia did not believe Allie in high school but rather broke up with her instead. It seems to me that as close a relationship as th ...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 ...more
This is one of those books I would describe as "comforting," akin to a well worn tee shirt, or yoga pants. It has relate-able characters who you instantly like, antagonists who you instantly hate, and a love story that is all sorts of fantastic. Romance, like a navy blazer, never goes out of style. It is a story of two best friends who meet again after a twenty-year reunion, mindful of the fact that they had a following out years before, without getting an ...more
Allie and Olivia were best friends throughout middle school and high school, until a falling out senior year, which was never resolved. Their lives after high school took divergent paths, until their 20th reunion. The unlikely and unfortunate engagement o f ...more
I had high hopes for this book, but I feel that it fell a bit flat. I know it's meant to be about friendship enduring, and finding happiness with yourself, but all I saw was product placement and a mediocre story. I don't see why it was necessary to name dozens of specific beauty products (it's not "mascara", it's "the new curved brush turbo lash mascara from Maybelline", or something along those lines), it felt like the products were more important than ...more
The book alternates some of the chapters between present day and the past. The focus is on the friendship of Olivia and Allison, how they were in school together, and them re-connecting at their twenty year high school reunion. Roles were reversed but ...more