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From The New York Times bestselling author of Hope In a Jar, Secrets of a Shoe Addict, and Shoe Addicts Anonymous, comes a novel about old rivalries, deep secrets, and the three things all women wish they were

Twenty years ago, when they were teenagers, Holly and Nicola were the outsiders at summer camp. Holly was the plump one, a dreamer who longed to be an artist. Nicola
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 29th 2010)
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Sarah
Feb 04, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Beth Harbison is one of my new favorite authors after having discovered her in fall of 2009 when I read Shoe Addicts Anonymous (2007). The events that transpired in Secrets of a Shoe Addict (2008) even inspired me to open a new business (ahem), although short-lived, was very lucrative for me. I highly encourage you to pick up a Beth Harbison novel if you haven't already; I promise you'll fall in love.

Thin, Rich, Pretty begins twenty years ago, when three teenage girls are all outsiders in their
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gille
Aug 25, 2011 gille rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was completely different than the books I usually read - it was not about women in relation to the men in their lives. Rather, it was about friendship, lives forged by events that are both in our control and beyond our control, and coming into what yo always wanted, to find it's not necessarily the dream you had held.

Thin, Rich, Pretty follows three woman in two different time periods - in sleep away camp when they were 13 and in the present. Holly and Nicola formed a life-
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Elizabeth
Aug 22, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This is the first novel from Beth Harbison that I've read and I enjoyed it. It was funny, moving and unpredictable! Thin, Rich Pretty is about three women Holly, Nicola, and Lexi who go through drama and tribulations to find true happiness in life. The first several chapters alternate between their present lives (20s to 30s) and past lives when they were 13-15 year olds. Back at camp when they were young, Holly and Nicola despised Lexi who they thought was a snob so they stole her jewelery and h ...more
Stacy
Aug 26, 2016 Stacy rated it it was ok
Shelves: pink-cover-genre
Completely predictable. I keep searching for good quality chick lit, but this doesn't make the list.

I think the author got excited about using a "20 years later" theme because it was a good round number. But I had no idea how these girls became who they were at age 33 (all single and without kids, but barely any mention of past loves) because she just doesn't fill in the holes for us. The worst example of this was the rich girl who still lives in her parents' house at age 33 and who has never w
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Mallory
Sep 05, 2010 Mallory rated it it was ok
Shelves: chic-lit
Lexie, Holly, and Nicola first met twenty years ago at Summer camp where a life long friendship was made between Holly and Nicola, and something very special is taken from Lexie. Twenty years later, their paths cross once again. Holly is tired of being "the fat girl" and starves herself into losing 20 pounds thinking it will buy her love. Nicola is tired of being ugly and gets a nose job hoping it'll boost her acting career, but the change is so dirastic she is no longer marketable. Lexie, who g ...more
Alicia
Aug 25, 2010 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time relating to the characters of the book. At times it felt like there was no real character development and halfway through, when I figured out the plot of the story I was disappointed. I don't want to include spoilers but it just didn't seem "real". The overall message of the book was good and well received, and it was believable based on the limited amount of character development. However, at the end I realized that I just didn't care enough about any of the women to care abou ...more
Katie
Jul 29, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok
This was a referral from mom. She said it was a fast breezy read and it was...it just wasn't as good as it could have been. The book alternates chapters between the present and 20 years ago and then is divided among three characters. I didn't really care about the characters because I didn't really get a chance to know them. The book had potential, but the author should've picked one character and focused on that.
Sarah
Sep 24, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
3.5 stars and better than I thought it would be!
Shonda
Oct 30, 2010 Shonda rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Holly, Nicola and Lexi first meet at summer camp. Lexi was the mean girl who hung out with even meaner girls. Holly was overweight and very self-conscious. Nicola was painfully shy and never felt pretty thanks to her perception of her nose.

Holly and Nicola became fast friends. They often found themselves enduring the wrath of Lexi and her friends. Until one they, both decide to get their revenge.

Fast forward twenty years later. Holly is now dating Randy and they’ve just gotten engaged. Well, pre
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chippyvale
Aug 19, 2012 chippyvale rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, love
I checked out this book from the library on a whim since it's the last of my summer holidays before college starts and I have to say, I really like this! :) The first few chapters are a lil disconcerting to me because it flips from the present to 20 years ago where the girls were in camp, and back to the present. But it wasn't that big an issue when it gets to the middle.

What I really dig about this book is the relationships between the characters that Beth Harbison had so nicely weaved. Holly
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Tatiana
Feb 08, 2011 Tatiana rated it did not like it
This book was suggested to me by a good friend and now I'm not sure that good friend is truly good...kidding! This book was awful. Complete torture to finish. This friend of mine suggested it only because she'd read other books by the author which were awesome and figured this would be about the same. The idea behind the book is great but its been done and the characters were very dry. I developed zero emotional connection to any part of this book even though I thought for sure I would based on ...more
Margaret
Aug 16, 2012 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting but highly unlikely and unbelievable situations.. that kind of ruined it for me. I mean, whose father leaves millions of dollars to the wicked stepmother in hopes that she will share it with his daughter?? Who is 33 years old and has no useful job skills? Or who becomes totally unrecognizable and very beautiful when she has a nose job? (And who hates the nose job when it makes her suddenly beautiful? And who is grateful when someone hits her in the nose...) OK, sorry,
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Dina Roberts
Nov 21, 2014 Dina Roberts rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was fun and easygoing. I especially liked how the book showed the viewpoint of a "mean girl", and what that revealed.

The message of the book is that you don't have to be traditionally beautiful, thin, or rich to be happy. Sometimes I felt it took things a bit far...aiming for the message that you will be actually be happier if people see you as ugly, you're overweight, and you're financially struggling.
Stacy
Jul 28, 2010 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Beth Harbison has most certainly made my list of favorite authors. I could totally relate to each of the story's three main characters in some form or another. This was a definate "couldn't put down!"
Hillary
Jul 10, 2016 Hillary rated it liked it
A fast, frothy, formulaic bit of chick-lit. THIS is what one should be reading after a head injury. I felt I could totally relate to Holly & Nicola as camp misfits - story of my life, man. Fun and easy to read, did not require any mental energy.
Elizabeth
Nov 14, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Cute concept. I liked the back and forth from summer camp to present day. It's a nice message -- learning to love ourselves as is.
Danielle Ternullo
Feb 10, 2013 Danielle Ternullo rated it did not like it
I could not stay engaged in this book whatsoever. It took me a very long time to finish it and I was never able to feel connected to the characters.
Kerri Rifkin
Jul 02, 2014 Kerri Rifkin rated it liked it
Fun. Easy beach read. Great for a pallet cleanser between more serious books. I liked the characters and the lessons they learned.
Charlene
Oct 10, 2014 Charlene rated it liked it
This was an easy read, mostly conversational - happy ending. Not a great literary work but good story. Easy summer mindless read.
Jennifer Fleming
Jun 23, 2016 Jennifer Fleming rated it liked it
A simple but good story about friendship that lasts over the years. This story is a little predictable but not dull.
Julie
Feb 02, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
A good reminder that the grass is not always greener and to appreciate what we have.
Leia
Aug 15, 2015 Leia rated it liked it
Needed something to listen to while I did laundry. Did the trick.
Cyndi
May 26, 2015 Cyndi rated it liked it
I liked the strong female characters in this book.
Cindy
Nov 05, 2016 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. It had them potential to be a 3, but parts of it were kind of silly and mundane.
Amy
Nov 23, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Cute story about three girls from camp and their lives 20 years later.
Renee
Oct 24, 2016 Renee rated it liked it
Audiobook - Easy listen, decent storylines.
Mary
Nov 14, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
Loved all the references of DC.
Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary"
It was an adorable, though some parts of the plot were predictable, story.
Ryan Mcintosh
Sep 26, 2016 Ryan Mcintosh rated it it was ok
I felt like I was reading a book from the 6 grade library.
Adele
Sep 23, 2016 Adele rated it liked it
I was a bit worried when I realized how many loose ends there were left with so few chapters left, but the author did a great job of ending the book without it seeming rushed or thrown together. This book really makes you question what is going on behind the person you see.
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Beth Harbison grew up in Potomac, Maryland, in the shadow of Washington, D.C. Apart from the occasional irritation at being held up in traffic by a presidential motorcade, she has remained fairly uninvolved in the politics that define her home town. Her latest novel, ONE LESS PROBLEM WITHOUT YOU, comes out July 26, 2016.


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