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Thin, Rich, Pretty

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,066 Ratings  ·  370 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 29th 2010)
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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-
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
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
Apr 04, 2012 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
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
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
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 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.
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
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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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.
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.
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
May 26, 2015 Cyndi rated it liked it
I liked the strong female characters in this book.
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,
Jul 05, 2016 January rated it liked it
Thank you for the book recommendation Jennifer! This was a cute book, nothing too heavy but light and fun. I liked the dynamic of the two friends, and especially the ways they stayed friends as adults even while their lives changed. It takes soooo long to accept and love ourselves! Two successful woman, looking for love in all the wrong places, as the song goes :) I liked that Holly was shown different ways she motivated and inspired people (and people who really appreciated her!) and I liked ho ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
What happens to use during our formative years can have a real impact on our adult life. This title takes that idea and fleshes it out for 3 different women who were all in the same cabin at summer camp as 13 year old girls.

As expected for a camp situation where people are thrown together with others they've never met, there were some events which had certain girls being the bully towards others. As you read, you'll find that each of the 3 girls felt bullied...not just the 2 who were made fun o
May 10, 2016 Marcy rated it liked it
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 was the shy, plain one who wanted nothing more than to be beautiful. Their cabin nemesis was Lexi. Rich, spoiled, evil Lexi. One night, Holly and Nicola team up to pull one, daring act of vengeance. But they never dream that this one act will have repercussions that will reach into the future, even twenty years later. And they never ...more
Meagan Houle
Jul 19, 2015 Meagan Houle rated it it was ok
This is chick lit, so in a sense it's a good book--it covers all the necessary bases. I, however, am not a fan of chick lit. I picked up this book because of the title: it seemed potentially evocative; thin, rich, and pretty are all the things women are taught to desire and aspire to. I was hoping for some really good analysis. I ... didn't really find it.
Harbison is good at character development. Nicola, Holly, and Lexi are all distinct (though the fact that they're all attractive seems a littl
Aug 15, 2015 Leia rated it liked it
Needed something to listen to while I did laundry. Did the trick.
Jul 01, 2016 Alistair rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
As light as a soufflé, and just as memorable, this is super-light chick lit. Holly, Nicola and Lexi meet as thirteen year olds at summer camp, with Lexi and her mean girl coterie making Holly and Nicola's life hell. Forward twenty years, and Holly is a successful gallery owner and a little on the plump side; Nicola is an actress with one surprise hit movie on her resume but now finds work hard to get because of her homely looks. Lexi has grown up surrounded by luxury, however her hated step-moth ...more
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.
Lisa Mcbroom
Sep 17, 2015 Lisa Mcbroom rated it liked it
At first you think this novel is shallow and pretentious, but to Beth Harbinson'
s credits her novels are filled with forgiveness, redemption, and serious thought. Twenty years ago Holly and Nicole were best friends at camp. Holly was a chubby child dreaming of becoming an artist and shy Nicole dreamed of becoming an actress. They are tormented by mean girl Lexie and decide to pay her back not realizing what repercussions there prank can have. 20 years later Holly is a successful art gallery owne
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!"
Apr 23, 2015 Gabrielle rated it really liked it
This book is perfect for a beach read, or if you just want to get away for a few hours. I finished the book in about a day and it was a complete delight to read. This book is about 4 girls who spend their summer at camp 20 years ago. After growing up and going different ways they all meet in mysterious ways again. The girls each go through different troubles in their lives but each find a way that relates to one another's problems. The girls become friends again and soon realize they are perfect ...more
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feb 02, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
A good reminder that the grass is not always greener and to appreciate what we have.
Jun 02, 2014 Taylor rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. It brought back memories of church camp and relationships formed from childhood. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships between Holly and Nicola. I enjoyed getting to know Lexi and how all 3 paths criss-crossed through time. This book wasn't too heavy, but wasn't too light. It touched on truthful topics...the always in the back of your mind "if only..." and you fill in the blank. It was real without being in your face real. Definitely a book I would recommend. I'm not ...more
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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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