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Thin, Rich, Pretty

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  5,107 ratings  ·  331 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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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-
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Dina Roberts
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.
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
I liked the strong female characters in this book.
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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,
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!"
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
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.
This was an easy read, mostly conversational - happy ending. Not a great literary work but good story. Easy summer mindless read.
Kerri Rifkin
Fun. Easy beach read. Great for a pallet cleanser between more serious books. I liked the characters and the lessons they learned.
A good reminder that the grass is not always greener and to appreciate what we have.
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
Thin, Rich, Pretty by Beth Harbison explores the idea do you have to be Thin, Rich, or Pretty to be happy? This story she introduces three characters: Holly, Nicola, and Lexie. What could their experiences possibly have in common?
Holly, Nicola, and Lexie met in the past at summer camp in Pennsylvania. Holly and Nicola were never really liked by the other girls in their cabin. You could also say the same for their counselor. Lexie on the other hand was with the popular group but still n
Holly, Nicola and Lexi truly demonstrated the fact that being thin, rich or pretty isn't always what it is cracked up to be. After spending years trying to attain their dreams to look the right way Holly and Nicola were both disappointed in the results. They finally realized that things were not as bad as they had always thought. It took Lexi having to lose everything in order to understand how unhappy she had truly been.
The journey to these discoveries were filled with humour, good friends and
Thin, Rich, Pretty volleys between summer camp twenty years ago and the present day. In the past, we see Holly picked on because of her weight, Nicola self-conscious of her large nose and Lexi being hateful to all those around her because of her mother's death and the introduction of her step-mother. In the present, we see Holly still concerned about her weight, Nicola still fretting about her nose and once rich Lexi left virtually penniless due to her father's will and her step-mother's cruelty ...more
This is the very first book I have read by Beth Haribson, and I actually really enjoyed it.

Thin, rich, pretty is a witty book that almost everyone will be able to relate with one of the characters in this fun quick read. (Even though it took me like a month to read- only because I've been so busy.) Whether that person be shy, self conscious, artistic Holly, or "ugly", kind, movie star in the making Nicola (How exactly to you pronounce her name? Nik-cola?) or many even rich, perfect and pretty,
Finding a friend in summer camp was easy for Holly and Nicola, they had to be friends with each other because the others girls wouldn’t be. While Holly had been fighting her weight and wanted to be thin, Nicola had a nose that no one thought was pretty, so a bond was formed to protect themselves and each other from the mean girls in the cabin with them. Always being grouped with the mean girls helped keep Lexi from being picked on like Holly and Nicola were, but it also left her more lonely than ...more
Allie Smith
This was a quick, easy read. I really like the book. I stop short at calling it fun, because there’s some sad stuff going on in each of the heroine’s lives. Lexi is the rich girl, who has lost her mother and has lived a life filled with material things, but very little love. Holly is the girl with a weight problem, which has robbed her of confidence and self-esteem. Nicola is the actress that is not considered pretty, so this has supposedly held her back in her career as an actress. The three wo ...more
Ashleigh Hart
I love this book so far! I just finished a really deep, emotionally draining book and I went to the store looking for the most cheerful covers and then read the backs until I found a book that I knew would be funny and lighthearted and this is perfect. This is the kind of book that I will read again when I want to escape real life and avoid forming any emotional connections to the character(s) or event(s) in the story. It is pure chick-lit, although I can't stand that phrase. Basically, it start ...more
I honestly had an extreme amount of trouble getting through the beginning of the book. I felt as if I was just thrown into the past, and then all of the sudden it was twenty years later - with the same three girls Lexi, Holly, and Nicola. Now while I loved each of the girls, I certainly had my favorite, and surprisingly it was Lexi - the one who seemed to have it all during camp, only to lose it all twenty years later due to something that was completely not her fault. However, it enabled, her, ...more
I'm giving this book 2 stars because I didn't connect to the characters as much as I thought I would. I'm also not a big "flashback" fan, so I would have preferred for all of summer camp to have been written as a 'Part 1' to the book and then when the girls moved into adulthood to be 'Part 2.' Having said that, I did like it and it was a very fast read. After reading several emotionally charged books, I was looking for a 'light read.' This book did satisfy that for me. I loved the message of it ...more
This story was somewhat entertaining, but overall, filled with some very unlikable characters. While reading I went back and forth between being annoyed with Holly and then with Lexi; however as a whole the character of Holly annoyed me to no end. Throughout, she did little more than whine and feel sorry for herself. Yet had no interest in doing anything to change it, except to rely on complaining. Her worst quote came as an adult with regard to maintaining a healthy weight, "what was she suppos ...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.

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