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“I didn't care for this book. From the first few pages the story is easy to predict. None of the characters were very appealing. Everything wraps up very quickly and nicely at the end, much like a Hallmark TV movie.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I didn't care for this book. From the first few pages the story is easy to predict. None of the characters were very appealing. Everything wraps up very quickly and nicely at the end, much like a Hallmark TV movie.”Melissa P wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A nice light read.”Patty wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not as good as "Skipping a Beat" but good.”Kathie D wrote this review Friday, October 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Sarah Pekkanen's third novel, "These Girls" is as captivating and enjoyable as the previous ones! The story is about three young ladies living in New York, who share an apartment together.
Cate and Renee both work for magazine companies and Abby is recovering from a traumatic affair with her prior employer.
The unique personalities of these women are explored as they each progress with their personal and professional lives. Their diverse lives ultimately intertwine, and the meaning of sisterhood is evidenced by their loyalty and love for one another.
This is a very heartwarming read. Many readers will be able to relate to the characters and/or the situations presented, and book clubs are sure to find many topics for discussion.
I am already looking forward to the next novel by this gifted novelist!
“These Girls are about roommates and friends. Each girl has a secret or two that she is trying to hide, but not all secrets can remain hidden. It is a light read about friendship, but it seems like the friendships develop too easily. The characters are intriguing enough to want to finish the book, but it isn't one I would highly recommend to others.”Melanie L wrote this review Tuesday, July 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“SP is hit or miss. I enjoyed These Girls more than Opposite of Me but not as much as Skipping a Beat (her best so far).”jennstallard wrote this review Saturday, June 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've enjoyed each book I've read by Sarah Pekkanen and this one is no exception. Cate and her roommate, Renee both work at the magazine Gloss. Renee is trying to get the job of beauty editor at the magazine. She feels she can't get the job without looking the part. And so starts her diet madness. Her quest is leading her into emotional and physical tailspin. Cate is the new features editor and finds it involves more than she expected. The third party is Abby, she is the sister of the handsome Trey who travels the globe for stories for the magazine. Abby left a job as a nanny in Washington DC following a scandal involving the family she worked for. This is a great novel about friendships and how your friends help hide your secrets and help calm your fears. An enjoyable read, read it then share it with your best friend.”Jan W wrote this review Thursday, June 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Do you remember how you met your best friend?
Cate is a new features editor for Gloss magazine. She’s younger than the other editors and is working hard to prove herself to her peers and her boss. Cate has a secret that could jeopardize her career. Renee is a writer for the beauty section of Gloss. Although Renee is friendly, smart and pretty, she has body esteem issue. She is applying for the position of beauty editor and will go to extreme lengths to look the part. Abby was Annabelle’s nanny. When she becomes too involved with Annabelle’s family, she moves to New York for a fresh start.
These three women become roommates and eventually friends. I liked how Pekkanen showed the growth of friendship- how the women slowly got to know each other, were able to drop their barriers and share their secrets and their fears. Each chapter alternates between the three characters. This shared narrative allows readers to get to know the real story behind each character.
I’ve read Pekkanen’s previous novels and this story was also enjoyable. She creates characters that you care about and situations that will make you think and question what you would do in a similar situation. Book clubs will enjoy discussing the themes of friendship, family, love and success. If you’re looking for a story that will make you laugh, cry and want to call your best friend, you’ll want to read These Girls.
“You would think that living in a city as big as New York, your only problem would be finding your way to the nearest coffee shop but when you have a secret as big the Empire State Building, sometimes baring your soul is the only way to succeed.
These Girls is a wonderful story about three women who have very different backgrounds and yet through Sarah Pekkanen's wonderful ability to tell a story, they come together in an attempt to make eachother a better person.
The characters were wonderful and I found that I was able to relate to each one for a different reason. My favourite would have to be Renee because even though we watch as she struggles through her weight issues, she is a strong and loyal person who is accepting of everyone, even with secrets and mistakes. I enjoyed that Sarah Pekkanen didn't dance around the issues of a 'bigger' girl and made it very relateable. Being overweight myself, I enjoyed the way Sarah portrayed Renee is such a positive light and even added in how her friends found her better looking before losing weight. It added such a wonderful feel to something so many people, espeically women, struggle with. Thank you, Sarah!
I really enjoyed the format of the story as well. Jumping from character to character was something that I hadn't enjoyed in the past but being able to see the background stories of each of the characters made it the perfect choice. Also choosing to start at the beginning of the story, rather than the end and working back, was a welcome change and it left me wanting to keep reading as I needed to know each of the characters secrets.
Overall, my debut novel of Sarak Pekkanen's was bang-on what I was hoping it would be and I cannot wait for the next one!”