Friday, February 25, 2011

ARE YOU LISTENING? FRIDAYS! THIN, RICH, PRETTY AUDIO BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"
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"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY" AUDIO BOOK CHOICE IS.....

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THIN, RICH, PRETTY
BY BETH HARBISON
READ BY ORLAGH CASSIDY
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
From theNew 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 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 realize the secret pain that Lexi holds very close, and how their need for revenge costs Lexi a great deal.

Today, Holly is a successful gallery owner, who has put her own artistic dreams on hold. She struggles with her weight and for approval from her constantly-criticizing boyfriend. Nicola, is an almost-famous actress who believes that one little plastic surgery fix is just what she needs to put her over the edge into fame. And Lexi…Lexi is down on her luck and totally broke.

Holly will do anything to be thin. Lexi will do anything to be rich. And Nicola will do anything to be pretty. Thin, Rich, Pretty is the story of three women who believe that happiness is the next dress size down, the next dollar figure up, or the next appreciative glance from a stranger. But mostly it's the story of how three women save each other, and show each other the path to true contentment. Told with Beth Harbison's knack for thirty and fortysomething nostalgia, and heartwarming humor, Thin, Rich, Pretty will strike a chord with any woman who has ever got on the scale, looked in the mirror, or the bank, and said, “if only…” 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.

After an unsuccessful stint in public education, she was moved to a private school for rotten kids, where she met some of her best friends for life.

After going to school at the University of London, and graduating with a BA from the University of Maryland, she began writing.   Shoe Addicts Anonymous, in 2007, was her first mainstream novel after writing four cookbooks and twenty-two Silhouette Romances. It hit the New York Times bestseller list in 2008, and was followed by Secrets of a Shoe Addict and Hope in a Jar.

2010 saw the publication of Thin Rich Pretty, the story of three girls who meet in summer camp as young teens and have to face the music for that fateful summer twenty years later.

Currently, Beth lives in Maryland with her family and dogs. In her time off, she enjoys wine with friends and watching terrible reality TV shows.
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ABOUT THE READER:
Orlagh Cassidy is the winner of the 2009 Best Voice in Children & Family Listening for the audiobook It’s Time to Sleep, My Love & On the Night You Were Born.  She also won an award in 2008 for Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense.  She’s narrated for Jacqueline Winspear, James Patterson, Erica Spindler, and Frank Herbert, among others.

Orlagh’s Broadway credits include Present Laughter with Frank Langella, Our Country's Good,Suddenly Last Summer.  She has appeared Off-Broadway in Bright Ideas and The Field and at The Irish Rep (Drama Desk Nomination). She is "Doris Wolfe" on
The Guiding Light and her other television appearances include Sex and the City, Law & Order, Law and Order SVU, and Murder One.  She also appeared in the films Purple Violets, Spinning into Butter, and Definitely, Maybe. 
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Beth Harbison’s THIN, RICH, PRETTY is veiled as chick lit but does have an important message to it. While enjoying Harbison’s easy, quick read, one also should give notice to the lesson taught that so many young women today need to heed. Growing up wanting to be the “ideal” woman as portrayed in the media-“a thin, rich, pretty girl”- carries over into adulthood where hopefully women learn that it is WHO they are on the inside that counts.

THIN, RICH, PRETTY tells the story of three women starting when they meet in summer camp and catching up in present day twenty years later. Harbison goes back and forth between the two time periods and give a nice comparison view.

At summer camp, as young girls, we find Nicola is embarrassed because she has a large nose, while Holly has the typical weight problem that haunts so many of our youth today. Both have poor self-esteem and are kidded about their looks. Lexi, the “rich girl”, commanders the rest of the campers in their shared cabin to be hateful to Holly and Nicola. A typical middle school age social pattern. This results in Holly and Nicola forming a bond as the two unhappy girls unite to “hate” Lexi so that they can feel better. Lexi comes from a very wealthy background and so that is what they hone in on to harass her about. Children, and girls at summer camp are no exception, can be very cruel, and this is depicted well in the novel. Of course, Holly and Nicola never get to know Lexi enough in order to find out that she is covering her emotions after having her mother die and made to get used to a step-mother.  

Present day finds the three “girls” still fighting their demons but on a larger scale. Holly with her weight, Nicola her nose, and Lexi with money, but time does change even these things. Nicola is living in Los Angeles as a working actor trying for her big break. She is sure if she has plastic surgery she will then be pretty enough to break though the barrier of major stardom. Holly has just gotten engaged to Randy although it isn’t official yet in that Randy claims he wants to marry her, however she only needs to lose a few pounds first. As for Lexi, her father just died and his will was changed to leave everything to her step-mother thus meaning Lexi has one month to move out of her family’s home and find a job to support herself. She has never worked before!

Will this fun, romantic read turn out happily ever after? Will Nicola like who she sees when the bandages are off and thus become an overnight success? Will dieting to win her man’s love be what Holly really wanted? Does Lexi find a job that will allow her to live in the manner she is accustomed to, or at least not be homeless? Or will all these things go haywire and the women resolve their own dilemma in a decent and rational way? As a fan of Beth Harbison’s SHOE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS, I was happy  to listen to the audio book of THIN, RICH, PRETTY and was not disappointed. The characters were well fleshed out and Harbison made me like them as well as care about what happened to them. Although it was predictable for the most part, it was still enjoyable fun, and did have a nice moral to it.
 GIVEAWAY 
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30 comments:

Meredith said...

Each of these girls have some interesting problems, but they are minor compared to real problems that could happen! Would still love to listen though!

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debbie said...

We all have something we would like to improve. These girls sound like it is themselves they need to accept. I would would like to have this book.
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catherine said...

think i can relate to the issues all three of these girls. would love to give it a listen.
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Ricki said...

These three characters sound very relatable and fun.
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mamabunny13 said...

I'd like to read this book because I think it's very cool for old childhood friends (and foes) come together as adults.
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holdenj said...

I think the friendship between the three girls/women sounds very real and engaging.
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mamabunny13 said...

I listened to the audio. Kids can be so cruel.
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Carol N Wong said...

I like the idea of re-visiting the three girls twenty years later. I wonder what my teenage foe is doing now. I can remember the day that we found out that we were sharing lockers!

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Carol N Wong said...

I listened to the audio segment. Never went to summer camp maybe that was fortunate!


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Kimberly said...

I just love books where you start out with one characters and you get to follow them as they grow up.
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Tore said...

I think alot of women desire to be rich, thin and pretty. Everyone women goes through that phase but they need to accept who they are and what matters is deep inside. Please enter me in contest. I would love to lisen to this book. Tore923@aol.com

PoCoKat said...

Sounds good...I look at scales a lot too

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Linda Kish said...

These sound like such real problems that so many girls go through.

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Linda Kish said...

I felt bad for Holly for the boat problems.

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Pamela Keener said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. It also has a timely message about Mean Girls.
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Laura H. said...

Oh, this one is going on my TBR list--if I don't win it here first. What a great premise for a story! I know a couple of women I would love to have read this and maybe get the hint that it's not what's on the outside but what's on the inside that counts!

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Laura H. said...

After listening to the excerpt I'm even more convinced I've got to read this book!

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rubynreba said...

I'd like to listen to this audio book because It sounds interesting how old friends connect and I want to see how they deal with the problems.
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rubynreba said...

I listened to the audio
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