Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen

These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen

Publisher: Washington Square Press  
Pages: 336 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance. 

Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazine. It’s a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated. 

Cate’s roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee’s weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills—despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she's heading for real danger. 

Then there’s Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby—or why she left everything she once loved behind. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Sarah Pekkanen has a way for developing characters that a reader can fall in love with at page one.  She has the opportunity to develop three unique characters who begin as room mates and end as friends.  Cate, Renee and Abby end up living together through different circumstances and each are struggling with hard life situations.  

Although I may have not personally related to any of the problems these girls are trying to overcome, I felt like I was really able to experience their full emotions.  The reader was given details at precisely the right moment.  I was completely impressed by the uniqueness each girl had, their voices were of their own.  The other thing that struck a cord with me was the character of New York, I loved how New York was described.  

Another Sarah Pekkanen book that I will be passing along to friends and family.   

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

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