Thursday, September 19, 2013

These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen

   As some of my regular readers might know, I don't do book reviews. I do however, post about books that I thoroughly enjoyed. These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen is one of those books. I came across this book at Books-A-Million and after reading the back, was immediately intrigued. I had already enjoyed one of Pekkanen's short stories (All is Bright) and loved it. These Girls follows the lives of three characters (Cate, Renee and Abby) each beautifully flawed in their own way. These three women slowly discover a great deal about themselves and also about their friendship. Here's what Goodreads had to say:

   "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.
   Pekkanen’s most compelling, true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different women as they navigate the complications of careers and love—and find the lifeline they need in each other."

   Another reason I wanted to pick up this book is because it is classified as women's fiction. My writing tends to fall under the genre as well and I wanted to stay abreast of what's selling. This was one of those books I didn't want to put down. After finishing the novel, I would definitely pick up another one of Sara Pekkanen's books. In fact, I already bought a copy of The Opposite of Me and can't wait to read it. At the bottom of this post you can also click the link to visit Goodreads on your own.

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