Rich and Pretty

Rich and Pretty

Book - 2016
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Named a Best Book of 2016 by Esquire, Refinery29, and Nylon

One of Bustle's 17 Of 2016's Most Anticipated Books To Put On Your Wishlist Immediately

One of the Wall Street Journal's Ten Titles to Watch in Summer Fiction

An Amazon Editors' Beach Reads pick

One of Newsday's Best Summer Books 2016

One of PopSugar's 31 Books You MUST Put in your Beach Bag

A Miami Herald summer reads pick

This irresistible debut, set in contemporary New York, provides a sharp, insightful look into how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives.

As close as sisters for twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties.

Sarah, the only child of a prominent intellectual and a socialite, works at a charity and is methodically planning her wedding. Lauren--beautiful, independent, and unpredictable--is single and working in publishing, deflecting her parents' worries and questions about her life and future by trying not to think about it herself. Each woman envies--and is horrified by--particular aspects of the other's life, topics of conversation they avoid with masterful linguistic pirouettes.

Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparab≤ for a long a time now, they've been apart. Can two women who rarely see one other, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? Is it their abiding connection--or just force of habit--that keeps them together?

With impeccable style, biting humor, and a keen sense of detail, Rumaan Alam deftly explores how the attachments we form in childhood shift as we adapt to our adult lives--and how the bonds of friendship endure, even when our paths diverge.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062429933
0062429930
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 24 cm

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maggie0287
Apr 17, 2017

This book was a complete waste of time. I kept waiting for something - ANYTHING - to happen, but there's no real plot, no conflict, no character development - both Sarah and Lauren are as hollow on the last page as they are in the first few. There are sudden, bizarre revelations: an abortion, a miscarriage, possible sexual abuse, that are abruptly dropped into a conversation or the narrative, and then the two women move on and they have nothing to do with plot advancement or character development and are never mentioned again. Additionally, all mention of sex is completely disjointed and seemed to be for shock value only, which came off as the author desperately trying to make Lauren seem like Samantha from Sex and the City. I held out to the end, waiting for something to happen, and was sadly disappointed to realize that this is just the story about several unremarkable years in the lives of two unlikeable and privileged women.

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rebekahellking
Feb 28, 2017

I was really excited about this book since I saw it had great reviews and honestly, I got to page 80 and completely gave up on it. The writing was so confusing, as entire paragraphs were run-on sentences and nothing was happening. There didn't seem to be much plot or conflict or even conversations for that matter. Most of the book was just describing, in fragments, what each woman was thinking.

athompson10 Nov 03, 2016

A fast easy read. A study of a friendship but somehow it all feels like it's on the surface, with not much depth. There's a vague hint early on of sexual abuse suffered by one of the characters at the hands of the other's father but it goes nowhere. Lots of the novel is like that: vague hints and allusions that promise developments to come, but they never materialize. The writing is clear and thoughtful but this book meanders along and sputters out at the end.

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shapjul
Sep 25, 2016

I thought this book was pretty much a waste of time. The idea may be that one character is rich and the other is pretty, but really it could be rich and richer. Two women, both quite privileged, worry about planning a wedding. They are as self-absorbed as they come.

I know the author has gotten raves as a man able to conjure up female friendship but I found the relationship between the two women to quite superficial. There is nothing that makes it remarkable save for its duration. So I don't even give him marks for that.

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msp_pier
Sep 04, 2016

the thing is, NOTHING happens in this book. literally, the book is about NOTHING.

i mean, it's about something, it's about Sarah and Lauren and their 30+ year friendship. but that's all it is really. moments in their lives. told from the POV of each one.

it's more of a study on friendships?

a portrait of a friendship?

i picked this up after reading The Animators, though, which is also about a friendship through the years (AND IT WAS PHENOMENAL) and left me with a bit of a book hangover so maybe I'm being picky, but Rich and Pretty just felt very underwhelming to me overall.

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djcminor
Aug 25, 2016

I finished the book, but cared little for the characters or the story. Self-absorbed. Entitled women who care for little except themselves! Sarah becomes a little more sympathetic as she matures.

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amday8
Aug 22, 2016

Loved this book. A smart and enjoyable read that really came together at the end. What the title means really changes throughout the book.

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gvlee
Aug 07, 2016

Good writing, excellent characterisation, no plot movement. This book is more like a tableau/vignette than a novel. I gave up a quarter of the way through because it was going nowhere. If you like character studies, though, you may like this book.

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ckeating
Jun 24, 2016

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rebekahellking
Feb 28, 2017

rebekahellking thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 19 and 35

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