Sunday, December 22, 2013

Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison

This story is about three friends that met in middle school; Olivia, Allie and Noah. Olivia and Allie were best friends until Olivia moved away in high school. Noah is trying to get the ladies to come to their 20th class reunion. Olivia is a successful beauty editor at a magazine based in New York City. Allie has no career and she has just caught her boyfriend with another woman in their bed! Neither want to go to the reunion.  They do and it changes their lives for the better!

I enjoyed this book.  I loved all the references to the beauty products the girls used.  Made me remember a lot of things.  I still use Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers!

Summary from the publisher:
Twenty years ago, Allie Denty was the pretty one and her best friend, Olivia Pelham, was the smart one. Throughout high school, they were inseparable . . . until a vicious rumor about Olivia---a rumor too close to the truth---ended their friendship.
Now, on the eve of their twentieth high school reunion, Allie finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, successful beauty editor in New York, realizes she’s lonely, and that she’s finally ready to face her demons.
Sometimes hope lives in the future; sometimes it comes from the past; and sometimes, when every stupid thing goes wrong, it comes from a prettily packaged jar filled with scented cream and promises.
Beth Harbison has done it again. A hilarious and touching novel about friendship, Love’s Baby Soft perfume, Watermelon Lip Smackers, bad run-ins with Sun-In, and the healing power of “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific.” Hope in a Jar: We all need it.

Get an excerpt here.

Pages: 340
Published: 2009

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