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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,499 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Harbison Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781427210005
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From the New 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…" Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 2/14/2014

    " she's generally pretty good to read. it's funny how people turn out later in life... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda Wood | 2/13/2014

    " A nice easy summer read. Very chick-lit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Christensen | 2/12/2014

    " Good story about how three women who went Camp together as teens and cross paths later in life on their journey for wanting to be individually rich, pretty or thin. I think all women can relate to this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peebee | 2/9/2014

    " I like Harbison's writing, and it's always fun to have books set in the Washington, DC area (particularly the Maryland 'burbs), but I didn't like this one as much. The lessons the characters "learned" seemed predictable and forced, and none of them were particularly likable, even after their transformation. But I am glad I've now read everything Harbison has written, and am still looking forward to her next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/2/2014

    " This was a referral from mom. She said it was a fast breezy read and it was...it just wasn't as good as it could have been. The book alternates chapters between the present and 20 years ago and then is divided among three characters. I didn't really care about the characters because I didn't really get a chance to know them. The book had potential, but the author should've picked one character and focused on that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 2/1/2014

    " A nice little quick read book to break up heavier literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Allsbrook | 1/19/2014

    " Good final beach read for the summer - but nothing more than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/14/2014

    " Easy to read, light. Not a bad summer book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/14/2014

    " Cute, predictable but enjoyable, read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana M. | 12/15/2013

    " This one was okay, for the most part. I just got a little tired of the way the characters would have sudden epiphanies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tari | 12/9/2013

    " A cute little book that reminds you of what's really important - being yourself! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/3/2013

    " An enjoyable, quick read. Harbison does it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Lane | 11/3/2013

    " I like really easy to read chic-lit books and this one was just that. I was a little disappointed that there was nothing exciting about it really though. I like a little mote excitement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 10/30/2013

    " Not the best book I have ever read. It was a quick read, but really no great depth to the characters. I would have liked that to have been developed more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 7/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this light summer read, finished the book in 2 days. I think any female can relate to that story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Cleveland | 6/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a super fast read and kept my interest. I look forward to reading more of Beth Harbison's books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 6/8/2013

    " Nothing fantastic, but an easy, enjoyable summer vacation read. A definite departure from the other books I've read lately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 4/27/2013

    " Not my favourite of Beth Harbison's books but it was still fun, girly, and cute. Good for a quick read. I'd like a little more romance though but this book was more about insecurities and friendships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monyta | 1/12/2013

    " A book about three women's road to self-acceptance. The stories themselves were quite endearing, although a bit fairytale-esque, which to my eye, made them a bit unrealistic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blwhetzel | 1/4/2013

    " really did not enjoy this book as much as i thought i would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 4/29/2012

    " I found a new author for the car! This is the second book in a row I've listened to by Beth Harbison and this one was much more enjoyable than the first. Not something I'd want to read, but good entertainment in the car ... and more thoughtful than the cover or title would suggest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 3/22/2012

    " Good book for someone who has a low self-esteem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Campbell | 3/2/2012

    " Not much depth to the story, just a pleasant, quick read with an easy to see through story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 10/22/2011

    " Ahhh to be all three. This is a story of wanting what you don't have while others want what you've got. It was a great story. I listened to it on my ipod while relaxing in the pool this summer. Wonderful vacation read. Harbison is a very talented author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristy Speers | 9/4/2011

    " The first book I read by this author. I loved it. A little difficult switching between time periods, but once I understood the style it was good. This books shows you that we are all insecure and jealous about something...even those who seem to have it all together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Wilczek | 8/26/2011

    " Ok. Too light and too unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 8/19/2011

    " I loved this book. It was fun story about accepting yourself. I plan on looking for another book from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/21/2011

    " This was a good chic lit book - very slow at times but overall not bad! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aya | 6/27/2011

    " after i finished teh book i realized it was an Adult fiction book :p
    it was still good thoguh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 6/23/2011

    " Pure fluff, but you need that every once in a while! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janki | 6/14/2011

    " easy, fast, read but not the best story ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/11/2011

    " A cute summer read if a bit predictable at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 5/26/2011

    " Extremely quick read, very predictable. Hit the hearts of every insecurity women have but I hate those insecurities dragged on. Happy there was a good ending for each character. Wish there was a little more romance involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/22/2011

    " I read it in less than 24 hours. It was good, if not predictable, chick-lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 5/15/2011

    " A good beach read. Not to complicated but looks at how a lot of women always feel like the grass is greener on the other side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackenzie | 5/2/2011

    " I really liked it. My only problem is there is some (actually very little, but it's still there) language that probably doesn't need to be there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tula | 4/27/2011

    " First book I've read by this author. Light, funny and easy read. Will read more of her novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/20/2011

    " I read this book over the holidays. It's a perfect beach read. Light, entertaining, but also makes you think a bit - "Is the grass really greener?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/13/2011

    " Quick easy read. Nothing that really stood out for me, just a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 3/30/2011

    " I just felt like it stayed light and fluffy the whole time and I hoped for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 3/30/2011

    " An interesting look at how you never really know what is going on in the lives of those around you and why we shouldn't judge others "

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About the Author

Beth Harbison is the New York Times bestselling author of When in Doubt, Add Butter; Always Something There To Remind Me; Thin, Rich, Pretty; Hope In A Jar; Secrets of a Shoe Addict; and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, outside Washington, DC, and now shares her time between that suburb, New York City, and a quiet home on the eastern shore.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.