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Review: These Girls

May 4, 2012

Three young women find themselves in New York for different reasons.  Through a series of events, they become roommates – at first, out of convenience and, later, out of a deep friendship.

  • Renee works at an entry level job at Gloss magazine and finds herself up against two other women for the beauty editor job.  Desperate, she’ll do anything for the job, including jeopardizing her health.  She’s also concerned with some issues in her parents’ marriage.
  • Cate works at Gloss, too – she’s just been promoted to features editor.  It’s a job she’s been longing for and, she knew it wouldn’t be easy but, she’s having to deal with things she never expected.  Her parents are recently divorced and her mother’s looking to her for companionship.
  • Abby is running away from something she did in her past.  Her brother, Trey, is friends with Renee and Cate and he asks them to help her out.

Since I started my blog, I’ve been lucky enough to meet quite a few authors and to call a few of  them friends.  I want to be up front and say that Sarah Pekkanen is one I count among my friends.  I was a fan of her writing before I got to know her, though, so I think I can still be a fair judge.  Sarah writes with such heart and emotion, she has quickly become one of my favorite authors.  As a friend, I would probably just skip reviewing her work if I didn’t enjoy it, so if you see one of her books on here, you know I truly liked it.

These Girls is another winner for Sarah Pekkanen!  Her characters are so real and so human, I was invested in them right from the start.  They’re all flawed and all want to be better so almost every reader will relate to one of them in some way.  Cate, Renee, and Abby felt like women I could be friends with, so my heart broke for them when they struggled and soared for them when things went their way. As usual with Sarah’s books, you’ll need some tissues before you’re through.

I think Sarah’s writing is getting better and better.  Her storylines have improved and her dialogue has become spot on – it’s never awkward and always appropriate for the character.  For me, the best part of These Girls is the fact that it celebrates an essential part of women’s lives – female friendships.  I hated to say goodbye to Abby, Cate, and Renee so I’m hoping there will be another book featuring these fabulous characters!  If you haven’t tried Pekkanen’s work yet, I urge you to pick up one of her books!

Review copy provided by the author.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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36 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2012 6:55 am

    It seems Sarah Pekkanen isn’t well known here in Belgium, so I haven’t read any of her books. I think this will have to change soon.
    Thanks for your review!

  2. May 4, 2012 6:57 am

    This sounds like a perfect beach book for me this summer. Thanks for sharing Kathy.

  3. sandynawrot permalink
    May 4, 2012 7:15 am

    Ditto on everything you said. In March I read every one of her books and I loved them all, but I would agree with you that she is definitely fine-tuning her craft with each book. Her characters are so authentic, I miss them when I finish the book!

  4. Beth F permalink
    May 4, 2012 7:36 am

    Yep. Sarah is great. And I love her writing, including These Girls. I managed to feature the book on my blog but haven’t yet gotten around to my review … must correct that. :)

  5. May 4, 2012 7:48 am

    Aaaaaah, those are such nice words. I hope the author reads them.

  6. May 4, 2012 7:56 am

    I have to read a Sarah Pekkanen book! I’ve heard so much about them. Glad that this is another winner!

  7. May 4, 2012 8:16 am

    OOH I can not wait, hopefully I will get a start on it this weekend. :)

  8. May 4, 2012 9:04 am

    I liked her earlier books so much. Looking forward to this one.

  9. May 4, 2012 9:21 am

    I really do have to get around to reading her books. I know you’re not the only one who loves her. This sounds like it’s going to be a wonderful read. How lucky you get to call her friend.

  10. May 4, 2012 9:47 am

    I’ve only read one of her books so far but can’t wait to read the rest. And you and Sandy say such nice things about her as a person, I hope I get to meet her also!

  11. May 4, 2012 10:21 am

    I should so try this one.

  12. MonieG permalink
    May 4, 2012 10:33 am

    I love it when the characters are written so well you feel as if you know them. This one’s going on my wishlist.

  13. May 4, 2012 10:50 am

    I have not read any by this author yet, but have a few. I’m looking forward to picking one up.

  14. May 4, 2012 10:56 am

    I LOVED this book, and thought that the characters were so lifelike and real. It was my first Pekkanen, and now I am itching to read more by her. I really want to read Skipping a Beat. These Girls was just such an incredible book, and I totally related to Renee. I felt like I could be her at times…Great review today. I am glad to hear that Pekkanen’s other work is solid as well!

  15. May 4, 2012 11:24 am

    I’ve not read one of her books before but I love real characters and think that that is often the toughest thing for an author to create. I don’t need plot as much as I need real, genuine characters.

  16. aartichapati permalink
    May 4, 2012 11:58 am

    Oh, this is a lovely review. I’ve not read (or, I admit, even heard of) this author before, but it sounds like she writes a wonderfully deep set of characters.

  17. melaniesmusingsnet permalink
    May 4, 2012 12:04 pm

    I like the idea of the book focusing on 3 different women. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  18. May 4, 2012 3:26 pm

    I just read The Opposite of Me, which I really enjoyed. I hope I can pick up a copy of her latest before the Gaithersburg Book Festival here in MD where I will see Sarah in person.

  19. May 4, 2012 3:31 pm

    I have only read one book by this author, The Opposite of Me, which I loved. I’m eager to read this one. Thanks for your thoughts, Kathy.

  20. May 4, 2012 4:04 pm

    I really enjoyed this one, too! This was my first read from Sarah, but I will definitely be scoping out her back catalog in the near future!

  21. May 4, 2012 4:10 pm

    I love books like this!! It’s going on my list!

  22. May 4, 2012 4:54 pm

    Great review, Kathy! Your enthusiasm for this book is crystal clear. I’m adding this one to my wishlist. :)

  23. May 4, 2012 6:18 pm

    Oh, what a wonderful review Kathy (and yes, we long ago crossed into the “friends” category!)Thanks so much for reading and for your thoughts… and I love all these comments, too!

  24. May 4, 2012 6:41 pm

    I agree, her books get better and better. I am looking forward to this one.

  25. May 4, 2012 7:00 pm

    So many bloggers mention how personable and approachable she is. What a neat thing to get to know an author … and to enjoy her books too.

  26. bookingmama permalink
    May 4, 2012 8:08 pm

    Sarah rocks as both a friend and an author! Great review.

  27. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    May 4, 2012 8:31 pm

    I think it is amazing that you’re friends with her! Love that and I liked this one so I will be back to read her other books!

  28. May 4, 2012 8:46 pm

    I really enjoyed Skipping a Beat, so I would love to read her new novel too. It sounds like it is another winner!

  29. May 4, 2012 10:17 pm

    I truly love books like this one!!!

  30. May 4, 2012 10:41 pm

    My sentiments exactly! I loved this one too, and now I can’t wait to read her other books.

  31. May 4, 2012 11:33 pm

    Nice review!! And lucky you for being able to meet so many authors.

  32. May 5, 2012 6:10 am

    I truly need to read a book by her

  33. May 5, 2012 10:30 am

    I loved this novel as well! It was my first by Sarah but it won’t be my last!

  34. May 8, 2012 12:58 pm

    Lucky to call her a friend :) I do like books about women’s friendships. They always have me craving more of my own.

  35. bethbookaholicmom permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:48 pm

    I have not read this author yet but your review has me convinced that I need to get on the ball and read her books!

  36. boardinginmyforties permalink
    May 31, 2012 8:28 pm

    Sounds like you really enjoyed this one and it’s nice that you can call the author a friend and look forward to more of her work in the future.

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