Review: These Girls
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!