Thursday, January 13, 2011
Beauty Shop for Rent is a sweet and heartfelt novel. On the surface, this books seems to be about saving the beauty shop, bringing it to the future with the renovations, and the friendships between Granny Po, Abbey, and Gena, but it really is about Abbey's fractured relationships with her parents, mainly her mother, coming to terms with the fact that her mother has issues that will hold Abbey back, and Abbey's determination to break free of the traditions of teen pregnancy and depression that run in her family. Bowers also deals with the complexities of friendship and romance, and the unhappy truth of what happens when some girls choose to put their boyfriends above their friends. Abbey has a lot of spunk and a great sense of humor, making this book a fun read despite its serious moments, and her Granny Po's close friends, nicknamed the Gray Widows, are always providing comedic relief and emotional support. This quirky, memorable, and earnest story reminiscent of Steel Magnolias is an excellent pick-me-up.]
Cover Comments: I like this cover a lot--it's pretty, it has character, and it is so colorful!
E-book purchased. (This one is only $5 on Kindle!)