The Compulsive Reader: Beauty Shop for Rent:...fully equipped, inquire within by Laura Bowers

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Beauty Shop for Rent:...fully equipped, inquire within by Laura Bowers

Abbey has been working at her great-grandmother's beauty parlor for three years, ever since her mom left her with Granny Po and took off. Abbey doesn't want to be like her mom, so she has a plan—she'll save every single penny she earns until she's a millionaire—before she turns thirty-five. But when her Granny Po rents out her beauty shop to Gena, a young woman looking to start fresh, Abbey learns that having financial security doesn't protect you from life and getting hurt.

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!)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review, I had seen this book before while browsing, but never stopped to really read what it was about.

I think it sounds great. Will add it to my list :D

Thanks, again.

Happy reading!

Rachael Stein said...

I absolutely loved this book when I read it a couple years back :)

Katie said...

I agree, this book has a great cover! I'm going to see if I can get my hands on a copy one of these days, thanks for the recommendation.

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