Rich and Pretty

  • by Rumaan Alam
  • Narrated by Julie McKay
  • 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This irresistible debut, set in contemporary New York, provides a sharp, insightful look into how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives.
As close as sisters for 20 years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their 20s and the realities of their 30s.
Sarah, the only child of a prominent intellectual and a socialite, works at a charity and is methodically planning her wedding. Lauren - beautiful, independent, and unpredictable - is single and working in publishing, deflecting her parents' worries and questions about her life and future by trying not to think about them herself. Each woman envies - and is horrified by - particular aspects of the other's life, topics of conversation they avoid with masterful linguistic pirouettes.
Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparable; for a long a time now, they've been apart. Can two women who rarely see one another, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? Is it their abiding connection or just force of habit that keeps them together?
With impeccable style, biting humor, and a keen sense of detail, Rumaan Alam deftly explores how the attachments we form in childhood shift as we adapt to our adult lives - and how the bonds of friendship endure, even when our paths diverge.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Disappointing story and narration

The narrator uses up-speak which makes every statement sound like a question.

The storyline is uneventful and uninteresting.
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- Theresa

Empty lives

I was excited about this book because I love a good friendship story. I ended up not relating to the characters. I'm a girlfriend's girlfriend and this did not reflect what I know of a great friendship. They also seem to have such empty lives that have little meaning and even less honesty. Lauren wasnt close to her mom or family and she would go hot and cold with Sarah. Sex is kind of a throwaway thing with her. There was very little I could relate to. However I Believe it was well written and other people might find these characters more relatable than I did. I wanted to tell them to volunteer somewhere, start going to church, be interested in others and not so self focused and give grace to all those around you instead of sarcastic commentary in your head. I hope I don't sound self-righteous. I really just wanted them to have happier lives....
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- Deborah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio