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Hope in a Jar | [Beth Harbison]

Hope in a Jar

Twenty years ago, Allie Denty was the pretty one and her best friend Olivia Pelham was the smart one. Throughout high school, they were inseparable...until a vicious rumor about Olivia - a rumor too close to the truth - ended their friendship. Now, on the eve of their 20th high school reunion, Allie, a temp worker, finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old.
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Twenty years ago, Allie Denty was the pretty one and her best friend Olivia Pelham was the smart one. Throughout high school, they were inseparable...until a vicious rumor about Olivia - a rumor too close to the truth - ended their friendship.

Now, on the eve of their 20th high-school reunion, Allie, a temp worker, finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, a cool and successful magazine beauty editor in New York, realizes she's lonely, and is finally ready to face her demons. Sometimes hope lives in the future; sometimes it comes from the past; and sometimes, when every stupid thing goes wrong, it comes from a prettily packaged jar filled with scented cream and promises.

Beth Harbison has done it again. A hilarious and touching novel about friendship, Love's Baby Soft perfume, Watermelon Lip Smackers, bad run-ins with Sun-In, and the healing power of "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific." Hope in a Jar: we all need it.

©2009 Beth Harbison; (P)2009 Macmillan

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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 10-11-11
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2011

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Very Light Read... But Just 'OK'"

    The book started with a bang and I must confess that was what immediately drew me into the title. To be honest however, after that, the book kinda fizzled... There were some very note-worthy sections in the book, sections that make you smile and laugh, sections that make you shake your head and others that make you simply leave you mildly surprised. The thing that takes away from the book however I have found is that it is rather predictable. After the first couple chapters one starts knowing what to expect throughout the rest of the title. Generally, it is an 'ok' book, with an 'ok' story-line and an 'above average' performance. Overall... the book is simply.... 'ok'.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 06-03-12
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "friends come and go but ....."

    I really liked this story. I loved the turns the story took several times. Was fast fun I had to sit in the car a few times to finish a chaper before I could stop. I like the ending and how lifes challanges did not always turn out happy and peaceful but like in real life the bumps hurt and the tides do turn. great addition glad I got it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhoda Louisville, KY, United States 01-12-11
    Rhoda Louisville, KY, United States 01-12-11
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    "Fun read"

    Beth Harbison catches the dialogue, feelings, and life of women quite well. A fast, easy listen that kept my attention throughout.

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    Goldfish Woodstock, IL 07-21-09
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    "Too light"

    I was looking for something light....unfortunately this story was too light in that it was completely predictable. You knew exactly what was going to happen, and the characters were unbelievable. Seriously, Ali is 38 and has been friends with Noah since middle school and has no clue he has feelings for her? The author should have stuck with the flashbacks where the characters felt more real and published as a YA book.

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    emily mount eliza, Australia 10-21-13
    emily mount eliza, Australia 10-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up Hope in a Jar in three words, what would they be?

    best friends forever


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hope in a Jar?

    the flashbacks were a really enjoyable touch as was the 80's ads


    Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Allie was definitely bought alive by Orlagh Cassidy


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    Pratiwi Davie, FL, United States 06-29-13
    Pratiwi Davie, FL, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An easy listen with great narrator!"

    It is a tiny bit interesting, not too much drama. Women making bigger deals out of things than they should. But I got through the whole thing, wanted to keep going and see where it went. A bit predictable with some moments of interest. Love Orlagh Cassidy, it's usually why I get her books. I guess I would say read it. Don't except any problems based on real issues...mainly misunderstanding and silly fears.

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    Peter LUMBERTON, TX, United States 07-16-09
    Peter LUMBERTON, TX, United States 07-16-09
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    "great book"

    Great book. Fun to listen to, enjoyable story !

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