Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

Book Review : Rich and Pretty

By Rumaan Alam

  • Publication Date: 2016-06-07
  • Genre: Literary
3 Score: 3 (From 62 Ratings)

Book Review

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 twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties.

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 it 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 other, 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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User Reviews

  • Yawn.

    By Mjoypick
    I had a hard time getting in to this book and sadly it never caught my interest. If I weren't so stubborn about finishing books I would have left it unread after page 20...
  • The Colors of Friendship

    By Mmbray
    Easy read. Hits several chords regarding how relationships begin and change over time. Looked at through socio-economic, professional, sexual, coupled, and single lenses, accentuating what makes us different and the same. In short, "It's Complicated--like all good friendships..
  • Rich and pretty

    By Rich and pretty
    Dumbest book ever
  • So Boring I Forced Myself to Almost Finish it

    By louisetheprgirl
    Not a fan of the way it was narrated. The tone was very "she did this. She said that." So boring. Couldn't even finish it. Wish I could take my money back. What a waste.
  • Beyond boring

    By Mabelwags
    I love a light summer read but ...Nothing happened. Nothing. Happened. I lived their 20 year friendship in real time and I kind of hated both girls. I only kept reading because I was convinced something was about to happen but it never did.
  • Title and content of book don't connect

    By Family and Divorce
    A very slow read.....should've quit within first 5 chapters. Not sure what purpose of story was to be honest.....kept waiting for the final to tie itself together. But never did.
  • This book is awesome

    By being.princess.liv
    ✌🏾️💕😜 I love this book