These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen


12 Critic Reviews

These Girls is an enjoyable novel that readers will likely want to devour in one sitting.
-S. Krishna's Books


Family secrets may shape us all, but it’s the rich, complicated layers of friendship that can save us.

Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance.

Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazine. It’s a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated.

Her roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee’s weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills—despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she’s heading for real danger.

Then there’s Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby—or why she left everything she once loved behind.

Pekkanen’s most compelling, true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different women as they navigate the complications of careers and love—and find the lifeline they need in each other.


About Sarah Pekkanen

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Sarah Pekkanen is the author of The Opposite of Me and Skipping a Beat. Her work has been published in People, Reader's Digest among others.. A former D.C. model, Sarah lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and three young sons.
Published April 10, 2012 by Washington Square Press. 340 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp on May 02 2012

The novel’s lack of conflict makes sections of “These Girls” read as blandly as a feature on “Six Reasons to Moisturize.”

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Reviewed by Virginia Pasley on May 01 2012

Overall, These Girls is refreshing in that it prioritizes friendship over romance, and in the gravity of the issues with which it grapples.

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Hello Beautiful

Reviewed by Terrance Dean on Apr 12 2012

Pekkanen’s THESE GIRLS is an exceptionally compelling, reflective, richly woven story about three women who find themselves in crisis yet together, emerge as triumphant, strong, and resilient, ready to tackle whatever the world has in store for them.

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Devourer of Books

Reviewed by Jen on Apr 09 2012

These Girls sweeps the reader up into Cate, Renee, and Abby’s world, to the point where their pain will, to some extent be the reader’s own pain.

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S. Krishna's Books

Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Apr 10 2012

These Girls is an enjoyable novel that readers will likely want to devour in one sitting.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Reviewed by Darlene on Apr 19 2012

I loved this book and can’t wait to read more of Sarah’s work!

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Write Meg

Reviewed by Meg on Apr 26 2012

These Girls is a strong, well-paced book that dropped me off far from where I’d started. And I dug it.

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My Friend Amy

Reviewed by Amy on Apr 17 2012

These Girls is a nice read about professional women at a crossroads in their lives.

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Stiletto Storytime

Reviewed by Courtney on Apr 10 2012

Fresh, surprising and as always innovative These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen is a novel to be shared with best friends and talked over late into the night.

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Library of Clean Reads

Reviewed by Laura on Apr 30 2012

If you like contemporary fiction with an emphasis on women's relationships, Pekkanen delivers a heartfelt rendition of three young women and their journeys to personal and professional happiness

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She Reads

Reviewed by Heather Figearo. on Apr 10 2012

If you enjoy books that highlight the amazing resiliency of women’s friendships, this is definitely the book for you. It’s gentle without being sugar coated, and Pekkanen has a way of making her story extremely relevant for women of all ages.

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Reviewed by Molly on Apr 09 2012

The ending is a definite twist, but I liked it. It definitely fit with the theme of the story. Overall, I thought the book was amazing.

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