Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

In the book, Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam, the characters Lauren and Sarah have been best friends since childhood.  They are now in their thirties, leading very different lives, but they still describe each other as “best friends.”  Beginning in grade school, the two girls became inseparable.  Like many friendships at that age, they spent almost every moment with each other and were fully integrated into each other’s families.  They knew each other inside and out, and it was unthinkable to keep a secret from one another.  They continued like that through high school, college and into their early twenties. 

As the two women grow into adults, their friendship changes.  More specifically, their attitudes about their friendship changes.  Sarah, who has always been privileged, falls into the traditional roles of wife and mother.  Lauren, on the other hand, has a fulfilling career and doesn’t seem to want to settle down.  The problem is:  each of them kind of resents the other for choosing a different path.

Although written by a man, the book describes the highs and lows of a lifelong female friendship extremely well.  I found myself relating to the two characters at times.  Readers who are looking for a story that is plot-driven may find this book a bit slow.  But readers like me, who enjoy a more character-driven narrative, should consider it.  You may also enjoy Bennington Girls Are Easy by Charlotte Silver, Girls In White Dresses by Jennifer Close, or Friendship by Emily Gould.

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