Hope in a Jar

Beth Harbison

St. Martin's Griffin

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"...as slick and enjoyable as a brand-new tube of lip gloss."

--People

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Secrets of a Shoe Addict comes a tale of old friends, new loves, and the undeniable power of a little face cream.

 

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 twentieth high school reunion, Allie finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, successful beauty editor in New York, realizes she’s lonely, and that she’s 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.

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HOPE IN A JAR (Chapter One)

When I was twelve, a fortune-teller at the Herbert Hoover Junior High School carnival said to me: "Gemma Craig, you listen to me. Do not get married. Ever. If you do, you'll end up cooking for a man who'd rather eat at McDonald's; doing laundry for a man who sweats like a rabid pig, then criticizes you for not turning his T-shirts right side out; and cleaning the bathroom floor after a man whose aim is so bad, he can't hit a hole the size of a watermelon--"

This man sounded disgusting.

"--make your own money and be independent.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Beth Harbison's novel 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.

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"...as slick and enjoyable as a brand-new tube of lip gloss."
People

“Harbison continues to wow readers with charm and genuine characters.”
Booklist
 
 "...fun nostalgia for those of us who loved Bonne Bell Lip Smackers and Sun-In."
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 "Harbison creates vivid, convincing characters and handles them well.
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Beth Harbison

Beth Harbison is the New York Times bestselling author of Secrets of a Shoe Addict, Shoe Addicts Anonymous, and Thin, Rich, Pretty. She is also a serious product junkie, with enough lip glosses, shampoos, conditioners, and foundations to lube every car on the streets of suburban D.C., where she lives with her husband, two children and dogs.

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Hope in a Jar
Beth Harbison

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312381974
ISBN10: 0312381972
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$14.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
July 2009
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427206619
ISBN10: 1427206619
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$14.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250024435
ISBN10: 1250024439
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$9.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
July 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429925464
ISBN10: 1429925469
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$9.99
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