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Beauty Shop for Rent: . . . fully equipped, inquire within

Beauty Shop for Rent: . . . fully equipped, inquire within

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by Laura Bowers

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ISBN-10: 0152063854

ISBN-13: 2900152063855

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Hypothetical question of the week: If you were forced to have an extra body part implanted on your back, which would you choose? A finger, ear, breast, or nose?

Abbey Garner is used to killing time by reading questions from the snarky tabloids in Granny Po's struggling beauty shop. It's not like there are a lot of customers to help, anyway. Mostly just the feisty

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Beauty Shop for Rent: . . . Fully Equipped, Inquire Within 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ambitious Abbey Garner spends a lot of her time hard at work at her great-grandmother Granny Po¿s quaint though struggling beauty shop. It¿s all part of her MBTF plan Abbey has vowed to make a million dollars before she is thirty-five so she can be financially independent and not follow in her family¿s tradition of getting pregnant young with the wrong man. When Gena, a posh young woman, decides to rent the beauty shop and turn it into a modern spa, Abbey is both excited and little apprehensive. She fears losing her job, but once Gena assures Abbey that her employment is guaranteed, Abbey realizes that she will be able to make some real money. But Abbey¿s carefully constructed plans are altered when Abbey¿s mother, who abandoned her four years earlier, reenters Abbey¿s life. Abbey must learn to see though the lies and figure out who her family really is. There is something so down-to-earth about Beauty Shop for Rent that makes the story so likeable. The characters have no shame, which was sometimes a little shocking but mostly refreshing because of their honesty. I loved how all of the characters were nicely developed, especially Abbey and Granny Po, who were my favorite characters. I also loved watching Abbey mature through the story. All the characters¿ connections were easy to understand. I really loved Abbey¿s family of friends, because though each contrasted another slightly, they all fit together perfectly. Laura Bowers wrote this story in a way that even though specific years and locations are given, it seem that this story could happen anytime and anyplace. I had a hard time believing Beauty Shop for Rent was a debut novel because it was so incredibly well-written. Fans of Stephanie Kuehnert¿s I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone will also enjoy Abbey¿s coming-of-age story in Beauty Shop for Rent. I definitely recommend this funny, cute, and beautiful story to all readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love!!!"!
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I love thi sbook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book great and could read it every day of my life. Read it you will never regret it. NOT a waste of your time. READ IT!!!!!!!
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I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. The characters' personalities were the best too! :) That really added to the intrigue.
Wayne Bekkala More than 1 year ago
If you like realistic books this is THE book for you! It has porential that the main character has that you usualy don't see in the characters of books lile this. Bowers did an amazing job of giving you of what the characters are like.
jenandlady More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice book its funny. I do recommend for girls 3-19 its a really nice book.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
There is nothing like Polly's Parlor, where a free dose of gossip comes with a manicure.

For Abbey Garner, her great-grandmother's old-fashioned beauty shop and the familiar elderly customers are home and family to Abbey ever since her mother left her several years ago. Now fourteen-year-old Abbey works alongside her great-grandmother, Granny Po, giving perms and haircuts and investing her earnings towards her goal of becoming a millionaire before the age of thirty-five.

But in the last few years, the outdated Polly's Parlor hasn't been doing too well due to competition from more modern beauty salons. In fact, Granny Po has been trying to rent out the beauty shop, but nobody has been interested...until now. Gena is a fun and ambitious woman with big plans to turn the beauty shop into a friendly modern-day spa. Can the beauty shop be transformed and still remain Abbey's home?

In addition, between work, high school, and thinking about boys, Abbey is also worrying about her fragile, depressed mother. When she shows up for a surprise visit, Abbey's world is about to be turned completely upside down.

BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT is the story of a girl growing up and trying to find a place in the world. Realistic, yet humorous, this is a satisfying novel that I'm sure many readers will be able relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beauty Shop for Rent was a very good book, and kept me interested by the fact that it was written differently than many other books I have read. It shows a lot of disappointment and sadness but it also sees the funnier sides of those things too. I found it very good and I think that anyone between the ages of 12-14 would really enjoy it if they like books with problems with the family and finding ways to resolve them.