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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER •

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK •

From the best-selling author of The Devil Wears Prada and When Life Gives You Lululemons comes a highly entertaining, sharply observed novel about sisters, their perfect lives...and their perfect lies.

A seat at the anchor desk of the most-watched morning show. Recognized by millions across the country, thanks in part to her flawless blond highlights and Botox-smoothed skin. An adoring husband and a Princeton-bound daughter. Peyton is that woman. She has it all.

Until....

Skye, her sister, is a stay-at-home mom living in a glitzy suburb of New York. She has degrees from all the right schools and can helicopter-parent with the best of them. But Skye is different from the rest. She’s looking for something real and dreams of a life beyond the PTA and pickup.

Until....

Max, Peyton’s bright and quirky seventeen-year-old daughter, is poised to kiss her fancy private school goodbye and head off to pursue her dreams in film. She’s waited her entire life for this opportunity.

Until....

One little lie. That’s all it takes. For the illusions to crack. For resentments to surface. Suddenly the grass doesn’t look so green. And they’re left wondering: will they have what it takes to survive the truth?

©2021 Lauren Weisberger (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Story is blah and performance and not great

I was really looking forward to this book and have really enjoyed other books from this author. I found the story dragging and the 2 of the 3 main characters a little blah to the point of being sometimes unlikable (Macs being the exception). There doesn't seem to be real growth and the endings of certain story lines are also just blah, to the point of being a little deus ex machina. The narrator was generally Ok, but the voice used for the 6 yr old was beyond grating. All in all, not the summer read I was hoping for.

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  • Shannon S.
  • 2021-05-24

A great Beach read

This is perfect for a beach read or something to take with you on a trip. It’s easy to pick up and put down without having to think about what was happening when you left off.

I’m not going to recap the story because the title details does that just fine.

The narration is perfect. She does an amazing job telling the story by slipping in and out of characters. Her voice is easy to listen to - so many can absolutely ruin a book.

The ending to the book is annoying. I get why it took the time it did - but don’t take us on this journey and leave the future of the protagonist so up in the air. It isn’t cute or fun - it’s frustrating for the reader not to get any closure for the character we are invested in.

Honestly - if the book stopped just 2 paragraphs before - it would have been better.

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  • amanda schaub
  • 2021-06-03

Pleasantly Surprised!!!

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. Became predictable at times, but I ended up loving it!!! Takes you many places and loved the characters and descriptions. Nice happy ending story. Great summer listen!!!

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  • Ilene
  • 2021-06-10

Great narrator!

Hated most of the characters especially the main one. I found everyone annoying. The end.

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  • Sara Price
  • 2021-06-10

Predictable easy read

The characters weren’t like able and the story was very predictable. It’s not a wonderful work of fiction, buts it’s a fine breezy summer read.

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  • Allan Futrell
  • 2021-06-08

Good until the last drip

Therese Plummer performs very well and makes the book worth a listen. The story moves along pretty well until we get to the end, which is anything but clever and far from what we have come to expect from the author.

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  • desertRN
  • 2021-06-08

Formulaic and predictable like a People magazine

I've liked some of the author's other books, but this one was just too soap-opera-y. The narrative arc was totally predictable, and while the details within that arc could have still made for an interesting story, pretty much everything about the story, the characters, their thoughts and actions was banal and lacked any compelling reason to continue listening. For about half the book, I hoped something would change and the story redeem itself, but it never did. I'd recommend skipping this one.

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  • Sparkle
  • 2021-06-07

But wait, it can't end like this?!

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one, but to my surprise it kept my interest. I want to know what's next ?! How does this story really end?! Where's the part II?

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  • Mike Thompson
  • 2021-06-06

Pleasant

I wasn’t expecting this book to be so enjoyable! Such a pleasant treat! Therese Plummer makes the most of every story!

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  • garrett mcconnell
  • 2021-06-05

Disliked main protagonist

The best part of the book was almost the end. I wanted to scream at main protagonist most of the time. The other characters were relatively flat,, EXCEPT the daughter and her father who were the most interesting. Would have liked to understand how the ending helped anyone, except again-- Protagonist. Nothing fresh about this story, sorry to say.

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  • RDMinor
  • 2021-06-04

Passes the time

Meh. This book leaves much to be desired. Love LC the previous books by this author, but this one just didn’t hit the mark. It is very light listening. The narration is great, but the plot line or lack thereof makes is hard to love. And the pretentious teenage daughter, ick. Got pretty political in some parts also. I listen to books to escape real life, not relive it.