Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty

Author: Lauren Weisberger
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Fiction
Source: Purchased

Goodreads: 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? 

Ope’s Opinion: It was interesting to read a fictionalize story about the college scams. The story had a lot of realistic aspects to it. The two sisters were opposites, but both lead privileged lives that are a little hard to relate to. Being in the public eye, as Peyton is, makes dealing with the fall out of the scandal more difficult.

I wish the author had made Peyton a little sympathetic. I found it very hard to feel sorry that she got caught, she wasn’t willing to own up to, and acted above most people. The end is the only thing that saved it from a two chair to a three chair for me.


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