Contemporary Fiction

Rich & Pretty

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Rumaan Alam with Rich & Pretty.

by Rumaan Alam

Quick take

My favorite kind of book: the story of a female friendship, which means, of course, that it is a love story.

Why I love it

Rich and Pretty is one of my favorite kinds of books: the story of a female friendship, which means, of course, that it is a love story. Friends are our first loves— the first time we get to say to another person, "I choose you." The first time we feel ourselves chosen. It's such a rush, that recognition, the thrill of a kindred spirit. No wonder our early friendships imprint so strongly...

Member thoughts

8% Love
48% Like
42% Dislike
  • Erin V.

    Yorba Linda, CA

    "I think many women can relate to the kind of friendship between Sarah and Lauren - lives that are too different, but having an innate knowledge of a person from a young age that pulls them back again."

  • Courtney S.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Good, fun book."

  • Alexandra S.

    New York, NY

    "An easy read about the reality of friendship as you get older. Alam points out through the relationship of his two main characters that friendship naturally unfolds as you get older and find yourself "

  • Cassie H.

    Kingsport, TN

    "Great read. Loved it."

  • Bobbie P.

    Twin Lakes, WI

    "Total page turner!!"

  • Courtney A.

    Cheney, KS

    "Love reading about friendships! So much to identify with!"

  • Shannon K.

    New York, NY

    "As a single woman in her late 30s living in NYC whose own best friend has moved on to motherhood in the burbs, I could totally relate to this book. "

  • Ansley J.

    Youngsville, NC

    "When I began this book, I had no idea that I would be captivated the way I was. It happened slowly, but before I realized it I was unable to do much else besides follow the story of friendship. "

  • Ellen R.

    Ann Arbor, MI

    "This was an amazing story of friends who capture your heart like no other. I was obsessed! "

  • Mary D.

    Houston, TX

    "Reminded me of my longest friendship and how much it means to me...whether we have periods apart or spend weeks together."

  • Isabelle A.

    Lake Forest, CA

    "Childhood friends are always treasured, but growing apart happens all the time. She's your best friend, you'll wonder about her decisions, but in the end you'll stand by her no matter what."