Hope in a Jar: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Beth Harbison

Narrated By: Orlagh Cassidy

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: July 2009

Duration: 7 hours 25 minutes


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, a temp worker, finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, a cool and successful magazine beauty editor in New York, realizes she's lonely, and is 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.


  • Donna B.

    Story was okay - it took a long time to figure out which character was which because their names were similar sounding, it was really hard to differentiate between them as the narrator didn’t alter her voice for characters and they had too much in common. I did like hearing the old cosmetics ad slogans.

  • Jessica Payne

    A little difficult to follow in the beginning as it jumped from one character to another and the to the past, but once you understand the pattern, it is an overall good light read. Reminds you of how you change through grade school, high school, and adulthood.

Hope in a Jar: A Novel

by Beth Harbison

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