Beauty Shop for Rent is Laura Bowers’ first YA novel. The story is about a sophomore girl named Abbey who has a dream of becoming a millionaire by the age of 35. She is trying to not be like her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who had children at the ages of 16, 17, and 16 respectively. Living with her great-grandmother for the past several years has caused Abbey to not have much of a relationship with either of her parents. The book explores her relationships with her parents and her relationships with an extended family in her community. I really enjoyed this book. It is light and funny, while dealing with real issues that many teens deal with every day. I do not think I would assign it as reading in a classroom setting, but I would have no qualms about recommending it to students. The back of the book says “ages 12 and up” and I would agree. There is nothing inappropriate in the novel for younger teens and I would say it’s ideal age range is 7th-10th grade.
Posted on March 22, 2009 by agirlnamedsara