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Split Ends [Paperback]

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Pages   314
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1591455081  
EAN  9781591455080  

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Item Description...
Sarah Claire Winowski knows there's more to her than being the town barfly's daughter, but discovering who she is and living out her dreams will mean getting out of Sable, Wyoming, ASAP! In a fit of short-lived courage she packs up and moves to Beverly Hills, where she earns the prestige of being a "Hairstylist to the Stars." But when Hollywood success doesn't yield the results she expected, Sarah Claire is left to wonder about the girl she left behind - and whether God will ever give her the validation she craves. With two gorgeous men in hot pursuit, a stylist-cousin who lacks some serious scruples and a boss having a love affair with his mirror, learning who she is underneath it all won't be easy. But sometimes the best a girl can ask for is to find truth and authenticity amid the chaos of this thing called "life." And if anyone can do it, Sarach Claire Winowski can!

Publishers Description

She's armed--with hot irons, sharp shears, and a flair for color.

She's dangerous--truly bad news for bad hair.

And she's going to do whatever it takes to make a place for herself in the exclusive Beverly Hills salon.

Even if that means sweeping hair, emptying trash, scrubbing dummy heads, and making soy lattes for the stars that come to Yoshi's salon.

Even if it means hiding the fact that she's not really an up-and-comer from New York, but a drunk's daughter from small-town Wyoming.

Even if it means igoring her attraction to a tall, dark stranger in a fedora who just stepped off the elevator . . . and into her heart.

But can a talented hairdresser from the sticks really make it in image-obsessed L.A.? And can she ever find true love and real success in a town that wrote the book on fake?

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More About Kristin Billerbeck

Kristin Billerbeck Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including "What a Girl Wants." A Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Billerbeck has appeared on "The Today Show" and has been featured in the "New York Times." She lives with her family in northern California.

Kristin Billerbeck currently resides in Silicon Valley Sacramento Sacr, in the state of California.

Kristin Billerbeck has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Smitten (Thomas Nelson)
  2. Spa Girls

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A light, fun chick-lit novel that Billerbeck fans should enjoy  Aug 18, 2008
Kristin Billerbeck is one of inspirational chick-lit's favorite authors, and this latest novel set in Hollywood will give fans of the Spa Girls Collection and Ashley Stockingdale series plenty to enjoy.

Sable, Wyoming native Sarah Claire Winowski has a dream: to be hairstylist to the stars. Thanks to her cousin, Scott, who has made a name for himself as a consultant to the film world's up and comers, she's off to Hollywood to try her scissors on the rich and famous. Her demanding, narcissist salon owner, "Yoshi," brings to mind the now infamous editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly from THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Of course, Sarah has a lot to overcome before she can snip the first locks from anyone's hair. Jealous co-workers try to make her look bad, her clothes are all wrong, and she is forced to change her name to the trendier "Sarah Winston." A diehard cinemaphile, she needs to be blasé about film stars who frequent the salon and her new Hollywood world. Worst of all, back in Sable, her alcoholic mother has forfeited the $1,000 bail bond Sarah Claire inked and is off on new misadventures, sure to end in some sort of chaos.

On the brighter side, Sarah Claire finds herself surrounded by touchstones that remind her of all her favorite old movies. At one point, she's weeping over Cary Grant's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And to make things even better, not only is she sharing trendy digs with her cousin Scott, she also has a dreamy new roommate, Dane Weston, who is "tall and angular and wearing a fedora, just like Humphrey Bogart." For Sarah, it's love at first sight, but Scott insists that Dane (who he calls Lurch) is mysteriously off bounds. Why? Readers will be left dangling until the last pages of the book, and I'll admit, Billerbeck surprised me with the reason.

Throughout the novel, Sarah Claire battles a co-dependent relationship with her n'er-do-well mother and her own feelings of being an out-of-wedlock child whose father is unknown. (The identity of her father is given towards the end of the book.) Readers may find her constant self-deprecation about her less-than-stellar roots a little grating after a while. Suck it up Sarah Claire! Be grateful for what you have. More endearing is the sweet group of church ladies back home who offer Sarah Claire encouragement, cash and a few pushes in the right direction.

The book struggles in a few places. A lot of interesting troubles are introduced (Sarah Claire's 43-year-old mother's alcoholism, best friend Kate Halligan's struggle with her identity), but they never feel fully developed or resolved. The salon itself seems like the perfect place for interesting scenes with Hollywood's hottest stars, but not a lot takes place involving the clients. Some might be tired of the old novel cliché of "small town girl moves to the big city" that carries the plot, but perhaps the reason it's a cliché is that many readers enjoy it.

If you're a closet old movie fan, then you'll find the cute quotes from film stars that begin each chapter an added bonus. Although problematic in spots, SPLIT ENDS is an entertaining read, sure to help vacation hours while sitting poolside or on the beach pass pleasantly.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Not your typical chick lit  Aug 6, 2008
Even though I've read most of Kristin Billerbeck's books, this is the first one I've written a review about. I'm not quite sure what keeps drawing me back to this author because I've discovered I'm not really a fan of chick lit as a genre.

However I found this book to be meatier than most of the books I've read by Billerbeck. The problems Sarah faces are edgier and not as shallow as what you might find in a typical chick lit book.

I really liked the blooming romance between Sarah and Dane. I thought the problem Dane struggles with was a great plot twist. Bringing him into Sarah's life knowing how she would feel about Dane's "issues" sounds just like something God would do...

There is some fluffiness in this book for the die hard chick lit fans. I found some supporting characters to be on the shallow side, focused only on material things and outward appearances. The nature of Sarah's job seems to bring those type of people out in droves.

But the main characters had layers and depth to them that I appreciated. I guess I'll keep reading this author and be on the look out for another "not your typical chick lit" gem.
Fun Book  Jun 29, 2008
This book is a fun book to read. I was glued to each page and could not put it down. I laughed and laughed and laughed. You have to read this book! Kristin is an awesome author who knows how to put you in the shoes of her characters. You feel like all of the events and embarrassments are happening to you. You will blush, laugh and maybe even cry (from laughter).
Surprising, atypical chick lit  Apr 7, 2008
Kristin Billerbeck's "Split Ends" seemed like just another `chick lit' novel to start. This time, our heroine is from the wrong side of the tracks - an illegitimate daughter of the town's richest guy - but she wants a better life, so she leaves town (and the responsibility of caring for her alcoholic mother) to pursue her dream of being a hairdresser to the starts at an exclusive salon in California!

I was finally able to really commit to the novel by page 118 when I encountered my favorite line in the book: "...her beauty didn't protect her." The author was relating the story of a gorgeous California girl that just got dumped. This is one of the major themes of the novel, and it really touched me. Beauty has no power!

The celebrity quotes that begin the chapters are charming and some represent very sound advice. The story is smart and funny and touching and (although drama-laden) so true for many American women, today. We place too much importance on what other people think of us instead of who God actually tells us we are. That is an important lesson for us to learn, so this is an important book for us to read. Not only does Kristin Billerbeck entertain, she ministers to the deepest hurt faced by many of us - self-criticism.
A Suprise!  Mar 13, 2008
I'm not one that loves chick lit but I was very suprised by this book. Kristen did a great job! An incredibly witty and deep novel - not to be taken lightly... A must read!

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