by Naomi Neale

August 2005
ISBN: 0-8439-5564-3
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Trade Paperback

Naomi Nealeís newest book is entitled The Mile High Hair Club. Dedicated fans of Ms. Nealeís will be pleased with another release, but those readers new to her might found it difficult to understand the plot of The Mile High Hair Club.

Bailey Rhodes has moved herself from her southern roots to the hustle and bustle of New York City. She went to the big city looking for fame, fortune, and romance. She found out that she didnít really have a talent for a comedic actress and is instead working as a talent producer for the Expedition Network. She is making a comfortable living, and not having to worry about making the rent each month. Love is still something she is searching for.

Bailey finds herself having to take a vacation to go home to see her mother who is recovering from a stroke. Bailey isnít really looking forward to the trip because as she remembers it her aunts are a bit too Ms. Mannerís for her, and her mother was always critical of her. They think that she has abandoned her southern roots.

When Bailey arrives at home things arenít quite what sheís expecting. Her aunts are training several girls for the local beauty pageant. Her mother is constantly sitting in the yard throwing tennis balls at a target. The impact of these two events into Baileyís life remains to be seen, but soon becomes the main event of the story.

Bailey changes throughout the story. She evolves from a girl who is self centered and cares about only her world, and how taking time off from it will adversely affect her. By the end of The Mile High Hair Club sheís come to see how she can help and benefit others, and this again has a major impact on how she sees her life.

There were several secondary characters that flitted in and out of the book, and in my opinion would have made for interesting reading if they had been more fully flushed out.

I have to be honest, and say that when I finished The Mile High Hair Club I was glad. I didnít find the characters to be ones that I had developed an affinity for. I also didnít find the scene descriptions to be enough for me to wrap my imagination around and be able to place myself in the story as I so often want to do.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Sandi.

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