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LILY MARRIED THE MAN OF HER DREAMS. THEN SHE WOKE UP.

“Never marry a man unless he’s short, bald, fat, stupid, and treats you badly.” That is the advice that twenty-nine-year-old Lily Burns has heard her entire life from her grandmother Dolly and her mother, Selma. Despite this, when she meets Gogo, the handsome, successful pediatrician who treats her like a queen, she has
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Paperback, 265 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Touchstone
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Maida
Disappointing.... The plotline was pretty thin, and in spite of a few shining parts, this novel was mostly cliche & not even remotely witty. *1.5/5 stars*
Cheryl
Lily Burns is twenty nine years old. She has yet to be married. This could be because both her mom and grandma have warned her that all men are evil and to never marry for love. If you are to marry, make sure it is to a ugly man. Lily has been dating Gogo for just a short period. Lily receives a surprise when Gogo proposes to at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Both Lily’s mother and grandma warn Lily that marrying Gogo will only lead to heart break. There is a curse on the women. If they m ...more
Courtney
Good gosh this was terrible. Not even worth reviewing.
Book Sniffers Anonymous
Pinch me is an easy, entertaining story about a woman who's family curse ruins her life. One minute she is a happy newly wed and the next minute she is single, back in her old house and her husband is married to someone else and has no idea who she is. The entire story follows Lily as she tries to break the curse and get her husband back.

In the beginning of the story Lily lists all the things that makes Gogo perfect but almost halfway through she lists all the things that drive her nuts about hi
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Georgina
http://chicklitaholic.blogspotcom

After having my fair share of awful dates and men who have treated me badly, I was excited to read a novel based on the premise that the main character has to date these types of men because she is cursed. I am sure we have all at one time or another thought that we were cursed with our dating lives, therefore I was intrigued to find out how Adena Halpern would take this and turn it into a magical novel, in Pinch Me.

“Never marry a man unless he is short, bald, f
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Suzanne
I really enjoy Adena Halpern's writing style, and this was a cute story.

At the end of the book, there is a section called "A Conversation with Adena Halpern" where they ask her what message she hopes readers will take from the book. She answers, "Like I said earlier, I was single for a really long time. I never thought I would find him. Believe me, I looked everywhere. Now that I have found him, I don't even care that it took so long. It was worth every minute of waiting. I want people to know
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Meredith Schorr
I wanted to give this book 4.5 stars but will go with 5 over 4. I just love Adena Halpern's writing style and this book, like "29" and "The Ten Best Days of My Life" had me laughing and crying all at once, although I think it was my least favorite of the three. But since I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the other two and LOVED, LOVED this one, it's all good. Some of the characters felt similar to those in her other books, like Selma and Dolly seemed similar to the mom and grandma in 29 but it didn't make t ...more
♥ Amanda
I won Pinch Me in a goodreads first reads giveaway. I really enjoyed it! It's about Lily, a girl that is unlucky in love due to an ancestor putting a curse on her family. She meets and falls in love with Gogo, and as soon as they get married, the curse is enacted. Lily has to try to find a way to break the curse, and convince Gogo she's not crazy. This book reminded me of books by Jane Green and Emily Griffin, totally entertaining and the type I LOVE to read :)
Amy
AMAZING! FANTASTIC! WONDERFUL! SPECTACULAR! LOVED IT! I'm smiling just sitting here writing this. I devoured this book like someone would the cake on the cover. Praise praise to Adena Halpern!
Leah
Earlier this year I read The Ten Best Days of My Life by Adena Halpern and I loved it. It wasan absolutely brilliant novel. It was funny, it was witty and it was incredibly warm. I loved Alexandra and I loved the fact the novel was a bit different to most Chick Lit novels I read. I came close to fainting when I got June’s GalleyGrab newsletter and saw Pinch Me, Adena’s new novel was on there. I’ve been waiting to read it for ages. Generally I hate reading on the computer because it kills my alre ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
What a cute book! Lily grew up with a mother and grandmother who thought that a family curse ruined each of their relationships with men. After they went through their fair share of men, they decided that raising Lily to avoid relationships would be best for her. I think that since they raised her that way, she wanted even more to find the man of her dreams.

Lily finds the man that she wants to marry in Gogo (I know why would you name a character Gogo?). Even after all the warning from her family
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Katie
HA! I just finished reading Adena Halpern's latest novel, Pinch Me. What a fun book to start the year off. I loved her characters and could hear Dolly and Selma as if they were actually real people. I do see how some people could not believe that they were not sisters, but think about it. They were all each other had for years so they did lose the "mother / daughter" relationship and became more like sisters. I thought they were very believable and wanted them as my neighbors. They would be hyst ...more
Katie
Not exactly a young adult book, but I had much fun reading it. Although the story was a bit noncredible, I really liked it.

It was a fast-paced read, which was really amusing. All the things Lily did to finally get Gogo back were very funny, but also touching. You really understood that she loved him, because in his new life he wasn’t the handsome guy anymore, but Lily still loved him. I really liked her meeting her cousin as well and I was really surprised that they got along so well. I really f
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Kristen
Originally Posted on Strawberry Splash Book Reviews

Lily Burns has gotten bad advice about love from her mother, Selma and grandmother, Dolly, her entire life. They have told her to only date men would treat her badly. When she meets GoGo , a pediatrician and the love of her life, they sit her down and tell her why she can't be with GoGo: a curse put on her side of the family by her Great-Great-Aunt Emmalina. If they marry anyone they love, there will be huge consequences. GoGo and Lily decides t
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Chrissy
Its getting a little tedious...not only not having internet but also starting each mini review with a reminder that I'm pecking things out on an old phone that barely connects to anything all. but, here we go..... PINCH ME was a whimsical romantic fairy tale about a family curse that prevents marriage for the purpose of love. Dating back to the time one sister manipulatively stole another sister's husband, no woman down the family tree has been able to love and marry without disastrous consequen ...more
Megan
Pinch Me was a super cute story!

Lily has been told all her life to fall in love with a fat, bald man that treats you badly because that ws her only chance of being happy. But Lily falls in love with a gorgeous, kind, funny man named Gogo who treats her like a queen and then she finds out that her love life is cursed....literally! But that doesn`t stop Lily from eloping with Gogo in Las Vegas. Back in the hotel room, Lily asks Gogo to pinch her because she can`t believe that all of this is real
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Elvia
Lily has fallen in love with Gogo despite the warnings of her mother and grandmother to find someone bald, fat and ugly to fall in love with. When Lily proclaims her love for Gogo, her relatives panic and tell her about a curse spanning back generations. Lily, goes and marries, dear Gogo and on their wedding night in such bliss, she says, "Pinch me." Her love does and as he does, he dooms both him and her to a life they were never supposed to have. He is no longer a loving doctor but a downspout ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
ADENA HALPERN'S "PINCH ME" (REVIEW)

This book is hilarious and sweet at the same time. Lily Burns is a woman cursed to never find true love. With the advice given to her by her mother and grandmother she decides to forgo this and find love anyway only to realize it was all a dream. In order to get back the man she fell for she has to go through a whole new scenario and convince him that he's in love with her regardless that he's already married.

This book was delightfully funny, with just the righ
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Justyne Essery
I'd give this 3.5, if Goodreads had half stars.

Definitely not the book to be taken seriously--but for what it is, it was rather enjoyable. While parts of the storyline (and a handful of the characters) were borderline ridiculous, that's part of what I liked about it. I laughed a lot and the ending gave me that nice, fuzzy feeling that most rom-coms are famous for. It could have probably been trimmed a bit more (and the editing was a tad sloppy--I picked out several grammar errors, and grammar ha
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Alison the Librarian
This book reminded me a lot of the movie, "Run, Lola, Run" in which the main character replays the same day 3 times over, but it is completely different each time depending on the small details that are changed. That's not the plot of this, but there is definitely the element of "what if...?" in it.

It was pretty engrossing, but probably the reason I was excited to keep reading is because the author is a Philadelphia native, and there were many allusions to the area, especially the Main Line. I e
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Dan
Lily Burn’s family is cursed. They never can find true love or there will be devastating effects. So this was told to Lily all her life by her mother and grandmother and she never dated anybody she liked or for that matter, attracted to. But then she meets Gogo and falls in love. Not such a good thing, because when she believes that he is too good to be true, he pinches her, and everything disappears. Lily is then determined to break the curse to get the man of her dreams.

This humorous present-d
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Faye
Jul 08, 2014 Faye added it
Don't think I can rate this. It is a fluff book that is enjoyable to read if you want a light forgettable romance read. Written as if it could easily be made into a chick flick. No real substance but it kept me entertained on the beach.
Emma_carstairs
This book is incredible! It is funny and just a very upbeat type of book that would really lift your spirits! It's a fast paced book for it only took me a day or two to finish. I absolutely recommend it.
Beverley
I really liked this book. I thought the main character was cute and I could relate to her. Probably wouldn't happen in real life - but a little fantasy is fun to read once in a while.
Faith
I really enjoyed reading this book! It started off a little slow but it picked around 70 pages in. It's an easy read and the story is charming. Halpern does a great job of adopting a fairy tale to modern life without it seeming cheesy or campy. I love how Lily develops in the novel. She starts off seeming a bit weak in the beginning but by the end it is her strength that saves everyone. Plus, (this isn't really related to the quality of the book btw) Halpern mentions a lot of places in Philadelp ...more
Patricia Zashkoff
This is a wonderfully quirky and funny story about a spell that has been cast on the generations of females in a certain family. The characters are colorful and remind me of a few of my own Italian relatives. They too, belived in putting curses on people who did them wrong. The funny part comes about when they try to reverse the curse. I would recommend this book for someone who wants a laugh and can take the story with a grain of salt(thrown over the shoulder, of course!).
Jennifer
I had high hopes for this book given how much I have loved previous Halpern books, I was somewhat disappointed. I didnt feel there was enough character development between Lily and Gogo so I was not all that committed at the start of the unrealistic task of reversing a family curse. I was only convinced of their relationship from Lily's fervor for not loosing Gogo not from the depth of their love for each other. It was an entertaining read and good for pondering marriage and love.
Chanpreet
Adena Halpern has done it again! I love how she meshes reality and magic so well. It's always a "What if?" situation done extremely well. I really felt for Lily, Selma, and Dolly. It's horrible to not be with the one you love, especially if neither of you has a choice in the matter. I love how this book's theme is about having faith in the ones you love. It really resonated with me and I'm sure it will with you too!

Claire
I worry that I am too cynical to read books like this... My brain was going - you know, you don't have to get married.. you can just live in sin together, you could get around the curse that way. I pushed those thoughts away and focused on enjoying the book. And it was a good book, there was a lovely mix of humor and heart. I loved the relationship between Dolly and Mr Poolson! That was great!
Kourtney
I love Adena Halpern's books! This is the third one I've read and I really feel at this point that she can write no wrong!! Being a single girl, throughout the book I felt pangs of being lonely as the women discussed love, but I love Adena's message at the end of the book when she was answering questions in "A Conversation with Adena Halpern." Gave me hope :)
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Adena Halpern is the author of a memoir TARGET UNDERWEAR AND A VERA WANG GOWN- NOTES FROM A SINGLE GIRL'S CLOSET and the novel THE TEN BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE. Adena has also written for Marie Claire, Daily Variety and The New York Times. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree i
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