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Following Polly

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  409 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Would you call Alice Teakle a stalker? Or just someone with an, um, healthy obsession with golden girl Polly Linley Dawson? No one much notices Alice: not her boss, not the neighbors, not even her mother. Besides, everyone follows Polly: her business selling high-end lingerie you can only imagine her wearing, her all-over-the-social-pages marriage to movie director Humphre ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published June 15th 2010)
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Karen Bergreen
Aug 27, 2012 Karen Bergreen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
after several agonizing moments,I decided to give my own book five stars. I loved writing it!
Amy Lignor
It will come as no surprise, when you start reading this book, to know that the author is a stand-up comedian…it is THAT funny.

Mona Hawkins is the ultimate casting director in NYC. And this story all begins because a Director wants Mona to get the ‘it’ girl in Hollywood into his movie. This was a complete setup because the powerhouse actress wouldn’t do it, so Mona simply set up a fake casting call and then gave the job to a young ‘unknown.’ Then, after the ‘it’ girl became jealous, she jumped a
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
I laughed... I cried... I fell in love with Alice Teakle!

In her debut novel, Karen Bergreen has created a wonderfully plucky heroine one can't help but fall in love with, Alice Teakle. Alice is a little bit everywoman. I mean that in the sense that there is much in Alice that we can all identify with. Alice isn't perfect... she has her flaws... doesn't always show good judgment and sometimes needs pointed out to her when her moral courage is lacking. Sound like anyone we know? Really? Stand in f
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It's been so long since I've wanted to give a Chick Lit five stars! If 'Following Polly' doesn't deserve the five stars, I don't know which one does!

Alice Teakle has issues. Sure, she's totally sane, but add a dysfunctional childhood to the picture, it's no surprise that she has developed a not-so-healthy obsession - Stalking.
Alice has recently lost her job for being honest and she's not worried. Probably because she's as fickle as they get but anyway, her mother sends her to therapy, hoping i
Ashou Burie
FOLLOWING POLLY ROCKS! It's such an understated piece of fiction!! This book had laughs, wit, and clever placement of characters. Alice Teakle was a character that at first I didn't like too much. She had a chameleon-like persona that immediately led me to assume that she was some kind of sociopath. But as the book went on I grew to love her, she was quirky and special in her own way that made her such a likable character. So much, that a reader wouldn't want the book to end! This book is way wo ...more
A perfect blend of mystery, chick-lit, tension and snark. Bergreen's heroine (of sorts) Alice acts like a real person. She holds grudges, creates fantasies and often does nonsensical and stupid things. But they all make their own wacky, forgivable sense. Out of work and looking to occupy herself, Alice happens to catch sight of a former classmate. Now rich and famous, Polly is everything Alice is not. With nothing better to do, Alice starts following Polly...all the way to the end. Amusing and e ...more
Jonicat Motoike
Sep 08, 2012 Jonicat Motoike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonicat by: I won this copy from RT.
I really liked this book. Finished it in a day.
This originally ended up on my "To Read" list when I entered a Goodreads Giveaway, glad I didn't delete when I wasn't a winner. Karen Bergreen writes an oddly compelling book. Alice is a young woman who is invisible to most of the world including herself. She suffered a terrible tragedy as a child that turned a happy family life into a solitary existence.

Now, she's an adult who after losing her job comes across a college classmate that while not exactly a rival has haunted Alice's life. Polly Da
Yan cao
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Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
This book was a great summer read. I started it while on vacation and finished reading it in the car on the way home. Normally I can only read for a little while in the car, before I either get restless or a headache - but not with this book - I read it right through to the end of the book!

Alice has lost her job and is just sort of floating, not really sure where she wants to land, when she sees Polly Dawson. Polly is sort of her long-time nemesis from college - the one who always had everything

Alice Teakle is your average Harvard graduate with a steel trap memory, an obsessive crush and no ambition. She’s single but she has friends to live vicariously through. She has a slightly hellish job as a casting agent until her good-natured honesty helps her career take a turn for the pits.

She also has a slightly odd hobby of following people around but it’s never really lead to anything sinister.

It’s never lead to anything sinister before Polly Dawson.

Kari Anderson
Alice is kind of at a low point in her life. She got fired from her job for exposing a secret about her boss, so now she’s jobless.

Yes, she has a Harvard degree, but without a life plan, there is nothing to do with that piece of prestigious paper. So, she folds it up and takes up a hobby: Following Polly.

Polly was the popular girl at Harvard. She spoke to Polly once, because she needed help breaking into her room. And although they lived by each other, Polly never spoke to Alice again. This real
First let me give a shoutout to - this was my very first Early Reviewers win.

The cover is...well I guess vibrant is the word that comes to mind. I really wanted to read it based on that alone. Honest, I didn't have a clue what it was about.

The story starts with Alice just after she got fired as from her job working with a Casting director Mona Hawkins - who was a horrible human being. She stops to get some comfort food and runs into a woman she knew in college - Polly Dawson. Po
Alice Teakle has been laid off. Unsure what she wants to do with her life, her mother suggests therapy. Her therapist suggests a life goal. Then, out of the blue, Alice runs into a former and hated college classmate; Polly Dawson. Polly Dawson has everything... money, class, great husband. But Polly is not a nice person. In an admittedly poor spur-of-the-moment decision, Alice begins to follow Polly; certainly if Polly has it all, she must be doing something right. Maybe in following Polly, Alic ...more
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Steven Beede
Following Polly has many funny passages, including an humorous funny Manhattan party crashing scene that is up to the level of Woody Allen's New Yorker pieces. I thought Following Polly was merely going to be a breezy chick-lit diversion. However, it is a fine novel with an intriguing murder mystery and hilarious comic turns. It is chick lit with an unexpected emphasis on the "lit." What elevates Following Polly is its treatment of the down side of life in Manhattan, when it feels lonely and lov ...more
I won this book on Goodreads!

First of all, let me just say that this is another instance of wishing there was a 1/2 star....I would definitely have bumped it up to 3 1/2 stars instead of 3.

Definitely a stronger ending than start for me with this one. There were times in the beginning when I considered.....well, taking a break and trying again at another time. I'm glad I hung in there, but the my feelings early on are what keep this book at a 3 star rating for me.

While I did feel a certain affini
Jun 25, 2011 Shelby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone in need of some light reading
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

It is certainly safe to say that for the past few days I have been infatuated with this book. Although I usually read before bed to settle my mind down, I've been staying up until the AM (which is very late for me) reading this. In fact, I finished the book about five minutes ago and then rushed straight to the computer to write a review. This would be normal if it weren't for the fact that it is currently 12:26 AM.

I can't wait

Review and Contest for Following Polly
I read Following Polly as a member of the From Left to Write book club. I was given a free copy as part of the book club.

Most people enjoy a certain genre of books, such as non-fiction, popular fiction, or true crime. Before joining this book club, I was very into cozy mysteries. These are books that are usually pretty light to read and often are written in series where the main character always stays the same. They ar
Thank you goodreads for the opportunity to review this book.

Would you call Alice Teakle a stalker? No one much notices Alice: not her boss, not the neighbors, not even her Mother. Besides, everyone follows Polly: her business selling high-end lingerie you can imagine only her elegant self wearing, her all-over-the-social-pages marriage to movie director Humphrey Dawson, her chic looks, her wardrobe. Alice just follows her a little more…closely.

I LOVED this book because it was humorous, with uni
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Summary: Alice Teakle has just lost her job. What's a girl to do with no career goals, no love life, and an unlimited amount of time on her hands? Follow around the ultra famous Polly Lawson, whom Alice went to college with and has despised ever since. Polly seems to have everything that Alice doesn't. A loving husband, barrels of money, and a successful business selling lingerie. Polly doesn't seem to notice as Alice follows her aro
Christy Woods
The Quick & Dirty: In an effort to discover her purpose in life, former (meaning just fired) casting assistant Alice Teakle takes to following her most despised college classmate, Polly Dawson. When Polly is found dead guess who’s the number one suspect?

Clearly, this was a book club pick as mystery/romantic comedy is not my usual genre, but I am so glad I read this delightful, funny, and lighthearted story.

The Good: Alice Teakle is a bit of a nutcase. She is aimless, unmotivated, and neurot
I won this on Goodreads Firstreads.

The first 100pgs of this book were agony. Why? Because the main character, Alice, is this most demented person I have ever read about. So much so, that I barely made it through the book. After fifty pages, I was going to give up, but pushed through so I could write a review. The reason I find her so intolerable is because she STALKS everyone for no apparent reason. And then proceeds to justify her stalking. She stalks Polly, this rude girl she knew in college,
Disclaimer: I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

All in all this was a nice, simple story with some humorous elements. One thing that bothered me was any discussion involving a character's use of the internet. It felt like it was written by someone who hasn't really used the internet in about 15 years. (At one point, the main character, Alice, needs to create her own account to "log on." By account the author means an email address.)

Occasionally I was confused by Alice's interactions w
Georgiann Hennelly
Would you say Alice Teakle is a stalker? or just someone with an unhealthy obsession with Polly Linley Dawson? No one really notices Alice: not her neighbors, her boss, not even her mother. But everyone notices golden girl Polly and everything about her elegant self. She,s married to movie director Humphrey Dawson. Everyone follows Polly from her high end business to her social life. Alice just follows her a little more ..... closely. One Autumn afternoon in Manhattan after Alice loses her job a ...more
Cathy Daniel
I attempted to read this based on a RAVING review from a friend but I just found it too unlikeable! The main character is so weird and I just can't relate to a character who STALKS people but I read on hoping for growth in the end but nope! She's still stalking at the end . A weird dud and I'm confused by the glowing reviews.
Amy Siggelow
I won this book from Goodreads as a First Reads copy.

I just finished reading this book and I wanted to write a review immediately. This was a very good book. I liked the story line, as it flowed together very nicely. The mystery and suspense was very good, in my opinion, and kept me guessing back and forth as to who the real "culprit" could be. I knew by the book's description that Alice, the main character, would end up with her secret crush, but it was great seeing the way the romance played o
Brenda Knight
I won a copy of this book from a giveaway listed on While I did like the book, quite a bit, the first 55 pages were so slow and boring I almost gave up a few times. I'm glad I continued to muddle through, because the story was really quite entertaining. I would have missed a good read if I hadn't suck with it. After reading the whole book, I do see that those first 55 pages were mostly necessary back story. Once the story picked up, the book kept my attention through to the end. T ...more
This book had some good points and some bad. I really didn't find the protagonist Alice completely believable but perhaps that's because I didn't completely understand her obsession and pathology.

Alice is a compulsive stalker, preferring to follow the object of her intention instead of interacting with them. She doesn't seem to be dangerous, or is she?

The main premise of the book has her Following Polly a fabulously successful designer who Alice originally met in college. When a sinister fate b
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Karen Bergreen is a comedian who performs live at Carolines, Stand-Up New York, Gotham, and The Comic Strip and has
appeared on Comedy Central, the Oxygen Network and Law & Order.

She was previously an attorney who clerked for a federal judge. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
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