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The Not-So-Perfect Man

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  334 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
As far as her family and friends are concerned, Frieda has been the grieving widow for long enough. At 35, she's still (relatively) young, still (adequately) attractive. Her sex drive is very much alive; even Frieda admits she'd like to put it to use again. Besides, she has a son who certainly needs a father figure. With visions of the perfect second husband in mind, Fried ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 20th 2004)
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Veronica Hernandez
I am just about to finish this great read. It has put a smile on my face. A must read!
Apr 27, 2014 Cara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-or-frivolity
I picked this up on impulse at the library, figuring some fluff would be nice. This book certainly fit the bill! It ended up being my companion for a racing weekend at Barber. (Sorry, not all races are interesting.)

It's the tale of three sisters and their man troubles, basically. Frieda is a widow whose sister keeps trying to fix her up with people before she's ready. Ilene is the controlling sister, who's very pushy and critical--quite unlikeable in most situations. Betty is the frumpy sister
May 09, 2013 Leonel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each one of us has a different perception of who is the perfect person to spend the rest of our lives with. I think that's the idea that Valerie Frankel wants to explore in her novel "The Not-So-Perfect Man." This is a story of three sisters living in New York City, and their eternal quest for happiness, with and without partners. Ilene is married to Peter, but she is unhappy because he has gained a lot of weight since they got married. Betty works at a chain book store and is falling for the gu ...more
The Not So Perfect Man follows 3 sisters: Freida the widowed mother and middle sister, Betty the single and unhappy in her life youngest sister, and Ilene the married with no kids eldest. The premise seemed cute at first, but unfortunately, it just felt weird by the end.

Ilene and husband Peter begin and end the book together. Freida begins the book alone, falls in love with actor Sam Hill, for various reasons dumps him and almost marries David, a man whose life mirrors hers. She ends up (as wit
Linda Katzman
I know the perfect man for you! How many times have we all heard this? Since her husband’s death, Frieda has heard this phrase from her meddling sister, Ilene numerous times. Ilene, being the oldest takes it upon herself to fix her sisters’ problems (even is they don’t realize they have any). She knows just what Frieda should be looking for in the perfect man, and knows just the guy for her. Ilene is quick to point out that Baby sister Betty could stand to lose some weight. Sometimes the sisters ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has a very mild spoiler, so if you don't want to know anything about the book then don't read any further. It's something you'll find out on page 44 anyway, so it's not a major spoiler.... Anyway, my comment is this - I really enjoyed this book, except for what Frieda did when she first met Sam!! I mean come on, she lives in New York, shouldn't she be a bit wary of people she's just met?? He could have been some kind of nutter, she knew absolutely nothing about him... That's the only ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent characters although I grew to strongly dislike a few of them. Mindless (ie great beach read) romantic story lines (half train wrecks they should see coming and half utterly unrealistic). Ideal for a Tyler Perry movie...

Where this book excels is in exploring the depths of being a pretty but obese woman who has let herself go, rich inner fantasy life, cynical about dating.... I identified with her and these parts spoke to me. The rest not as much.
This book just was not for me. Kind of a cute storyline but I just did not like the characters in the book at all. After reading about half of it I gave up and decided to move on to something else.
Vaishnavi Chandrasekaran
one of the most surprising books i have ever read.
i kept waiting for the other shoe to drop in all the sisters lives somewhere. they did drop,
only not where i expected them to. certainly not in case of The Earl and The Leather Boots.
Feb 06, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I enjoy Frankel's books. They all have a bit of something off the beaten path of chick-lit. Here a youngish widow re-enters the dating fray. I had a few issues with interactions between the beaux and her son, but otherwise this was mostly frothy fun.
I used about 3 month just to finish the novel because it have nothing to trigger me to know the next scene/story.
Jul 03, 2011 Elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how realistic the characters were. I didn't care for the bad language, but the story was so good I put up with it.
Jun 22, 2011 Damla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(mükemmel erkek yok)
türkçeye çevirilirken kitap kapağı aynı bırakılmış çok şaşırdım eğlenceli bir roman
Sep 19, 2014 Danni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although this wasn't a bad book, I just couldn't get into the characters. I kept forgetting who was who. Was looking forward for book to end instead of seeing how it ends.
I thought this was just 'OK', not one to recommend to friends - but enjoyable enough to keep me entertained. I just didn't really 'like' any of the characters enough to care.
Kelly Batten
Apr 10, 2015 Kelly Batten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, romace
A funny step into the realistic lives of three sisters who brag and moan and whine and smile about the men in their lives and the dramas that unfold when they meddle in each other's lives.
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She's written twenty books (e.g., The Accidental Virgin and The Girlfriend Curse), and contributed to dozens of publications including the New York Times, Self, Allure, Glamour, Parenting and Good Housekeeping. Her memoir, Thin Is the New Happy, about overcoming bad body image after 30 years of dieting and self-loathing, was recently described as "Rueful, zestful and surprisingly funny," by the Ne ...more
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