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Bare Necessity

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  862 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Once Emily Miller thought that losing her boyfriend Declan would be the worst thing that could happen. Of course, that was before she learned that the lowlife cad had secretly mortgaged their dream house, run up their shared debts . . . and posted a picture of her on the internet that would make a rugby team blush. Still, she is coping masterfully, despite losing her home ...more
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Published April 29th 2003 by HarperAudio (first published 2003)
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♥ Marlene♥
Nov 13, 2012 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: an easy fun read
I received this book a few days ago from a friend through bookcrossing. We call this a rabck which stands for a bookcrossing random act of kindness.
She sent me 2 books of my wish list and made me very happy.

Finished it this morning and it was a fun read.

Think about it. Your boyfriend of a few years has put the sexy Santa photo's you 2 have made on the Internet!! eek!


Last night I was reading and all of a sudden I was laughing like a lunatic. Very loud and really a big belly laugh. It was so funny
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Wendy
Jun 07, 2007 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girlfriends
A silly fun book about another girl who has her heart broken by her guy and how her best friend helps her through her misfortune. Declan, the boyfriend, has staked everything...home, savings...on his dot.coms that are going belly up save for the soft porn site that he used Emily's saucy photo on, without Emily's knowledge. Things bust open when Emily discovers her "bum" on the Internet...she even loses her job as a school teacher.

Didn't disappoint although I could "see" the ending coming. If you
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Melea Rose-Waters
I had the HARDEST time getting through this book and I'm not sure why. The story was good enough, and the writing was fine, but for whatever reason every time I picked it up I seemed to fall asleep. Because of that, I have to rate it "just ok". I wish I could figure out why this book didn't draw me in but I can't for whatever reason.
Elizabeth
I "liked" this book so much I didn't bring it back from vacation. I like Carol Matthews but she was scrapping the bottom of the barrel with this one.
Rebecca
Emily's picture in a saucy outfit is posted on her boyfriends Declan's website. She immediately dumps him and moves in with her best mate from college, Cara. Cara is very new age-y and for some reason works at a local newspaper with Adam, who she falls for. Emily's life gets turned upside down when Cara's paper runs with the story of a local women "posing" for the internet and she is ruined. Trying to turn her ruined life into 5 minutes of fame, Emily then poses for a fame photographer who is fr ...more
Cynthia
I read "For Better, For Worse," first and didn't really like it. The ending was cheesy, Matt did not deserve Josie, and just missing each other in every scene by seconds got annoying. Although, there are a lot of similarities between "Bare Necessity" and "For Better, For Worse," (missing each other, the author's need to be "humorous" in every other sentence) I enjoyed this novel a lot more.

WHY you ask? The plot was crazier, more over-the-top, and the characters were more likable. Adam could be
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Fluffychick
I bought this on recommendation from Amazon (yes, another one!) and because Carole Matthew's is a reliably good chick-lit author...was a bit surprised that it was first published in 2001 and it's a bit dated due to that. This is shown though the horror that her photos are actually on the internet (welcome to the world of facebook et al in 2009!) and the national publicity this creates (wouldn't touch now!) also has a couple of references to Tony Blair! However, as usual it's well written with en ...more
Karen
I did not enjoy this book as much as some of the other books I have read by Carole Matthews.

Emma finds that her boyfriend (Declan) has put photo's of her on the internet dressed up in a santa suit. Emma thought these photo's were just a bit of fun between her and Declan. Emma goes to live with her hippy best friend Cara. This book follows the trials and tribulations that follow this. Also there is a very good friendship bound in this book which comes across very well.

This did have me chuckling
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Naeia
This book started off a little slow and I was not too sure if I was going to like it. But once it took off I was in love with all the characters. Biting my nails until the very end of the story, since that is usually the best part.

It has a lot about being naked and sexual nature, but I am not against reading books of that nature, unless they go too far into detail.

All in all it was a great book, I would read it again in a heartbeat. I am going to check out more books by this author.
Simone Vincent
A little difficult to get into at the beginning but i did like it, the best friend was painful though...
Sassyfrazz
This book is not one of the best Matthews has written. I found I did not care much for any of the characters. The men did not stand out - nothing to get excited about. The women were boring. It was a light, quick read. Not very funny, not very creative, not very memorable. I still think The Chocolate Lovers' Club is Matthews best - but I am going to keep reading her in hopes of finding another gem.
Judy
I really liked this book! Towards the end you find yourself screaming at the book but it was a great. Of course I only picked it up because the cover looked like a chick lit novel, and the summary seemed to roll a life's worth of problems into 372 pages. But overall I was very happy about the outcome of the novel and would recommend this book to anyone who needs a book to get lost in.
Rachel Jayme
** spoiler alert ** I liked this book a lot. Just goes to show how some guys can be complete jerks who would do anything just to make a buck. I found it disturbing though that her friend would end up with her a$$h)!3 ex specially since she is supposed to be all moral and ethical. I liked how the message is don't hate all men cause not all men are bad -- just selfish.... :)
Debbie
This was a light read that helped me get back into reading after a long break. I had some personal upheaval in my life and the book's main character did too, so I related to her immediately. The book doesn't take itself too seriously.

Though I have read others by Ms. Matthews hoping that they would be as good, this one still clearly stands out as the best.
Cheryl
Thoroughly funny escapade of a schoolteacher who battles the loss of her job, her home and boyfriend .... all over a photo taken and posted on the internet. How does she manage to get out of this mess? Some witchcraft, loyal friends, and laughter! A delightful, quick book that allows the reader a fast paced, no thinking involved, time of entertainment.
Kathy Chung
Had a hard time reading this book. From the synopsis, the story sound promising. however when i git down to reading it, i found its pretty much a chore.

Lack of depth in the characters. To me the flow of the story was not smooth. Tend to jump here and there. at times i dont know what the author is trying to say.

Its not a book for me.
Claire Bujeaud
Wanted some easyreading that I could pick up and put down while waiting for my overdue baby to arrive. This was passable and entertaining and a very quick read but not my favourite type of book and not enough depth of character to it. Still, it passed the time with a couple of chuckles...
L
Felt the writer started with interesting characters but changed them too dramatically as the story went along. Didn't like that by end every person had basically sold out or betrayed their own ideals or a close friend. And the men in the story were weak characters.
Laura
Oct 13, 2007 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chicks
Chicklit, through and through.

Takes place in London.

NOT a romance. Much less corny than a romance.

Still, predictable.

But a fun read. Definitely a trashy novel, that I liked. Would be good vacation, beach, or burnt-out reading.
Audra
Mar 06, 2008 Audra rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks
Recommended to Audra by: Mrs Bond
Ok, so this is completely UNREALISTIC...but still a good piece of chick-lit if you're looking to escape from the world for a bit. My cuz lent this one to me. I have just lent it to Marisa. Let's see what she thinks.... :-)
Emily
this book was a waste of time really. Totally cheesy ending, very predictable. I had a hard time getting through it because it just couldn't keep my attention for long. Not of one her best for sure.
Ladyredlight007
This was a quick easy read. The main character's life is turned upside down after her ex-boyfriend puts up an x-rated picture of her on the internet. There were a few LOL moments.
Venassa
It kept me intrigued, just not can't-put-it-down intrigued. It's good for a quick read if you like a bit of romance, random occurrences, but not a deep plot.
Marisa Mccarthy
Good book. I liked it. The beginning of the book I think is the best. The ending, and I am sure those of you who read this book will agree was not expected.
Anna
Great fun, as all of Carole's books are. I'm not a romantic fiction fan, but make an exception for these. I've read most of her books.
Nicola
Not as good as some chick lit and quite easy to see where the story was leading, but still funny and an easy holiday read.
June
A great read . . . loved it! Not high literature, but good, old-fashioned, feel-good reading . . .
bookczuk
Not bad in general, given the genre. Mostly an escapist tale, better written than some.
Julie
Typical fluff book - didn't like this one, totally predictable with a cheesy ending
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Carole Matthews is an international bestselling author of hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

A Minor Indiscretion and A Compromising Position both reached the Top 5 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart in the UK. You Drive Me Crazy reached number 8 in the original fiction charts. The novel Welcom
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