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Bare Necessity

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,178 Ratings  ·  54 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 really liked it  ·  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
Jun 07, 2007 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  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
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.
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.
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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
Jan 02, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz Chapman
I found this book in a charity shop so it was as I expected just a nice read, and slightly silly. Some of the characters were a bit dappy and obnoxious Chris was just that. Haven't we all come across a bloke like that at some time in our lives ! UGH! I thought the stringing out of Adam actually meeting Emily was strung out too much and it got a little boring but otherwise the book made a nice easy bed time read.
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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
Catherine Little
mindless entertainment. Grandmom will like it.
Karen Whittard
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Amanda Astbury
Apr 12, 2015 Amanda Astbury rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much much better than the last 2 I read
Apryl Rickert
I have to rate this a 2.5 I can't say I disliked this book because it had it's moments. I am not sure I can strongly recommend as much more than a good mindless beach read.
Jan 29, 2013 Naeia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alison Winter
It got better as the book went on, I've read better from Carole Matthews but enjoyed it anyway
Simone Vincent
A little difficult to get into at the beginning but i did like it, the best friend was painful though...
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.
Aug 27, 2007 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2012 Rachel Jayme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** 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.... :)
Jul 27, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 05, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2012 Kathy Chung rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2015 Claire Bujeaud rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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...
Aug 28, 2011 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 13, 2007 Laura rated it liked it  ·  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.
Mar 06, 2008 Audra rated it liked it  ·  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.... :-)
Jul 27, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 09, 2011 Ladyredlight007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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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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