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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  3,130 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invit ...more
Published June 27th 2006 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Amira Mahmoud
Coming Out
تدور أحداث هذه الرواية عن تلك العائلة الكبيرة , التي على الرغم من اختلاف أفرادها في الانتماءات والاتجاهات وربما الديانات أيضاً
إلا أنها تحافظ على تماسكها ومحبتها
وكأي فرقة موسيقية تحتاج إلى مايسترو يقودها , ويوجه أفرادها وآلاتها للحصول على الأداء السليم
كانت هذه العائلة الكبيرة تحتاج إلى المايسترو المتمثل في تلك المرأة الشابة , التي تأخذ على عاتقها مهمة العناية بكُل فرد من أفراد الأسرة , والعناية بهم جميعاً
وكأي أسرة بها مراهقين , كان عليها مراقبة سلوكهم والقلق بشأنهم
ومعرفة مشاكله
Kwesi 章英狮
When I was in high school I never enjoyed partying with my friends even school parties. Not because I'm an outcast but because of the eyes that looking at you from top to bottom. I don't like it when people looking at me especially strangers and I don't like to mingle with the crowd. My prom experience? Well, it was a disaster, I don't know what to wear and I don't like what my mother suggested. It was the worst nightmare I ever had when I was in high school, stupid, that I nearly decided not to ...more
Curtis Lowton
I’ll be honest; I’m not a Steel neophyte. Back in 1990 at the tender age of 17, I read Kaleidoscope and I remember enjoying it. However, the experience of reading a Danielle Steel novel at the wizened age of 41 was a less agreeable experience.
I pondered what I could possibly say in a review of Coming Out that hasn’t already been said in other reviews. Aside from the five star reviews that inexplicably appear on Goodreads (please contact me, if you think Coming Out is five stars, I have books re
I'd never read a Danielle Steel, and I wanted to try one. Now I know.

This book reads like she did some free writing in preparation for a novel, and then her publishers grabbed it, spell checked it, and shipped it off to bookstores. It's almost unreadable.
I picked this up as a book to read for the Eurostar trip; and I must say I was disappointed. While I expected a tumultuous voyage of emotions and fights, it was very... well, tame. It emphasised the positive points of each character too much, leaving nothing to the reader's own interpretation. While I am no stranger to easy reads, this book seemed to jump into my mind and kick out any of my own thoughts about the characters, replacing it with Steele's over explained points.
The ending seemed t
Before you lambast me, this was a "stretch goal". Something WAAAAYYY outside my normal genre. This is an author I had always disregarded and bashed, but I figured I should read at least one of her books otherwise I'm being an uninformed hypocrite. I was going for the smut she's known for and apparently picked the exact wrong book because there was none. Then again, maybe it was the right one because I could judge it solely on it's writing merit.

And.... it was ok. It was 115 pages, so easily read
Toni Salvo
The people in this book are well educated middle upper class, or even "blue blooded". The young people go to Europe in summer and meet the rest of the family who holidays in St. Tropez, Monaco etc. etc.

An invitation for heroine Olympia's twin daughters to a coming out ball is the main issue in the book and becomes a huge family problem. Not the most serious situation for a family to deal with since coming out balls is a rather old fashioned upper class affair; even if the twins are from a previo
This rich, white, privileged lady named Olympia wants her two daughters to participate in a coming out ball that is only open to other rich, white, privileged people. Her Jewish husband is the voice of reason and flat out refuses to attend. But, Olympia won't give up, especially when a Jewish person and a black person tell her it's ok for her to support the racist function.

The basic premise of this book is interesting, how society is constantly changing and what was once commonplace (exclusion b
Chelsey Thompson
Truly, this book is not good. It is written from the perspective of Olympia, the mother of 4. Her twin girls are invited to attend a coming out gala with New York's upper society. Everything in the book has to do with preparing for the ball and the struggles of getting everyone there. (Seriously, was this an important enough topic to write a book about?) Oh and it deals with the 'political' struggles of organizations that do not include all demographics, teenagers who get tattoos, and being gay. ...more
I picked this book up purely because I had never read a Danelle Steel novel before. I figured that I should try considering she is a best selling novelist and this book looked harmless enough.

I must say that I was disappointed. It wasn't the language; I had expected it to have some. It also wasn't the topic that let me down, it was the writing style. I found something lacking. I had a hard time putting my finger on it at first, but I think it might be the way she "told" the story more than "show
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I am not going to dwell too much on this review. I was very disappointed in this book. The characters never developed enough for me--they were very flat--no depth at all.

In a nut shell, Olympia, mother to twins Veronica & Virginia was a southern debutante and now it is time for her daughters to "come out" in the formal debutante ball. Olympia's husband, Harry (the step-father) who is Jewish and a big-wig judge is totally appalled by the idea of the gathering and presenting of these W.hite A
I read this book in one sitting during the week. I've enjoyed Ms. Steel's most recent work
much more (44 Charles Street, Hotel Vendome). Nevertheless, the story was enjoyable.
The author is excellent in creating a plot and the pace in which to move it along, but I
often wish for more compelling dialogue between the characters as they deal with
dufficult situations.
Hearing from a friend from high school that Danielle Steele was her favorite author, and from my mom that she used to read some of Danielle Steele's books when she was younger, I managed to finally grab a copy of one of Miss Steele's newer work. I bought this just a few months (maybe a year) after Coming Out came out, and only had the time and motivation to read it recently. I thought maybe being in college, older and wiser, would help me appreciate a book meant for adults more, but was I dead w ...more
I listened to the audiobook and it was a nice listen. A typical Danielle Steele book. And I enjoy her books :)
This novel was also recommanded from a friend. I liked it more than the other two. Anyway, I think I won't read for Danielle Steel any more.
Current Danielle Steele is nothing like Danielle Steele of old.....In the 80' and early 90's I read everything she wrote, and as I grew older, I think I outgrew her books. I have tried to return to her several times, and am disappointed more often than not. This book was better than the last one of hers that I read, but I kept waiting for someone to die. It was a "nice" story about typical upper-crust wealthy people in New York who have overcome their wealth and try to live as the rest of us do; ...more
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein adalah seorang ahli hukum sukses dengan kehidupan rumah tangga yang penuh kebahagiaan. Dari pernikahan pertamanya dengan seorang pria sosialite, Chauncey, Olympia dianugrahi 3 orang anak, Charlie dan si kembar Virginia & Veronica. Karena tidak cocok dengan gaya hidup Chauncey, mereka bercerai dan Olympia kemudian menikah dengan Harry Rubinstein, seorang profesor hukum keturunan Yahudi. Dari pernikahan keduanya, Olympia mendapatkan anak keempatnya, Max.

Kehidupan k
Bettye Griffin
It was an interesting look at the wealthy that everyone in this troubled economy won't particularly care to read about (then again, during the 1930s Depression years many movies depicted the lives of the wealthy, so maybe not). I enjoyed the emotional struggle of a mother trying to balance her own desires with her husband's adamant wishes, but while the story was essentially cute the author went overboard is describing a Big Secret of one of the children, using a phrase early on and repeatedly t ...more
Julie Barrett
coming out by danielle steel
After their trip to Europe the girls would be dropped off at Brown University and she'd have
Max all to herself as he started school for the new year.
Virginia and Veronica are going to the ball.
The oldest son has a lot of options as to what he will be doing with his life.
The girls find out they have to goto the ball or their father won't pay for their educations
at Brown. The Jewish mother in law even wants to go. It's a tradtional thing for Olivia, the mother
who at her
Amogst the boring and unrealistic characters there was actually a great storyline that wasn't well emphasized. The story follows Olympia Crawford Rubinstein. When her twin daughters are invited to the Coming Out party, which is a tradition in her family, chaos erupts in her family. One twin cannot wait to 'Come Out' and the other twin is dreading the moment she must 'Come Out'. Olympia's husband , Harry Rubinstein, son of two Hollocaust survivors , thinks its a racist thing that he refuses to at ...more
One would THINK this is a book about "coming out" - and as you can see, the cover has two women on it.


This was when "Do not judge a book by its' cover" come in play!

BUT in the end, hm!

This book was another typical Danielle Steel novel - not only that, but it was a short one, as well. It was shy of 200 pages and had only nine chapters. It was about this woman, Olympia who was going through an issue with her family. Her twin daughters were due to "come out" at a ball (it was
I've read a few books by Danielle Steel before, and never really liked them. When I was at the library yesterday stocking up on to many books, I decided to give her another try. So I picked out the shortest most interesting looking one there. As I was reading it, I remembered why I don't like her books. First, the chapters are so long. Ten pages is long enough for a chapter, her's are like thirty. Second, that there isn't a whole lot of excitement in her books. Or at least not in the one's I've ...more
Every so often when I am looking for some light reading I will get drawn in by the pretty cover and interesting book blurb of a Danielle Steel novel. Unfortunately I am always disappointed and this time was no different. Her books always read like a first draft. For instance, she will state a fact about a character, and two pages later she will state it again in the exact same words, as if she forgot she already told us that. I am not opposed to an easy read but it's as if her target audience is ...more
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This is a mind numbing tale of the ever important "coming out" ball and the family which whom this fantastic event effects. Each character handles their various situations of life with inspiring outlook and ease. From a run in their pantyhose to catching a cold just days before the event. Most people wouldn't be able to cope with such tragedy in their lives but everyone overcomes their obstacles to have a most perfect night at the ball. Danielle Steel does a wonderful job of assuming her readers ...more
Sandy Schmidt
In direct contrast to the previous book on Robert Peace is a fluff novel on the tradition of "coming out" parties for debutantes at age 16. Interesting look at a different type of family dynamic when you're rich and privileged.
needed something fluffy for the car, so i grabbed this. i've never read anything by her before. hmmm.

addendum: this was a terrible idea. only a disc in, i got so bored. basically it is a family fighting endlessly about whether or not the two daughters will go to an old-fashioned coming out ball at some club. so they fight, and discuss, and go on long perfectly-scripted and horribly redundant monologues about why or why not these eighteen year old girls should not be allowed to make their own dec
I have been a huge Danielle Steel fan for more than 20 years and I was extremely disappointed with this book. It was one of her shorter novels and I have to say I was glad, because honestly, I don't think I could have handled much more. The book title and cover pretty much gives away the whole plot- Debut for aristocratic, wealthy women & also coming out about sexual orientation. This book seemed to drag on and on about "problems" that most people would deem totally ridiculous. I understand ...more
Lori wise dowd
Really good story

As always , I loved this book. Danielle hasn't written a book yet that I couldn't put down. Very touching story about a blended family.
Amy (amyb2332)
I listened to the audiobook version. I thought the narrator was pretty good but this storyline was not good. I didn't expect much out of this book - after all it is Danielle Steel. I expected it to be predictable (it was) and a little silly (it was) but this imo this was worse than I had expected. I just didn't think the problem was really that big of a deal, and wow was it repetitive! There were several things that were just repeated over and over again. Or they would say a sentence and then sa ...more
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