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The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  952 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Hi, I'm Kate Bjorkman. What do you do if you've lived a real romance with a great guy and he loves you as much as you love him? Simple, I wrote a romance novel with help from THE ROMANCE WRITER'S PHRASE BOOK. Nothing is made up. I want truth and conflict even in romance. I'm betting you'll want the same.


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ebook, 192 pages
Published April 25th 2012 by Laurel Leaf (first published March 1st 1995)
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Kate
Aug 09, 2007 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anti-heroines, nerds named Kate
Gawky Kate Bjorkman has a rapier wit, genius IQ, and coke-bottle glasses. She’s been in love with Richard, her former neighbor and brother’s best friend, since they were kids, and she describes their budding romance by poking fun at Harlequin novel conventions, which take the lovers into bliss, betrayal, and back again.

I was completely charmed by this intelligent, witty, romantic anti-romance and wish I had discovered it in high school, as I share not only the narrator’s name but her geeky non-h
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Mary
I give this book five stars simply because I absolutely love reading it. It is not destined for the classics list or anything, but it can put a smile on my face and make me laugh every time I read it. It seems that every winter when I get that inevitable cold and feel miserable I turn to this book for a quick pick me up.
I was first introduced to this book in my college Young Adult Lit class. The author, Louise Plummer, visited our class (she was friends with my professor, Ann Cannon (or A.E. Ca
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Shelley
"I'm giving this my best shot. I've got The Romance Writer's Phrase Book right next to the word processor in case I'm at a loss for words, as they say. If you are jaded about romance or have PMS or are on the downside of manic depression and can't stand to read about other people's happiness, then get real. This book is not for you."

A Christmas tradition. Kate is snarky, sweet, funny and a joy to read about. I love how it lampoons and celebrates romance novels all at once. How can you not love a
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Brenda
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Jessica
This charming book is really a book-within-a-book, as Kate both regales you with the story of her Christmas romance and comments on her own writing in between chapters. More than anything, I enjoyed the characters, who were not only delightful, but also discussed at length by Narrator Kate, making them all the more real. A very fun book for teens, but especially those who like writing.
Jackie
How can you not love Kate Bjorkman? I love the play on structure and spoof on romance novels, without being to esoteric and mature for teens. I picked this book up as a comtemporary companion to read with Othello in my classroom, but in the end decided both texts were too challenging for struggling middle school readers. But, if I ever teach high school...
Teen
This book was refreshing for having a loving family with actually nice parents.
Holly
Kate likes romance novels. But not the kind that are sappy and unrealistic. And since most romance novels are this way, she sets out to write a real-life romance, using her own life as the story. So with The Romance Writers Phrasebook as her guide, Kate begins writing her own novel, trying to leave the majority of clichés behind. She even admits herself that with her non-silky legs, her coke-bottle glasses, her gangly height, and her geeky tendencies, she’s not the ideal heroine anyway. It all s ...more
Shelley
One of my favorite Christmas traditions. <3 Kate and Richard 4ever!

""I'm giving this my best shot. I've got The Romance Writer's Phrase Book right next to the word processor in case I'm at a loss for words, as they say. If you are jaded about romance or have PMS or are on the downside of manic depression and can't stand to read about other people's happiness, then get real. This book is not for you."

A Christmas tradition. Kate is snarky, sweet, funny and a joy to read about. I love how it lam
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Darla
(Genre:Young adult fiction) I have mixed feelings about this book. There were some things about it that I really liked. The writing style was fun and clever and I really like the heroine. The author made a great point in the story that falling in love is easy, but maintaining a relationship to keep it healthy is work. But there were also elements that I really disliked and I can't just dismiss them. One of those elements was the ending. Not only was it very unsatisfying for me, I felt like the c ...more
Celeste
Ugh. I hated the way that this book was organized-it had the author narrating the writing of a romance novel, and at the end of each chapter she would have revisions. I felt like the romance was unbelievable-the author depicted the boy as a great looking college kid who was funny and smart, and the girl as a nerdy gangly uncofident junior in high school-very unbelievable. The boy makes a mistake that breaks the girls heart and I didn't feel like the author ever redemed him from his mistake and t ...more
Machelle
This was the most hilarious written book I have read for a long time. Only down fall is I wish it was longer. The main character is writing a book about her romance with the help of "The Romance Writer's Phrase Book". Kate is funny and honest. She is an amazon women.
Brie
Oct 21, 2008 Brie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Brie by: Hayley Yates
I didn't like this book! I mean it was a cute little romance story but actually getting through it was hard. I thought it had too much swearing and a few vulgar parts and it just wants my favorite.
Reggie
Note: Okay, I have to be honest. I bought this book just because of the cover. It was so cute! I saw the other cover of this book and it was flat out ugly. I wouldn't have bought it.

The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman goes in my list of top romantic comedies. It's just so funny! This book was different from all of the other books I've read because here, I felt like Kate Bjorkman was actually talking to me and telling me her entire story. It's fresh and contemporary even though it's an old book
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Katie Hutchison Irion
Ok people, if you are my friend and haven't read this (or any of Lousie Plummer's for that matter) you should definitely rectify the problem. I read this years ago and just picked it up again while staying at my parents' house.
Hilarious. Honestly, I think I liked it better this time around than the first time I read it. The main character, Kate, is writing a "romance novel" about her romance. She uses quotes from the "The Romance Writer's Phrase Book." Maybe I like it because I like funny novel
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Rachelle
I read this book because the author used to be in my ward and I was interested in her writing. This book is so expressive of her witty, satirical sense of humor. It was like I could hear her telling this story. One part of the story is especially funny because the main character's mother tells about a big fight she and her husband had. The story is straight from Louise Plummer's life. I've read it in her collection of memoirs and heard her tell the story herself.... I think in Relief Society. An ...more
02RachaelF
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like it had a really good theme and it kept me interested the whole time. Of course, I’m a teenage girl, and this book is as “chick flick” as it can get! However, it's really well written. It frequently deals with serious subjects or issues, but these issues are always resolved with the characters having learned something about both life and themselves. Which I thought was nice. And, fiction almost always ends on a hopeful, good note; not necessarily a happily- ...more
Estelle
Originally reviewed on Rather Be Reading Blog

The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman is actually one of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I’m not sure when I initially read it, but if I had to guess I would say it was around eighth grade. I was really like Kate back then — I wore glasses, I wasn’t exactly Miss Popular, and I was pining away for the most unattainable guy on the planet.

I know it gave me hope that a girl like me — bookish and all — could have her love story too.

Now almost 15 y
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Tawny
Mar 21, 2008 Tawny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sabina
Author: Louise Plummer
Title: The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman
Genre: romance
Publication Info: Delacorte Press. New York. 1995.
Recommended Age: 12 and up

Plot Summary: Kate Bjorkman has had a crush on her older brother’s friend, Richard, for years. She didn’t think anything would ever happen between them because she is six feet tall, doesn’t like to wear makeup, and can’t see a thing without her thick glasses. But when Richard and her brother come home for Christmas, Kate’s love for him is rek
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Kricket
Dec 27, 2008 Kricket rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kricket by: a librarian from my youth
a old favorite published in 1995. kate bjorkman is not a typical romance heroine: six feet tall, bespectacled, a grammar & dialect afficianado...now crushing on her older brother's childhood friend richard, who has come to visit for the holidays along with said older brother, his wife, and a beautiful, mysterious stranger named fleur.

kate's selfish friend ashley also has eyes for richard and manages to invite herself along to all of the family holiday functions, even after kate tries to expl
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Punk
YA. "The night felt magical. There must have been some foreshadowing in the air." Hee! Kate Bjorkman, high school senior, writes a romance novel about the Christmas she became Richard Bradshaw's girlfriend. First person narrative, with fourth-wall-breaking author's notes sprinkled between chapters.

Despite its format, this is your basic YA romance, though Kate's not your average romance novel heroine. She wears glasses, but they're not there just to make her look dumpy so she can take them off at
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Brooke
While I admit that I liked the writing style of this book, I have to say that it was a bit too high-octane hormonal-teenager for me to really enjoy it. Also I couldn't get over (view spoiler)

And I kept waiting for Kate to go across the street and put up Christmas lights for the neighbor, since she was such a great person and all.
Meth Randall
This book has a special place in my heart, not because it was otherworldly or chic or refreshing or any of that cool and different stuf, but because of all those juicy yet mundane details thrown into it. It's way common to have prtagonists, and, mind you, she's a girl, with glasses. It rang true to the nusiance but neccesity of glasses with all those moments of hating glasses, trying to live without, breaking them and feeling embarrassed, but eventually accepting them. Plus the family dynamics w ...more
Rachel
I picked this book up randomly at the library because the cover art was cute and that's exactly the kind of book I needed this week. I was surprised by how much I liked it. It is witty and satirical. Kate is charming and self-effacing. I love the whole "mocking romantic literature in a romance novel" thing. I don't know how Louise Plummer made that work, but it does. Her writing style is cute and quirky and somewhat old-fashioned (which I love). However, this novel got weird for me near the end. ...more
Katie
Six feet tall with thick-lensed glasses, Kate Bjorkman doesn't think she fits her older brother's best friend Richard's idea of the perfect girl. But that doesn't stop her from crushing on him her entire growing up experience or hoping he'll return her feelings when he accompanies Kate's brother in a visit home to Minnesota for Christmas. Expected romance story conventions (Richard seems to have a girlfriend, and Kate's best friend is proving herself competition)made me think I wouldn't like thi ...more
Kimber
I was debating between a 3 or a 4 star rating for this book, but the more I've thought about it, the more I think it deserves a 4. It was charming. I'm still smiling about some of the funny things. It's written as a realistic account of how a high school senior falls in love with her older brother's best friend. It's also a complete mockery of romance novels. The references to the Romance Writer's Phrase Book were absolutely hilarious. The characters were likable. The writing style was fresh and ...more
Bayley
I actually liked this book quite a bit. It was refreshing to read a YA whose main character was not the member of a dysfunctional family and/or was not suffering from some kind of disease, as is the norm in YA fiction these days. The story, which takes place over Christmas vacation, places awkward Kate Bjorkman in the middle of holiday festivities with her long-time love, Richard. Kate's family is, well, normal, and it's a breath of fresh air. Also, the style of this book is hilarious--it is pre ...more
Hannahcs
this was an awesome book. Some of the parts were a bit uninteresting, but most of the book I loved. When I read this book I wanted to keep on reading it until I was done. When I was reading the book I would get to a really good part and then I would have to do something for either my mom or one of my teachers, so I tried to get done with it as quick as possible because I wanted to get right back to the book. Even though this was a great book, I would not recommend it as a group or class read alo ...more
Charlotte
This book was pretty enjoyable, and as clearly indicated by the title, is a romance. Narrated by fictional Kate Bjorkman herself, this book chronicles Kate's Christmas break and how she falls in love with her brother's best friend, who in true-to-teenage-dreams form, reciprocates. The story itself is a little unbelievable (but really what chick-flick-esque story isn't unbelievable to some degree?), but the writing is great. The novel is written as Kate writing her story as its own romance novel; ...more
Holly
On Tuesday I was babysitting and the baby was asleep in my arms, so I read this book in one afternoon. It's a short and easy read. I was surprised to find this book was dedicated to my friend Kelli. The author, Louise Plummer, is her aunt, but I didn't know about the dedication.

My only problem with this book was that there were several striking similarities to the book I am writing. So now I think I would have to change those things if I were ever to try to get my book published.

I didn't know b
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Louise Plummer is a noted author young-adult fiction and a retired associate professor of English for Brigham Young University. She lives in New York, New York with her writer/professor husband Tom. Together they have four sons.

The Plummers moved from Boston to Minnesota in 1971 when Tom took a position at the University of Minnesota. While there, Louise earned a master’s degree in English. They
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