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Misfortune Cookie (Single in the City #2)

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  420 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Would you move 6,000 miles to be with the love of your life?

Hannah did. Unfortunately her plan isn't going terribly well. What was supposed to be a move to Hong Kong to start a wonderful new life with Sam is turning into a move to Hong Kong to spend occasional weekends with Sam, when he can get away from an unanticipated work assignment on the opposite side of the South Ch
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published 2012
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Mar 25, 2012 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Oh Hannah how I love you! Hannah is one of my favorite leading ladies. She makes me laugh non-stop. She is clumsy, awkward at times and just generally like me. This is the second book where Hannah follows her boyfriend from London to Hong Kong. Sam doesn't ask her to move, but she does. Might be a bit easier that when she just up and moved from the US to London, not knowing anyone there, or even having a job lined up.

Once again Hannah didn't get a work permit but she stumbled upon the perfect j
SOS Aloha
Aug 04, 2012 SOS Aloha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. - Bodhidharma

I requested to review MISFORTUNE COOKIE for its unique storyline - an “American in Hong Kong”. I am a “Haole in Hawaii” and have become fascinated with Asian culture. MISFORTUNE COOKIE is the second book about Hannah, a twenty something American seeking fulfillment in far flung places. The first book, SINGLE IN THE CITY, details why Hannah moved to London and how she coped with the culture shock. The second book, MISFORT
Sep 11, 2012 Tuesday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think there are times in our adult, grown up lives where we don't want to remember that we had ever been desperately in love like with someone who didn't like love us back as much. I really think like hurts a little more than love sometimes, because once you get over the fact that he never really liked you as much as you loved him, that you realize it never was love at all. Then when you do find true, real love, you realize
Selena Paulsen
Apr 02, 2012 Selena Paulsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Misfortune Cookie is the follow-up to Michelle Gorman's Chick Lit debut, Single in the City. Like its predecessor, this novel follows the international meanderings of somewhat ditzy protagonist, Hannah, her varied love interests, and her best friend, Stacy. While Chick Lit isn't typically a heavy genre, and Hannah isn't a "deep" girl, Misfortune Cookie is a cut above the typical novel of its type.

One of the beauties of the book is its less common setting in Hong Kong (rather than the standard Ch
Samantha Janning
Apr 18, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Misfortune Cookie the follow-up novel of Single in the City by Michele Gorman, and I actually liked it better than the first! Once again we become BFF’s with Hannah, who decides to take a second leap of fate and move from London to Hong Kong to be with boyfriend Sam. It’s a fortune cookie that helped her make the decision. Following your heart will pay off in the near future. Hannah is thrilled that her own best friend Stacy is also making the move with her. Hannah manages to secure a job in ...more
Rose Cimarron
[2012-04-29]Excellent book.


Misfortune Cookie by Michele Gorman

I received this ebook from Michele Gorman to read and review. I read it quite quickly after receiving it, but real life has got in the way of me writing a full review any sooner, for which I apologise.

Misfortune Cookie is a fun read, falling clearly into the chicklit genre. It is a testament to Michele's writing ability that at the same time time that she makes her main character, Hannah, a rather selfish and quite self-ce
Jul 05, 2013 Gaby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title and the cover art were both creative and pretty. Sadly, those are the only two things I liked about this book. Ultimately, this was not my kind of book in any way and I have no interest in other offerings from Gorman.

The protagonist is a whiny, needy, jealous, insecure, immature, bumbling idiot. She rambles on and on for pages about being alone in the city when she was supposed to be there with her boyfriend, who's a workaholic and doesn't visit as often as she needs him to. So she wan
Jul 23, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I love Hannah and her adventures!
Misfortune Cookie was an amazing book, it was not as funny as Single in the City, but it was totally worth my time.

This book picks up right where single in the city left us...Hannah was asked by her boyfriend to move to Hong Kong and she does! Things don't go out the way she expects them to at first...especially when it to comes to her relationship with Sam. Along the way we not only get to know Hong Kong and various parts of China (once again just like
Jun 15, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Hannah seems, on the surface, to be a self absorbed ditz, which I have to admit in the beginning of the book completely irritated me beyond belief. Having not read the previous book first it took me a while to find all the redeeming qualities in her character. In this book, Hannah seems to be "growing" into a better person. I love the interaction between characters. I look forward to seeing what Hannah does in the next installment...cause honestly with that ending there HAS to be another one.

May 11, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
Misfortune Cookie is the first book I have read by Michele Gorman. I would give a solid 3.5 to 4 stars. This is a fun chick lit book set in Hong Kong. I know next to nothing about Hong Kong except maybe where to find it on a map. This is the first book I have read set in this city too. Lately I have been reading more mysteries so this was fresh change of pace for me. THis story is about Hannah, a great girl, someone a lot of us can relate to as she embarks on a new life in a new exotic city. ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Katrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it from beginning to end!
Ive read "Single in the City" not long ago and loved the fact, that Michele Gorman decided to write a sequel. I was eagerly waiting (and voting), watching her homepage for updates.

Ive never been to Hong Kong, but it wasnt hard to get a picture of the city the way Gorman described it. I could see myself wandering the streets with Hannah and Stacy!

Hannah has new adventures before her, job- and love wise. And while I found her in "Single in the City" really fun but a
Mixed review. The main character, Hannah, was a likeable enough ditz. I didn't feel she really developed enough over the course of the book - although we are told she grew, we don't actually see it. The Hong Kong setting provides some fun color, but isn't provided in a way that really adds to the story. Still, I liked it enough to keep reading to the end. Beach reading.

Full review is on my blog:
Jenny Franklin
May 10, 2012 Jenny Franklin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent an e-book copy of Misfortune Cookie by Michele Gorman. I did not know that this book was a follow up of Gormans Single in the City until I was looking it up afterwards. I never felt like I didn't know what was happening or going on, it was a nice quick read and I would like to go back and read Single in the City to see what I missed. I really liked the culture in this book, you got to know things about Hong Kong through the descriptions. I think this was a really fun book.
Apr 12, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Michele's first book and this one was just as good. I need another installment because I need to know what happens next! I have never been to London or to Hong Kong and so I love seeing these worlds through Hannah's eyes. She seems like a very real character. I can relate to her and I enjoy her. I would like spend time with her and her friends. I also feel like I learned a little bit but that was secondary to the overall entertainment of reading this well-written, fun book.
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
This is a fun, fast read that is sure to entertain fans of Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic series) and Helen Fielding (Bridget Jone’s Diary). Hannah’s hilarious inner dialogue and many awkward moments had me giggling throughout the book. If you’re looking for something light and amusing, check this one out. Hop over to Chick Lit Cafe for the full review!
Mar 08, 2013 Lydia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I will not say that this book is terrible, but I will not say it is great either. I enjoyed the first book in this simple series but this sequel pales in comparison. All the main character does is whine and its all over some dude. Self-righteous feminists stay away, you will gag at the neediness and clinginess of the girl in this book. Not a recommendation and I will not finish this series.
Susan Linklater
Mar 27, 2012 Susan Linklater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I could like this book more than Michelle Gorman's first one, but I did! Hannah has grown up a bit, and it was fascinating seeing Hong Kong through her eyes. And I really felt for her in her relationship with Sam. Reading about her feelings definitely struck a chord, and reminded me of some of my past too. Gorman wrote from the heart on this one.
Apr 29, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

I really enjoyed this book. After looking it up I learned that it was the second in a series, but I never felt like I didn't know what was going on. It was a quick read that kept me entertained the entire time. I really hope the author writes a third installment!!
Mar 30, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
Yay! This is a follow up book to Single in the City- a great follow-up! I really liked this book. The main character, Hannah is lovable and smart and finally coming into her own! This is chick-lit at its best... Remember the name, Michele Gorman- an author that will definitely continue to delight!
May 04, 2012 Sunshinedance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I liked the funny,fast paced and upbeat dialogue. Hope there is a sequel to this book!
Oct 31, 2013 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
This book follows Hannah from the book Single in the City by Michele Gorman as she moves from London to Hong Kong to be closer to her new boyfriend Sam. Sam and Hannah got together and then Sam gets a job offer in China and he’d be a fool to turn it down so he takes the job and not wanting to end his relationship with Hannah, tells her that she should think about moving there. He never said, move there with him but Hannah (like any normal woman in the world) assumed that he wanted her to move ...more
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings
Melissa's Musings:

This book was an absolute joy to read. I can't believe that I didn't get to it sooner, I wish that I had. This book is just so much fun. You get to take part in Hannah's journey's first hand as she moves to Hong Kong to be with her boyfriend Sam. You get to experience her ups and downs as she adjusts to life in another new country, (she lived in London, England before moving to Hong Kong) and you get to watch her re
Lydia Laceby
Jul 17, 2012 Lydia Laceby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

Misfortune Cookie (fantastic title!) is the follow up to Michele Gorman’s hilarious first novel, Single in the City, and it was just as fun to read as the first in the series. Laugh out loud funny in places, cringe inducing in others, Hannah is a likeable, albeit misguided character at times, and I really enjoyed reading about her adventures in Hong Kong.

Misfortune Cookie has fantastic descriptions of Hong Kong which has increased my travel bug to head east e
Misfortune Cookie allowed Michele’s readers and Hannah’s fans to decide the direction the story would take and oh what a beauty they chose! After moving to Hong Kong to be with her boyfriend, Sam, Hannah has come to realise that there is in fact trouble in paradise. Sam is away in Vietnam for work more often than he’s home and they aren’t living together. At all. On top of that she is positive that he’s cheating on her.

Where Single in the City was published by Penguin in the UK, Misfortune Cooki
Meredith Schorr
3.5 stars

In this sequel to Single in the City, Hannah has moved to Hong Kong for her new boyfriend Sam. It is questionable to Hannah's friends and family whether Sam asked her to move WITH him or simply suggested she might want to move there as well, but Hannah is head over heels in love with Sam and is convinced they are a match made in Heaven. So, Hannah packs up and moves to Hong Kong almost as spontaneously as she moved from the states to London the year before. But this time, her bestie Sta
Apr 15, 2013 Agi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
It is a follow - up novel to "Single in the city" which I personally didn't enjoy at all. So it took me a lot of time to decide that I will give "Misfortune Cookie" a go. I always like to try an author that didn't work for me again and after reading some very good review I have thought, well, let's try this one.
And I'm glad that I did it. This book I liked, really liked. Hannah was totally different character, she was open, funny and nice and I started to like her. Not more so obsessed with sex
Jane Bigelow
Dec 03, 2013 Jane Bigelow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This whole series is great reading fun. Esther Diamond is a struggling actress in New York, which would be a hard enough life without having to fight Evil. Destroying demons, or at least driving them away, is Hell on your love life as well as cutting into career development time.

Spoiler alert: I can't write about this book without mentioning events in earlier books. If you haven't read them, for pity's sake go get hold of them. I can wait.

We're in Chinatown for most of the book. That's after Est
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly when you first read the title of this novel some will feel their own internal pun machine groan. But don’t be put off; Hannah is our heroine, a young American who follows her boyfriend across the globe to be with him, initially ecstatic she realises that her idea relationship may not be so ideal after all.

This book has some wonderful moments and characters in it. The most interesting and sympathetic is the main character’s best friend Stacy, or “Stace” as she is referred to throughout
May 20, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Michele Gorman. I have read many different chick lit authors, and Michele fits right in, but in a unique way.

"Misfortune Cookie" was an easy read. The story was interesting to keep the reader entertained, but not so complex that one needed to be in a quiet room to enjoy. I really liked how the story took place in Hong Kong instead of L.A., London, or New York City. Most other stories feature those cities exclusively, and it was a nice change of pace to read about anothe
Would you travel 6,000 miles, halfway around the world to be in the same city as your boyfriend? That's exactly what Hannah does in Michele Gorman's second novel, Misfortune Cookie - the sequel to Single in the City.

The idea sounded great. It was supposed to be exciting and romantic. However, things aren't going quite as planned. Instead of exploring Hong Kong with her boyfriend, Sam, Hannah is stuck in the foreign city alone while Sam is away on business more times than not.

Things start lookin
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Michele Gorman is the USA TODAY and Sunday Times bestselling author of ten romantic comedies including The Curvy Girls Club and the Single in the City series.

Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 17 years. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word "portion".
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