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The Booster

2.84  ·  Rating Details ·  204 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews

Jillian Siegel is living the quintessential Manhattan life: great clothes, fabulous boyfriend, a job at the hottest ad agency in town. But what nobody knows is that this twenty-nine-year-old has a dark little secret -- one that involves stuffing her oversize Gucci handbag with high-priced designer clothes and leaving the store without paying.

There was once a time when Ji

Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Washington Square Press (first published March 21st 2006)
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Vicki Mollenauer
Aug 09, 2011 Vicki Mollenauer rated it liked it
If you get into the whole psychological reason that the main character and othres are into shoplifting, it's a pretty good plot. If you read it only as a chic flick type of narrative, it doesn't work as well. I enjoyed it!
May 15, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
The Booster tells the story of New Yorker Jillian Siegel. She is wealthy, has a great boyfriend and a good job in advertising... but she's also a shoplifter and emotionally fragile. A series of traumatic events in Jillian's life causes her to become a full time shoplifter with Shelly, a young woman she meets in jail. Soon, Jill and Shelly are working for an organized shoplifting syndicate and being trained for a big job.

You couldn't entirely call this chick lit- and thank goodness for that- beca
It took me a while to get into this book. Author Jennifer Solow gave too much weight to the shallowness of the heroine and why her life was so miserable. Too much whining for too long.

However, about halfway through the book with the arrival of underground characters, the heroine redeemed herself in my eyes. It is only then that I could see a change in her that I find admirable. The madcap road to redemption provided an exciting twist that had me rooting for her in the end.

It's a fun read if you
Sep 24, 2011 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was a point about halfway through this book when I thought "Why am I reading this and why don't I just quit?" About the only reason I can think of is because I rarely quit a book. I just keep chugging along so I can say I completed it.

Surprisingly, the book did get better about 2/3 of the way through and then it read faster. However, wich so much else out there to read, put this one on the bottom of the bottom of the bottom of your To Read List. Sorry...
Jul 21, 2007 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was like a bad movie that you go to see. You keep wanting to leave because the movie is so bad and you know what will happen at the end, but you stay anyway because you've already sat through so much of it.

This book is easy to sum up: girl who is a mess loses her boyfriend and her job, meets up with a bad crowd, but sees the error of her ways and with a "twist," gets both boyfriend and career back in the last few pages of the book.

Sep 24, 2008 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: this book was written by a former colleague. According to the author, my husband's eyebrows served to inspire the eyebrows of one of the characters. If you read the book, you realize this is not a compliment.

However, fun, quick read. Mark my words, it will be a movie. Think Carrie Bradshaw as a clepto, with only one girlfriend. Great characters -- especially the ones I recognized.

Take this book with you on the plane.
Jun 23, 2013 Harvey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- from the jacket: "Jillian Siegel is a fashionable, young Manhattanite with a secret kleptomaniac habit. After being fired from her lucrative advertising job she gets caught for the first time and then, through a contact she made in a police holding cell, she gets drawn into a Mafia-like shoplifting ring."
Kristin Dow
Writer has command of language, but I struggled to get through this book. With the heroine being a privileged shoplifter, it was tough for me to identify or root for her. The best friend was also an annoying dingbat. Ending felt rushed and too tidy; character didn't deserve easy fixes to her problems.
Aug 05, 2008 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as additional research in rewriting my young adult novel, The Take and Go, which was an entry in the 2007 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

The concept of petty shoplifting is taken to the level of organized crime. The ending wasn't believable as fiction, but believable as non-fiction, since it's harder to convince a reader that luck is instrumental in a fictional world.

Oct 22, 2007 Pirate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually sleep on the ferry, but sometimes these ladies take up all the good napping seats with their large handbags and I have to stay awake and read. "The Booster" is a fun, light read. It would be good for a plane ride or a beach day or reading in the morning when you're too tired to read anything meaningful. It's colorful, predictable, but not entirely fluff.
Jul 17, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chicks
This book was a lot of fun! If you like Candace Bushnell, you'll like this book. I actually liked it better than Candace's books. But it's sort of Trading Up meets Breakfast at Tiffany's. There was also a nice little twist at the end that I really enjoyed.
Nov 19, 2007 Jennifer rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars. Unusual chick-lit-esque book about a woman who shoplifts. I almost stopped a few chapters in because it was just so peculiar, but my sister told me to stick with it and I ended up really getting into it.
Shelly Sievert
This was a good book but it wasn't great. I really don't remember much about it. I liked the way that this book showed the love between the uncle and the lead character. I hated that Solow brought in the entire "big time" shoplifting ring.
Jun 08, 2009 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jillian Siegil has a great life. SHe has a super hot boyfriend, excellent job, great apartment and a little secret...she likes to steal.

After getting caught by a LP (loss prevention) her life and world take a turn upside down.

Great story, the ending was the best.
Jul 14, 2010 No-john-rays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter got arrested for shoplifting and someone suggested that I read this book to see what was going on in her head. There is more to this book than "chick-lit", it's actually pretty sophisticated from a psychological standpoint.
Mar 13, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my Favs! Get's your heart rate up just by turning the pages...
Annette Dashofy
Nov 22, 2007 Annette Dashofy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not like the protagonist and couldn't finish the book.
Nov 01, 2008 Kara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an all right book. I have definitely read better...It has a very unique story line, that's for sure...
Mar 29, 2012 Virginia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since a book's ending has surprised me. Throughout I was torn whether to like the heroine or be disgusted but it truly delivered
Jun 21, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to 'get into' this book, but once it grabbed on to me, I read straight through to the end. I even managed to get a couple of actor's monologues from it.
Jul 10, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun beach read!
Alicia K
May 21, 2012 Alicia K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ehhhhh. Girl shoplifts to fill her big empty space inside. Not enough love as a child or something. Gets mixed up in a big crime ring. Ehhhhh.
Sep 26, 2010 britany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
everytime i opened this book, i asked myself why i was still reading it.
Jennifer Solow
Jul 23, 2010 Jennifer Solow rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Let's just say I learned A LOT from this book.
Mar 06, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
What a great book! I am so glad to have found this one!
Lori Anaple
I thought this was going to be a light chick lit type of book. I was wrong. It took on a weighty subject...why people shoplift...and tried to shed some light on it.
Jan 25, 2009 Tracy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
hard to get into, not worth the time
Jan 07, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a strange book. Every time I though I knew where it was going, it changed again. Overall, it was a nice, easy read. Ending was a little abrupt, but still a good read.
Dec 06, 2007 Lisa rated it liked it
This is a weird but interesting book. I'd recommend it but note that it takes a little bit of time to get into. The plot is a little wacky, which I love.
Mar 08, 2013 Leeza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story was all over the place, and hard to hold my interest. If a book doesn't grab you by the first few pages, it's a good sign the rest of it won't, either.
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