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The Starter Wife

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  14,001 ratings  ·  485 reviews
there are starter jobs. starter cars. starter houses. and then there are starter wives.From the bestselling author of "Maneater" comes "The Starter Wife," a sexy, savvy, and wickedly funny novel about life after divorce and one woman redefining herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio head.

When her husband Kenny dumps her by cell phone mere months before their...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2005)
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My first thought is that this book was intended for an audience that did not include me.

This book was not as enjoyable as I wanted it to be. The structure of narrative was somewhat halting because there were commas all over the place. I understand that it was a narrative, and we all think in long sentences, but the numerous commas and no periods was a little excessive. One thought would abruptly jump into the next in the same sentence.

If you know a lot of famous names, then maybe you'll like th...more
I bought this book five years ago, thinking that the story looked interesting, the cover was cute, and that I’d read it and immediately Netflix the TV show right after, since I had a “thing” for Debra Messing ever since I first watched Will & Grace.

Long story short, I never read it. It was one of those books that I always intended to read; I toted it around with me to school and back home for three semesters in a row, but I never got around to actually reading it. On my recent trip to New Yo...more
I admit it, I totally fell into the hype - the endless self-promo on USA and little plugs all over the place. Just enough so that you knew Debra Messing was in it and that she got dumped and nothing more. I watched the two-hour premiere of the "television event of the summer" and got hooked. I can't deny that I have a thing for the under appreciated woman who has to find her perfect soulmate before the end of the cinematic or literary event. Who doesn't want the happy ending and the shining knig...more
This book didn't know what it was. Sometimes the protag Gracie seemed like a teenager and sometimes she was an adult. And I hate kids that are like 3 yrs old but written like teenagers. PICK ONE!!!

Gracie is the wife of a Hollywood producer who gets told of her pending divorce over the phone. And she does nothing to do to fight it. He wants a divorce, I guess that is the way life is! So annoying, already. She moves into her friends beach house for the summer with her 3 yr old daughter and meets d...more
Sep 11, 2012 Elissa marked it as not-finished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movie-or-tv, romance
Gave up - not because it was bad, but I just wasn't invested enough (I have too many other books to read to continue something I am not enjoying fully).
Jul 12, 2010 Maggie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Psycho chicks who want to relate
Shelves: chic-lit
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I didn't mind this book as I was reading it, but a few months later and I've come to realize I really didn't like it that much at all. The main character wasn't bad, and the side characters were okay, but the sequence of events were too unrealistic for me to actually buy it. A woman whose husband leaves her for a newer model? Sure, I can buy that. She goes on a date with her husband's boss? That's funny and I like where it's going. Until it doesn't go there at all.

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Katie Kenig
Do you ever feel sorry for those poor, poor wives of rich men? You know, the ones who have so many awful appointments every day for getting their hair done and meeting with their personal trainers and decorators. It's so incredibly stressfull to have to look beautiful all the time. what responsibility they shoulder!

Okay, so it's pretty obvious that I don't have a lot of sympathy for their plight, and I think you kind of have to in order to read this book without rolling your eyes. The poor heroi...more
Britt Griffith
This was a good, escapist book, if you overlook the fact that it is very unrealistic. Gracie, the “starter wife,” gets dumped over her cell phone by her sleazy, egotistical husband but then soon falls for a guy she meets on the beach named Sam, who she later discovers is homeless, but no matter; she sleeps with him anyway. I could overlook that bit of unrealism, but I thought it was annoying that the book never once mentioned her going to see a lawyer about the divorce. And it wrapped up a littl...more
Elle Ess
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Warning: SPOILERS!!!

[I read this in 2009 - I'm not quite finished with my newest non-fiction book yet but will hopefully review i next week. So here's an oldie but a goodie]

What is this story mostly about?
From Amazon: When her husband Kenny dumps her by cell phone mere months before their ten-year wedding anniversary, Gracie Pollock finds herself reeling. Though her nine-year role as the wife of a semifamous Hollywood studio executive often...more
Eva Boothman
I just finished reading The Starter Wife and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was an often-hilarious laugh out loud read and I recommend it for a quick summer read. Some of the negative reviews on here surprise me. I haven't read a lot of chick lit, but I recently finished The Devil Wears Prada and I found The Starter Wife to be far superior. I plan to read some Bruce Wagner soon so I'll see how that compares. Granted, as one reviewer commented, the 2nd half of the book was a tad unrealistic, but isn't...more
Alisa Raymond
ok so in a moment of desperation when i couldn't get to the library i picked this up at the grocery store because like i said i like to compare books that have been made into movies or television. Let me just say it wasn't all that bad. It definitely had a message hidden in there. But it is much better then the mini-series that is on right now.
Allie Burke
This book was cute and sad (albeit a bit pathetic) and pretty funny at times, but really what made it into Not Just Another Chick Lit was the sex scene in the bushes. I realize that that may be a stupid reason to like a book, but the whole thing was sort of innocent and adventurous and I love that Gracie is clearly making different - more eccentric - choices than she likely would have made before she was married. Due to those choices she got to a point where she genuinely didn't care what anyone...more
I hated it at first, didn't find it funny at all and was just disgusted with Kenny as he calls Gracie on her cell to tell her he wants a divorce and has already told their 3 year old.
The divorce part of a book like this, fiction about a woman who is dumped by her husband and then finds happiness after and realizing she had not been happy in her marriage, is always the hard part. After that was over, and it lasted a particularly short time in this book, then I could relax and enjoy her new life...more
Why do I so enjoy books about rich, morally bankrupt people? No idea. Bring on the next one!
I devoured this book. It was funny and witty and I can't wait to read others by her!
Jul 12, 2014 Kaitie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Hollywood, Reality TV, and the life of the rich & famous.
Recommended to Kaitie by: TV Series
I actually enjoyed the short-lived TV series and then decided to read the book after I was disappointed that they cancelled the TV show. Well, the book and the TV series are not at all alike and I would not suggest reading the book if you're only trying to satisfy your fix for a show you can no longer see. The show basically just took the names and the very base concept from the book, and that was it.

I can see why many people give this book a low rating and why it is bashed. This book is not so...more
I originally picked up The Starter Wife because I had seen the first two television adaptation episodes on USA with Debra Messing. I bought the book during a layover at an airport and immediately threw the book down after the first two chapters.

I picked the book up again because I caught the first episode on USA again and I wanted to give it another shot to decide if I should get rid of it or keep it on my bookshelf.

The first three chapters are pretty doggone boring but if you can get past those...more
I'd prefer to give it 3.5 stars, but that's not an option. I started off NOT liking this book. The first half is about Gracie, who is talking about the different kinds of "wives" that exist in Hollywood, and how she's a starter wife and about to go through a divorce cause her husband needs someone who will get him on the cover of US magazine (what a douche). Frankly, it's so damn boring and I despite the world of Hollywood enough as it is; so reading about it didn't make it any funner. Then half...more
I bought this a few years ago during one of B&N’s clearance sale online. I adore Debra Messing so when I saw she was staring in the TV show based on this book; I added that into my bag lickety split. Once the new wore off I somewhat lost this book on my shelves – it just didn’t stand out to me. Recently when I was feeling the beginning of a book rut I picked this up because it had been around for so long. While it wasn’t earth shatteringly good – it was an escape book into a world I never pl...more
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Gracie Pollock always thought that her husband, Kenny and she were the perfect Hollywood couple and different from the rest. But she finds out differently. Just mere months before their 10th wedding anniversary, Kenny calls her on her cell phone and asks for a divorce. She is left dumbfounded. She had grown accustomed to the cushy lifestyle of the Hollywood set and the fabulous clothes. And, what was this going to do to their 3 year old daughter, Jaden?

It seemed Kenny had moved on to other and y...more
I picked up this book because of the popular television mini-series based off the book that Kate and I ate up a few years ago. The show was true to the book being witty, entertaining, and having an air of exaggerated truthfulness. In Hollywood, a wife of an ok studio executive gets a call from her husband saying he wants a divorce. Now, Gracie is an ex-wife, an outcast of the major Hollywood elite society. She loses everything, except the three loyalists of friends - a gay designer, the older cy...more
I checked this one out because of sheer curiosity. I enjoyed the mini-series on USA (with Debra Messing - yeah, you remember), but it was nothing life-changing. The book, however, has so much more to offer than the series ever hoped to. Gracie (the main character's actual name; I think you can guess why Messing wanted it changed) is so much more likeable than whatever-her-name-was on the series, not to mention far smarter and far tougher. The book also is - to be frank - so much more depressing...more
I can be a book snob...that is definitely a fact. However, even book snobs need a break every now and again. I picked up the Starter Wife through, figuring, I didn't have to feel guilty about paying money to read it, especially since I was assuming it was crap.

Honestly, I AM glad that I didn't purchase it; however, I am surprised that it wasn't total crap. The book was funny in parts, and definitely smart in that "I'm an insider in Hollywood" way. I really did like the main ch...more
Als ich mir dieses Buch aus dem Regal nahm, den Klappentext gelesen hatte und wie es im Original heißt "The Starter-Wife" bin ich drauf gekommen, dass ich vor ca. 2 Jahren die Verfilmung des Buches als TV-Serie bereits gesehen habe. Somit hatte ich gleich passende Bilder bei den einzelnen Charakteren im Kopf, was auch gut war denn äußerlich wurden sie nur sehr sehr spärlich beschrieben. Vielleicht weil es egal ist und sie austauschbare Charaktere sein sollen? Keine Ahnung, ich für meinen Teil fi...more
Angela Harvey
Mar 16, 2008 Angela Harvey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read without thinking
Shelves: chick-lit
I didn't watch any of the show on USA, but the promos looked pretty good. So when I couldn't decide between a Sophie Kinsella and a Jane Green, I opted for neither and bought this book instead.Every once in a while when things have been too serious in my life, I like to pick up a fluff book and escape into it for a while. I don't expect anything much out of them.

Even so, this one was a bit of a disappointment. It was promising at the beginning, I thought. But as the story went on, the situations...more
Tami Urbanek
I did enjoy the characters is this book, and their witty come backs and honest reactions, but good lord how could she live with Kenny and not see what a self absorbed jerk he was, I picked up on that in the first 20 pages LMAO! and that winey friend of hers was a bit annoying....always worried her man was leaving her... I would say good riddance to bad rubbage lol! but it was pretty entertaining to see the ex end up with nothing and her to get her happy ending with a good and loving man! KARMA!!...more
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Gigi Levangie Grazer is the author of three prior novels, including The After Wife and the New York Times bestseller The Starter Wife, which was adapted as a miniseries for USA Network.

She is a coauthor of the screenplay for Stepmom and has written for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and other publications. Levangie lives in Los Angeles with her two children and one miniature dachsund.
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