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Kept: A Comedy of Sex and Manners

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews

Judith Lee, an entitled descendant of the Korean royal family, has grown quite accustomed to the privileges of the aristocracy. When her parents cut off her finances upon graduation from Yale, Jude learns that her fancy upbringing has left her unprepared to deal with her monstrous debts. That is, until she is introduced to Madame Tartakov, a charismatic Russian émigré who
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published August 1st 2006)
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Nov 28, 2014 Katigie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Characters with personality

Not a chick-lit book, but a novel with complex, interesting characters. A modern Moll Flanders whose attitudes about family, friends, class, race and love melt as she grows. Witty and erudite language--a treat.
Aug 13, 2008 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very funny (sly, subtle humor) book with very memorable characters. More than once I laughed out loud. However, its also a compelling story with an interesting (but not necessarily unpredictable in retrospect) twist near the end. I'd recommend it!
Nadia Molina
I really wanted to love this book. There were some really good and clever moments but overall it felt like the writer was trying too hard. The main character sometimes felt ridiculous and fake and that was distracting. I had such high hopes. The idea surrounding this book was so good. Too bad it didn't entirely come together.
Nov 21, 2007 Shira rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Becka, Diana
Shelves: chocolate
I really enjoy books about people who feel displaced or at loose ends. At the same time, I don't have a lot of patience for the maudlin. This book is gaspingly funny at times and has enough literary references to make me feel like an uneducated idiot. I love modern books that are enamoured of older ones--it gives you a new reason to read a classic (William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair")beyond the standard, "It's a classic!" So enjoy on two levels...your gut and your mind!
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2010- This book was not what I was expecting based on the cover. I thought it was to be some slightly scandalous chick-lit. Instead, the author tried to take a plot, which was certainly scandalous and make it ""smart."" I got sick of the main character almost immediately, as well as the many references to philosophy. I have no idea what type of person would enjoy this book, as it was such an odd mixture. Not recommended.
Trashy chick lit masquerading as something more intellectual. Don't be fooled by the constant references to Kant - it's still your typical "girl gets into trouble, girls sulks, girl finds miraculous way out of trouble" formula of most chick lit novels.

Still, for some reason, it was relatively enjoyable. Even if I was embarrassed to read it in public (see: the cover).
Jun 07, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very funny in a way that takes you in dif ways to laugh out loud too ..very good writen ..she should write more she is a very smart and funny author.. it is a very good and smart book to go out a but or tell your library to get and read it your self after you read it'll still want to go out and buy it your self.. a very good well writen book ...
Nov 15, 2008 E.d. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this one at all. It was not well written. I wasn't in the least convinced by the dialogue. The author put a lot of what should have been in a 3rd person narration into the main character's mouth and it sounded stitled.
Started reading the book.

I think i will enjoy this book. I do not have a specific genre when I read books. But reading an English book from a "neighbor", for some reason makes me excited.

Jan 30, 2012 Cary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is more 2.5 stars than 3. the main character is so obnoxious that she is hard to connect with and the ending seemed rushed.
Aug 28, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yum, yum, yum. This was for me what "The Devil Wore Prada" was for the rest of the reading public. I'll be watching for her next book.
Jul 26, 2011 Martha rated it liked it
pretty good, if you read it as a satire. otherwise this character will bug the crap out of you.
Jul 19, 2011 Mell rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
just couldn't get the joke....Judith came across pathetic to me.
It improved throughout, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Aug 09, 2011 Ellice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved parts of it and didn't like parts of it.
Kelly Pow
Aug 03, 2011 Kelly Pow rated it really liked it
definately a good read
Alka Sharma
Dec 22, 2014 Alka Sharma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 19, 2008 Clément rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
funny... witty... loved it!
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