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Holly's Inbox (Holly's Inbox #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,034 ratings  ·  357 reviews
Ever wanted a peek at someone else's emails?

Meet Holly Denham. It's her first day as a receptionist at a City investment bank and, with no cooperate front-of-house experience, Holly is struggling to keep up. Add to this her mad friends, dysfunctional family and gossipy colleagues, and Holly's inbox is a daily source of drama, laughter, scandal and even romance. But Holly's
Paperback, 736 pages
Published 2007 by Headline Review (first published May 1st 2006)
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Frankly speaking, these days I'm totally into funny, hilarious, light-read kind of books, first, they are cheap and easily available and of course, you can finish reading this type of book just in a day! Another hilarious and funny one that I finished reading is Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham. So if you're feeling gloomy these days, this book is surely going to lift your mood up and will certainly make you feel happier and lighter.

But one disadvantage, this book is way too long, more than 700 pa
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to draw your attention to one of the funniest books I’ve ever read - Holly’s Inbox. You see, this is the reason I’m starting to love e-mail/letter books. Not because of the detailed descriptions and getting lost in a different world, like many of us seek in a good (fantasy) book, but simply because it constantly made me laugh and because it lifted my spirits high into the sky. If you’re looking for one of those light, fluffy, silly books, then this is the one. A bo ...more
Type: {Beach Read: fluffy, mindless, easy to read}
Rating: {An Unputdownable: Couldn’t eat or sleep until I finished this book}

Why You’re Reading It:

You love British Chick-Lit
You need a vacation from heavier books
You need a good book to read by the pool
Funny, light, entertaining stories with a good splash of romance charm you
What I Thought:

I read and loved Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham. I ate it up. Swallowed it whole. It is 665 pages and I downed it. It’s that good. And it’s written in e-mail fo
Fantastic book! I've added a new shelf to my library to fit books like this and calling it "IT" Chick Lit to encompass all the chick lit novels written in email format. With a tagline like 'ever wanted to peak inside someone else's email?', readers know you're in for gossip and a good time and Holly's Inbox does not disappoint! At 672 pages, Holly Denham's debut novel may seem a bit overwhelming but with the email format and quick pace, this novel is literally a breeze, fit to be finished in jus ...more
When I discovered this book at Barnes & Noble, I immediately added it to my TBR List. I was quite surprised to learn my library owned a copy and was first on the wait list. I couldn't wait to begin reading Holly's e-mails.

I was looking forward to reading this as I read so many glowing reviews. I have to admit, around page 200 or so, I lost interest in Holly and her friends. I really wanted to know Holly's back-story with Toby. It took awhile for Holly to disclose to Trisha, her co-worker.

I d
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
I can say that this book was better then I thought it was going to be. Actually WAY better then I thought it was going to be. And talk about funny. I was laughing so hard reading this that my eyes teared up to a point where I couldn't see to keep reading. The more I laughed the more the people around me laughed. I hope there's more to come as it appears from how the book ended.

If your looking for something that will crack you up and is a fast paced read, you really need to get this book.

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Oct 20, 2007 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of girly books.
I came across this book in the library and being a sucker for swirly text, the jacket appealed to me.

Meet Holly Denham, a receptionist who has managed to blag her job by embellishing her C.V. This book documents her relationships and conversations with her friends, family and colleagues, via her email in-box.

While the format of this book may not be original, the characters never bore you, and I found myself cringing along with Holly. I will certainley be checking the inbox on the web in the co
Don't be turned off by this book's size - it's an incredibly quick read. I read the majority of it sitting by a pool in about 3 hours. Cute, entertaining (I must admit I giggled out loud...and more so as the book went on), but I must say the lack of character description made it so I wasn't left wanting more at the end.
Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
Holly is just beginning as a receptionist at a bustling and huge bank. She’s totally lost and in over her head, but things start looking up when she makes friends with some of her coworkers, finds old friends there, and even starts dating a handsome VP. Mixed in with e-mails with all of them are messages with her crazy family and best friends, a gay man and a… “promiscuous” girl. Soon, though, things begin falling apart for Holly at her new job, when she gets dumped, gets back-stabbed, and an ol ...more
Becky R.
As a fan of books such as Bridget Jones Diary, Meg Cabot's The Boy Next Door and Boy Meets Girl, I had already read a variety of books that use the email, or epistolary format in telling the story. While I like the playful way that this style shows the development of a relationship, there does seem to be some advantage to the author jumping in from time to time to guide the story. In the case of Holly's Inbox, all we get for the story comes directly from emails. Over half of the novel (which alt ...more
To: Chick Lit Reviews
From: Leah
Subject: Holly’s Inbox

Dear Readers,

Have you met Holly? She works as a receptionist for a big firm in London, despite the fact she has little experience. Her entire life is conducted through her inbox, offering an insight not many books are able to pull off. As she navigates her new waters, making new friends, getting back in touch with old ones, we get to see what it’s really like to work for a big firm. Throw in a couple of secrets Holly’s keeping and life is abou
Meet Holly
Holly Denham tritt eine neue Stelle als Rezeptionistin bei einer Investment Bank an. Ihre Kollegin Trisha macht ihr erstmal mächtig Angst. Da ist sie richtig froh als sie merkt, dass ihre ehemalige Schulkameradin Jennie auch in ihrer Firma arbeitet. Obwohl es ihr zunächst etwas schwer fällt, mit dem Job zurecht zu kommen, findet sich Holly schnell zurecht und Trisha wird zu einer Freundin. Viel Unterstützung findet Holly auch bei ihrem guten Freund Jason und ihrer sympathisch überdreht
When I told a friend that the format of this story was that it was told through emails, he said that sound awful and then I pointed out that I chose to read the book after reading about it in Entertainment Weekly. So I read this bloated novel that started out as a cute idea, Have you ever wanted to peek into someone else's inbox?

Unfortunately it just went on too long for me. I kept reading so I could see how it turned out but it was over 600 pages later that I finally felt satisfied with this t
Just saw a review of this in Entertainment Weekly. They call it the next Bridget Jones but the interesting thing is "Holly Denham" is really a man! Sounds like fun :)

Well, it really was fun! I loved this book! First of all, it's so different since the whole thing is told through emails. It's quite long but it's a quick, easy read; actually hard to put down. It really is the new Bridget Jones! I love British characters. If you like chick-lit, I highly recommend Holly's Inbox.
Stacy Santiago
This book has a really interesting concept. For the most part all you get to see if the outgoing/incoming e-mails to one person. As the story gets more complicated near the end they show you a couple of other characters as well.

This was a good book to read in between to more in depth books. It was light and airy and there wasn't much to it. I guess it would be hard to have a really intricate story and have it told in e-mails it would eventually get to the point where it wouldn't seem plausible
Aug 31, 2008 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone in need of a light, entertaining read
Shelves: chick-lit, 2008-reads
This has got to be the funniest book I've read in a loooooooooong time. Honestly, I could not stop laughing. There was not a boring page. It is utterly absurd and emotional and completely messes with your head. By the end, everyone is not who you thought they were in the beginning.

Really, it was great. I loved it.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I want to read the sequel, but it's not available in the states and bookdepository is out-of-stock. Bah.

It's like a soap opera of e-mails that you can't look away from. :)
If the first 600 pages would have been like the last 50, I would have loved the books, but, sadly, the first hundreds of pages were pretty slow and seemed full of pointless information. I have read books in the e-mail format before, but I found this one really hard to follow. Part of it may have been simply that a lot of the characters' names had letter in common. I honestly found the main character pretty whiney and too pouty for my taste. I get that some bad things had happened to her, but not ...more
Literary  Chanteuse
Certainly unique with it's email format and British wit this is a really fun read.
Elizabeth Ray
I was really excited to read this book, but it didn't quite meet my expectations. This book was about Holly, who started a new job at a finance/banking company and it's a look at her inbox at this new job. I love books in the format of emails back and forth, but this book had more gaps and things you had to "fill in" for yourself between emails than most others I have read in this format.

There was also a lot you didn't find out about the main character until halfway or even further in the book.
Blodeuedd Finland

This book was fun, and don't be scared by those pages. Just cut it in half and you get a number closer to reality. This book was entirely made from emails, and some of those emails could be only a line, some a question mark. So when there are a few lines on a page, then you understand that you read it pretty fast. I read it quickly and when I was near the end I could not put it down, I had to know what would happen!

Holly is a receptionist, but of course she lied on her CV. She befriends the othe
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Who would have thought that you could learn so much about someone from reading their email? This book was hilarious - and very believable. Even though I have not been in the work force for 5 years - I remember how people would email me rather than just picking up the phone! I am sure that email has only gotten more prevalent since then. The entanglements and problems that Holly gets into are pretty common - but the presentation of those situations - learned entirely through email is very origina ...more
I loved this book! It is light and hilarious! It doesn't take long to figure out that Holly is in over her head at her new job as a receptionist at a huge corporate bank. She is like a fish out of water! Reading her emails to her friends and family and fellow employees made me feel like a bit of a spy but it was so fun! Holly's sarcastic sense of humor is very similar to mine. I caught myself laughing hysterically out loud many times. The shocking part of the whole book is finding out that Holly ...more
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Holly Denham has just gotten a job as a receptionist at a financial institution in London. At first, she struggles with the job and her relationship with Trish, her co-worker. She catches on quickly, though and she and Trish become allies. Holly gets involved with James, a co-worker, and is devastated when the relationship sours. Jennie, his new love, is also a co-worker, and she never misses an opportunity to let Holly know that she’s the one with James now. When Holly’s first love, Toby comes ...more
Bobbie  Crawford
Holly’s Inbox
Written By: Holly Denham (Bill Surie)
Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks Inc., 2009 (originally published in 2007), 672 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1402219030

Holly’s Inbox is written in an email format which is unique and for me, a little distracting as well (having to check on who the emails are to and from all of the time). Holly’s new job as a receptionist gets a rocky start and she gets more then she’s bargained for with the new employees that she commun
Holly is a new receptionist at a corporate bank, this book follows her emails as she learns the ropes. She learns about her coworkers, makes friends and enemies. The book is written all in email format and the reader is left piecing together what had happened that the character were together at or said to each other. But, in my opinion that makes it a faster read. The style also makes it harder for character development since you have to find a way to give the background of the character and the ...more
Jessica Lawlor
Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham lets readers take a peek into British Holly’s e-mail inbox. In the beginning of the book, Holly has just taken a job as a receptionist at a company based in London. We are introduced to an interesting cast of characters: her co-worker Trish, the sexy vice president James, her gay best friend Jason, her man-loving friend Aisha and an array of other intriguing and quirky friends.

The book is written entirely through e-mails which is exciting because you get an insider
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Holly Denham ist überglücklich, sie hat es geschafft: Heute ist ihr erster Tag als Reizrezeptionistin bei der H&W Bank in London. Es war ganz einfach, aber jetzt bangt sie zurecht, dass ihr kleiner Schwindel zu schnell auffliegen und sie entlassen wird. Ihr erster Tag entpuppt sich leider auch noch als Horrorshow. Zuerst beleidigt sie ihren Chef, dann erhält sie die Aufforderung ihrer Mutter sich endlich einen 'vernünftigen' Job zu suchen und schließlich wird sie von ihrer neue
OK, I'll be the first to admit that I don't read a lot of chick lit. And actually, this book came my way due to a case of mistaken identity when the author was actually trying to contact a different blogger named Melissa. I think we both got a good laugh over that and I decided I ought to give the book a try, even though it's not my usual read.

Oh my, am I glad I did. Holly's Inbox is hysterical. Seriously. My husband was laughing and shaking his head at me laughing out loud while I was reading.
Sep 16, 2009 Jenni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an easy read.
Recommended to Jenni by: just got it at Barnes & noble one day.
Shelves: donated
When I first stumbled onto this book at Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago, I was curious. 'Ever wanted a peek at someone else's emails?' Upon reading the back of the book I realized that this book is entirely in email form.

The entire book.

Not only is it in email form, but it takes place from the main character's (Holly) work computer while she works for a London bank. Throughout the book, you get the opportunity to meet Holly's meddling Mum & Dad, her needy brother, and her strange-but-qui
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Holly Denham is a fictional author created by Bill Hutton-Surie.


1. How did the idea for Holly come about?

The character Holly isn't based on anyone in particular, however I think a lot of her quirkiness has come from my wife - she's very quirky. The idea for the site came one day when we had to trawl through an ex-employee's work email account. The woman in question was singl
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