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

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,588 Ratings  ·  382 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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Aug 30, 2014 Aditi rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2010 Wallace rated it it was amazing
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
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

Basic Info

Pages/Length: 665pgs
Genre: Chick Lit.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: Kinda.
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 5
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
Cute factor over 1000
Worst Part: World building needs work.
Thoughts Had: #guiltypleasure


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: Super cute read for sure. Ever wa
May 23, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2009 Shonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
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
Zoe Hall
Sep 04, 2015 Zoe Hall rated it it was ok
Goodreads' 2 star review means 'it was okay', and that's what I thought of this book. It was just 'okay'. Too many pages, too many unnecessary emails and too much going on. In my opinion this book could have been over in half the pages. The book started off great but gradually began to falter as I quickly realised I found the characters confusing and the constant changing between email contacts made me feel really disengaged with the story, having to keep checking who was who.

I really wanted to
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 it was amazing
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
Nov 13, 2015 Vlora rated it liked it
I needed that. If you're looking for some light reading, this is your book. I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled at first, and I still find some parts a bit problematic, but the characters grew on me, and the book flows really well.

I love epistolary books, so this one was right up my alley. I loved getting to know the characters through their emails, and all the snark definitely improved my reading experience. There's one character who's just a B from Apartment 23, and I would have liked to u
Jul 12, 2009 Bridget rated it it was ok
Shelves: miadb
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.
Elizabeth Ray
May 24, 2014 Elizabeth Ray rated it liked it
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.
Aug 17, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, chick-lit
Holly is a new receptionist at a huge, bustling 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 old flame joins the ...more
Becky R.
Jul 19, 2010 Becky R. rated it liked it
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
Mar 15, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2011
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
Liz Christensen
Feb 04, 2016 Liz Christensen rated it liked it
I can appreciate a light and fluffy beach read, but this one doesn't even make the cut in that category. It's long and rambling, filled with dumb innuendo and pithy exchanges. And I find the whole premise of using your work email exclusively for so much inappropriate communication pretty unrealistic. I would have given it one star, but the story finally picked up in the last quarter of the book, and it ended stronger than it began. Holly Denham could have benefited from a much harsher editor.
Reem A

I barely read this. Skimmed it mostly. Half the time I had no idea what was going on. I I
Feb 19, 2016 Amy rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-dno, bookclub
Wow, this book was terrible. Nearly 700 pages with a plot line that could be told in 30.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jun 14, 2009 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2009-list
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
Jul 29, 2009 Joy rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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. :)
May 25, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2012 Literary Chanteuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Certainly unique with it's email format and British wit this is a really fun read.
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
Aug 17, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
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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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