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Ready Or Not

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  519 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
What happens when "I do" becomes "must I?"

Every bride is entitled to pre-wedding jitters, and what reasonable girl wouldn't think twice about marriage when her fiancé shaves off his eyebrows just in time for the photographs? But what if the bride-to-be is really freaked out by something else? Like, perhaps, the terrifying notion of happily-ever-after? With her ex-boyfrie
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Paperback, 314 pages
Published 2005 by Hodder
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Heidi has been engaged for a year and is in the last six months of planning her big day when work, friends and her relationship all hit a few speed bumps. A friend who is now a single mom, an ex reentering her life and a fiance who is sneaking around all make Heidi wonder whether this impending wedding is a good idea. If I had been in her shoes, I probably would have had the same crazy stress filled reaction.

An entertaining look at wedding planning and how it can affect a relationship. I also ap
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Ellen
Dec 30, 2008 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the 1st Chris Manby book I read.
It was a very easy light read and didn't take me long to finish.
Not her best and I'm so glad I wasn't put off by reading more of her books as she is a great author.
Carrieuoregon
Sep 25, 2010 Carrieuoregon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The explanation for the narrator's behavior came too late for me to forgive her.
Ariel
Jun 06, 2009 Ariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
It's a pretty riveting book on a girl who has signs of pre-wedding jitters. Kudos to Ms. Manby. Always loved her books. This wasn't her best work though. It was hard to empathize with Heidi the protagonist as she was getting uninterested in being married and made the silliest mistakes with her best friend's baby.

At many points in the book, I felt like rolling my eyes and saying, "Geez, what's her beef? What's wrong with this woman?" She seemed clueless herself and pretty self-absorbed for most p
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Sammi
May 27, 2012 Sammi rated it liked it
Okay so this book was a perfect, light, chick-lit summer read. And that's the best way to sum it up for me.

Blurb:
[i]Every bride is entitiled to some pre-wedding jitters. And what girl wouldn't think twice about marriage when her fiance gets his eyebrows shaved off just in time to look hideouos for photographs?

But what if it's not the ceremony that freaks you out but the happy ever after? Heidi Savage is wondering whether she can really forsake all the others for macho, beer-swelling Ed. And how
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Amy
Feb 29, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Was attracted to this book mostly due to the wedding theme, in light of my own impending nuptials, and of course the 99p Kindle price tag.

This was a quite slow at times, considering it's straight-up Chick Lit which is usually a bright and breezy affair. But, saying that, it was also a completely inoffensive book with no real surprises in the plot – as to be expected in this genre. I was hovering between 2- and 3- stars throughout, but in light of the more serious themes touched on towards the e
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Zoe
Jun 30, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely surprise of a book! Very light, very easy to read, fun and feel-good. "Chick-lit" is my guilty pleasure and this was a joy!

A typical plot - Heidi is engaged to Ed. With three months to go to the big day, the nerves overwhelm her at the same time a certain ex boyfriend makes an appearance. Who will she choose?

Chances are, if you're a fan of this genre, you've read many books like this one. But don't let that put you off - this was a treat. Four easy stars!
Na'ilah Ali
Eh. I'm very glad I purchased this book at our Library's quarterly bookseller for $1. I started reading it because i needed something light and easy after my plethora of heavy novels. This was a great palette cleanser, but it is by no means a great novel. It just was what it was, girl in her late 20s about to get married, wedding jitters etc. Nearly every character in this novel is intolerable. Heidi is annoying at best, Ed just seems pathetic for most of the novel until the very end, Kara is pu ...more
Rebecca
Jun 18, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
This book went on FOREVER! I don’t know it’s certain books that take forever to read. There was nothing wrong with this book, it just brought nothing new to the table and went on forever! Girl is going to get married, but starts doubting herself when her old and first love comes back into her life. She thinks future husband is cheating on her, so she cheats with the old boyfriend and then freaks when she finds out that he didn’t. She doesn’t tell future husband about this and proceeds with life, ...more
Nicole Lygo
Feb 21, 2016 Nicole Lygo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The twist at the end of the book was really surprising. I totally didn't expect it.
Claire Murray
Aug 02, 2014 Claire Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, will definitely read more by this author!
Kristen
Jul 01, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick and easy read with a fun and whitty story-line. Heidi is engaged to Ed and is about to be married. At work, she runs into a former flame, Steven, who broke off their relationship several years earlier without any real reason. Heidi tries to ignore Steven, but everyone at her work adores him. Stressful situations along with frequent babysitting her best friend's baby, Ed's frequent rugby matches, and the return of Steven into her life, all accumluate and leave Heidi to wonder if she is ma ...more
Julie
Aug 20, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun holiday read.
Catherine
Jan 08, 2012 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
Enjoyable wedding-nerves/what-if tale with the inevitable misunderstandings leading to a happy ever after conclusion.

As in previous books I have read by this author, I felt the characterisation was less important than the sometimes farcical events, but as the book went on, the main characters rather suddenly revealed hidden depths, and I think more evidence could have been provided for these aspects which were hinted at before by rather repetitive motifs in how they were described.
Melissa
Jun 07, 2016 Melissa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maybe-later
so far I am wondering when I am going to care about the protagonist. I'll finish the book, but she's a bit whiny for me. She's successful but unhappy; engaged but not sure if she wants to marry him. 1/3 of the way through the book and none of this is changing--complications have been introduced, but not enough to make me worry or care about her decisions.
Adna
Jan 13, 2014 Adna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give it zero stars, I would
Bella Ain
Feb 13, 2011 Bella Ain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is funny. I like it. It kind of makes me think of the times when I actually decided to commit to something and second-guess myself when, at the end of the day, I'm always ready and never been readier, to commit. We just need time and some hard times to make us to realize that. :)
Melissa
Oct 14, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book, very light in style but had some heavy themes - such as what happens when an ex walks in to your life, responsibility and pre-wedding jitters. I enjoyed this book a lot as there were a lot of twists and turns I wasn't expecting.
Paula Croskell
I enjoyed this book as it was an easy read. Glad that there was a happy ending.
Angel Serrano
Heidi está a punto de casarse con Ed. Todo va bien, ¿o no? Cuando Steven reaparece en su vida después de siete años, las dudas le asaltarán: ¿estoy preparada para tener hijos o no?
Kathy Chung
Apr 02, 2011 Kathy Chung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
Reviewed at : Small Kucing

Not bad. Frustrating but funny. has a surprising ending
Creativeuser15
Oct 25, 2013 Creativeuser15 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, it was a little bit slow to start and at times hard to grasp of of the dialect from London, but it got better once you get through the first few chapters.
Sonia Puri
Aug 28, 2013 Sonia Puri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It
is bit boring and lets chris manby down it was her first book i read ,it is abysmal i think she can do much better than this definitely I hope she can.
Caz Lopez
Jan 16, 2012 Caz Lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book. Loved Heidi she was the best character of the book. Will be reading more of chris manby!
Nazia Ahmed
I got this book as a freebie out of my magazine pack. It was ok and funny. Easy to read...
Louise H
Jun 28, 2009 Louise H rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An easy read for when you don't want to think too much about plots etc.
Aileen
Jan 07, 2012 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was funny, but no the best book I have read by this Author.
Linette
Apr 20, 2010 Linette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: females looking for a mindless, fun read
Quick read that kept my interest.
Charlotte
Dec 07, 2009 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny book, alot of humour :)
Amanda
Apr 18, 2015 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
could not get into it
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This author has also released books under the name Chrissie Manby.

Encouraged my by English teacher, Mrs. Pocock, I published my first short story in Just Seventeen when I was fourteen years old. The story was called ‘Whatever happened to the wonderful boy I fell in love with’ and I published it under the pseudonym ‘Carolyn Lane’ because it largely consisted of a transcript of an argument I’d had w
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