Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Cheating at Solitaire (Cheating at Solitaire, #1)” as Want to Read:
Cheating at Solitaire (Cheating at Solitaire, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Cheating at Solitaire (Cheating at Solitaire #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,041 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Self-help guru Julia James is so good at being single that she's become famous for it-advising women that they don't need a man to be happy. Then the unthinkable happens. Just when her newest book, 101 Ways to Cheat at Solitaire, is about to hit stores, a trumped-up piece of gossip linking her to a gorgeous actor hits the papers. Their pictures are splashed all over the ta ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 6th 2005 by Berkley Trade
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Cheating at Solitaire, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Cheating at Solitaire

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie KinsellaBet Me by Jennifer CrusieWallbanger by Alice ClaytonMatch Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsNatural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Humorous Romance Books
449th out of 2,449 books — 5,534 voters
Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsCity of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareLinger by Maggie StiefvaterLast Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
YA Books of 2010 & 2011 I'm excited to read!!
88th out of 180 books — 282 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 15, 2016 Sa96ar rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016, reviews

"All I ever said was that marriage doesn't have to be everyone's cup of tea. Maybe tea's not available in your area. Maybe you haven't found a flavor you like. Some people like coffee. Some like pop. Some"—Julia felt her voice beginning to crack—"just try to avoid caffeine."

This book was such a quick & fun read :)
But I have my problems with it:

1. The writing style: the book is short, but I feel like the author tried to "drag" it more and more with the "humorous & funny" sentences.

Feb 04, 2010 Mimi rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed reading this book. It was very funny, and I thought it was original as well. I was definitely not bored. :)

This book is about an author who writes books for single women about how to successfully be a single woman. She is not anti-marriage, just pro-living life to the fullest even if you weren't able to be married. She shares a cab ride and goes shopping with an aspiring actor, and the paparazzi take pictures of them together and a nonexistent relationship is invented. This makes the a
Paula  Phillips
Dec 04, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
To me Ally Carter was always just the author to The Gallagher Girls and Heist Society , it wasn't till at the start of the year that I got a 2011 calendar Chick Lit - that featured excerpts from Chick Lit books, that I discovered that she had dabbled in the art of writing for the adult audience and I just had to get my hand on a copy, and the day that I finally did and have read it has come .
"Life's best adventures are as close as your nearest bookshelf Tour Europe with the Count of Monte Crist
Robert Beveridge
Aug 27, 2009 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Ally Carter, Cheating at Solitaire (Berkley, 2005)

Here's something I never expected to see: a chick lit novel that remembers the “lit” half of the equation. Young adult novelist Ally Carter, best known for the Gallagher Girls series of novels, actually started her career with an adult novel, Cheating at Solitaire. And while I'm willing to admit my reading in chick lit has not been nearly as extensive as it has been in other genres, I've certainly read my share of the stuff, and this is the best
Sep 02, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Suh Ahn, Alli
Recommended to Lauren by: Courtney
Okay, so I go to dear ol Courtney's house to return her book, despite the fact that Courtney is long gone to Cali, and lo and behold, I emerge moments later with another of Ally Carter's books. The one that is hardest to find in libraries, her noble debut, a book I've vaguely wanted to reread for months now: Cheating at Solitaire. The funny, fresh, ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS book that somehow manages to be sweet and never cheesy, cooky but real, clever and funny but not fluffy, and romantic but more ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Elise rated it did not like it
I had relatively mild expectations for this book--Carter's other books have been entertaining and worth the read. Sadly this book isn't. It fell down in far too many areas; the characters were two dimensional, their motivations (when they had any) were contrived, there was hardly any character growth,and there were multiple times I had to flip between pages wondering if I had missed a chunk of dialogue because I was SO lost (and it wasn't even between POV shifts, just between paragraphs). The ...more
Sep 26, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a cute book. I couldn't put it down and read it in one day.

Moral Note: It does say the S word at the very beginning and I wasn't going to read it more if it still had swearing but, the author didn't throw more swear words in till the very end when I then had to see what happened. So, besides the S word is says the B word and heck and dang.
Sep 25, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
There's something refreshing about Ally Carter's voice--I find myself truly liking the characters and at least smiling periodically, if not laughing out loud.

It's not great literature, but it's a fun, quick little romance. And clean.
Jan 18, 2014 Sass rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Not revolutionary, but funny and cute. Suffers from the common problem of 'debut author with over-romanticised view of the life of successful authors' but if you're willing to suspend your disbelief, it's a good read.
Jun 09, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok
Although this book targeted adults, I actually liked it less than her spy-girls series - which I thought was very fun.
Nov 22, 2016 Becci rated it liked it
Eh, it was a cute book but unremarkable. I skimmed the middle part and the end was lacking. I'd give it 2.5 stars.
Oct 13, 2016 Rose rated it liked it
I actually gave up on reading this book. I was reading it online. I felt like it was too predictable and somewhat boring. I hate to say this because I love Ally Carter. I just didn't like this book.
The Cheating at Solitaire books never claimed my attention until I realised last summer I had run out of Ally Carter books to read until she released something new from her current series. As she is an author I most definitely like, I went to Amazon to buy her books. And, of course, the book wasn't available. But giving it a leap of faith, I ordered it used, just because. And, as many others books, it became forgotten on my bookshelf because other books ended becoming more attractive.
But I'm so
Jul 23, 2011 Bex rated it it was amazing
First off I am a fan of Ally Carter's series Gallagher Girls and Heist Society, so as soon as I saw this book I knew I would like it. What I didn't imagine though was that I would love this book which I did, it was an easy and hilarious read and I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Ally Carter.

Julia James is a wildly successful self-help author who's made her living saying that society's perceptions that women must be married in order to be happy are silly, and counselling singl
I always like Ally Carter's work and Cheating at Solitaire is not an exception.
However, after Callagher Girls series, getting back to Cheating at Solitaire is giving me different perception toward Ally Carter, a secret spy into a world-wide famous author who keep insisting herself to be single but the fact is she is very much in love to a famous actor with a famous dad.

It is like Veronica White and Julia James; different but the same person. However, unlike Julia James who prefer Veronica White
Dec 06, 2010 Lisarenee rated it really liked it
Julia James’ latest book, 101 Ways to Cheat at Solitaire, has just hit the stores. Julia has been the inspiration behind many a single woman enjoying life without feeling undefined without a man. She inspires them to get out and do things and not feel self conscious for not having a man by their side. She is, in a sense, their role model.

Her life and career get a shock when the paparazzi create a story that she and a handsome young actor are dating. While the incident itself was not at all what
Jul 13, 2013 Mariah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, adult, 2012, aug-12, 2013, july13
I originally bought this book because Ally Carter is coming to the Austin Teen Book Festival and it sounded really good, I am so glad I did.

This is an adult book, but I think older teen fans of Ally's work would really like it as well. I certainly did!

Julia is awesome, she is what I want to be like if I stay single for that long. She is strong and independent and when she is with Lance their chemistry flies off the page. Yes this is a "chick-lit: novel and it is awesome. I was feeling down the
Jan 28, 2011 Kaijsa added it
Cheating at Solitaire is about Julia James, a self-help author famous for writing about the benefits of being single. Of course, wacky hijinx ensue and she meets cute with a hunky struggling actor. The press makes it out to be a scandalous new romance, just as the actor hits it big.[return][return]Guess what happens next. Uh, yeah. They fall for each other and it's a series of misunderstandings culminating in a happy ending. To be fair, the characters are pretty appealing and Carter's style is ...more
May 23, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
Tessa was so pleased when she saw Ally Carter (YA author) had a book that she'd never heard of. Our library doesn't have it so I thought I'd be a stellar mom and ordered it from another library only to find out Tessa had found out ( and evidently told me) it wasn't YA! Oops! I know I'm the only mom who doesn't hear everything my kids say, so I have lost my A in mothering! Meanwhile, I thought I might as well read it myself. Forty pages in and so far it's fluffy entertainment.

3 and 1/2 stars
Jul 19, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I feel like I really should just give this book four stars, but I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the fluffiness. It doesn't have the same world-building you see in her young adult books, but the story hung together extremely well and followed one of my new favorite themes --- independent, modern woman trying to decide if love fits into her life. The book hooks you right from the beginning --- famous author writing about enjoying singledom meets a guy; will she keep her fame, or give it up for ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Jemila rated it it was amazing
Cheating at solitaire is an amazing read. I generally love Ally Carter's writing, and this didn't disappoint. This book had a way that made you THINK that you knew what was about to happen and then it would shift and whats written is better than what you had in your head. the character, Julia, is awesome, honestly if she was a real person she would be the person that anyone could get a long with. And Lance is the kind of guy that you wish you knew just because he would be a very good friend. The ...more
Sep 03, 2008 Jenni rated it really liked it
I loved the part of the book, where she talks about her "inner-Nina"--you know, the best friend who's the devil on her shoulder, especially when it comes to men. I, myself, find that I have an inner-Maria. Yep, she's the devil on my shoulder, ESPECIALLY when it comes to men--and I don't even have to feel bad about saying that, if she can go watch 27 Dresses and tell me she just watched a movie about me and I'm a blockbuster hit!
Aug 02, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing
Ahh. This hit the spot. A sweet, romance, no smut or foul language. Great characters. Loved it! Ally Carter is a fantasic author!

In Cheating at Solitaire, Julia is very happy with her single life and writes best selling books convincing others that they can do the same. In walks Lance, a struggling actor that has the integrity to insist that he is unwilling to compromise some else's reputation for a shot at success. Great chemistry between them. Fun story.
It had me rolling on the ground, one hand covering my mouth to stifle my laughter - in case my mom start asking what's so funny about my homework - and I would've given it a 5 star, if only the ending is longer, if only it tells us more about Lance and Julia. The one good thing about the brief ending is that it is all left to my own imagination to see what happened next. Solitaire? Gin? Ah, we shall see.
Feb 21, 2012 Aleisha rated it liked it
3.5 cans of Diet Coke! (Wouldn't that be cool if that was the way we rated books on here?!)

A light and fluffy read that does to your heart what fuzzy, plush slippers do to your feet on a cold, winter night---warms it right up! Though the ending was predictable, the characters were fun and easy to love. I appreciated the humor in the plot. I thought the book was well-written, in spite of a story line that's "been done before."

Overall, cute and worth a read!
Mar 17, 2009 Karen rated it liked it
3.5-ish. It was better, I think, than the other spy novel that I read, but still not THAT good... I didn't like this one too much. However, Ally Carter's writing style morphed into something that I liked a lot better. She added bits of humor, and began being more descriptive and less... boring. Sorry, if you're a fan or something, but the other book was really, really boring, and not planned out as well.
Aug 14, 2009 Jenny rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-romance
The novel was, unfortunately, too predictable to be as good as I would have hoped. Out-of-work actor meets super-bestselling-it's-good-to-be-single authoress, actor's agent exploits it, actor becomes big, authoress hates actor, actor leaves, authoress realizes how much she loves him, etc. There were moments, certainly... and some of the characters were hilarious. I might read the sequel.
Rachel F.
May 31, 2016 Rachel F. rated it liked it
Fun and super quick read. (Like most of Ally Carters other books.) Despite the somewhat sexy cover it's refreshingly innocent -- no sex. Nothing deep, and character development leave something to be desired. Great reading for a rainy afternoon. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the next book.
Aug 29, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
This was a very cute boy meets girl story by one of my favorite authors. Its a fairly simple and time honored tale, Ally Carter always manages to write incredibly relatable characters and the most amazing guys to fall for. If there were really men like that out there, the world would be a happier place.
Feb 07, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Perfectly fun book for a wintery, grey day. Easy to read. Nothing inappropriate. Nice romance. I love Ally Carter's YA books and so picked up this adult romance. It is one of her early books, so her trademark voice is not as strong, but it was fun and funny. The premise is enjoyable. Nice fluff book for dull winter or beach reading!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Emily and the Scot (The MacLaughlins, #2)
  • Nice Girls Finish First
  • Platinum (Golden, #2)
  • Off the Record
  • The Cinderella Society (The Cinderella Society, #1)
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer Manga, Vol. 3 (The Devil is a Part-Timer Manga, #3)
  • Inklings (The Oxford Chronicles #1)
  • The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love
  • Amor and Summer Secrets (Amor and Summer Secrets, #1)
  • Coffee And Kung Fu
  • 風のアルビオン (Zero No Tsukaima, #2)
  • Reality TV Bites
  • Danger Overseas (Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Super Mystery II, #2)
  • Star Craving Mad
  • On the Couch
  • Notes From The Backseat
  • The Girlfriend Curse
  • Killer Summer
Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

ALL FALL DOWN is the first book in her highly-anticipated new series, Embassy Row. Book 2, SEE HOW THEY RUN will be in stores Dec 22, 2015.

She encourages you to visit
More about Ally Carter...

Other Books in the Series

Cheating at Solitaire (2 books)
  • Learning to Play Gin (Cheating at Solitaire, #2)

Share This Book

“We wear a lot of labels in our lives, and it's so very easy to be defined by them. We have grown somehow accustomed to thinking of ourselves as a size eight or a size fourteen, as a capricorn or a taurus, as single or in love.” 50 likes
“Life's best adventures are as close as your nearest bookshelf. Tour Europe with the Count of Monte Cristo. Dance a ball with Mr Darcy. Hunt down bad guys with Stephanie Plum. Amazing things can happen when you read.” 8 likes
More quotes…