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I Do -- But I Don't (Crandell Sisters #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  7,721 ratings  ·  131 reviews
"She creates perfect days."In spite of her incorrigible curly hair, Lauren Crandell is a neat-freak and organizational guru, qualities that make her the perfect wedding planner. But when two weddings in one day go haywire, and hunky firefighter Nick Corona comes to the rescue -- twice -- Lauren realizes there are a few important details in her own life she hasn't been tend ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Downtown Press (first published 2003)
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Such a fun read, the last 5 chapters had me laughing hysterically out loud. A slow start with a drawing introduction but picked up pace as it went on.

Any woman with an obsessive compulsion for organization (as I do) will easily bond with Lauren, the main character if the book. Reminiscent of a combination of romantic-comedy movies like "The wedding planner", "hitch", and "sweet home alabama", this book was a fun read snd only got better as the story went on.
Chick-lit is hit-and-miss for me. First person POV chick-lit even more so—okay, not counting Kristan Higgins it’s mostly a miss. And this book was no exception.

I hated the heroine’s guts and given the book was written in her POV I hated the book. Some fellow reviewers say she was written that way to make us see her growth toward the end. I didn’t see it like that, and I didn’t see any significant growth. Lauren spent the entire book feeling sorry about herself, mostly to do with her hair, using
Fiona Bauer
This book was a bit boring, the story was a flat line. It didn't have much suspense...
'I Do But I Don't' tells the story about Lauren Crandell who works as a wedding planner. She's a neat freak bordering on OCD, organized, competent and single after a divorce. It goes without saying that she's the typical heroine who's unhappy about an aspect of her appearance (her curly hair which she describes multiple times throughout the book and that was unnecessary - I perfectly understood her 'predicament' the first time it was mentioned) and longs to be in a relationship.

At the beginning
I wanted to like this book as I had just come off of planning my wedding. But it was only OK. I found the main character a little annoying and wanted to pull her out of the book at times and slap some sense into her. But as others have commented, that's also part of her development and the author explains why she is the way she is. Also, I kept thinking of the movie "The Wedding Planner," while reading it. Even though the two have no connection, the plot lines are similar.
Nash Nordin
I really like the TV, Movie, I do (But I don’t) starring Denise Richards and Dean Cain. I watched the movie years ago and found out that it was based on Cara Lockwood novel with the same title. I’ve been looking forward to read this book for some time and I have to say that I am not disappointed. I'm giving this book a 5 stars because I enjoyed it so much!

Lauren Crandell was the junior wedding consultant at Forever Weddings. She met Nick Corona, an attractive firefighter who comes to the rescue
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
Another random book i picked out of nowhere. I guess i'm just pretty bored these past few days and i decided to find some books to read and TADA! I found this one. I'm really a big sucker for books that has great covers and this one definitely caught my attention.

I'm hoping this one would not be another story with a typical plot wherein The boy meets girl-get to know each other-conflict-and live happily ever after blah, But i guess i was wrong, it was just another typical chick-lit/contempor
Wild hair aside, Lauren Crandell likes to think she has everything under control, she is, after all, the junior wedding consultant at Forever Weddings, doing everything short of standing on her head to make sure all her brides get the weddings of their dreams, even though he own perfect wedding ended in divorce a year ago.

So, as Lauren spends her days creating perfect days for others, she ends up meeting Nick Corona, a gorgeous firefighter who comes to the rescue during two of her weddings. At t
Anna Marie
With the intellectual depth of a rubber duck, Cara Lockwood tried to entertain me in a lighthearted novel of mistaken identity and comedy... and utterly failed.

First, there's the rampant stupidity. Then there are the tedious in-head explanations of said rampant stupidity. Most of which is more painful than funny. And of course the heroine is a complete idiot that everything just *happens* to go wonderfully for, and she snags the man hotter than People Magazine's Hunk of the Year.

*Sigh*. I really
What did i think? Well i've always loved anything related to weddings. SO obviously i enjoyed this one too. It was the usual cute romance, a breezy read and nice characters. What i liked about it most and what i found unique was how towards the end Lauren stood up and kinda let it clear that weddings are not important than marriages, i mean you should be able to marry the person even in a cattle shed and still be happy because you are going to spend your life with your loved one..and not just wo ...more
I really liked this book. I love the way Lauren comes into herself and learns to stand up for herself. She learns that not everything is going to go exactly as planned and every once in a while, things work out for you, not against you. It's a little annoying how she feels sorry for herself all the time, but in the end I think it's important in the development of her character. Lauren is always jumping to conclusions and believing everything that she hears, which makes for really funny drama. Th ...more
This was a frilly sort of read for me. I was looking for a comedy to read and picked this up from the library. It did turn out to be pretty funny and I liked the story line and it even made me wonder if I could be a wedding planner in the future. The only annoying thing about this book was all the parenthesis thoughts. I kept skipping over them and had to come back and read them. They were thoughts like " hair is completely out of control (and you would think I'd been blown away by a jet pl ...more
Somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars. Let's say 2.75

I read this one a long time ago and completely forgot about it until I came across it browsing on this site. That fact alone prevents it from getting a 4 or 5 star rating.

What I do remember about this novel is that it was fluffy fun. There was nothing outstanding about it, but it managed to keep me entertained enough during its length. I got it from a library sale, every book you could fit in a giant paper bag for $10. I think the value of each
Afida Razuna
pas inget filmnya,curiga ada novelnya.trus bacaa.agak beda laah ama novelnyaa.kasih poin 3 of 5 aja buat cara lockwood,author yg novelnya catchy bget buat teenager.buat yg udah baca.nonton filmnya yaa.Nich itu hot fireman,dude.Gosh... i like it.lebih suka filmnya sih dibandingkan novelnya wkwkwkwk.but,one thumb up!
"I Do" is a light, fluffy and funny beach read, but nothing more than that. It did make me laugh out loud a few times, and towards the end of the book there is a truly hilarious wedding from hell.

What bothered me, though, was how the main character, Lauren, kept making assumptions and jumping (or rather leaping) to (wrong) conclusions without ever trying to find out what she'd been told was fact or fiction. Definitely a very annoying habit for any character in a book.

On the plus-side, the male
Amy Johnson
I laughed my butt off the whole way through. She could have been me! As a matter of fact, as I read pieces of it to Misty, she related to JA "Amy's reading a book about herself!" hahahahaha
I absolutely loved this book! It's an adorable story line and romance novel. It reminds me I simple falling in love can be. P.S. Watching the movie made me read this book.
Kristie Case
Simply put, a fun and light reading:) found myself giggling for sure. Love how the author carried the main character as if she's speaking directly to the reader.
3.5 stars--Decent chick lit about a wedding planner and her firefighter boyfriend.
Super cute book and so much better then the life time movie. Light fun and enjoyable
Jessica Aldridge
I honestly feel that every second I spent reading this book was wasted.
This is *not* something I would normally read but my sister loved it and begged me to read it, too. What a chore that was. I truly enjoy good chick lit. Good being the operative word. For me, it's silly books like this that give chick lit a bad name. Stupid, insecure protagonists who are walking doormats are a major pet peeve of mine. No, not everyone oozes self confidence but come on... get a backbone already. Plus, the whole mistaken identity/misunderstandings/hijinks ensue plt gimmicks leave ...more
I could give it a 3.5 stars. Very funny but very predictable.
Great book. Nice love story. Good light, summer read.
Jul 19, 2009 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joy by: Lauren
Shelves: chick-lit
I have to say that I enjoyed this book. Yes, it's frilly and your typical chick-lit, but I thought it was really funny at times. In an outlandish, but still realistic way. Lauren, a wedding consultant, finds herself in trouble when she begins to fall, unwittingly, for one of her clients. His actions throw Lauren completely off her feet (quite literally!) and suddenly she doesn't know what to do or think. It's amusing and I found myself laughing out loud; especially towards the end, when things g ...more
Shelly Waites Ward
A Real page turner :)
Striratna  Nityahayu
Really liked it. In fact, kalo ada bintang tiga setengah, nah itu dia yang pas x)
Gatau sih, semacam agak love-hate gitu sama buku ini. Ada bagian yang kurang gereget tapi balik ke hal selanjutnya langsung seru lagi. Dan bagian kebakaran di akhir cerita rasanya agak terlalu dipaksa masuk, sih....
Tapi super duper suka sama Nick yang kirain teh pas awalnya kelewat sempurna, eeh ga taunya punya flaw juga x) (nggak suka Gary Stu soalnya). Dan kehadiran seekor kucing di buku ini juga nambah poin bagi
Barbara Elsborg
Fluffy fun with an at times annoying heroine but it made me laugh and when you're feeling sick, that's a plus. Yes, it was full of implausibilities (have I spelt that right? Lot of 'i's - but I don't think the author intended us to take it seriously. To be honest, I didn't really 'feel' the growth of the heroine - from put upon - to becoming her own woman. We were told rather than shown but I didn't even care too much about that. It was just an enjoyable read in bed while I coughed and sneezed.
you know what?
I love this book so very much..
And before someone complains bout how mess this review, I officially
announce that I am really,
really not good in this review think, so let's see
I really enjoyed my time finishing this book. Seriously. I kept shuffling while following how mess Lauren's life.
And just a little note, do not read this novel while tryin clog your ears with a headset-or whatever was it name-or you would realize that you giggling, by yourself.
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