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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  3,356 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Three women newly rooming together discover the meaning of living in a fishbowl after a small fire leads to a big repair bill and a big realization about insurance, bonding, and friendship.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Red Dress Ink (first published 2002)
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I think I paid 50 cents for this at a used book sale and I definitely overpaid. The book I read before this was an excellent, but dark, Karin Slaughter. I decided to read this next because I thought it would be a light, funny read. It wasn't. The characters in this book are so unlikable, I found myself wishing they'd encounter Karin Slaughter's murderer. The Borders sticker on the back of the book said it was YA, but it definitely wasn't. I think it said that because this author has written YA b ...more
I found this book to be so offensively bad, and such a complete waste of my time that I did something I've never done before........I wrote the author. Quick read? You bet. Simple language? Most definitely. Super slow developing plot? Check. Characters whose flaws don't endear them to us, but in fact, made us glad not only that they're not our roommates, but that they are made up and we're never going to meet them? Spot on.

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Feb 25, 2009 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amanda by: Jen
I really love who the author uses the different chapters to seperate which point of view we are hearing the story from. Each Character has a distinctive and seperate voice and the writing style reflects their personalities. The chapters told by the all knowing narrator are hilariously written and a fun way to see how a third person outside of the inner minds of the charcters views them from the outside. Very insightful and clever. The writing is quick and sharp and this is a very fun read. I enj ...more
This book was OK, compare to what I have read in the past. I was kinda disappointed by all of the in-detail sex and makeout scenes.....Oh yeah and by the way there was a lot of cuss words.. But other than all of that bad stuff it had a good story line of trust between three friends that share an apartment in the Big Apple in New York City
Why? Just why? This book is horrendous. Our themes include : drama, and comedy. 3 spoiled, ungrateful teens burn their kitchen in a fire and have to earn back the money to fix it. So they work, and that's it. The comedy is stupid and the dramatic effect doesn't work. So I guess the idea told through the theme's is work hard to accomplish what you need, but that wasn't what I felt. The three protagonists didn't actually work hard at all to accomplish anything and yet they still accomplish what th ...more
Rachael Levine
Good chick lit ...esp if you have ever had a roommate
Betsey Poore
If you have ever experienced living with a roommate then you need to read Sarah Mlynowski's Fishbowl. I've had this book on my "To-Read" list since 2005 (though it was released in 2002), but I'm glad I waited until I was 24 to finally pick it up at the library. It describes the plight of a woman in her early twenties perfectly, and I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if I wasn't experiencing these exact same emotions, problems, and parties. There are three roommates in a rent-controlle ...more
Melissa He
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Trina Knittle
This was an interesting book to read. It is definitely at moments a relatable book. The more into the book I read the more interesting the story became. The characters in the book were all likable and very interesting to learn about. The book was a one day read. I was really happy to have enjoyed reading this book. I loved how each chapter changed points of views. It was interesting to see through the point of view of each roommate. A good read.
Describiria este libro como el mas payaso del mundo pero me gusto, no fue la gran cosa del mundo pero me encantaron los momentos divertidos y sobre todo ... josh <3. Por el contrario, odie algunas de las facetas de dos de sus protagonistas porque, dios que perras. Pero hay cosas de ellas con las que me identifique tanto como con mi grupo de amigas.

Aunque mis amigas, no son tan malas y bitches.

La narracion me gusto por su toque comico.

Estuvo, bien.
Three women have just become roommates... and a fire forces them to team up to pay for the damages by throwing parties and having a "How to Pick Up Women" seminar.

Notes: I like Allie. Of course, compared to slutty Emma and uptight Jodine, who wouldn't like Allison. At first, she reminded me much like two of my close friends, and it was a bit funny. So anyway, I really regret buying this book. That's harsh, isn't it? Perhaps after reading Shopaholic, I had gotten into a Becky-groove... and I just
Allison is getting new roommates and she is excited. Jodien and Emma move in and all the fils couldn't be more different. Allie is the people pleaser, naive, kind of innocent one, who is she wants to be and what she wants to do with her life still. Jodien is in law school and is very driven in all that she does. Emma is the most social of the house, she works entry level at a fashion magazine, she is always looking for a guy, and always challenging her roommates and their patients with her ideas ...more
Ivy Prince
I liked this book, but it wasn't exactly amazing, for me. It took me a long time to finish because I just wasn't very into it. It started to get interesting, then slow-going, then interesting, back and forth, and THEN.. I got excited and couldn't wait to see how the story would turn out. I actually liked Josh's character the best in the end, because he seems so sweet c: I also liked the concept of Fish seeing everything. Like how he'd just be sitting in his bowl, having his own opinions and litt ...more
Lulu Belén
Mar 07, 2014 Lulu Belén rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lulu by: Jessy Abache
Que divertido! justo lo que necesitaba para quitarme esta pereza lectora que tenia. Me gusta mucho como escribe Sarah, provoca irse a vivir con amigas o irse de fiesta (lo que venga primero) tengo que advertirles que me iban a sangrar los ojos por Emma hahahahaha
This is not the greatest book. The storyline seemed cute and funny (women with different personalities live as roomates together and finally become friends) The book was just to much.... The bitchy character was to bitchy, the sweet character was to sweet, and the bossy one was to bossy. I couldn't really feel a connection to any of the characters in the book. I felt as if the author was playing into very stereotypical roles. For instance, the bossy character had a high-paying influencial job, t ...more
The humor and fourth wall narration were fun. The three main characters were horrible and painful to read. I like the author's other stuff, but this one just annoyed me.
Katy Baker
Another I read in college and really enjoyed. Just fun reads - would be good for summertime lounging :)
Each chapter written from a different roommate's perspective. They have a fire have to raise money.
This wasn't the worst book that I've ever read (or even the worst chick-lit book), but I wasn't exactly a big fan of it either. There were parts that were funny, and I think that the idea was good, but the characters were just so ridiculous and annoying that it was hard to really enjoy them. The slut, the cynic, and the naive one; all complete caricatures, none of them really change or grow. But some of their antics were pretty funny. I won't be reading it again, but if someone picked it up and ...more
Jan 27, 2009 Nancy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Picked this up in the YA section on my way out of the kids' section (where I was grabbing The Graveyard Book ). Started reading it at lunch, finished reading it by bedtime. The writing is decent, but this is the second book in a row (after Gods Behaving Badly) that starts off its first 150 pages with almost no plot, just tons of exposition and set-up, and then spends the last 150 pages trying to cram in everything. Pacing! It's your friend.
Jayme Stahl
I enjoyed it reminded me very much of myself and life at that age
Written from different points of view, and even the narrator kind of jokes with you as a reader. I realize the point of the book was to portray each roomate as the other see them, and make the effect of them living in such close quarters they begin to get on eachother's nerves. However, about half-way through the book I, as the reader, really hated them! If i wasn't compulsive about finishing a book after i start it, i wouldn't have finished. I just got really annoyed with each character flaws.
Sunkissd1 Base
I've liked this author's other books better. This was ok but predictable. 3 unlikely girls room together, set the kitchen on fire, and noone has insurance. They spend months hosting parties, lectures, etc., to raise money to replace the kitchen. They all have dysfunctional relationships and 1 ends up with the other's crush, accidentally at first. Another finds out all isn't what it appears to be. It was a good gym read, but overall was left lukewarm and looking forward to the next book.
Melissa Moy
This book is a fun read if you want to hear a story about something different. This novel follows three roommates that have just met each other and their apartment kitchen burns down. They must work together to raise the money for repair costs and their solution is pretty amusing. Following the funny aftermath of three very different woman in their 20's, they learn about friendship and roommate bonds and how it can get them through their connected trouble.
Amanda Long
Another let down...
Come on I promise I wasn't expecting this! What happened to the funny and captivating writing from As Seen on TV? Feeling rather let down... :(
This book was a bit hard to get into at first and a bit confusing. The author chose to make each chapter from a different characters point of view. Unfortunately, the writing style was so similar between the characters that I had to frequently glance to the top of the page to see whose chapter it was. However, once I got into it I found that it was hard to put down. A very easy read and a VERY predictable storyline, but nevertheless, still very enjoyable.
Vivian De
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Danielle-Claude Mba
I owned 2 copies of this one, that’s how much I loved it. I lent my first copy; I missed it so much I bought another one. To be fair I own every Red Ink editions of Sarah Mlynovaski's novels. I just moved to Toronto when that book came out. A book set in Toronto, I haven’t read many books set in Canada. It’s entertaining, it’s funny at the same time very realistic everything a good chick-lit is about.
Dee W.
This book is cute but dumb, yet somehow totally endearing. The characters are extremems, but in a way that is how randomly assigned roomates tend to be. What really hooked me into this book was that one of the characters totally *was* one of my college roomates. So creepy perfect it kept me reading through the hokey bits. Just thinking about it makes me want to laugh. Again, brainless read.
You can definitely tell that is was written by a 20 something girl either retelling her college experience or stating what she wanted her college experience to be. Either way it kept me entertained enough to finish the book (I don’t know if that is saying much because I don’t know how to not finish a book). Overall there were a few giggles and I can’t believe that just happened.
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Sarah is the author of BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also wrote HOW TO BE BAD.

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