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2.69 of 5 stars 2.69  ·  rating details  ·  588 ratings  ·  165 reviews
In this deliciously devious beach read, chick lit meets "Fatal Attraction" as Asner weaves together a tale of relationships, betrayal, and very modern revenge.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Weinstein Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Stephanie
I've never despised a protagonist so much. I can't believe I actually finished this book - it was awful.
Lisa Knappen
i would give it zero stars if i could...utter crap
Meg
I wanted to like this book. I thought it'd be one of those books where the main character grows at the end, realizes a great guy is right there, and live happily ever after. But no, she just gets crazier as the book goes on!
Some aspects of the book I really understood. I've had the ex boyfriend where you drive around, hoping to run into him "on accident". However, I didn't check his email and stalk all guys I went on one date with.
The ending started to get better, but fell a little flat. It wa
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Laura
Rating this book "Didn't like it" is being kind. I hated this book. The only reason I skimmed to the end (about 2/3 of the way through) is to see if the character grew at all. Nope, she finished the book as black-hearted and amoral as she started, even committing murder with no ill effects. I don't understand the point in a book where the character has no redeeming qualities, nor does she learn anything or grow in any way. I won't be reading any more of Ms. Asner's books. I wonder if she only go ...more
Angie
I think that many of the reviews of this book are too harsh. Sure, the main character, Dani, isn't exactly someone I'd like in real life, but I don't need a likable character to enjoy a book. In fact, her irrational and neurotic behavior is what kept me interested. Plain and simple: A protagonist that is a hot mess is entertaining. I think it's the same rationale behind why people watch Jersey Shore , or why Charlie Sheen is such a popular topic of late. I thank Jen Lancaster's blog for the rec ...more
Megan
This book was well-written and interesting, but I find I can't give it more than two stars. This is because I couldn't fathom why our heroine does most of the things she does. It's a first-person narrator who rarely explains what she's thinking. This would be fine if she wasn't perpetually doing things that made me wonder, "What is she thinking?" And the sudden twist at the end of the book was disconcerting rather than thrilling.
Amber
I read this book on the plane from Japan to California and after finishing, napped and had terrible nightmares that I was Dani Hale. I woke up in cold sweats and was racked with an indescribable guilt for the rest of the flight. Good book, unexpected ending, fabulous character development. If you have ever thought about stalking an old boyfriend or sabotaging someone's relationship, read this book.
Jennifer
Like a good sex and the city meets CSI. THe plot has many twists and turns that make it truly unpredictable and hard to put down.
Maureen B.
I can't really say I read it because I only read about 2 chapters and stopped reading. Awful. Won't waste my time finishing it!
Terri
Oh my goodness- what a waste of my time. almost stopped reading.
Ashley
Jul 31, 2010 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ashley by: Jen Lancaster's blog
I added "Whacked" to my to-read list after seeing Jen Lancaster recommend it in her blog. After I picked it up, though, I wasn't so sure - some of the reviews I skimmed pegged it as an awful read.

I think the reviews are a little unfair though; so many of them complain about how unlikeable the main character is. It's true, Dani isn't the best or most relatable character I've read, but her motivations are always pretty clear - she's not being mean or devious for no reason. Does a book have to hav
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Maya Carter
Jun 23, 2008 Maya Carter added it
Recommends it for: no one
Wish I had read the Entertainment Weekly (C- rating) or Kirkus reviews before I spent almost $30 on this book. The Kirkus review is on Barnes&Noble.com. It's very honest and to the point.

I realized - too late! - that all the insincere blurbs and puff pieces are just that. They are NOT REVIEWS. Behind the cool cover and the PR is a poorly written novel that is less than the sum of it's parts.

The book's an easy read but I found the main character unsympathetic and sort of tedious. The other ch
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Sara Strand
Now I'll tell you---I didn't like the book. I read it and finished it, but didn't like it. For a various of reasons.

Number 1- I thought the characters were lame. They were predictable and you just couldn't like any of them. Dani is an idiot. She would be like that one friend you know you have who is constantly bitching about everything but refuses to do anything about it. Ever. We all have a friend like that and avoid his/her phone calls.

Number 2- Dave is a fuckhead. You KNOW he's cheating on he
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Jennifer
2 Words that describe the book: Dating horror

3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:

1. Setting: Los Angeles, CA

2. Dani Hale—A writer for a TV crime show who has a passion for forensics, Dani is on the brink of success both professionally and personally. Not only does she have her first sole writing credit, but she suspects her boyfriend Dave might be getting ready to propose.

3. Dave—A director (mostly on TV shows), he's been Dani's boyfriend for a few years. Although she's convince
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Christina Rau
Here's one of those Hollywood insider books, written by someone in the industry who knows the lingo. So it's believable in that way. The main character is a writer for a CSI-like show and she's obsessed with crime scenes. It begins with a fascinating retelling of Marilyn Monroe's mysterious death. Then it moves into the character more and her Weight Watchers plan.

Fine, okay, lots of women could relate to being on a diet so I let it slide. Then it went into her checking into her boyfriend's email
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Kolleen

I bought this book, and at the time I bought it, I was already a little embarrassed that I had any interest in it. The more I looked at it sitting on my shelf, the more embarrassed I got and the more hatred I developed towards it. Then I realized who the author was, Jules Asner! Jules Anser?! Isn't she the bikini girl who hosted Wild On E!? Well, once I realized this, I didn't want to pick up the book at all, but alas, I did in hopes of it being a pleasant surprise.


I was wrong. Literally, I

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Melissa
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emi Bevacqua
Loved reading this book, finished it in a weekend, blew off a lot of stuff I shouldn't have so I could spend time with Whacked by Jules Asner. The author intrigues me, I love her father but can't stand ET, didn't have high expectations for the book (hate the title), but got totally sucked in to it right from the get go (maybe cuz I live in LA, where the story's set?). The title and cover illustration initially seem like a total plot giveaway; it's brilliant how that's delayed for so long I forgo ...more
Amy
I picked this book up in the Hong Kong airport because I just wanted to browse an English bookstore and buy a book. I knew it was a sort of chick lit, airport book, and it fulfilled it's mission. Some people reviewed that they didn't like the main character, but it thought it was really interesting to see her neurosis and lack of self confidence laid bare even though she was a very successful person. She's over the top, but that made me feel better about my smaller neurosis! Over all I like the ...more
Aisha
Just re-read this book to cheer myself up after a particularly difficult week at work and decided it was high time - over two years after my first read - to post a review.

A lot of the other reviewers keep pointing out Dani is totally unsympathetic and I have to politely disagree. For me, I was hooked by engaging writing a woman with just the right amount of bitchiness and snark, who shared my interests - true crime and writing. I felt like from the beginning, Dani was sympathetic and over time,
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Lauren Salamon
not good... the main character was obnoxious and got away with being a terrible person. I kept reading hoping the end would either have her get caught or at least become a better person... but no.
Denise Gilbert
Enjoyed it like a strangely flavored chocolate truffle. Hated the protagonist but wanted to know what happens with her dramas. A wicked story and a palate cleanser from the goody-goody heroines.
Sonia
Yikes- never read this kind of book "devilish and devious beach read" but saw it at the library and decided I needed to read other types once in a while. There's a reason I don't read them. At one point, the main character, Dani, sees her boyfriend's computer open, looks through his emails, starts panicking about his address book being open to a woman's number. "Amy Robins? Who's Amy Robins?!?!?!" Then she changes the last number of each and every woman's phone number in his address book. Really ...more
Adriane Duron
A very funny and dark look into the Hollywood scene told from the point of view of a woman who wants it all but is still just happy to be herself.

HOWEVER...

I don't understand why she got completely off the hook for Chloe's murder. I really expected Dani to have some wry comment at the end as she changed into an orange jumpsuit at the LA County Jail. Also, why not off Dave who gave her so much heartache? We never got to find out who "Amy Robbins" was, not to mention that Dani's friend Lauren was
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Amanda
ok....I take it back. Dani IS that bad. she's horrible. she's....whacked. The book was ok. A great break from a Susan Elizabeth Phillips marathon.
Pinky
I didn't know what to expect with this first novel by E! News alum Jules Asner, but it has kicked off my summer reading with a surprising start. Dani Hale writes for a popular forensics crime show and has taken to investigating the subjects of her love life a little too thoroughly. Beautiful, smart and highly likable, Dani's success at work follows the lows of a painful and ultimately nasty break-up with a long time boyfriend. Then we discover that Dani has a knack for sabotaging every new relat ...more
Anam
Jan 29, 2013 Anam rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
let me start this off with I HATE THIS BOOK!! WASTE OF TIME!
But I couldnt put it down...i wanted to know if she really was phycho. At first I felt bad for her because even though she was a bitch to everyone becasue i thought she was mentally ill. But i guess not...so ya i dont recommend this book to anyone.

i didnt quit get the ending..did he marry her? But who puts a wedding ring on their finger on their right hand?

I HATE DAVE...he was a total dick head, fucking bastard. I dont mean to offend
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April Stevens
Funny book, and a fast read overall, even though some parts dragged on a bit. I think any girl can identify with Dani's insecurities and lament over her failed relationships - she just takes it a few steps too far. It was cool to read about someone with such an interesting job - she writes for a criminal/forensics TV show (I think my favorite parts of the book were when she talked about what she was working on). All of this is set in LA, so there is definitely the gossipy glitz factor. The endin ...more
Stacy
I couldn't put this book down--it was fascinating and humorous. The perspective of a TV writer living in Los Angeles/Hollyweird also made it more interesting. This is a darker breed of chick lit.

There are some major character flaws here. Dani is mean to her friends, coworkers, and mom (who kind of deserves it). The levels she will go to for spying on her boyfriend or dates are unreal and sick. Do men cheat on her because she doesn't trust them or because they are jerks? Maybe both. But then agai
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Jennie
I couldn't make it past page 85. The beginning had such promise! Jules Asner is a good writer -- funny, good rhythm realistic character movements, etc. I just hated her protoganist. Needy, insecure, mean. She is a talented writer -- I wish she had focused more on the tv show she was writing that sounded so fun; that's what caused me to check the book out. Geez. Maybe I should have stuck around. maybe whacked is the noise that hitting on the head with her precious laptop made. oh well. Life's too ...more
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Asner was born Julie Ann White in Tempe, Arizona, the daughter of Lee White, a furniture saleswoman. At the age of sixteen Jules was discovered at a modeling convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. She began her career as an Elite model. Jules and Cindy Crawford shared a bunkroom in the early years of her modeling career. In 1986, Jules graduated from McClintock High School in Tempe. She has earned a d ...more
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