The Sleeping Beauty Proposal
�Opening a book by Sarah Strohmeyer is like opening a box of chocolates � sweet, nutty, and absolutely irresistible.� �Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries
At 36, Genie Mich...more
For example....why DON'T we hold "Welcome to real life" showers for women just graduating college, or if they don't go to college and just enter the workforce, high school???? Why should a woman's worth be defined by whether she's getting MARRIED or not. Why should only women who are getting married get the REALLY GOOD STUFF that every woman wants when...more
One premise of the book is that women who wait around to be asked to get married are wasting their lives. Another is that people only respect a woman if they're married or engaged.
In the book, Genie com...more
Genie Michaels starts off as a mousy girl, content with her safe life and being a helper to her boyfriend, the annoying Hugh. So life throws her a curveball when her boyfriend, now a famous author thanks to a ridiculous book, proposes on live TV... only the bride isn't her. Not only that, he picks up he...more
by Sarah Strohmeyer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
At thirty-six, Genie Michaels feels like she has hit the snooze button on her life one too many times. When her "commitment-phobic" boyfriend Hugh proposes on national television-not to Genie, but to an unknown mystery woman- Genie's wisecracking friend Patty does hesitate to give her some tough love: "You remind me of that idiot Sleeping Beauty, lying around like a zombie waiting for your price. Well, guess what, he rode...more
But if you ask me, better things come to women who don't.
Oh, shame on me and my chick lit prejudices, which left me for years doubting that anything bound in a pastel-colored-cover could ever be worth my time. Thankfully I tripped across Strohmeyer's outing into teen fic Smart Girls Get What They Want, which lead me back to her adult novels, which are far more girl power than Penguin managed to indicate with that cotton candy binding. Not that th...more
The idea was a good one, but the author just couldn't produce...more
At 36, Genie Michaels has devoted the last four years of her life to her boyfriend, Hugh Spencer, helping him fulfill his dream of writing a best-selling novel. All this time, Genie has lent moral and financial support in hopes that she will get the big payoff - a marriage proposal. When Hugh's book lands on the best-seller list and he embarks on a book tour, Genie is thrilled. First stop, an interview with Barbara Walters. Barbara asks Hugh about his girlfriend and encourages him...more
If you've been told the same, well I'm sorry to disappoint because this is exactly one of those books. The standard women breaks up with boyfriend/husband in a traumatic way and then, after moping for a few weeks/months realises shes worth more...more
Genie Michaels discovers she has been sleep-walking through life when her live-in boyfriend of four years proposes marriage to another woman on national TV.
Her plucky friend, Patti, decides to cover-up Genie's humiliation by pretending Genie is, indeed, engaged. What ensues from this lie is a fascinating roller-coaster ride of never-ending surprises that will leave even the most jaded read...more
One thing that really seemed to bother me was from out of nowhe...more
I'm a sucker for witty dialogue, and had read something else of Strohmeyer's that made me chuckle, so even though the setup seemed stupid, I decided I'd try this one, and was pl...more
Don't judge on the first few chapters. Let the characters grow into their skin, and Strohmeyer into her writing style, and the plot will have you by the tail. There were some seriously awesome plot twists that I never expected which pushed this novel past the general...more
Strohmeyer's characters had really interesting personalities. Genie was someone I could really relate to. Her best friend, Patty, reminded me a lot of Samantha from Sex & the City. (I loved the 'rivalry' between...more
I was on a chick-lit roll. Two books in a row by Sarah Strohmeyer. With a fairy tale title. I love it!
More pure chick-lit goodness. Yes, it was slightly predictable (although there was one thing where I was getting annoyed because she was so blind to it--but it turns out that it wasn't what I thought!) but in a good way.
I do have to say that while I enjoyed the story, I'm not so sure about the whole faking an engagement thing. Planning the whole wedding just wouldn't work!...more
I knew it was based on a lie, but oh my goodness did it get out of hand!
I couldn't stand Genie, but I had to know what happened, which is why I gave it a two star rating. I needed to know how it was going to end, who Hugh's mystery woman was, and how things would end with Nick.
I did not like the style of writing by this author. It took me forever to get through this chick lit, which normally takes me about a day at the most to read these kind of novels.
I feel like...more
Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROPOSAL was nominated for a prestigious RITA™. Her books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Turkish, Taiwanese and a bunch of others.