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3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  59,872 ratings  ·  738 reviews
To Libby Mason, Mr. Right has always meant Mr. Rich. A twenty seven-year-old publicist, she's barely able to afford her fashionable and fabulous lifestyle and often has to foot the bill for dates with Struggling Writer Nick, a sexy but perpetually strapped-for-cash guy she's dating (no commitments – really). So when Ed, Britain's wealthiest but stodgiest bachelor, enters t...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 11th 2002 by Broadway Books (first published 1999)
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Nathan
This book made me quit my book club.
Jane Lee
If you want poignancy, you won't get that in this book. This is your average chick literature, with a protagonist whose only goal in mind is to end up with the guy of her dreams.

Now, you may be thinking, why the fuck do I like this book? For starters, I have already breached below my expectations for a book when it comes to chick literature. I already expect a common plot, a protagonist with an I'm-ugly-as-fuck self-esteem and some twisted, completely shallow "hindrance" why the protagonist won'...more
Shy
I don’t know what to expect when I first picked up this novel. Jane Green was not one of the authors that I’m familiar with so I thought it is good to try something new. Sadly to say though, the result was rather frustrating.

The book started off OK but once I passed the first hundred-page, I literally start to yawn. The predictability of the plots and some annoying characters really turned off my interest but still, I continued reading in hope that there might be something that could spark my in...more
Yulia
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Ellen
Mar 27, 2011 Ellen added it
I read this book during my obsession with British authors period, along with coming off of a break up. And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint! This book is wildly funny and really tells the story of dating during your twenties. Libby, who has no idea what is important in a relationship, is a loveable heroine. She becomes strong and you can feel yourself falling in love with her. The journey she takes is one that allows the reader to re-examine their own dating history. Pointing out that every...more
Shannon
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Monica Susanna
This book was utter garbage, how do books like this get published. Firstly I didn't really warm to any of the characters and I couldn't stand the main character Libby; I found her really shallow, unpleasant and materialistic. She really proves how feminism hasn't changed anything if woman are still intent on marrying rich men. I didn't care for any of the characters, especially Nick, the guy who Libby is in love with. I didn't warm to him at all, he's just your classic commitment phobe who can't...more
Lilly G
The best thing about this book was that it makes you realize that anyone really CAN get published! They should really file it under "inspiration".

I know, I know, I got what I deserved. I just wanted a fun summer read and I loved her book Jemima J, but this was *complete* garbage. The characters were shallow and unlikeable (at one point the main character realizes she is literally prostituting herself out). She is such a self-satisfied whiner that I found myself actively rooting *against* her.

An...more
Rachel
Over the years I’ve come to accept the fact that sometimes I’m in the mood to read unapologetic fluff. For me, that usually means a British rom/com filled with women who wear Jigsaw suits to their jobs as television presenters, who eat takeaway curries in their garden flats and take mini cab’s to meet their girlfriends at smart pubs at the weekend. I’ve always enjoyed these books with their pleasant and predictable plots where funny, slightly shallow, girls make messes of their love-lives, fight...more
Kattie
The author is interesting but parts of this book were just painful to read. Ever had the urge to haul off and smack a fictional character? You might here. Also, if you are considering reading this book, you should know that the author is British, and there is some terms that are not common in the US.
Jade
Nov 20, 2007 Jade rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: most people
Shelves: completed
Slow intro, had to fight not to put it away and start a new book. It really picks up at the end and I found myself really thinking about what happened with Libby + Nick after I finished the book
Sara
The first quarter of the book was good, you get into the story and want to know what will happen… then in the middle part I would say for half of the book I had a very strong sense of déjà-vu with another book I’ve read this year, it was a carbon copy of the story, but checking the publication dates Mr. Maybe was written first so I guess it was the other way around and the Sophie part of “I wish I were you” was the same story as this book, it only upset me because I really felt like reading the...more
Elizabeth
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Joan
The cover claims "national best seller." I guess the nation referred to is England. This book seemed to me much like a phonebook with a few vivid recreational-sex scenes thrown in. Well, actually there WAS a sorta plot, albeit a very shallow and predictable one. The characters, whose thought processes would have been more appropriate to 13-year-olds, were supposedly twenty- and thirty-something singles. Actually they were cardboard cutouts.
Kat
This book was just what I needed right now. An average chick-lit, not mind-bending or anything of the sort, just a simple, predictable tale of the search for love. I just wish the book had focused more on the interesting relationship than the boring one. The interesting relationship was secondary in this book, and it was frustrating to have to wait for it to re-appear all the time.
Shamsh
Jane Green manages to find perfect balance between funny and relaxing chick-lit and realistic, sometimes bittersweet prose. This book is light without being shallow and sweet without being sugar-coated. Chick-lit for romantic, but intelligent women.
Maria Marta
I suprisingly found muyself identify with a lot of situations!!!! it hooked me at all.
Allie Burke
Jane Green is one of those authors who writes a bunch of solid romances that are okay and sort of end up blending into one another instead of writing one or two really, really good books (I just rated Bookends three stars because I honestly couldn't remember what it was about), but Mr. Maybe did stick out to me a bit if only for its mild moments of hilarity and Mr. Oh So Sexy (Nick, aka Mr. Maybe) with no job, but being Mr. Oh So Sexy nonetheless. Libby annoyed me, because for some reason Mr. Ri...more
DuniaFriskaIndah
Kenapa aku memilih untuk membaca buku ini? Karena aku suka dengan pengarangnya Jane Green. Pertama jatuh cinta dengan bukunya Bayi-Bayi Cinta yang cukup menyedot perhatianku dan menjadi the best three chicklit yang aku baca. Ceritanya sangat simpel dan yang pasti masih dengan tokoh-tokoh wanita mandiri yang sedang mencari cinta. Tokoh utama yang sedang mencari Mr. Right adalah Libby Matson. Pertemuannya dengan Mr. Maybe awalnya hanya ‘main-main’ saja di kala dirinya belum mendapatkan pacar yang...more
Ika
berkisah tentang Libby, gadis berusia 27 thn, punya pekerjaan yg diimpikan bnyk orang - PR yg sering bhub dgn artis dan tokoh terkenal, punya apartemen yg lmyn bagus, cantik + menarik, tapi slalu ditinggalkan pacar2nya.. Suatu hari dia diperkenalkan oleh Sal, temannya, dengan seorang cowok ganteng, penulis buku, tapi ga punya kerjaan tetap, hidup dgn tunjangan pemerintah + hanya menyewa paviliun murah, bernama Nick. Tapi Nick adalah teman sekaligus pacar yang menyenangkan, dan bersamanya Libby m...more
Jaimie
Libby Mason is a lovable character who will have you laughing out loud at her internal monologue. She has all the ingredients for a great female lead: stylish wardrobe, sassy attitude, great best friend, and an overbearing mother. Jane Green makes me want to move to London, yesterday. Nick is a hottie with a body and spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for poor Libby right from the get go. While she has convinced herself that she just wants a fling the reader knows better as does her bff Jules. While the blurb...more
Claire
*River Song voice* Spoilers!

I hate chick-lit. I really do. It’s empty and boring and cliche and annoying. But yet here I am, reading yet another romance novel. I thought this one would be different. I hoped this one would be different. It wasn’t.

The main character is Libby, who (like most main characters of chick-lit novels) has had trouble with men. Then she meets cute guy Nick, who is so, so, good in bed and really funny and smart, but she hates his lifestyle and his friends and his profession...more
Francine
I am shocked that I actually finished this book. I am giving it two stars instead of one because somehow though I hated it, i still read every word. I did not enjoy the characters or the plot. I expected Libby to be more mature at 27. I do not think she stopped whining until the last 10 pages. The plot was also very predictable and took an extra 100 pages to get it accomplished. After reading the summary I was hoping for a real battle over two men with equally good qualities but we got Nick who...more
Love Fool
To Libby Mason, Mr. Right has always meant Mr. Rich. A twenty seven-year-old publicist, she's barely able to afford her fashionable and fabulous lifestyle and often has to foot the bill for dates with Struggling Writer Nick, a sexy but perpetually strapped-for-cash guy she's dating (no commitments – really). So when Ed, Britain's wealthiest but stodgiest bachelor, enters the picture, her idea of the fairy tale romance is turned on it's head.

I was Libby Mason a few years ago so I think Jane Green...more
Shysel
Spoilers ahead: This book was decent. The main character, Libby, wants to be in a stable relationship where she doesn't have to worry about the guy leaving. She wants to be loved, to be missed, to have attention, and the guy has to be rich. She begins to realize that she won't find someone like that and decides to have a fling, no strings attached. She goes with Nick and they have passionate sex but Libby feels something more but tries to deny it. Later on, Nick and Libby break it off because Ni...more
Mary Earley
This book was a fun read. The author kept the story moving, the heroine was likable, and things were kept light and just cynical enough.
Allison Long
This book made me feel old. And also, as most Jane Green books do, indignant and free-spirited. Old because the main character is 27, which I am no longer. Indignant and free-spirited because, as usual, this character and loads of supporting characters seem to think that finding The One is actually all that matters. Yes, they are either ashamed of this admission or they willingly admit it, but still. There it is. What? Yes, I know the end of these novels usually have a good message. And yes, I w...more
Lauren
This book really spoke to me. I could relate to all parts of it.
The grammar wasn't great, but I was able to look past it for the story line. Couldn't put it down.
Lyndsay
Quick read. Fun book
Jolene
Cute story. Typical chick lit plot and theme but I enjoyed it.
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“I want someone who will adore me so much that they cannot even walk past me without touching me in some way. I want someone who will worship me, even when.. I'm sitting around in fluffy slippers with no makeup on and hair scraped back.

I'm sick and tired of being on my own. Most of the time I'm fine. Some of the time I even quite enjoy it. But at this precise moment in time I'm fed up with it. I've had enough..”
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“To be honest, I'm not sure about this whole scared of commitment business. I think it's become too handy, a useful phrase that men can bandy about whenever they feel like being assholes. And sure, I do believe there are some men who are genuinely terrified of commitment, but there aren't that many, and for the most part I think it's that they haven't met the right woman yet. Because if a man, no matter how scared he professed to be, met the woman of his dreams, he wouldn't want to let her go, would he? And sure, he might not want to actually get married, but if he were madly in love and risked losing her, he'd do it, wouldn't he?

That's what I think, anyway.”
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