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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  25,569 ratings  ·  696 reviews
Bookends, Jane Green's third comic novel of contemporary love and lust, proves beyond a doubt that when it comes to light reading, plot is everything. Bookends makes a great case study because it has little going for it besides plot. Dialogue? Stilted. Characters? Clichéd. Writing style? Sloppy. And yet the book is well-nigh impossible to put down. A few friends meet at un ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 11th 2002 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Asim Rizvi
I jacked this book from my younger sister while vacationing in Seattle. The pink binding on this bad boy bought me some awkward stares, but that didn't stop me from reading Jane Green's tale of a slightly overweight and unattractive woman in her mid thirties who finally finds the perfect romance, and fullfills her lifelong dream of opening a bookshop. Essentially, this is a story about a British Caucasian woman who gets her 'groove' back. Something about Green's conversational writing style and ...more
Nicky
I like this author, but this was a forgettable book. In fact I was halfway through reading it when I realized I had actually read it before and forgotten.
The characters are sterotypes (resolutely single girl with gay best friend and happily married couple), the set up lengthy (lots of back story, some not ever relevant), the description of university days common (we dated, we drank, we went places).
The novel is dated too. This is set back when HIV was a new big thing- and people wouldn't touch t
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Danica
I don't know where this book gets off saying "A Novel" on the cover. Bookends is chick lit, pure and simple.

What's the difference? Well, chick lit books are of course novels, in the sense that they're fiction, but novels aren't necessarily chick lit. Chick lit is very specific: it has a female protagonist; the purpose of the story is to hook her up with the guy who the author has, early on, chosen as the obvious perfect guy for her; it's narrated by the protagonist; and the protagonist has almo
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Elizabeth
I can't believe I read the whole thing. Usually, a book this bad, I've abandoned before I reach the half-way point. But somehow I stuck with this until the bitter end.
The first third is awkward and clunky. I'm a big believer in writing that shows the emotions and dynamics of relationships rather than telling the reader, "He felt sad." etc. In this book Jane Green is all about the telling.
The author wants desperately to convey the past history of a group of friends from when they met during the
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Stacey
Um, rating 2 stars. I know, they've all been getting 2's lately but, I think, for entirely different reasons. I was pretty excited with this one. Thought I found a new author to read, being the author of many best sellers. To me the story and writing were just a bit off, for lack of a better word. The writing bounced around too much. One minute the story is in the present, then the past, then the main character (Cath, short for Catherine) is talking to the reader. Very inconsistent. Too sitcom-y ...more
Jamee Crosby
Okay. I stayed up to finish this book because towards the middle I reaaaaaallly fell in love with it. I loved it! I became so emotionally attached to Si and Cath, and it is truly a well written story. It starts off slow and it's one of those books that can be easily forgotten, but when given a chance you realize there is a great story being told.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a tear jerker, I definitely shed a few tears in the end. The ending is absolutely perfect. Not at all pred
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By the time I recognized Jane Green's books, I have been wanting to get my hands on this book SO bad, it's almost frustrating. Now that I found it and loved it I feel happy.

Basically, this book got it all. Even though it's told from Catherine's POV but the sub-plots of the others were as engaging as the main story. I felt emotionally attached to this book til the very end. The relationships in Bookends are so amazingly written. I felt jealous of them (yeah! my life's that pathetic). I also liked
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Kayla
Cath and Portia used to be best friends at Uni, when Portia makes a huge mistake that tears their group of friends apart, they don't see each other for 10 years. However, this book is more about Cath's relationship with her friends that did stick around like Si her best male gay friend, Lucy (a mother-hen type) and Josh (who may or may not be having an affair). Throw in a potential relationship with a real estate agent and Cath's ambition to run a small bookshop and you have all the lines of plo ...more
Valerie Jaafari
It’s the story of a couple of young adults who met at the univ who were closed to each other. There are Cath , Portia , Josh, SI (the gay man of the group )and few others .They all do everything together .Cath and Portia are closed to each other even if they come from a different social back group .
One day all went wrong for the group when Portia went on a one night sex with Josh (who was truly in love with her) . And the day after she broke with him .Until then the group slip .oh I should say t
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 08, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chicklit Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complte Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I liked the whole idea of a novel centered around opening a bookstore/cafe and going for your dreams, but I didn't feel that aspect was central enough, or full enough of suspense and conflict. The good aspects of the book makes me wish I could rate this a tad higher, but it couldn't hold me to the end. I felt I had read this book dozens of times before. This was better written than most chicklit (which isn't high praise), with a heroine that was relatable--not size 0, not born with a silver spoo ...more
Ashley Gooding
Bookends
Author: Jane Green
Characters: 4 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

Description: (Author Website) Catherine Warner and Simon Nelson are best friends: total opposites, always together, and both unlucky in love. Cath is scatterbrained, messy, and — since she had her heart broken a few years back — emotionally closed off. Si is impossibly tidy, bitchy, and desperate for a man of his own. They live in London’s West Hampstead along with their lifelong friends, Josh and Lucy, who are ha
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Endah
Sepanjang yang bisa aku ingat, aku cinta buku. Bukan Cuma cinta, tapi tergila-gila. Biasanya aku menghabiskan berjam-jam berkelana ke toko-toko buku, lupa waktu, menenggelamkan diri ke dunia lain.

Sejak dulu aku bermimpi memiliki toko buku. Sebenarnya, sejak dulu aku bermimpi memiliki toko buku yang juga merangkap sebagai kafe. Aku membayangkannya sebagai tempat yang akan memikat pengunjung rutin, orang-orang eksentrik yang menarik, yang mau membuatkan cappuccino jika aku butuh bantuan.

Untuk samp
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gille
I read Jemima J last year, so I thought it would be cool to give Jane Green another shot. I enjoyed Bookends.. it was a little slow at first, but as I read, I got more and more into it. I like that Ms. Green creates characters that come off as real - they aren't little stick figure girls who live a life you can't imagine living.. they are sometimes insecure, they have bad hair, and they are regular sized women.

I had a couple of issues with the book, first of all the language.. like when Lucy ta
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Laura
I enjoy Jane Green’s brand of British Chick Lit. I’ve read previous Green books in the past, and picked up Bookends while I was laid up with super bad morning sickness last April.

Bookends is a story of friendship. Catherine Warner has great friends in Simon and the happily married Josh and Lucy. While Simon and Cath are both on the lookout for the perfect man, Josh and Lucy seem to have the perfect marriage until a long lost college friend, the beautiful Portia arrives back in their lives. Soon
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Veronica Widya
The story itself wasnt really special, but how Jane tell the story is genius! she tell it as it real. if its based on fact, so its just call good enough to send the message, but ordinary.
But,, if its totally fiction i really say thats its brilliant!
because she make the story so real, the character re so life! she even make the reader believe if theres something happen with Josh. But when i read, i just trust that Josh won't do that with his lovely wife.
Portia's character is intersting. she's can
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Margaret
The story of 4 friends in college...Si, Josh, Cath, and Portia. They were best friends until Portia broke Josh's heart. Si, Josh, and Cath moved on. Josh fell head over heels in love with Lucy and then there were 4 again. Some 10 years later Portia reappears. Can she be trusted when she shows an intense interest in the marriage of Josh and Lucy?

I fell in love with the second foursome of friends, was unsure of Portia; but the heart of this friendship is Cath. She is the "mother" of the group; the
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Cleo
Jane Green's book, "Bookends" is a good book. She describe the setting and characters in a very descriptive way, it's like you will know how the characters and the setting looks like without seeing a picture of it. The conflict in this book is a little bit confusing for me, I'm not really sure on exactly what the conflict is, maybe if I keep on reading it I will figure out the conflict. I love reading romance books with drama on it but has a happy ending. I haven't finished this book, but I hope ...more
Christina
How awful is it that I didn't remember if I'd read this book previously or not, even when I was midway through it? The character names seemed familiar to me, but I wasn't sure if it was because I'd read the book or just the back of the book. (I'm still not actually sure!) I'm torn between giving it 2 and 3 stars -- 2 because I didn't like it as much as Second Chance, the other Jane Green book I just read and gave 3 stars to, and 3 because I did manage to scarf this book down in a single day -- a ...more
LaCharmine Jefferson
I enjoyed this book despite many of the pages being filled with unnecessary fluff. I always like a good coming of age kind of story. The opening of the bookstore/cafe was not central enough in the story for the title to be "Bookends" although it fit well with the growth of the protagonist. I wish the serious subject of HIV wasn't in the story-- I wanted a lighthearted read through and through--but I can appreciate how the traumatic event changed the effected character for the better. I'd recomme ...more
Annette McLeod
Meh. Just OK. I enjoy Green's writing style more than I enjoyed the plot, characters, setting, or anything else about it. Not that that's a bad thing - and kinda rare, actually. But I found the characters rather weakly drawn (and some, like bitchy gay Will, to be utterly cliche), the love story not that engaging, and the big sick-friend twist pretty predictable. But yes, I will probably read Green again. She's like the literary equivalent of Bailey's Irish Cream - no nutritional value, overly sw ...more
Jennefer
Jane Green is one of my new favorite authors and I have no idea why it has taken me so long to discover her but of course now I am on a mission and I want to read everything she has written. I came across Bookends at the library so of course I had to pick it up and dive it. I truly adored this book which takes us on a journey of long time friendships, life ups and downs, love and truly all things in between. I couldn't put this book down and didn't want it to end as it turned out to be an entert ...more
Kara
One of my all time favorite guilty pleasure books. Its one that I have read and re-read so many times that the binding is coming undone and my favorite parts are dog-eared, meaning every other page is dog-eared. I loved the characters. Cath is awkward but lovable and endearing and an all around great heroine. You really find yourself rooting for her and her happy ending. Also, as a book lover, one of my secret dreams is open my own mom and pop bookstore so I loved reading about Cath and Lucy's p ...more
Michelle
Jane Green does a pretty good job of cranking out an enjoyable, if not somewhat mindless chick lit to fill a winter's weekend. Which is exactly what Bookends was - not terribly thought provoking, but entertaining enough to keep me turning the pages when the weather kept me inside. I'd recommend it anyone wanting to curl up with something light and reliable - and a glass of wine!
Dian
Ada tiga alasan yang bikin ambu baca buku ini:
1. Judulnya pakai kata'book',
2. Covernya imut. Iya, untuk cover yg berbeda dengan cover aslinya, cover buku-buku terbitan Gramedia suka imut, unyu, keren XD
3. Pengarangnya Jane Green. Hihi, iseng ini sih, pengen ngebandingin gaya John Green dan Jane Green *ya engga sama lah*

Karena udah baca review mbak Rahmadiyanti terlebih dahulu, jadi engga berharapan terlalu tinggi jadinya. Iya sih, yang kebayangnya 'You've Got Mail' tapi langsung dikubur lagi dal
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Randy
i'm not ashamed to give top rating to a chicklit book. it's really well done. over-the-top plot point toward the end, but the characters are so good i barely cared.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Mar 10, 2012 Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!} rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fluffy chick lit that isn't too badly written.
people who like fluffy chick lit that isn't too badly written with decent characters, not amazing, but decent, would like this book.
Charlene
Thank you Goodreads community for your recommendation. I was looking for a light-hearted and engaging book and found it based on your comments.

As far as the novel. What can I say? I enjoyed the characters -- their bonds of friendship and their commitments to one another. I particularly liked that the story was more than just about finding love (though this happens when the characters least expect it). The store was more about following your dreams, being their for one another, forgiveness, and l
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Georgia Stephenson
As an English student I sometimes feel that a bit of chick lit should be labelled GUILTY PLEASURE, but I'm not even guilty about this one. True, it's not a great work of fiction, it's not written brilliantly and there are some finer details that got on my nerves, but overall I really enjoyed this book. It's pretty dated now, 15 years later, and while some of the characters and quite stereotyped, the plot doesn't fall into the super-predictable category that some chick lit suffers from- there are ...more
Sarah
this wasn't bad. I have tried a few Jane Green books and am daunted by the single sort of character of rich girl perfect life pattern. Poor me, my life is great but then I wasn't happy. This book was full of stereotypical characters but the story was interesting enough to keep my from rolling my eyes. I liked it and put it up there with Ralph's Party by awesome chick-litter Lisa Jewel.
Unfortunately from the other 5 I've tried by miss green miss Jewel isn't a one hit wonder.
Although I did enjoy
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Susan
Not as good as some of her others but still a good read with likeable characters.
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