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Asking for Trouble

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  6,322 ratings  ·  346 reviews
Unmarried, thirty-year-old Sophy Metcalfe told a little white he to soothe her nagging mother. The white lies name was "Dominic," the ideal boyfriend: charming, successful, the kind of prospective son-in-law that would make any mother proud. But now that Sophy's thin and beautiful sister, Belinda, is getting married, Dominic is going to have to make an appearance in the fl ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2000)
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Unfortunately, this is another case of Movie Is Better Than Book. In this case, I know The Wedding Date is not perfect, but it is my favourite movie and it makes me smile every single time I watch it, no matter how unrealistic or predictable it is. I watch it whenever I have a really bad day and it never fails to cheer me up. Asking for Trouble did not make me smile once. The main character pissed me off, the story w
My dear friend Heather lent me this book and told me that I had to read it. The novel Asking for Trouble is what the movie The Wedding Date was based on. The movie was completely disappointing because the book is hundreds of miles better. The book is filled with innocent misunderstandings and such depth of emotional plot between the characters that it is hard not to get wrapped up with them. I had to go out and buy it before I returned my friend's copy and have since re-read it countless time ...more
Lix Hewett
Alright written, would be fine if not for all the rampant internalized misogyny, boy delirium and weight obsession. I couldn't like or relate to the main character, no matter how hard I tried, because she was so horrible to other women and hard on herself in a way that came across as insignificant and self-righteous. The writer also insists on having every single female character have broken up with their exes because the guys cheated on them -- which comes across as a case of "women become unli ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Susana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Bridget Jones and of Jill Mansell stories
Presenting Sophy....

If you're in the mood for some british chick lit, then this book is for you. Have you read "Bridget Jones"?
Did you like it? If so, you're accostumed to female characters who are slightly neurotic, who see themselves as fat "cows"(her words, not mine)....and who see other women also as "cows", or "bitches". This book is of the same kind.
If you're expecting something along the lines (americanized ) of the movie, in that case, don't bother with this.

You know what i kept remember
So sometimes a girl graduates from her great books school and says to herself, "I want to read trash! I want to read mush! I want to read the kind of book that I can speed through without missing anything and I want to love it."

So I got "Asking for Trouble" for 99 cents at a thrift store and tucked into what turned out to be an awful, awful book. The protagonist spends half of the book talking about how fat she is and the other half of her time is spent lying to everyone...including herself. It
Anne Osterlund
Sophie has one of THOSE mothers.

The kind that want the best for you. As long as you want what they want. And as long they can brag about you to the competition. And the competition is fierce. Especially when your younger sister is getting married. And you don’t even have a date to the wedding.

So Sophie hires one.

Josh. Who she intends to break up with immediately after the wedding.

But it turns out it can be even more difficult to break up with someone you aren’t really dating than with someone yo
I learned about this book after watching The Wedding Date. The movie is very (and I do mean very) loosely based upon this book. So if you've seen the movie and don't think you want to read the book because you're expecting the same story, you're wrong. The only thing the two have in common is that the main character hires a man to be her boyfriend for her sister's wedding. Apart from that, the plot is completely different.

Sophy is pretty funny even if she talks about her "wobbly bits" a bit too
I did eventually get into this book but it took a long time. I never got to the point where I liked the protaganist, she was kind of a spineless neurotic, guilt-driven compulsive liar. Plus I thought the plot was kind of crowded, too many unnecessary characters and the dialogue was overdone. Meaning the author was clever with dialogue but a little too clever, some of it came across as forced.

Good book though, well written. Just not one of my favorites. Ah, but if you're really into British chic
It was okay. After watching 'The Wedding Date', I had hgh expectations for this novel and was really looking forward to reading it. Sadly, it wasn't up to standards. The only reason I'm giving this two stars and not one is because the banter between Sophy and Josh was actually quite lovely. Other than that, I didn't feel much chemistry between them. Josh felt more like a good friend than someone who you just couldn't wait to rip his clothes off.
A million times better than the movie (The Wedding Date)! This book is hilarious! I love how Elizabeth Young's characters are always getting themselves into impossible situations -- too funny. The movie changed quite a bit, and in my opinion was not good.
I'm not going to say anything like how it pleased be in the literary sense or whatnot, because really, for books like these, it's all about how they make you feel and whether you laughed and cried in the moments when the author intended for you to. This book delivered on that front, but beyond that, I really liked how, despite the ridiculous set-up and frustratingly inane characters, they still managed to feel so real. The overbearing mother hurrying her children off to marriage (not unlike Mrs. ...more
Ryann Murphy
A funny British romp (ala Bridget Jones) this novel stars Sophy Metcalfe, a thirty-something woman who invents the perfect boyfriend to keep her mother off her back. Unfortunately, when her sister's wedding comes along her mother forces her hand and Sophy decides to hire an escort to help her get through the wedding weekend (instead of telling the truth, of course). When she begins to fancy the escort, she tells herself to curb her feelings...but what if he feels the same?

Sound familiar? This is
Manne Necker
¡Oh, Dios! Si, vi The Wedding date hace muuuucho tiempo, y a pesar que me apunté este libro de inmediato, lo olvidé hasta ahora. ¡Me ha encantado! Aunque la película no se parece mucho al libro, el libro me cautivó, es que Josh es extremadamente adorable, exquisito, divertido, simplemente perfecto. Y por supuesto Sophy no se queda atrás, está de remate y me hizo mucho reír. Excelentes personajes, divertida trama y me dejó con gusto a poco... a muy poco...
Sep 21, 2009 Ann rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I always liked "Will and Grace" so I watched Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney in the romantic comedy called "The Wedding Date." The movie is based on this book -- or so the credits said. The book bears as much resemblance to the movie and F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story does to Brad Pitt's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Uh, not at all!

I say skip the book and watch the movie...something I RARELY say.
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Such a great book! I got this because I liked the description and when I needed a break from the deep, loaded books, I picked this one up and was pleasantly surprised. I expected the typical girl falls in love with guy story, but it was well beyond that. Enough twists and unexpected surprises that kept me shocked many times throughout the book. I really thought I'd always know where the book was going, but many times I sat here thinking, "Man, I didn't see that coming!" I also enjoyed the writin ...more
Tracy Walters
I started reading this book and thought "Wait a minute....I know this story...haven't I seen this movie?!?!?!" I googled the book and yep....I was right......the movie is "The Wedding Date" and I just saw it about 6 months ago. The book starts out the same but goes in a very different direction after the wedding and was definitely better than the movie....aren't the books always better than the movie versions?!?!? It was a light and fun read...there are some terms in the book that I am going to ...more
The film The Wedding Date is one of my favourite rom-coms, and I've seen it a few times. I'd been meaning to check out the book it was based on for some time, and finally got around to it recently - so glad I did! It was a very fun, smart, satisfying chick-lit; Liz Young is now on par with Sophie Kinsella in my library. :) I like how Sophy was actually pretty and confident about herself - it IS possible to know you're pretty enough to turn heads, and still be terribly self-conscious and insecure ...more
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
Sophy Metcalfe lied to her mother and made up "Dominic". He is supposed to be her successful boyfriend. Now her sister is getting married and Sophy has to produce "Dominic" as her date to the wedding. Sophies friend talks her into hiring an escort. If they can pull it off the wedding may just go off without a hitch.

I listened to this in audio form and really enjoyed it. It was perfect for lifting my sour mood. It was narrated by Jasmine Hyde and I find and I find I enjoy her work as well. Overal
Jul 30, 2015 Yami rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Yami by: i just wanted to read the book after one of my favorite movies.
I really enjoyed the audio book.
I am really liking audio books, especially with my busy schedule. They allow me to get through my books while I work. I lose myself in thought and work, as though I were in a fish bowl of another world.

The movie was entirely different from the book. The theme was entirely different. I really enjoyed the details of the book though. I recommend you read the book. More details.

Another book where the main female character is self deprecating and through accidental
Cassidy J.
I seriously LOVE this book. I was expecting something totally different having found out about it via the trailer for the movie 'The Wedding Date'. I am so glad I read the book before watching the movie as the movie was extremely disappointing in comparison. I was actually glad that they had completely different plots to each other, as it allowed me to view them as totally separate stories and characters.

This book was funny, had really interesting and well-built characters (maybe would have lik
Roksolana H.
Sophy Metcalfe is a self-deprecating singleton who wants to find a purpose in life and to have her mother not trifle over every little thing about it. ENTERS JOSH CARMICHAEL, (or shall we call him Dominic Walsh?), a nice young lad that'll make Sophy's mother proud and meets the criteria for a perfect date to her sister's upcoming wedding. The only problem is... She hired him from an escorting agency. What to do? WHAT TO DO?

Overall, I loved the plot especially considering the fact that I loved th
Carmen W
I enjoyed this book, and I loved every character...but the protagonist. I couldn't trust her judgments of people or herself because of her constant, compulsive lying and her way of twisting reality to her own vision. Which wouldn't have really been a big deal until you see that she calls herself a fat cow, or other women cows at least once every 5 pages. She's a UK size 16, if I remember correctly, and she's taller than 5' 7". She'd be thick but well proportioned. So as the book continued and sh ...more
I loved this book! Sophy was a fun character and there was just something about Josh that I enjoyed. I hated Belinda from the beginning, and it didn't surprise me with how her part in the story turned out. After I finished the book I read that this is what the movie The Wedding Date was based on. I could see very very loose similarities, but just by the basic plot. I personally thought this book was better!
Marttha Zazueta
Uff, hace bastante que me vi The Wedding Date y si la película me gustó, dije "¿Y por qué el libro no ha de hacerlo?" (Descubrí que estaba inspirada en un libro, lo descargué y estuvo en mi lista de pendientes por algún tiempo).

Es verdad que es muy distinto a la película pero la personalidad de Josh, ¡Me encantó! Y Sophy, bueno, me hizo reír bastante. Ese Paul en verdad que es un imbécil, ¿eh?
Mary Pessaran
I read the comments that said this book was so much better than the movie "The Wedding Date," and I heartily agree. Josh, the hired escort, was truly one of my favorite male characters in chick literature. Funny, sarcastic, nice but not too over the top for Sophie. The book has quite a bit of English slang, so sometimes, I had to stop and think about the meanings.

A fun read.
This was an ok book, with a cute idea. However, the reason why I picked it up was because I heard that it was the book that the movie Wedding Date was based on. I was thrilled! But now that i read it - wow! What a huge disappointment! The movie was executed sooo much better... The book tended to drag at most times and the main character (Sophie) was tedious! It didn't have almost any of the humor that the movie did...
Also, there was a big "cop-out" by the author (view spoiler)
Tera Slawson
The Movie “The Wedding Date”, that was inspired by this book, is one of my favorite movies. The script is so clever and charming and so I assumed reading the book it was inspired by would be just as lovely. That being said I had high expectations for this book. Maybe that it could never have lived up to?
My main problem with this book is the main character Sophy. Now knowing that this book came out around the time that “The Bridget Jones’s Diary’ books came out I see where maybe someone was tryin
I've been surprised that folks seem to like the movie, "The Wedding Date" better than the book it is minimally based on, "Asking for Trouble".
Maybe it's the British humor which some people don't get, an is lacking completely in the movie. Maybe it's the fact that Sophie is an "every woman", still recovering from a bad break up, insecure and trying to please her parents.
Personally, while I did find some of the situations created by the plot of the book somewhat outlandish and improbable, I thor
Jun 26, 2015 Alexis rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Do you like The Wedding Date? If so please promise to NOT read this. Nothing like the book. I wanted to love it, I love the movie I own it and watch it ALL the time. I wanted to like Sophy, she was supposed to be our sassy spunky Kat. Instead I got this neurotic, compulsive, insecure "cow". I read Sophy call herself a cow at least 3 times a chapter. I wanted to slap her aside the head and tell her to get it together. I plodded through this book because I was literally on an uninhabited island do ...more
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Elizabeth Young started writing after holding a variety of jobs that included modeling for TV commercials in Cyprus and working for the Sultan's Armed Forces in Oman. She has two daughters and lives in Surrey with her husband who never once told her to forget writing and get a "proper" job.
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