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Running In Heels

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  5,262 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews

"To say that Babs has been my closest friend for sixteen years is rather like saying that Einstein was good at sums. We were blood sisters from the age of eleven (before my mother prized the razor out of Babs's hand)."

But now Babs, noisy and as fun as a day at the beach, is getting married. And Natalie Miller, twenty-seven, senior press officer for the London Ballet, panic

Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 28th 2002 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Meg Marie
Feb 20, 2010 Meg Marie rated it did not like it
This book contained:
-a wedding
-a divorce
-several fist fights
-several eating disorders
-the main character getting fired from her job
-three different boyfriends, including two breakups
-a storyline about an illegitimate daughter
-various fights between family members
-food being thrown at the wall
-people moving in and out of each other's flats
-several dance sequences
-some hot sex

AND WAS STILL BORING, STUPID AND POINTLESS. Anna Maxted, you make me want to punch myself in the face.
Jan 05, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was ok
I read this book years ago. But since I was on a chick lit diet of books at the beginning of the year, I went and found this book on my shelf. I do love re-reads just because you find out more about the book and also your tastes in books over time. I initially loved this book. I mean ridiculously loved this book when it came out. I thought it was smartly written and I also felt sad for the main character Natalie. Now almost more than a decade after I bought and read this book I realize that the ...more
Britt Griffith
Apr 09, 2009 Britt Griffith rated it liked it
I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I anticipated. It started with some characters that I didn’t particularly like and then all of a sudden it was revealed that the main character, Natalie, was anorexic and the book was about her struggle with that as well as her relationships. I didn’t really like or believe the supposedly wonderful, close relationship with her best friend, Babs, before she got married. Anyway, I actually thought that her struggle with the ordeal was very accurate and ...more
Mar 18, 2017 Ellie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 27, 2009 Lola rated it did not like it
Ugh. That’s all I have to say. The only reason I finished this book is because I bet my friends five bucks that I could read a book faster than her, and she chose this book for me. It revolves around the central character Natalie’s seemingly horrible life. Her best friend “abandons” her by getting married, she uses men and then hates being single, and whines most of the novel. What does she whine about? Well, besides the ENTIRE WORLD, she has to deal with anorexia/bulimia, poor self esteem, an e ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Angeline rated it it was ok
I thought this book would be right up my alley and hoped it would give me funny insight into what my girlfriends went through when I was the first of our group of best friends to get married. What i got was another chick lit book where the main character is an unemployed publicist/journalist and an emotional mess and yet men fight over her like idiots (but she sleeps with all of them) and ends up with her finding the right job/career and right man, who was there all along (with her parents' mid- ...more
Sep 18, 2007 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Anna Maxted’s second novel is even better than her first. Once again, you will laugh and cry with the main character, Natalie, who is struggling with a whole list of issues, and anorexia is just the tip of the iceberg. Join her on her journey to become healthy and beautiful – both outside and in. It’s a feel-good book with a real-time message. It’s a great story and a great read.
Mar 04, 2008 MJ rated it liked it
At first I did not like this book it was not what I expected. I thought it was a light fun chick-lit/romance. When I read it the for the 2nd time I found the book to be very insightful into the world of eating disorders.
Jun 17, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book, but I picked it up to be my first "fluff" read of the summer (a la Shopaholic series) because the cover was very chick-lit. It was really good, but not fluff. It dealt with serious issues.
I thought this book was going to be a chiclette book and found it to address a very sensitive topic. I really respect the author.
Feb 27, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-09
Good. Not fluffy at all.
Wynne Kontos
Sep 06, 2013 Wynne Kontos rated it liked it
I found this book on the "international literature" table of a small bookstore in SOHO. Despite it being a non-challenging book, it took me at least a month to read. Not sure why.

There is no arguing that Anna Maxted is a hilarious writer. I laughed aloud nearly every time I sat down to read "Running in Heels." RIH introduces us to Natalie Miller, a twenty-something working in PR at a ballet company and desperately trying to There's nothing that Natalie has under control,
Nov 14, 2007 Karschtl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A week ago I had my 4th Bookcrossing-Birthday, and this book has been on my shelf almost all those years (since Dec 2003). Although it did sound interesting, I somehow never came around to read it. Can't explain why, only that there are always soo many books to choose from...
Since I couldn't decide what to read next, I decided to read my "oldest" BC-Book (meaning being longest on my shelf), and I guess this is it.

Now, the story was indeed very interesting, funny, amusing, entertaining and also s
Jun 02, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff
This is the first book I read by Anna Maxted, many moons ago, and I revisited it as I was deciding what to clean out from my bookshelves. I'm going to keep this one, plus the other two of Maxted's that I own.

For a fluff book, this one (like her others), takes on difficult topics, like destructive relationships and an eating disorder. Natalie is a press officer for the Greater London Ballet Company, when she loses her best friend Babs to marriage. In the ensuing mess, Natalie manages a meltdown,
May 10, 2009 Merredith rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-or-5-stars
I read this book back in 2009 in a day or two, and loved it. That was before I started writing reviews on here, I only gave star reviews, and i gave it a five. At the end of January, I was cleaning out things and saw this book. I wanted to give it away, since i hate keeping books lying around after I have read them, if i own them, but decided to re-read it first, since I liked it so much the first time. I read most of it in one weekend, then near the end, it kind of dragged, and i read a ton of ...more
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
I'm a fan of Anna Maxted and loved Behaving Like Adults and Getting Over It. I was looking forward to Running In Heels but unfortunately it just didn't do it for me like the others did. This was in large part because I had a hard time identifying with Natalie, the main character. Throughout the first half of the novel I was dying to tell her to grow a backbone. And through the second half I just wanted to say enough already. It's hard to empathize when you don't truly understand the problem. And ...more
Jul 25, 2007 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: girlybooks
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Barbara Elsborg
Nov 28, 2011 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it
It was lovely to read a book that made me laugh out loud - some cracking one liners from Ms Maxted. The book was a mix of light hearted chicklit type material, liberally interspersed with characters who had deep seated problems, moral messages chucked in along the way. I suppose in some sense - there was almost too much in the book - brother with a real issue, absent father syndrome, mother who appeared to love son best,a user boyfriend, larger than life best friend who is a female firefighter, ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
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Miss Michael
Feb 13, 2008 Miss Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girls. Pretty much, if you are a dude, you aren't going to like this.
Recommended to Miss Michael by: my roomate
This is my favorite book by this author. It's possible that it's because it's the first one I read. It's also possible that it's because the character is a bit of a dork, in that she references television like nobody's business. She also shares my passion for Nutella (hazelnut spread). It's the little things, no?

I digress . . . the bottom line is, this book makes me laugh hard enough to look like a crazy person when I read it in public. At the same time, it is laced with a serious side that remi
Lisa Lewis
Full disclosure: I have a thing for British chick lit. Anna Maxted falls into that category, though she often attempts to deal with subjects a little more serious than the average "shopaholic" book. This book is no exception, dealing with the main character's eating disorders and emotional issues related to her childhood and parents' divorce. I think Maxted writes well, and this book interested me enough to finish, but I'm not racing to read all of the rest of her collection. Her characters aren ...more
Alissa Altman
Feb 10, 2014 Alissa Altman rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It read like a fun, lightweight chick book (think Shopaholic series), but with a more serious backbone. Natalie is another main character who has man/job/parent issues, but in this case, there are deeper reasons for the events that happen rather than her just being a flake who needs to take herself more seriously.


My one real complaint is Natalie never gets counseling for her anorexia, not is she encouraged to by a
Apr 03, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This isn't the sort of thing I would normally choose to read, but wanting something quick and non-taxing, I grabbed it off the shelf. It's about Natalie, who starts to loose control of her life when her best friend gets married. Dating unsuitable men, becoming distracted at work, fighting with her family and starving then binging, she spirals out of control, unable to see what is really going on around her. To be honest, I didn't really like Natalie at all, but the story that weaves its way arou ...more
Sep 04, 2007 Julia rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
A beach read, for sure. I'm normally a big fan of chick lit, but [spoiler alert...although it wouldn't totally ruin a reading] the protagonist's anorexia is handled a little sloppily for my taste. Maxted has the symptoms of anorexia down to a tee, which is exactly my problem. I think the fewer "how to" manuals we give young women about disordered eating (someone with a problem could gloss over Natalie's protein-deficiency-induced hair loss and start imitating her workout regimen), the better. I' ...more
Aug 28, 2007 Joanie rated it really liked it
Anna Maxted writes chick lit books with a bit more substance even though they might not appear that way on the surface. In this book the main character is upset that her best friend is getting married and she's worried about not being able to call her at all hours anymore and all that other stuff so she's having a hard time. Then as you keep reading you realize that she also has a pretty severe eating disorder which kind of comes at you as a surprise probably because it's really kind of downplay ...more
Jun 29, 2009 Sara rated it liked it
Its been a while since a book has pulled me in and made me forget about the magazines and mindless tv. This book did just that. I started off thinking that it was another chick-lit brain candy book so appropriate for the end of the summer and it ended up being so much more than that. The characters were easy to relate to, even though they all had their own issues. There was depth to the conflicts and the author reveiled the separate issues and conflicts so artistically, it was life like. I'm sur ...more
Susanna Parker
Oct 13, 2014 Susanna Parker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Brutal but funny look at how friendships change and evolve, and how resentment can build without you even noticing. Maxted does a great job hiding Natalie's problems in plain sight, and gets you so enmeshed in her head that you don't even quite understand what's wrong even as it's being explained in excruciating detail. Which is a good thing! The reader empathizes so much with Natalie that you then work through her issues with her. It's a much more personal experience than a lot of other books I ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Joss rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I liked the idea of the story better than I liked the actual story. I think it's more of the way it's written. With the writer being British, I think she has a different writing style than Americans. The writing seemed very chaotic. The sentences were broken up with random thoughts. A lot of the story felt like rambling and I found myself day dreaming while I was reading it. And this books keeps being described as hilarious but I didn't see it. Some parts were funny but not laugh out loud funny. ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
This had been kicking around on my to-read shelf for years now and I finally picked it up. I felt resoundingly "meh" about it. It didn't blow my mind and I've read better "chick lit" but I suppose there are worse ways to spend my time.

I think the main beef I had with this book is that I didn't identify with the protagonist much at all, but that's more about me than the book. The writing was a bit muddled at times and the character development wasn't great--but I paid $1 off the clearance rack a
Feb 03, 2008 Neesha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Entertaining but shallow. Not that chick lit in general is really deep, but the characters in this one were particularly easy to get disgusted with. I would say that I enjoyed it for what it was, but probably wouldn't read anything further by this author. There are more funny and better-written chick lit books out there...for those who are interested in this author, Getting Over It is a better book overall.
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Anna Maxted is a bestselling author based in North London, England. Born in 1969, she is married to fellow author and journalist Philip Robinson and they have three young sons. She writes female contemporary fiction which is viewed to be at the high end of the chick lit market. Anna Maxted read English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge, before becoming a journalist. She is former Assistant E ...more
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