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Behaving Badly

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  730 ratings  ·  75 reviews
All men are beasts…

…or so Miranda Sweet believes. As an animal behaviourist, she can get inside the heads of deluded Dalmatians and introverted iguanas, but she can’t work out why the men in her life behave so badly. Animals are braver kinder and a lot more reliable. So Miranda’s given up on love to open her own clinic and work her magic on neurotic pets and their grateful...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Mira Books (first published 2003)
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 Gigi Ann
Nov 12, 2011 Gigi Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To animal lovers and fans of Isabel Wolff
The first book I read by Isabel Wolff was A Vintage Affair, which I read in 2010. Just a few weeks ago I read her book The Very Picture of You, and I really liked both books, so went hunting and found this book by Ms. Wolff Behaving Badly, and I loved it. It was such a charming, and fun book to read. Of course having animals talked about throughout the book as well as a wonderful story made it a page turner for me. Did I say I loved this book?
Briana Alzola
I didn't expect this book to be as ... dark ... as it was, based on the cover and description. Still a love story, of course, but it also had bombs and muggings and things of that sort. I did want to keep reading as soon as I started it. The author does something where she takes her time revealing things. Like "this really bad thing happened 16 years ago but the character still isn't ready to talk about it" or "my mom has a really crazy idea about llamas but it's too crazy to even say right now....more
Princess Lulu
A beautifully written book. Miranda is a very indepth Character with a lot going on. I found her very easy to relate to which is why for me this book was an absolute page turner. The twists and turns in this book were predictable but in a fun light hearted way. For me the fact that Shelties were mentioned in the book is a big seller as a big sheltie fan. The stories of the animals Miranda sees are funny and insightful. I really enjoyed all of the characters and found the book to be very charasma...more
Have you ever cried or laughed while reading a book? Have you ever thought that the story you are reading is real? Have you ever remembered perfectly a book and saw in your mind the images of the story like if it was a movie?
If yes, I’m sure you would like to experience those feelings again.
If no, you can experience them right now, by reading the book of Isabel Wolff, “ Miserable Miranda ”.
Miranda a young talented Londoner who just begins a business for animal’s psychology and is preoccupied by...more
An animal behavior therapist, Miranda has long found comfort and understanding with animals more than people. Since watching the destruction of her parents' marriage and being hurt as a young teenager, Miranda has hidden behind a wall of reserve and privacy. When she finally opens up to love, only to have it traumatically end, Miranda is devastated and confirmed in her belief that animals are much more humane than people. Her unhappy view of men and relationships is only strengthened by watching...more

As a dog person I found myself really enjoying Behaving Badly. Before I get too far into my review, let me just say that the dog on the cover is NOT the same breed as the dog that is Miranda's faithful companion. Her Doxie, Herman, the complete opposite of the dog shown on the cover! Silly Art Directors need to READ the books they are creating covers for, at the very least read the synopsis! Having said that, I will say that Miranda Sweet is such a compass...more
Clare O'Beara
A vet who switched job to help animals by focusing on their behavioural problems, is coming to terms with her changed life. She's split from her fiancé and trying to go it alone with just Herman her dachshund. Miranda's best friend has a boyfriend who just isn't committing to her and both of their lives change during the tale.
Miranda faces up to the fact that when she was an impressionable teen, she was persuaded to do something in the name of an animal rights movement which resulted in a perso...more
Nice story with characters that had interesting occupations (fun to hear all those animal behaviour problem stories).

Only thing that really really got on my nerves was this constant reference to the BIG BAD THING Miranda once did and now has to confess to her new boyfriend. That there is a secret was established at the very beginning, later on we also learned what is was precisley. That would have been enough, maybe a small reminder here and there. But there was practically a line of inner mono...more
Of books that I have read by Isabel Wolff so far this one is my favorite. It was written in such a way that there are secrets or ideas that the main characters know, but they take there time revealing to the reader. You first read about this event or idea that is having a great effect on the characters, but they won't tell you what it is. You have to read about the character confessing it to someone else or the idea coming to fruition. I really enjoyed the writing in this book more than the othe...more
Oct 11, 2007 Cecilia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers/women's fiction readers
A charming story about a former vet who decides to give up helping animals’ physical ailments and instead work on the emotional side by opening a practice as an animal behaviorist. As the book begins, she just ended an engagement with a man who broke her heart and is struggling with that…in addition to the pit-falls of opening a new practice. Just when things could not get worse, she stumbles upon a man from her past…and that encounter brings back all sorts of bad memories that she feels are unr...more
Jennifer Whiteford
This is the first book of Isabel Wolff's that I haven't burned through very quickly. It could have been that we moved into a new house right in the middle of me reading it, but I don't think that was the only reason. I've been working my way backward through her books, which means that this is an earlier one and I suspect she hadn't quite hit her stride yet. The characters were still interesting, but the plot was a bit tiresome, centring on when the main character was going to tell her love inte...more
My fave from IW so far.
The suspense was a bit tiresome: when do we get to know Miranda's secret, and when will she tell David?
The dogs were put more into central place than necessary, so this book is for dog-lovers only!
This is the 3rd book I've read from Isabel Wolff, after "discovering" her last year, and I'm definitely a fan, her books are so much more than just plain chick lit. We've got a strong female figure, that has some problems to solve in her life and that struggles a bit to find and keep the man she loves.
I've liked Miranda since the beggining (even though I hate the name Miranda, don't know why!) and I was keeping my fingers crossed for her. As the story is about animals too, it raised the interese...more
I liked "A Vintage Affair" so much that I got a couple of other older books by the same author. This one is likeable enough, but I began to see the formula that Isabel Wolff uses for her stories. Even so, it's a good book, dealing with an animal behaviorist with some dark secrets to hide. One has to do with the man she was recently engaged to, while the other is an incident from her youth. Trying to resolve the issue from her past leads her to a new romance which has major complications because...more
Tanya C.
This was a pretty cute, readable book. British romance at it's most charming. I am a sucker for books with added animals so this one was fun to read. It bugged me that she has a Dachsund and there is what appears to be a Rhodesian Ridgeback on the cover but that's not the books fault. ;-)

I did find the protagonsit a little self absorbed and how this was highlighted through her relationship with her best friend made her a bit less sympathetic to me but then - this is sort of what happens to us i...more
I was disappointed with this book. It started out well, I enjoyed the animal behaviourist angle, but what I found very annoying was the continual allusion to the 'something bad' Miranda had done in her past, and the 'terrible thing' her fiance had done. It became very frustrating to have these constantly mentioned, but not expanded upon until well into the book. I became frustrated about a quarter of the way in, then ended up just skimming through the rest of the book to find out what these 'thi...more
I think the one thing about this book that bothered me was it took SO long to find out what her secrets were. It was like she was hiding it from the reader. It wouldn't have been so bad if she hadn't kept alluding to the secrets, but it was all she talked about and it was the focus of the story. Like, we don't find out about what happened between her and Alexander until the middle of the book.
All in all, it was pretty entertaining. I like how the book gives hope to those over 30 about finding l...more
Loved the drama and suspense. I enjoyed the mini subplots in the story.
I liked this book. This is the second novel I've read by Wolff and am a fan of her writing style. Her writing has a nice, calm flow to it that's easy to follow. I love that her story lines take place in the suburbs outside of London. Her characters are always well written. The one gripe I have with this story is her build up of suspense that revolves around a confession she needs to make to a man from her past. Throughout the build-up, I just kept thinking to myself, "Get it over with already!"
I found it delightfully predictable. It was exactly what I was looking for. Isabel Wolff delivered another great light romantic novel. The overall story was cute, and engaging. The perfect pallette cleanser for in between those heavy hearted reads ;)
Thrift books sent me this book for free... it's seems to be a good beach read... Update: 3/1/11: Finished reading and liked it. Isabel Wolff is a British writer so there are a lot of British terms that I found fun to get (re)acquainted with. It IS a beach read quality but the characters were fully drawn and the author found a way to make you care about what happened to them. I would recommend this to friends looking for a light fun read.
Wolff creates lovable, relatable characters that the reader instantly becomes attached to. This is one of those books that I couldn't put down or wait to pick back up, but once I had finished, I was disappointed to be done. The story is a perfect blend of mystery, love, friendship, family, humor and life lessons with a hint of heartbreak and revenge to round it out. Easy and fun to read, just an all-around enjoyable read.
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Jadi pengen punya binatang piaraan..hhmm enaknya piara apa ya..? waah Turkish Van kayaknya lucu juga nih..atau Llarma..ehmm jadi inget Kuzco!!! Emperor's New Groove..
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Jen B
Dec 10, 2009 Jen B rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Cute story about Miranda Sweet, an animal behaviorist who hasn't always been so well-behaved. A chance encounter with someone from her past prompts Miranda to go looking for someone she once hurt and atone for her past transgressions. But she never anticipates falling in love along the way. Not my favorite of Isabel Wolff's books, but I still enjoyed.
It bothered me a lot that the main character was supposed to have a daschund dog but the dog on the front is obviously not one.

Interesting tail of guilt, redemption and second chances mixed with animals. There were several no-nos about animals in it like having your dog breed one art of pups. No. Don't do it.
Maria M. Elmvang
A very charming book about love, secrets and forgiveness. Perfect for a lazy Sunday I finished it in one sitting (well... two - I had to stop for lunch) and found it just as enjoyable as Rescuing Rose... possibly more, actually, as I loved reading about Miranda's work as a pet psychiatrist.
Forgive me Lord... beli buku ini awalnya gara-gara tema anjingnya. I love dog. Dan ternyata baca buku ini bikin gue sebagai penggemar berat anjing terkagum-kagum. Tokoh utama yang jadi 'psikolog binatang' tuh bener-bener ide jenius. Sayang, gue belum selesai baca. Komentar selanjutnya, ditunggu ya?
Isabel Wolff is definitely my current favorite author. I've loved every book I've read so far. I love her plots and character development - plus the British wit that is interjected throughout. But I hope she gets writing fast, as I think I only have 2 left to read!
Not sure whether to mark this read or not. Something about the style or tone really put me off and I could only get through the first two chapters. It was disappointing because I'd been hoping to find a whole new author to read. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!
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Isabel Wolff's ten bestselling novels are published worldwide. 'Ghostwritten', set in present day Cornwall and on wartime Java, was published in the UK in March 2014; 'The Very Picture of You' was published in the UK and the US in October 2011. 'A Vintage Affair', was an 'Best of 2009' title and was shortlisted by the American Library Assocation for their Reading List awards (Women's...more
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