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Legally Blonde

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  7,728 ratings  ·  127 reviews

The hilarious novel that inspired the blockbuster movie-including what's next for Elle Woods!



Elle Woods, California University senior, seems to have it all. President of Delta Gamma sorority, she's aced her major--sociopolitical jewellery design-and is on the verge of becoming Mrs. Warner Huntington III. Too bad Warner, bound for Stanford Law, dumps her with the explanati
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by Time Warner Books UK (first published July 1st 2001)
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Athena
I LOVE the Legally Blonde movie, and I recently saw the musical, (which I also adored). So I was ready to love this book. It turned out to be a disappointed read. I expected difference from the movie; in fact I wanted them. I wanted more details and more funny happenings that were left out. It was different all right, but in all the wrong ways!

**Spoliers**
There is NO Emmet Forrest in the book. In fact, no love interest for Elle at all. She just spends the entire book moaning over Warner.

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Rebecca
Damn, this book was lame. And I kind of knew that going into it as I have read something previous from the same author and I didn't like it much either. But since I liked the movie a lot, I thought I would give the book a whirl. But I am confused. The copyright date in this book wasn't until like 2003 or 4 and the movie came out in 2001. So which came first, the book or movie? Also, I have seen the movie about 600 times and actually pay attention to the opening credits and as far as I can rememb ...more
Ruthie
I'm sorry to say that Legally Blonde is one of the few examples of the movie being better than the book. I was extremely disappointed and rather sorry I had bought the book by the time I finished it, especially considering how long I had been looking for it. I had to make myself finish the book, although I will say it got somewhat better during the last 100 pages. I found Amanda Brown's writing style to be rather dull and her syntax is confusing at best. The cover promised that the book is hilar ...more
Kimberly
Homecoming Queen and sorority president Elle Woods heads to Stanford Law School in order win back her ex, Warren.

The movie took this book and improved it all-around. In the movie, Elle realizes early in the school year that Warren is a bonehead, and she takes it upon herself to show him and everyone else that she's just as good as the rest of them. In the book, Elle waffles with her feelings until the very end of the high-profile murder trial, barely studies, and gets through school mostly on lu
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Yonaily
Jan 22, 2015 Yonaily marked it as to-read
Así que la película está inspirada en un libro; acabo de descubrirlo. O sea, ya me he hecho miles de spoilers *facepalm*
Anita Smith
Believe it or not, I liked the movie a million times more!!!!
Holly
I would give this book negative stars if I could. It's boring, unbelievable and Elle is completely void of any redeeming qualities. I don't think I've ever actually hated a book until I read this. It's not cute, funny or warm.

Amanda Brown should be punished for writing this.

Stick with the movie version, where Elle has a brain and actually uses it.
Bella Grace
No. No. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Okay, so I watched the movie before I read the book. Yes, friends, gasp all you want. This is unusual behavior for me, too. But thank the Lord Almighty that that happened. There would have been a close to nil. chance that I would have gone to see the movie that Reese Witherspoon did a hell of a great job adapting.

This review will be short and not so sweet as I feel as if I were to continue, my head will burst of exhaustion and boredom. The quick flash: I did
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Gloria
This is one of the worst novels I've read willingly as an adult - I can't believe it was written by a Stanford law grad. I post this as a public service to anyone who thinks that maybe the novel would have the silly, witty charm of the first movie without the embarrassingly awful parts. Nope, just the embarrassingly awful parts. Proof that Reese Witherspoon saved that script. I need to stop picking books based on movies I've seen.
Lisa
Movie
Musical
Book

Just saw the musical and it was way cuter than I expected. The book is boring sludge and Amanda Brown should thank her lucky stars that she's making money off a character that was written to be charming, funny and smart by other people.
Nicole
Mar 23, 2008 Nicole rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who have no sense of humor
All I can say is that I could not even be bothered to finish this. They made a fantastically funny movie out of a very boring and poorly written book.
Lennon Young
What a HUGE disappointment. Prior reviews had warned me that this book was nothing like movie - and that's more than fine when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations. They usually never are the same, and sometimes the changes work, and sometimes they don't. With regards to the movie version of Legally Blonde, the changes worked so much so that they made a very bad book into a wonderful feel-good comedy.

My main issue with the book was Elle Woods - totally lovable in the film, she was nothing shor
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Aarann
Apparently I'm in the minority but I actually like the book. It's nice to see that Elle was originally pictured as someone who was aware of her inherent intelligence and was just somewhat ditzy, as opposed to the movie where it seemed like she was more sweet than naturally intelligent. Certainly, this alternate potrayal of her has its downsides and she is decidedly less nice in this version than she was in the movie (one of my favorite scenes in the movie is where she helps out the awkward, nerd ...more
Rachel Brand
My review at age 13:

"Elle’s bimboishness makes this book really funny =)"

I actually still quite like this book. I stopped reading chick-lit a few years ago but sometimes when I'm feeling down I pick this book up and read it. It never fails to make me smile. I saw the film a while back and it didn't do the book justice. Elle's character grows and changes throughout the book, but this is barely touched on in the movie. This book isn't just stupid, bimbo-y chick-lit (as my 13-year-old self's review
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penelopewanders
Interesting. After reading the book I think I should probably see the film, as so many reviewers seem to prefer the film to the book - which I think is pretty rare. From what I read are the differences, I rather appreciate that Elle does not fall for some guy other than Warner (although I thought there might be something with Christopher Miles...). She actually remains rather stupidly loyal to Warner, while nonetheless seeming to recognize more and more of his failings. In some ways I found this ...more
Jane
May 05, 2014 Jane rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Not sure how this pile of tripe managed to inspire such a witty and entertaining film, but anyway. This is one of the worst books I've ever read: illogical, badly written, very weakly characterised and entirely failing to be either amusing or clever. Elle is a despicably lazy and shallow character, far from the likeable heroine of the film. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece but was hoping for something funny and pleasant - it was a chore from page 1. Yuck.
Beth Wilkins
Don't go into this thinking it will be exactly like the movie, or you'll be disappointed. I still enjoyed it, even though I suffer from that syndrome where if I see a movie before reading the book, I'll like the movie better (sorry V for Vendetta...).
Hilary
This makes one of the few cases where I actually saw the movie before I read the book. I have to say, though, that I think that I really did like the movie better than I liked the book. This book was great, but in the movie Elle is a stronger female character for longer than just the end. The movie also made me laugh out loud more than the book did, which is always appreciated. I especially liked how the manicurist in the movie is a more filled out character. However, I did really like Eugenia, ...more
Ann
you're just going to have to believe me when i say that the book is funnier and more clever than the movie -- read it in the bathtub, on the beach, or around any body of water of your choosing.
Sally
Everything that makes people hate the movie is not in the book. The movie is totally dumbed down with even dumber characters and situations added in. Not a bad story at all.
Kyla
WAY better than the movie! I love the movie and thought I would read the book – good "fluff" literature!

A fun, relaxing read that got me back on a reading kick!
Kelly K
One of those rare occasions that the movie is better than the book.
Sandy Batesel
Got a new computer (an all-in-one) and wasn't able to get into Goodreads from there so I've saved up several books that I've read this year and can now log them in.

Absolutely LOVED this book! Fun, easy and quick read. I got the book because the movie is our 3 year old granddaughter's (Myia's) favorite movie. I KNOW, I KNOW. Why is a 3 year old watching this? But she is and she just about has it memorized. The book is completely different from the movie but still loved the book. Can't wait to rea
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Elizabeth
A witty and fashionable story.
Laura
Having watched this movie countless times since it first arrived in cinemas, i was pleasantly surprised to see that it was based on a book.

The story is about Elle Woods; a beautiful, perfectly manicured blonde who has recently graduated from college. President of her sorority and homecoming queen, life couldn’t be more perfect. Except if she had the Diamond rock on her finger from her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, of course. However her perfect plans all come crashing down and soon Elle find
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Candy Boisvert
Jun 19, 2008 Candy Boisvert rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girly girls
Recommended to Candy by: No one
Title: Legally Blonde
Author: Amanda Brown
Copyright date: 2003
Publisher: Plume
How many pages: 278 pgs
How long it took me to read: 26 days (because of someone who shall remain nameless... *cough*Drew*cough*)
Category: Fiction
I learned about this book from:

This book was purchased at: Chapter's
This book is: any girl craving some inspiration for girl power!
Other books by this author: The perm, Family trust
Favorite characters: Elle Woods, Brooke Vandermark
Least favorite Characters: Warner, Serena and M
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Shannon
-I decided to read this book because I had watched the movie and I enjoyed it immensely.
-The category on the bingo board that this book completes is a book with a female main character.
-What I liked about this book was the way that one of the characters stood up for what she believed in and she let nothing get in her way. I also like the way that the author wrote the book to make law school sound fun.
-What I didn't like about this book was the way that, in some sections of the book the author wr
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Molly
Okay, so I surprised myself with this one. I thought I would like it because I like the film but as it turns out I like it even more and it's nothing like the film.

It was a nice easy read, funny, silly but also education, and I actually was quite attached and I very much so enjoyed it. I am very happy so happy I can move this cutie to my read shelf.
Jennifer
I found this one on my quest to read through the library. As you can see I have graduated to the B shelf :) At first I was stoked, being a fan of the movie, because I did not realize the movies were based on books. For the first time ever I think the movie was actually better than the book.
Saskia
Elle Woods is devastated when her boyfriend Warner Huntington III breaks up with her, instead of proposing (like she had thought). Now Elle is on a mission to become a wholesome girl like Warner wants. Which is why she's on her way to Stanford Law School. It's now up to her to break Warner and his new fiance up, and claim the man she came for. But while at Law School she realizes she likes it very much, and even starts the BLDF (Blonde Legal Defense Fund).
I recommend this book to all fans of the
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Born to parents who were both successful lawyers, Amanda graduated from Arizona State University in 1993. She then proceeded to study at Stanford Law School, where she compiled funny letters and stories based on her experiences into a first manuscript that would become Legally Blonde.
Since the success of the 2001 movie, she has released her second book,
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