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Starting from Square Two

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  292 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Twenty-nine-year-old Gert Healy thought she would never have to return to the craziness of the dating world. And would never have to worry about what to wear and what to say and whether she was pretty enough. But the death of her husband two years ago forces her to clad up in miniskirts and leather jackets and brave it...again. But does Gert have it in her to fight through ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Red Dress Ink
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Oct 02, 2009 Lynda rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I wanted to read this book because I really enjoyed her first novel, Carrie Pilby. Right from the get-go though, this novel really irritated me in all its chick-lit stereotypical glory.

Gert is recently widowed and hangs around her two single friends, Hallie and Erika. Both are jaded to the world of dating, Hallie never having had a successful relationship and Erika constantly obsessing over her ex-boyfriend Ben. Gert seems like she’ll be the one to keep this book together. She even has the poten
Brittany Kelly
Dec 28, 2011 Brittany Kelly rated it liked it
This book was okay. I really did feel that the story premise itself could have been executed better though. Gert (really, whhhy that name?) is a young widow and the book describes her struggles to move on. Her friends are kind of annoying and don't understand her -- and the end felt abrupt.
Jun 18, 2010 Patria rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Young widows
Shelves: unfiled
I inherited this book when I moved into my cube at work. It was ok but painful to go through this woman's analysis of going through the loss of her husband at the age of 29. boo hoo. Stupid book...kind of sucked.
Just - The romance reader
The plot itself was good, and I enjoyed the main character, Gert. She was strong and inspiring in what she was able to overcome, and learn from. With that said, I found the story would drag on from time to time.
Jun 19, 2008 Terrie rated it liked it
Again, far more depth than your average Red Dress Ink imprint book. A little too predictable though.
Oct 10, 2008 Alarra rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
A young widow tries to re-enter the dating scene after five blissful years of marriage. It's intelligent chicklit and I really liked the main characters and the way their relationship grows.
Dec 22, 2011 Diana rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Ehhhh...her friends were really annoying and the whole book felt rather shallow. I found myself reading it quickly so I could move on. End was good but not impressed with the rest.
Jun 06, 2012 Ann rated it it was ok

Not my cup of tea when there are so many other books to read. I guess it would be a good beach read. I got half way thru it before another book from the library became available
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Jun 29, 2011 Holly Gault rated it did not like it
I never got involved with these characters and hated the personalities of the two girlfriends.
Jan 12, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it
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Jan 17, 2008 Kim rated it liked it
A Red Dress Ink book of a different color... I enjoyed it.
Mar 01, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Enjoyable...written with empathy and perspective.
Jun 13, 2007 Charity rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Great story about dating again after losing a spouse.
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“We just have to accept that people are going to stay in our hearts, even when they don’t stay in our lives.” 5 likes
“You know,” Hallie said, “they make all these antidepressants. They should make a pill that stops you from loving the people you can’t have, and makes you attracted to those you can.” 4 likes
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