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Alphabet Weekends

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  4,007 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Natalie and Tom have been best friends forever, but Tom wants them to be much more. When Natalie's longtime boyfriend walks out on her just when she thinks he's going to propose, Tom offers her a different and wildly romantic proposition. He suggests that they spend twenty-six weekends together, indulging in twenty-six different activities from A to Z, and at the end of th...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2000)
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Christine
I picked this book because I needed a pick-me-up after reading something pretty depressing. I expected it to be pretty fluffy, but the other two love stories examined make the book a little more thought provoking. It's not just two made-for-eachother people FINALLY getting together, it's also about the disintegration of love for one couple, and how love changes for another. I admit, the story arc about the infidelity was interesting, moving and thought provoking, but ultimately depressing. I onl...more
Alice
May 10, 2010 Alice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, especially chick lit fans
This is just what I needed after the dark zombie post-apoc and disappointing Sookie Stackhouse this week. It brightened up my reading life a whole lot.

I picked this book up at the Empire State Book Festival, after hearing the author speak at a panel about "Chick Lit." Her fellow authors described her books as funny and witty, and the back cover blurb made it sound like this book would go a long way toward filling the Olivia Goldsmith-shaped hole on my shelves.

And, while I think it's unfair to co...more
Ellie


I have read this book three times and each time I have completely lost myself in the alphabetical rom-com of lead characters Natalie and Tom;I have not been able to put this novel down! Elizabeth Nobel writes a tale of nearly thirty something Natalie who finds herself heartbroken surrounded by sisters and friends who are (capital letter 's':) Settled. Her old best friend Tom decides to take Natalies mind off her woes by organising platonic weekend dates; they each take turns to choose an activit...more
Wendy
This book on the surface was about two best friends trying out dating to see if there was chemistry between them. However as I read farther into the book, it was about all types of relationships. While best friends Tom and Natalie are working their way through alphabet themed dates, his brother and sister-in-law are dealing with marital problems in the form of a lost job, lost communication, and infidelity. Natalie's mother is going through clinical depression and no one in her family knows what...more
Antoinette Palmieri
Just finished this. I was hoping for a fun light read... turns out I found this book to be pretty depressing.

The characters I liked, Anna and Nicholas, stopped developing about half way through the book and then they were just sort of there, background characters. So that was disappointing. And I found it hard to care about any of the other characters.

I trudged through to the end just to see if anything interesting would happen with Anna, but nothing did. I did not find it to be funny or romanti...more
Tif
This was really (REALLY) similar to the movie "Love Actually" and in this case, I liked the movie more.

This book is in English, but it's English English, as in 'hail to the Queen' English. So you have to really pay attention to get what they are talking about. And most of the pop culture references are too British to be familiar. Oh, and it took me 4 chapters to figure out that "knackered" meant tired.

Besides that, it's a cute story.
Liz
Going into this one I didn't have very high hopes for it. It's not the kind of book that I usually pick up but I quickly started to enjoy it.
It's about two people, Tom and Natalie, who have known each other for their whole lives and after Natalie goes through a bad break up, Tom challenges her to an alphabet game where every weekend they do an activity that goes with the alphabet, starting with a, then b, then c....
The book isn't just about them, you also step into the lives of her parents, old...more
Joanne
An entertaining read, it was a bit difficult for the first half to track who was who the way it skipped around but it ended on a high note.
Chelsey
I liked this book. It was a nice and simple read to begin the new school quarter off with and I enjoyed it. I was a little confused at first as to who was who with the many shifting perspectives, but I finally got on. I feel like their were more characters' pov's in the beginning than there was towards the end or I could just not have been following very closely. Despite my initial confusion, I ended up enjoying the different perspectives overall.
I liked Tom and Natalie's relationship, even thou...more
Emily
This book is about Natalie and Tom, best friends since they were kids who may be exploring the possibility of more, Anna and Nicholas, Natalie's older parents who as they are aging have to try to redefine their role and how their love for each other falls into those roles, and Patrick and Lucy who are Tom's brother and Sister in Law who are each going through identity and fidelity crisis of their own. In my opinion Natalie and Tom are the main ones in the book since the alphabet weekends are abo...more
Ana♥ BBR
Best friends since childhood, Tom gets Natalie to play a game with him to both cheer her up & see if what they have could be something more than just best friends. Playing a game of alphabet weekends, Tom & Natalie switch off each letter in the alphabet, picking something out of each others element. Will they make it to Z? Or will their relationship stumble and fall apart before they could finish the alphabet? While on their escapade of adventure, Tom's sister-in-law, Lucy, struggles wit...more
Annette
Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble is about love, actually the many stages of love. It’s about the love of a couple married forty years facing health issues. It’s about the exhausting love of a newborn baby in the family. It’s about another couple in the throes of unlovely complications. And finally, there’s the pursuit of love. The main storyline revolves around Tom and Natalie. They have known each other since they were kids. Tom has always liked Natalie but she considers him more like a bro...more
Jackie
This book caught me with it's subtitle "Love On The Road From A to Z". It's an interesting premise--Tom, long time friend of Natalie, wants 26 days with her to prove that he
is truly "more than a friend" material. Each day is to have a theme starting with the corresponding letter of the alphabet, and she and he will take turns thinking up the day's theme.

I expected light and airy chic lit, and got it, but with a healthy helping of much more. Interwoven with Tom and Natalie's story is the story...more
Marianne
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Rose Ann
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LindyLouMac
Below is A Copy of My Bookcrossing Entry from 2006.
Journal Entry 21 by LindyLouMac from Viterbo, Lazio Italy on Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Maybe it was not such a good idea reading Elizabeth Noble' last two books back to back. Although I think this latest one is far better than The Tenko Club, it still does not compare well to The Reading Group. When I fist discovered this new author I thought she was going to be more than just another writer of the 'chick lit' genre! I also completely got the wro...more
Jill
Another book I picked up to try reading a different author. Natalie and Tom have known each other since they were kids. Natalie has just broken up with Simon, a long time boyfriend. Tom tries to cheer her up by dating using the alphabet weekend dates..............try something new each weekend. There are a couple of other couples involved with their own problems. It takes place in England so many terms and places might be new to an American reader, which sometimes makes this rather funny.
Amanda J
2.5 Stars

The first part of this book was quite tedious and I actually had to put it down for a week and come back to it. I thought it would be lighter and more fun, but I found the whole thing rather depressing. With a romantic story like this, it is a foregone conclusion that the romantic leads will end up together; so the journey had better be interesting. I think the author tried to achieve this by contrasting the main relationship of Natalie and Tom and their Alphabet dates with the trouble...more
Jenny
Expecting to be proposed to on New Year's Eve, Natalie is stunned to have been dumped by her long-time boyfriend Simon. Although her family remarks that they never liked the guy, Natalie is crushed. Her longtime friend Tom, however, suggests that to help her through the break-up they can spend the next 26 weekends together, each weekend activity beginning with a letter from the alphabet, and each of them taking the next successive letter. What initially starts as an experiment becomes confusing...more
Jessica
This book definitely caught my attention at first. The title was catchy and the blurb got me even more interested. It's a story about two best friends, Natalie and Tom, who have known each other for years. This story develops into a cute little love story after Tom recommends a "game" with the objective being to get Natalie to fall in love with him. The game involves the 26 letters of the alphabet. Every weekend, alternating weekends, they each get a letter and they must choose an event or place...more
Tara
Mar 21, 2010 Tara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like chick lit.
A cute little novel about the many forms of love... Natalie is a romantic. She has just suffered a devastating break up with her boyfriend of 6 some years. There to pick up the pieces is her best friend Tom. The A-Z game that he convinces her to play is a bit cheesy, but I could not help but want to read and find out what happens along the way. The other points of view in the story involve two other couples related to Natalie and Tom. I was not as interested in their stories until the end of the...more
Dawn
This was a cute story. The two main characters, Natalie and Tom, have chemistry and it is fun to watch their almost life-long platonic relationship evolve into something more when, on a lark, they decide to go on a series of 26 dates, each one beginning with a letter of the alphabet.

Of course, you can imagine what happens by the time they get to Z, but it is an interesting and fun ride nonetheless.

The only thing I wasn't too keen on in this book was the peripheral story of Tom's brother, Patri...more
Gina
This book starts with a great premise. Two best friends. One boy, one girl. Girl gets dumped by scum-bag boyfriend of seven years. Boy is sick of being the one to pick up the pieces. Tells girl he loves her and has a great idea. They will play a game called Alphabet Weekends where each weekend they alternate a letter and choose an activity to eventually get girl to fall in love with him.

Good premise.

Even good book.

It would have even better book if the author just stuck to these two main characte...more
Malin
Reading this I was pretty desperate to finish it. The two main characters, Tom and Nat had been friends for 20 years when he decides he wants to prove to her with an alphabet game that he's good boyfriend material - and even the one for her. The game is sweet, for 26 weekends they do things representing the letters of the alphabet. In additional to this game though there are other characters doing other things, and it took away from the story a bit I thought though I am sure the other characters...more
Sam
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Tina
The couples alternate stories in this book. Natalie and Tom-best friends on a 26-letter adventure. Lucy and Patrick (Tom's brother) - dealing with infidelity. And Anna and Nicholas (Nat' s parents)-dealing with getting older. Nat was a bit immature for her age Ithought. And Lucy was hard to like. So it took me a while to get into it but I liked it towards the end. The story came together nicely.
Idea Smith
Too many characters and not enough to distinguish them is what ruined this book for me. The premise is nice enough. Natalie has been recently dumped by her longtime boyfriend. Her childhood friend Tom offers to cheer her up in a unique manner - by spending 26 weekends together, one for each letter of the alphabet doing something that starts with that letter. There are laughable moments as well as unusual ones from A-Z and Tom & Natalie start to explore how they really feel about each other....more
Juliana Graham
I quite enjoyed this book, though thought it was a bit predictable and possibly also not entirely convincing in the way the characters behaved. It's hard to elaborate without giving too much away but I'm not 100% convinced that Natalie would be happy with her decision long term... The other 'sub-plots' were interesting. However, I wasn't really happy with the reason that Natalie's mother had for recovering from her depression - it seemed a little harsh on the other character. Similarly, I was no...more
Carrie
Mar 18, 2010 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carrie by: Jill
Shelves: fluff, 2010-reads
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Jenna
This book draws you very quickly into the world of Natalie and Tom, and gets you involved in their fun and games, wondering will they/won't they, and leaves you frustrated at their near misses, and it's sweet to see how things develop between the two characters. However, the story becomes difficult to follow when the point of view is switched to other characters, such as Lucy, and Anna, so the main point of the story is lost somehow, almost as if the author couldn't work out who's story was the...more
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Elizabeth Noble was born in High Wycombe, Bucks, and now lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at Oxford University and after graduating embarked on a career in publishing before taking up writing full time. She is the author of seven novels, The Rea...more
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