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Alphabet Weekends

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,249 Ratings  ·  383 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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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Giving this a 3.5 rating.
This sounded like a cute romance story In a way it was but at the same time, it was kind of sad. You have three story arcs going on, Lucy and Patrick, Anna and Nicholas and the main one Tom and Natalie.

Out of the three, I thought the AN arc was kind of sweet, sad but sweet, the LP one not so much. Though TN was my favorite since well, the whole alphabet arc they had going was interesting and made the fun kind of cute in a way, wondering what they'll think up next depend
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Christine
Mar 26, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: chiclet-anyone
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
Ellie
Dec 04, 2012 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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
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Nicole Sackin
Oct 25, 2015 Nicole Sackin rated it it was amazing
really fun and entertaining read. i want to play the alphabet game in my own life. the characters are really relatable and entertaining to read about.
Alice
May 29, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing
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
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Wendy
Feb 18, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
Marie Gentilcore
Solid 3 stars. An entertaining and enjoyable book. It is primarily the story of Natalie and Tom, who have been friends since childhood. Natalie has just been dumped and Tom comes up with alphabet weekends where they will each pick a date theme starting with the letter and A and ending with Z. There are a couple sub stories; one involving Natalie's dad and her mom who is going through depression, and the other about Tom's brother and his wife who deal with adultery. There were many amusing parts ...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
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Elusive
Jan 23, 2016 Elusive rated it it was ok
Shelves: review
‘Alphabet Weekends’ weaves a tale comprising three separate but interconnected storylines about different couples and their respective dilemmas.

In the first storyline, Natalie and Tom have been friends for a long time but the latter has always had feelings for the other. When they reunite, Tom proposes that they spend time doing twenty-six activities (beginning from A to Z) together every weekend. He secretly hopes that she’ll end up reciprocating his feelings along the way. The second storylin
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Tif
Apr 28, 2009 Tif rated it it was ok
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.
Aimee
Feb 10, 2015 Aimee rated it it was ok
Simple, predictable read. I really just wanted to read more about Natalie and Tom and wanted their characters to develop more. But instead we got Natalie's parents and Tom's brother and his wife and their stories mixed in there too. Too much of them, wanted more Natalie and Tom.

A fun concept/idea of the alphabet weekends, I think if the story were more focused on that fun idea, the book would have been better.
Jamie
Aug 18, 2015 Jamie rated it liked it
This book was pretty cute, but I seemed to be desiring a bit more of a quick a quirky romcom at the time that I picked this up. Now, it did have its moments where it was super cute and funny, but overall the story is much deeper than that.
This book delves into what a relationship means as well as how there are so many different types of relationships and how they can change over time. Love can be lost, found, kindled, thrown away, changed, etc. It honestly hit home a bit for me on several fron
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Kendra
Dec 09, 2014 Kendra rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This was a sweet, simple,and short story. It centered around two characters, Natalie and Tom, who have been friends forever. After Natalie's boyfriend dumps her, Tom tells her that he could make her fall for him over the course of 26 dates, the twist is that each date needs to be centered around a different letter of the alphabet. It's actually a really cute idea, I might borrow it!

It also follows two other couples as they face obstacles/ rough patches in their relationships. I enjoyed reading a
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Sophie
Jan 24, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how this book was written using each letter of the alphabet for the chapters.
Liz
Jun 08, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
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
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Melina
May 27, 2015 Melina rated it liked it
This was what I have come to expect from Elizabeth Noble books--a quick, entertaining read. There are a few story lines going, but with enough connection to each other (both through theme and actual character interaction) to keep it from feeling disjointed.
Joanne
Apr 12, 2009 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
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.
Susan
Mar 16, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
This book was my other "Spring Break" read. I found it difficult to read since it takes place in England and uses many words that we simply don't use here in the states. Once I got past that, it was "OK" to me. Again, a PG-13 romance novel. Sweet in a way as Tom tries to win his life long friend Natalie by taking her on weekend outings starting with A and ending with Z. She doesn't think their relationship will work since they have been "just friends" from the time they were little. I like books ...more
Amelinda
Mar 16, 2015 Amelinda rated it liked it
Natalie loves Simon. Simon breaks up with Natalie. Natalie turns to her love-him-like-a-brother best friend Tom. Tom knows that he, not Simon, is the guy for Natalie. So he suggests that they spend twenty-six weekends together, alternately choosing an activity corresponding to a letter in the alphabet.

And so begins a quirky story about a guy who shamelessly tries to woo his best friend to fall in love with him. Over six months, Natalie uses the alphabet time to figure out who she wants to end u
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Nicole
Nov 30, 2014 Nicole rated it did not like it
Natalie has just been dumped by her long-term partner instead of the proposal she was expecting. Seeking comfort on the shoulder of her best friend, Tom, he suggests they participate in Alphabet Weekends as a way to cheer her up and to also get her to see how good they are for each other. Starting with A for Abseiling they make their way through the alphabet, as well as navigating their feelings for one another.

I read this book during a very long train trip to a friend's wedding. Having this boo
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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
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Emily
Sep 24, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
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♥
Jun 02, 2012 Ana♥ rated it really liked it
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
Jan 02, 2015 Annette rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
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
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Marianne
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Rose Ann
Apr 07, 2010 Rose Ann rated it really liked it
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LindyLouMac
Jun 12, 2012 LindyLouMac rated it liked it
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
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Jill
Jun 12, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
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
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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
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