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In this funny and big-hearted story by the author of The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, three best friends make a pact to transform themselves into the glamorous women they've always wanted to be.

Nola Devlin has a secret identity. By day she is an overweight, frumpy, and overlooked editor at Sass! (the "celebrity magazine with an edge!"), but by night she slips behind h...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 22nd 2006 by Dutton Adult
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This book reads like an ad for Weight Watchers.

And it has that familiar chick lit plot where the main character gets herself into a ridiculous situation and lies and lies and lies to cover it up until the crushing weight of her stupid lies forces her to come clean. And then, well, not much happens and she gets the guy. This plot is so annoying! Especially when I'm supposed to believe that Nola is intelligent and talented when the complete stupidity of the situation she has gotten herself into ma...more
Okay, to be fair, I really think this book deserves a 3.5 star rating. But since half stars aren't an option...

What I enjoyed:

This book is FUNNY! I loved Strohmeyer's wit and humor. I am not exaggerating when I say I found myself laughing out loud just about every other page, at least!

Very insightful into our relationship with food and weightloss. Especially poignant for me right now as I'm trying to lose the baby weight. Honest and well researched.

What I didn't enjoy:

Okay, I get it. modern Cin...more
Mar 22, 2009 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Most of the story was about the "Cinderella Pact" that Nola and her two overweight best friends, Deb and Nancy, make. They decide to try for six months to lose weight. Their final attempt at a transformation to healthier lifestyles. Nola is a very likable character and I felt for her as she started her journey.
Then, there is Nola's job. Nobody but herself knows that she is actually the popular, British (and ironically, ethics) columnist, Belinda Apple, who she is also the editor to, for Sass! ma...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★½ This was sooooooo much better than I thought it would be. I only read chick-lit occasionally, because I get tired of some of the clueless women so often depicted in the genre. That isn’t the case here. I found myself looking forward to squeezing it into my reading time. Glad my GR friends June and Hayley insisted this “new-to-me” author was worth checking out.
I love the way this author write her books as if she is just having a conversation with a friend. she is very real in her writing and also very comical. i definitly enjoyed reading this
I was up til the wee hours finishing this... *not* a book to read when one is hormonally unstable-- I went through six tissues in the last 30 pages or so. I think at big part of the reason I liked this book so much (and was bawling into multiple tissues) was that it hit so close to home-- my starting weight, when I joined Weight Watchers, was the same as the Nola's. I didn't realize when I started it that it was going to be "that kind of book"-- I was expecting light and ditzy chick-lit.

It *is*...more
Nikki Wilde
I have to say that I picked up this book in a bundle with a few other Sarah Strohmeyer books. I feel like I'm reading them backwards as they progressively seem to get worse.

I thought the plot of this book sounded interesting and it seemed to start off promising. What I've come to notice in each book though is that there's always a rich someone or other that makes all problems go away. Well, this is real life. That doesn't happen. It pretty much makes me feel uncomfortable and depressed in a way....more
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The “Cinderella Pact” in this novel is a pact between three best friends, Nola, Nancy, and Deb. The pact is for them to drop off their extra poundage of fat and become thin and amazing and start a journey to a new “great” life. Meet, Nola Devlin, a frumpy, overweight, large, fat (so many choice words used throughout the book the describe Nola), editor at Sass! Magazine. Did I mention overlooked at her magazine as well? She actually applied to become a columnist for Sass! and was turned down. So,...more
If you have ever struggled with trying to lose weight this book is for you. This book was fantastic. It had great humor to it. It was so good that I could not put it down.
This book was so positive and delightful that I'm going to put it as one of my new favorites. Nola Devlin's story is real and refreshing. I wished the movie , "Lying to be perfect", was more centered around the book. The movie was cute and that's why I ordered the book but turns out that the book is nothing like the movie, go figure. For one thing, "Chip" is nothing like the actor in the movie, which makes reading about him awkward. "Nola", though, is perfect. The actress that played her part wa...more
"That's when I understood what it really means to lose weight. It's as though fat is a cloud of fog that surrounds your mountain of problems. Not until you drop the weight and clear the fog, will you know how high you've got to climb to get on top of them."

I loved this book. For anyone who has struggled with weight issues and all the socialogical and emotional issues that goes with it, this is a must read. I'm thinking of sending copies to friends -- because even if weight isn't your issue, the...more
Here's a twist... I like the TV movie version better than the book! I saw the movie about a couple weeks ago on Lifetime Movie Network (titled Lying to be Perfect) and enjoyed it. Poppy Montgomery was wonderful as Nola Devlin/Belinda Apple. Her leading man, real husband Adam Kaufman as David Stanton Jr. wasn't bad either. A 21st century Cinderella fairy tale rendition ... instead of pitiful to princess, it's fat to skinny. Can we guess why that attracted me? Yeap, someone's been carrying an extr...more
3.5 stars

This was surprisingly pretty thoughtful! I picked it up thinking it would do for some brain candy for a few hours, and it turned out to have quite a bit of heart to it. Nola is quite a woman! Being overweight and very conscious of it, mainly because of how others treat her because of it, she seems at first glance to be your typical damsel in distress type of character. But Nola can stand on her own two feet just fine! She most certainly has a backbone, it just takes some pushing to make...more
A Cinderella Pact

We are all Cinderellas, no matter what our size. This is what I, Nola Devlin, fervently believe.
I believe that within every one of us is a woman of undiscovered beauty, a woman who is charming and talented and light of heart. I believe that all we need is a fairy godmother to dust us off and bring out our potential and, while she’s at it, turn the rats in our lives into coachmen.
I don’t know about the glass slipper, though. That seems to me to be a design flaw

Love the opening l...more
This was a happy surprise. I do like to read chick-lit but for me it is hard to find a book that isn't inane or a heroine who I can relate to. The Cinderella Pact was very funny with some great lines in it. Nola is a thirty-four year old single woman whose little sister is getting married. Everyone is treading lightly around her thinking she is secretly jealous, which she isn't. She also the most popular columnist at the magazine she works for as an editor. She didn't get the job because of her...more
 Gigi Ann
I really liked this book, but I suppose it is not a book for everyone. However, I found it amusing and fun. I think I found it so, because I have been fighting the weight issues since my early forties, when the pounds started to add up. I became a Weight Watcher Lifetime member to many years to mention, so I can relate to all the references to Weight Watchers, which sometimes brought a smile to my face. Although, I never heard any of the leaders at any of our meetings, call out..."Have a dropout...more
I stayed up WAY past my bedtime engrossed in this novel about a thirty-something overweight magazine writer who gets turned down for a sweet job as an ethics columnist for Sass! magazine only to be hired when she resubmits her entire application as Belinda Apple, a woman with a hot body and fashionable pink cowboy boots.

Unfortunately, Belinda Apple's validity is eventually questioned and an investigative search begins to discover her true identity.

Meanwhile, overweight Nola makes "The Cinderell...more
Azra Uçar
like a hot chocalate. But maybe skinny ones don't like it that much ;))))))
Feb 06, 2008 Callie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you need a laugh or need to get a kick start on life.
Recommended to Callie by: Tamera
I think this book was really entertaining. This could be a movie so fast. If you are looking for a book to make you laugh out loud this is it. Sarah has a way with words and is really clever in her writing. She puts her characters into these situations that yuo never think they are going to make it out with any self respect or friends or a job. Really interesting to see how the story unfolds, you know how its going to end but its the journey of getting there that is fun.
I loved this book. I loved Nola, who pretended to be Belinda. I loved the Weight Watchers parts, I loved that she found her prince. This was such a good book.

Favorite quote:
"That's when I understood what it really meant to lose weight. It's as though fat is a cloud that's around your mountain of problems. Not until you drop the weight and clear the fog will you know how high you've got to climb to get on top of them."

Ain't that the truth?
A good beach read but nothing more. It's silly and the romance aspect is utterly ridiculous. If you're a fan of the cliche underdog story, this is for you. Far fetched .... Especially the constant weight comments to the main characters. It tries to be Bridget Jones but misses the mark.
okay so chick lit, another genre i forgot is secretly way fun!

i am all about ladies getting to pull off caper plots, god knows guys get enough of them

note to self: chick lit is good source for female-centred shenaniganery

i'm kinda curious about the next book in this series because cinderella is a really easy motif to write modernwise, especially since most people will read it on to just about any downtrodden to riches tale

ooh idea! nina's story could totally pull off red riding hood, those awful...more
Finished this awhile ago, but I think I remember it.
It was sort of a formula happy ending, but it was humorous. Not very memorable, but makes you root for the underdog.
The story of three over weight girls who make a pact to lose weight in six months. One chooses a trainer, one gastric bypass and the other just diet and exercise. Nola is the main character in the story, the others are just mentioned occasionally. Because she is over weight, Nola is turned down for an assignment at the magazine where she works. She then manages to get the job by submitting an application under a false name, and it all gets messed up from there. Of course, this being a "Cinderell...more
I read this a couple years ago, TOTALLY cute book! A perfect summer/beach read:)
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Jo Schaffer
This book was funny and true and satisfying to read.
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What if one resume was submitted by two different people? What if one person was overweight and unfashionable, and the other a glamorous model? Which applicant would be chosen for the job? Those who are fans of Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me, will enjoy Sarah Stromeyer's Cinderella Pact. Like the author herself, Nola Devlin, the main character has always struggled with her weight. After years of dieting, Nola can locate every Weight Watchers meeting in town and she's got her "drop-out" card to prove i...more
With her double chin and double-XL wardrobe, it's doubly appropriate that Nola Devlin leads a double life. In reality, she's the overworked, underappreciated editor of Sass! a sleazy celebrity tabloid whose most popular columnist is sexy, slender, saucy Belinda Apple, Nola's alter ego. Nola, however, soon finds she's too clever for her own good when one of Belinda's columns on weight loss inspires her two equally overweight best friends to coerce her into following this diet-to-end-all-diets, a...more
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Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of fifteen novels one of which, THE CINDERELLA PACT, became a Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT.
Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROPOSAL was nominated for a prestigious RITA™. Her books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Turkish, Taiwanese and a bunch of others.
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