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The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,184 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Hi, I'm Kate Bjorkman. What do you do if you've lived a real romance with a great guy and he loves you as much as you love him? Simple, I wrote a romance novel with help from THE ROMANCE WRITER'S PHRASE BOOK. Nothing is made up. I want truth and conflict even in romance. I'm betting you'll want the same.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Laurel Leaf (first published March 1st 1995)
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Kate
Jul 06, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anti-heroines, nerds named Kate
Gawky Kate Bjorkman has a rapier wit, genius IQ, and coke-bottle glasses. She’s been in love with Richard, her former neighbor and brother’s best friend, since they were kids, and she describes their budding romance by poking fun at Harlequin novel conventions, which take the lovers into bliss, betrayal, and back again.

I was completely charmed by this intelligent, witty, romantic anti-romance and wish I had discovered it in high school, as I share not only the narrator’s name but her geeky non-h
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Brenda
Jun 21, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it
This book had the potential to be a five star,...until the end. It is extremely well written and I found myself smiling or laughing during every single chapter. The chapter revisions and phrases from the Romance guide were hysterical and filled in missing pieces. I loved the gawky, too tall, not as pretty heroine from the start, and could feel her pain and joy at all her awkward experiences. *Here come the spoilers* What on earth was the moral of the story?

1) Kate was right, she wasn't pretty or
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Mary
Aug 13, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
I give this book five stars simply because I absolutely love reading it. It is not destined for the classics list or anything, but it can put a smile on my face and make me laugh every time I read it. It seems that every winter when I get that inevitable cold and feel miserable I turn to this book for a quick pick me up.
I was first introduced to this book in my college Young Adult Lit class. The author, Louise Plummer, visited our class (she was friends with my professor, Ann Cannon (or A.E. Ca
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Shelley
"I'm giving this my best shot. I've got The Romance Writer's Phrase Book right next to the word processor in case I'm at a loss for words, as they say. If you are jaded about romance or have PMS or are on the downside of manic depression and can't stand to read about other people's happiness, then get real. This book is not for you."

A Christmas tradition. Kate is snarky, sweet, funny and a joy to read about. I love how it lampoons and celebrates romance novels all at once. How can you not love a
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Angela
Dec 10, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
I smiled the whole time. This is an example of voice, my friends. Plummer's voice is so clear and likable, that I kid you not, I'd buy a book she wrote about a day at the DMV. This will go on my shelf and not in the goodwill bag.

Laugh out loud funny parts. Parts that made me get out of my chair, hunt my husband down and make him listen as I read said parts to him through snorts and tears.

And so fun that this book was written in 1995- the heroine was a junior in high school and I was a junior in
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Estelle
Jan 01, 2012 Estelle rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed on Rather Be Reading Blog

The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman is actually one of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I’m not sure when I initially read it, but if I had to guess I would say it was around eighth grade. I was really like Kate back then — I wore glasses, I wasn’t exactly Miss Popular, and I was pining away for the most unattainable guy on the planet.

I know it gave me hope that a girl like me — bookish and all — could have her love story too.

Now almost 15 y
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Holly
Sep 21, 2007 Holly rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Kate likes romance novels. But not the kind that are sappy and unrealistic. And since most romance novels are this way, she sets out to write a real-life romance, using her own life as the story. So with The Romance Writers Phrasebook as her guide, Kate begins writing her own novel, trying to leave the majority of clichés behind. She even admits herself that with her non-silky legs, her coke-bottle glasses, her gangly height, and her geeky tendencies, she’s not the ideal heroine anyway. It all s ...more
Jessica
Jun 30, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
This charming book is really a book-within-a-book, as Kate both regales you with the story of her Christmas romance and comments on her own writing in between chapters. More than anything, I enjoyed the characters, who were not only delightful, but also discussed at length by Narrator Kate, making them all the more real. A very fun book for teens, but especially those who like writing.
Jackie
Jul 27, 2007 Jackie rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
How can you not love Kate Bjorkman? I love the play on structure and spoof on romance novels, without being to esoteric and mature for teens. I picked this book up as a comtemporary companion to read with Othello in my classroom, but in the end decided both texts were too challenging for struggling middle school readers. But, if I ever teach high school...
Kristy
Jan 31, 2008 Kristy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
Reread this afternoon for the millionth time. I adore this book!
Teen
This book was refreshing for having a loving family with actually nice parents.
Fernanda Leite
Apr 15, 2017 Fernanda Leite rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
I loved it! Really fun and cute! I hate Ashley, I must say.
Elise Ryan
Mar 16, 2017 Elise Ryan rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read. It is a story I relate to on a very personal level, as I'm sure it does with many others who have shared Kate's predicament. One of the things I liked most about this story is its simplicity. There is no huge event or goal to be reached, it's just about a girl trying to figure out her relationships. Because there is no world-saving or high stakes adventure, you get to take a closer look at the very realistic interpersonal relationships the characters have with each othe ...more
02RachaelF
Jan 08, 2012 02RachaelF rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like it had a really good theme and it kept me interested the whole time. Of course, I’m a teenage girl, and this book is as “chick flick” as it can get! However, it's really well written. It frequently deals with serious subjects or issues, but these issues are always resolved with the characters having learned something about both life and themselves. Which I thought was nice. And, fiction almost always ends on a hopeful, good note; not necessarily a happily- ...more
Natalie
Dec 17, 2016 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Punk
Apr 23, 2008 Punk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
YA. "The night felt magical. There must have been some foreshadowing in the air." Hee! Kate Bjorkman, high school senior, writes a romance novel about the Christmas she became Richard Bradshaw's girlfriend. First person narrative, with fourth-wall-breaking author's notes sprinkled between chapters.

Despite its format, this is your basic YA romance, though Kate's not your average romance novel heroine. She wears glasses, but they're not there just to make her look dumpy so she can take them off at
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Shelley
One of my favorite Christmas traditions. <3 Kate and Richard 4ever!

""I'm giving this my best shot. I've got The Romance Writer's Phrase Book right next to the word processor in case I'm at a loss for words, as they say. If you are jaded about romance or have PMS or are on the downside of manic depression and can't stand to read about other people's happiness, then get real. This book is not for you."

A Christmas tradition. Kate is snarky, sweet, funny and a joy to read about. I love how it lam
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Darla
May 01, 2009 Darla rated it it was ok
(Genre:Young adult fiction) I have mixed feelings about this book. There were some things about it that I really liked. The writing style was fun and clever and I really like the heroine. The author made a great point in the story that falling in love is easy, but maintaining a relationship to keep it healthy is work. But there were also elements that I really disliked and I can't just dismiss them. One of those elements was the ending. Not only was it very unsatisfying for me, I felt like the c ...more
Celeste
Aug 17, 2012 Celeste rated it it was ok
Ugh. I hated the way that this book was organized-it had the author narrating the writing of a romance novel, and at the end of each chapter she would have revisions. I felt like the romance was unbelievable-the author depicted the boy as a great looking college kid who was funny and smart, and the girl as a nerdy gangly uncofident junior in high school-very unbelievable. The boy makes a mistake that breaks the girls heart and I didn't feel like the author ever redemed him from his mistake and t ...more
Machelle
Oct 05, 2011 Machelle rated it really liked it
This was the most hilarious written book I have read for a long time. Only down fall is I wish it was longer. The main character is writing a book about her romance with the help of "The Romance Writer's Phrase Book". Kate is funny and honest. She is an amazon women.
Brie
Oct 17, 2008 Brie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Brie by: Hayley Yates
I didn't like this book! I mean it was a cute little romance story but actually getting through it was hard. I thought it had too much swearing and a few vulgar parts and it just wants my favorite.
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Totally cheese and cute. Quick read.
Arwen
Jan 13, 2014 Arwen rated it it was amazing
Reread at Christmastime like I do most years (the book takes place at Christmas). One of my all-time favorites.
Emmers
Sep 17, 2012 Emmers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I reread this book during the holidays every year. So good.
Elesa
Apr 30, 2011 Elesa rated it really liked it
This was just the sort of funny, fluffy romance that I was looking for. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Breanna Ward
May 16, 2017 Breanna Ward rated it it was amazing
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman is a must-read for anyone who loves a romance book with a twist! It is interesting, can leave you wondering at times, and somewhat teaches you to always have hope. This book was amazing and I found it quite hard to put this book down! I really enjoyed this book, it kept me very busy, and it always left me wanting to read more and more of it, just to see what the next chapter was going to be about! I have heard from some of my friends that rated the book lowl ...more
Jennifer
Dec 23, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland


The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman was an interesting read. Most of the time I thought the whole schtick was cute, but sometimes it got a bit tedious. For example after some chapters there is a "Revision Notes" chapter and those I could have done without. For the most part I just skimmed them as they were tedious and didn't add a lot that I cared about to the story.

This story was an interesting idea for a romance novel. Take the author/main
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Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman was published in 1995, and not long after that, I borrowed it from the Wallkill Public Library. Within two years, I owned a copy, and within ten more years, I had to replace that copy because the binding was broken and the pages were falling out. I LOVE this book.

The premise of the story is that Kate, who is very tall and wears very thick glasses, is writing a romance novel based on a real-life romance th
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Tawny
Mar 18, 2008 Tawny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sabina
Author: Louise Plummer
Title: The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman
Genre: romance
Publication Info: Delacorte Press. New York. 1995.
Recommended Age: 12 and up

Plot Summary: Kate Bjorkman has had a crush on her older brother’s friend, Richard, for years. She didn’t think anything would ever happen between them because she is six feet tall, doesn’t like to wear makeup, and can’t see a thing without her thick glasses. But when Richard and her brother come home for Christmas, Kate’s love for him is rek
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Cassandra
Dec 22, 2016 Cassandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-peasy
Added after having read it years ago, so my review will be that of a person who has read it ages ago but probably read it 500 times. She's young, he's older (not creepy old but at an age where 5 years older is OLD), she's had a crush on him probably since birth and he's always been her brother's friend. (Lord I just know I'm butchering this plot). It's pretty much every 16 year old girl's dream, to get the cute older friend of your brother (if you have an older brother) to fall madly in love wit ...more
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Louise Plummer is a noted author young-adult fiction and a retired associate professor of English for Brigham Young University. She lives in New York, New York with her writer/professor husband Tom. Together they have four sons.

The Plummers moved from Boston to Minnesota in 1971 when Tom took a position at the University of Minnesota. While there, Louise earned a master’s degree in English. They
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