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Little Stalker

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  491 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
In the tradition of Tom Perrotta, an offbeat and hilarious story of voyeurism, obsession, and relationships-both real and imaginary-from the bestselling author of High Maintenance and Going Down.

Rebekah Kettle is obsessed. Not with her quirky, adoring paparazzo boyfriend or the gossip columnist who wants to be her new best friend, but with someone she’s never even met—cul
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Riverhead Hardcover
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Wendy
May 25, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok
I'm left not knowing how I feel about this book. It was from bizarro world. The protagonist is a one-hit wonder of the literary world that can't seem to get that second novel underway (and is awful to her fans). Her interpersonal relationships are excruciatingly strained or nearly non-existent, and as a result of her intense daddy issues, she's obsessed with Little House on the Prairie and a New York filmmaker (a thinly veiled Woody Allen) to a disturbing degree. She's a thief, a liar, a ball-bu ...more
Traci
Jul 21, 2008 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
I was walking to the El from the Taste of Chicago and as a result of many beers, I really had to use the bathroom. I stumbled into Barnes and Noble, and assuming (correctly) that I would have to make a purchase in order to use the desired (and rapidly growing necessary) facility, I ended up with this delightful, not so little book. I wouldn't say it was brilliant or even wonderfully written, I just found it to be a cut above what I was expecting and what I normally find in the genre. Rebekah (wh ...more
Katherine
Jan 02, 2008 Katherine rated it liked it
What a strange experience it was to read this book. The protagonist: annoying and loathsome. The other characters: equally horrible. The plot: bizarre, though somewhat like watching a car accident. And yet, I kept reading and finished the whole thing. Was it good? I don't really know. I guess the author deserves props for keeping me going. If I was able to teleport myself into the book, I wouldn't be able to choose which character to smack first.
Crystal Durnan
Dec 03, 2009 Crystal Durnan rated it really liked it
I've been following Jennifer Belle since I read her first book, Going Down and I definitely consider myself a fan. Not that the stories she builds around her characters are themselves particularly epic, but she has an incredibly vivid stream-of-conscious writing style that I find irresistable. Everything just flows together so naturally yet many of her passages are still completely surprising in their humor or cynicism. The characters are not your typical twenty something women, but they are als ...more
Deon Stonehouse
If you are old enough to remember Woody Allen (no worries, he is still with us just not as much in the press), Little Stalker by Jennifer Belle could be your choice. Rebekah is a young author with a significant case of writer’s block. She has started to dread questions about her next book. It has been a long time since the last book. Men don’t work out well for Rebekah either, she has a string of failed romances. Her biological clock is not just ticking, it is clamoring. Lacking either promising ...more
rachel
Jul 30, 2014 rachel marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Belle is a mixed bag. She's good when you're in the mood for highly acerbic and/or random neuroses, and she falls victim to the expectation that a female writer writing about a woman's relationships in the vernacular automatically equals chick lit. This book so would not please the audience for "chick lit," despite the pink title and cutesy striped pajama pants of the cover. The trouble is that sometimes her writing is so odd or flat that she fails to connect with me, who is most defini ...more
Danica J
Aug 14, 2014 Danica J rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. It's offbeat and quirky, which drew me in, but I must admit I wish Rebekah's problems were dealt with a little better than the way they were. She seems like a pathological liar, living in a weird fantasy world and I swear the book was going to end with her finding out her tumour makes her believe parts of her life were real when they aren't... I honestly envisioned the end being that she's back on that first day at her father's office and she had never taken Mrs Williams home, and nev ...more
Margaret
Jul 27, 2012 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Hard to get past a protagonist who is as selfish and spoiled as this one, plus the novel is in the first person so the reader (in my case listener) is in this 33 year old brat's head. I feel sorry for the reader of this audio version - she tried so hard to give the character some spirited life but only makes her sound spiritedly spoiled. I gave up after 2 of the ~10 CD's, so I think that was a fair enough shot to now call it quits.
Sarah Arlen
Aug 17, 2010 Sarah Arlen rated it did not like it
What a narcissistic mess. I haven't read a book with this horrible a heroine or pathetic a love story in years and years. And if you're going to write about Woody Allen, just do it already...
Jenny
Jan 27, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Rebekah Kettle, following the blockbuster success of her first novel, is in a bit of a slump. Her relationship with her father is strained, she’s unlucky in love and has lots of unresolved angst from her youth that she avoids by obsessing with filmmaker Arthur Weissman. When she starts contacting Weissman, she finds the creative outlet she needed and the other areas of her life start clicking into place.

I enjoyed this one, although, while reading it, I felt like I was missing out on lots of insi
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Devon
Aug 29, 2013 Devon rated it really liked it
I have waited years for Jennifer Belle to pen a new novel. So needless to say that when I heard she was writing her third novel 'LITTLE STALKER' I was very excited. A few years ago, I'd read and loved her second novel 'HIGH MAINTENANCE', so much so that after reading it I rushed out to get her debut 'GOING DOWN' which although it possessed the same dark humor didn't grab me like the former.

Therefore I was anxious to see if her third novel was going to live up to the standards of 'HIGH MAINTENACE
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Amanda
Jun 12, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
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Catherine
Oct 17, 2015 Catherine rated it liked it
Ive never read anything by this author before so can't compare to previous work but was fascinated by the neurotic protagonist and her obsession with the thinly disguised Woody Allen. Was a bit disappointed with the ending, a bit too tidy especially considering the author worked so hard to create aa atmosphere of unpredictability throughout the rest of the story.
Kat Shelton
May 17, 2009 Kat Shelton marked it as to-read
Book Jacket:

Rebekah Kettle is obsessed. Not with her quirky, adoring
paparazzo boyfriend or the gossip columnist who wants to
be her new best friend, but with someone she's never even
met--cult filmmaker Arthur Weeman. For twenty years, she
has looked forward to seeing Weeman's newest release every
fall, and she's tracked his movements around New York
City. But this year, when the window of an Upper East Side
apartment provides her with a scandalous view into Weeman's
life, Rebekah has to decide: does s
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Caroline
Dec 30, 2008 Caroline rated it liked it
An amusing, interesting read. I went into this book thinking it was 'chick lit' (which I have nothing against, though there are too many authors who think they have mastered the genre when they clearly have not), but it was a little darker than your average chick lit book. The story explores some very emotional areas, and handles them in an adequate way (not well - I would have prefered to see a little more depth into the main character, but then, that may have been the author trying to make a p ...more
Victoria
Dec 17, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-fic
Belle’s novel follows a young, one-hit wonder novelist and her relationship (from afar and altogether too near) with a very Woody Allen-ish character, Arthur Weeman. For someone who has enjoyed very few Woody Allen movies, I really like this book! It is certainly funny, entertaining and a fast, not to mention engrossing, read. I really like that it sort of made fun of itself with the first-person versus third-person comments. And I must admit, it makes me almost want to rent a Woody Allen movie! ...more
Jan
Jan 22, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book very much. I look forward to checking out Jennifer Belle's other books.
M
Oct 01, 2014 M rated it it was amazing
I had put off reading this one for a long time because of so many negative reviews. I am so glad i read it! I really loved it! This was not chick lit, which is why I figure many people have been put off. I guess I am bizarro, but I found her character completely relate-able. She is not a carbon copy of Bridget Jones. She's an original person with many varied flaws as real people have; refreshingly real. All the other characters were real as well. The relationships she has are strange, strained a ...more
Lani
Jul 10, 2007 Lani rated it really liked it
Jennifer Belle always presents a fun, wry, slightly disturbing portrait of a 20- or 30-something, alienated, unmotivated intellectual chick in New York City. "Little Stalker" is no exception, and probably the her best of her three novels to date.

Readers can't help but wonder if it's a semi-autobiographical story of a promising novelist's obsession with Woody Allen. But whatever Belle's inspiration, this is a fast, amusing read with some truly terrific imagery. (Circus elephants parading down NYC
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Larry
Jul 26, 2014 Larry rated it really liked it
Funny, Woody Allen humor from the narrator.
Shelley
Apr 08, 2009 Shelley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book. It said it was supposed to be funny; I didn't find it funny except for one incident in the whole book. I didn't like the main character, I wouldn't like her for a friend. I don't understand how a 33 year old woman could be obsessed with anything let alone with a celebrity - isn't that a little teenagerish??? I didn't feel her relationship with her boyfriend, then husband was for real. And her relationship with her father was really pitfully. I'm not sure I would pick up ...more
Melissa
Truly original plot and a bizarrely sympathetic narrator. While there's a sort of chick lit aroma here, the wacky undermines it and successfully overthrows it. I'm not down with the sympathetic portrayal of pedophilia, but, despite it, I still like the narrator and want to root for her (she's not the pedophile, just a non-judgmental observer). This book is ultimately about loving, sacrificing for, and valuing artistic creation, and I'm not ever going to argue with that. Okay--maybe if we're talk ...more
Joyce Burnham
Jun 28, 2016 Joyce Burnham rated it liked it
I bit frustrating to read.
Rebecca
Sep 24, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok
I'm still not sure what to think about this. One of the major points in Rebekah's life that has shaped her, that was revealed very early in the story, made me roll my eyes because it was so clichéd. That colored the rest of the book for me and may have done so negatively. But then I might not have liked it because she, and everyone else, is so selfish.

I may rate this higher on further reflection because the writing itself was really good.
lysa
Jun 22, 2010 lysa rated it really liked it
so... this book was a little sexy, although the scenes moved the plot along and weren't titillating. It also dealt with issues of pedophilia and adultery. All in all, a good read. The author dealt with major issues without weighing down the plot or characters. Gives me something to think about without feeling burdened by the character. I think Belle does this by giving her main character, Rebekah, some personality flaws.
Laura
Sep 15, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2007
Jennifer Belle is another author that I've been waiting to hear more from. It's a story about a woman's obsession with a famous New York filmmaker - a thinly veiled Woody Allen. Being an Allen fan myself, it made the book all the more fun. I mean, if I discovered that I could see into Woody Allen's apartment from an old lady's window, I can't deny that I'd be sitting there with some binoculars!
Jenny
Jan 11, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Going Down by the same author, but it has been so long since reading it that I can't remember if "Little Stalker" was in the same style or not.

After the first chapter I was sure I would put it down unfinished, I found the main character annoying and all the other characters unrealistic. But by the middle, it had engaged me, and I was really pleased by the ending.
Sheryl
Borrowed this from my sis-in-law and absolutely loved it!!

I really enjoyed "stalking" Arthur Weeman through Rebekah Kettles eyes! What a fun little read. Rebekah is also a huge Little House on the Prairie fan and she references it throughout the whole book which I looovvved!!

If you want a good "guilty pleasure" read....this is your book!

Thanks Katherine!
Christa Dubrock
Aug 02, 2007 Christa Dubrock rated it liked it
I liked this, and it was a super fast read. I just had higher hopes, I guess. It was a little disjointed. I do love her clever style of writing, but I think Going Down was better at staying on target. This novel attempted to pull together too many subplots. This is a Monday night kind of book...lots of anxiety and lacking in focus. Next stop: High Maintenance.
Marsha
Mar 28, 2012 Marsha rated it it was ok
The titular character is a woman with an obsession for Arthur Weeman, a director who seems to be nothing more than a thinly veiled stand-in for Woody Allen. Filled with characters that are either annoying, pushy, forgetful or just plain sleazy, I found it tedious in the extreme wading through it. Even the sex scenes made me want to cringe or yawn.
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An American novelist, based in New York City.

She attended Bronx High School of Science and dropped out of college. She has also written columns for Ms. magazine. In 2002, she married entertainment lawyer Andrew Krents, after they were introduced by fellow novelist Amy Sohn.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, London’s The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s
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