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Dream Street, 31

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,900 ratings  ·  228 reviews
Una vieja casa victoriana acoge los sueños y los fracasos de sus peculiares inquilinos. Toby, un poeta sin trabajo y sin libro publicado, vive en una mansión en Londres con cuatro peculiares inquilinos: una aspirante a cantante, una actriz, un anciano, un adolescente que quiere ser aviador y su madre arrepentida que lo abandonó a los pocos meses de nacer. Pese a vivir siem...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by DeBolsillo (first published January 1st 2000)
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Amy Pettyjohn-Ferris
Ok, 3 days and only 30 pages, and I keep falling asleep. The main character, Toby, has about as much interest as a head of cabbage. So boring. I've decided to not even try to make it through this book anymore...It's been torture
Amanda Patterson
Does happiness live inside a house? Leah watches the eccentric and quirky residents of 31 Silversmith Road come and go. Who is the odd, tall man named Toby and how did he come to have this motley crew living inside his home? Toby has had the house for 15 years.
Ruby is a singer - addicted to men and booze. Con works in the mail room at Vogue but dreams of becoming a pilot. His mother Miranda, who abandoned him years ago, sets up home in his bedroom after a second failed marriage. Joanne is a mys...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, and decided to read this strictly based on the author's past novels. But once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down. The characters in this book are so REAL, so down-to-earth and relatable.

The main character, Toby, undergoes a slow transformation throughout the novel on his journey to start living, a transformation that is at times a bit sad -- I felt like I wanted to give him a big hug! :) The other characters in...more
So I probably think that I picked up this book because I'm hunting for a roommate myself, and it just sounded interesting. Back in 1990 Toby's dad gives him a big house for a wedding gift. The marriage doesn't last and he's stuck with this giant house. So he posts an ad and gets some roommates. 15 years later, one of the people living in the house dies and leaves everything to Toby along with a note telling him to take the money he left him, fix up the house and start living life. So Toby decide...more
so far ... an easy reader .. nice story line

I really enjoyed this book .. the storyline and characters kept me entertained and interested the whole time ... I actually read this book in 2 days! I really enjoyed the style of writing and chapters as each characters story was revealed.

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an easy reader with a nice storyline

and now come to think of it - i really related to the main character ... sometimes in life people are nice to others ... so much that the...more
An enjoyable "coming of age" story (though the character who does the growing up is nearly 40 years old). Toby is a delightful geek who has some social anxiety. He has a soft spot for people who are struggling in life, but that also means that he gets taken advantage of. Then Toby finally meets Leah, his neighbor from across the street who has been watching Toby and his housemates for the past three years. Leah convinces Toby to start living his life, and the book follows this transformation.
This was a fun read. I really enjoyed all of the characters and their troubled lives. It was interesting to see how it all came together in the end. Even though I only gave it 3 stars, the story was interesting enough to keep me up into the early morning hours to see what would happen next. There was an exceptional amount of swearing, but then it is a British book...so I kind of expected that.
Anna Fagg
I really enjoyed this book. Was after something light-hearted and easy to read after my last book which was quite heavy going - this certainly fit the bill. I was really easy to pick up and put down - although kept me turning the page long past bed time many a night! Made me laugh out loud and brought a tear to my eye, thoroughly enjoyable easy reading!
Shani Struthers
My first Lisa Jewell and certainly not my last. A very sweet story with a lovable 'hero' and 'heroine' and a very intestesting cast of housemates. Loved the pace it ambled along at. So good, I found myself delving into it inbetween cooking, brusthing teeth, feeding the cat etc!
I really enjoyed this book, it'also a book I can read several times as, besides from being a good book, I think I will probably discover "hidden" gems each time.
Debra Wilkinson
I loved this book. Easy to read and fun. Love Lisa's description of people, She really knows how to bring her characters alive.
Lisa (scarlet21)
Really enjoyed this; as always Lisa Jewell combines the mystical with great, fun charcters and a feel good factor.
Patricia Costa Viglucci
I liked this book by Lisa Jewell even more than "One Hit Wonder." Toby is given a house, a wonderful house, by a disinterested wealthy father in a good London neighborhood (I was only in London once and stayed in a hotel in the Kensington area near Hyde Park and Albert Hall, so can't identify it more clearly.) Again, Jewell populates her book with some oddball characters who all seem like losers at the outset, but capture your interest and sometimes your heart. Both this and "One Hit Wonder" dep...more
Amanda Egan
Loved this book - some great characters.
One of my great weaknesses when it comes to books and movies is that I always want to find out what happens, even if I discover that the book has way too much swearing, etc. (or, alternately, if I find out that the writing is dreadful and boring). That was very much the case with this book. It also helps that the book was quite entertainingly written and full of mostly likable characters who were all messed up in their unique, endearing, wacky ways. (Now, see, why can't more of the Mormon author...more
If this book doesn't become a film one day, I'll eat my hat. It has blockbuster written all over it - in the vein of About a Boy, Love Actually, Four Weddings and Bridget Jones. It's a superbly woven tale of the lives of the inhabitants of Peacock House, owned by Toby, overlooked by Leah and recently left by Gus ... who turns both their lives around. This is a beautifully written book, which really draws the reader into the lives of the main characters, and by the end of the book I was genuinely...more
Roommates Wanted was exactly what I needed to read right now. Being in my mid twenties and starting school again for career number two, I constantly compare myself to other people my age and I wonder how I am doing, how I measure up. Sometimes I think I should be married with children by now, even though I'm not even sure I want kids. I think I should own my own home or at least a townhouse. I think I should feel like an adult, which I sometimes don't.
I was actually thinking about this recently...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)

Basically, it starts when Leah went outside her house and saw a man lying face front in front of her neighbor's house, that very neighbor that seems to be a huge mystery for her. That very death event lead them to finally meet each other and has been the beginning of many changes…

I loved the different lives presented by the characters not only of the two main characters Leah and Toby, but also Toby’s tenants are introduced as well and woven into the story. They have their own chapters so we can...more
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31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell has an intriguing premise. Toby is a quiet man who has been hurt by life. He opens up his house to strays and artists, but is always removed from life and the daily comings and goings of the house. It is only with the passing of an elderly tenant that Toby begins to change the way he lives his life and the house and all of its tenants are affected.

It was a book I wanted to like more than I did. Like I said, it was a very intriguing premise. Many of the characters...more
It's a really sweet book. Here are my favorite passages:

-pg196: "Life is episodic. A certain passage of my life had come to a close. It was time to move on"
-pg 196: "Ah, she said, but the whole deal with the road movie is that the protagonist is either running away from something or in search of something. And who says I'm not? Joanne slung her handbag over her shoulder and tightened the belt of her leather coat. Running away? Or looking for something? Both. ..And how far along the road are you?...more
Es ist ein sehr verschachteltes Buch.
Jedes Kapitel hat ca. 3 Seiten und wird abwechselnd von einem Bewohner erzählt, obwohl der Schreibstil in der er-Perspektive ist. Am Anfang kam ich da noch ein bisschen durcheinander, aber mit der Zeit habe ich mich daran gewöhnt.

Die Handlung ist sehr spannend. Man versinkt förmlich in dieses Buch und kommt auch nicht so schnell wieder raus.
Ich habe mich einige Male sehr aufgeregt, dass Toby so eine Memme ist und immer klein beigibt und sich nur nach Strich...more
Rebecca Trujillo Batty
Apr 27, 2009 Rebecca Trujillo Batty rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: SLCLS Reader's Choice
I debated on whether this book was to get 2 or 3 stars. Finally decided on 3 stars because I did like the storyline. What I didn't like was the swearing, excessive use of certain words and the talk about porn and sex. Not the normal descriptive stuff, but the talk of how much certain characters participated in these activities. Anyway, enough of the negative, I am one who almost always has to finish the book once I get started.

The main storyline in this book is about a guy named Toby. Toby story...more
A house filled with misfits. A nosy neighbor. A skinny, runt of a cat. An unexpected inheritance. Ms. Jewell takes these disparate elements and weaves them together into a novel about people, ordinary people, suffering from life’s crises and fighting to come out on top—or at least get some form of happiness for themselves.

While this could have been just another beach novel about people finding romance in unlikely places, the author manages to throw in a few surprises. They’re not gratuitous or d...more
Lana Drown
Me he enamorado profundamente de este libro. Fue uno de esos que me llamó la atención por su portada, y acabé pidiéndolo por mi cumpleaños hace ya algunos meses sin tener ninguna referencia sobre él. ¡Cuánto me alegro de haber hecho esa apuesta!

Esta novela cuenta la historia de una preciosa mansión victoriana que es el orgullo del barrio, en la que viven personajes de lo más curioso. Toby, su propietario, decide alquilar las habitaciones de la casa, preguntando a los candidatos las razones por l...more
Kelly Moran
Reviewed for BookPleasures. See below.
To sum up in one word what I thought of Roommates Wanted, by Lisa Jewell- WOW! Lisa Jewell is the author of six novels, five of them bestsellers, and grew up in north London, where she still resides with her husband and two daughters.
Toby Dobbs, after receiving an old Victorian from his father, and being left by his wife three weeks later, decides to place an ad for roommates. Fifteen years later, although never alone, he finds himself with a full house and...more
Het boek draait om Toby, die eigenaar is van een huis. Jaren geleden heeft hij allemaal mensen in huis genomen die nergens anders terecht konden. Nu zijn vader op bezoek komt, besluit hij het huis op te knappen en moeten zij ander onderdak zien te vinden. Dat is nog niet zo eenvoudig, omdat Toby wil dat ze goed terecht komen. Zijn overbuurvrouw Leah helpt hem daarbij. Het is jammer dat een belangrijk deel van het plot al in de beschrijving van het boek op de achterkant wordt weggegeven. Dit moet...more
I liked this book, but I hate it when the description on the book jacket or back of the book isn't very accurate.. The description made it seem like Toby and Leah were dating and in love so he needed to get his roommates to move out so they could have a life together, presumably in his house. But in actuality, Toby wanted to impress his dad and sell his house, so he needed to get the roommates out. The whole Toby-Leah thing happens much, much later in the book and certainly isn't the reason that...more
As a wedding present from his somewhat estranged father, Tony receives an old Victorian house in London. A month later his father has moved away with his new family to South Africa and Tony's new wife has left him alone in the rambling old "fixer-upper." Tony - a wannabe poet with no income - places an ad in a local artists' newspaper "Roommates Wanted." For the next 15 years Tony takes in down on their luck artists, actors, etc. until one day he decides (with the help of some advice and an unex...more
Roommates Wanted was a nice easy read. It was very entertaining getting to know all about the characters that rented a room from a lonely slightly boyish man named Toby. Toby had received a home as a wedding present from his estranged father but after his wife left him within 3 weeks of their marriage he had rented out the spare rooms in his big unusual house for the last fifteen years. His life is suddenly thrown into high gear after one of his elderly tenants died and left Toby with a large su...more
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Lisa Jewell (born 19th July 1968, Middlesex, London) is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing and most recently 31 Dream Street. She lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).

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