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Bubbles Unbound (Bubbles Yablonsky #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  5,192 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
It doesn’t help that her name’s Bubbles. Or that she’s a gum-snapping hairdresser with Barbie-doll curves pinched into hot pants and a tube top. Or that she’s saddled with a sleazy ex-hubby, a precocious daughter and a shoplifting mother. What can a beautician do to add new highlights to her image? For starters, trip over a corpse, and implicate a wealthy town socialite in ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Signet (Penguin Group USA Inc.)
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I thought this book was great. I wasn't sure at first, with the main character being a blonde hairdresser named Bubbles, but I've liked other Sarah Strohmeyer books, so I thought I'd give it a try. The mystery was great. It was complicated and unexpected. Definitely a clever and funny book.

Bubbles is a hairdresser, who tries her hand at reporting, only to be dragged into the biggest case of her life involving some of the biggest names in town. There is also the mysterious love interest that appe
Sarah Strohmeyer
Feb 24, 2016 Sarah Strohmeyer rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Awesome ebook version of BUBBLES UNBOUND...Now with better writing!
Dec 29, 2008 Michele rated it really liked it
Bubbles Yablonsky is my freakin' hero! I never read mysteries until I stumbled onto this series. Bubbles is a hard working, single mom, who isn't afraid to wear spandex and lots of eyeshadow! She has a great support system, even if it is very unlikely,(like her mom's best friend who is line-backer sized,conspiracy theorist in her 60's). And Steve Stilleto is such a stud...I'm always rootin' for their love thang to work out. Go Bubbles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 12, 2011 Ian rated it liked it
It's hard to know what to say about this book. To be honest it took a conscious effort just to finish it and I'm not sure if that effort was warranted. This book is really a train wreck. It is almost like she didn't really know where the story was going to end when she started it...and where it ends is completely bizarre.
Sep 16, 2012 Deirdre rated it liked it
Many friends suggested the Bubbles series and I took the opportunity recently to try it out, starting at the beginning. It was very enjoyable.

Bubbles is a hairdresser, she's also got a model's figure and she's blonde. She also has taken the opportunity offered her by her ex-husband trying to take away her allowance (after her supporting him throughout his courses to become a lawyer) by inventively doing as many courses as she can in the local community college. She thinks that she's found her ro
Aug 31, 2010 Myhotstylist rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. If you like screwball mysteries, this is the one for you. Every Chapter had me either laughing, or on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down. The characters are really fun, including Bubbles' mother, who starts a food fight at the senior center then steals the shuttle bus and ends up arrested for fleeing a store wearing a $3000 Vera Wang Wedding dress. I dont want to delve too much into the plot, but I highly recommend this book for everyone from hairdressers, to single ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Nicki rated it liked it
I loved this story but the only part that bothered me was the "just a dumb hairdresser" role she put Bubbles in. I kind of felt Sarah didn't even research hairdressing beyond, how much our sheers (not scissors) cost. All in all I give it 3.5 stars... Maybe a little more research went into the next book in the series. :)
Apr 26, 2011 Janice rated it really liked it
The Bubbles series was recommended at a bookstore as being similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. A funny story with a quirky female lead surrounded by a cast of crazy characters. Bubbles is likable and you cannot help cheering for her to succeed as she tries to better herself and her situation while being true to the people she loves. Unlike Evanovich's Plum who seems to get into more ridiculous situations with each book, Strohmeyer's Bubbles is consistent in tone and believability. Of co ...more
Shirley Worley
Feb 26, 2015 Shirley Worley rated it really liked it
Bubbles is a big-haired, spandex-clad, hard working hairdresser and divorced mother to a teenage daughter. After completing (and failing) nearly every course the local community college has to offer, courtesy of her divorce agreement, she finally discovers after taking the only course available she hasn't flunked that she has a natural talent in journalism. Living practically hand-to-mouth, she struggles to be taken seriously enough to be given a chance to write for a local newspaper. When she e ...more
May 20, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it

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Aug 18, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Bubbles is one of my favorite characters ever! She is such a strong woman. The writing is funny, clever and flows smoothly. I'm going to start the next book in the series right away. Yay!
Mar 01, 2014 Terri rated it liked it
I enjoyed the fact that the book took place in Bethlehem, known as Lehigh in the book. It brought back a lot of Bethlehem memories for me. It was very reminiscent of the Stephanie Plum books.
Mar 17, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SUPER fun series I read last year, very similar feel as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books!
Jan 30, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
This book had a bit of a slow start. The main character didn't seem to have a lot of substance but I'm so glad I kept reading. The author showed us that the main character (Bubbles) is an underdog. As Bubbles grows, the reader is right there with her. There is action & she's working on the case rather than seeming to sit on the sidelines while things happen around her. Bubbles is plucky & I like that in a main character. I enjoyed this book very much & will be reading the next Bubble ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Chantel rated it liked it
Bubbles Yablonsky, Bk 1

Like the mills that gird the seen-better-days steel town of Lehigh, PA, the city is itself a seething cauldron. Battle lines are sharply drawn between the haves and have-nots. Bubbles is hell-bent on getting even with the overlords, especially her former husband, a heel who has gone over to the other side. Opportunity knocks when Bubbles incriminates a wealthy socialite in a brutal murder and then uncovers a murky past, where corpses are littered around the socialites stee
Sarah Strohmeyer’s Bubbles series has many of the same characteristics as the Stephanie Plum books. Both have quirky but lovable characters, a hint of mystery and adventure, and both are laugh-out-loud funny.

Because you enjoy both chick lit and mysteries, you might like Sarah Strohmeyer’s Bubbles series which blends the two. Try Bubbles Unbound, the first in the series. This title is also available as an audiobook.

Fans of Janet Evanovich seem to enjoy the beautician-reporter-sleuth Bubbles Yablo
Jan 25, 2012 Michele rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff
It was a cute story, an easy read. It was entertaining, too. It just wasn't WOW. I will read the next book in the Bubbles series, but I'm not rushing to get it, either. Will I read the non Bubbles books Sarah has written? Most definitely. I don't know if I have read a bunch of books of this genre so I'm getting a little burned out? I started this because The Diary of Anne Frank was too sad and The Jungle Book was just a little bizarre and The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin needs a little bit ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
I picked this book up because Goodreads reccomended it for people who liked some of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum books. Review of the synopsis and looking at the cover (yes I do partly judge a book by it's cover) made me think that this book was going to fall in the "Never Finished It" shelf but I was pleasantly surprised.

When I started this review I was going to give the book a 3, after review I decided that although it's not quite a 4 isn't not a three and it deserves the higher points.

Sep 29, 2011 Jodi rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
Strohmeyer's first book can definitely be considered above average. Bubbles Yablonsky, hairdresser, is not your average journalist. But neither is she as blond as her Barbie style would lead people to assume. She knew that Laura Buchanan hadn't killed herself 10 years ago, but only because she had done her hair that day. It wasn't enough to reopen the investigation. And neither was running across a dead body and the drunken wife of the town's leading steel magnate-thug. But when Bubbles is slapp ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 13, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Bubbles Yablonsky describes herself this way: My profession is hairdressing, my body resembles a Barbie doll's and my fashion weaknesses are hot pants and tube tops. A cheerleader who walks into her shop for a dye job seemingly commits suicide, and when soon afterwards Bubbles catches her husband with another women, she inexplicably decides the two events are connected. After the inevitable divorce, since she put her husband through law school, a judge orders he pay her way through community col ...more
Oct 19, 2009 TBML rated it liked it
If you are waiting for the new book in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, like I am, you may want to check out this book. Like Stephanie Plum, Bubbles Yablonsky finds herself in unpredictable situations while trying to solve a mystery. However, unlike Stephanie Plum, Bubbles does not actually go after the bad guy. Instead she is a single mother hairdresser trying to become a journalist. In order to get her big break, Bubble literally stumbles upon a scene that will ultimately solve a ...more
Max Ostrovsky
Jul 27, 2016 Max Ostrovsky rated it liked it
I'm not ashamed.
I was reluctant to read this series, but it ended up on my shelves at school and I've committed myself to reading and checking anything that my students will have access to.
I wasn't expecting to like it in the least.
It was light. It was fluffy. And it was fun.
I actually enjoyed reading the entire series. And I'm not ashamed.
Sherri F.
Maybe a 4.5, but as full disclosure, I read 2 or 3 back-to-books that were very disappointing [John Grisham's "Gray Mountain & Lawrence Block's "A Drop of the Hard Stuff" were very disappointing & Tannenbaums "No Less Plea" was on the disappointing side as well] so maybe my expectations were lower.

There was more plot & suspense leaps & bounds above the aforementioned, then just the Bubbles is one of my favorite characters I've come across and don't understand why I havent gotten
Aug 03, 2007 Christine rated it liked it
I'm listening to this one on CD, and finding it very entertaining. It's the first in a series of books about Bubbles Yablonsky, a single mom and hairstylist in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, who aspires to be a reporter.

Bubbles is a big-haired, blonde, hot-pants-and-high-heels, Barbie type who doesn't get taken seriously by most people (and her ridiculous name and her attire don't help). With a little assistance from her mother, her best friend/boss, her brilliant punk-rock teenage daughter, and a hot p
Oct 19, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok
Interesting trip back to the 90s. Bubbles' world is built, unfortunately, on things on their way to being mostly obsolete, such as car phones and newspapers. Also her friends (side characters) do quite a lot of the heavy lifting in her quest to solve the crime.

I think this book was recommended to me because I liked other humorous mystery stories.
Apr 05, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
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Apr 26, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
wow, i have not read a book this exciting in a long while. This is how i used to feel about Stephanie Plum books! This is the fastest i've ever finished a book!

It grabbed my attention from the beginning. It had alot of suspenseful scenes throughout the book, and not just the last chapter. For awhile i really, truly, didn't know who did what.

My only down side to this book is the description of the main character. She's alittle too "barbie" for me. It kinda makes it kinda like "duh! of course the
Aug 24, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Bubbles Yablonsky is a hair-dresser who has just graduated from the local 2-year college with a degree in journalism. After tripping over a body and implicating a wealthy town socialite in the process, Bubbles decides to investigate the murder and write the story herself.

Great mix of comedy and mystery! My rating: 4 Stars.
Jul 23, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
This is cute. It's like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, but I don't like it as much. At first I was angry and that that the author was ripping off Evanovich, but then I realized that if I had read the Bubbles series first before Stephanie, I wouldn't feel this way. Bubbles is a hairdresser who aspires to be more. She becomes a reporter for a local newspaper and solves many mysteries. There is the requisite love interest in Steve Stilletto (think Ranger and Morelli from the Stephanie boo ...more
Debra Lowman
Aug 14, 2014 Debra Lowman rated it liked it
This book was recommended to me by someone at the Library. I gave it a try on her recommendation that it was fresh, funny and one of her personal favorites. The book was entirely reminiscent of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Definitely it's a light, funny beach read.
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Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of 17 novels for young adults and adults, including the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT and THE CINDERELLA PACT, which became the 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
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