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Ain't She Sweet
Ain't She Sweet? Not exactly . . .
The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But fifteen years have passed, and life has taught Sugar Beth its toughest lessons. Now she's come home—brok...more
5 Stars! A book you can sink your teeth into. It consumed me. In no way did I think these characters could endear themselves to me, particularly Sugar Beth, but much to my surprise not only did I like them, I was rooting for a good outcome!
No one, I mean no one, can write snarky witty dialogue like SEP can, and how she managed to make me like some of these characters is beyond my thinking at the moment.
I don’t even know where to start with this one, but in the beginning, I just couldn’t see how ...more
Well, I did. Susan Elizabeth Phillips had done that mistake.
One of the characters of the book described a pug, UGLY.
I love pugs.
How can this pug be ugly?
Pugsley, my pet dog, God bless his soul, is really adorable. How could anyone call him ugly?
And now, Pugsley is crying.
But despite my seething anger, I continued on, chanting She called a pug ugly ...more
This review is for the audiobook version. The narrator did a fantastic job on everything except for the hero's voice. It was awful. It sounded like some eighty year old British guy...no exaggeration. It was terrible So unsexy that it really ruined the romance aspect for me. Oddly enough, she did a fantastic job at all of the rest of the voices. Inflection and accents and everything were just spot on.
Aside from narration, this book was one of ...more
Liked this one a lot. Had read it years ago but had sort of forgotten what it was about. Sugar Beth was such a strong cha ...more
The book is, for my money, probably going to be my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It’s funny and sweet, but it’s also quite thoughtful. It’s a twist on Cinderella and her stepsister — because you don’t know which one is which, and by the end, you’re still debating. In a good way. Can they both be Cinderella, with dashes of stepsister? Pretty much, because the main female characters (Sug ...more
First off, I love SEP, and I have a habit of finishing her books in one sitting because of how good they are. This time I finished the book in one sitting because I was so frustrated I couldn't bear to go to bed with it ...more
Oh my god. Really!!! This is one of those rare books that I spent the entire time thinking I WISH I’D WRITTEN THIS!!! This with a heroine who was the most popular girl in town, stepping on anyone who got in her path along the way, who now dow ...more
He’d been reading too much Victorian erotica because he wanted to bend her over a chair and . . . do something quite nasty."
"Did you scare her? I swear, Colin, if you said one thing to upset her . . .”
He slapped a foil-covered casserole on the counter. “Why would I upset her when I was conserving my energy to upset you?”
I usually don't like books if I don't like the heroine. However, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about this awful, bad, bad girl Sugar Beth. She did terrible things to others when she was young. She tortured Winnie with humiliation and dumped her boyfriend Ryan. She then ruined her own life with poor choices. But things changed later. She had a fighting, bickering relationship with Colin which was fun to see. Later in the book, there were a couple of sur ...more
Heroines were not Mean Girls, like Sugar Beth was. Really. Heroines were goody-two-shoes, who had troubled pasts, but they were also spunky (who still says spunky?), and everybody just luurrrved them. Not Sugar Beth. And what kind of heroine's name is Sugar Beth? I almost didn't read this book for that, no kidding. Thank ...more
Sugar Beth is an awesome character. She did horrible things and made terribly poor choices in her youth, and at the book's start, she's grown up a lot and is on the tail end of a redemption arc. Though her intention is a short and sweet homecoming (get in, get the painting her late aunt bequeathed her, and get out), life get complicated and she's forced to stay longer in a hometown where she is, very decidedly, not welcome. Despite S ...more
My problem was that even though we saw Sugar grow and Colin get what he needed, still the characters were not as appealing as the rest of SEP's characters. I liked more the others because they faced real traumas through their lives. Although once I realized how hard it had been for Sugar to get through a father like that I could sympathize with her a bit more, but not much because of all the terrible thing ...more
That said, my jury is ...more
While I liked Sugar Beth as an adult and her sassiness, I was able to understand why she was such a horrible teenager and that was quite sad. On the other hand, her half sister Whinny is just patheti ...more
Not that I'm not sitting or anything...you get my point. :P
First things first...
Susan Elizabeth Philips...my humble request to you..please write novels like this a little more than often..
So we come to Ain't She Sweet...
Not at all what I'd been expecting..so this book has been a real surprise to me.
A surprise that I liked. A lot.
This is a story about a bitch who has left hurt a lot of people in ...more
Favorite line - “When he overheard the boys whispering that he was a queer, he said he regarded that as a compliment since so many of the world’s great men had been homosexual. Alas, I’ve been sentenced to a life mundane heterosexuality. I can only hope that a few of you will be more fortunate.
Favorite Character - Sugar.
Now this book had cheese factor in spades but i truly loved it anyway.
My favorite things -
1. Colin's humor, he had some really awesome lin ...more
The question of the book is - how long do we have to pay for what happened in high school? I think Sugar Beth has to pay too much, which is why I give the book only 4 stars. No matter how the author piled it on, I don't think Winnie Davis was justified in what she does to exact revenge. The entire Winnie sub-plot was a misstep, b ...more
Liked Winnie's storyline, too, even though I did feel they fixed the deep rooted issues of 14 years of marriage pretty quickly.
Sugar Beth is not likable, and in many ways it is because she doesn't love herself. And Colin, while it is understandable he wants revenge, is incredi ...more
I think Call Me Irresistible had a much harder, bordering on the vicious, edge. For that reason alone I preferred this book. It's formulaic but it works and I enjoyed it a lot.
Didn't really like anyone in this book and for once, I thought Anna Fields's narration was meh. She made Colin sound way too upper crust and stuffy and left nothing likable in his voice, and I was going to scream if I had to hear the guys baying "Suuugggaaar" outside her window one more time. This book seemed particularly unrealistic too.
I know that what Sugar Beth did when she was in high school was terrible, but I never, not for a single moment ...more
Basically, this is a very serious book.
“She was a woman of strong principles and sterling character, the kind of woman who, in days of yore, had driven ordinary men to scale castle walls or sent a prince door-to-door with a glass slipper in his pocket.”
Once upon a time, fifteen years ago to be precise, there were two girls. One - the queen of the school, selfish and self-centered. The other - a geek, shy and outcasted. The first has everything: beauty, popularity, money, best friends f ...more
Es el primero que leo de esta autora que ya venía escuchando nombrar desde hacía rato y tengo un par más para ponerme a tono con su obra.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) narra en tercera persona y a lo largo de 368 páginas el triste regreso de Sugar Beth a Parrish, luego de quince años.
La historia comienza con los primeros sentimientos de Sugar Beth al reencontrarse con su ...more
Ain’t She Sweet? No, not really.
She’s the baddest girl in town…isn’t she?
Sugar Beth Carey’s come back to Parrish, Mississippi, and she’s brought her reputation for wreaking havoc with her. She’s broke, desperate, and too proud to show it, even with her old enemies lining up for a chance to get even. Her former girlfriends have their eyebrow pencils sharpened into lethal points. Winnie Davis, her longtime rival, is fully armed with the money, power, and presti ...more
Well, when you first meet Sugar Beth, you think 'How am I supposed to ever like this woman?' Of course by the end of the book, you are firmly in her corner. U ...more
The Huffington Post says the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips provide a “gateway drug to the whole [romance] genre,” which she assumes is a good thing. Bookpage magazine calls her “the crown jewel of romantic comedy writers,” which is definitely a good thing. Since she wrote her first novel on a typewriter in her kitchen, her books have been published in over 30 languages ...more