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3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  4,834 Ratings  ·  518 Reviews
Pretty Woman set in aLondon that, more than ever before, sets the haves against the have-nots. Money makes the world go round. At least, that's what Grace Reeves thinks. Stuck in a grind where everyone's ahead apart from her, she's partied out, cynical and in debt to the tune of five figures. If she's dumped by one more rock-band wannabe, squashed by anyone else at the cut ...more
Hardcover, 498 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Headline Review
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I'm still just a little bit protective of my feelings over this book. Do you ever feel that way after finishing a book that completely threw you for a loop (in the very best way)? I feel distinctly protective of our relationship, the book and I. I'm still mulling over the way things ended on my lunch break and as I lie in bed waiting to fall asleep. Because it took me by such surprise, and because I fell in love with it so fast and hard, I'm just not at all sure I'm ready to talk about the exper ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"Time's up, Grace. Are you in or out?"

Doesn't quite have the same ring as "Pretty Woman," does it?

2.75 stars. Consider Unsticky to be 1 part Chick Lit and 2 parts dramatic Contemporary Romance. Confused yet? I would have sworn this was straight chick lit...up until it wasn't. And I wasn't a fan of that weird transition. Right down to the last 100 pages, I was sure I would end up going with a 2 star rating, but I truly loved some of the character interactions/conversations which took place ne
Wow this book is Amazing! I love every bits of it from beginning till' end just like a sticky toffee pudding:)
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Don't click, you'll be hungry;)

Despite their difference, because of their differences, they were a perfect mismatched set. Two sides of the same tarnished penny.

I love Vaughn and Grace…they're not perfect,their flaws is so real,those little things that puts you who you are, are like them(they don't have the exaggerated life)this are people you see outsi
It's not often that a book takes me completely by surprise. When I cracked open the spine of Unsticky, I knew what I was getting into - a modern-day "Pretty Woman" if you will. And yet, despite knowing what was to come, I was continuously blown away by this novel; by its charm, by its wit, by its complex characters, by its intriguing dialogue...everything, from the first word to the last period enthralled me. In fact, it's safe to say that Sarra Manning had me completely be-spelled. Manning's no ...more
Cover & Name - 4/5
Favorite Line - “We're broken. It's like we have all these jagged edges that scare other people off, but when we're with each other, our jagged edges fit together and we're almost whole."
Favorite Character - Grace

I really did not think i would enjoy this book even half as much as i did. When i started reading i was worried that i would hate Grace, thus hating the rest of the book. Grace is NOT my type of character at all - vain & weak (at the beginning at least). Her re
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 01, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-hate
P.S. to Sarra Manning: Α, Β, Γ, Δ, Ε, Ζ, Η, Θ, Ι, Κ, Λ, Μ, Ν, Ξ, Ο, Π, Ρ, Σ, Τ, Υ, Φ, Χ, Ψ and Ω are 24. You can count them and see that I am right. Yeah the P.S comes first

Actually, I didn't finish the book. I wonder why I marked it as to-read at first place. Grace is the woman I don't want to be even if I they give me a million UK pounds (158.430.000 U.S.dollars). She has 8 credit cards and 7 of them have reached their limit, she cries because her not-so-boyfriend dumps her on her birthday eve
Jun 11, 2012 Tori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
This is going to be a tough review to make spoiler free, but I'm going to try so I apologize in advance if it seems a little fragmented.
This book was weird. I have never both loved and hated a book so strongly as I did with this one. So, I was heartened to see when I read other's reviews that I wasn't alone in this assessment. It might also be the first time I read a romance more for the heroine than the hero. Because usually it's the other way around. I kept seeing a lot of people com
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
It's NOT what I've imagined to be from this author.

Grace is vapid. Nothing interesting or remotely inviting in her character. Shallow and more then a little stupid. She gets dumped by a guy who doesn't love her, and she doesn't love him back. She cries..... Not because the relationship is over, but from the whole indignation of HOW DARE HE!

Welcome to the world of one whiny bit*h! Her shopping sprees and the way she takes care of her finances scream immaturity with an ostrich complex. Just stick
Dec 01, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of difficult characters
Recommended to Sarah by: Angie
This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.
“We're broken. It's like we have all these jagged edges that scare other people off, but when we're with each other, our jagged edges fit together and we're almost whole.”

On paper, Sarra Manning's Unsticky has all the trappings of a novel I should hate: a wealthy man; a desperate, naive young women and an outlandish scenario throwing the two together.

And yet, it came highly recommended by Angie, whose taste is excellent and is ver
Sep 26, 2011 Isamlq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m torn between hating everything in this book to loving all of it (mostly because I cannot stop thinking about the people in it.) It’s an absolute puzzle really. There was nothing good in them! The girl went from being superficial, to being whiny then to being a doormat then later worse, and the boy (if I can even call Vaughn that) is controlling, manipulative, emotionally stunted and was absolute ass.

So, why was I reading it again? Should I say it was their very imperfection that drew me? I
Feb 19, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK...Honestly, I'd heard mixed reviews on this one. I didn't quite know what to expect. But I have to say I was loving this story from the very beginning. I still don't quite get the title, but that is neither here nor there. I suppose I'll have to ask the author. Anyway the characters were very thick and rich, just like the sticky toffee pudding they shared at dinner.

Every part of the story reeked of dysfunction, to the point where, it all starting sounding like real life. Grace was so flawed,
Jane Stewart
4 stars. He treats her bad. They both are flawed. But good story. I was absorbed. Happy ending but abrupt.

Wealthy art dealer Vaughn hires Grace to be his girlfriend/mistress for six months. Vaughn is single. He doesn’t do normal relationships. Grace earns low income at a fashion magazine. She lives in a wretched place with huge credit card debt. Vaughn is 41. Grace is 23.

This is third person told from Grace’s point of view. We know her thoughts, feelings, and fears. We don’t
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
5 stars is not enough when rating this book. It deserves more, in my opinion, for how it made me feel and the height of the different emotions I went through. I immediately fell in love with this book. This is without any doubt one of the best books I have ever read and I know from here on end I am going to feel very protective of this book because it completely got me! I actually resented every minute I had to put it down for the usual daily life interruptions! It's long, it's dark, the charact ...more
missEvi [can't commit to a book]

I am only 5% in the book and I stumbled on something that I really want to talk about. The author refers to the greek alphabet : ”Did you know the number twenty-three is meant to have mystical qualities? There are twenty-three letters in the Greek alphabet”. Well the greek alphabet has 24 letters (as a Greek I should know). My problem is not that this is something people must know and I don’t feel insulted or anything like that. My problem lies with the fact that the author put a detail in her
Mar 16, 2012 Natasha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The characters annoyed me in this book. The storyline was basically the same as Manning’s other novel: You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. And it was far, far too long again. It dragged and I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

So, yes, sorry, this review is pretty negative, but I just hate it when authors try to romanticise abusive relationships, because this is what happens in this book and it’s just not cool. There were bits and pieces that had me frowning throughout the book, but it was page 514
Aug 30, 2012 Chandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Story Rating 5 Stars
Character Rating 4.5 Stars
Romance Rating 4 Stars
Heat Level 3 Stars
Overall Rating 4.5 Stars

I LOVED this book! It was very Pretty Woman meets Breakfast at Tiffany's, with a twist of British flair.


So many things I want to say about it...
First, it did start a bit slow, but it was nice in that it let the story build and wasn't rushed at all, which I hate. Second, there was no 'insta love' going on between the characters.


Sarra Manning wrote the story in a way that the reader co
Jan 06, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I just feel like, like ... I'm just not good enough, not ever. I'm not worth anything. And sometimes I feel it so much, like there's this big hole inside me and I don't know how to fix it so I go and buy all this stuff because if I have these pretty, expensive things then it must mean that I'm worth something. But when I get them home, I realise it's not going to work and I can't bring myself to look at them and then I feel even worse and it's just this never-ending loop that I can't break.

Nov 30, 2013 Jasprit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-in-2014
“I feel like life happens to other people, and I drift in and out of their lives without ever making any kind of impact. I want to matter to someone.”

I became a huge fan of Manning’s adult novels, after devouring You Don’t Have to say You Love Me. Despite me knowing which way things will go, there’s something about books which hit the right spot when you’re not having a great week. Manning sure knows how to cheer me up with her charming hot headed characters and leave you with a crazy dopey smil
Aug 06, 2011 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You guys, you know when you have one reviewer who's reviews and recommendations for books you trust 100% because you just KNOW they could never falter? Well, thats what Angie from Angieville is to me. After reading her review of this book I just knew without a shadow of a doubt that I had to read this book. I even know a few YA bloggers who rave the hell out of Sarra's YA books, which I have to say I will be tracking down like YESTERDAY!!

So here's the deal......Grace is in a bit of a pickle. Not
Okej, skutočný koniec je možno kus lepší ako ten čo som si priala, ale zase by mi to ušetrilo kopu nervov.
Ale pekne po poriadku. Je to úžasná a príšerná kniha v jednom. Rada by som povedala všetkým, prečítajte si to. Ale pravda je taká, že väčšina ľudí, ktorých vkus poznám to buď čítala, alebo by ju neznášali. Pretože Grace dokáže liezť na nervy a nie je to hrdinka, s ktorou sa dá stotožniť. Úprimne nechápem jak sa mohla dostať do takých sračiek. Ale to preto, lebo ona mala byť iná ako ja. A o t
This book was AMAZING!

I loved the witty Brit humour that subtly permeated an otherwise drama filled novel.
I loved the fashion references and high-end labels I can only dream about.
I loved the main characters and the way I felt like I was a part of their world.
I loved this novel and need to thank the awesome, Natasha Snow, for the rec and loan of this book.
I must read more from this talented author.
Feb 21, 2011 Chachic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chachic by: Angie
Originally posted here.

I dare you to read Angie's review of Unsticky and not be convinced to read the book as soon as you can. I believe several other bloggers were persuaded to do just that. Ari of Emily and Her Little Pink Notes (who is on a blogging hiatus) has also been recommending Sarra Manning's YA books but I haven't had a chance to read them yet and I thought Unsticky would be a good introduction to the author's work. Thank you so much to the lovely Celina of Celina's Books and Magazine
Kayla at MyBookMuse
I just want you to know that I’m very glad that we found each other.’ Grace liked how he’d phrased it. Because they had both been alone and a little bit broken. Then they’d bumped into each other and something had finally stuck. ‘Me too,’ she said, and her eyelids were drooping now and she was fighting not to fall asleep because she had one last thing she wanted to say. ‘Don’t know about you, but I was so sick of feeling lost.

So, this book surprised me. I had previously tried reading it three
La Mala ✌


La historia de siempre : Un millonario y una chica en quiebra ... Y lo que le sigue a la fórmula de siempre .


A diferencia de las otras boludeces que andan dando vueltas , Unsticky es más divertido , más sensual , muuuuucho más realista y mejor -mejor mejor mejor - escrito .

Ah , y además , pasa en Inglaterra .
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It's not you, it's me. I can't get past Grace's materialism. Miu Miu shades, Marc Jacobs bag, etc, etc. Gag.
Lisa Jayne
Love love loved this book, romance, drama, annoying bits (which i still loved) - im a Sara Manning adult book fan!
Nov 20, 2011 Sofija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book seems like a weird mix of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Fifty Shades of Grey.
On one side we have young girl, who can’t manage her finances and instead of dealing with problems she pretends that they don’t exist. Her personal life and career are a mess and she like to party and drink herself into oblivious.
On the other side we have a much older, serious, and very rich man. He doesn’t let emotions to lead him and he is very strict. And he suggests a contract relationship to this youn
Nov 07, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy

EDIT - I'm leaving my original review below for interest, but I honestly don't know what I was smoking when I originally gave it two stars. The writing is just gulpably good, and the characters so nuanced. I whipped through it and loved every crazy second of these broken people as they fell hard and inappropriately for each other. Much love for this book.

Damn. I don't know what to think. Sarra Manning's writing is excellent. This is the second book I've read by her and in both cases I've been ab
I really enjoyed this thoroughly British tale of two immensely messed up people floundering around each other in the dark. Sort of can't live with them, can't live without them. It is a long, absorbing, well written read about complex people where I often found myself either laughing out loud at the self depreciating humor or gritting my teeth at the character's shocking behavior. It held my interest and got me really invested in the characters, but when at last they reached their happy ending i ...more
Rachel Hollis
You guys... really, if you don't ever listen to another thing I tell you, listen to this. READ. THIS. BOOK.

I really really don't understand how this doesn't have 9 million reviews or how this isn't some supremely popular author with droves of adoring fans. I'm not even totally sure how I found it, only that I did and it's WONDERFUL!!!

It starts out as this totally funny, self deprecating, sort of Bridget Jones-ish romp through the life of a 20 something British girl. It becomes this slow burning
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Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the now sadly defunct J17, first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl, which she later went on to edit and has consulted on a wide range of youth titles including Bliss, The Face and More.

Sarra is now editor of What To Wear magazine. She's also been
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“We're broken. It's like we have all these jagged edges that scare other people off, but when we're with each other, our jagged edges fit together and we're almost whole.” 55 likes
“She knew exactly what he meant. Despite their differences, because of their differences, they were a perfect mismatched set. Two sides of the same tarnished penny. An out-of-step Fred and Ginger. Vaughn was just as fucked up as she was - he was just so much better at hiding it.” 14 likes
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