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I Never Fancied Him Anyway

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  802 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Claudia Carroll is already a major bestselling author in her native Ireland, and now she’s ready to take America by storm with her poignantly hilarious new novel, I Never Fancied Him Anyway. Like her fellow countrywoman, New York Times bestselling novelist Marian Keyes, Carroll mixes outrageous humor with real emotion in this story of a hapless and loveless psychic who can ...more
Paperback, 429 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published September 10th 2007)
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Jul 12, 2014 ❅ (t.c) (hiatus: school) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no
1.5 stars
So the story starts off, expected and stated in the summary where Cassandra's an awesome psychic, randomly having the ability since she was young. No context, no why or what, just accept it reader!
And the people around her, all now finding out realize this and want to use her to tell their own future of course! But Cassandra, being a kind-hearted soul, (-.-), doesn't tell the bad stuff that will happen in people's lives. Because she doesn't want them to feel bad or get angry or whateve
Apr 09, 2010 Stella rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2010
My thoughts: I ordered this book because the cute cover and the funny title have caught my eye and after having read the blurb I couldn't wait to read it as it sounded original and cute.

Unfortunately the novel did not live up to my expectations, which considering that we are talking about chick lit weren't that high or unrealistic: I just wanted a cute, funny well-written story.

I Never Fancied Him Anyway didn't deliver. The characterisations are flat, the characters are shallow, 2D, clichéd, and
Aug 26, 2009 Helena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This is a somewhat typical chic lit book, but with a twist that does set it apart a little bit: The female protagonist, Cassie, is psychic. Ever since she was a small child, she gets flashes of things that will happen in the future, to herself or to people around her. She works for a magazine in Dublin, where she has an advice column, and she has a tight circle of friends. Cassie, or Cassandra, has never been really, really in love, or that is at least the catchphrase she tends to use when she b ...more
Anka Räubertochter
Wieder ein Buch vom Typ grandiose erste Hälfte, schrecklicher Schluss..
Anfangs fand ich das Buch herzerwärmend und zuckersüß, aber dann driftet es mehr und mehr in eine verrückte Dreiecksgeschichte ab, was mir den Spaß eindeutig verdorben hat. Außerdem waren alle Nebenfiguren wandelnde Klischees, fast so, als hätte sich die Autorin mit der zugegebenermaßen umwerfenden Protagonistin so verausgabt, dass sie keine Kraft mehr für die anderen Figuren hatte.
Apr 11, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Picked this up to read because I liked the cover (I do this often). This was a cute and fun story. Cassie is a psychic and not the gazing into crystal ball type. She gets flashes of information. She uses her gift to write a column for a magazine where she answers reader’s questions. Cassie’s a huge procrastinator and always puts everything to the last minute, especially her work. Cassie’s best friend Charlene happens to be spoiled and rich (really her dad has money). Charlene gets Cassie a job o ...more
Jennifer Jowsey
Nov 06, 2011 Jennifer Jowsey rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. i liked the main character, cassie. and the psychic flashes in the book and how she helped people (and the energy cleaning scene was very well done!). but her friends were contrived stereotypes - the snobby rich girl, the uber-pc feminist, and the gay gym instructor. in real life, i can't see any of them actually being friends, as they were all too extreme in their cliched roles. overall it's a nice story of friendship and love and ultimately happiness, but it wasn't very riveting and ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Rehab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

I bought this book and started reading right away, yet it took ages to finish ...
but that was because I was stuck studying , not because I didn't like the story, as I actually loved it.

It was sweet, funny and really well-written.
I also loved the Tarot cards at the begining of each chapter, their significance and linkage to the story's events.
loved the ending style as well.

It would make a perfect chick-flick movie, and God knows I love those.

This was my first read of Claudia Carroll's novels,
Nov 09, 2014 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cass has had a psychic gift since she was little. Now, she gets paid to use that gift as a successful columnist for a weekly magazine, answering letters from the many people who seek her psychic wisdom. She has an astounding success rate at predicting the future and is now being approached by the television execs of Breakfast Club as a featured guest, accepting calls from at home audiences. Only thing is, she freezes up whenever Jack, the gorgeous hot producer is around. Yep...she freezes. Is th ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute story but after the opening chapter it dove into the abyss of contrived and irritating. The dialogue was so frustrating. There are better ways to demonstrate your character is stumbling over their words and mumbling than throwing in a bunch of "Errm,...uhhh...mmmm" all the time. SO ANNOYING.

And the character of Charlene. God, who in their right mind would ACTUALLY remain friends with someone like that? Seriously, if you are friends with someone who is so self absorbed and snobby,
Kristi Lewis
Nov 02, 2014 Kristi Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, very funny and Quirky. I just finished it, and enjoyed it very much. I loved the each chapter beginning with the Tarot cards. They always scared me, being like black magic, scary stuff, but I liked how Claudia played them into the story. Loved the characters and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. I read this book is being adapted into a movie. I think this would be a really great movie. I will be watching for it! I want to read Claudia's other books now.
Feb 17, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
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Kel Sta
Is it my selective bias, or is there a trend for this sort of writing from Irish women? It's fun, it's engaging and readily readable (I read this one in a day), and it seems to be prolific in the marketplace at present. Claudia Carroll falls short of Marian Keyes and Cecilia Ahern here, but the book is in that vein, full of mouthy women with lively friends who manage to get together frequently for sparkling banter and excessive alcohol or caffeine. Carroll undermined the authenticity of her psyc ...more
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
I love this book, it is a wonderful book mostly about friendship and of course some love for good measure. The story is great, amusing and just plain funny. Youll get a few laughs trust me. This book is written with a high dose of humor. And you just fall in love with the character Cassandra! She is adorable. She is funny, psychic and extremely unorganized and it somehow work for her because it makes her adorable even though a bit annoying I am sure for the people around her. She leave everythi ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Marjorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given To Me For An Honest Review

This is a real cute, quirky book about friendship and love. Cassandra has a psychic gift but whenever she is around television producer, Jack her psychic ability is gone. This book will keep you smiling, laughing and turning the pages. It is a real fun book to read and I recommend it to everyone. It'll make you see life and love a bit differently.
The BookWhisperer
Nov 13, 2009 The BookWhisperer rated it liked it
I Never Fancied Him Anyway is a very cute and uplifiting love story. Cassie is a very lovable character that always has the best at heart. As a very outgoing person is consistently trying to help everyone around her, but at a loss when it comes to herself. Chick Lit has never been my style, but I found this be an enjoyable read. The characters are likeable and quirky. A opportunity for you at the cost of someone elses happiness is a hard decision to make. Even if you are risking your own happine ...more
Sunshine Mares
I really like her writing style and the way she wrote her characters - there was just a character that got on every single one of my nerves and I can't see a woman actually cultivating a friendship like that one. Otherwise I really liked the concept and the voices of her characters.
Dec 04, 2015 Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beğeneceğimi düşünmediğim halde,beğendiğim kitap olarak aklımda kalacak kendileri.
Ayrıca iki üç kere yarım bırakmıştım ama nedense kitap bittiğinde bitmesin diye gözünün içine baktım.D&R'ın 5 tl kampanyasından alınma ve iyi ki almışım dediğim kitaplardan.
Keilani Ludlow
A lot of laugh out loud moments. Honestly, the main character is a bit of a loser, well I'd sure think so if I was her employer anyway, but she's likeable as well.

Some random F bombs, and of course, the gay best bud and his ongoing contributions to the "I wish..." dating scene comments, in addition to a few other minor gay characters.

Not big on swearing or gay characters.

No sex scenes, yay!

Funny. Despite the stuff I disliked, I did like enough that I'll be reading her other book. Also, I love t
Katie/Doing Dewey
May 21, 2012 Katie/Doing Dewey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the rather depressing classic, The House of Mirth, I needed something light and I Never Fancied Him Anyway was just the thing. Set in Dublin, I Never Fancied Him Anyway follows Cassandra as she tries to avoid falling for her best friend’s crush although her never-before-wrong psychic abilities tell her he’s the one. Complicating matters, she is offered a position as a talk show psychic working for her crush. This situation is made even more awkward when Cassandra realizes that her ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Bernadette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much, Cassie became my friend, rooted for her now I will miss her and the other fab characters. Brilliant read.
Traci Rai
Apr 22, 2014 Traci Rai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone in this book is a thin caricature and the heroine is a moron. The author assumes we're also morons and explains every joke and inside story every time she says it, which is approximately every other paragraph. I don't quite know why I finished this, I think it's only because I wanted the bitch character to get her comeuppance at the end... She doesn't, and I regret ever picking this book up.
V.K. Budd
Quick and easy reading, not very deep, but just enough drama and character development to keep me turning the pages.
Aug 06, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice girly book with lovable characters, especially Cassandra, Mark with a C and the others in the group. I liked the fact that the main character was a psychic and that she could see the dead and communicate with them made it interesting. I didn't care much for the 'Tipsy Queen', i found her attitude and look on life as pretty sad. But did like that she was a good friend to the other girls. Also didn't like the fact that Cassandra was always saying 'hmmmm' or 'ermmm'. Nearly every sentence she ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely kept my interest. A fun read when you are looking for something light.
Patricia Pettingill
A fun light read. Did drag out a bit but a funny story. Has some swearing in it.
Jeanne Boudreau
This was a fun "beach read". Yes, it's predictable but it's funny and charming,
Sep 06, 2015 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful Irish chick lit. This author is witty, and her stories are fun.
May 27, 2014 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you can imagine a cute paranormal romance, this is it. I enjoyed it.
Claudia Koch
May 18, 2014 Claudia Koch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Einem geschenkten Gaul... Nur fertig gelesen weil ich krank im Bett liege.
Leggendo la trama nel retro della copertina, ho subito deciso di comprarlo affascinata dalle storie romantiche con un pizzico di fantasia e magia.
Peccato che in questo caso la trama non sia poi così ben riuscita.
E' scritto in maniera sicuramente fluente ma a tratti decisamente troppo semplice, tanto da non riuscire ad accattivarti. La storia è piuttosto insipida e i personaggi sono poco dettagliati, per non parlare del finale che è decisamente inconcludente e troppo sbrigativo.
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Claudia was born in Dublin and is a graduate of UCD, the College of Music and of the Gaiety School of Acting. Since then she has worked extensively as an actress on the Irish stage, but is probably best known for her role as TV’s Nicola Prendergast in the long running Dublin soap opera, ‘Fair City.’
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