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Who Got Liz Gardner (Who Got Liz Gardner #1)

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When Liz, a married financial advisor and mother of one, logs on to her high school website in an attempt to generate business leads, she inadvertently lands in a chat room made up of her male classmates (and former lovers) from 30 years before. There she witnesses a testosterone-laden discussion and a much unexpected question, "Does anyone know who got Liz Gardner?" The s ...more
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Iolanthe Woulff
Who Got Liz Gardner, by Elizabeth Allen, is a coming-of-age novel about the (mis)adventures of a dysfunctional, self-centered but essentially good-hearted aspiring actress growing up during the hedonistic 80s and 90s. A first-person narrative, the story is mostly set in New York City and later Los Angeles, as Liz pursues her twin goals of finding A) a career in acting, and B) a decent man (The One). Both of these goals prove elusive, though not from any lack of trying on Liz's part.

The daughter
This book came into my life at just the right time. Call it serendipity if you will. Whatever it was, it was exactly what I needed.

I really didn't know what to expect when I first started reading it but boy did I ever feel connected to her. Not saying Liz and I are 100% the same but there are points, and many points when I would pause and go wow, too freaky, too close to home. Word for word thoughts that she has had I have experienced. There was a higher power, some other entity that led me to
Who Got Liz Gardner reads more like a woman’s diary of her past loves culminating with the one “who got liz gardner” than a work of fiction. It’s never overly chick-litty. It’s more humorous than I think most guys expect from a woman’s recountenance.

I enjoyed more than I thought I would. It was a nice change of pace from previous slew of books I have read. About I a tenth way into the story I actually got lost to the destination and enjoyed the journey. That’s why when she found me it was like d
Monika Weikel
Awesome and hilarious. I literally could not put it down, and found myself sharing Liz's adventures nearly until dusk on a workday.
Bridgette Lucerne
How I wish I'd known about this book before I wasted time reading Fifty Shades. Apparently I was craving something for women with an edge and at the time, Fifty Shades was just there. But this is not a review of THAT book.

Who Got Liz Gardner was the debut novel of Elizabeth Allen, and while it seems to have been written as fiction, I couldn't help but think all the way through "this is really about her." True or not, Ms. Allen has a gift for writing in such a way that you just "know" she lived i
Who Got Liz Gardner is the question. The answer could be "just about everybody."

If you like a fun, semi-erotic novel, this book is a fun read. I put off reading for awhile since it's not my kind of book, but now that I've finished it, I hope Elizabeth Allen can tell us another story either about Liz (hmm, Liz/Elizabeth--I wonder) or somebody else.

Ms. Allen has a deft and wry sense of humor that comes across nicely and keeps you reading. This book has been called a picaresque journey, and I'd ha
This book is for those women who fantasize about sexual adventures, and who enjoy “coming of age” books where the character finally “gets it”. Not to mention you will laugh out loud at times. Being the product of a dysfunctional family Liz Gardner is a free spirit who goes through men like butter and doesn’t look back. She knows what she wants and she takes it no matter the consequences. This book is her guide through her acting career, her wild and wacky relationships and finally a fitting endi ...more
Won this on Good Reads!!! This book came in the mail a few days ago and I put down my other book and plowed right through it. I have to say...Liz/ this a tale of your life? Liz has many sexual adventures and the ending is not what I expected. I could see this book turning into a major motion picture. It was a Good Read and look forward to more books by Elizabeth Allen.
I was surprised I liked this book as much as I did. It got off to a slow start, but just a few chapters in I was hooked. It kept getting better and better as I read.
I hated this book. By the time I realized I hated it I was too far into it to quit. I stuck with it until the end and can't believe I did.
I freakin' loved this book!
Wow, so this book really wasn't what I was expecting. I think I got it as a kindle freebie (or at least as a cheapie) and assumed it would just be a light easy chick-lit. I never imagined that it would make me think so deeply about my own life.

Liz Gardener is nothing like me at all. I wasn't able to identify with any of her childhood nor really any of her adulthood. My life is stable and boring when compared to hers and yet she spoke to me. I didn't necessarily understand / agree with her life c
What I liked

I enjoyed this book so much. I laughed out loud and physically cringed in certain areas (due to the story, not the writing). The relationship that Liz has with her mother, her boyfriends, and her wacky roommate are great. And the way she reacts to everything, everyone of us would react the same way.

The author wrote this book almost in a memoir, journal way that results in an instant page turner.

What I didn't like

There were a couple of editing issues I found (nothing major - unless yo
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Liz Gardner is eavesdropping in an alumni chat room when one of the men asks, "Who got Liz Gardner?' Wild speculation ensues to Liz's amusement because her story is both simpler and more complicated than they imagine. This fictional memoir, loosely based on the authors real life experiences, follows Liz's journey from hedonistic wild child to a happily married mother of one.

Allen barely takes a breath as she lays out Liz's family dysfunction and formative years with disturbing bluntness and flip
I've been looking for a good romance novel for a long time, but all I kept finding were little girls books or skeevy sex books. Neither of which had what I was looking for. Until I found "Who got Liz Gardner." This book had it all! Deceit, love triangles, sex, aliens, past lives, marriage, and everything in between. It lived up to every expectation I had and some I didn't even know I could have for a book! Starting at the middle of her life, after everything had finally settled into place and th ...more
I really didn't care for this book. In addition to the lack of editing (which is always distracting), I found the ego of the main character got in the way of my liking her. Perhaps if the main character had been a little more realistic and a little less egocentric, I would've found the book more enjoyable. But that's just me.

I had no idea that this was a sort of(?) autobiographical book. But when I shared my comments on in a review, the author just went off on me and it was really cre
Jessica at Book Sake
This was an easy to read, fun novel for the summertime. Since it is based off events in the author's life, it is easy to get into her story and you want to keep reading to find out what happens. The relationships in the book are sometimes a bit unrealistic in my opinion, but for the most part they are more gritty and real then books with a more romantic feel. Liz's family dynamic is also very interesting to read, and I can appreciate that she didn't only write the good times, but the bad and hor ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Liz Gardner is a self centered but good hearted actress. Growing up during the 80,s and 90,s. It starts out in New York than later on moves to Los Angeles. As Liz persues her goals of an acting career and a decent man. Her mother is a drama queen a four time divorcee , and also a wealthy philandering shrink. Liz has more psychological baggage than most. Liz seeks out men to fill her emotional void, but they all end up being losers. Instead of giving up she summons up her inner courage and sets o ...more
Sassy Brit
Liz Gardner wanders into a chat room for members of her 1977 graduating high school class. She’s a financial advisor looking for prospective customers. Instead, what she finds is a discussion between a group of men trying to answer the question “Who got Liz Gardner?” And so begins a trip through Liz’s mind, not so much looking for the answer to the group’s question, but answering, for herself, the question “How did I get Liz Gardner?”

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Trish Mccabe
Couldn't stop reading yet didn't want it to end! Liz Allen's writing is brilliant! She grabs you and doesn't let go. I was addicted from the beginning. Baby Boomers everywhere will absolutely relate to Liz Gardner, an adventurous and brave character full of wit, wisdom with a pinch of mysticism . I would read a chapter a night savoring the delicious adventures of this bright, sexy, brash, sensitive, searching character. I know her, she is parts of me and many friends both past and present. She i ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Rhamel added it
I don't know what to rate this one. It kept my attention. I wanted to know "Who got Liz Gardner". Some parts were funny and sassy (funny enough that I took pictures of the page with my phone and text them to a friend)....and then at the end this weird part was thrown in and I don't know how to feel about it. It just threw off the book for me. Other than that one section, the book was good.

Liz Gardner is trying to live her life, and she does it right in your face. Funny upbeat and snarky book about a young woman who wantd to be an actress and all of her exploits (sexual and otherwise) are laid bare for all. Quirky characters like her mother Radiance, make this book a funny and entertaining read. Not a bad way to spend a day in the sun.
This book was sexy and fun, but heartfelt and endearing. Written like a bibliography, it’s more like the main character sitting back with you one Saturday night, drinking wine, confiding in you her life’s journeys. Excellent book! I highly recommend to all!
Sally Pearce
Wow! What a dysfunctional family this girl came from. And what a life she led. Put in anything and she experienced it! I thought it dragged on a bit and did have some spelling and editing errors, but most First-reads books do. I'll be interested to see what this new author tackles next!
This book had me going crazy @ times, but I honestly fell in love w/Liz!!! She was the free spirit I've always wanted to be (w/out the sleeping around) as crazy as this book was, I couldn't put it down & if I ever got confused on a part, well....I just reread the whole page again;)
This story reminded me a lot of Laurie Graff's "You have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs"..single girl/actress floats between NY and LA. The last quarter of the book was very "New Age-y and seemed out of sync with the rest of the story.
Honestly, I did not find the main character very likable, and there were a lot of experiences she had that were't really my style. It's a quick read, probably good for the beach, but not much substance here.
A very unique book but don't read if you're easily offended by sexual depictions.
Emily Lefebvre

Loved this book! Starting the sequel now!
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