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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  179 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Lively young socialite Nancy Carrington-Chambers has always believed an excellent sense of style and strict attention to detail are what it takes to succeed, but her own husband Todd is showing symptoms of incurable tackiness, so Nancy flees their McMansion for her posh San Francisco apartment. She knows her event planning company, Froth, is a real winner, but she must pro ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 362 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published April 28th 2010)
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Colleen Turner
What a wonderful summer read! This is smart chic lit with twists, turns and strange discoveries. While the people and situations may seem far fetched or those of a class few actually belong to, it is very relatable and touching to all.

When we meet Nancy Carrington-Chambers she is spoiled, picky, rich and hard to like. She lives to control those around her and, when she can't, runs away to something safer and easy to manage. When she leaves her husband for a break and to help launch her party pla
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Jacqueline
Never having read anything by author Marta Acosta, and this being her first foray under the pseudonym Grace Coopersmith, I had no idea what to expect from Nancy's Theory of Style. Since humor is a common hallmark of chick lit novels it wasn't the abundance of it here that caught me by surprise. What did, however, was the brand of funny put forth by the novel.

Nancy is an utterly unique and delightfully refreshing character. Her behavior and speech is often ridiculous and, the majority of the time
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Bookaholics

Nancy's Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith
Contemporary Romance- Chick Lit- May 18th, 2010
5 stars

Nancy's Theory of Style is a must read! This is the perfect feel good book for the summer. It is certainly one destined for my keeper shelf. If I could grade it more than 5 stars I would!

Usually contemporary or chick lit books are not my 1st choice. This is because the relationship and the dialogue have to be strong or I quickly lose interest. In paranormal or suspense romances at least there is the
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Mary (BookHounds)
I heart Nancy.

I was sitting here wondering when I could get my hands on the next book in the Casa Dracula series and here it was on my nightstand for a week! I started reading Nancy's Theory of Style and by the fourth chapter when a certain character named Milagro appeared and I knew I had heard Nancy's name before, except I remember her as "Fancy Nancy". Nancy is of course Milagro's former roommate from college in the Casa Dracula series and her one liners are so snarky and special you will wan
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Cheryl
Nancy Carrington-Chambers had everything a woman could dream of…the perfect life and rich husband. So then, why is Nancy leaving her life behind? Nancy packs up her things and moves into her San Francisco apartment to focus on her event planning business, Froth.

Nancy can’t run her business successfully without an assistant. She hires Derek Catheart. Derek is British and gay. Which is such a bummer as Nancy feels an attraction to Derek. As if Nancy needs any more upheavals in her life, her cousin
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Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* absolutely positively delightful and fun
* Great dialogue
* Wacky characters
* You wont want to put it down you will be having so much fun
* Nancy comes across at first as a total flake, but she is a flake with heart and compassion and knows when to do the right thing
* Milagro is in it briefly -- I love that quirky lady
* Grace Coopersmith is the pen name for Marta Acosta who writes the Casa Dracula books and owner of the fabulous blog Vampirewire -- and she really is cool for
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Peace Love and Reviews
Small trivia: Grace Coopermsith is the pen name of Marta Acosta.

If you are a fan of her Casa Dracula books then you are familiar with Nancy. Let's just say that she is someone I avoid because of all the perfection and rules about social etiquette and what-not. But I love this girl, despite her high standards, use of fancy words, and elaborate ridiculousness about flowers and stuff; I can actually relate to her. She's hilarious and has a strong personality. So imagine her with a gay English assi
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Tanya
This book is a must read, I found myself laughing out loud at the situations Nancy (the main character) found herself in. The book also touches on real scenarios that we all at one point have encountered that leads us to personal growth. It's touching, funny, witty with elements of style weaved into the story. The author is a master of creating a great story with a message. I found myself rooting for Nancy and I was left with wanting to read more about this character when the book ended...Hope f ...more
Laura
Enjoyable! I became frustrated with the main character somewhere around the middle, but then I realized she was a perfectly normal, flawed individual, and I saw her through clearer eyes. It is always fun to live in a different lifestyle for a few hours, and I found the plot delightful. Full of anticipation and flirty fun moments.
Jessica Bacon
The book is enchanting and has alot of good humor... it is not as sappy as some are nor as funny but it has some really good qualities, and I have not been able to put it down.
Nicole
May 06, 2010 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I didn't like Nancy at first and wasn't sure if I'd like the book, but then came Eugenia. Nancy revealed herself and I loved her and the book!
My Book Views
Love, love, love!!! Nancy’s interactions with Eugenia (her cousin’s daughter) and Derek (her longed for gay British assistant) made this book.
Tina
Another great book by Marta Acosta (aka Grace Coopersmith). A fun quick book to read with lots of laugh out loud bits...
Wendy Hines
Nancy Carrington-Chambers strives for success and pays attention to detail. She has her own Theory of Style and jots them down in a notebook to be published sometime in her future. But what is not stylish is the wet bar in her master bedroom! While away on vacation, her husband Todd changed her perfect architecture plans and now their what was to be a perfect mansion is now a designers atrocity.

Fed up, Nancy tells Todd she needs space.. away from the horrible prison of the house. She's going to
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Jennifer
May 03, 2010 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
Shelves: chick-lit
Nancy's Theory of Style is a fresh feeling novel of life, love, losing control and finally realizing what's truly important. Surprising plot twists really make this novel something special. Only readers extremely well-versed in chick lit plot staples will see any of the big reveals coming.

Nancy's Theory of Style started a little rough for me, taking a few chapters to get used to Nancy's way of speaking. It took slightly longer to get used to her completely self-involved lifestyle. Nancy's priori
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Anna
If someone asked Nancy about her life- she'd say it was perfect. Perfect marriage, perfect husband, perfect friends- perfect everything. Now Nancy she's a planner and a very good one too. She can turn a boring event into the party of the year. But what she didn't plan on was for her life to take a total left turn.

If your a fan of Marta Acosta's Casa Dracula you'll recognize Nancy as Milagro's ever fashionable friend. Honestly I've never been a fan of Nancy's she just didn't seem like a very good
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Lillie Roberts
We first meet Nancy Carrington when reading Marta Acosta's wonderful Casa Dracula series, she's one of Milagro's best friends, so she couldn't be all bad, could she? She's one of those socialite girls who went to FU (Fancy University) with Milagro and ever since, they had become fast friends. No one understand Nancy Fancy like Milagro does.

By the time we find Nancy in Nancy's Theory of Style, she has married her one time boyfriend, Todd Chambers. Nancy knows they'll look fabulous together, have
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Shannon
Beach reading on the beach!
Lisa Katsiris
Yes, five stars. This obviously isn't a classic novel, or a deep thinking novel but it's a chick lit five stars.
Nicely paces, keeps the reader drawn into the story, a whimsical main character that you both adore and want to shake by the shoulders and tell her to wake up and join the real world.
Nancy's transformation into the real world though IS what the story is about. You watch as the character gradually evolves while some of the supporting characters are denying her change or wanting her to r
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Lynn
You know what they say about best laid plans... Nancy now does!
Who knew a 4 year old girl and a "fabulous" personal assistant could throw a person's life into a complete tailspin!?!?
What a funny, heartwarming, satisfying story about someone finding out who they really are and learning to trust and believe in that person. Loved every second of Nancy's crazy adventures and how, in finding herself, she was also able to see the true natures of the people around her.
Great story- highly recommend it!
Diane
This is one of those one dimensional books where the good characters are sickeningly good and the bad characters are all horrible. The writing is poor and the depth of the characters thus far is about as deep as a coat of paint. The transition from one chapter to the next makes no sense--several years have actually passed by from the previous chapter but there is no indication of time passing until midway through the second chapter. I'm on about page 30 and have thrown in the towel.
Kara-karina
4.5/5
I've always loved Marta Acosta's style, and this book is not an exception. I've no clue why the publisher wanted it to be printed under a pseudonym, especially if it's a story of Milagro's best friend, but Marta republished it recently under her own name with a different cover. It's funny, lighthearted and very very clever. This is a particular brand of witticism I adore and very much recommend to you all.
DJ
I have loved everything I have read by Marta Acosta, AKA Grace Coopersmith. I think she is an exceptionally gifted talent. She is wickedly funny, and extremely clever and sneaky with her humor, making me love her oddly flawed characters - even when I do not want to. I hope to read her entire library, and nearly have ;)
Jennifer
Nancy's Theory of Style was not a book I enjoyed at all. Maybe it is the genre, but I did not care for any of the characters. This book has received wonderful reviews, so do look at those who enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, it was not for me.
Heidi
I didn't think i would actually enjoy this book, but once i got past the main character's attitude, i rather enjoyed it. it was a fast read with several plot twists that were fairly apparent, but hoenstly, what can you expect from a fluff novel
Pygmy
Tissue thin and told in the POV of a very dumb woman. Who does not become smarter. The romance was obvious and hackneyed. And yet somehow I read through all of it. It was one of those weekends I guess...
Marie
I really tried to like this book but I just couldn't. I got over 70 pages into the book and could not force myself to continue reading!
Sarah
Good chick lit for the beach or vacation.
A little predictable, but still a fun read.
Mandy
Just hard to get into. All of the puns she did on grammer or phrases seemed confusing.
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