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The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,081 ratings  ·  245 reviews
From the "fantastically funny" (Elle), "sharp" (Salon) author of the international bestseller Me and Mr. Darcy, an enchanting drive down the road not taken, in the most surprising company

At age thirty-one, American Charlotte Merryweather has spent ten years in London pursuing personal and professional perfection. Yet her present-day success- heading her own PR company, o...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Plume (first published December 23rd 2008)
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Simply amazing. A magical story that makes you reflect and ponder what you are doing in life and if you are really happy in what you are doing now?

Charlotte Merryweather is 31, successful, owns a PR agency, has her own apartment, dresses in designer wears, has a boyfriend and a very very busy and hectic lifestyle.
But, is she happy?

Out of the sudden, while out driving, she saw a girl who looks like her, 10 yrs ago.
And chance upon a guy whom she did not notice 10yrs ago.
What happened next is simpl...more
Jun 21, 2011 kari rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Intriguing premise, not well executed......and tedious.
This could have been a great story if the author had actually committed to what she was setting out to create, but she didn't seem to know how to actually do that.
If the story is about going back in time to help yourself make other decisions, then the characters should do that and as an author you should do that and not have it that she can't actually change anything. Other wise you've wasted not only the character's time, but also mine and...more
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My first Alexandra Potter book was Going La La and after that I read Be Careful What You Wish For. I’ve also read Me & Mr Darcy but can’t really remember it. Who’s That Girl? is more in the Me & Mr Darcy vein that the other two as both main characters see – apparently – someone from long ago – Mr Darcy in Me & Mr Darcy and Charlotte see’s her twenty-one-year-old self Lottie.

I enjoyed the book in as much as it was an easy, told-in-first-person read and didn’t seem the 363 pages it act...more
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Elle Temu
Why I decided to read this book?
I was looking through the library for a new book I would read, I saw the title and it reminded me of a well-known song so I thought I would grab it and read the synopsis. The synopsis made me want to read the book even more.

What category on the bingo board this book completes?
The category this book completes is a book with a female main character. I find it really interesting reading books about other females. It gives me an insight on how other females live and...more
I liked this book.
It raised some interesting questions, ok it's daft how she gets to time travel to meet her younger self but come on how many of us would love to do that? Or loathe to do that, but either way you probably have feelings about that.
The interesting point is there is a young girl - she doesn't have much - but she has the freedom that comes with not having much.
Then you have the older, more regal self who has all the things you think an adult should have, or nearly - she's not quite...more
Aug 31, 2013 Stefani rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit and Alexandra Poter fans
Shelves: chick-lit
The character tries to stop herself doing the mistakes she did when she was younger (Now that she knows it was wrong!) but she can't stop it. It is how it was supposed to happen.

I didn't understand the end. Did she dream of herself when she was 21 because of the medicines or what?
It has a happy ending, but it seems to me that something is missing.

Overall impressions: something is missing.
Up against other chick lit, this book isn't great. The potential is there, but the execution was off. And all because of the time travelling. It was just too unbelievable. Other than that I really enjoyed it.

The plot is good, the characters well done (in terms of chick lit remember) and the ending was too fraught. It followed the same lines of those that have come before. I see why they added the time travel element - it's the point of difference. But it just hasn't worked. The premise is good -...more
It's a fun book to read, kind of teaching you to slow down and smell the roses. It's good for me right now because sometime I feel like 24 hours is not enough for me to do all the things I want to do.
Alexandra does it again :-)
Jun 15, 2010 Amy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I got about a 1/3 of the way through the book, but it is just boring. The premise is reasonably intersting, but the writing is just dull. I wouldn't recommend it, but maybe someone else would enjoy it.
Just finished it and can't stop smiling…

When I started to read i found it a bit lame, thought "where is the story, come to the point.." But after a while it got me. Maybe because in 1997 I was also 21 and of course I started to think about myself that age. How cool we all were and with hindsight, how silly it seems now. But at the end, that's how we became what we are now, didn't we?

Yes, at some point the story is predictable. Maybe because we all read to much chick-lit over the years. But I do...more
Violet Prior
Really enjoyed reading this book, and the idea is very original I loved it <3
At first, I enjoyed the story. I liked the level of detail that Potter describes and admire her ability to capture the main character's drive and focus on career. However, when the question of being who one wants to be or be who one truly is, arises, I found myself getting somewhat confused by all of the back and forth between time periods and character interactions. Though the confusion remains -- even in the character's -- mind, I can't help feeling a bit disappointed by Charlotte's complete a...more
Od autorky som už predtým čítala inú knihu (nehovoriac o kope iných chick-lit), takže som mala určité očakávania, ale bola som príjemne prekvapená, kniha mala úplne inú atmosféru. Aj keď trochu sa mi podobala na Remember me a Bohyňa v domácnosti od Sophie Kinsella, rozhodne ju však považujem za lepšiu ako Daj si pozor na želania. Dala som za ňu len 4€ a možno aj vďaka tomu som naozaj nadšená.

Hlavná hrdinka je workoholička a hypochondrička, ktorá stretne svoje 21-ročné ja, ktoré je jej úplný opak...more
Overall it was a nice book for what it was, especially for a 21-year-old, which i did not know and expect... It does make some really good points and it does have a meaning of existence... You feel like you have learned sth at the and of it... Of course, it's light reading, it doesn't have any world changing story line or any of the sort, it's just a beautiful story well written...

The only thing that really annoyed me, which i wouldn't have noticed if i haven't read any other of her books, is th...more
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Charlotte ist 32 Jahre alt und steckt in ihrem Leben fest: Sie hat eine eigene PR-Firma, die zwar einigermaßen läuft, sie aber nicht glücklich macht. Sie arbeitet rund um die Uhr, hat ihren gesamten Tag durchgeplant. Ihre Nerven liegen blank, sie ist seelisch und körperlich nahe dem Absturz. Ihr Freund Miles sieht sie immer mal wieder, aber nicht so oft wie sie es gern hätte. Er plant mit ihr eine Zukunft, doch auch in der Sache fü...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
I've been seeing a lot of Sandra Potter books lately and think why not try one of it? and Who's that girl is the first that i got.

Charlotte Mayweather is the famous owner of a PR Company based in London. She definitely has any girls dream in life: a successful business, a good enough of money that can sustain her life and an almost perfect boyfriend, but she still finds herself stressed from too much work, a little bit lonely and alone at times. She finds herself thinking of things that she coul...more
this was just okay. i was intrigued by the concept ("what if you could go back in time & stop your 21-year-old self from making the mistakes you regret?"), but the writing dragged a little & the story execution failed to live up to its promise.

charlotte merryweather is soon to be 32 years old & seems to have it all: cute apartment, great job running her own PR firm, super-helpful assistant named beatrice, fun & sassy best friend with two adorable little kids, & trustworthy bo...more
Charlotte fährt mit ihrem Auto zufällig eine Umleitung entlang und trifft dadurch auf ihr zehn Jahre jüngeres Ich. Die beiden Freunden sich an, aber nur Charlotte erkennt sich selbst wieder. Also versucht sie möglich viele Fehler der damaligen Zeit ungeschehen zu machen, was zu allerlei Problemen führt...

Die Geschichte mit ihrer sympatischen Protagonistin liest sich flüssig und enthält Witz. Dennoch ist der Werdegang ziemlich vorhersehbar, was mich aber in diesem Fall nicht so gestört hat, da ma...more
Gynen Kyra Toriano
“If I knew then, what I know now.”

An inspiring tale about finding oneself, literally! The story itself did not draw me in, truth be told, everything sounded a little too familiar for I might have watched too many time-travelling movies. Paris as the setting in the epilogue though, I am always biased when it comes to anything French related. Ha! You caught me there but kidding aside, the last part got to me, you know the part when the main character finally finds her happily-ever-after and with i...more
Imagine if one day, you had the opportunity to meet your younger self? What would you tell this person? Would you have any specific advice for them?

This is exactly what happened to Charlotte Merryweather, a successful public relations executive in London. At age 31, she has her own PR firm, a stylish wardrobe, a personal trainer and what would seem like the perfect boyfriend for the perfect life. Underneath it all, is a stressed out executive who at the bottom of her heart, wonders if she's mad...more
Limau Nipis
Charlotte is a successful PR, who runs her own company. She feels like she has everything. And then she bumps with her 21-year old self.

OK the premise of the novel was fine, but it was quite slow for me. 31-year old Charlotte to bump with her 21-year old takes half of the novel, that I was thinking to give up reading it. That shows how slow it was. I know that the author wanted us to know more about Charlotte's current life, but the problem is, it takes such a long time to build up the momentum....more
This is my first of Alexandra Potter’s and i have to say i truly enjoyed reading it. I was drawn to this book mainly by this tagline “If only you knew what you know now”. Also, i am exactly that kind of girl who would always play time-travel either to my past or my future so i thought this book might be my cup of tea and it turned out just as that. Before i read this book, i wondered how the author would spin a time-traveling tale in a modern age setting as time travel is physically impossible u...more
This is the second book that I read written by Alexandra Potter(The first is Me and Mr.Darcy, pretty boring to be honest!!) and I am SURPRISED how much I'm fond of it despite they are from the same author -.-

Most fantasy book make their characters able to change what they've done wrong during time travel, however Charlotte/Lottie(I prefer Lottie actually) didn't succed instead she understands the fact that maybe after 10 years, the moment to start with Mr.Barman right is finally right. Being abl...more
Hana Bilqisthi
compare to you're the one that i don't want, this novel more serious and depressing .. i like the characters actually because the 30-years-old Charlotte remind me of myself and Miles is kind of the guy of my dream...

"I have tons of allergies, which is a bit embarrassing, as that makes me sound like one of those trendy, annoying types who wear Crocs and think it's cool to have a wheat intolerance, but I genuinely do have allergies"

"also a bad sleeper. Just terrible. I find it so hard to switch o...more
I was really disappointed with this, i know it has high ratings but i just couldnt give it past 2 stars. I was already giving it a 1 but there's this tiny little thing that has me giving it a 2 maybe the story of her and the barman and the granddad is the saving grace.

Honestly for me this is so predictable and nothing else. I just did a fast read as i reached 50% of it so that i could just finish it. Literally from the start i couldnt figure out what was happening, all was just the usual things...more
The idea is quite original, although it reminds me of Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me, which is the opposite (a woman becoming her older self instead of meeting her younger self). It is also very different from her other works, although she has explored imaginative themes before, such as in Me and Mr. Darcy, and Be Careful What You Wished For, which I loved.

I have to say I prefer her more realistic approaches to life and love, though, such as in Calling Romeo, which is my favorite. Th...moreThe id...more
I find the idea to meet your younger self really interesting. But the book was a bit different from what I'd expected. The larger part of the story is set in today's time, also due to the fact that the first real meeting between Charlotte and Lottie takes place about 1/3 into the book, and Charlotte constantly switches back to her real time (I think I expected that the turning-back-the-time would be something that you cannot reverse that easily).

When Charlotte realizes what a chance she got, she...more
Miss Ruth
It's like a Disney story for the older set. Or that movie 13 Going on 30 except this one is 31 Meeting 21 Year Old Self, with the whole what-could-you-have-done-differently-if-you-had-a-shot-to-a-second-chance thing. The good thing is, it didn't go down the predictable lane where readers could expect the protagonist to manipulate her younger self to undo past mistakes. However, there was too much moralizing in the story about What Matters Most that it became a huge yawn.
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Alexandra Potter is the best-selling author of nine romantic comedies (soon to be ten when her latest novel, THE LOVE DETECTIVE is published in 2014). Born in England, she has lived in London, Sydney, Australia and New York and LA, and can currently be found clocking up too many air miles travelling the globe researching ideas for her new book...
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“And so taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn't come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself.
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