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The Importance of Being Married (Jessica Wild #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,139 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Jessica Wild isn’t big on commitment. But after inheriting millions from Grace, a sweet old lady she met in her grandmother’s nursing home, the situation seems to have changed. To put an end to the many questions about her nonexistent love life, Jess had led Grace to believe she had a boyfriend-turned-fiancé-turned-husband: her glamorous boss, Anthony Milton. But Jess’s fa ...more
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Published June 10th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2008)
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Oct 22, 2012 Stina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This book was infinitely stupid. The characters were lame and forced, the plot was too much for me to willfully suspend my disbelief and the end was entirely predictable.

*EDIT* As a friend pointed out, both the title and cover suck, too.
Dec 26, 2008 Keris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I've heard a lot about Gemma Townley (mainly because she's Sophie Kinsella's sister), but this is the first book of hers I've read. At first I really enjoyed it - probably to about halfway - but then it started to become too farcical, too laboured and I was also tired of the main character, Jessica Wild, letting everyone push her around. (Rather like a Sophie Kinsella book, in fact. But Kinsella's books are much funnier and that's what keeps you reading.) There was also, I thought, a massive plo ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Evelin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Veľmi vtipné, veľmi ženské, poskytujúce rady o vzťahoch, zvádzaní, randení a... marketingu! 8D Určite mi niečo z toho pomôže v škole! Kniha sa mi veľmi dobre a rýchlo čítala. Je zaujímavá, je kreatívna a aj keď sa môže zdať predvídateľná, na konci som mala správne len 1 tretinu svojich odhadov a za to dávam autorke veľké plus. Postavy sú pekne prepracované, občas mi na hl. hrdinke však vadila jej predstieraná neskúsenosť alebo taká naivita. Akokeby nevedela, ako sa žije 8D Ale mala dobrých porad ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Isabella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was so boring and unengaging that I did not finish it. What more can I say?
Feb 13, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep picking up British chick lit without meaning to. But this was a very fun read for me. I enjoyed the characters and liked the plot that loosely parallels the Importance of Being Earnest.
The main character tells a little white lie that ends up being a very big deal when four million pounds are suddenly on the line. She and her friends go through a series of hijinx and she discovers the meaning of love and marriage. A little predictable, with some twists. I enjoyed it.
Jun 24, 2009 Saralyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Picked up this book because it has obvious reference to "The Importance of Being Earnest." The character's name was Jessica Wild. Um... Okay. So I was excited for a nice parody of said play. Well, I didn't find that parody. It started out okay, but steadily got worse until I put it down. Well, I read the end to see what happened and it was the lamest ending ever. Just take my word for it.
Grace Bartolotta
It was pretty predictable and i didn't like how the women is portrayed in the book.
towards the end i just skimmed the book and went to the end.
Maybe i am just getting tired of chicklits.
Anne Martin
Jun 06, 2015 Anne Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
once again, I enjoyed it. It is not a book you will keep in your mind for ever, it is not one which will open you to other views of the world, or makes you ask yourself metaphysical questions, but it is a cute humoristic fun read, to keep you busy on a rainy day. It taught me he insane thing Americans do on weddings is used in England too and probably comes from there. You know, the rehearsal dinner, etc... I only read about it or saw it in movies, never for real. I thought it was an American cr ...more
Jennifer Guerra
Jan 06, 2016 Jennifer Guerra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Jessica has sworn off marriage for as long as she can remember. Her fans mother told her it would lead to nothing but trouble and basically that romance was overrated. While visiting her grandmother in the nursing home she meets an elderly lady named Grace who she becomes instant friends with. After Jessica's grandmother does she continues to visit Grace and they become great friends. Grace wants nothing but for Jessica to be happy and in love so Jessica makes up a st ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
Mar 14, 2015 Melinda Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lets be honest, I had to read this book based on the main characters name alone (holla, all my Drag Race friends who had an image of the drag star Jessica Wild in their minds when they read this book!).

Beyond that fact, it now appears to make a whole lot of sense why portions of this book incited in me feelings that usually appear when I’ve been reading a Kinsella book – THEY ARE RELATED!

The best parts of this novel are those second hand embarrassment portions. They make you terrified to turn
May 25, 2012 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Zwei Gründe, die für dieses Buch sprechen: Interessante Idee und die Autorin ist die Schwester von ChickLit-Bestsellerautorin Sophie Kinsella.
Was man aus so einer Idee machen kann. Wie aus einer schlichten Lüge, um einer Freundin das Leben zu versüßen, ein solches Chaos wird.
Leider hat es Townley nicht sehr gut umgesetzt. Jess wurde von ihrer griesgrämigen Großmutter aufgezogen, nachdem ihre alleinerziehende Mutter bei einem Unfall ums Leben gekommen ist. Jess‘ Großvater hat ihre Großmutter kurz
Sep 12, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light-hearted and witty modern fiction. The plot, while fun to follow and make sure you are right, is transparent and you know the end before you actually get there.

The fun is in the characters. Watching Jessica try to transform herself into someone else, while she knows what is most important all along. And the characters the author uses to help/hinder her protagonist, while again shallow, make the book fun to read.

While I greatly enjoyed this book it was somewhat lacking in the final copy. S
Feb 18, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
I read this book because I enjoyed another book I read recently by Townely, Little White Lies. I was worried when I started this book that it would be a little slow, like Little White Lies was. I was pleasantly surprised by this book though, once it got going it was like a freight train and couldn't be stopped even when the main character wants to.

The story is about Jessica Wild, an independent women who is not big on commitment or romance. She makes friends with an old lady in her grandmothe
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
The Importance of Being Married by Gemma Townley is the first in a 2-part series about Jessica Wild, a British advertising executive. While visiting her grandmother in the nursing home, Jessica meets Grace, an old lady who just needs someone to talk to. After Jessica’s grandmother passes, Jessica still visits Grace quite often and tells her stories of her fabulous life…..her fabulous pretend life, that is. Jessica can’t bear to disappoint Grace with stories from her mundane life, so she creates ...more
Star Elda
The story is about someone claiming not needing love to live,brainwashed by her bitter grandmother.Then,she met a nice old lady,and for the sake of cheering her up,made up stories of her romance (eventually marriage) with her beyond-her-league boss.When the old lady dies,Jess is the sole inheritant for her wealth.The married Jess.In 50 days,she has to be married for real to get the money.
Yes,the book is predictable.The reason I bought it was the first few pages showed the main character,Jessica
Valery Beauchamp
Mar 26, 2013 Valery Beauchamp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando ho recensito il libro, Cura miracolosa per un’inguaribile romantica vi avevo accennato che Gemma Townley, cioè l’autrice, era la sorella di Sophie Kinsella, quello che non vi avevo detto che non ha scritto solo un libro, ma ben 5 o 6.
Quello di cui vi voglio parlare oggi è il primo di una trilogia molto divertente, si chiama L’importanza di essere sposata. La protagonista, Jessica, per gli amici Jess, dopo la morte di una sua anziana amica, scopre che questa le ha lasciato una bella eredi
Jen B
Sep 30, 2008 Jen B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Jessica Wild was always perfectly content being single; she never really believed in marriage, anyway. But, during visits to her friend Grace in a London nursing home, Jessica entertains the elderly lady with a series of made up stories about her courtship and marriage to the sexy and thoroughly unattainable Anthony Milton - her boss. At first, Jess's stories seem like nothing more than a harmless way to entertain a lonely old lady; but when Grace dies and leaves Jessica a fortune - 4 million po ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eu gostei desse livro pelo simples fato de que eu dei umas boas gargalhadas com ele no começo, porém a medida que o livro avançava da metade para o final eu me senti mais angustiada, e a história se desenvolveu de um modo que eu desacreditei um pouco, mas só um pouco porque no final tudo teve explicação. Acredito que a autora deveria ter explorado mais o desenrolar final, eu sempre me decepciono com um final de felizes para sempre e ponto. Mas é um bom chick-lit
Sep 23, 2013 J.L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 10, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly couldn't figure out in advance how this book was going to end. I kept guessing until the very end, not expecting all the surprising twists that came with it! The author has a very smooth, easy writing style, and a very enjoyable read. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy. I think it's safe to say that British chick-lit is my current fave genre.
Jennifer Thomson
The premise of the book is totally contrived and not believable. I however decided to read it anyway and try not to roll my eyes too much. I liked Jessica. She seemed very common, in a good way. She protests in all the right places, but does get pushed around too easily.

The editing should have been better! There are some glaring factual inconsistencies at the beginning, specifically about how long her grandfather stayed after she went to live with them. One place said 2 weeks, another said 1 mo
Sep 27, 2008 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all fans of chick lit
Shelves: chick-lit
Jessica Wild doesn't need a man, and she certainly doesn't need to get married. Her grandmother raised her to be independent, and she's pretty happy on her own. Nobody can convince her otherwise, until she meets Grace.

Grace lives at the same retirement home as Jess's grandmother. But after her grandmother dies, Jess continues to visit Sunnymead because she has found a friend in Grace. Grace is romantic, and Jessica feels pressured to exaggerate her love life in order to please Grace. Her exagger
Jan 12, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 15, 2015 Sharples rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creative plot,. Spoiler Alert: a bit shallow on how Jess changes into Jesica Wiiiild. Cute though. I'd read more of her novels. I like the character Marcia, one could really picture her. It almost never got too detailed enough to really sink your teeth into.
Sep 23, 2015 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book only lost a star because at 70% you know almost everything that's going to happen. but then it has a twist on the very end but still kinda very last minute and it ruins it a little.
Mar 04, 2015 Arfa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why are all these main characters so spineless and personality less. I think I'm finally over british chick lit.
It does read similar to Sophie Kinsella's books.
Although this wasn't my favorite Gemma Townley book, I did enjoy it. I had a hard time rating it because, for me, it fell between 'liked it' and 'really liked it'. I probably went with just 'liked it' because there were times in the book that Jess, the main character, seemed just too namby-pamby, especially since she was supposed to be this independent, cynical person. It became a bit annoying how wimpy she was with Marcia and Fenella. While the final twist in the story wasn't bad, some of it wa ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Michaela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stačí vám prečítať začiatok a koniec. O pointu neprídete. A tá vata v strede, hm, je fakt zbytočná...
Nov 04, 2015 Leticia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Foi ok. Não mudou minha vida, mas chick lit decentezinho com até uma tentativa de twist da história.
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Gemma Townley launched her writing career at the age of sixteen with a book review in Harpers & Queen. At Reading University, unimpressed with the official university paper, Spark, she launched a satirical rival, Spank, which she edited for a year before taking over as deputy editor on Spark and features editor on South-East Student.

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