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From the author of Here Today, Gone to Maui, the story of a woman who finally got a life...some else's.

Ever since Veronica's husband found the love of his life-not her-she's been a walking zombie with runny mascara. It doesn't help that she keeps getting mistaken for Haley Rush-the Hollywood starlet whose dazzling life is plastered on every magazine.

When Haley's mana
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Paperback, 303 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Berkley (first published March 31st 2010)
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Mandi Schreiner
Apr 21, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Tori

What if you were a celeb look a like? In Just Like Me Only Better , Ms Shaw takes us on a humorous tongue in cheek journey through the life of a celeb look alike who soon finds that life in the fast line isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Poor Veronica has had a hard year. She's a twenty-nine year old single mom who's husband has divorced her for an older woman,
her job sucks, and her overbearing landlord thinks she's acquired a slave opposed to a tenet. Veronica has been told she
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Leah
Apr 09, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2010
Veronica Czaplicki hasn’t had the greatest start to the year particularly since her husband Hank told her he had found the love of his life and it turned out not to be her. Veronica’s life is made that much harder when everyone keeps mistaking her for new Hollywood starlet Haley Rush.

It comes as a surprise to Veronica when Haley’s manager, Jay, offers Veronica the chance of becoming Haley’s double – attending film premieres, a-list parties and constantly being papped – however after the shock we
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
- I picked this book as Carol Snow answered questions for a GR meet and greet session. I got the feeling that Ms. Snow writes much more YA than I normally read. However, I liked her answers concerning flawed characters and decided to give this a shot. I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t what I got. Don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing. Let’s start with what this book isn’t. It isn’t a romance novel. It isn’t women’s fiction. It isn’t YA either. What it is is an amalgamation of these diffe ...more
Jess
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, and it is my first time reading anything by Carol Snow, but it won't be my last.

I found this book to be amusing, lighthearted and just one of those feel good books that by the end you just smile. The main character Veronica is a struggling divorcee trying to survive on her meager paycheck from substitute teaching. She is still trying to get over the fact that her husband recently left her because he found his soul mate in someone twice her age. She w
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Bridget
Apr 06, 2010 Bridget rated it it was amazing

When Veronica's husband leaves her for a woman who is rolling in the dough with her realtor work. Veronica is struggling with only a substitute teaching position, she has no idea how she is going to survive. When a young starlets manager sees Veronica, he is taken aback because of how much she resembles his client, Haley Rush. When he offers her $100 an hour just to pretend to be Haley for some photo shoots, she takes him up on his offer. It's fun at first but all good things must come to an end
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Vicky
Mar 08, 2015 Vicky rated it really liked it
Quick read; enjoyable fantasy.
Katie
Aug 17, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
What a great story. Everyone wishes they had the life of a celeb at some point on their lives. Well, being asked to stand is as a 'double' for one of the most famous starlets.. oops I mean stars.. could be a dream come true! Or could it?
Follow the main character as she does just that while trying to balance being a single mom, substitute teacher and chauffeur for the kids next door (that's another story right there... you would do it too if your rent would be cheaper right? hmmm...)

I tore thro
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Elizabeth
Dec 12, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Quick read - took me slightly less than 3 hours. It's what one looks for in a chick-lit book. Fun clothes, life slightly outside the ordinary. Reading about the "inner-workings" of hollywood starlet. Writing is decent - no grimacing at bad grammar. Happy ending. Somewhat predictable, but a still a few twists and turns.
Alexandria Tale
It was... so messed up in the end. The romance seems so fake. The heroine is annoying. I really hate Veronica when she abandoned her own child to date Brady. And when she realized she left her phone, she didn't care at all when she promised she could be called anytime. When she had sex in the car, I was disgusted. Didn't she care about her son at all? Really, that was a huge turn off. When she let go of her job opportunity as a teacher, and regret it later, I want to laugh in her face. Her roman ...more
Prima patriotika
Dec 17, 2014 Prima patriotika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-chicklit
Buku yang saya baca hanya kurang lebih 5 hari (lumayan cepat ukuran saya yg sekarang males baca)... Bercerita tentang seorang wanita bernama veronica yang baru bercerai dan memiliki 1 orang anak laki-laki, bekerja hanya sebagai guru pengganti di sebuah sekolah SD di pinggiran kota.

Wajah veronica memiliki kemiripan dengan artis yang sedang terkenal, sehingga sang manajer artis menyewa jasanya sebagai pengganti artis di even2 tertentu.

Cukup mengharukan namun ceritanya ringan... Tapi tidak melulu r
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Kathy McCullough
Jul 07, 2010 Kathy McCullough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story. But was disappointed with the author's use of the "F" word. Surely she could have found a better word!
Gina Borkowski
Feb 06, 2011 Gina Borkowski rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book...the storyline, the main character, the little twists here and there. Highly recommend!
Wendy Hines
Jan 16, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Veronica's long-time husband Hank leaves her for an older woman. Usually men leave their wives for younger women, but that's another story. Veronica is now a divorced mother of one trying to make ends meet the best she can.

She gets a great deal on a small guest house, as long as she is willing to chauffeur the landlord's kids around, including school. Veronica is a substitute teacher, so when those kids are late, she's late, and it really aggrivates her.

She's always been mistaken for young Hol
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Shonda
May 31, 2010 Shonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Veronica Czaplicki is a single, divorced mom to Ben. By day, she’s a substitute teacher at her son’s school, hoping to find a permanent position there. By night, well… her life is pretty empty in that area until she meets Jay, Haley Rush’s manager.

Veronica knows she looks like celebrity Haley Rush as she’s mistaken for the star quite often. When Haley’s manager, Jay, offers her a position to be Haley’s stand-in (at $100 per hour!), how could she refuse? Veronica agrees to sign a confidentiality
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Ruth
Sep 08, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it


Veronica thought it was great the evening her husband came home and told her that he was in love, after all she loved him, too. Until he added that it wasn't her! She is devastated as he moves in with another woman. Most men leave their wives for younger women. It doesn't help her self esteem when her husband leaves her for someone who is older than he is! As she is struggling with her new life, she finds that she keeps being mistaken for Haley Rush, a Hollywood star who is always in the tabloi
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Sara
Aug 18, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction, 2011
I put this book on my to-read list after seeing it listed as a First Reads giveaway last year. Though I didn't win a copy of it, I finally got around to reading it. In the inside cover, I was surprised to see that I actually recognized (and had read!) a previous book by this author, which was a nice surprise.

Anyway, this is about a 29-year-old woman named Veronica who's struggling to deal with the fact that her husband left her for a woman almost twice her age, she barely scrapes by on the sala
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Meg
Apr 05, 2010 Meg rated it really liked it
For Veronica Czaplicki, a single mom and student teacher in suburban L.A., life has begun to lag just a tiny bit. I might have been when her husband, Hank, left her for a real estate agent many years Veronica's senior -- and Veronica was forced to rent a tiny guesthouse from a lazy couple happier to push their children onto their new "tenant" than try and carpool their little ones themselves. Now a single mother struggling to stay afloat financially, Veronica is unhappy, worried, perpetually str ...more
Sara Strand
Jul 24, 2012 Sara Strand rated it it was ok
OK- so this book is one I picked up from the library simply based on the cover. The cover actually doesn't really matter and I'm indifferent on the book.

Basically it's about a woman, fresh out of a divorce and struggling with co-parenting her son with a clueless ex-husband. She lives paycheck to paycheck but coincidentally- looks eerily similar to Haley Rush, who's a celebrity. Veronica (the mom) is offered a once in a lifetime chance to be Haley's double so to speak, and go run day time errands
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(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
What if you were a celeb look a like? In Just Like Me Only Better, Ms Shaw takes us on a humorous tongue in cheek journey through the life of a celeb look alike who soon finds that life in the fast line isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Poor Veronica has had a hard year. She's a twenty-nine year old single mom who's husband has divorced her for an older woman,
her job sucks, and her overbearing landlord thinks she's acquired a slave opposed to a tenet. Veronica has been told she looks like pop st
...more
Alea
Jul 18, 2010 Alea rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
This book was FUNNY! I mean I had a feeling it would be funny because of the premise but Veronica, some of the things she said were just hilarious! I loved the idea of a regular down on her luck single-mother, going through a hard time after a divorce diving into the world of glitz and glam and pretending to be a celebrity. It never gets old, someone being thrown into a completely new situation.

And she sure meets some characters out in Hollywood from the actress she's being the body-double for t
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Ingrid Leonard
Jan 21, 2015 Ingrid Leonard rated it it was ok
The story of a woman (or girl) who has a face similar to a well-known artist and was contracted to replace the artist because she is too immersed in her almost bipolar world. But in the end, she realise that all she was see is not as beautiful as in a magazine or TV and in the end, happiness is something to be achieved, that life should be lived as it has been choosen by ourselves and not because we are forced to live it.
Lesley
Jul 22, 2015 Lesley rated it liked it
Shelves: library, fame, california
This was decent. Readable, definitely, and there was a little more depth to it than I expected, although I think most of that came from some elements of the story that were less conventional: the very young single mother, for sure. The space case starlet was a little cliche, but let's be real - likely accurate.
Jennie
Jul 16, 2016 Jennie rated it it was amazing
This was a quick book to read. Veronica looks a lot like a star and gets a job filling in for Haley. Veronica does photo opts, attends an award ceremony, and spends time with Haley in her mansion. Things do not work out for Veronica or Haley, but the book still has a happy ending for both characters.
Victoria Burke
Apr 20, 2010 Victoria Burke rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book and loved living through Veronica. She was living a fantasy that everybody dreams of living once. The best part is she realized that she didn't want that life or pretend to be somebody else. Why would she. The best part is there is a happy ending. How can you not love a book with a happy ending. I loved the divorce plot of the story and Ben is so adorable. I felt bad for her when she made some mistakes being her celebrity double that compromised her relationship with her son. I ...more
Andrea
Apr 05, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
This was a fun chick-lit book! I've always tried to figure out what famous person I look like, but can never think of one. I think if played right, looking like a celebrity could be a lot of fun.

I really liked Veronica. She seemed so down-to-earth and real. She seemed like she could be your best friend. And I can't decide about Haley. Sometimes I felt like she was a spoiled brat, and other times I just plain felt sorry for her.

The plot was good. Most parts of the story were predicable. But to kn
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cecilia
Feb 05, 2011 cecilia rated it really liked it
Just Like Me, Only Better is utterly delightful and perfect for light summer reading! Think the TV adaptation of The Starter Wife, only imagine the leading lady of middling years mistaken as the spitting image of Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan. Carol Snow brings us a wonderfully amusing narrator with a rather heartbreaking post-divorce life who finds herself in a dream-come-true. Pay me (and take me shopping!) to just go out to dinner with a hot 20-something actor - who wouldn't seize that offe ...more
Katy
Aug 10, 2014 Katy rated it liked it
I so rarely read Chick Lit/Beach Books that I'm surprised at how fun they are when I pick them up. I read this in two evenings and it went down like a sleeve of thin mints. Tasty, predictable, and leaving me feeling a little guilty.
gille
Oct 30, 2011 gille rated it it was amazing
i enjoyed this book very much. of course, that could be that we had no power for 24 hours and i needed to do SOMETHING. however, i found it incredibly hard to put down. carol snow creates characters that make you either love them or hate them - and exactly probably how she wanted you to feel about them. the veronica character was funny and easy to like, despite the pity factor. the haley character was annoying and, although you could possibly feel bad for her, she's not very likable.

overall, thi
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G
Dec 11, 2012 G rated it liked it
This was actually such a nice book. I had missed chick-lit, and this was a great book to come remind me why I enjoy the genre. It's an easy read and it's fast-paced, and (view spoiler) I was pretty fond of Jay, and I liked his banter with Veronica a lot. I actually really liked Veronica, peri ...more
Kendra
Aug 22, 2014 Kendra rated it really liked it
4 stars in this case means I have just discovered Carol Snow and I like that this book was low commitment but high enjoyment -- especially for summer reading. I thought they would be more "lookin' for a man" type stuff but this was much more fun than that. I will look for more of her titles.
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Called “an author to watch” by Booklist, Carol Snow is an American author of contemporary women’s fiction and young adult literature. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in psychology, she spent many years writing literary short stories before accepting that she couldn't go more than a few hundred words without cracking a joke. She eventually turned her attention to crafting humor ...more
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