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Rich and Mad

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  467 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Maddy is a sixteen-year-old who likes
a boy in her theater club.

Joe is cute and popular and, incredibly,
sending signals that he likes her back.
Or does he? Isn’t Joe going out with Gemma?

Rich has a crush on Grace, and he even sends a letter
of recommendation from the pope to get
her to pay attention to him. But Grace
doesn’t appreciate that tactic. . . .

The problem is, in life’
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by EgmontUSA (first published April 1st 2009)
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Amy Jacobs
I have had this book on my radar for a while now even though many readers have found this book less than great. Maybe the cover kept appealing to me, maybe the summary had me hooked, but I just knew I wanted to read this book.

First of all, let me say that a lot of people have had a hard time reading this book due to certain sexual scenes that can come across offensive. That is fine and I agree that some of it didn't really need to be in the book to make the point. What I will add to that though
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This is a compelling and beautifully written novel about first love, first sex, and everything in between. Maddy Fisher has decided to fall in love. And not just any sort of love: can't-eat can't-sleep crazy in love. Rich Ross is after the same thing. He's set his sights high, and he's going to make it happen. The problem is, in life's messy whirlwind of friends and lies and sex and porn, the real thing can be hard to fine. But there's always a first time for everything... From Amazon UK

I am 23.
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17 and never been in love? Then you’re not alone. Maddy Fisher is just the same. But that is all about to change; she has set a course for a great love. But some unexpected happenings arise, and she is swept away with a boy she hardly dreamed of falling in love with. But it is to late now; love has already caught her and is reeling her in, and before her lay many uncharted waters…

I’ve been a convert of William Nicholson’s works for a while
Leah Walker
I was confused about how i felt about this book until about two thirds through.

That's when i knew i bloody loved it.

Being 17 it's nice to have a character the same age because it is very uncommon ive found. I can compare lifestyles and perceptions of how you should act at this in between age of sweet sixteen and adult 18. I can also say i really relate to the characters, Nicholson has nailed pretty much every question i have about love and 'all that shizzle', i would say im pretty much in Maddie
YA Reader
Jun 12, 2010 YA Reader rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone over 13
'Rich and Mad' is the story of two teenagers, both seventeen and both searching for love. Yes the book is explicit in parts but do not let this put you off; it is tackled sensibly and with great care and thought, ensuring the book is accessible even to younger teenage readers.

Nicholson deals with a whole range of issues that most young adult authors tend to steer clear of. These include porn, violence, bereavement and of course sex. It is hard to write a YA book about sex that is not patronising
Note to self- Don’t pick up books just because the cover is hot. Spare yourself the headache.

'Rich and Mad' has issues. Big issues that need to be talked about, taken out of the book and thrown away somewhere. This book only has -
a) Dialogue(not the good kind which makes you forget that detailed writing ever existed)
b) The characters (crazy seventeen year olds who are driven by lust and all they seem to talk about is sex)
c) More dialogue
d) More sex

It's as predictable as books get. Girl likes
Katie - The Literary Files
When I came across Rich and Mad on goodreads the first thing I noticed was the steamy cover. I loved how the couple was inside a phone booth, it made me think of England, somewhere I always wanted to go. After reading the attention-grabbing summary I marked the release date on my calendar. Unfortunately Rich and Mad didn't live up to my high expectations.

I read the book in about a day because I was really interested in finding out what happened with the two main characters' love lives. Both Rich
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: I had really high hopes for this one. And, yes I did enjoy it. But it didn't get 5 cupcakes from me as I hoped it would. It has an interesting feel to it. We meet Rich and Maddy and of course they aren't interested in each other but people who they believe are unattainable. They've noticed each other throughout the years but just as friends would. Rich likes the popular girl who is kind of friends with Maddy and Maddy likes the guy who doesn't even really know she exists. Plus he al ...more
I was expecting a love story filled with the romance of all that's involved. All the firsts but with a romantic twist but I was wrong. I felt like this was possibly a more realistic showing of relationships and navigating your way through them but the romance factor for me was small. And in retrospect I guess if it was such a neat and romantic process the whole way through your first experiences we'd all be married off before we graduated high school right? As much as I was hoping and expecting ...more
I wasn't sure how I would feel about this contemporary/realistic book. I picked it up because I needed a break from the paranormal. I had read that this book was considered controversial by some due to sexual content. However, this turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

This is a story about firsts. The book follows seventeen year olds Mad and Rich as they attempt to navigate a whole list of firsts: first love, first betrayals, first sex, etc. You name it, it's in this book.

I fell in love with R
I first came across this book when the author, William Nicholson came into my school to give a talk. A very good one I might add. He really knew how to communicate with the teenage audience. Not treating us like children but not like adults either. But I digress...
The characters in this love tale are incredibly strong. I thought they had real potential at the beginning of the book and Nicholson definitely utilized that potential.
I also found that the way Nicholson wrote was good. A brilliant lo
Maddie wants to fall in love, so deeply and madly in love that she can’t think. She’s even found the perfect candidate in Joe, who is incredibly cute and popular. Too bad he has a girlfriend, but if he’s dating Gemma, then why is he sending signals that he likes Maddie back? Rich had had a crush on Maddie’s friend Grace for the longest time. He knows there’s no chance Grace would like him back, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to win her over anyway. In the midst of all the lies and confusi ...more
First of all, I think this book is not for everybody, specially young adult. Indeed, I was nearly shocked by the sex scenes that are in this book. I'm sure I wouldn't have read it if I had knew what it was all about before starting it. But appart this, I think that this book has others inconveniences :
- I tought Madd was pretty empty as a one of the protagonists, contrary to Rich who I thought much more interessant as a character because he is different from the others but he does'nt bother abou
Nina Higson-Sweeney
I have to say that at first, I wasn't sure about this book. I read one of Nicholson's other books when I was in Year Six, and all I can remember from it is that I hated it - but that was probably because I didn't understand it. And how do I know that? Because I absolutely fell head over heels for this book! From reading the blurb, you can kind of get a vague picture of Maddy - she's a young teen who wants to have her first love. And that is what you get: she immediately sets out to find someone ...more
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Porque você lê?
Eu leio para me divertir, me informar, viajar, achar algo útil, mas quando se trata de histórias literárias, eu quero ler porque gostaria de imaginar durante aquelas 300/400 páginas, uma vida diferente da minha. Odeio ler algo tão banal e bobo, ou pior, mais sem graça do que o meu dia a dia.

‘Rich e Mad’ para mim foi mais do mesmo, foi fraco e relativamente chato. Aliais, acho que se batesse papo com alguma amiga, elas me contariam coisa
I’ll admit it. I picked this book up at a book blogger party because I was told there was a hot sex scene in it and I was game for that. Well, I’ll go ahead and tell you, I was not at all disappointed in that arena! Quite blushing, really.

I was also very excited in this being my first British YA book. If you’re a Britophile like myself you’ll love all the quirky words and phrases and ponder over what a yum yum is (even a British friend of mine didn’t know!). The style is a bit unique and so
Literary Cravings
Love is something that mostly everybody wants, whether they realize it or not. To be wanted by someone, knowing that somebody other then family members, cares for you and wants to be around you. In this story we meet teenagers on a search for finding love. Maddie Fisher and Rich Ross have come to a point in their young lives where they want a steady relationship, wanting the real thing but searching in the wrong places. Maddie is your average semi popular girl who is used to being looked over an ...more
Aug 24, 2010 Jeanne added it
Maddy wants to fall in love more than anything -- even despite her parents' marriage falling apart and the fact that her friend is in an abusive relationship. Perhaps it is these things that make her think deeply about the kind of relationship she wants and what finally draws her to Rich, who has become her friend and confidante. Both are anxious to have their first sexual experience, too. And while Rich is worrying about, what, exactly, to do with a condom (when to put it on, etc) Maddy has res ...more
IQ "The ideas came as the words formed in her mouth. What was so liberating about talking with Cath was that she could say things she maybe didn't really mean just to see how it felt saying them." Maddy, pg. 220

Isn't that ^ the sign of a real best friend? When you can throw out whatever comes to your mind, just to see if your friends think it sounds crazy too, or if by-george it just might make sense. One of the most realistic depictions of teenage relationships I've ever read. The quick, snapp
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The Readings of a Busy Mom Riaz

As it says on William Nicholson's website, 'this is a book written for girls and guys to show them what girls and guys think about love and sex.' Having read my fair share of YA novels that touch on the subject none of them came close to Rich and Mad, Its honest, genuine and out right ruthless not caring whats written William just gets down and dirty!

I was taken on a journey that not only I related to but that was undeniable truth...nothing comes easy when y
It was really hard for me to decide if I wanted to give this book three stars or four stars. I guess I'm in between liking it and really liking it.

When I first started reading Rich and Mad I wasn't quite sure if I was going to end up liking it or not. Some parts were kind of slow and other things just really made me want to roll my eyes. The way Maddy acted and the things that happen in the beginning just made me embarrassed for the characters involved. It's like when you see someone making a fo
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Holy explosion Batman! Because that's what my insides did. They exploded. It was fabulous. This book does not pull any punches. It's the shiz. And I love it. And Rich, I love him too. Half-way through his first chapter, I was so in love with him. Okay, what I love about this book is that it tells both sides of the story. We get Maddy's point of view and Rich's. Usually with this type of book, young adult romance-y, you just get the girl's side, what she thinks and says and does, and all we know ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally posted at Fluttering Butterflies

I've been curious about reading something by William Nicholson for awhile, but I hadn't quite gotten around to anything of his before Rich and Mad. And if I'm honest, I had a few problems with this book, so I'm not entirely sure I'm convinced as yet to pick anything else up.

It is a shame, because I was quite looking forward to Rich and Mad. It's the story of two teenagers who have never been properly in love and they'd like to be. They w
Miss Page Turner

Two teenagers falling in love for the very first time. Doesn’t that sound like a romantic and potentially overwhelming story? I imagined Mad- Maddy- to be independent and strong and Rich-Richard- to be that reckless and sexy young man. They both were nothing like that though. Maddy is so gullible and somehow doesn’t get what’s really happening around her. And then Richard is compulsively insecure and clumsy with all things concerning girls.
Rich and Mad’s families as their friends and crushes pla
Lisa (Badass Bookie)
The Short Story? – A novel about first love, first sex and everything in between. Rich and Mad is a coming-to-age that deals with issues that teens face everyday. Lies, betrayal and the importance of love. A novel about first times for everything and taking risks, learning to trust and getting back up when knocked down.

The Long Story? – The first thing that caught my notice about this book was the US cover, the couple in the steamy telephone box. Then I noticed the title, Rich and Mad, sounds l
Crash Queen (Whimsy and Stardust)
***Please don't read this review if you really love this book. I don't want to offend any of you.***

I've seen this book several times in the library. I always thought it looked cliche and predictable.
I decided to check it out one day because I wanted to at least give it a try.
Let me tell you something. From page one, I could feel my IQ drop consistently.
Basically, this girl named Maddy wants to fall in love. She has a best friend named...wait for it...Grace, who is prettier and better at
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William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story , both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March . In 1
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