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Legally Blonde

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  10,599 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews

The hilarious novel that inspired the blockbuster movie-including what's next for Elle Woods!



Elle Woods, California University senior, seems to have it all. President of Delta Gamma sorority, she's aced her major--sociopolitical jewelry design-and is on the verge of becoming Mrs. Warner Huntington III. Too bad Warner, bound for Stanford Law, dumps her with the explanatio

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Plume (first published July 1st 2001)
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Athena
Jan 19, 2011 Athena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the Legally Blonde movie, and I recently saw the musical, (which I also adored). So I was ready to love this book. It turned out to be a disappointed read. I expected difference from the movie; in fact I wanted them. I wanted more details and more funny happenings that were left out. It was different all right, but in all the wrong ways!

**Spoliers**
There is NO Emmet Forrest in the book. In fact, no love interest for Elle at all. She just spends the entire book moaning over Warner.

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Rebecca
Oct 07, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Damn, this book was lame. And I kind of knew that going into it as I have read something previous from the same author and I didn't like it much either. But since I liked the movie a lot, I thought I would give the book a whirl. But I am confused. The copyright date in this book wasn't until like 2003 or 4 and the movie came out in 2001. So which came first, the book or movie? Also, I have seen the movie about 600 times and actually pay attention to the opening credits and as far as I can rememb ...more
Ruthie
Jul 29, 2011 Ruthie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry to say that Legally Blonde is one of the few examples of the movie being better than the book. I was extremely disappointed and rather sorry I had bought the book by the time I finished it, especially considering how long I had been looking for it. I had to make myself finish the book, although I will say it got somewhat better during the last 100 pages. I found Amanda Brown's writing style to be rather dull and her syntax is confusing at best. The cover promised that the book is hilar ...more
Kimberly
Sep 08, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Homecoming Queen and sorority president Elle Woods heads to Stanford Law School in order win back her ex, Warren.

The movie took this book and improved it all-around. In the movie, Elle realizes early in the school year that Warren is a bonehead, and she takes it upon herself to show him and everyone else that she's just as good as the rest of them. In the book, Elle waffles with her feelings until the very end of the high-profile murder trial, barely studies, and gets through school mostly on lu
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Yonaily
Jan 22, 2015 Yonaily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Así que la película está inspirada en un libro; acabo de descubrirlo. O sea, ya me he hecho miles de spoilers *facepalm*
Anita Smith
Dec 23, 2008 Anita Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Believe it or not, I liked the movie a million times more!!!!
Aarann
Nov 20, 2015 Aarann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently I'm in the minority but I actually like the book. It's nice to see that Elle was originally pictured as someone who was aware of her inherent intelligence and was just somewhat ditzy, as opposed to the movie where it seemed like she was more sweet than naturally intelligent. Certainly, this alternate potrayal of her has its downsides and she is decidedly less nice in this version than she was in the movie (one of my favorite scenes in the movie is where she helps out the awkward, nerd ...more
Holly
Mar 09, 2011 Holly rated it did not like it
I would give this book negative stars if I could. It's boring, unbelievable and Elle is completely void of any redeeming qualities. I don't think I've ever actually hated a book until I read this. It's not cute, funny or warm.

Amanda Brown should be punished for writing this.

Stick with the movie version, where Elle has a brain and actually uses it.
Bella Grace
No. No. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Okay, so I watched the movie before I read the book. Yes, friends, gasp all you want. This is unusual behavior for me, too. But thank the Lord Almighty that that happened. There would have been a close to nil. chance that I would have gone to see the movie that Reese Witherspoon did a hell of a great job adapting.

This review will be short and not so sweet as I feel as if I were to continue, my head will burst of exhaustion and boredom. The quick flash: I did
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Jane
May 05, 2014 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Not sure how this pile of tripe managed to inspire such a witty and entertaining film, but anyway. This is one of the worst books I've ever read: illogical, badly written, very weakly characterised and entirely failing to be either amusing or clever. Elle is a despicably lazy and shallow character, far from the likeable heroine of the film. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece but was hoping for something funny and pleasant - it was a chore from page 1. Yuck.
Gloria
Aug 21, 2008 Gloria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst novels I've read willingly as an adult - I can't believe it was written by a Stanford law grad. I post this as a public service to anyone who thinks that maybe the novel would have the silly, witty charm of the first movie without the embarrassingly awful parts. Nope, just the embarrassingly awful parts. Proof that Reese Witherspoon saved that script. I need to stop picking books based on movies I've seen.
Lisa
Mar 14, 2011 Lisa rated it did not like it
Movie
Musical
Book

Just saw the musical and it was way cuter than I expected. The book is boring sludge and Amanda Brown should thank her lucky stars that she's making money off a character that was written to be charming, funny and smart by other people.
Ann
Nov 20, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
you're just going to have to believe me when i say that the book is funnier and more clever than the movie -- read it in the bathtub, on the beach, or around any body of water of your choosing.
Nicole
Mar 23, 2008 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have no sense of humor
All I can say is that I could not even be bothered to finish this. They made a fantastically funny movie out of a very boring and poorly written book.
Francesca
I saw the movie first, years before I even knew it was originally a book, and therefore I was concerned going into this book about how much I would like it. The movie is one of my all time favourite movies and Elle Woods is one of my favourite movie characters, I have looked up to her since the first time I saw the movie (when I was about 11) and have always held her up as a character that I admire and would aspire to be like.

Now, while the book is different and I still think the movie is much b
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Lennon Young
What a HUGE disappointment. Prior reviews had warned me that this book was nothing like movie - and that's more than fine when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations. They usually never are the same, and sometimes the changes work, and sometimes they don't. With regards to the movie version of Legally Blonde, the changes worked so much so that they made a very bad book into a wonderful feel-good comedy.

My main issue with the book was Elle Woods - totally lovable in the film, she was nothing shor
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Rachel Brand
Mar 23, 2009 Rachel Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review at age 13:

"Elle’s bimboishness makes this book really funny =)"

I actually still quite like this book. I stopped reading chick-lit a few years ago but sometimes when I'm feeling down I pick this book up and read it. It never fails to make me smile. I saw the film a while back and it didn't do the book justice. Elle's character grows and changes throughout the book, but this is barely touched on in the movie. This book isn't just stupid, bimbo-y chick-lit (as my 13-year-old self's review
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Maegan Crews
Jun 16, 2016 Maegan Crews rated it it was ok
Love the movie but not the case with the book!
Beth Wilkins
Don't go into this thinking it will be exactly like the movie, or you'll be disappointed. I still enjoyed it, even though I suffer from that syndrome where if I see a movie before reading the book, I'll like the movie better (sorry V for Vendetta...).
Sally
Oct 22, 2013 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything that makes people hate the movie is not in the book. The movie is totally dumbed down with even dumber characters and situations added in. Not a bad story at all.
Kyla
Aug 20, 2008 Kyla rated it it was amazing
WAY better than the movie! I love the movie and thought I would read the book – good "fluff" literature!

A fun, relaxing read that got me back on a reading kick!
Kelly K
Sep 05, 2013 Kelly K rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
One of those rare occasions that the movie is better than the book.
Elizabeth
Aug 10, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
A witty and fashionable story.
Amanda
Jan 24, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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Cara
Jun 30, 2015 Cara rated it really liked it
As always, I was surprised at how much different the book was compared to the movie. You'd think at this point I'd wouldn't be surprised, but I was since until recently I didn't even know this was a book.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I would be perfectly happy if they combined a bit of the movie with the book as there were certain aspects of the movie that I liked better: how she remained friends with her better sorority sisters. I liked Luke Wilson's characater as the assistant of the at
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Laura
Apr 09, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having watched this movie countless times since it first arrived in cinemas, i was pleasantly surprised to see that it was based on a book.

The story is about Elle Woods; a beautiful, perfectly manicured blonde who has recently graduated from college. President of her sorority and homecoming queen, life couldn’t be more perfect. Except if she had the Diamond rock on her finger from her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, of course. However her perfect plans all come crashing down and soon Elle find
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penelopewanders
Interesting. After reading the book I think I should probably see the film, as so many reviewers seem to prefer the film to the book - which I think is pretty rare. From what I read are the differences, I rather appreciate that Elle does not fall for some guy other than Warner (although I thought there might be something with Christopher Miles...). She actually remains rather stupidly loyal to Warner, while nonetheless seeming to recognize more and more of his failings. In some ways I found this ...more
Candy Boisvert
Jun 19, 2008 Candy Boisvert rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Girly girls
Recommended to Candy by: No one
Title: Legally Blonde
Author: Amanda Brown
Copyright date: 2003
Publisher: Plume
How many pages: 278 pgs
How long it took me to read: 26 days (because of someone who shall remain nameless... *cough*Drew*cough*)
Category: Fiction
I learned about this book from:

This book was purchased at: Chapter's
This book is: any girl craving some inspiration for girl power!
Other books by this author: The perm, Family trust
Favorite characters: Elle Woods, Brooke Vandermark
Least favorite Characters: Warner, Serena and M
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Shannon
-I decided to read this book because I had watched the movie and I enjoyed it immensely.
-The category on the bingo board that this book completes is a book with a female main character.
-What I liked about this book was the way that one of the characters stood up for what she believed in and she let nothing get in her way. I also like the way that the author wrote the book to make law school sound fun.
-What I didn't like about this book was the way that, in some sections of the book the author wr
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Linda Bakker-Zwakhals
2,5 stars really. I was hoping that the reviews about the movie being better where a little sceptic or just couldnt let go of the movie. Now that ive finished it, turns out those reviews are right. It is hard to let go of the movie, since it is one of my all time favorites, but even when you this book is not brilliant. The writing was, in my opinion, kind of dull. Momenteel that should have been emphasised, like going to law school or making it through the first term or getting that internship, ...more
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Born to parents who were both successful lawyers, Amanda graduated from Arizona State University in 1993. She then proceeded to study at Stanford Law School, where she compiled funny letters and stories based on her experiences into a first manuscript that would become Legally Blonde.
Since the success of the 2001 movie, she has released her second book,
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