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The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters: A Novel (Female Fiction Boxset)

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  3,711 ratings  ·  526 reviews
- The bestselling status (and subsequent blockbuster film adaptations) of Bridget Jones's Diary and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is proof of the enduring strength of this category.- Although the novel is invented, Elisabeth Robinson is a successful Hollywood producer whose credits include Braveheart and Last Orders. Her experience enlivens every page.- Rights sal ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published January 7th 2004 by Little, Brown & Company (first published 2004)
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I've just finished weeping my way through the last few pages of this wonderful book. It's a beautiful tale of sisters, of course, but much more so of relationships and relating.

This novel counterbalances the falseness and fecklessness of Hollywood with the intensely weighted reality of dealing with cancer in small town middle America. Even more, it blended them into the tapestry of one life, revealing that the frivolity of the one and the despair of the other are intrinsic in every life. Through
I was soooo ready for the book to end by the end that I just skimmed through the ending. I think what bothered me was how one sided the book was because you had to get the story through letters of one person (which is different, to me, than reading a book that's in first person. And there were no adventures...the title and cover gave me a different impression of what the book is about.
I didn’t finish this book (which hardly ever happens). The letters of a woman whose sister is battling cancer and is trying to get a Don Quixote film done (she is a director, I think). It was boring to me and I lost interest. It’s very simple writing, as if a woman really did just write a letter and I didn’t like her outlook on life.
Back there when this was out and causing the stir however big or small that might have been, I'm sure it crossed the radar here because as anyone can see my radar is hyper-active -- just look at the numbers on my info here -- it's insane! STILL -- it never got picked up, taken home, or read in part or in total until now with Rory and the gang and may I say -- it was a pleasure?

I loved the letters and e-mails and by the backhanded delivery the conversations either in person or via the telephone -
This book is obviously/probably one of the American best seller, since I noticed it on the bookstores in Canada and USA. It was off course the front cover that made me notice it. And it was definitely worth all the prize on the back cover. The book deals with Hollywood and terminal illness (cancer), and these subjects are obviously quite different from each other, but they are actually quite okay in the same book, in this book. Olivia Hunt is producing her first movie at the same time as her sis ...more
Julie Laporte
This was about a 3-star-er before I hit the midway point, then everything started clicking, and it became one of those books that doesn't leave your side...since it's in letter format, it's easy to grab a page or two here and there.

This book is so thought-provoking--a story of two sisters, both of them whose lives are falling apart, but in completely different ways. One loses her health, but has loving family intact. The other loses her love and her career, while health is intact. Both resent t
By the time I was 19 my grandmother had broken her neck and was told that she would never walk again, she did;I sat in an ICU unit while the doctor told us that my dad would not make it through the night, he did (only to bravely face a horrible disease for 30 years);I sat on my mom's lap hearing that my sister may not be coming home from Children's Hospital ICU , but she did (for 17 more years). There were many more times that I learned that illness is a part of life. It is something that you fi ...more
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Letter format. women's fiction/realistic memoir style book about sister dying of cancer. It was okay. I learned a lot about producing a movie but in the state of mind i'm in I just wasn't effected by the sadness of the sister. Written well and I would recommend it. I hope the author has another book out, as it said she was writing an second novel but I haven't seen it yet.
Mary Richardson
I chose this as my companion on a tortuous international flight, and it was perfect for the confined uncomfortable space. Not making too demands on the reader, the novel is a collection of letters the protagonist pens to all the significant people in her life during a stressful period.

The writing was easy and entertaining in an intelligent way unlike many fun reads out there. There are all kinds of pokes at Hollywood and even an interesting connection to Don Quixote woven in.

The best part for m
I don't know what made me pick up this book- maybe the sentimentality of sisterhood...but I really liked it and read it almost straight through in one evening. I couldn't put it down, which surprised me because I normally do not like stories written entirely in letters. It resonates deeply for those who have sisters, and I laughed and cried along with Olivia. I was surprised to learn that the story was based on the author's experiences with her own sister.
Carrie Abigail
Last week I finished, The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters. Somehow this book made it from my sister's book shelf to mine because it had her name in it. I'd never heard of the book nor did I know what it was about.

Perhaps I'm being too critical because this is the first time in a while that I gave back to back books only three stars. This one was even tougher to get through then The Fault In Our Stars. I was disappointed to because it was written all in letters and I love that
Stephanie Kapllani
When I first started this, I didn't want to continue and I didn't like the format. But I kept going, and what was at first an annoyed start turned into an overwhelmingly, satisfying finish. John Green said, “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people ...more
Kristen Mcclure
I just read this book. Loved it. The entire book is in letters, and they are only the letters the main character herself writes. She struggles with the death of her sister, her alcoholic family, and the choice between her career and a relationship. I read it in one sitting.
I chose this book for my book club without knowing a whole lot about it beforehand. I wish I would have known that the language is very colorful because I think it may be too harsh for some of the book club members. The story line is a good one. One sister is in Hollywood trying to get a movie to be made about Don Quixote. She writes letters and emails to the people in her life and that is how the book is narrated. Her younger sister gets cancer and part of the storyline is focused on that. The ...more
Two sisters, Maddie seriously ill but optomistic and idealistic, and Olivia driven to succeed, observant, abrasive and attractive. Both of their lives are unraveling in different ways. Their respective stories are told via the letters, faxes and e-mails written by Olivia. Her correspondence is conversational in nature and allows the reader to vicariously experience every aspect of Olivia's life from her Hollywood adventures and misadventures, to her romantic life and above all her love for her s ...more
Interestingly written in that it's an epistolary novel using only one author. So we get the narrator's letters, emails, and faxes to family, friends, and people in the biz, but none of their responses. Olivia Hunt is a struggling movie producer, trying hard to make a beautiful version of Don Quixote. Possible rewrites of the script are discussed in detail so the reader understands the premise and possibilities of Don Quixote, which ends up as a not-at-all-veiled parallel to what is happening to ...more
Olivia always knew she would leave her home town behind when she grew up, just as Maddie knew she would stay. The tale of these two sisters is told exclusively through Olivia's correspondence with her younger sister, Maddie and the handful of other people that are important to her. Olivia rolls out letter after letter to help hold her life together while working to produce her first movie. Olivia has what it takes to get what she wants and needs. Her letters are filled with unflagging truths, bu ...more
A pretty good read. Keep a box of kleenex nearby, especially near the end!
I didn't like the main character/narrator at first, but the seeds of her change and growth were there in the beginning, so I stuck with it. The author uses a unique narrative style of letters written from the main character, Olivia Hunt, to others exclusively to tell the story. E Robinson handles this very well, and the voice of the main character rings true as she shifts to write to a best friend, a boyfriend/ex-boyfriend
This book, recommended by Darlene, reminded me of a Nick Hornby novel--light & yet dealing with serious issues with some apparent depth but not as much as it seems. It's another good sister/bad sister story. The older sister, in her late 20s, is trying to get a movie produced--an adaptation of Don Quixote for which she has landed John Cleese (Quixote) & Robin Williams (Sancho Panza). [What a good idea!:] She's struggling with her love life. In both cases, her problems are due largely to ...more
Melissa Lee-tammeus
This would make a great movie. A movie of hope and inspiration, with a hero fighting for her life, who loses the battle, yet leaves behind a message of hope. Yep, that is the stuff of movies. This book even ends with a letter found in a jacket pocket written by the dearly departed which ties everything up into a satisfying bow. Now, I know I sound a bit cynical, but really, I am not. In this case, it works. It actually really works - and you want that bow at the end. Robinson works in the film i ...more
I really wanted to like this book, having received it as a gift from someone who knows the author personally and with whom I share the drama of much of the story's themes (sisterhood, close relative with cancer.) But I have to say overall I was disappointed. The writing itself is better than I expected from a book of its type (chick lit?) but sometimes even that is hard to believe coming from the voice of a Hollywood movie producer. But ok, i guess it's possible. But really, does it all have to ...more
Nanette Littlestone
I’ve always been a fan of stories told through letters, diaries, journals. I used to write long letters when I was young and love the intimacy of this personal expression combined with the stream-of-consciousness effect of the thought patterns. It gives wonderful insight into the writer. So when I saw this book I was immediately intrigued by the format. Then I turned to the first page and fell in love. Who wouldn’t like a 6-year-old character who writes to her not-yet-born baby sister and signs ...more
My sister loaned me her copy of this novel about two sisters. The entire story is told through letters and emails sent by Olivia Hunt, the elder of the two sisters.

She writes to her sister Maddie, her best friend Tina, the Director of the film she is trying to produce, her ex-boyfriend, various Hollywood stars that she wants to work with, her brother, her brother-in-law and just once to her lover.

Olivia also writes to a wig-maker, a renowned leukaemia consultant and a doctor. This is because w
Cyndy Aleo
Browsing through the used and clearance section of Barnes and Noble, I came upon a book with the interesting title of The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters. The short book blurb and author bio on the cover did nothing for me, but I was drawn in by a comment by Jay Mcinerney on the book jacket and decided to give it a whirl.

::: The Plot :::

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters is a fictionalized version of Elisabeth Robinson, a former producer and screenwriter.
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Although the story itself was okay, I gave this book a lower rating because I couldn't stand the way the author wrote it. In a series of letters written by the main character Olivia, she tells her life story of life with her sister Maddie, her job as a Hollywood producer and Maddie's subsequent illness and death.

I firmly believe this novel would have been both a whole lot better and enjoyable had the author written it as a "novel" not a long series of letters. I did not enjoy this method of wri
Sarcastic and a tad pessimistic, Olivia Hunt is just as flawed as everyone else. But her relationship with her sister, Maddie, and the rest of her loved ones shows that she is a deeply caring individual.

While Olivia may be the older sister, she is constantly learning from Maddie's triumphs and battles, applying some of Maddie's strength and determination in her own life. As Maddie struggles to fight the cancer that has invaded her body, Olivia's own transformation is shown step by step. By the e
AJ LeBlanc
More Chick Lit. This one follows some of the major Chick Lit themes: cancer, sisters, relationships, career, kids, marriage…

There were some clichéd themes, but they often work in Chick Lit, so I only roll my eyes when they aren’t well written.

I liked the structure of this one. The entire book is told through emails, faxes, letters and other written correspondence from Olivia. She’s a super powerful Hollywood exec and is infuriated and befuddled by her wide-eyed small town little sister.

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Mar 26, 2008 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah P.
Recommended to Jill by: Anisa Nammar
Loved it!


Hollywood and leukemia are the two unlikely poles of this wrenching, tragicomic first novel by independent producer and screenwriter Robinson. Pouring out her troubles in epistolary form, 34-year-old Olivia Hunt, a struggling film producer, chronicles a year of dizzying highs and devastating lows. As the novel begins, she receives news that her younger sister, Madeline, recently married and happily settled in the sisters' Ohio hometown, has been diagnosed with leukemia
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