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Bittersweet

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Who knows you better than your sister?

Sabrina Falks is the golden girl; a beautiful, successful actress who is engaged to the too-good-to-be-true Edward. Her life is glamorous and seemingly perfect – apart from her recurring desire to run away.

Her younger sister Mimi is funny and bright but also hopelessly lost, with no career prospects, no money, no love life and a string
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Paperback, 456 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Penguin Australia
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Shallowreader VaVeros
This book was beautifully written but it lacked the La'Brooy humour and joy of her previous publications. When I finished the book & saw in her acknowledgements that her publisher asked her to write on a serious topic and that she went home and cried I too wanted to cry. It is a rare author that can deliver wonderful humour and love in what would seem an effortless (yet we all know it is hard) way. I hope Melanie La'Brooy returns to writing her special brand of fun relationships and resists ...more
Lesley
Apr 15, 2011 Lesley rated it liked it
Bittersweet is the most recent published work by Australia Chick-Lit Author, Melaine La'Brooy and the only one yet unread by me come 2012. This had been sitting on my bookshelf, untouched, since I picked it up when the Borders closest to me was having its closing down sale. I had read La'Brooys other works a couple of years ago and had found them quite enjoyable and was pleased to see her latest work sitting abandoned on the bookstore shelf, ready to come home with me. The only hesitation I felt ...more
Bree T
Apr 08, 2011 Bree T rated it liked it
Sisters Sabrina and Miriam Faulks couldn’t be more different. Sabrina is thin, beautiful and the darling of the Australian soap star scene. She’s the elder sister, the responsible one who does sensible things. Miriam, aka Mimi on the other hand, is shorter, a fraction overweight and has never held a job in her life. When the two girls inherit quite a substantial amount of money from their grandparents, despite her well paying, steady job, Sabrina invests her. Mimi chooses to spend three years ba ...more
Emma
Aug 13, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
Sabrina Falks is the golden girl; a beautiful, successful actress who is engaged to the too-good-to-be-true Edward. Her life is glamorous and seemingly perfect – apart from her recurring desire to run away.

Her younger sister, Mimi, is funny and bright but also hopelessly lost, with no career prospects, no money, no love life and a string of disastrous mistakes in her past.

Estranged since a fight over their dark family history, Sabrina and Mimi enter into a reluctant alliance when Sabrina hires M
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Marie Carlino
Feb 13, 2013 Marie Carlino rated it really liked it
A really great book about sisters. Split between the perspective of sisters Mimi and Sabrina, it shows how two sisters who have shared so much can be so different, and yet have so much in common. Mimi has always had fun and been a bit irresponsible. Sabrina has worked hard in her life and become very successful. Neither sister has spoken to the other since the funeral of their mother over 3 years ago. As luck would have it, Sabrina announces her engagement just after Mimi arrives home from a lon ...more
Nicki
Sep 03, 2013 Nicki rated it really liked it
Chick lit at its best. I really enjoyed this story about two sisters who have drifted apart. I could have done without Sabrina's "dark secret" (Christ, does that always have to be the issue in a chick lit for a woman who is married or getting married?). But it's a small gripe and I did like the ending despite myself.
The sisters are so well written and their lives felt very real to me - even the surreal life of a beautiful soapie star. I liked that everyone had flaws, it wasn't all happy familie
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snapp
Two sisters who have had a difficult time in recent years, are brought back together as the famous sister hires her sibling to be her bridesmaid and to organize the wedding.

This is quite a sad story at times but does have many funny moments. I think the real thing about this book is that people will be able to relate to it. The exact circumstances may change but we have all felt like the characters at one time or another and so can empathize with their situation.
Michelle
Feb 14, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Some thoughts while reading….
There are so many factors influencing families and sisters and their relationship. While reading this novel, I reminisced on my own relationship with my sister. There were many times throughout the book that I could actually see similarities between the fictional characters and my own life.



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Sx
Sep 20, 2012 Sx rated it it was ok
This book lacked the distinctive quirks that come with all Melanie La'Brooy's books. Without them and the dash of humour so unique to her works, this book is reduced to just another chick-lit.
Takako
Sep 20, 2015 Takako rated it it was amazing
it was great story about sisterhood.
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Nov 28, 2015 Katrina rated it it was ok
A nice easy summer read. No real depth though, nothing that really grabs your attention to say 'I can't wait to read the next chapter!'
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Mar 10, 2015 Bectoria rated it liked it
Bittersweet indeed - not the joyful rom com I was expecting but enjoyable nonetheless.
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Melanie La’Brooy is the author of five novels: Love Struck, The Wish List, Serendipity, The Babymoon and Bittersweet. For several years, Melanie worked for the art auction house Christie’s, in both Sydney and Melbourne, where she trained as a specialist in Australian paintings. Following the success of her debut novel she gave up her career in the art world to become a full-time writer. Melanie is ...more
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