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A Girl Like You

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  9,478 ratings  ·  567 reviews
I've discovered the secret to successful singledom. I'm acting like a man. And it's working.

After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch. Her dating skills are abysmal, and she ricochets from disaster to disaster – until Robert, one of London's most notorious lotharios, agrees to coach her. With his advice, s
Paperback, 423 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Avon Books
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1. Be cool
2. Be detached
3. Act brutal
4. Stay in control
5. Bulletproof
6. Always leave them before they leave you.

After being in a relationship for 7 years, Abigail is back on the market and completely lost. She doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing and starts taking dating advice from her womanising flatmate Robert. With these 6 tips in mind and a little help from her friends, she goes out into the dating world and acts like a dude. Apparently, this is the key to success. Everything is going very
Natalie Monroe
EDIT 7/5/2015: Lowered rating to 2 stars. I've been thinking it over and it doesn't deserve a three.

You know 'em, you love 'em, welcome to the stage Nice Natalie and Cynical Natalie!

Nice Natalie: It's been a while since we've been called upon to do a review.

Cynical Natalie: Because Miss Monroe was a lazy ass and didn't take notes. So now we have to do her dirty work.

Nice Natalie: Oh, come now. It's only because she doesn't know what to feel towards A Girl Like You.

Cynical Natalie: Well, I know
Jan 31, 2013 Silvia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to Silvia by: Elena
Is that..Is that an angel singing out there? Yep, I guess it is.

So, now I'm gonna add a few gifs, just to let you know (see) how I felt troughout the book.

Let's say, 15% done:


I was a little disappointed. Confused. I didn't like it.

30% done:

And I was like: mmmh, let's see what happens next.

55% done:


New Year's Eve's kiss:

THE Hong Kong Kiss and..Well:

Robert's final wedding speech:

I cried. I don't wanna talk about it.

I love this book. I LOL'd. I rolled around the bed one week so obsessed by the book by the time I finished reading it small rodents had settled into my hair and were debating expanding the nest to a small condo and I had gained 5 pounds from nibbling on whatever I came across in the house.(which, as nibblers know, is never good.)

Again, I cried. I said I don't wanna talk about it, but it should be mentioned that they were happy tears. I don't often get happy t

Gemma Burgess,

You are so good at this.
Please stick with this.

Xoxo, Kit
I've decided to write a review comprised of gifs, because it's awesome.

Here's my timeline of how I felt throughout the book:

So I just finished reading this book...and after all the back pain,the countless hours of sleep deprivation,the dark circles under my eyes, I have finally finished it...and I just have to was sssssssssoooooooo worth it!!
I simply fell in love with the book and its characters. I loved the way the author wrote this book from the starting to the acknowledgements. It was simply brilliant!
I loved,absolutely loved Robert! A guy who cooks,takes care of breakfast when you are late for work, who
~~~ 3 STARS OR 6/10 ~~~

This is chick lit. I usually don't read chick lit. And aside from the last few chapters of this book, I don't think I want to again any time soon.
So why did I read it?

Well, for one, the premise sounded good and secondly, the reviews were stellar. I should have clued in that most of these reviews were from regular chick lit readers--there's nothing wrong with that, but it's not my preference. So FOR A CHICK LIT BOOK...this was good.
I liked, no loved the ending. The last cha
Poison Ivy
This was so much more than I thought it was going to be. I'm so glad I picked it up.

Be cool Be silly
Be detached Be direct
Act brutal Be kind
Stay in control Let yourself do whatever you want
Bulletproof Have an open heart
Always leave them before they leave you Be true to yourself and everything will work out.

Loved it! I could really relate to some things. I was stuck for years with "Dave" situation (not exactly the same, long story for another time) and this year I finally got him out of my life
Jacob Proffitt
This was a ton of fun, with an incredibly satisfying emotional payoff. The characters are well-drawn enough to evoke Cecelia Ahern (without the magical realism) with maybe a touch of Bridget Jones's Diary (though a very light touch).

What makes the book work, for me, is that I just liked Abigail so much. She has been in emotional stasis for a long time and seeing her emerge, and mature, was just a whole lot of fun. Frankly, it's a bit brilliant to take an ignorant observer and thrust them into th
This book was so deliciously charming that I didn’t want to put it down. I was swept into London, and the quirky dating world of Abigail Wood and I enjoyed every minute of it. First off I just have to say I’m beginning to love overseas authors more and more. I’m especially loving novels set in London and surrounding areas, though I’ve never been. But the atmosphere just seems so divine and fun. This book was no different.

Abigail was a great leading lady. After seven years in a blase relationship
Jul 10, 2014 Aly∞ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Whoever needs a pick-me-up
Recommended to Aly∞ by: Inge
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The Rules of Surviving Singledom
Be cool
Be detached
Act brutal
Stay in control
Always leave them before they leave you.

BEWARE: You are about to enter a very happy, rambling episode of Inside Aly's Brain. This review probably won't make sense, but bear with me.

When reading this book, you may encounter the following symptoms:

- Lack of oxygen
- The Giggles
- Dizziness/swooning
- Hyperventilating
- Weight gain from overeating of ice cream, cook
First I want to say this, when I got to about 98% of the book I started crying… happy-romantic-silly tears!!
Then I was devastated the book was over…
My husband hated me for a couple of days, as the book was getting all my attention…
What more to say, the perfect romantic chick-lit, with the perfect never-once-boring pace from the start till the end!!
Loved loooveeed looooooveeeeeed it!
You get to know “Abigay” throughout the book, feeling her emotions and sharing her deepest thoughts, and you can’t
Jul 16, 2014 Keertana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Keertana by: Inge
Shelves: swoooon
A Girl Like You is classic, unapologetic chick-lit--and I love it. Newly single Abigail is entering the dating world for the first time. Now, having broken up with her boyfriend of far too many years, Abigail is determined to find the right guy. Robert, her new flat-mate and a classic player, is the perfect candidate to coach her on the Art of Dating. From the beginning itself, Abigail's narration is honest, unassuming, and drop-dead hilarious. It's impossible not to become entirely embroiled in ...more
Love Fool
"I've discovered the secret to successful singledom. I'm acting like a man. And it's working."
YES! This book made me laugh out loud and proud to love to read chick-lits. Calling all single ladies, you need to read this book! I feel us single ladies take our dating status as a mark of shame or punishment when we should be laughing more than crying of lack of men or horrid dates. Gemma Burgess makes dating life fun and laughable, which it is. She makes us women feel powerful, beautiful, and sexy,
I was left with a huge smile plastered on my face at 2 am. Doesn't it say it all? :))
Rachna R
4.5 stars!! I read like three okay-to-bad romances in the last couple of days so I don't know how that affected how I felt about this, but I loved this. I super enjoyed it. The romance was my favourite kind of romance - friends!, kind of on a slow-burn, but with a lot of affection, lots of clicking, the kind of easiness I look for when I'm reading this sort of thing - I spent a while just waiting for the two of them to realise it themselves, and I was totally cool with that. There was a refreshi ...more
Ria Lize
That's it? That's it? No, that can't be it!

I feel cheated. It was all going sooo well, I even cried, and then... suddenly they're confessing to each other, then boom, everything's fine. Why? I just feel like... I feel like... I feel like I should've been there to witness everything as it went. But Ms.Burgess skipped it. How things come together, how they resolve it is important to me. But there was no confrontation thing during the end. They were just ...suddenly fine.

For instance (quote towards
Oh my gosh. I don't even have a word to describe how I'm feeling right now.
I'm in this sort of happy bubble with lots of cute and adorable hearts all over it and deep down a feeling that I just learned something important.

I read about this book yesterday and in that exact moment I felt a compelling need to read it. Like, I had to read the damn book right that second in order to survive. It was necessary for my existence, according to my reader senses. So that's what I did.
I downloaded it and did
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
What a delightful read! Loved every minute
Abigail is a riot of a character and I found myself giggling out loud at some of her musings. Who can forget her little mountain goat dance - oh I did enjoy her character so much.
Robert was amazing and I just adored the interaction between the two as I did the interactions with her friends.
Just a wonderful book throughout and I really did enjoy every minute of it.
This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last.
Loved it... truly romantic... awesome, funny, witty ... a Book With a Punch

The perfect easy-romantic-you-cry-because-it-is-that-good chick-lit

it never gets boring, it always keeps you on your toes (even if you have a pretty clear idea of where the story is going, or will go... it doesn't matter!!!)

I was so sad the book was over!! And this says it all...
I really loved this book. Like honestly, I adored it so much. The relationship shown between Abigail and all the other characters whether they are family or old family friends or work friends or new friends was just well done. I looooved Abigail and I was rooting for her in all her dates and honestly the slow progression of her friendship with Robert was just really well done. I love how her friends noticed (and exchanged significant looks) long before she did. And the wedding speech. Ugh (I was ...more
This book was super delightful and I love it so, so much! One of the best executions of my favorite trope (best friends falling in love) I've ever read. Everyone in this was delightful, I really, really liked Abigail and Robert, and I adored all of their friends, and I adored Henry and Charlotte and Luke and Sophie and the shipping in this book was just all-around excellent, even beyond the main couple.

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Solid 4 Stars

I was already a fan of Gemma Burgess and I'm happy to say that I liked A Girl Like You even more than her last book (The Dating Detox).
She writes chick lit just the way I like them, lot's of laugh out loud humour, quality writing, a fun premise ie: the single girls to do list is this case and the romantic interest is very involved throughout the book.
Abigail is a strong relatable protag who has the interesting distinction of perhaps becoming less likable as the book goes on. Luckily
Oh I love it! I love it I love it I love it! I am leaping around like a nimble footed mountain goat!

(You'll get it if you read this book which you should!)

Love the witty banter! Not many people can do that well, I am telling you. Burgess nailed it. I mean nailed it. It was never cheesy, never a cliche. It was fresh, funny so funny! It made me love every one of the characters. Henry, Plum, Vix, Luke and Sophie, definitely Robert and of course my girl Abigail.

The plot wasn't too different from ot
Abigail is a girl coming out of a nasty breakup of a 7 year relationship. But luckily her flatmate Robert is there to help guide her along the way to enjoying her life as a single lady. She goes through life and figures out relationships with men, how to date and be bulletproof, and of course finds love somehow, somewhere.

I actually really loved this book, despite my usual tendencies of rolling my eyes at sugar-laden, fluffy romance books. But something about this book is just fun. The first pe
SPOILERSS.... (but you can basically already guess them from the synopsis)


What a great book! I seriously enjoyed this so much.. it was easy to read, lighthearted, fun and most importantly utterly romantic :)

I loved how clueless she was with dating men, and how she had to rely upon Robert completely just to learn how to pull. From her embarrassing scenes, to hilarious dates Abigail was an enticing female lead. I loved witnessing her and Robert's growth
Tropical Sorbet
This was actually a 4.5 for me. It was a laugh out loud incredibly fun book. The characters were so well developed and it had a slooow burn. I LOVE slow burns when they're done right like this. The only reason it's not a 5 star for me was some of the crazy things Abby did (ahem..Dave), the end of the Hong Kong scene and the aftermath. Though it actually was all totally realistic. She explains her thought process and I think most women have totally been there. Lord knows I have, several times. Th ...more
Actual rating 4.5


Okay everyone out there - this is how you write chiclit!
Gemma Burgess I love you!
And I freaking love Robert.
And Abigail.
And the whole story and aaaaggghhh.
Chiclit perfection, believe me!
The banter was hilarious.
Everything was great great great and this is not a review but me raving and swooning just because I can and I want all of you to read this if you are in a reading slump and see for yourselves how it will basically be attached to your hands and you will fall in lov
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anybody who loves a good chick flick. This is the perfect book to relax and get away from anything going on in life. Which, of course any good book is supposed to do. I started it early in the afternoon, and spent the rest of my day sitting on the couch, in front of the fire, drinking cups of tea until I finished the very last page.

I look forward to reading more books by Gemma Burgess. As long as I can get my hands on them! Unfortunately it's b
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Gemma started writing anti-romantic comedies for girls who like chicklit that comforts and charms without the silly fluffy bits. She lives in Notting Hill in London, but grew up all over the place – mostly Hong Kong. She loves talking and writing, not necessarily in that order.

She also loves burgers, vodka, white-tipped Marlboro Lights, OK GO, Sixteen Candles, Lucky Jim, anything from Nora Ephron
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“I've discovered the secret to successful singledom. I'm acting like a man. And it's working.” 56 likes
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