Lola. Grace. Marnie. Alicia. Four very different women with one connection: Paddy de Courcy. Told from each of the four women's viewpoints, This CharmLola. Grace. Marnie. Alicia. Four very different women with one connection: Paddy de Courcy. Told from each of the four women's viewpoints, This Charming Man explains how each of the women is deeply affected by this one man. All of the women are struggling with something, despite her outwardly normal appearance. The story starts with the announcement of de Courcy's engagement and the women's different reactions. From there we get to see why each woman reacted in her own way--and the reasons are shocking, but not all that diverse.
I really like Marian Keyes and this is one of her best novels to date in my opinion. It helps that she addresses the issue of domestic violence in depth (one of my main causes seeing as I am a former DV/SA advocate). Like another reviewer mentioned, this was less chick-lit than a real novel; and it was good. My only complaint is that the American edition is crappily edited--it attempted to change some of the UK words into the American counterparts, but either didn't change all, or changed some but not all. For instance in one paragraph it mentions that the heroine needs fries for her hangover and then in the *very* next paragraph, she is described as having a plate of chips in front of her. If you're going to change it, change it all! It seemed like the changes were intentional throughout the whole book (always cookies, never a mention of a biscuit); but then in the last scene there is mention of children playing football (no need to worry, it's not ruining the book whatsoever)--but it's obviously soccer--yes, I realize it's the same thing, but they attempted to change everything else, so I was perplexed that this was left. But like I said, it was a shoddy job all around and it should have remained as Keyes originally wrote it--Americans aren't that dumb....more
Maybe I'm outgrowing chick lit? Or maybe this was just crap. I'm not sure. The last few chick lit books I've read have not really been enjoyable to meMaybe I'm outgrowing chick lit? Or maybe this was just crap. I'm not sure. The last few chick lit books I've read have not really been enjoyable to me, so I'm sort of leaning towards the former; but maybe I'm just making bad choices. There were not any characters in this book that I liked. They are all reprehensible, selfish and annoying. Two families are thrown together in the same house for a week of holiday and it's starting to look like it wasn't an accident. The books that Wickham wrote under the pen name Sophi Kinsella are highly enjoyable fun. But the ones written under her own name have been barely more than average in my opinion. This one is just pretty bad. I wish I could go back to my self two weeks ago and take this away....more
It was okay. I read the whole thing, but questioned why almost the whole way through. I really just wanted to know what the hell happened that she refIt was okay. I read the whole thing, but questioned why almost the whole way through. I really just wanted to know what the hell happened that she refers to throughout the entire book. Of course it was a letdown. Not horrible, but not worth 450 pages of my time, either. ...more
Amy Haskel is a junior at Eli University, the editor of the Literary Magazine, and waiting to be tapped into Quill & Ink--the literary society. HeAmy Haskel is a junior at Eli University, the editor of the Literary Magazine, and waiting to be tapped into Quill & Ink--the literary society. Her interview, though, is rather strange: she can't see any of her interviewers, the girl she assumes is her sponsor is sitting in the class Amy is currently skipping, and the panel seems to know everything about her. Things get even stranger when she receives a note. This note isn't decorated with the Quill & Ink colors and the seal is that of Rose & Grave, the most secret, most elite, most prestigious secret society on campus. One that also does not tap women. If Amy is confused at first, things only get worse from here. She goes through some very strange initiation ceremonies, is constantly being distanced from her real friends, and making new friends with her fellow brothers and sisters. If the rush of a foreign experience isn't enough, it turns out that immediately there is a major power struggle within the society. One that Amy will be thrust in the middle of.
This was very enjoyable. Amy is a likable character, with flaws and self-doubts (but not too many to make her whiny). The pace of the book was good and kept me interested throughout. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series....more
How many modern-day Pride and Prejudices can there be? A lot apparently. This one takes place in Philidelphia with an overbearing doctor mother dead sHow many modern-day Pride and Prejudices can there be? A lot apparently. This one takes place in Philidelphia with an overbearing doctor mother dead set on marrying off her two remaining single daughters and a judge fater who is less-than-involved in their lives. Things fall even further apart for Dr. Rubin when her married middle daughter, Isabel, announces that she and her husband are getting a divorce. Now there are three single daughters and though there are potential mates, not all of them are suitable.
At times I enjoyed this and at times I positively hated it. It wasn't exactly a carbon copy P&P, but it was close enough (and on purpose, as it is advertised as an updated P&P) that I wondered why the author didn't just go all the way and replicate the entire story. I mean, if you're going to dig up a distant cousin to be involved with one of the women, why not go all out? It was cute, but not fantastic, or original (clearly). ...more
If you're looking for a light, fluffy read, this is for you. Kathy is 32 but appears as if she's 18. This is usually obnoxious, but about to become aIf you're looking for a light, fluffy read, this is for you. Kathy is 32 but appears as if she's 18. This is usually obnoxious, but about to become a positive--at least to her ex-boyfriend, Tim. Tim wants Kathy to go undercover at a small college in order to investigate a story on college girls working as prostitutes. Sooner than she's like, Kathy is back in a dorm, living with a strange roommate and adjusting to college life. She's trying to fit in, but having the super-hot RA's constant attentions is kind of distracting. Not to mention the pressure from her boss and Tim. She only has seven weeks, but that may not be enough.
I think my level of tolerance for chick lit is quickly coming to an end. I just can't get into these things like I used to. This was wasn't bad, and it actually threw a few twists in at the end that I didn't see coming. And the relationship between Kathy and Tim was actually a bit enlightening for me considering my own recent and heart-wrenching breakup. But like any chick lit, don't expect anything too deep....more
I read this only a week ago but I have problems remembering it. That says something. Typical chick lit, but I did get tired of it. The main characterI read this only a week ago but I have problems remembering it. That says something. Typical chick lit, but I did get tired of it. The main character made all the mistakes that chick lit heroines make, but I recall getting a bit angry about it because the book did start out with some promise: a woman in a male-dominated field (that, ironically, everywhere other than the professional world is deemed to be "women's work"). Could have been good, but then got annoying, then predictable. Merely okay....more
Holly, Paul, Olivia, and Saffron haven't seen each other in well over twenty years--since their school days. Unfortunately they are thrust back into eHolly, Paul, Olivia, and Saffron haven't seen each other in well over twenty years--since their school days. Unfortunately they are thrust back into each other's lives after the tragic and unexpected death of another school friend, Tom. Tom had kept in touch with all and now they gather together to catch up on their lives and remember their friend. Holly is unhappily married to an uptight lawyer and has two children; Paul is very happily married to Anna, a fashion entrepreneur, but they seem unable to have children and it's breaking their hearts (and bank accounts); Olivia loves her quiet life as a director of an animal shelter, but after the recent breakup of a seven-year relationship, she's quite lonely; and Saffron is the beautiful actress who is a recovering alcoholic and having an affair with the world's most famous married man. After the memorial service the friends continue to keep in touch and we see their lives change and alter as they realize that life is way too short.
This wasn't my favorite Green novel. It seemed too long and kind of dragged on. To be honest, I didn't really like Holly, who is the main character. I would have preferred that one of the other characters get more attention. I liked the ending, but at some points I couldn't wait to get to it....more
Lexi wakes up in the hospital and discovers that the past three years of her life are missing. She can't remember any of it. She doesn't look the wayLexi wakes up in the hospital and discovers that the past three years of her life are missing. She can't remember any of it. She doesn't look the way she's supposed to and the people in her life are a mystery to her--both old and new. She has to figure out who she is and what exactly happened in the last three years.
Light, quick read. Not Kinsella's best by far, but decent enough. ...more
Chick lit, yes; but this was a good one. The most famous rockstar and the girl he left behind, thirteen years later. From the great and accurate descrChick lit, yes; but this was a good one. The most famous rockstar and the girl he left behind, thirteen years later. From the great and accurate descriptions of teenage life in the 90s, to the pain of reflecting on your past and learning to accept it and move on--this novel touches on a lot of emotions. I liked it....more