I haaaaaattttteeeee this book. I know that's not much of a review, but that's about all I have to say. You'd have to pay me a lot of money to read any...moreI haaaaaattttteeeee this book. I know that's not much of a review, but that's about all I have to say. You'd have to pay me a lot of money to read any of the other books in this series (which I didn't realize was a series until I finished the book; if I had known that, I never would have slogged through to the end).(less)
It should come as no surprise that I'm a big fan of Marian Keyes, given how many of her books grace my "read" shelf. This Charming Man rates as my fav...moreIt should come as no surprise that I'm a big fan of Marian Keyes, given how many of her books grace my "read" shelf. This Charming Man rates as my favorite of her books, but Sushi for Beginners comes in a close second.
I picked up a tattered paperback copy of this book at a library book sale over the weekend and finished it in a quick 3 days. I could hardly put it down! The story is both fun and interesting, the characters compelling and - for the most part - likable, and the ending is quite satisfactory.
This would be a great read for traveling and/or the beach, or for those times when you just want to relax and lose yourself in a fun, frothy book.(less)
While there were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, overall I would have to say that it was disappointing.
With its long chapters full of dense...moreWhile there were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, overall I would have to say that it was disappointing.
With its long chapters full of dense, dialogue-free paragraphs, I had a hard time getting into the book to start. I felt that most of the main characters were poorly developed, to the point that I often thought to myself, "Now, why would they react like that?" Additionally, some of the main characters were only marginally likable, even after you learned of the personal tragedies that had formed who they were.
Still, I found myself interested in their lives, only to be disappointed by underdeveloped story lines and much unfinished business. I guess that's pretty much what life is like, but since that's the case, I don't really need to be left hanging in my fiction reading.
The ending landed with a really heavy thud for me and was probably the biggest disappointment in the book. Unless Ms. Smith is planning a sequel, she left me hanging. I also found the short "update" chapter on the "rest of the girls" from the original trip very superfluous. They were hardly even mentioned in the rest of the book, why on earth would I care enough about them to get their updates?(less)
Bergdorf Blondes is the tale of ueber-rich young ladies in New York City trying to snag suitable mates.
This is the kind of book that I consider "a lig...moreBergdorf Blondes is the tale of ueber-rich young ladies in New York City trying to snag suitable mates.
This is the kind of book that I consider "a light bit of confection." Not much to it, not the most complex story line, but enjoyable enough and fulfilling as a "time waster."
I was surprised, while reading some of the reviews on Goodreads, to see how much vitriole people had towards this book. I can see where people with more reasonable lifestyles and better heads on their shoulders might find this book offensive to their sensibilities, but I guess I just didn't take it all that seriously. This wasn't meant to be world-class fiction.
I realize that there probably are real people out there in the world like the "heroines" of this book - the bergdorf blondes. But this glimpse inside their glitzy world honestly made me feel better about my own decidedly unglamorous life, which isn't nearly as vapid or pointless as theirs.
I think this one is a great bit of fluff for beach reading or for those moments when you want to unwind without thinking too hard.(less)
About 80 pages into this book, I stopped for a few days to contemplate whether I wanted to finish it. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to see where...moreAbout 80 pages into this book, I stopped for a few days to contemplate whether I wanted to finish it. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to see where the story was going - perhaps the characters would redeem themselves - so I picked it up again and powered through. Boy, was I sorry.
Let's Meet on Platform 8 is the story of Jamie and Terri, two London commuters who literally bump into each other at the train station and fall in love. The hitch? Jamie is married, which he doesn't bother to tell Terri until they've been seeing each other for several weeks.
I think the worst part of this book is that I felt like the author wanted me to root for Jamie and Terri's relationship, despite the fact that Jamie is not only relatively happily married, but has two children to boot. In reality, they both seemed like selfish a-holes who went out of their way to see one another when it would have been much easier to avoid each other and the whole affair mess. How am I supposed to believe that these people are so deeply in love after a few weeks of riding the train back and forth together that they're willing to ruin the lives of Jamie's wife and children? And if that's the case, then how am I supposed to like them?
Characters' actions in this book make little sense. Pamela, Jamie's wife, starts the book as a shrieking harpy who harangues her husband for coming home late from work when it's not even his fault. But she soon turns into a sweet, kind, vulnerable woman who discovers that, once he's having an affair, she truly loves her husband. I mean, really? Puke. If it ever took my husband cheating on me to prove to me that I loved him, I think it would be time to get my head checked and to put our relationship to bed.
Even more bewildering, Pamela eventually feels no anger toward Jamie and Terri but begins to understand their relationship and even empathize with Terri. What? Frankly, I can't see what either woman saw in the guy, he seemed like a "right git," as the Brits say. With the way this book went, I'm a little shocked that Jamie didn't end up getting to keep both women and they could have lived as one big happy family.
The hurried ending, complete with a "cliffhanger," would have been laughable if it hadn't made me fear that Matthews had written it intending to produce a sequel. Please tell me there wasn't a sequel! If there was, I'll arrange a book-burning bonfire myself.
I recommend that you not even consider reading this book. Ever.(less)
I thought that the ending of this book was oddly flat and static (although it did come to its inevitable conclusion), but I otherwise enjoyed the stor...moreI thought that the ending of this book was oddly flat and static (although it did come to its inevitable conclusion), but I otherwise enjoyed the story. I particularly appreciated Evans's gift for descriptions, especially her depictions of "home," which really sounded like a place where I'd want to live.(less)
I often wanted to throttle Courtney, the main character, for letting her passive-aggressive sister Raine trample all over her. I also often wanted to...moreI often wanted to throttle Courtney, the main character, for letting her passive-aggressive sister Raine trample all over her. I also often wanted to smack her upside the head for obsessing over her brooding ex-boyfriend, especially since her new fiancee was clearly the right guy for her. (I think that I've reached an age where I just can't stomach female characters falling for the "bad boy" anymore. I'm really over it.)
However, I still ended up enjoying this book. Courtney's flaws made for an amazing life transformation in the end. I think that's what I love so much about chick-lit books. I just love to read about women taking charge of their lives.(less)
Along with The Undomestic Goddess, my favorite Sophie Kinsella book. Light-hearted, breezy, and good-natured, I zipped right through it in a day. I wi...moreAlong with The Undomestic Goddess, my favorite Sophie Kinsella book. Light-hearted, breezy, and good-natured, I zipped right through it in a day. I wish I liked all fiction this much!(less)