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An Absolute Scandal by Penny Vincenzi
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Jun 21, 10

bookshelves: 2010-books, fluffy-fiction
Read from June 13 to 21, 2010

Not a bad read; would have been perfect for the beach.

This was a pretty long book (500+ pages), complete with a character list before the first chapter. Typically, these make me roll my eyes: the author is essentially telling me that there are tons of characters, lots going on, and that she herself probably needed a cheat sheet of sorts to keep them all straight. And indeed, I did reference it a lot; it was much-needed.

Vincenzi did a nice job of developing the characters throughout this novel; no easy feat, I'm sure. And while there were a few unexpected twists thrown in, the ending found all the loose ends tied up, and everyone happy. This was a totally frivolous and mindless read, which I enjoy every now and then, but still couldn't shake the slightly indulgent feeling one (i.e. me) has when watching bad reality TV and wondering where the last few hours went.
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Reading Progress

06/19/2010 page 139
18.0% "Took awhile to get all the characters straight (and I still find myself referencing the "characters listing" at the beginning); while it's set in the late 80s, is definitely still relevant since focus on what happens after a financial disaster. Pretty good so far."

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