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3.32  ·  Rating details ·  736 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
EAT, SURF, LOVE. A butterfly flaps its wings in New York City . . . and a groundswell forms in Mexico. . . .

Sometimes the biggest ripples come from the smallest events. Like the day that Emma Guthrie walks into world-famous movie star Garrett Walker’s trailer. When she steps through the door, she’s a novice PA who’s just dropped out of college after losing her scholarship
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Gallery Books
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Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How in the world did this book get published? Because the author was married to Billy Joel?

Cliche story, vanilla characters, no surprise ending. I think it took me an hour to read it.

Waste of time, folks.
I hate to give first time authors a negative score, because at least they are attempting their dream and writing a book, which is more than I've done. But this one was kind of weak. I was on the USA Today website and found a article about how this book might be a reflection on the author's unsuccessful marriage (for those of you who don't know, she was married to Billy Joel, the singer), and she denied it, but come on, there has to be some truth to it.
Anyway, it's about a small town girl who fa
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is totally CUTE. Hollywood. Slightly Shallow. Chick Lit. Great love story. Yes. This is THE perfect beach read. What girl hasn't dreamed of meeting a huge Hollywood star and have him fall head over heels for you? Here's the basic plot: Movie star meets small-town girl, love and marriage! HURRAY! Throw in a jealous best friend and a cheating husband Ummm, not so hurray....Add in a quiet beach resort and a super hot, amazing surf instructor...back to HURRAY!

Often in Chick Lit, the main c
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Guthrie went from being a nobody to the wife of famous actor, Garrett Walker. Emma was just an personal assistant helping on a film set. Garrett is the leading actor in the movie. It seemed that Garrett took a liking to Emma right away. Though, Emma did not accept Garrett’s invitations for a while. It was not long after Garrett and Emma starting dating that things got really serious fast. Before Emma knew it, she was Mrs. Garrett Walker. Now Emma has to contend with the paparazzi. After sev ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fluffy beach read -- rather formulaic but not eye-gougingly corny ... except for maybe the paragraph where Garrett and Emma each bring their three favorite movies to watch without telling each other their selections ... and they both bring 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' -- blech! Left this one at our rental for someone else to 'enjoy' on vacation.

By the way, author Katie Lee is formerly Katie Lee Joel, married to songster Billy Joel -- from what I know of their relationship (People & Us Weekly), t
Cathy Schaefer
As others have said it is a great summer beach book. No it isn't a deep in-depth novel. But I wasn't looking for that. I like books just for the fun of it sometimes so as not to think. Perfect light Hallmark movie type. If you are serious reader and want a book with depth don't read this but if want a beach book for fun highly recommend to drift off to fairytale land!
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
In the scientific world the theory is known as the "Butterfly Effect". In the real world, it simply means that sometimes the biggest ripples in a person's life are caused by the smallest events. For Emma Guthrie - a novice PA who's just dropped out of college after losing her scholarship - that was the way everything began. One day she walks into the trailer of the world-famous movie star Garrett Walker; when she walks out the door, she's fast on her way to becoming Mrs. Emma Walker - the wife o ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Last week, I decided to take a break from the "NEW RELEASES IN YA" shelf at the library, and instead gravitated towards the "NEW RELEASES IN ADULT FICTION" section instead. I randomly found a novel with a beautiful blue cover and briefly read the back, vaguely notating that it was something about a woman whose husband has an affair. Quite experienced myself with cheating men, I decided to give it a try, despite the fact that I'd never heard of either the author or the title.

Starting with plot, E
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Emma Guthrie is a Kentuckian turned New Yorker when the reader is first introduced to her in Lee's debut novel. She's struggling to make ends meet after she has to give up her college scholarship. Not wanting to return home and face her sister's "I told you so", Emma hangs in there hoping one day things will get easier.

And then they do. She's offered a position as a PA for a Garrett Walker movie. Things begin to move at a rapid pace when Emma first meets Garrett. A quick meeting in his trailer l
ZaBeth  Marsh
I found Groundswell while watching an episode of Giada De Laurentiis’ show on the Food Network. Giada was cooking for her book club and the author Katie Lee was invited to attend. As I have always been in love with the ocean, I was immediately intrigue by the definition of a groundswell which appears in the front of the book:
GROUNDSWELL (noun): A perfectly even and balanced series of waves, or swells, caused by a distant storm or disturbance. Also known as ideal surfing conditions.
Emma Guthrie s
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, pub-2011
I think I mention in pretty much every review that I wish I could give half-stars. If I could, I would give this book 2-1/2 stars.

Emma was a likable enough character and the storyline was good. It was a fairy-tale romance that turned into a nightmare. I wish the fairy-tale had been a little more convincing, but I really liked Garrett and felt like their relationship was sweet and romantic. It was when everything fell apart that I started to lose interest and question the authenticity of the sto
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie Lee knows about the Hollywood lifestyle. She became a Hollywood presence on her own and then married Billy Joel. With the old adage, "Write what you know," Katie does exactly that.

This was simply a good, solid book. It's not life changing but the author tells a solid story without a lot of superfluous information. Perhaps another person might not be as interested in the details of a silver screen star and his social life but it fascinated me. But not only does the author describe the life
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Only when I started to fill out this Goodreads review did I realize that I read this book in only 2 days! It was definitely a short novel and very fast-paced. Each chapter covered a few months in the character's lives it seemed like. The story was pretty cliched, but still entertaining. Emma Guthrie wanted to live in New York and make it as a screenwriter. But, when her scholarship runs out she drops out of school and starts looking to work as a PA on a film shoot. When she is called as a r ...more
I wish this book had been a little less predictable, especially now that I am the unwitting owner of this book! Once again, I left a book out (when will I learn) to have my cat not only discover the book but chew on it enough that the library felt I needed to buy them a new one. Thanks Eddie!

Anyhow, the book was good and kept me entertained but it was pretty easy to see where the story would end up. It was interesting to read a little slice of celebrity life as I think many people would love th
Madison (Madi) Evemy
Okay so first off I was looking for a short novel after deciding to take a break from a series I was reading and that is exactly what I got. Now I am not a huge romantic but I do like some romance in my books, this was nothing but romance but if romance is your thing you might like this book. It was all-around pretty decent I got a little confused when you would start the next chapter and we had skipped a couple months but also if it wasn't written that way you would probably have a lot of irrel ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Emma is struggling financially, loses her scholarship and moves to Hollywood. She gets a job as a PA on a movie set and ends up marrying the star. Her fairytale ending doesn't go quite as planned since she discovers her husband cheating on her with her best friend. She ends up running away to Mexico where she discovers surfing and the connection with the ocean that repairs her heart as well as her mind. This rags to riches story is just a perfect summertime read that hits a lot of marks perfectl ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fist quality of the novel the reader will notice is how likable the main character, Emma, is. Emma undergoes several major changes in her life and the reader gets to experience them right alongside her. The reader may think that losing her scholarship and gaining the star in a movie would be almost a great thing to happen; however, not much in life is ever that perfect. The worst betrayal that can happen to a husband and wife happens to Emma-her husband cheats on her with her best friend. Em ...more
Aylin Barreto
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Groundswell by Katie Lee is about this ordinary nobody that falls in love with the famous movie star “Garret Walker”. Time passes and she finds herself falling more in love with him each and every day. Throughout the book it explains how hard it is for her to acclimate to the “fame life”.
What I most enjoyed was her awkwardness in moments where she felt she didn't belong. I felt that it was very cute how she went from an ordinary life to glitz and glam. Although she could get anything,
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frothy chick lit about a girl from Kentucky who's plucked out of nowhere by a older movie star who marries have to wonder how fictional this is, since it's written by Katie Lee, Billy Joel's ex-wife. It was all kind of predictable, but basically harmless. I do feel badly for Pamela Ribon though, whose blurb on the book had her name misspelled. I met Ribon at a book signing of Going in Circles which is about how roller derby saved her life (can't imagine why I loved it so) and think mor ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a perfectly serviceable 'beach read.' Very standard fairy tale escapism -- young and broke girl meets movie star, marries him, lives happily ever after. I admit I was curious to read it only because I knew it was written by Katie Lee - the ex wife of Billy Joel, and I assumed that given the overlap of personal history there was a fighting chance of it being pretty good (write what you know and all that.) She did a good job - this isn't the best book you'll ever read (I finished it in a ...more
Alyssa Williams
The Name Of This Story Is Called: "Groundswell"

So You Think That The Story Would Be Mostly About Surfing And Of Course Romance

Romance Yes... Surfing Maybe Only 3 Chapters

This Book Is Most Definitely Not One Of My Favorite

About A Woman Who Can Falls Head Over Hills Too Fast And Of Course It Is Not A Happy Ever After

Well That's Until You Finally Get To The End Which Is Only A Few Chapters And The Best Part Of Story...

If You Are Into Super Cheesy Run On Forever About A Story You Already Knew How
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay... Groundswell by Katie Lee. I originally found this book searching for Billy Joel. I also usually read biographies/auto-biographies, but decided to read what Katie had to say.

Now, there's a billion other reviews with the plot, so I'll just say that this book had me laughing and crying. There are lots of cliffhangers, and it's a great book if you want a sentemental story to read. It's DEFINATELY a must summer read. For me it's 5 stars ***** because I couldn't really find anything wrong wit
Cindie Harp
somewhere between 2 and 3 stars -- a nice beach read for someone who doesn't want to think too hard. The story moves along, the dialgoue is believable for the early 20's crowd she is trying to evoke. The elephant in the room (and the reason I read this, truth be told) is the specter of Billy Joel, the author brief May December marriage and the divorce that followed. I found myself wondering whom the minor yet integral characters were "inspired" by and how much life with Billy Joel was like this.
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Groundswell is an amazing summer read! Although I started too lose interest halfway through the book, and I knew it would be worth it to finish it. I was right about that, because I loved the ending and Emma's trip to Mexico. As the description states, this novel is definitely captivating and about how losing everything you thought you wanted can be the first step to finding what you need. I recommend it! Great work Katie Lee!
I am a devoted Chick Lit reader. I am more than willing to give any Chick Lit novel a chance. I am even willing to overlook bad writing for a fun plot or good characters. I love the ones that are unique and have unique, spunky characters. I am sorry to say that Groundswell was very mundane and cliche as far as Chick Lit novels go.

Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely cover art and a relaxing summer novel about a woman's self discovery. It seemed the book is divided into two sections - young, struggling college dropout that marries and has her dreams realized and mature writer, no longer dependent on her husband and doesn't feel the need to accept his infidelity. I enjoyed both story plots, but felt the latter sent a welcome message of staying with someone based on mutual respect and how they treat you rather than what they can provide.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really sure if I would like the book, but I won it from a website. I really enjoyed it, though. The main character is likeable and grows. The book is kind of short, and her relationship with Ben is a little rushed. I enjoyed the book and read it in one day to find out what would happen!
Allie Smith
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-chicklit
I loved it. Very quick read (only 220 pgaes), easliy read in a day. The setting of the celebrity world in NYC is hard to resist. The love story of Garrett and Emma is wonderful. I fell for him and got all caught up in his glittery world, just like Emma. Then my heart broke just like hers, when it all fell apart. The ending was bittersweet.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute little book. Good for Katie Lee. I'm sure I especially liked it because I've been surfing all summer myself and I live in L.A. I know it's considered "chick lit" but she knows L.A. you can tell and she doesn't write a bunch of fluff and bullshit, just simply what it is. Yep, one with the ocean is good.
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Katie Lee is the food and lifestyle contributor for The Early Show and has appeared on Oprah, CBS Sunday Morning, The Rachael Ray Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and Iron Chef America. She writes a regular column for Cosmopolitan and has been featured in publications such as People, Vanity Fair, Food and Wine, Town & Country, and InStyle. She is the author of the cookbooks The Comfort Table and Th ...more
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