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Reinventing Mona

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What's new? Me, for starters...

It all began when my job offered me a buy-out package. That's when the realization hit: I'm young, I'm rich (thanks to a hefty inheritance), and I'm boring. Not "needs a little zip" boring, either. More like "mustard stain on a Sears tweed couch" drab. French's in a squeeze bottle, that's me. But suddenly I have Grey Poupon aspirations!

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Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 (first published January 1st 2005)
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Anuradha
If you want a book that tells you you need to change every aspect of yourself to make a person fall in love with you, read this shit. Mona "my self esteem is so low, I could be renamed rock-bottom" Warren has been secretly planning her wedding to Adam "I'm that perfect pastel upper middle class guy that you want to bring to your parents" Zielger. But then she falls for her er, "coach" Mike "the ultimate chauvinist" Dougherty, though he likes calling himself "The Dog". So basically, Rock Bottom ...more
Tammy
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ughhhhh! I picked this book for its potential as a between reads read. I didn't expect much more than a quick, light read. Halfway through, I realized that I was really enjoying it. But THEN about 92% of the way through, a particularly corny and unbelievable scene completely turned me off and I didn't even finish what little I had left. This ending screamed of a looming deadline and I hope the author did, in fact, rush the ending, otherwise I worry about how in touch with reality she is. Awful ...more
Kira
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard book for me to rate. Mona was annoying as a character at first, but I enjoyed the developing storyline where she got a life, and I kept waiting for more to be revealed about Mike's backstory and for them to get together. However (view spoiler) It killed the story for me.
There were a few aspects I didn't think were delved into enough too, but for a fast, light read, it was okay.
Jacqueline
A decent enough enough read until the ending *cringe*
Sandy
Honestly, I think this book is terribly boring and awkward. I regret ever picking it up and it's the most boring book in the history of fiction and literature. Storyline was exciting but not the story. I won't ever pick up another book by Jennifer Coburn. I want my time back. 0 stars.
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This was an okay story. What I enjoyed the most was the sarcastic writing. It made me laugh in many parts. The development of the romance, if too quick at the end, was paced better than I thought. Mona and Mike started as business acquaintance but slowly developed a friendship that's bound to turn to romance. Mike has definitely grown from the arrogant self-centered man who is also anti-women. His relationship with Mona was sweet and supportive of her as a person. I found the moment (view ...more
Taryn
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I picked this book off my daily bookbub in hopes of one of those quick easy love stories to break up my heavy fiction books. It was awful. I read it as quickly as I could just so I could be done with it and move on. Mona was so unrealistic it hurt. I cannot even imagine a person who thinks or acts like she does. I have to say I have made minor changes because of the person I'm dating, but never for someone I haven't even started dating. And by minor changes I mean going to a concert of a band ...more
julie armani
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So enjoyable!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The storyline was different and so well written. The characters were so unique. I will definitely read more of this authors books.
Michele Mattos
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for free on Kindle. I usually browse around the amazon store for free books and sometimes I find some hidden gems - this was definitely one of them. I loved this book so much. It was free and the cover was not very appealing, so my expectations weren't very high, but I'm so glad I decided to give this a try anyway. This is not a great piece of literature, but it's was so funny and entertaining that I still think it deserves 4 starts.

In this one we follow Mona and she's not
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Lori Anaple
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting total fluff (and it is) but what I didn't expect was the backstory of what happened to Mona's family in Montana before moving to California. I found that part of the story so sad. Perhaps I gave it more weight and meaning because it caught me guard. I don't know. I know that I enjoyed it and wished there was more about that time in her life.

I did find it hard to believe that this woman who had no life just went out and got one in a matter of weeks. She should have been more lost
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Leelo Loves-Books
Ok, so at first Mona's moaning and groaning got on my nerves hence my original...



But it all turned around somehow. I have no idea how. Well, maybe I do. Mike. One word....



He walked in like a ray of sunshine on Mona's overcast and pathetic life. He made the story fun. He was flirty, sarcastic, edgy and yes arrogant. Not to mention A-typical male 'dog' asshole. But he's forgiven. He made me smile and laugh and forget that Mona had dragged me unto her 'Sappy, no hope for Mona' train wreck...I
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Jessica Robinett
This story had such potential!!! But apparently that doesn't make a good novel. The writing just left me feeling like an outsider. The book is written in 3rd person, but there was absolutely no connection to the characters.

The heroine was obnoxious most of the time and the hero was a douche rocket up until the last 10% of the book when he magically becomes interested and in love with the heroine. Really???

No. Just no.
Mary
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF
Tee Morris
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me a minute to get into it but I am glad my friends and I committed to finishing it. The characters were so nutty they seemed real, like people you actually know. I guess the moral of the story is to do what you need to do to find your happiness... It's worth it.
Hilary Grossman
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lighthearted beach read that kept me giggling...
Amber
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This was a fun read. It was better than I expected. It somewhat reminded me of the movie "he's just not that into you."
Marjorie
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From the publisher's blurb you could be led to believe that this is a humourous book. Sadly, it really isn't. There are attempts at an almost black kind of humour here but they really don't work. In fact I spent more time wincing than producing a smirk which is all I really expect a humourous book to do for me. If you want genuine funny read Susan E Paul.

The main character, Mona, certainly lives up to her name. She moans - a lot. This is dressed up as being in touch with her inner self or her
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Sandra Lopez
Mona is a dull drone that just wants “to be seen, to be known, to matter.” She feels insipid, vacuous, and plain vanilla. Her goal is simple: Marry Adam (her dream guy), have his children, and live a life of marital bliss and happily ever after. How very Donna Reed.

Right away, Mona strikes me as very naïve and neurotic. I mean, I wouldn’t have quit my job for trying to become the woman of some guy’s dreams and to transform her life into the “wonderful life.” I mean, it be interesting to see how
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Linda
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Jennifer Coburn's book, Reinventing Mona. This book is the story of Mona Warren who decides to retire at age 30. She has one friend, no family left, no hobbies, and worst of all no boyfriend! She describes herself as "the mustard stain on a Sears tweed couch". Her fantasy is to marry her CPA of 7 years, Adam Ziegler. So when she reads a column called The Dog House by Mike"the dog" Dougherty, she decides to hire him as a male consultant/guy coach. She will use him to get insight into ...more
Stacy Sabala
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Book Review- Reinventing Mona by Jennifer Coburn

Mona decides to quit her job and enjoy life. She is determined to win over the man she loves. So, she hires the man behind the column in the magazine. She needs to know how men think and what they want. This story was interesting as Mona and Dog team up. He is such a jerk and some of the words out of his mouth are shocking and hilarious. I can just picture Mona looking at him just blinking, not knowing how to begin to process what he said.
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Lisa Ezzell
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved who and how Mona reinvented herself

Mona has spent her entire life invisible, not really on purpose, but when circumstances allow her the opportunity to do anything she wants to, she sets her sights on the man Adam, that had been her grandmothers’ accountant and had all the right ingredients to be the ideal man for her. To achieve this monumental task, Mona hires Mike, the author of a ridiculously male advice column to teach her how men think. She pays him for months of “no holds barred”
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Jilly
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Mona is boring, it's official! Then one day she gets a buy-out package from work which she jumps at. She can afford to after all, as she is rich thanks to a large inheritance. She decides that things are going to change and she is going to get herself a whole new look, a whole new mind set and in fact a whole new life.

This new life includes marrying the man of her dreams, her accountant, who barely knows she exisits. She is clueless about winning him over so she decides to call in an expert.
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Amy
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, kindle
Chick lit at it's most mediocre. The references to Google, cell phones, current movies and music definitely date this book. Easy to see where it's going with the Dog and Adam from the get go, but the way it comes to a head is pretty much unbelievable. I could have certainly done without the liberally sprinkled political views. I would have liked to have seen more character development with Greta, and more background of Mona' s job, so we'd get a better idea of what she was leaving- not ...more
Julia
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had an interesting premise. A socially awkward woman hires a man known to be a guys guy with misogynistic opinions to help her be more attractive to her long time crush. The author describes the main character’s backstory very clearly and her long time crush very clearly and she invents outlandish scenarios for her main character, but she doesn’t describe people, especially if her main character will eventually fall in love with them. She doesn’t describe genuine secure romantic ...more
loretta larson
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply scintillating

I can’t figure out if I loved the book or not. It was just so crazy at every turn that I couldn’t stop reading it. Read most of it in one day! Mona has got to be the most complicated character I’ve ever come across. Very endearing. Clever girl, yet she had no idea just how wonderful she really was. How many of us can relate to that feeling of confusion, of doubting our own special brand of awesomeness? I know I can. And eventually she sees herself through others’ eyes.
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Sarena Edwards
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Don't read whilst eating or drinking -

as you will choke. Absolutely laugh out loud funny. Page after page it was a pleasure to read about Mona's transformation. This book is chock full of laughter, joy, sadness, personal growth and my favourite - sarcasm. I loved the characters, so varied and we'll developed. The ending was fabulous and rather surprising. ;-) Treat yourself to a few darn good belly laughs!
Patti Fischetti
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reinventing yourself!

I found this book funny in places and poignant in others. I saw myself in Mona. I was shy and lonely growing up and really didn’t have many friends. I felt like I had to make up stories to get people to like me. I had to have a positive personality-even if i was an introvert so I know where Mona was coming from. I wanted to give this book 31/2 stars because there were parts of the story that were not to my liking but all in all it was a fun read.
Elvira
Dec 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
.dont bother

Don't bother getting this book. Even if it's free. It's a total bore. There nothing about this book that actually makes me want to finish it. I skipped around trying to actually find the point to the story and I couldn't. Mona was absolutely the worst character I've ever read. It was like reading the story of a sixteen year old. And mike. Ok goodness I have no words. Just horrible
Lorraine Joubert
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable, quick romance. Yes, the main character is clueless, but so is all the writers at Cosmo and Glamour and most female mags, so what's new? A fun read and the bonus is that I didn't end up in somebody else's bedroom while they are having sex. Always great as books don't come with PG ratings, like videos and sometimes (Okay, most of the times) I really don't want to a share a bed with another couple. The end is rushed and over the top, but this is a just for fun read, so it is okay.
Danna Hall
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this one. I laughed, I cried, I was interested in the outcome. Right up until the end. WTF happened. The play was one of the craziest things I’ve ever read. I actually clicked to make sure I didn’t switch books accidentally. I gave it a 4 because I really did like most of it. It was fun. The “Dog” could have had a little more development as a character. A little more back story. While most of it was very obvious, it was very funny. I still have hope for this author. Maybe if ...more
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Jennifer Coburn is an award-winning writer of the travel memoir, WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS, a mother-daughter adventure through Europe. She is the author of six contemporary novels and contributor to four
literary anthologies. Jennifer has written for U-T San Diego, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Mothering magazine, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. She
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“I am a thousand scattered pieces that no one has bothered to put together.” 1 likes
“There was so much I needed to learn about Adam before our wedding. I needed to show him how perfect we could be together. I had to win over his friends and family, possibly convert to Judaism, then get him to propose. I needed a serious action plan. I needed a first date.” 0 likes
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