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The Debt & the Doormat

(The Debt & The Doormat #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,874 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of university. Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much. When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken h ...more
ebook, 451 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Laura Barnard, via Smashwords
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For a chick lit, this is quite chunky with its almost 500 pages. But I still managed to read it in two days. And that says something about how fun and addicting The Debt & The Doormat is.

After Poppy's best friend Jazz gets into money trouble, they decide to switch lives for a while. They make a deal that they'll have to do whatever the other wants them to do, be it having an one-night stand for the first time or saying "yes" to everything for a day.

Even though this is pretty much the basic o
Yessi Smith
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that there wasn’t a single moment of The Debt & the Doormat that I did not completely love. Poopy, the most random character I’ve ever come across is hilarious. And the things that happen to her had me literally laugh out loud (I might have even snorted a couple times). The things that fly out of her mouth had me covering my own, because omg – this chick is a riot.

She also an amazing friend to Jazz. Jazz is a mess and I absolutely love her. After managing to put herself i
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I asked my book buddies to recommend a funny book because I was sick in bed and needed a lift. This is what they told me to read. What a treasure! And lift my spirits it did. I am an Aussie, so the British humor is just up my alley, it's very dry and extremely funny. I was laughing out loud so many times, I nearly spilt my tea!

I just loved Poppy. She is a Bridget Jones type character that unfortunately bad luck follows her everywhere she goes. And it is hilarious. She has a BFF in Jazz who is he
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Dec 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Awkward and predictable humour

The blurb gives so much promise and follows the “rules” of a typical chick flick novel. But instead, you are presented with a predictable storyline and humour that just makes you cringe and feel quite awkward. It felt like I was watching a comedy film – you can see where and when the punch line is coming and when it does, you end up feeling sorry for the characters involved, rather than laughing at the predicament.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s an easy read to get in to a
K.M. Lowe
I really hate to write reviews like this...This was the first book that I have read by this author and I picked it up because I wanted a funny, light hearted read. Unfortunately I didn't like it. I hated it. I hated the characters, the plot, I just didn't get it at all. I also didn't like how there was a few occasions that slagged of disabilities. I know it is supposed to be a funny book, but I didn't like that in it.

The beginning I thought was going to be good, but then it went too far fetched.
2OCC Reviews
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alice
This book was absolutely brilliant. I was up until 2am reading as I just could not put it down.
This has now become my new favourite go-to read, when I need a laugh I'll definitely be re reading The Debt And The Doormat.
Poppy is hilarious, she's constantly getting herself, and others, into trouble just by being too nice and not saying no when she should.
Jazz is brilliant, stubborn and deep down I think she's lost.. I'll have to read book 2 to see if I'm right!
Ryan.. swoon! Although he has quite
Andie Long
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. It was absolutely hilarious. The scrapes Poppy got herself into had me cringing with her and laughing at her at the same time. I adored Ryan and was shouting at the book for him to wise up! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Laura has built a host of characters that feel like family friends.
Ann Walker
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhh what a lovely read. I laughed out loud in quite a few places at poor Poppy who was rather accident prone and always seemed to end up in tricky situations, bless her.
All the characters were great and complimented each other perfectly. This is a super read if you are in the mood for something light that will have you chuckling along the way.
Nikki Summers
Average story and borrowed humour

The book was funny in places but only because so many of the quotes, quips and one liners were taken from the tv series Friends! Disappointing that the author had to use other sources rather than their creativity or imagination. Also noted a fair few spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Won't be reading any additional books I'm afraid
May 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-not-not, dnf
I stopped reading when I got to the line that said - 'dry as a nun's vagina'. No thanks. Off-putting, crude and pointless. I was looking for light-hearted froth, not the sort of language used by rugby players.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
refuse to carry on reading a book which takes chunks of the TV show friends and adds it to the book. only 30% in and there have been so many quotes word for word, on one page it was a whole scene almost!!!
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Plagiarises the sitcom FRIENDS all the way throughout the book, i can't believe it was ever published, the protagonist is very unlikeable too. Terrible book.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was so a cute, fun read. I thought it was a hoot.
Sep 15, 2015 added it
loved this book. was laugh out loud funny. easy to read.
Victoria Robinson
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this on my kindle for YEARS, when I first bought my kindle I downloaded loads of free ebooks and this was one of them but I had never got round to reading it.
Last year when Laura first approached me about taking part in her blog promo for Bagging Alice it didn’t even occur to me that I had actually got one of her novels on my kindle- until I regained access to it.

But with a TBR list that just never ends I was taking my time getting round to reading The Debt & The Doormat- until I
Louise White
Witty and funny

The cover on this book is really unique and matches the story perfectly.

This is a really funny and witty story, with so many moments that felt like my life, reading sections that had me smiling and nodding. Poppy and Jazz are best mates who have a bit of a life swap in order to help each other out. We follow Poppy and all of her mishaps, she has a natural way of getting into trouble and messing things up, in hilarious fashion. At times I found myself frustrated with her for mess
Romaine Heart
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jazz has been irresponsible with her finances and no job. Her mother has cut her off.
Poppy is a people pleasurer, responsible and a major clutz.
They decide to switch places and live each others lives.
The hilarious comedy starts. Poppy tries to do the right things but constantly gets herself in trouble. She makes new friends with Jazz's housemates.
Poppy has a major crush on her housemate, Ryan, and her ex Stuart is begging her to come back.
The author's creative imagination keeps ypu intrigued
Colette Kebell
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It may have taken me two attempts at reading this, but I can honestly say that wasn't due to the content. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, despite finding it surprising that one person could be quite so unlucky... this is a modern, comical story which should keep you turning pages. The antics of the two young ladies are worthy of laughing out loud, though the remainder of the characters add their own fair share to the story. Worth a read.
Claire Thake
Oh my how I loved this book! This was the first book I had read of Laura's and it most definitely won't be the last!

Poppy was one of the best characters I have ever read, she had me in fits of laughter several times and was just so relatable!

I thought the outcome of this book was quite predictable however mixed with the humour and the great style of writing it was very enjoyable and kept me hooked the whole way through. I would love to have a friend like Jazz in real life as she was so funny a
Kim Richards
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the kind of book that I usually read. But I have to say I enjoyed it.
It did take me a couple of chapters to get into it, but once I was I couldn't put it down.
Although Laura Barnard is a new author for me. I will be trying out more book from her in the future.
If you haven't read this book you should give it a go, you will not be disappointed.
Kellie Lalor
This book was to much for me

I like a good rom com & I get that Poppy's a door matt, but really her "friends" were just mean & horrible. Her boss humiliates her & so does her crush.

I read it to the end thinking it could get better but this book just wasn't for me
Kelly Burke
Easy read

Easy enough too get into and not taxing to read. There were a few points in the book where I had the urge to shout out loud for Poppy to stop talking, not a character who would be easy to spend everyday with unless you were her carer! Enjoyable all the same.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I struggle to finish this one I'm not sure why I've read other books by this author and love them this one just didn't resonate with me unfortunately maybe it's my lineset maybe it's just that I didn't vibe with the book
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud from beginning to end!
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book - and I'm a bloke - really made me laugh!
Sarah Broadhurst
light holiday or bedtime reading
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light hearted read. Enjoyed it
Kayleigh Deal
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book it isn't my normal type of genre but I liked all the characters and found myself laughing through out the book!
Caroline Barker
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

If you are looking for an amusing adult chick-lit with plenty of comedy, romance and a little drama then look no further than this incredible story by Laura Barnard, ‘The Debt and the Doormat’. This FREE fun chick-lit has the British humour like that of Helen Fielding’s ‘Bridget Jones’ and Miranda Hart’s tv sitcom, self-titled ‘Miranda’. The comedy is silly, dry, sarcastic and some great slapstick clumsiness. The humour is strong throughout but bri
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Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or 'chick lit' as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

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