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The Debt & The Doormat

(The Debt & The Doormat #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,051 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Poppy has spent her life as a people pleasing doormat. So when her best friend Jazz get into financial trouble she insists on offering to help. Even if it means uprooting her own life for a bit of crazy…

New roommate Ryan might be gorgeous, but he’s incredibly moody and mysterious. Could there be more to him than the playboy that dates models?

It doesn’t matter anyway. She’
Kindle Edition, 489 pages
Published July 23rd 2013
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Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The debt and the doormat is the funniest audiobook I’ve listened to. I absolutely loved it. Poppy and Jazz are a riot.

Poppy needs to learn to live a little while Jazz needs to pay off her credit card debts. This is a book about swapping lives. Poppy moves into a shared house and Jazz learns to live alone. There’s a good moral to this story but it’s supposed to be funny. It’s a comedy which as an English lady I can relate to (not that I’ve been arrested lol). It’s about balancing the white fence
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 of th
Yessi Smith
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 in hu
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These two friends are a hot mess of hilarity!

I sort of split time between the audio and the ebook on this one.

1.) Hilarious!
2.) Poppy needs to learn to speak up.
3.) Jazz is that friend you adore but at the same time want to strangle.
4.) Why is Poppy friends with Lily again?
5.) Your twenties are so confusing.
6.) Ryan is HOT, but also a manslut. (He slept with 2 of 3 roommates, and well, I guess it's now 3 of 3)
7.) Jazz is well intentioned but kinda oblivious to the trouble her intentions cause.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These two friends are a hot mess of hilarity!

I sort of split time between the audio and the ebook on this one.

1.) Hilarious!
2.) Poppy needs to learn to speak up.
3.) Jazz is that friend you adore but at the same time want to strangle.
4.) Why is Poppy friends with Lily again?
5.) Your twenties are so confusing.
6.) Ryan is HOT, but also a manslut. (He slept with 2 of 3 roommates, and well, I guess it's now 3 of 3)
7.) Jazz is well intentioned but kinda oblivious to the trouble her intentions cause.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve read most of Laura Barnard’s work and have found them to be addictive stories that I’m happy to power through, stories that have me laughing with the antics that occur. I’ve been curious about The Debt & The Doormat for a while and was happy to dive into it to see what this one would offer.

I’ll be honest and say this isn’t my favourite book from the author. It has me hooked and curious to see how the pieces came together, but it didn’t have the level of laughter that some of the author’s ot
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud from beginning to end!
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of The debt and the doormat to listen to in exchange for an honest review via the author Laura Barnard.

The debt and the doormat is absolutely hilarious!
Poppy decides to swap homes with her best friend Jaz to help her clear her debt and ends up falling for the hunky Ryan who shares the house with her. All the way through this book I was breathless with anticipation that Poppy and Ryan would somehow get together but spanners are thrown in the mix left righ
Kathryn Manzella
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Debt & the Doormat by Laura Barnard is a hilarious introduction to tge adventures and misadventures of best friends Poppy and Jazz.  Two young women so incredibly opposite from one another that you sometimes wonder how they can be friends.  But I get it... they give each other something the other needs . And for us the audience we are treated to hilarious scenes and dialog.

The story is fun and the characters are somewhat annoying at times, but in 5hat way that still makes you want to hear t
Dec 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Real rating: 3,5 / 5

This was quite the funny story!

I really liked listening to the audiobook, the narrator was incredible! She voiced Poppy easily as well as Ryan, and other characters of course but it was fantastic to hear her do all these characters, and her story telling was great.

Poppy is such a cute, funny and romantic woman. I loved all her problems and shenanigans that she often creates herself ahah. Her friendship with Jazz is awesome and they're hilarious combined. Ryan is one more book
K.M. Lowe
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Emma G
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't even finished reading this yet, but there are lines taken almost directly from "Friends" in just about every chapter - not quotes from the show, but actual lines used as if the author has written them herself.

I don't know whether it's a deliberate Easter egg or something but it is beyond irritating.
Andie Long
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 (Literary Lust)
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
May 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, not-not-not
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. ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so a cute, fun read. I thought it was a hoot.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
loved this book. was laugh out loud funny. easy to read.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, The Debt and The Doormat, I received this last year. I also read it last year, just haven't gotten around to posting a review. I was supposed to review the other books but it turned out I didn't have any pictures yet so I have to just review another one. I chose this book because this was so fun when I read it. This is a romantic comedy set in the UK. Yes, the voices of the characters when I was reading this were in British.

The main character of the story is Poppy. Honestly, I am not sure i
Victoria Robinson
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 pick
JOAN Stout
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Debt & the Doormat
By: Laura Barnard
Narrated by: Elisa Hilton
Book 1 of 3

Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins

I listened to this book at 1.50x

After listening to this to long book, I could help thinking of a post I saw on Facebook. It is the only way to describe this book. But first this is a story of 2 friends who decided to live each other lives for awhile. One super straight laced and one irresponsible party girl.

Ok Facebook post that describe book.

I needed to do the laundry, but then I realized I was
Crystal Zapata
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, have you ever seen the movie Bridget Jones’ Diary? OMG this book totally reminds me of that movie. The inner dialog, the crap luck…it’s all just a perfect disaster. I laughed so hard at all the things that happened. So embarrassing yet funny to the bone.
I’m not really sure why Poppy allows Jazz to just switch their lives and she ends up with the shit end of the stick. She goes from her cozy apartment to Jazz’s shared rundown apartment. All in the hopes that she is helping Jazz sort out her
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Debt & The Doormat by Laura Barnard is a chick lit that I listened to on audio narrated by Elisa Hilton.

I absolutely love Laura’s books! They always leave me with a smile on my face. I absolutely loved all the quirky characters: Poppy, Jazz, Izzy, Lily, Grace, and Ryan. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series The Baby & The Bride so I can get more of Poppy and Jazz’s crazy adventurous.

Elisa did an amazing job on the narration. I look forward to listening to more of her work i
Louise White
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Amazon Bestselling Author Laura Barnard writes British quirky laugh out loud romantic comedy.

She lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and daughter.

In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, cuddling dogs, matchmaking her friends (very successfully), binging True Crime, indulging in the power nap and reading past her bedtime.

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