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3.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,389 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Tracie loves those musician types in leather jackets. She's got a weakness for classic bad boys who seem too good to be true ... and usually are.

Jon, on the other hand, loves Tracie--and not "just as a friend." But Jon is no bad boy. He's about as good as they come: a khaki-clad tech whiz with stock options in the bank who visits not only his own mother on Mother's Day, bu
Paperback, 407 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Signet (first published December 28th 2000)
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"I want you to train me to be the kind of guy that girls always go for. You know, the kind of guy you're always going with."

Bad Boy by Olivia Goldsmith

I loved this book.

I do not care that it has so many one and two star ratings. The book is adorable. How could anyone who even moderately likes fun and smart chick lit not love this?

John. He is a computer geek, something of a nerd, can't get a woman's interest and is not happy about it.

John's best friend is Tracy. She is a sassy and fun loving you
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My expectations were way too high for this book, it let me down in more ways than one. Staring with the ridiculous title, are they suppose to be any bad boys in this book? Maybe I glanced over the characters cause the book was extremely boring and trite. It is one of those books that I regret that I believed the hype surrounding it. I don't have a clue what this was about, no character made a lick of sense to me. One part it was about a strained relationship, but who were the characters? Opps I ...more
Apr 14, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book a few times and in all honesty I'm not quite sure why. It's not the best in a literary sense but I think that sometimes you just want to read a book because it is nice more than anything. This novel allows a cynic of all things romantic to indulge in little romance and enjoy it for the nice ending and nice characters. Nice, being the operative word, not brilliant.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Sometimes you just need an easy read. This book fits the bill.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that The First Wives Club was by far her best work, and all of her other books including this one fell short.

The story is about Tracie and Jon who have been best friends since college. He’s your stereotypical nice guy nerd who has it all except love. She’s your stereotypical female who falls for the bad boys and is friends with the nice guys. In a desperate attempt to win girls over, Tracie agrees to transform and train Jon to be a bad boy. However after successfully turning him in
Jan 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
After reading 'book club books', this book seemed really silly. I felt it had no substance and not much character development. It was hard to feel anything for the main character, Tracie, when even the waitress at the restaurant called her an idiot and she was dating Phil solely for his looks. And really? This smart, nice-looking guy, Jon, waited for her for seven years and commented that he even loved her earlobes? Not all that practical. At least they could have made Tracie succeed at writing ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this but I think it was of its time 2002 and tastes have moved on from then. So the two stars is rather mean. I might well have given it more than that if I'd read it ten years ago.
What I liked - there were moments of real comedy in this. My favourite was the climbing wall - hilarious. The section at baggage claim was funny too. But I wished there had been more to laugh at. In fact, there was much that made me rather sad. For the lack of a proper conversation too much time
Kaustubh Dudhane
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely, may be! The book is very predictable. However, still the characters are refreshing. After I had lost this book and found it after one month, I couldn't forget the characters. I could relate the characters very much. Moreover, Molly is awesome. A fun ride!
Tracie Sampson
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
No heavy reading here. No highbrow story line. But a fun, light read perfect for a trip or a day when you need the literary equivalent to a hot fudge sundae. It would make a great romantic comedy movie.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Read a review saying the back cover was better than the actual book. Agree.
Norma Bush
Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Pretty awful. Did not finish. Too many good books to read.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit

Publishers Weekly
For all its hip talk and flaunting of high-tech accessories, Goldsmith's {The First Wives Club) cream-puff new read is an old-fashioned tale of love and friendship. In the new SeattleDa town suddenly stinking rich, "famous for its bad boys, good coffee, and Micro Millionaires"DTracie Higgins is a young reporter for the Seattle Times. Though she has a musician-poet-lout boyfriend, every Sunday Tracie meets platonic chum Jonathan Delano for brunch. Jonathan is a techno-wizard for
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is actually a reread. I had bought this book many years back when it was a new release. I still remember it because it was how I got sucked into one of those monthly book catalogues that were popular in the 90’s. I did read it all and remember not thinking it was great, but reluctant to move it on and admit I’d wasted so much money on a dud book (it was expensive for me back then).
Anyhow finally doing a big purge and this is one of many on the reread and move on pile.
I’ll admit nostalgia
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't the best book that I've read by Olivia Goldsmith. I found that half way through the book that I began to get annoyed with the treatment of women by the male character and how the main female character molded her man friend from a nice, nerdy guy to, basically, an asshole so that he could get women to like him. It pissed me off. Then to top it all off everything is fine in the end.
Maybe I wasn't in the mood for this type of book or the subject matter was off putting, I'm not sure but
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
wattpad books about bad boys are better than this book, tbh.. but it's not that so bad either. maybe i just had high expectations. the story is light, but too light..

despite everything though, im still a sucker for happy and good endings no matter what
Павел Боянов
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was just the thing I wanted to read, therefore the high rating. It is a very sad book, actually.
Sharon Metcalf
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-2015
Yes, I really enjoyed this first novel I've read by Olivia Goldsmith so I'm glad I took a hunch on her and bought four of her novels. Her characters were likeable and not too over the top plus the storyline was different from any of the others I've read so far (at least as far as I can recall). Not that the ending was different to what I would expect fromt this genre. As I was reading I began wondering how I'd feel if I wasn't presented with the happily ever after ending they all dish up. What w ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2006
This is unquestionably "chick lit", which I do like from time to time, but this fell totally flat for me. I didn't like either of the main characters, and found the plot concept silly at best. The writer's limited attempts at evoke sympathy totally failed; I found myself more disgusted by her characters than interested. I absolutley couldn't stand Tracie ever, at any point in the book, and didn't care for Jon much as the book progressed. Several people seem to change drastically at one point or ...more
Kristen Anderson
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this years ago and remembered really liking it, so when I found it in e-book form I was thrilled. I didn't like it as much now as I did then. Still a good book, but oh how I wanted to smack Tracie and Jon.
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
A fun, predictable read -thank goodness cause I needed something this light.
It's about two best friends for seven years, a girl who always goes for bad boys and a guy who is a complete nerd. On a crazy thought, and a hope she might turn it to her advantage, the girl agrees to transform the guy into the bad boy he so desperately wants to be, a bad boy all the women would go for. And she succeeds. You can guess the ending to this one. But still, as predictable as it was, it was fun to read it. Af
Caroline G'wattage
Write a review...Olivia Goldsmith is always dependable for a gtreat read, and has done it again.

Great Summer reading, with many laughs.

A little predictable but still fun, learning how Jon became the 'Bad Boy'.

Jon honestly became a sleze bag, literally, but someone who had no sex for so long, really did make the most of it, like any man would.

A disappointment, how Tracie, turned her bestfriend into every womens nightmare.

This book may teach you never judge it's book by it's cover because you real
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Jon is Mr Perfect - handsome (in a nerdy sort of way), caring, lots of money - so why can't he get a girlfriend? Even his best friend Tracie always goes for bad boys; because women secretly love BAD. Jon's desperate, but Tracie can help - she can teach him the Bad Boy Rules. A sharp haircut, cool new clothes and a complete attitude transplant later, and Jon's the man of the moment. He can have any woman he wants, and does! But now Tracie's not so happy...while her girlfriends are all f
Renata R.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Do women like bad boys? Can a good guy turn into a bad boy?
That's what the book is all about but I guess you can get an idea by the title.

If you're into surprises you mat not like this one. Bad Boy is the kind of book that gives every hint of what is going to happen in the first pages.

You may like this one if you...

- enjoy love stories even when they are predictable
- are looking for something fun and easy to read

You may hate this one if you...

- don't like chick lit
- espect big twists and surpri
Karen Hufman
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not impressed! I had read First Wives Club many years ago and remembered that I had enjoyed it. I can't say the same for this story. Tracie is a writer for a Seattle newspaper. She goes out with a 'bad boy' - which in her vernacular means that he's not very intelligent, is narcissistic, has no discernible job and treats her poorly (of course, he looks good and he's pretty good in bed). She is also best friends with Jon, a nerdy guy who doesn't dress very well but he's kind. To make a long story ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's the same author of the Wives' club, but the plot seemed a lot more interesting than it actually was. - Guy is a nerd and asks for friend's help to become attractive. She is a journalist, secretly writes a piece on him while she 'trains' him to be amazing in bed and a girl magnet, while she fences off her own lazy drummer boyfriend and pathetic excuse of a boss. A bit of the whole Creation over creature, that Jon easily becomes a womanizer, and Tracie is too oblivious for me, and the ending, ...more
Best friends who are all losers in love. The women are only attracted to jerks aka bad boys, and the guy is just too nice to be attractive. So the guy begs his best friend who is also female, to teach him to be a bad boy so he can stop being such a loser.
The main characters were too losery. This is my 3rd Olivia Goldsmith books and I won't be getting out another, unless someone can recommend me one like The First Wives Club.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Didn't like it because she (our heroine) was an idiot. Like she completely changes him and then starts to notice him and develop feelings. Which would have been fine if she had showed even a inkling of attraction to him in the beginning. I really didn't like her. She was a shallow idiot. Plus there friendship just seemed hella one sided. I just don't like it.

Okay I have to admit there's something about the ending I really liked. The last few chapters saved it for me.
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romantic
I find this too predicate and repeatively. To summary the book, the 2 main characters are "best friends". The female has thing for bad boys. The male is nerdy and too sweet. The male is tired of being stood up or rejected. So he asked her for giving her the bad boy makeover. Then you guess the rest of it.
May 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was not expecting to like this one but this was a really cute story, and the friends to lovers thing always sucks me in. It always nice to expect so little from a book and then end up really liking it. I listened to the audiobook version and Susan Ericksons voice is a bit loud and fast at first but as the story goes on it seems to soften a little
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