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The Wrong Girl

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  3,027 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Lily is a producer on a successful cooking segment for a daily morning show. The new chef has just arrived on set and he is drop dead gorgeous. And despite everything – the sabbatical that Lily and her flatmate Simone are taking from men, the fact that Jack is a work colleague – Lily falls head over heels for him.

And while Lily battles her feelings, her flatmate Simone br
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 26th 2014 by Michael Joseph: Penguin Australia
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Zoe Foster’s fourth novel, The Wrong Girl recently caught my attention when an Australian television network Ten, adapted it into a television series. I have had The Wrong Girl sitting on my bookshelves since it was released in 2014. As I dislike watching television or film productions of a book I haven’t read yet, I thought now was the perfect opportunity to dust this book off my shelves.

The Wrong Girl is the quintessential chick-lit novel, with a distinct Australian flavour. It takes the reade
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think 2 stars is even being generous and the only reason I'm awarding this book 2 stars is due to the fact that I liked Jack as a character and I really like Zoe I really wanted to like the book, but it was a tough slog...if I hadn't been on holiday and lacking more reading material I would have put it down quite easily.

All the characters were vapid and lacking any redeeming qualities. Lily was horribly jealous and rude to her friends. So judgemental! And a complete brat...sorry Z
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The Wrong Girl is the fourth lighthearted chick-lit novel from Australian author Zoe Foster. Despite having several of her previous works on my shelves including The Younger Man this is the first book of hers I have read, though I do read her weekly column in the Sunday paper.

Reeling from an ill-advised one night stand with a friend, Lily makes a pact with housemate and gorgeous bikini model bestie Simone, to swear off men for at least six months. It's hardly a stretch for Lily who has barely ha
L.E. Truscott
Nov 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book falls into a rare category in my back catalogue of reviews. I hardly ever award a book 5 stars and I hardly ever award a book 1 star because I want to reserve them for books that are genuinely perfect or genuinely awful. Unfortunately for Zoe Foster, she now becomes the author of only the second book I’ve ever give 1 star to.

Lily is the narrator and she may well be the titular wrong girl as well – it’s hard to tell, there are so many of them in the book. After sleeping with her best fr
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Fun and very easy to read, I really wanted to like Foster's writing efforts. But I just can't move past how terribly bland the writing is.

I love a good hit of chick lit every now and then (Ok, nearly every second book I read...) and always try to consider them in comparison with other chick lit because there is no point comparing them to anything else. So, Monica McInerney and Nora Roberts are the gold standard. Their prose is nothing special, but they do have an engaging way of writing that mak
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked up this book following the recent TV series which is based on it. It's an enjoyable light read, with enough differences from the TV series that the plot seems fresh. However, perhaps as a result of watching the TV series, I felt some characters were a bit underdeveloped, as they (or their equivalents) were more interesting in the TV version. I also felt that some plot threads were left unresolved, though again perhaps I was influenced by how these were handled in the TV series.

The plot
kim hannah
Was suppose to be just a quick read but I've been sooooooooooooo busy! I hate not having much time to read these days.

Anyways, the book was a cute read. I wanted to read it before I start watching the show. The characters are so relatable.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Today I am reviewing The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster.

I must admit I struggle a little with the chick literature genre. Previous books I have read in this genre remind me of a bad episode of Home and Away but I was pleasantly surprised with The Wrong Girl.

We first meet Lily as she is dealing with the aftermath of sleeping with her best guy friend who immediately after the fact confesses his feelings for another woman.

So in response to that lack of judgement, Lily and her flatmate Simone (a health co
Sam Woods
This was an easy read, and I think my younger self would have liked this book a lot more than my present self. I found the characters to be fairly stereotypical, and it seemed like the author was trying too hard to make the main character, Lily, seem relatable, and when she attempted to add any dimensions to her characters it felt forced.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
This took a long time to finish as I couldn't stand the vapidity of most of the characters. Having also watched the tv show, I can say that they made great changes, creating characters (out with the boring, a times painful, ones in the novel, in with more interesting nuanced ones) that were relatable. I would have thrown this book out, but was determined to finish, and really had to skim read to do so. Thank god, I've finished and can read something else. I hope these characters aren't based on ...more
Jess Lomas
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was curious to read this after reading that it had been optioned for a television series on Network 10. I don't often read chick lit of this variety and while it was a breezy read it has to be a solid 2.5 as a rating because it sat dead in the middle of being fun and "meh" for lack of a better word. There's nothing wrong with frothy fiction like this but if the characters had a bit more spunk it would have livened up the well-trod plot a notch for me.
Sim ✨(wholesimreads)
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Um I think I like chick lit now. I LOVE Zoe Foster (Blake) and this book left me giggling on the train.

OMG also 600% excited for the TV adaption!
Sarah-Jane Woodward
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
She changed the name of the protagonist in the last two chapters and I can’t move past this!
Kate Martini
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love Zoe Foster. Her column is witty, clever, and just downright hilarious. I just don't think that humour translates well in her novels though. It just feels so try-hard. I enjoy the occasional chick-lit read, but this one was so predictable and just a little silly. I hated Simone with such a passion, and was waiting for her to get her comeuppance the entire novel. And as for Lily - anyone who can eat that much food, drink that much alcohol, not exercise, and STILL be thin - sheesh. I'm jealo ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this. Not just because I spent $20 (AUD) on a paperback, but I love Zoe Foster Blake. She's a funny, no bullshit taking woman.
It was just so terribly written, I'm surprised I read this to the end without my brain dying.

The concept was cute....okay I'm trying to find some positive things in this, that's all I've got.

I'm still up for debate on getting any of her other books.
Lauren Bishop
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this one. 10 chapters was 10 too many. The fact that this was optioned for a TV series is, in my opinion, a clear case of "It's not what you know, it's who you know".
Chantelle Huynh
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
quite predictable, but an enjoyable light hearted read regardless for those who enjoy their feel goods. I found the protagonist, Lily, a bit irritating in a cute and innocent way, much like fifty shades of grey's Ana but not quite as bad to point of cringe. she was just so nice and over considerate with everyone and every situation which caused everything to not quite work in her favour. aside from all the sighs and ahhs and what could've been moments, the wrong girl is consistent with funny mom ...more
Sam Still Reading
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: won a copy ages ago
The Wrong Girl has recently been made into a TV series (one of the many things premiering after the Olympics), starring Jessica Marais. I think Marais is a fantastic actress and that’s 90% why I chose to pick up this book (the other 10% is for the balloons on the cover). Some years ago I read Zoe Foster Blake’s Playing the Field and while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t 100% my cup of tea (seeing as we’re talking percentages, 90% of this was probably due to the wrong football code). The Wrong Girl is de ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was a bad romance novel with no sex scenes. I did not like it at all. Nothing happened.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Zoe Foster's latest book, The Wrong Girl, may possibly be her best yet. Sure, I've only read one of her other books, but The Wrong Girl was definitely better than The Younger Man. Same sort of concept, light and fluff chick lit, but with a lot more soul. Which is a lot more than I could about other girly books I've read recently.

Plus, I have to be a little bit biased. Not only is Zoe Foster Australian, but she's married to (and expecting a baby with) the delightfully funny Hamish Blake. So I jus
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I expected to hate this book. I expected it to be dull, insipid, flat and cliched. But it turned out to be a lot better than I expected and I tore through it in a weekend.

Lily and Alice are the two best characters of the book; and Lily the heroine is especially relatable. Simone the blonde bikini model is too far off in the clouds and too perfect (but ahh wait, perfectly flawed) to be entirely, really likeable. And Jack has been shrouded in too much denim, polo T-shirts, spicy, mu
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this through courtesy Netgalley in return for an honest review.

The story follows Lily who is hitting the big 30, dealing with a new chef she instantly dislikes all the while, living with a crazy flatmate whom she's on a man ban with after some major fails when it comes to the opposite sex. Lily is the type of girl to put up with something for a while she fumes inside which gets her in trouble. This book features a host of cool characters, some hard out partying and an ending that coul
Lari Smith
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I picked up this book primarily because of the author. I follow her on Instagram and to say I find her amazingly witty and hilarious would be an understatement! Between all the fitspo and green smoothie posts bombarding my feed-she is a tantalising zing. *Cue Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls.

Chick-lit and me, we've had our moments and decided to go our seperate ways.
Most of what I have read from the genre frustrates me...common tropes of the damsel Betty Sue needing to be rescued by O'Knigteth
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're into chic-lit, this is a great, quick and easy read. Zoe Foster's writing style is light and funny, and the main character Lily is easily relatable, whether you're in a long term relationship or forever single. However, the main reason I was interested in the book was the fact that the new TV series was starting, and I was yet to read something from Mrs Hamish Blake. To be honest when I first picked up the book I was a little frustrated to find the main two characters, Lily and Jack we ...more
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reads like these make it very easy to love chick-lit. A wonderful, light, funny and heartfelt story. All characters were delightful but Lily and Jack were irresistible. Lily's easy nature was engaging and Jack was simply an interesting guy. I adored the foodie theme, like Lily I enjoy eating not so much the cooking. The ending made me smile. It was perfect!

Looking forward to watching The Wrong Girl on DVD.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this 'chick-lite' book. A lot of the observations on life were very funny. I did however feel like we were dropped into a period of someone's life without many details of what came before. How and why was she ever friends with Pete? Little things like this never explained. But it probably won't worry most people.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm in a reading-mood again finally!
I felt like I knew Lily personally because I recognized a lot of her behaviour in myself and my friends. We all did those same stupid things when we were in the midst of an argument, a tentative relationship, a job where it just wasn't happening how we planned. I really enjoyed it.
Lianne Guevarra
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book the other day to read before I start watching the show. The tv show previews looked promising so I figured the book would be too. And I wasn't disappointed. A fun read and really witty. Thoroughly enjoyed this chick-lit book and will probably read more of Zoe Foster Blake's books.
Louise Crossman
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and read it in about 2 sittings. Easily Foster's best work. Found it to be realistic (except the bits that were clearly supposed to be glamorous) and the dialogue felt real and not forced. If you're a fan of chick lit or even just Foster's style you'll love this book.
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm such a big fan of Zoe, however couldn't help but feel disappointed by the lack of storyline throughout the book... The writing was witty, funny, and relatable, yes, but the general storyline was pretty bland.
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Zoë Foster Blake is an Australian author, columnist, editor, and cosmetics entrepreneur.

She took off her WAG sash in 2009 after almost a decade in the world of football, and far too many pies and beers in the grandstands. She was the Beauty and Lifestyle Editor at Cosmopolitan magazine before becoming Beauty Director at Harper's BAZAAR. Zoë is currently the Editor in Chief of online beauty destina

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