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3.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,783 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Feast your eyes on Clarissa.

At twenty-eight (thirty-one), Clarissa Alpert is blessed with a designer wardrobe, a daddy-subsidized apartment, and an A-list speed-dial. Gorgeous and wildly uninhibited, she has amassed a list of exes that amounts to a Who's Who of Hollywood power players. But with her twenty-ninth (thirty-second) birthday looming, she starts to panic. Who o

Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 22nd 2004 by Downtown Press (first published June 1st 2003)
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Chelsea Catalina
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: material girls
This is a hilarious book, the type that makes you laugh out loud while reading...the exploits of a high society Beverly Hills socialite as she plots a marriage to a stranger....very good take on pop culture
Another gift from a friend. Read in a shopping centre food hall, during lunch breaks on my short-lived media job.

This is the story of the scheming, conniving, LA girl Clarissa as she sets out to bag herself a husband. The book's 10 years old - and it shows - and is written in a fast flowing, manic style which is VERY hard to settle in to. That, and the fact that the main character is a total unsympathetic bitch, made this pretty hard work to begin with.

But once you settle in, it's kinda fun. It'
Amy (amyb2332)
I'm listened to the audiobook which is read by Uma Thurman! It took me a couple of tries with this audiobook, I got to badly scratched versions of this before I finally got an undamaged one.

I can't quite decide what to think about this book. The main character was a little (okay a lot) selfish and silly but also funny. Parts of this were a little gross, for example hearing about the main character's mother and her bowel movements, "If she ate corn she shit a cob" Um, great! Does a reader really
May 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
The girl in this book was nuts. Actually everyone in the book was a little strange, presenting this cast of characters that could only be found in shallow LA. The main character was spoiled, living in an apartment paid for by her father and she just found out that she was being cut off from the family money. Her brillant plan was to find a rich man and marry him before the summer. She found her perfect catch except after they get married he tells her that he also has been cut off from the family ...more
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the same biting remarks in The Starter Wife made its way through Maneater, I thought there were far and few. I did not particularly care for Clarissa, but I will say her superficiality was consistent throughout the book. I was let down on the premise. I had envisioned a longer battle of wits between Clarissa and Aaron, but that was not the case. Aaron seemed already besotted from the first moment Clarissa throws herself at him. Also, the wedding took place halfway through the book. That th ...more
Teresa K
Jul 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I couldn't even finish this book. I tried to wait to see if a plot twist would make me like the main character more, but i have yet to find that twist. I can read vapid chick lit and enjoy it but this character has no redeeming qualities other than being able to leech off her parents as a 30yo without a job.
Maybe if you can make it past pg 75 you'll like it.
Jun 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls!
It's a really quirky, sex-in-the-city-esque book. I loved it and would recommend for anyone wanting a sunny beach read. It's not taxing and isn't something with save-the-world substance but it's fun!
May 11, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
definitely a chick book. the language in the beginning is pretty foul. then the middle of the book gets pretty cute. the ending, LAME.....
May 29, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
They made this into a 2 part series on Lifetime starting this weekend.
Czeska Johann
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you can get past the superficial brain candy, no substance sort of fluff, you'll finally realize there are a lot of interesting humor and witty lines in this. Cruel, mindless, sex-in-the-city esque and entertaining at times. Not my genre of choice, really, but every once in a while, you need a beach book that doesn't get you thinking. Just light reading.
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read another book by this author and liked it so I figured that I would give her another chance. The story was interesting, but its too predictable. A materialistic girl is looking for a rich husband to marry, have kids so she never has to work again (boooorring). Not that she ever worked before.

She marries this guy who's not the guy that she thought he was then she ends up pregnant b/c she on purpose uses a turkey baster to take out the sperm out of the condom. Yeah like that would work, w
2004- Thirty-something (she's perennially 28) Clarissa Alpert has no job, no mate, but fabulous shoes and friends! However, Clarissa decides it's getting time for her to catch herself a man to settle down with and sets her sights on Aaron Mason, the latest, hottest new producer in town. With the help of her four friends (one who seems like a Paris Hilton copy...) Clarissa starts to plan the wedding of her dreams, before the couple even has a first date! Clarissa gets what Clarissa wants, so land ...more
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
This was a great girlie book :) The main character, Clarissa, has been SPOILED her who life. She lives in LA and does not work. She has a core group of girlfriends and has dated every successful man she can get her hands on. She was happy with her life, but she is getting older and wants to find a man to settle down with. She has her eye on the newest guy in town and starts to plan their wedding even before they have their first date!

In the beginning of the book Clarissa annoyed me a little beca
Read this book for the online book club over at Tipped Uterus. Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The tone is hysterical and this book has some of the best lines I've ever read. I'll come up with examples and post here later but for now just know the story revolves around a spoiled rich girl living in Hollywood, with one of the foulest mouths ever (that's probably why I liked her). She has several close friends, most of whom kind of seem like bitches. She deliberately targets an up and coming ...more
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I thought this was going to be better than it really was. It has so many excellent reviews from so many good names, such as Candace Bushnell for example, so I instantly thought it was going to be a good read. However, reading it almost annoyed with since the main character, Clarissa was so irritating. She was stuck up, with no ambitions or goals (except for getting married to a man that can pay her way through her incredible shopping habits) and she and her friends all back-stabbed ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Оживено действие, стил "Сексът и градът". Хареса ми начинът, по който авторката представя героите - не ги идеализира, даже напротив. Всеки от тях притежава и положителните, и отрицателните качества, които съжителстват у почти всеки един от нас. Главната героиня, обградена от своите богати приятелки, не се спира пред нищо. Постави ли си цел - следва я докрай. И разказаната история не прави изключение. Бурни емоции, възходи и падения среща тя по пътя към изживяването на добре планираната "мечта". ...more
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed some mindless reading just as a stress relief. This book provided that for three quarters of it. Would I read it again? No. Would I purchase another book from the same author? Probably not. I couldn't relate much to the book, and I guess that is because I am not from LA, so much of the lingo I had to re-read two or three times until I figured it out. I did like the funny aspects of the book. It did provide entertainment, but the last quarter of the book or so I found boring and frankly ...more
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
After looking through some of the reviews I expected something really really bad. Like burn in the backyard, campaign to have it banned from stores everywhere, and pray that no one ever finds out I read it bad.
Even with those expectations I read hoping that this book would be so bad that it was actually good.
But it wasn't as bad as a lot of those reviews led me to believe. Once you get past the first hundred pages, (really how often are the first hundred ever that good?) it get's pretty good.
Sigh* I tried so hard to read this, I really did. In my very 45 minutes of the book, I was thinking that it would get better and that something exciting was going to happen. I was thinking that perhaps I would get used to the writing style. My 3rd hour rolled around and I'm just like NOPE! Can't do this anymore. (I was already a bit past half the book by this point).

I don't remember not being able to finish a book since I was like 10 years old. I felt like I was reading the life of Barbie. So gl
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls who enjoy sassy, worldly books and can stand a bit of crude humor.
Shelves: just-for-fun
I bought this to read on my cruise and it made the perfect beach book. Just fun chick lit. It was slightly ruanchy with more than a little language, but it was all very hilarious.

Clarissa is a pampered young woman intent on marrying a rich, famous, gorgeous guy in Hollywood. She sets her sights on an up and coming producer and pulls out all the stops to seduce and marry him and become pregnant with his child (financial insurance in case the marriage doesn't stick). But is the man she married re
"You can do better. I have to believe that if you can't, nobody can."
As much as I would like to admit, I enjoyed it. Clarissa and Pseudo Aaron (James) are the perfect fit for each other...both of them suffering from each other's lies and manipulation, falling in a trap they've made themselves. I liked how each other transformed the other, the character development all throughout the book especially Clarissa's. Also, it's really hilarious, funny, and just the perfect chill-out chic lit complet
Brittany Bennett
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brittany by: Jillian
I'm sorry Jillian, I know you love this book, but I didn't. I liked the characters of the group of girlfriends, and I liked the snarkniness spewed by all of them throughout the book. But I thought the narrative was choppy and the plot was completely ridiculous. The entire second half of the book I kept wondering when the main character was going to come to her senses and realize she's being an idiot. The author dragged one little misunderstanding out into half the plot line, and it drove me craz ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't judge a book by it's cover couldn't be more true. This one looked cute and clever and funny and the back cover read hysterical. It was so far from that. She was awful, I hated her and her nasty friends. The entire thing was unbeliavable and the dialogue so unrealistic. Even the big twist was just lame and made no sense. I kept thinking she's making us hate her so much so we can love her even more for changing ... except she doesn't. She's horrible all the way to the end. I have a rule, I n ...more
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I really enjoyed this book. Clarissa does what most of America laments that Hollywood socialites/young female stars/spoiled brats do not do - Clarissa grows up. Along the way, she exposes a biting wit, a sharp mind, a manipulative personality and the (apparently) stunning looks to get away with it. I found her smart and fun, and what was really lovely was that she was able to retain the wonderful parts of her personality even after she had matured into a responsible woman. This is a great Hollyw ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love chic lit. But this one, I don't.

I really don't like stories of girls whose main purpose in life is to find a husband.

This writer is no Sophie Kinsella who can make me laugh and think at the same time.

The tone of her writing also varies. It's like the main character doesn't really have a "voice" of her own.

There were also times when we hear the man's side but I don't think that is necessary in this book.

I finished reading this book from cover to cover but I admit, I only finished it becau
Sep 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely did not like this book at all. It started out as alright -but the characters are incredibly shallow and stupid and do not progress or grow. The author's writing style is strange, but I know that is not what made me dislike the book since I have read and like The Starter Wife. It is also incredibly fowl, and that would normally not bother me. I think the turning point for me what when she impregnates herself with a turkey baster from a used condom. Seriously!!! Watch the movie on Lif ...more
I had a hard time deciding to give this book two or three stars. At first I had a hard time reading Maneater, I didn't like some of the narrative (reading about the main character's mother's "dumps" is just not entertaining), and I also had a hard time warming up to this character, and even now that I'm finished I don't find Clarissa one of the more likeable chick-lit characters. However there were some entertaining parts and some good twists so it wasn't horrible. I'd say read it if you don't h ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning of this book I hated it. The language was crass and vulgar and I thought the lead character was annoying. But then she started to grow on me. And then I wanted to find out what Aaron was hiding. And then it got really good. Thank you to my friend Jen for making me stick this one out because it was a great read. And now I have to watch the Lifetime movie when it comes back on and see how well they capture the characters. Because they are some characters!
Jun 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Ok, the cover caught my eye one day while shopping at Walmart. It was a TV miniseries tie-in cover featuring Sarah Chalke. The book looked cute based on the front and back covers.

The language didn't bother me, but between the author's strange writing style and the moronic main character, I just couldn't go on.

Maybe the miniseries is cute, but I only read 50 pages of the book before I gave up.
Sara-lou Bookham
I started reading this & kind of lost interest. Cut to 3 years later it staring at me from my book shelve, so I dusted it off & thought better finish it. It started off slow, a snobbish spoilt twenty something who always gets what she wants. She starts to plan her wedding with someone she met once & he has no idea! Anyways she ends up getting a lot more than what she bargained for. Although I wouldn't read again I am glad I finished it!
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Gigi Levangie Grazer is the author of three prior novels, including The After Wife and the New York Times bestseller The Starter Wife, which was adapted as a miniseries for USA Network.

She is a coauthor of the screenplay for Stepmom and has written for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and other publications. Levangie lives in Los Angeles with her two children and one miniature dachsund.
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“Clarissa, I was calling to ask if you wanted to go to the Laker game tonight."
Now, Clarissa was hurt. "This is really last minute."
"I know, I'm sorry. I just got the tickets."
"As I see it," Clarissa said, recovering, "you have two problems: One, I have plans, and two, I hate baseball."
"Basketball," Aaron said.”
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