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Not Another Happy Ending

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  40 reviews
When a struggling publisher discovers his only successful author is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he's finished. With her newfound success, she's become too damn happy and she can't write when she's happy. The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realises he is in love with her. ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 24th 2014 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty, Limited (first published September 19th 2013)
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Amalia Gkavea
''Why is it that the saddest endings always seem the truest? In the stories I told myself I was always the heroine - always reaching for my happy ending.''

This is a delightful, cute, deliciously quirky love story. A story of two young people who are complete opposites. An intelligent and talented writer and an obnoxious, fierce publisher.

It is an engaging light read for a bookish person that doesn't really enjoy romance that much. Jane is a wonderful character, her thoughts and motions mirro
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Self-doubting thomasina, Jane Lockhart, is a debut author. And she is facing rejections galore. But finally, her angst-ridden novel seems to have caught the eye of Tom Duval, volatile owner of independent (and sinking) publishing house: Tristesse Books. After many long sessions of brutal editing and verbal foreplay, Jane's book is published and she earns the double victory of critical acclaim and mainstream approval.
Oh, and she bumped uglies with dashing Tom Duval along the way.

But then Duval
'You write because you have to, because it gnaws away at your insides if you try to ignore it, because if you don't write you might as well be dead. Because nothing else can make you so mad, so frustrated, so happy and yes, so miserable. Usually all at the same time.'

Never have I read a book so perceptive in terms of exploring how writers think. As an aspiring writer myself I found these sorts of little insights, scattered throughout the book so welcome and wonderfully true. Jane's entire charac
This fair and honest review was promised in exchange for an eARC from the publisher, Harlequin/Mira. I am receiving no other renumeration for this and have requested none.

3.5 stars (rounded up). First off - I haven't seen the film version with Karen Gillan as Jane, yet, though I still want to, and unusually this is ... not strictly an adaptation of the film so far as I can tell, but the book written after the film was made. Whether or not that makes it a novelisation is, I think, probably an arg
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A fabulously fun rom-com about love, sponge cake and the trouble with happy endings!

*Out now on DVD* is ‘not another happy ending’ as a movie with Karen gillan {Doctor Who star}, which I am now excited to see having read David Soloman’s book. This Harlequin romance is sassy, sophisticated and full of heartfelt sincerity that will entertain for many hours and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. If you enjoy classic chick-lit and humorous stories, such as Amanda Foreman or Trisha Ashley et
Book collector
I came to this after seeing the Karen gillan movie. Now I really enjoyed the movie so was interested in the novel. I'm pleased I tried it. The novel is based on the screenplay, essentially it's a movie novelisation but very definitely a superior one. The writing is excellent and the book expands on the film giving us more background, new scenes and alternative sequences. It's a great little book of an underrated film. Well worth hunting out.

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Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film-tv-adaption
10 October, 2016

You wouldn't know it by the amount of time it took me to get through this novel but I actually loved it. This was a refreshing change from what I usually read, and I'm so glad I randomly picked it up because Amy Pond and Fitz were on the cover.

rtc... I hope
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe this was adapted from a screenplay! What a lovely book and such a refreshing change from the chick-lit/romance cliches! ...more
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Not wonderful but not terrible either. Doesn't really inspire me to watch the movie based on it. ...more
Molly Jane Smith
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sumati Arora
Ironical title....completely but then again....its chick lit!!! I don't understand why is boy meet girl, they fall in love and lived happily every after concept so appealing to the masses???

Why couldn't this genuinely have been a not so happy ending....the book was going in the perfect direction and then the same cliche ending.

Loved the style but not so much the story of this one. The narrative techhnique the attention to detailed characterization and all is great but still doesn't make up for m
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insights into the publishing industry!
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing exceptional but a sweet and very binge-able read
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was very funny, i found myself laughing so hard most of the time.
Bree T
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Lockhart has a whole pile of rejections from publishers. In fact she has them pinned up on the wall and refers to it as her Board of Pain. However she’s not giving up – although she’s exhausted most of the publishers and agents, she prints yet another copy of her manuscript and takes it to Tristesse Books, a local publisher in Glasgow. It’s owned and run by a Frenchman named Tom Duval who is famous for falling out with authors he’s published. And several that he hasn’t.

Despite what he sees
Janet Emson
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit that before I received this book I was not aware of the film on which it is based so came to read it without any preconceptions.

Jane is a struggling writer, receiving rejection letter after rejection letter in response to her first manuscript entitled 'The Endless Anguish of My Father'. Tom is the publisher who is looking for the book that will establish his company amongst the big
It is not often that at book based on a screenplay turns out to be a winner, but Not Another Happy Ending proved itself to be one of those rare gems. Author David Solomon also wrote the screenplay for this quirky, set-in-Scotland, romantic comedy that pokes fun at the publishing industry, so it is no surprise that the story survives the transition from screen to print. The film/novel tells the story of Jane Lockheart, a twenty-something aspiring writer and lover of all things miserable, whose no ...more
Feb 19, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of female Red-Heads, Scotland, and filmed books I had to buy this, but have yet to read it and just ordered the movie on DVD (no Blu-ray yet, which is a shame! - written February 19th, 2017).
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not at all the book I was expecting to read from the cover and the blurb, which is actually quite ironic considering the subject matter. I was expecting something a little less substantial and definitely less bleak to start out. Knowing Glasgow, however, the rain was definitely a given. Once I had started to read, I very quickly became utterly engrossed and the book came everywhere with me; reading it walking to work, in my break, etc. We were inseparable, which was a little unfortunate ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is trying to hard, to trendy, to screenplay to be a book. It ticks all the right boxes for the marketing team, it is well written but it has no matter. The lead - Jane - is a writer hence all the Jane Austen mentions; she is feisty, gutsy, individual ie she's a red head who wears a bowler hat, she bakes and she swears and throws things at her publisher boyfriend. He - the lead - Tom - is a dashing Frenchman who runs a cutting edge publishing house in Glasgow with the aid of his ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea that this was the book of a film when I picked it up, so I started reading with no precoceptions. Half way through I saw that there was a film of the same name, and assumed that the book came before the film. Now I know that the film came first, I'm even more impressed. The transition from page to screen, or screen to page, is never an easy one, but although I haven't seen the film yet, the book of Not Another Happy Ending works so well. I read a lot of NA and YA books, but I do ha ...more
Katy Noyes
Review of a Netgalley review copy.

I felt a bit cheated, when, a few chapters in, I read somewhere that this book is a novelisation of a film screenplay. Usually I avoid books OF films. It's an adaptation of a simplified story already, though in this case I believe an original screenplay (by the author of this adaptation).

All through, even before knowing its origin, I felt something was strange about the writing, some jumping around of action, some character decisions that didn't make sense. It c
Jo Kaiser
I've just spent the last few minutes reading some of the existing reviews, there was one reoccurring comment that struck me; it was not the book that came first, before the movie, but the movie. And with this revelation everything in the book suddenly makes sense. Having watched the movie several times now (and over a span of a couple of weeks) I could not help but compare the book and the movie in my head. In certain scenes and chapters I could see the movie being played out before me, which is ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Jane Lockart writes a best-selling novel that also garnered rave reviews, she seems destined for the big time. Her agent Tom Duval certainly hopes so. Something about Jane’s poignant, heartbreaking debut affected him, although he doesn’t want her to know that. But then Jane gets writer’s block (Jane Lockart’s “art” is “locked”), and Tom decides that it’s because Jane is happy. She wrote her first novel when she was sad and miserable, so Tom sets out to make her sad and miserable again. He d ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Lockhart is a writer trying to find a publisher for her novel. She has submitted it to 40 publishers - all of them rejected it until she finds Tristesse, a small publishing house in Glasgow. Tom Duval is a Frenchman that tired of the gorgeous Cote D'azur but fell in love with Scotland. He also loves Jane's book. They work together to edit it and have a relationship, sort of. Jane is writing her second novel but cannot seem to finish it. Tom is desperate to get the book to save his failing c ...more
Mar 29, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I may not actually read this book for two reasons:
1. It is not readily available locally.
2. It turns out that it is a novelization of the movie, when I was hoping the movie was based on a book.
I just watched the movie online and it had the feel of an adaptation that maybe had to leave some things out. Still, I liked the movie well enough. It was a nice, little, fluffy rom-com. It was relatively clean, though there was one person's naked backside, but done in a slapstick, funny way, not in
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really did want to like this and it was a novel idea to have the movie tie in but I don't think I'll be reading it more than once. I particularly enjoyed the interactions between Jane and Darsie but otherwise I didn't feel much for any of the characters. Rather then jumping out of the page and allowing me to become emotionally attached to them and root for them, they seemed rather stilted. almost as if like Darsie they too weren't fully formed yet ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book before watching the film and I must say, I still pictured Karen Gillian and Stanley Webber as Jane and Tom even though I was trying my damnedest not to! The book was hilarious and witty, and reading a book that was set in my home city of Glasgow was so refreshing. I loved this book for the characters, the plot and obviously the wee slice of home it holds. It was a brilliant contemporary read and I devoured it in less than a day, and the movie isn't half bad either! ...more
T. Renee Doty
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a nice reread. I had just as much fun with the characters. I love them and feel for them.

As a writer myself, Jane is very easy to relate to. She has a lot of self-doubt and insecurity, which every artistic person battles with. The film version is just as lovely, with the screenplay also written by Solomons.
This book had potential. I had faith in it even though I saw through the premise and saw the ending 300 pages too early. I don't like books that end the way I expect them to. Every author ought to know that, right? *sighs* How will I ever appreciate Adult Fiction if all the books turn out the same, clichéd way? ...more
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David Solomons has been writing screenplays for many years. His first feature film was an adaptation of ‘Five Children and It’ (starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard, with gala screenings at the Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals). His latest film is a romantic comedy set in the world of publishing, ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ (Karen Gillan, Iain de Caestecker), which closed the Edinburgh Inter ...more

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