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Coming Out

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  5,039 ratings  ·  295 reviews
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invit ...more
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Suzanne
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was having a lazy Boxing Day at home (we are normally on holidays at the beach, but this year it's not meant to be) while the kids were playing music, cricket, playing on their phones and with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They're used to their mum reading while they are having fun. I continued on with another current read but realised I needed something lighter, so I put that one down. I went straight to my two big bags full of Danielle Steel books - thank you Brenda for these!

This one did t
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Razan
Dec 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rotten-cheese
thank you for wasting my time, my money, and thank you so much for cutting off trees to publish this book .
Kwesi 章英狮
Apr 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I was in high school I never enjoyed partying with my friends even school parties. Not because I'm an outcast but because of the eyes that looking at you from top to bottom. I don't like it when people looking at me especially strangers and I don't like to mingle with the crowd. My prom experience? Well, it was a disaster, I don't know what to wear and I don't like what my mother suggested. It was the worst nightmare I ever had when I was in high school, stupid, that I nearly decided not to ...more
Sa Ka
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
38. knjiga koju sam pročitala ove (2018.) godine je "Prvi ples" ("Coming out") od Danijele Stil. Jedna od boljih njenih knjiga u kojoj se na ne prevelikom broju stranica i sa ne previše likova zapetljava i raspetljava radnja i životne priče glavnih likova. Odlično je predstavljen ubrzani današnji tempo života žene koja ima karijeru i pokušava uspješno da odoli svim iskušenjima, zahtjevima privatnog i poslovnog života i svakodnevnim zavrzlamama... Djeca iz prvog braka i bivši muž, sadašnji muž i ...more
Amira Mahmoud
Coming Out
التحرر
تدور أحداث هذه الرواية عن تلك العائلة الكبيرة , التي على الرغم من اختلاف أفرادها في الانتماءات والاتجاهات وربما الديانات أيضاً
إلا أنها تحافظ على تماسكها ومحبتها
وكأي فرقة موسيقية تحتاج إلى مايسترو يقودها , ويوجه أفرادها وآلاتها للحصول على الأداء السليم
كانت هذه العائلة الكبيرة تحتاج إلى المايسترو المتمثل في تلك المرأة الشابة , التي تأخذ على عاتقها مهمة العناية بكُل فرد من أفراد الأسرة , والعناية بهم جميعاً
وكأي أسرة بها مراهقين , كان عليها مراقبة سلوكهم والقلق بشأنهم
ومعرفة مشاكله
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Kate
May 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
I'd never read a Danielle Steel, and I wanted to try one. Now I know.

This book reads like she did some free writing in preparation for a novel, and then her publishers grabbed it, spell checked it, and shipped it off to bookstores. It's almost unreadable.
lacy [lacy’s library]
tw: anti Semitism, use of work in**an, racism

I wanted a little fluffy book that was short so I could finally catch up on my GR reading goal. I pulled this DS novel out of my DS basket (Yes, I have a Danielle Steel basket. Otherwise my mass collection would literally take up both my book shelves.) I've read this before but forgot the finer details and wanted to revisit. I've been going through my owned books and re-reading ones to see if they still hold up after so many years. I thought I was in
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Amber
Feb 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was my first Danielle Steel book, chosen because I wanted to read one of hers and I liked the cover, and we all know what judging a book by its cover will do to you. (It makes you regret not looking up the reviews on Goodreads so you might put the pretty book down and choose a different means of introduction to an unfamiliar author, that's what it does. That's what it always does.)

All I remember from this book is that half the plot was about one of the daughter's tattoos and how it pissed t
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Paul
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Before you lambast me, this was a "stretch goal". Something WAAAAYYY outside my normal genre. This is an author I had always disregarded and bashed, but I figured I should read at least one of her books otherwise I'm being an uninformed hypocrite. I was going for the smut she's known for and apparently picked the exact wrong book because there was none. Then again, maybe it was the right one because I could judge it solely on it's writing merit.

And.... it was ok. It was 115 pages, so easily read
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Hannah
Apr 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up as a book to read for the Eurostar trip; and I must say I was disappointed. While I expected a tumultuous voyage of emotions and fights, it was very... well, tame. It emphasised the positive points of each character too much, leaving nothing to the reader's own interpretation. While I am no stranger to easy reads, this book seemed to jump into my mind and kick out any of my own thoughts about the characters, replacing it with Steele's over explained points.
The ending seemed t
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Toni Salvo
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
The people in this book are well educated middle upper class, or even "blue blooded". The young people go to Europe in summer and meet the rest of the family who holidays in St. Tropez, Monaco etc. etc.

An invitation for heroine Olympia's twin daughters to a coming out ball is the main issue in the book and becomes a huge family problem. Not the most serious situation for a family to deal with since coming out balls is a rather old fashioned upper class affair; even if the twins are from a previo
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Rachel
Jul 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
I picked this book up purely because I had never read a Danelle Steel novel before. I figured that I should try considering she is a best selling novelist and this book looked harmless enough.

I must say that I was disappointed. It wasn't the language; I had expected it to have some. It also wasn't the topic that let me down, it was the writing style. I found something lacking. I had a hard time putting my finger on it at first, but I think it might be the way she "told" the story more than "show
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Curtis Lowton
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I’ll be honest; I’m not a Steel neophyte. Back in 1990 at the tender age of 17, I read Kaleidoscope and I remember enjoying it. However, the experience of reading a Danielle Steel novel at the wizened age of 41 was a less agreeable experience.
I pondered what I could possibly say in a review of Coming Out that hasn’t already been said in other reviews. Aside from the five star reviews that inexplicably appear on Goodreads (please contact me, if you think Coming Out is five stars, I have books re
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Briar's Reviews
I found Coming Out by Danielle Steel at a local store that typically does not sell books. It was on sale, probably cheaper than it should have been yet it was in excellent shape! I always wanted to read something by Danielle Steel but never seemed to remember to pick up a book by her whenever I was out looking, so I decided to purchase this book.

This book was made in 2006, but it felt more along the lines of the 80s or 90s due to some of the comments within the book. There never seems to be a st
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Greta
Jan 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
This rich, white, privileged lady named Olympia wants her two daughters to participate in a coming out ball that is only open to other rich, white, privileged people. Her Jewish husband is the voice of reason and flat out refuses to attend. But, Olympia won't give up, especially when a Jewish person and a black person tell her it's ok for her to support the racist function.

The basic premise of this book is interesting, how society is constantly changing and what was once commonplace (exclusion b
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Chelsey Thompson
Aug 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Truly, this book is not good. It is written from the perspective of Olympia, the mother of 4. Her twin girls are invited to attend a coming out gala with New York's upper society. Everything in the book has to do with preparing for the ball and the struggles of getting everyone there. (Seriously, was this an important enough topic to write a book about?) Oh and it deals with the 'political' struggles of organizations that do not include all demographics, teenagers who get tattoos, and being gay. ...more
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I am not going to dwell too much on this review. I was very disappointed in this book. The characters never developed enough for me--they were very flat--no depth at all.

In a nut shell, Olympia, mother to twins Veronica & Virginia was a southern debutante and now it is time for her daughters to "come out" in the formal debutante ball. Olympia's husband, Harry (the step-father) who is Jewish and a big-wig judge is totally appalled by the idea of the gathering and presenting of these W.hite A
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Jackie
As the book released in 2006 it is a far cry from being up-to-date or even close to it from the perspective of what a parent faces problem wise from their children now in 2015. It is however, despite being "dated" in it's realism a pretty interesting story about a family who faces a few unforeseen pitfalls that nearly send the mother into a nervous breakdown before things turn around at the end.

Have not read a book by Danielle Steel in many years but this one is pretty solid and as contemporary
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Rflutist
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book in one sitting during the week. I've enjoyed Ms. Steel's most recent work
much more (44 Charles Street, Hotel Vendome). Nevertheless, the story was enjoyable.
The author is excellent in creating a plot and the pace in which to move it along, but I
often wish for more compelling dialogue between the characters as they deal with
dufficult situations.
Huda
Jan 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: english-books
This novel was also recommanded from a friend. I liked it more than the other two. Anyway, I think I won't read for Danielle Steel any more.
Dana
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook and it was a nice listen. A typical Danielle Steele book. And I enjoy her books :)
Mahoghani 23
Silly little quick read.
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I usually am ok with this author's books but this wasn't one of my favorite. This was just ok for me.
Anna Mcfadden
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein is a very busy woman, with a busy law career, a successful husband who is a judge on the court of appeals, a college age son, twin daughters about to graduate (from her first marriage) and a 5 year old son, (from her second marriage). This year the girls have been invited to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York. Olympia think it will be great fun and remembers her own coming out and cant wait to take the girls dress shopping. that's when the problems ...more
TJL
The plot had so much potential.

I love reading about these kinds of things. The topic was rife for exploration, and this just... This just failed so badly.

The writing is abysmal. The book is a nearly 200-page example in "When Authors Tell Instead of Show". "Show, Don't Tell" is common advice for a reason, and this book is what happens when you ignore it completely. The book comes off as rushed: The author TELLS us the goings on of several days over as many pages, things that have little to do wit
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Elizabeth
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The story focuses on Olympia, a successful business woman. At this point in her life, she is married to her second husband, Harry, has three grown children from her first husband, and a kindergartener with Harry. A huge socialite coming out is in the works that include her twins, Virginia and Veronica. It becomes a coming out for the entire family.

This was my first Danielle Steele. It was short but it felt like it needed more fluff. I did not feel attachment towards the characters. The plot was
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Daniela
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cu două fiice gemene absolvente de liceu, un fiu student la Dartmouth şi un copil de grădiniţă din a doua căsătorie, avocata Olympia Crawford Rubinstein pare capabilă să rezolve orice problemă cu graţie şi umor. Totul până într-o zi când primeşte invitaţie pentru fiicele ei să participe la cel mai exclusivist bal de debut din oraşul New York. Şi de aici încep problemele.

Un roman interesant şi care se citeşte uşor. Evident că toate problemele se rezolvă într-o manieră delicată, iar finalul nu se
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Joy
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
All of the books I wanted to read were on waitlist, so I decided to give Danielle Steel a try. She is so famous and prolific that the book should be good, right? Wrong! It had all the elements for the making of a great read: a mom supporting her gay son, racial and wealth discussions, blended families. But this book was flat, trivial, and hard to finish.
Yasmine Azeez
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
good book, very good one actually , the story is all centered about an event that sounds trivial but it evokes thoughts about what tolerance really means and what it is really like to be open minded regarding issues of equality and the likes.
no disasters or big tragic events in this novel , something that is uncommon in d.s novels.
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