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Pretend I'm Not Here

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Spending long, languid weekends in St. Thomas would seem like a dream job for most people. For single, thirty-something Ashley Farrell, however, it comes with the humiliation of having to act as chaperone for the varlous bachelor and bachelorette winners of a popular TV dating show. But this dead-end junket shows signs of new life. Between safeguarding the morals of curvac ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by HarperTorch (first published July 1st 2002)
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Mar 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I picked this up at a used book store recently. What should have been a quick evening read turned into a jaw-dropping, I-can't-believe-this ever-got-published foray into the most contorted, over the top prose I have ever encountered. This book isn't just badly written, it gives mass market hacks a good name. I don't know if Ms. Gavaler was trying to caricature bad writing or if she actually aspired to some level of literary respectability. If the former, she succeeded admirably; if the latter, I ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
The title of the book itself is pretty mysterious and awesome, but after reading it I still can't figure out what it has to do with the story.

I like the idea of a single lady chaperon of a dating reality t.v show, that's pretty cool. Plus the mushy mysterious dude she just met in the airport, and that she thought the dude was a hit man, that is hot as hell. And then they talk again in the bar and he thought she's a hooker.. and someone died, and people thought she's a hit man working for a zilli
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Well..... I loved the idea of the dating game TV show and the Caribbean setting was lovely to picture but I had a lot of problems with the plot. I found big chunks of the plot hard to believe and the main character, Ashley, alternated between ignorance and naiveness or acting with the conniving knowledge of an undercover agent - in a word, annoying. The happy ending was also unsatisfactory to me as everything was sewed up nicely. While this book was readable and entertaining in a fantasy sort of ...more
Aug 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book clearly illustrates that I am incapable of leaving unfinished a book that I purchased which I clearly dislike. With a library book, I can delude myself by returning it with the promise that I will check it out again and finish it someday. So, not only did I waste money on this book, I wasted my time.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like to read books like this while vacationing in the Caribbean.
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Chris Gavaler’s novel-in-stories SCHOOL FOR TRICKSTERS was published by Southern Methodist University Press (2011) and his romantic suspense novel PRETEND I’M NOT HERE by HarperCollins (2002). His short fiction appears in over three dozen national literary journals, including PRAIRIE SCHOONER, NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, HUDSON REVIEW, and WITNESS. He is also a four-time winner of the Pittsburgh New Works ...more
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