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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  43 reviews
call her crazy

With half her immediate family having been committed -- mentally speaking -- why can't Chloe Sachs commit? After all, she's always been considered the sane one in the family. But seconds before becoming Mrs. Mark Hutchinson, Chloe leaves her handsome, successful fiancé at the altar and tears down Interstate 505 in her red Ford Frontier. Maybe it was the h
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Gallery Books
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Mar 11, 2008 rated it liked it
I had actually read this book once already, but I completely forgot, so I guess that shows you how memorable the book is or it just shows how horrible my memory is. Anyways, I still enjoyed it a second time. The main character is likable and real and the storyline is pretty plausible.
Nicole Lamontagne
May 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Very silly book...I picked it up at the grocery store on the way to the lake. A quick and fun read! Although...its not quite the kind of book you want to read 10 days before your wedding as I did...haha!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very fun and entertaining book.
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
The main character runs away from her wedding in the opening chapter, and the rest of the book is about how she figures out what she's going to do now. She moves in to her late great-aunt's house while it's being renovated, and spends time returning wedding presents. She discovers some old letters of the aunt's, about a WWII romance, and begins reading them. She interacts with her sister, and brother, and parents and step-parents. She has encounters with a hot, really nice veterinarian, and a mo ...more
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
They had reached the point in the wedding where the glass should be stomped on and broken. As the glass skittered off unbroken, a little voice said, "Run" and she did! This was the beginning of a book about Chloe, whom everyone in her small town had heard of once she joined the wedding "track team". If a poster was made of a "dysfunctional" family Chloe knew that her family would be on it. As the book continues Chloe learns some interesting things about her family and discovers that people can c ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
It was one of those books that you don't quite remember that you have other things to just want to read. This book had everything! Gorgeous setting, quirky and funny characters, two very interesting pets and one fixer-upper bungalow.

And this is where Chloe comes to sort through things. This is also where she finds a stack of letters. Love letters between her aunt and her lover. She discovers a big family secret, which makes a lot of sense and gives her a different perspective towards h
Lori Whitwam
Cute. Maybe it's just that I'm used to reading things where the "resolution" involves good vampires saving the world from evil vampires, or someone uncovering the killer of four minor plot characters... but this book and the last one I reviewed seemed to wander a bit. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be anticipating. Yeah, she leaves a guy at the altar, and then tries to get her life settled. And she has dogs. It was a pleasant read, and just what I needed this weekend, but nothing spectacul ...more
Jul 29, 2011 added it
Shelves: 2010
Breezed through this one pretty quickly - a fun story! Chloe was believable and not too ditzy although like most chick lit stories I've read it takes her a while to figure out what she really wants. I probably would not have confronted my family to the degree she did after learning dark family secrets but to each his own. Liked the central California setting and the dysfunctional family kept it interesting.
Chloe is a runaway bride. She didn't plan on it, she just realize that the relationship just wasn't right until her groom-to-be, Mark, was unable to break the glass during their Jewish wedding ceremony - and she took that as a bad sign. Even though she left Mark at the altar, she's still a very likeable character and as the story continues we learn about her extremely disfunctional family - making you wonder that she's so "normal".
Heather Adkins
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Rendahl's characters are so vividly real that I lost my grip on reality while reading. I forgot that what was playing out so easily in my mind wasn't a true story happening in some remote part of the world. This book is such a poignant mixture of heartache and happy endings. It rings true to the joys and distresses that the normal person faces in everyday life. Definitely an unforgettable book.
Donna Jo Atwood
Chloe runs from the middle of her wedding, takes a temporary job at the local bar, and moves into a house that is undergoing massive remodeling. And she considers herself the normal one in her family.
This book is all about family and how to cope with it.
In some ways this reminds me of Jennifer Crusie's romances, but not quite so fluffy. I liked it 3.5 stars worth.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
So I'm only giving 2 stars because, although I loved the book while I was reading it, every time I picked it up I realized I had forgotten everything I'd previously read! A good story, a cute story, and an entertaining one while reading. But I'll be damned if I could tell you what it's about 3 days after finishing it. :S
Nov 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
This is totally fluffy chick lit about a woman who runs out on her wedding and what follows, including her interactions with her dysfunctional family. I rate this a cut above some other chick lit, as the main character is interesting and intelligent and a scientist. Also, there are some nice dogs in the story, and a hot veterinarian.

Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Karen; Alison
Shelves: chicklit, fiction
I was quite surprised that this book was as good as it was! This story is about a woman who leaves her fiancee at the altar and then has to deal with moving on and living her life on her own. The writing was great, the characters were complex, and the story was sweet. I will definitely read more from this author.
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's a great summer read. This is a great book about a girl who runs out on her wedding and comes into her own. It's about her family and the ways our family contributes to the decisions we make sometimes. It's especially about how choosing to ignore our past can cause us to make serious mistakes in the future. Really thought provoking & funny...a great combination.
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book though I think the fact that I lived in the area that it takes place may have added charm. Good light, chick-lit read. I liked the characters and the fact that they are real characters. :)
May 26, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is OK - an easy read. I really liked the characters, and the author writes dialouge in an exceptionally realistic fashion. But, I was a bit disappointed at lack of good climax and the resolution at the end was weak. I wouldn't read it again, but I didn't dislike it.
Mar 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Wow, I really do read too much chick lit.
A woman leaves her husband at the alter and must learn to redo her life from this point forward.
This just felt like something I'd read before. Nothing stood out.
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Although this book was fairly predictably I really liked it. It did include a bit a twist towards the end which made it interesting. I read it in a day, so it's a quick read. It kept me busy while the cable company was installing stuff (and I was without cable or internet to keep me busy).
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it
I have been a member of good reads for about a month and when I was adding books I have read, I completely forgot about this one. I read it a couple months ago and I remember liking it but I do have to agree with the comment made by Michelle when she said it is forgettable.
Jul 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Just a quick "chick-lit" read. Local author and local landmarks (lots of Davis)make it fun. It's yet another take on the runaway bride theme with a "nutty" family to boot. Ties in with Claire Cook-type of writing--large family, pets, and laughs. Note: heroine is also a scientist.
Just - The romance reader
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: at-library
Loved it! There was drama and humor, and the characters were just a little bit crazy, and some were totally relatable. Definitely a good story and it totally kept my attention.
Jul 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Good chick lit~ interesting enough to keep me reading. Would give 3 1/2 stars.
Jan 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Left me hanging at the end, but was overall a good book.
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this 4 stars because it was light and fun, and exactly what I needed with all the holiday stress. I also liked it because it wasn't silly like other chick-lit I've read :)
Feb 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
so funny! a book about nothing that cracked me up! i loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and will quote them forever!
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
School is starting back up in a week, and I'm trying to read as many mindless books before then. :) This definately fit the bill. Pretty cute.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was ok
mostly predictable chick-lit with some moving emotional stuff at the end. an easy read.
Jul 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a fun, light read. The plot was interesting and the characters were likable. However, it was pretty predictable, and the ending annoyed me.
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