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Alphabet Weekends

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  6,107 ratings  ·  424 reviews
Natalie and Tom have been best friends forever, but Tom wants them to be much more. When Natalie's longtime boyfriend walks out on her just when she thinks he's going to propose, Tom offers her a different and wildly romantic proposition. He suggests that they spend twenty-six weekends together, indulging in twenty-six different activities from A to Z, and at the end of th ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2000)
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Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chiclet-anyone
I picked this book because I needed a pick-me-up after reading something pretty depressing. I expected it to be pretty fluffy, but the other two love stories examined make the book a little more thought provoking. It's not just two made-for-eachother people FINALLY getting together, it's also about the disintegration of love for one couple, and how love changes for another. I admit, the story arc about the infidelity was interesting, moving and thought provoking, but ultimately depressing. I onl ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Giving this a 3.5 rating.
This sounded like a cute romance story In a way it was but at the same time, it was kind of sad. You have three story arcs going on, Lucy and Patrick, Anna and Nicholas and the main one Tom and Natalie.

Out of the three, I thought the AN arc was kind of sweet, sad but sweet, the LP one not so much. Though TN was my favorite since well, the whole alphabet arc they had going was interesting and made the fun kind of cute in a way, wondering what they'll think up
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read this book three times and each time I have completely lost myself in the alphabetical rom-com of lead characters Natalie and Tom;I have not been able to put this novel down! Elizabeth Nobel writes a tale of nearly thirty something Natalie who finds herself heartbroken surrounded by sisters and friends who are (capital letter 's':) Settled. Her old best friend Tom decides to take Natalies mind off her woes by organising platonic weekend dates; they each take turns to choose an activit
Nicole Sackin
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
really fun and entertaining read. i want to play the alphabet game in my own life. the characters are really relatable and entertaining to read about.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This was what I have come to expect from Elizabeth Noble books--a quick, entertaining read. There are a few story lines going, but with enough connection to each other (both through theme and actual character interaction) to keep it from feeling disjointed.
Apr 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
An entertaining read, it was a bit difficult for the first half to track who was who the way it skipped around but it ended on a high note.
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok, so I would have given this book 5 starts but I didn’t like the way it was written. I *think* the author is British because the book was written using British words. I don’t like that at all. Other than the writing style, the book was very good. I love the A to Z dating ideas.
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, especially chick lit fans
This is just what I needed after the dark zombie post-apoc and disappointing Sookie Stackhouse this week. It brightened up my reading life a whole lot.

I picked this book up at the Empire State Book Festival, after hearing the author speak at a panel about "Chick Lit." Her fellow authors described her books as funny and witty, and the back cover blurb made it sound like this book would go a long way toward filling the Olivia Goldsmith-shaped hole on my shelves.

And, while I
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book on the surface was about two best friends trying out dating to see if there was chemistry between them. However as I read farther into the book, it was about all types of relationships. While best friends Tom and Natalie are working their way through alphabet themed dates, his brother and sister-in-law are dealing with marital problems in the form of a lost job, lost communication, and infidelity. Natalie's mother is going through clinical depression and no one in her family knows what ...more
Amanda J
2.5 Stars

The first part of this book was quite tedious and I actually had to put it down for a week and come back to it. I thought it would be lighter and more fun, but I found the whole thing rather depressing. With a romantic story like this, it is a foregone conclusion that the romantic leads will end up together; so the journey had better be interesting. I think the author tried to achieve this by contrasting the main relationship of Natalie and Tom and their Alphabet dates with
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have actually read this before, but didn't remember until I was a good chunk of the way through. I guess that sort of sums of the book: unremarkable. Two friends (one with different intentions) agree to spend 26 weekends doing an activity together each week, tied in with the letter of the alphabet, as a way to help the woman move on from a painful break-up. Predictably, it gravitates into a love story.

It was fine, it passed the time. I actively enjoyed Noble's 'The Reading Group',
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit
Same author as The Reading Group, which I surprisingly liked, so I picked this up. This book was so boring! I barely remember what happened. Some girl breaks up with her boyfriend and meets up with an old friend of hers who happens to be a boy, who really likes her and they go out on “alphabet weekend” dates which means they switch back and forth and do something each weekend that begins with a letter of the alphabet. LAME! And the dude thought this idea up because he wanted to get back in the g ...more
Antoinette Palmieri
Just finished this. I was hoping for a fun light read... turns out I found this book to be pretty depressing.

The characters I liked, Anna and Nicholas, stopped developing about half way through the book and then they were just sort of there, background characters. So that was disappointing. And I found it hard to care about any of the other characters.

I trudged through to the end just to see if anything interesting would happen with Anna, but nothing did. I did not find i
❤Marie Gentilcore
Solid 3 stars. An entertaining and enjoyable book. It is primarily the story of Natalie and Tom, who have been friends since childhood. Natalie has just been dumped and Tom comes up with alphabet weekends where they will each pick a date theme starting with the letter and A and ending with Z. There are a couple sub stories; one involving Natalie's dad and her mom who is going through depression, and the other about Tom's brother and his wife who deal with adultery. There were many amusing parts ...more
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was really (REALLY) similar to the movie "Love Actually" and in this case, I liked the movie more.

This book is in English, but it's English English, as in 'hail to the Queen' English. So you have to really pay attention to get what they are talking about. And most of the pop culture references are too British to be familiar. Oh, and it took me 4 chapters to figure out that "knackered" meant tired.

Besides that, it's a cute story.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Simple, predictable read. I really just wanted to read more about Natalie and Tom and wanted their characters to develop more. But instead we got Natalie's parents and Tom's brother and his wife and their stories mixed in there too. Too much of them, wanted more Natalie and Tom.

A fun concept/idea of the alphabet weekends, I think if the story were more focused on that fun idea, the book would have been better.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the concept of this book- that each chapter was based on each letter of the alphabet.
Jul 24, 2009 rated it liked it
cute beach read. decided to put the fat twilight book aside while in hawaii & borrowed this from stoof.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay. It was an okay read. For the first part of the book, I would have given it 2 starts. I actively disliked having to slog through the first part of the book. I almost didn't make it out of the first couple of chapters. But, I did and what followed could have garnered 4 starts overall, but I went with 3 for the following reasons: There were just too many characters I did not care about crammed in to what I thought was simply going to be a love story between the two main characters. I wanted t ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel is about Natalie, who's recently been dumped by her boyfriend Simon. She now feels all the years spent with him were a waste as she is in her 30s and childless. In the background, her childhood friend Tom has always been in love with her and plans a series of A-Z themed activities to take her mind off Simon and fix it firmly on himself. I've never met a man who would have the time, never mind the inclination, to put a plan like this in place!

Natalie is one of three sisters, and their
Bev Taylor
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
a is for affection - b is for brokenhearted - c is for chemistry

natalie has been with simon for 6 years and thinks a proposal is just over the horizon. then he dumps her

tom has been her friend from school days and he takes it into his head to get her out of the doldrums. this is simple - each weekend have an activity starting with A and working thru the alphabet

so begins their story. u know how it is going to end but it is still an enjoyable if rocky ride !

in the bachground, u have her paren
Addie BookCrazyBlogger
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My absolute favorite Elizabeth Noble novel, it tells the story of Natalie and Tom (best friends who have a pact to marry each other after 30), Anna and Nicholas (Natalie’s parents who are struggling with empty nest syndrome and elderly depression) and Patrick and Lucy (Tom’s brother/sister-in-law who are struggling one of them having an affair). It’s the story of heartbreak, of finding love in old and new places and above all, about being honest in your pursuit of love. It’s a feel good piece th ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Tom and Natalie have been friends since childhood. Natalie's boyfriend dumps her just when she thinks he will propose. To pick up her spirits, and because he wants Natalie to be more than just a friend, Tom suggests alphabet weekends. Taking turns, Tom and Natalie plan an activity beginning with a letter of the alphabet. Tom hopes that by the letter Z, Natalie will have fallen in love with him. In addition to the Natalie and Tom story line, Tom's sister-in-law is having an affair and Natalie's m ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read this book before. It's a solid enough story, albeit predictable. Pet peeve though - too many long streams of dialogue without attributing who said what. For instance - 10 interchanges. Sometimes you get lost as to who is saying what and have to go back to the beginning.

I also think there were too many side stories in this book. The mother's depression and sense of self could have been a great story on its own. Lucy and Patrick could have been a novel on its own.

I reread it occasional
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the idea of this book -alphabet dates!

The relationship between Natalie and her dad is a lovely sub plot, there were some absolutely beautiful moments there. This alone bumped this book up to 5 stars for me.

I thought that some of the references were quite dated, but then I realised that the book was written in 2000 so that makes sense as the book is almost 20 years old.

I wasn’t 100% happy with the ending (letter Z!) but never mind!
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I made it up until "January A for Abseiling." I could not read anymore. I am sure it is a wonderful book, but there are too many characters and too much back and forth between the characters. I do not care for that when I read books and I just could not read it any longer. Up until where I finished, there was little to make me interested to even try reading more.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Elizabeth Noble's books and this was no exception. Actually, it was surprisingly better than I thought it would be, considering the somewhat frivolous-sounding premise. Often very funny - hilarious - it was also thoughtful and pretty darn endearing. Totally recommend it.
Marty Greenwell
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another intended light vacation book for Portugal. Guy picks things to do with his life-long girl love (who has to prove to her he is the guy ) by using the alphabet to test her and himself to see if they are a match, one their friends all along thought was right.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Fun, relaxing read. After a not so fun non-fiction pick for a really fun couples book club, this light hearted exploration was just what I needed on a snowy Sunday. Fans of Lianne Moriarty and Emily Giffin should spend some time with Elizabeth Noble.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have liked Ms. Noble's books in the past. I never read this one. Took me quite awhile to get through it.
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Elizabeth Noble was born in High Wycombe, Bucks, and now lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at Oxford University and after graduating embarked on a career in publishing before taking up writing full time. She is the author of seven novel
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