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Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,076 ratings  ·  118 reviews
From beloved New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan, a heartwarming and hilarious comedy about a pampered London socialite forced to live life among the common folk.

Sophie Chesterton is Londons It Girl. She knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothesand her rich parents pay for everything. But deep down she suspects
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 15th 2009)
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Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I had low expectations and this book still failed to live up to them.

The romance is EVERYTHING I HATE. ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. The heroine, who is attracted to the hero Cal the moment she meets him, constantly telegraphs her attraction; he ignores her and has a parade of one-night-stands whom the heroine makes breakfast for and cleans up after. Then, once the heroine has thrown herself at him, he has sex with her... before GOING BACK TO THE PARADE OF OW AND ONE NIGHT STANDS!!!!!!

Admittedly, the
Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What does an It girl do if she loses all her money?

Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesnt really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world. to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever.

It's summer and for summer I think the best books
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Eh. Imagine if, let's say Nikki Hilton, loses all her money and her friends and family, and is forced to live in a dirty sharehouse with four guys as she tries to find her own way in the world. Transpose it to London, and you have this story. Of course Sophie has to choose between two of the guys she lives with - shy, nerdy Eck or hot Cal who sleeps around - and of course she falls into a job that allows her to develop of childhood love of photography while meeting many odd but fabulous people. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by Jenny Colgan
Antony Simpson
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I originally discovered Jenny Colgan by picking up here book Where Have All the Boys Gone? I loved it and was unable to put it down! So when I saw her latest book Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend in a local supermarket, I couldnt resist picking it up.

The book tells the story of a socialite-IT-girl Sophie Chesterton whose life evolves around parties, clothes, diamonds and all things shiny and sparklie, all paid for by her rich father. All seems perfect in Sophies world
Donna Hines
When the party girl must stop sponging and start creating a life for herself, all hell breaks loose.
Sure, she believes her friends are fakes. Sure, she wants to live the high life. Sure, she has no clue.
Well, that's until she gets a job, moves out, rents a dirty sharehouse with 4 guys, and most certainly she falls for two. YES-TWO!
Cal and Eck are polar opposites and her life is now up in the air.
This is a quirky, rom com, typical chick lit, with a grade of romance that lightens it up.
I hope you
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book reminded me a lot of Candace Bushnell's books such as Sex in the City and Lipstick Jungle but also Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic where they take a obsession and learn the true meaning and value of life. We have heard the phrase forever..."Diamonds are a girl's best friend." This
Lynn Gionette
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute. easy to read. liked the story. the title doesn't really match the story.

there was one scene in the book that I was reading on the bus and I started to laugh so hard I was crying and the lady next to me asked if I was ok. I rarely laugh out loud when reading b
It's unrealistic and unbelievable. The ending was just.. meh. It's a good thing I read Colgan's subsequent novels first (like the Cupcake series & also Sweet shop of dreams) because if I were to read this (Diamonds) first, I wouldn't want to read anymore of Colgan's novels. She IS a good writer and I love her newer works, except for this one. = ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Entertaining read!
There are few things that make me happier than a Jenny Colgan book, even re-releases that perhaps would have passed me by the first time, feeling a bit too young in terms of the lead character. But, this book is so perfectly imperfect, it hits the right note at every moment. Sophie is a spoilt, well-to-do, Daddys Girl, with a serious attitude for her stepmother, the teen jaded princess with two frenemies who are less friends than enemies, and a rather slothful and shallow existence. Shes a posh ...more
Judy Beetem
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sophie and her father were very close, especially since her mother died when Sophie was young. Now in her twenties, without a real career or purpose in life other than partying, playing and shopping Sophie is devastated when her "best" friend steals away her rich, handsome boyfriend. Almost simultaneously her father is stricken by a fatal heart attack, leaving Sophie a very rich orphan, or so she thought. At the reading of the will, her wicked stepmother, Gail, informs Sophie that she has to ...more
Everyone who knows me is aware that my most favorite book is The Bookshop on The Corner by Jenny Colgan. All of Jennys books are just a fun and cute read that will surely make you smile when you finish them. Im hoping somehow one day I will get to meet her and have her sign my copy! (If you know anyone who knows someone who knows her, hook me up folks!)
Sophie Chesterton has it all and is living her best life. With daddys money supporting her she spends her days shopping for all the latest
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Jenny Colgan is one of my favourite British Chicklit authors. She has a way of telling a story that is funny and relatable. Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend is a re-release having first been published in 2009.

The protagonist is Sophie Chesterton, a London socialite born into money. The family money has bought her a lifestyle free of most everyday responsibilities. Then one day it all is taken away.

The quest for Sophie to find a job and a place to live leads to a cast of characters that are
Geneva Robertson
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a good reads giveaway! I read it as soon as I unpacked it from the wrapping. Thank you for this funny and amazing book.

It was a frame story told in the present, with the meat of the story in the middle of the book. Sophie is a rich, spoiled brat that looses all of her money and she has to find a way to make her own way in the world before she can receive her inheritance. Sophie tells her own story. She is funny and witty in her comments and thoughts about her situation. She
Kathleen Gray
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was curious as to whether this had held up from when it was first published- after all, we've moved forward a great deal in our outlook and attitudes. Read it as a rom com chick lit beach book and you'll have a good time. Don't take it seriously. Sophie, who finds herself having to support herself after her father removes the cash that underpins her lifestyle, is indeed a real pill in a way. However, the point of this is that she grows up in more ways than one, deals with crisis maturely, and ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was a wonderfully written story about how when you think you have it all, it all can disappear. Sophie was a woman who grew up getting pretty much everything she wanted. But when her dad remarries and she gets into more trouble she is thrown out of the house and has to find her way. She ends up rooming with 4 guys who are students at art school. But also she finds out who her true friends are, ...more
Ashley Hasty
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Yes, the story is of a poor little rich girl trying to make her way in the big bad world most of us know all too well. She has to find an apartment she can afford, clean it herself, drink diner coffee, and find a job. She gains weight and her hair loses its lustrous shine since she can no longer afford regular trips to the hair salon. Of course, she gets stuck in a love triangle and has to face her so-called friends from her old life. In short, it is everything youd hope for in an entertaining ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
When things around you are stressful and sad, pick up a Jenny Colgan book and cheer up quickly. Light, funny and pure escapist, Colgan tells the story of Sophie, a rich spoiled brat who at 21, never worked or paid her way. When her Dad suddenly dies, she finds herself broke and at loose ends. Moving into a rundown flat with two male art students, a soldier and a mess of another student, Sophie begins to find what really makes one rich. With the usual laugh out loud moments, I enjoyed the escape ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just need an easy, entertaining read, you know? When Sophies dad dies, her life is turned upside down as she loses everything and has to learn how to make her own way in the world. This story has love triangles, lavish life styles, a Cinderella-esque plot line, and ultimately, true happiness. I was surprised by the ending, but loved that everything was wrapped up in a neat bow for me - the perfect stay at home read!

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I love Jenny Colgan but I don't think her first books are up to the current ones.
It's entertaining and fun to read but something seems missing.
A good read, recommended if you want to read some of the previous Colgan books.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
4.5 Very clever and engaging, with an upbeat story and twists and turns. Sophie is at first unlikable, until she loses everything, and then you have to admire her for her grit. A lot of very funny dialogue and characters. I was a bit surprised at her friend's wedding, when she dropped her enmity and danced. Is Take That a real group?
Christine Savukinas
So part of me wants to rate this book 2 stars, and part want to rate it 4 stars...... I compromised! Sophie is a spoiled rich girl who loses everything and has to make a life for herself all on her own. Everything that happens after that is unrealistic. Its a quick and sometimes fun read if you suspend reality. Its NOT my favorite Jenny Colgan book, but its ok. ...more
Chris Markley
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Sophie's father dies her life of privilege ends. She has to learn how to survive and ends up learning about life and friendships and how to make a life that makes her happy.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for my honest review.
Johanna Timmermans Godreau
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: you-belong-to-me
I love Colgan, but found this book to be a bit off the mark for me. I couldnt connect its the main character, and had a hard time getting into the storyline but it was still an enjoyable read, although not one of Colgans best. ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went in with a mouthful of salt after the last Colgan reissue I read, but this one stood the test of time and was lots of fluffy fun (though I wish Sophie's boobs had seen more of the world and I do wish a woman could have happiness without a man!)
Rosiemae Burton
I found this book to be quite predictable in most places & I didn't really like many of the characters - I felt they had annoying personalities. I like Jenny Colgan's work normally but unfortunately, this was not one of them.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable book and well written. Sophie's emotions are palpable as she staggers from being cocooned in extreme wealth to rotting in man-made squalor and pauperdom.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
While this may have been, as others commented, unrealistic and unbelievable, it was a fun read and escapism - exactly what I needed!

I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Ceri Bailey
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very few really good books about money.
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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including 'The Little Shop of Happy Ever After' and 'Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery', which are also published by Sphere.' Meet Me at the Cupcake Café' won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams', which won the RNA Romantic ...more

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