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Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Where’d You Go, Bernadette in this comic novel about twenty-something Roxy, an under-romanced Whole Foods employee, aspiring artist, and sometimes vegan, who teams up with her two best friends to save Austin from gentrification—and save her love life—in whatever way she can.

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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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    Tucker
    Aug 27, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read  ·  review of another edition

    Many thanks to INSERT for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

    [11/16/19] - thanks to my sister for helping me take this picture!

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    i requested this from S & S because:
    -It was compared to Where'd You Go Bernadette
    -The cover is beautiful
    -According to Edelweiss+, the first print run is going to be 150K. For those of you who don't speak publicity, that's a huge amount of copies

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    Kate
    Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    If I had started reading this book and it hadn't been a galley, I probably would have put it down after the first chapter -- I was pretty sure the tone wasn't for me, and Roxy seemed to be the kind of character who would drive me bananas (spoiler: she was). But the thing is, I kept reading since I wanted to be able to give an accurate review, and by the end of the book she had grown on me?? And her wacky friends had, too? And I wanted to know how she would resolve all the zany hijinks she'd gott ...more
    Mo
    Roxy tells customers to f**k off, dabbles in the fine art of blackmail, pilfers food from her employer (not only for herself, but also for her favorite customers), fantasizes about some hot guy nibbling her sweet-and-sour peach, and generally says f**k quite often. What a charmer!

    Obviously, I do not care for the main character, but that is not my biggest problem with the book. I really dislike the fact that Roxy uses her letters to tell the recipient things he should already know (like the name
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    Ashlee Bree
    Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: contemporary
    Epistolary novels tend to be hit or miss for me because of how they’re structured, depending on how successful they are at grasping then preserving my interest within their style limitations. This one tottered over the line of diverting mediocrity, in my opinion. It was neither bad nor great. I liked it but wasn’t wholly engaged.

    I say that because, while I found some of Roxy’s foot-in-mouth quirks and “fingerbanging” commentary to be amusing not to mention tacitly vulgar, absurd, and endearing
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    Page Passion
    Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the E-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    I knew I had to get my hands on The Roxy Letters as soon as it was compared to Bridget Jones! I absolutely love BJ (haha), and was excited to start this novel. Add in the fact that it’s written in epistolary style, really just sealed the deal. Any time I read epistolary novels, I get nostalgic for when I was in middle school and one of the first YA reads I picked up was a book written in
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    Jordyn
    Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I was initially intrigued by the description. It sounded like something that would be right up my alley. I’ll admit, when I first realized it was a story of letters, I was a little nervous. I worried that it wouldn’t hold my attention. Boy, I was wrong. This book had me laughing, not just a chuckle, but out loud. There were some moments I went back to re-read so I could laugh again. I absolutely love Roxy. She is so quirky and funny, but so real. She beats to her own drum and her honesty is refr ...more
    Elizabeth
    I received an advanced copy of this book, due April 2020, through NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you for providing me with this advanced copy! I enjoyed the epistolary style novel, which starts out with Roxy writing letters to her ex boyfriend Everett who stays with her for a while. The novel is set in 2012 Austin, Texas, a groovy town I'd like to visit one day, in a more innocent time, politically much less stressful for sure. Roxy is a vegan deli maid at Whole Foods, with an art background ...more
    Tricia
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.75 stars rounded up! The Roxy Letters is a sweet little funny read. Roxy and her crew are relatable characters with wit and grit. The storyline took a little getting into but it picked up and had me hooked to the end.
    Rebecca
    Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I mean, it's not often that a book leaves me speechless, but I am really not sure what to say after finishing The Roxy Letters. I can point out so many things that I didn't like (writing letters to the ex-boyfriend/roommate really didn't make since after 1/3 of the book passed, the entire OM thing, just to name a few...), yet I finished this book really quickly-I couldn't put it down! The ending, while all together unrealistic, was funny and heartwarming, and, well, I don't know. If you don't mi ...more
    Katie
    Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc-beta, pccr-reads
    ARC kindly provided by Simon & Schuster via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

    Wow, I can honestly say that this book is unlike any I’ve ever read. Quirky, full of heart, and sometimes just plain weird, diving into the world and mind of Roxy was an experience.

    So what is this book about?

    Twenty-eight year old Roxy is in a slump; after a rough break-up and betrayal over a year ago, she feels romantically and artistically blocked. To make matters worse, she's still working
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    Brenna Rehan
    Thank you Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for giving me an ARC copy of this book.

    Ahhh..I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book, which is odd, considering it's very light-hearted.

    As you may have figured out from the title, The Roxy Letters is written entirely in letters by Roxy, our 28-year old protagonist, to her ex-boyfriend and now roommate, Everett. At the beginning of this story, Everett has just moved in; and thus, the letters mainly consist of house guidelines that he must abide by.
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    Lyn
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: chick-lit, epistolary
    The cover, coupled with a premise that strongly compared this book to Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, led me to request this book with tickled anticipation from NetGalley.

    The first chapter started out promising: Roxy as new landlord, laying down the rules for ex-boyfriend Everett as new tenant. The tone was hilarious and the set-up, oh-so-promising.

    Chapter two wasn't too bad as we get a feel for the kind of life Roxy is stuck in, but I began to get a sense of, "Well, as you know, Bob ..." because doesn't thi
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    Theresa Alan
    Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I didn’t like the first couple chapters of this book because the narrator is writing letters to her ex-boyfriend who has moved in with her, and it took me some getting used to this style. I’m so glad I stuck with it because I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS NOVEL.

    The narrator, Roxy, is a vegan who works at the original Whole Foods in Austin, TX. Austin is where she grew up, and she hates the way it’s changing, including the influx of people and corporate (instead of local) businesses that hav
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     Bookoholiccafe
    This Novel is told through Roxy’s mostly unsent letters to her current roommate Everett who was once her boyfriend. These letters become more journal entry and she only left the first few for Everett to read.

    Roxy, a twenty – eight-year-old Austin native girl, is uninspired and unmotivated. She is tired of her job and is seeking real love. Her life is far from perfect. She is an artist, but she hasn’t painted. She is a deli maid at whole foods, which is an unfulfilling job for her. S
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    Castille
    HOW? HOW DID I NOT FALL HEAD-OVER-HEELS FOR THIS BOOK?! I'm still reeling from my own disappointment. Sure, maybe I expected too much-- but hey, they promised Bridget Jones, with a Whole Foods employee (let's just say my love for WF runs deep). This should've been a home run for me. But alas, it was so far from a home run. I put it down at the half-way point and couldn't muster up the strength to continue. The one-way epistolary style was probably what ruined it for me, as I just couldn't suspen ...more
    April Greissinger
    Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the free book that I won in a giveaway!

    This one isn't out until next year, but it was a very unique book that I ended up liking in the end! Roxy is such a quirky character and I grew to like her as the story progressed! I enjoyed the format of this book, told in letters to her ex-boyfriend Everett. I think it really gave you a good look at this character and how lost in her life she felt. There was a whole interesting cast of characters in this story that I also
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    Jeanne
    Roxy is a deli maid at the Whole Foods in Austin. She is an artist but hasn't been able to do anything since the breakup with Brant Bitterbrush and is looking for ways to get back at him for leaving her. She is a vegan who worships Venus, is determined that Austin doesn't fall to corporate greed and is determined to close the Lululemon. The story is written as letters to Everett who is an ex-boyfriend and roommate. After Everett moves out she continues writing to him but really it's a journal.

    I
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    Noreen Anastasia
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

    A somewhat frustrating novel of a 28-year old millennial living in her beloved Austin. Roxy gets herself into any number of hijinks, which can mostly be attributed to her utter lack of self-awareness. She’s selfish, annoying, and really only interested in how things affect her life. Her best friend moves out? It’s his fault she’s now lonely at home, even though she basically kicked him out. It’s all things like that that
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    Talli
    Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: contemporary
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Ashley readwithash
    This book is hilarious, lighthearted, heartwarming and so cute! Roxy is underemployed, sexually frustrated, uninspired and overall just needing a change. Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Where’d you go, Bernadette in this novel about a Whole Foods employee who aspires to be an artist and joins forces with her two best friends to make Austin, TX more ‘shop local’ friendly! When Roxy decides to take action, she does whatever she can to stay spunky, avoid arrest, discover her sexual life, find her true ...more
    Amy Mayo
    Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    ** I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and personal review. All opinions are my own. **

    I wanted to love this book; I read it fairly quickly - which is usually an indication that it's a great book I can't put down. In this case however, it was more "read it quickly to get it over with."

    Roxy is a one dimensional selfish brat of a character. There was a lot of room for development, but nothing was ever done with her. Her routine whining and "oh woe is me" attitude bec
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    Shelly
    Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Roxy Letters was a fantastic read! It has a certain Bridget Jones Diary quality to it . There were laugh out loud moments as Roxy tries to navigate through live, love, and saving her town of Austin from becoming gentrified. Her story takes the form of letters she writes to her ex-boyfriend and sometime roommate Everett.

    Roxy's life is far from perfect she is not happy with her current job, her lack of solid finances, her bleak love life, and the fact that her artistic talent has b
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    Lashawn Hubenak
    I really wanted to love this book. The cover was catchy and the description was interesting. However, I just couldn't get into the story. The entire book was nothing but letters from the main character to her ex-boyfriend, and while I can appreciate that being a cool concept, I felt like the story was lacking substance. Some of the letters dragged on and on about how mundane her day was or her life in general. I guess I didn't appreciate how one sided it all was. We never really hear from the ot ...more
    Jessi
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book started off pretty well. I thought Roxy seemed a bit intense, possibly a bit over-the-top, but still potentially likeable. The chapters are all formatted as letters she is writing to her ex-boyfriend, Everett, who has just moved in with her. That set-up made sense for the first few chapters, until you learn he moved out. Yet she continues writing to him? I was not understanding why the format remained the same after that. It would have made a lot more sense for Roxy to just have kept a ...more
    Gregandemy
    Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Thank you to the publisher and author for providing me with a digital ARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
    I was excited to read this title after the bright, whimsical cover caught my eye. The synopsis sounded like a fun, clever, creative book that I looked forward to reading. I thought the format of the book being written in notes left for her roommate was clever and well executed. There was some humor evident from the start. Unfortunately however, it was also evident from
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    Audrey
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads
    3.5 Stars.

    You know you have that friend, where stuff just happens to, and they tell you the story, and you are cringing but also laughing so hard be they tell the best stories? That’s Roxy. Told through letters, from Roxy to an ex-boyfriend, you can’t help but root for her, despite wincing at some of her experiences. The author completely captures the wide millennial generation mindset. I predict this will be next summer’s best seller and vacation read.

    I received an arc from the publisher but
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    June
    Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: ng
    I had high hopes for this book based on the cover art (which seemed to be referencing Lolita) and the comparisons to Bridget Jones's Diary. There were a lot of interesting elements, and it was a pretty quick read. Ultimately, though, it fell a bit flat for me. Roxy's letters are full of scolding and criticism for pretty much everyone and everything, kind of like an unhappy teenager. But she's also angry at Austin's gentrification, kind of a like a grumpy... not-twenty-something. The insider's vi ...more
    Kim Fox
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Actual review 3.5⭐ rounded up to 4.

    I love a book that makes me laugh and this one made me laugh...A LOT! This is a story told in letter format. Roxy starts by writing a letter to her ex boyfriend turned roommate giving him the rules that he will have to follow if he is going to live with her. And from there the author takes you on a fun hysterical ride!

    Such a fun, easy read! A little predictable in spots, but I was able to overlook that, because of how the book was written.

    Thank yo
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    Craig Fehrman
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I got to spend some time on the road with Mary when we were both promoting our books. She's an amazing person, and she's written an amazing book. This book is funny and fast-paced, and it really makes its letter-writing structure work. But the stuff I'll always remember are the characters--with maybe the best character being the setting, of Austin, Texas. That's where Mary's from, and her novel is a love letter to hometowns, indie culture, and rom coms (emphasis on com!). This is a great read, a ...more
    Courtney
    Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Roxy is in her late twenties and she hasn’t quite found her way. Set in Austin, TX and told in the form of letters to her ex, The Roxy Letters is a fresh take on the classic rom-com.

    As someone who lives in Austin I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and name dropping of some of my favorite places and Austin’s staples.

    Roxy is hilarious, not always so self-aware, and a bit judgmental when you get right down to it. But she loves her friends, has real passion for bringing down “the man”, and while
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    Mary Pauline Lowry is a native of Austin, Texas. She is the author of The Roxy Letters (Simon & Schuster, April 2020) and Wildfire. She has an MFA from Boise State University.She's a regular contributor to O, the Oprah Magazine. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Millions, and other publications.