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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,442 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
From the author who brought you Spin Cycle and Neurotica comes a hilarious new novel about falling in love, hating your job, and getting what you want out of life---without ever mussing your lipstick!

When it comes to men, beauty columnist Rebecca Fine always seems to be on the scruffy end of the mascara wand. But all that changes the morning she meets Max Stoddart, her new
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mar 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: doneanddone
a reminder of why i don't read books where the title is scrawled in lipstick. even if the book is free.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: those with nothing else to read
Recommended to Velma by: Brenda
Read on my annual summer backpacking trip, when I'd exhausted what I'd packed in for the week's reading, and with no other options to hand. I borrowed it from one of my traveling companions, of whom the fact that she is a lover of bad chick-lit is the only negative thing I have to say. It served its purpose: something to read while ensconced in a hammock at 3,500 feet above sea level in the wilderness of Northern California. I really tried to savor it and make it last, so it took me almost an en ...more
Jun 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Rebecca is an up-and-coming journalist with a dad who’s about to marry one of Rebecca’s old school-mates, a grandma is dead-set on marrying Rebecca off to a nice Jewish fellow, and a best friend who is having problems with her husband in the bedroom. Meanwhile, Rebecca is falling in love with the new guy at the office and trying to nail a big investigative story that could earn her the promotion she is dying for. It’s all a bit far-fetched, but that’s what makes this such an enjoyable story.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I finished it quickly because I wanted to see if it would get better with each chapter but no. As soon as a chapter starts you know how it's going to end because it's very typical. I just wasn't impressed.
Julie Marks
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rebecca Fine thinks she might finally be on her way to becoming the investigative reporter she dreams of when she gets an insider scoop that prominent Parisian cosmetics firm Mer de Reves' new anti-aging cream isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Life is starting to look good for the thirty two year old who has been filling in writing the beauty column for London's Daily Vanguard Saturday magazine for a friend on maternity leave. On the romance front, Rebecca wonders a few days after meeting th ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geliehen
Und mal wieder ist die Beschreibung von nicht ganz richtig. Rebecca kam zwar an ihrem ersten Arbeitstag zu spät zu einem Meeting, doch dieser Tag liegt schon einige Zeit zurück. Ihr Vater hat keine Affäre mit Bernadette, er ist mit ihr zusammen und hat sich mit ihr verlobt. Heirat ist ja nun doch etwas mehr als ne Affäre. Dann wird ihr Schreibtisch von Max besetzt und erst danach kommt die Kontaktanzeige.
Rebecca mag ihren Job als Schönheitskolumnistin nicht, ihr großer Traum ist es eig
I've always had a soft spot for books where the characters are English ever since I read the Shopaholic series. Hearing them use words like "pram" and "loo" always helped me to hear the characters accents in my mind. Unfortunately though, there were times in this book where I got a little lost in all of their "English-speak" haha.

The book was a cute, quick, read. It definitely had all the makings of a typical love story - with a few twists thrown in to make it a little different. The story revol
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sue Margolis hasn't really disappointed me yet. I absolutely love her writing style, and after reading Spin Cycle & Breakfast at Stephanie's, I had to seek out some more novels from this entertaining author. APOCALIPSTICK was just as fun and witty.

When beauty columnist Rebecca Fine meets her extremely handsome new coworker, Max Stoddart, she is almost certain that he is the playboy-heartbreaker type. Nevertheless she gives him a chance and finds that he is well worth it. But, he has a major
Aug 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, adults
British Chick Lit-Sue Margolis tells a funny story mixed with caddiness and embarrassing situations. Definitely for a mature audience as she can also get graphic with sex scenes.

Thirty-two-year-old Rebecca Fine wants a few changes in her life. Tired of her mindless beauty column in a weekly London magazine, she hopes to break into investigative reporting; but when her boss asks her to relinquish her work area for a desk in the corner to make way for the new golden-boy reporter, Max Stoddart, Reb
Sarah Sammis
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: pc, read-in-2006
After a bunch of serious reading, I'm giving my poor brain a break and reading something completely stupid: Apocalipstick. The characters remind me of some of the folks from the series Ab-Fab. The protagonist isn't a stand-in for either Edina or Patsy but the people she works for do remind me of a hybrid of Edina and Patsy.

Apocalipstick isn't a book I would have picked by myself to read but it was recommended to me by a man who goes to the BookCrossing meetings on a regular basis. Ian has also r
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I was going through my Kindle and remembered that I read this...Well actually it was kind of forgettable, so it took me a minute to remember if I actually read it or just downloaded it. It was your typical chick-lit book, single career girl finds prince charming, but he kinda seems like a toad so it takes a while before they decide they can't live without each other. Oh and I think there was some ridiculous side story about face cream in there. Fast fun read but ultimately hard to distinguish fr ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought, I might not like the book. It's chick-lit, nothing serious and I even had my 'culture barrier' moment in the beginning thinking I might put the book on pre-loved list. However, the story gets funnier, racier and some parts are kind of out-of-this-world situation or too good to be true- like 'meeting the Prime Minister' part, oh well. Anyway, I have to admit that some of the fictitious parts really make the story hilarious though, as I said earlier- it's too good to be true. But hey! A ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, stand-alone
Not an intelectually challenging book at all but it was a laugh out loud at some moments. Unfortunately the plot went downhill after the 2nd half of the book. The whole Veritaserum-like antiwrinkle cream just screams unrealistic to me and I feel like the author is trying to cram it down in just a matter of pages. Also the revelation about M comes too the last chapter, no less -_- Still, if you want to give this book a go, don't approach it with high expectations
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read this book for a Terrible Book Club. And it did not disappoint. It was full of stupid wacky hijinx and irritating characters with no character development. They all attempted to be funny but were not. There was very little originality here and it was pretty predictable. The plot was way drawn out and there were too many subplots, which were all tidily wrapped up in the last 10-20 pages.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sue Margolis, while an entertaining author, often seems to forget she has a crisis to attend to. This book, like Gucci Gucci Coo, seemed as if she suddenly reads the back covers of her novels and thinks "Oh, I have a problem to introduce, agonize over, and solve! But I've already written 85% of my book... Oh well, the readers won't notice that this crisis came out of very little prep." We do. Interesting, funny, just no real plot point.
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it
This was an easy read that I picked up in the airport back in 2003. That's happened to me lots, when I haven't had time to pick out a book to bring with me. You know, a lot of airports have this awesome Read It & Return It swap program, where you can swap a book or get 50% of your money back when done reading the book.
Rachel Noding
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although this book will not win any awards or go down as a classic bit of writing, it is one of my favourite books. 15 or so years after first reading it, it still has the ability to make me laugh out loud. I didn't get on with any of Sue's other books but this is one of my faves. Easy reading, loveable characters, and a funny yet maybe slightly predictable towards the end plot line.
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
So by now you should know I like chick-lit. This is a new author that I picked up on the clearance table. This book was good and I'll probably look at some of her other books. I don't know why, but I just love the hilarious, but unlikely scenarios that these characters go through. I would compare Margolis to Kinsella although I still like Sophie better.
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
I liked Margolis's latest book, "A Perfect Blend." It was a fun read. This one was also fun, but it was pretty similar to her most recent one in many ways. (I suspect all of her books are similar.) This one was less engaging than "Perfect Blend." I found the characters less credible.
Jennifer Farrell
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This has got to be the worst book I've read in years. Trite, forced, lame, and not very interesting it attempts to be Bridget Jones and Sex In the City in one fell swoop. It is not charming, the dialogue is clunky and pedestrian, the plot has no tension in it at all, just a terrible book.
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I happened to stumble upon this book at the library having never heard of it before. It was a really great book and I had a hard time putting it down. I had a difficult time understanding some of the terms as it was based in another country; outside of that, terrific!
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oy- if you want to laugh out loud on the train- this is for you! And again, I am NOT easily impressed and so I do not laugh at any old crap! Cosmo recommended this book and for once they came through!
Apr 10, 2008 rated it liked it
This month, the theme is chick lit. So...I started with this title. It was funny in the way Bridget Jones was funny. However, it was wildly farfetched. Funny, quick read. The ending was just a little to predictable for my taste.
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, humorous, 2009
A quick, easy read, it was okay. Everything just flows along, and the characters were a little too one-dimensional, all nice and perfect. In the end everything just sort of magically works out and everyone gets what they want with no real effort.
Shana Rogstad
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I went in not having any ideas what this book was about. It was ok, and kept my interest.
Nancy Arnold
May 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, novels, humorous, 2011
I would h ave given it a 4.5 if I didn't have to skip so much of the sex stuff. She has a hilarious sense of humor.
Arwen Fowler-jonsson
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Corny and a little over the top but I enjoyed reading it!!
I read this for terrible book club a couple of years ago and seem to have blocked it completely from my memory because even the synopsis doesn't sound familiar.
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is one of those silly books that I started reading forever ago but never quite drew me back in. I decided to give it another try,
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Sue Margolis is the author of nine books, which have more than half a million copies in print from Bantam Dell. She lives in England, where she's at work on her next novel.

Sue worked as a reporter for the BBC, before leaving broadcasting to write her first novel. She lives in London with her journalist husband Jonathan. They have three grown up children. Sue’s hobbies include napping, constantly i
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