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Plenty of thirtysomething women would be thrilled to look like a teenager. But journalist Kathy Hopkins wishes she could be taken a little more seriously-or, at the very least, order a glass of wine without producing ID. Now her youthful appearance is forcing her into an undercover assignment she could do without: posing as a freshman at a small liberal arts college where, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Berkley
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Karen
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book; it's chick lit, o.k., but had a decent plot and the main character is funny and not so perfect. Am interested in more of her work. A good book for times when lighter reading is what you seek. ...more
Juanita
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Review: Been There Done That by Carol Snow. 2.5★'s

The beginning of the book started out slow but once I got into the main part of the story I seemed to get interested. I will say I really didn’t find much hardy humor throughout the story and I was off and on liking and not liking the book. The writing was good and the characters were fair but it just didn’t give me the lift I wanted. I’m some what old fashioned and what little collage days I had wasn’t enough to remember those days.

Kathy Hopkin
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eRin
Feb 25, 2009 rated it liked it
If you're looking for a light, fluffy read, this is for you. Kathy is 32 but appears as if she's 18. This is usually obnoxious, but about to become a positive--at least to her ex-boyfriend, Tim. Tim wants Kathy to go undercover at a small college in order to investigate a story on college girls working as prostitutes. Sooner than she's like, Kathy is back in a dorm, living with a strange roommate and adjusting to college life. She's trying to fit in, but having the super-hot RA's constant attent ...more
Stephanie
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Good story line but way too long for what it was. The book dragged on with way to much description of the characters and not enough "meat" to the story. I really wanted to like the book much more than I did. I liked the characters and plot but there seemed to be something missing and the end was terrible. I did laugh a few times while reading though. ...more
Gina
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Cheesy. Lame. Bubblegum fluff. My IQ dropped after this shallow, poorly written story. 32 year old chick goes undercover as a reporter and pretends she is an 18 yr old freshman to bust a prostitution ring on campus. Seriously? So glad it's over. ...more
erika lewy
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Insipid but not insipid enough. Also why is everyone so obsessed with weight. Weird.
Karen
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cute story, fun read.
Jules
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, chick, lit
I enjoyed this book very much. It took a different idea than a lot of chick lit. I found the characters endearing and the story interesting.
B
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
32-year old, looks 18, goes to Mercer to investigate an alleged prostitute ring.
Plenty of thirtysomething women would be thrilled to look like a teenager. But journalist Kathy Hopkins wishes she could be taken a little more seriously-or, at the very least, order a glass of wine without producing ID. Now her youthful appearance is forcing her into an undercover assignment she could do without: posing as a freshman at a small liberal arts college where, rumor has it, a secret prostitution ring is
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Kari
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kathy is a reporter in her thirties, yet she looks younger and could pass for 18. She is always carded when she orders alcohol, which is a nuisance. And her looking younger gets her an undercover assignment that she has mixed feelings about: posing as a college freshman to try to undercover a scandal at the school.

This book sounded like fun. I'm in my thirties and having the character go back to school and be confused by the younger 18 year olds would be amusing and I thought I would relate to t
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Stephanie
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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This book came out ages ago and I’m finally glad to actually get to read it for the first time. I have read other books by Carol Snow and I have enjoyed her previous writings so I was expecting something of the same caliber.

With that said, I thought this book was relatively good – it’s such a great summer read. It’s certainly not a book where you had to think too much about. The plot was pretty standard and the characters were decent. Honestly I woul
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Norabee
Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
An Ode to Dorm Life & College Years Gone By!

Kathy has a problem that most women would love to have – she’s in her thirties but could pass for 18 and this works wonders when she decides to go undercover at a college dormitory in order to unearth the secrets behind a supposed prostitution ring on campus. She’s put to the task by Tim, her ex-boyfriend – they dated for a long time right after college, but it didn’t work out and Kathy’s been carrying a torch for him ever since. At first, she’s not re
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gille
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiftyfiftyme
As I understand, Been There, Done That is the debut novel by Carol Snow. I've read one or two of her other books, and I enjoyed them, so when Amazon recommended others, I gobbled them up. I really enjoyed this book. It was not as predictable as I'd expected (although there were no huge surprises). I didn't want to put it down. The book had just enough characters to be interesting, but not so many as to where you lose track of who is who in the overpopulation. The premise is not entirely believab ...more
Shayna Gier
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
What I Loved

The story premise was very intriguing to me. I didn't think that a 32 year old could pass for a college student, regardless how young he or she appeared. Despite physical differences, adults just hold themselves differently from children. And, true, Kathy makes a few mistakes, but what I loved was that without appearing as overly immature for an adult, Kathy successfully infiltrates the college life, even to the point of sleeping in later, and flirting with the resident assistant.
Wha
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Stephanie
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Looking like a teenager is something most 30-something women would eat up with a spoon. But for journalist Kathy Hopkins, it just gets old - no pun intended. Now it seems that for the first time ever, Kathy's youthful looks is landing her in a situation she rather not be bothered with.

Kathy's ex, Tim McAllister, comes across a tip regarding a small town liberal arts college that supposedly has a thriving underground call girl operation being run. He decides that she's the perfect person to pose
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Jessica
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was looking at author postcards recently - to find a vendor for glossy postcards. This author had some pretty postcards. So I ordered the book from a used book swap, and started reading. I read, and read, and read - looking for some kind of point. The heroine - like most in chick lit - is unlucky in love and work. Then our heroine decides to try to impress the boyfriend that dumps her by going under cover at a college to unearth a college prostitution ring and possible scandal.

That's it. Nothi
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Josette
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think I liked this book a lot more than I should have because I related so well to the protagonist--a 33-year-old lifestyle writer who feels she should like hard news more than she does and who, to the detriment of her self-esteem, looks years younger than she is. When she agrees, against better judgement, to go under cover as a college freshman to root out a possible prostitution ring at a New England college, she realizes how very young she feels in her ill-fitting adult life.

It was fun goin
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Lighthearted
Although she’s in her early thirties, Kathy’s youthful appearance frequently gets her carded—this annoys her but not nearly as much as her current journalistic assignment—pretending to be a college freshman. She’s supposed to be undercover to investigate rumors of a secret prostitution ring—as it turns out though, she ends up discovering much more about herself. Okay coming-of-age tale for thirtysomethings.
Kiersten
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I just have to say this book was hysterical. Part Bridget Jones, part books like authors such as Jane Green and it takes place in Massachusetts. I highly recommend it. The main character is a writer who goes undercover as a college Freshman to investigate a prostitution ring at a Western Mass college. Trust me when I say it is a relaxing, easy read. I finished it in two days and went out to get another one of her books. =)
Nicole
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
I enjoyed it, but at times either Kathy and Tim were incredibly stupid or the author forgot what she had written. Example: Tim knew that Kathy was going by Katie early on as evidenced by phone calls to the dorm and her email to him. So when Tim called her Kathy at the performance, why did he get all pissy with her for not telling him about her name change? And why did she act like yes, it was her fault?
Suzanne
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this book okay. I would probably give it a 2.5 because at times I got a little bored with it and almost stopped reading it a few times. Kathy annoyed me sometimes with her pining after Tim for most of the book but I did really like the Dennis and Jeremy characters. I do wish we would have gotten more of an ending. I thought it just kind of dropped off and didn't really have much closure but it was an entertaining enough read for a chick-lit book. ...more
Christy
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it
This was another that I expected more from. I think I'm attracted to a bright cover and expect those words inside to leap equally from the pages. And while this tale of a woman revisiting her youth through an undercover romp with prostitution in the liberal arts college was fun, it just felt awfully predictable. Have I read this before? I'm sure this was the first time. You get the feeling. ...more
Vicki Jaeger
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: someone wanting a light read
This was a fluffy "chick-lit" type I picked up at the library for $1. It was a light read--or should I say "lite." It's a great concept: if you could go back and relive your college days, what would you do differently. The author wasn't hugely innovative in her choices, but it was a decent evening read. ...more
booklover82
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-books
I liked this book but I didn't love it. The main character I felt need to grow a back bone and she does but not till the end. The plot was very interesting and I honestly didn't know who the ring leader was till it was reveled. I just felt like it (the plot) was missing something. I don't know what, just something. ...more
Reshma
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good option in the "chick lit" genre. Very light reading that kept me engaged. I like that things didn't end up the way you think they would - I hate predictable books. The action kind of sped up in the end, kind of like the author was trying to wrap things up quickly. But that didn't negatively affect the story. ...more
Apen
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. At first it is soo slow, and I thought that the situations could have been way more funny. But at the end it becomes more fun and has some interesting twists that caught me off guard. So I would give it a 3.5 I don't know if it worth a re-read but it was nice that at the end it got better. ...more
Norah
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was glued to the book and took three days to complete the whole book.
A story with all various characters in it that covers a varsity of thrilling, romance, jealousy, friendship and trust. The undercover that Kathy was doing was indeed the best part of the book and i could literally the act that she have to put on being a teenager despite being at her 30s.
Walker Doermann
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
This book was pretty bad. A friend lent it to me and I read it out of desperation. It is chick lit at it's worst, and the main character is terrible. I gave it two stars instead of one because for some reason I couldn't put it down. ...more
Nicole
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
A So-So read, there was quite a lot or rambling between pages. the character came off to me as weak and overall, truly annoyed me- the idea of an expose would ahve been good if the writing was more focused and thought out
Kristina
Aug 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, chick-lit
I loved this book and felt like I was in Hawaii and learned a lot about what it's like in Hawaii. I even looked up the hotel in the book and it exists! I hope she writes another book based there...I loved it and was sad when I was done reading it. ...more
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Called “an author to watch” by Booklist, Carol Snow is an American author of contemporary women’s fiction and young adult literature. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in psychology, she spent many years writing literary short stories before accepting that she couldn't go more than a few hundred words without cracking a joke. She eventually turned her attention to crafting humor ...more

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