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Accidental It Girl

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Photographer Sadie Price is known for her thick skin and infallible instincts. A lofty education has made her skilled in her craft, and a fear of poverty -- and love for Jimmy Choo -- has made her one of the East Coast's most savvy paparazzi. She keeps her exhilarating but sometimes hectic life manageable by staying on the right side of the razor-thin line between celebrity photographers and the stalkerazzi. But all that changes when Sadie locks horns with one of Hollywood's hottest bachelors.

...goes around.

Something about Ethan Wyatt's charisma and startling good looks throws Sadie off her game. Something about Sadie's dogged determination -- and a very compromising picture she snaps -- throws Ethan off his. Hatching a scheme befitting the silver screen that made him famous, Ethan sets out to give Sadie a taste of her own medicine. And when her life almost instantly becomes as frenzied as those of the "It Girls" she follows, Sadie starts to see her career, her love life, and Ethan Wyatt in ways she never had before....

368 pages, Paperback

First published October 10, 2006

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Libby Street

4 books21 followers
Libby Street is the pseudonym for the writing team of Emily S. Morris and Sarah Bushweller.

Emily and Sarah met on Liberty Drive in Dover, Delaware at the age of four and have been best friends ever since. Twenty years later, they began writing together via email and telephone--just trying to make each other laugh.

Recently, they've been busy with growing families and film and television projects. They're also each working on solo fiction projects, but plan future works together as Libby Street.

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Profile Image for Antonella.
3,268 reviews426 followers
December 13, 2021
should have read this years ago when I first got it that was my first mistake
the second is that I didn't read the premise and I didn't know what this book is about - exactly..

so you want to tell me that super famous hotshot actor becomes a stalker and starts taking pictures of the heroine to teach her a lesson because she is a paparazzi...

then there is the way they talk to each other
this is supposed to be banter? enemies to lovers?

no this is over the line insulting to love trope...

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136 reviews2 followers
November 12, 2007
Whenever I go to the library I can't resist the ChickLit. It's a sick, sad addiction that I always give into. That being said, this book was hysterical. A very quick read, full of amusing characters and absurd situations. If you need a beach read, check this out. A papparazzi gets targeted by a Movie Star that sees himself wronged by her, and hating her kind. Stalking and tabloid explotation aplenty!
156 reviews6 followers
June 5, 2013
I think the two-star description of "It's OK" is perfect for this book. It's simply just "OK." It's not terribly bad, but it's also not worthy enough of a second read. The set-up is interesting enough, and yet the execution is missing.

Here's where the book went wrong for me:
(1) Sadie is supposedly a "Killer" papparazzi who not only has really good instincts for ferreting out celebrities, but also for taking good shots. However, she just "suddenly" can't take pictures of Ethan Wyatt. OK. I don't get it, but maybe that'll be explained later. Well, it's the end of the book and I still don't get it.
(2) Ethan's supposedly just too perfect. Only, not really. If he was so perfect, what's he doing messing with sisters in the first place? Second, a celebrity that has nothing better to do than to just start stalking someone is just crazy.
(3) Lots of things are unbelievable, but the fact that no one seems to recognize Ethan really just insults my intelligence as a reader. Or, that a bunch of papparazzis are going to just be OK with some completely anonymous new guy poaching on their territory? Yeah, right.
(4) The dialogue and flow of the general plot gets disjointed at times. It's like there are too many people in one room trying to talk. I don't know if that's because there are two authors and their different styles are coming through, or what, but there are times when all you read is chaos.
(5) The ending and Sadie's great epiphany and Sadie's and Ethan's relationship just fell really flat. No real buildup that made it believable. Better to just say that Ethan, after dressing like a bum and only looking at one girl (i.e. Sadie) for several days in a row, was too overcome with physical lust that he decided Sadie would do.

So, the book was just OK, but I'm tempted to rate it as a 1-star because it is ridiculously overpriced. I paid $14.24 for the digital version, and a digital book that expensive (especially in the chick lit category) should have been awesome. For that price, I was expecting a book that I would want to read again immediately after I finished. If only I could sell used digital versions of books at a garage sale the way you can sell bad paperbacks...

Honestly, I just don't understand the raving reviews for this book. This book doesn't have that many reviews online and I wonder if it's because of the price. So the raving reviews that I do see... were they all free reads that the publisher provided? Because the book just isn't that good.
Profile Image for Melinda Elizabeth.
1,085 reviews12 followers
December 27, 2018
Sadie is a photographer known for getting the money shots, in daring ways that other photographers aren't able to commit to. She is a commitment phobe, and when your boss is also your boyfriend and you've just broken up with them, you find yourself on outings to shoot photos of d list celebrities at the airport.

On one such task, Sadie sees a much bigger star, Ethan, and makes it her mission to get some scandalous photos as he leaves the airport. Unfortunately Sadie is caught up and star struck, and what follows is a slapstick comedy of errors that lead to Sadie becoming somewhat notorious for a short time as a celebrities new girlfriend.

The saddest part of this book is that it's been shockingly carbon dated by its pop culture references. Who among us remember that sweet sidekick phone in the early 00's? And was Paris Hilton ever someone we'd turn to for analogies or words of wisdom? (I'm fairly sure the answer to that last one is a resounding no). I've mentioned before that trends of the day sometimes make it difficult for a book to remain relevant to audiences down the track, and such is the case with Accidental It Girl. Beyond these pop culture gaffes, the book is an Aesop moralistic tale of treating others how you'd like to be treated, and also something about walking a mile in another persons shoes.

So overall, these themes are covered better in other novels, and it just wasn't as enjoyable now as it would have been at the time it was originally published.
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252 reviews6 followers
April 12, 2020
I enjoyed Accidental It Girl but it felt like it was too rushed to get to the obvious conclusion. If this book was a cake, it would start out with some flour and sugar, you’d throw in an egg or two, then all of a sudden it would be there waiting to be frosted.

I really enjoyed the premise and the characters, but I didn’t see any reason why the main characters would end up together given that they only spoke to each other a handful of times and one was literally stalking the other to teach her a lesson.
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Profile Image for Samra Muslim.
707 reviews18 followers
March 20, 2018
Such a cute, fun and easy read... !

Love the normal-ISH characters, the bizarre but possible situations, the mad hatter world of celebrities & paparazzi and last but not least the small lesson of actually not taking short cuts in life or hiding behind the easy but actually striving for impossible and making it happen for yourself !!
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236 reviews38 followers
July 10, 2012
Libby Street is one of my favorite chick lit authors. Happiness Sold Separately is one of their books that I probably read a couple of times because it felt good to read it. Its been a while since I read a book from them so I decided to finally read the Accidental It Girl, the summary promised a very intriguing plot that involves a paparazzi and a celebrity. In the real world their interaction can end up in accidents, cursing, slewof insults, legal battles, etc. In this story our heroine, Sadie Price is the paparazzi being taught a lesson, a very inconvenient, embarassing yet eye opening experience. The person giving said lesson, Ethan Wyatt, described as one of the hottest movie stars, who got caught in a scandal involving two sisters.

I was into it up until I felt like Sadie decides to sulk. I call it that because instead of taking advantage of the situation she was so caught up on who was behind all the crazy rumor. I mean she could have turn the whole thing to her advantage. I don't know I just feel like there was something missing, even the ending, that was it? It was that simple? No mention where Sadie finally flourish into a photographer that she really is? I am a little disappointed to be honest. It lacked spark that Happiness Sold Separately have.

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3,278 reviews204 followers
May 22, 2011
Oh my GOD! I loved this book! I got sucked into it from page one and could not put it down. I really don't know where to start.

I loved the plot. I'm not a real big fan of the paparazzi, but I loved the idea of having the tables turned. Our society today, is a little too fascinated about the lives of stars.

Sadie is an awesome woman. I was able to admire her while being able to feel sorry for her. The movie star who is retaliating sounds like the perfect guy; good looking, rich, and honest-to-goodness good guy.

The biggest plus point of all, is the fact I was laughing out loud over and over again. This is the latest book to be published by the writing duo of Libby Street. I want to beg them to start writing again! I can't believe it's been 5 years since this book was released.

The Accidental IT Girl is going on my keeper shelf! I look forward to re-reading it and loving it all over again in the future! :)
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207 reviews9 followers
July 16, 2011
Chick lit. Fast, mindless reading. I enjoyed it. ;)
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Author 13 books19 followers
December 12, 2015
Wonderfuly done on purpose. It is really well done. The karma bit as an entire premise for a book is nice. the mother daughter issues and the resolution with the potriat. It was touching.
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186 reviews1 follower
November 30, 2022
Reading this oldie that caught my eye. Throwing out the outdated references it's not bad. I did find Brooke to be a little insufferable. Sadie was immature but it was okay. I read Shuttergirl recently so there are slightly similarities, but that one was way sleeker. Ethan was nice. Not a main character I'll remember, and different parts of the plot fully dug into him being a "nice" guy. ok.
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332 reviews4 followers
February 24, 2018
2 1/2. It’s over 300 pages, but it’s a really quick and easy read. So there were times where I felt it was too long and others that wrapped up too quickly. Like the elaboration and storytelling wasn’t in the right spots. And I finished the book still unsure if or why we the readers were supposed to like either of the main characters. Should we be glad about how it ends (in typical rom com fashion) or creeped out by it? I don’t know.
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Profile Image for Jayashree Srivatsan.
26 reviews8 followers
March 30, 2019
I liked the writing style but i would not call it a page turner. I had to finish it as i had to return the book to the library . I was curious about what was in the gift box but towards the end it was quite predictable. The humour was nice in places.
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Author 1 book8 followers
June 2, 2019
A fun,light and quick read. Could definitely see this as a romcom movie...would need to be modernized though mentions of flip phones, bennifer, blockbuster... it’s fun to go back to early 2000s though.
Profile Image for Cemaliye Nouri.
101 reviews1 follower
March 22, 2022
Lovely story about a woman who learns that she is more than what she does. Love stories where the characters learn or realize something about themselves. Excellent book! I would recommend. 👍🏼📚❤️

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Profile Image for Christina.
1 review
June 11, 2022
Read this literally a decade ago and the trope has stuck in my head til today where I devoured it in one sitting. Still just as fun as it was at first read. Sweet, light and breezy. Wish it went on and on.
80 reviews
October 27, 2017
I guess I expected better. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good enough to read again.
Profile Image for Veronica.
84 reviews3 followers
March 7, 2018
Fun and fast read. The main character is relatable and funny.
133 reviews
February 13, 2019
This is one of my absolute favorite novels. I have reread it so many times. Give it a chance if you like romcoms!! Ignore the negative reviews. This book is so fantastic. I want to reread it again.
25 reviews
July 23, 2019
Not the worst book ever, but got to chapter five and don't think it's worth finishing. I don't like the writing style.
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110 reviews
April 5, 2022
Predictable conflict and love story... But one of those fun, beach-day type reads that I enjoy every once in awhile. :) It was good!
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411 reviews
June 8, 2013
I had a little trouble with this rating. I think this is mostly due to the fact that it had the potential to be four or five stars, if it weren't for two main reasons:

1. Scenery. There was a surprising lack of scenes between Sadie and Ethan. Very little interaction. I would have bought their whole relationship a lot more, if only I were treated to some juicy tidbits. However, they kind of just fall in together. There's no real relationship building scenes. Their connection isn't adequately established. Also, I wanted more steam in general.

2. Paige. I found her extremely annoying. I really wanted her out of the picture. Sadie has a "rocky" relationship with her, as well as major abandonment issues. However, I don't really see this in her relationship with her mother. In my opinion, Sadie is too easy on Paige. Really didn't like her character; again, very annoying.

Furthermore, the secondary characters needed some work. Brook was just exasperating and generally...ugh. Then, Todd and Luke were rather lackluster. Also, I was expecting a major confrontation with Phil or something along those lines; never happened.

Other than its premise, the only aspect of this book I truly enjoyed was that of the protagonist's voice. She was dynamic, witty, and engaging. For some reason, though--probably because of the whole injured-knee thing--I was constantly picturing her with crutches. A little confusing.
113 reviews
March 4, 2013
When the world is rushing to weigh in on you, do you lose focus of where you started out to do in order to meet expectations?

Meet Ethan Wyatt, superstar, action flick actor, gorgeous and charismatic in one human package. One front page scandal turns him into a amateur paparazzi. Now meet Sadie Price, a girl full of hopes and dreams that were somehow buried under the clutter of her job as paparazzi, commitment-phobe, amusing and just an everyday girl with a job to push celebrities out of their hidey holes to feed the ravenous public's appetite for more. When she becomes the front page scandal, the tables are turned. When the hunter becomes the hunted and the hunted turns hunter, all sorts of hijinks ensues.

A cute chick lit book showing a glimpse of what is it like to live in the spotlight 24/7 with a bit of fantastical fairy dust thrown in. Scratch the surface of the glossy photographs and you will find people with real issues, lives, hopes and dreams. A lovely holiday read.
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182 reviews
December 17, 2009
I loved this book, and literally could not put it down. I have a few favorite books that I've had a hard time putting down, but none like this one - It's one of my top favorite books that I'm going to read again and again.

I loved both Sadie and Ethan and more than enjoyed their bickering back and forth throughout the book. I also really liked how the authors showed what it's really like for celebrities with the stalkerazzi and how crazy life can really be when a camera is in your face 24/7, even when you don't know it. The whole book was entertaining and there wasn't a single part that I didn't enjoy reading. Although I thought the ending could have been a lot better (at least it doesn't leave you hanging) I still found it to be a pretty good ending - but I still really didn't want the book to end.
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