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Not Meeting Mr Right

2.87  ·  Rating details ·  101 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Alice Aigner is successful, independent, and a confirmed serial dater, but at her 10-year school reunion she has a sudden change of heart. Bored rigid by her married, mortgaged, and motherly former classmates, Alice decides to prove that a woman can have it all: a man, marriage, career, kids, and a mind of her own. She sets herself a goal: meet the perfect man and marry hi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Bantam Australia
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Ingrid Jonach
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this book for years and when I had the chance to get a personally signed copy I grabbed it with both hands. It was worth the wait!

I was looking forward to reading a book that would make me laugh, as well as think. This novel might look like a relaxing beach read, but the characters are so strong-willed and opinionated that it was like being privy to an out-of-control dinner party conversation. They are exactly the kind of gals you would want to be seated next to at a
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: race, indigenous
As a great appreciator of chick lit, and as someone that particularly likes finding Australian contributions to the genre, I was looking forward to trying some of Heiss's work. That she is an academic who writes about Indigenous characters made me even more hopeful that this would be entertaining and intelligent. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed. The premise is (more than) slightly insulting to women, and the novel's pretensions to feminism are flimsy at best. Alice is petulant, selfish ...more
Leena Bakr
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'll make this short and sweet. I very much disliked everything about this novel. I mean if it wasn't for my Australian literature unit I would never have read it. A number of reasons why I disliked it and I may be a little bias:
1. I don't generally enjoy the 'sex and the city genre' which is what this book was going for.
2. It was absolutely disappointing in the respect to the Aboriginal culture. I'm not aboriginal but I didn't really get any new idea of what it is like from the story. I genui
Indigenous Australian chick-lit! Totally awesome!

Heterocentric (naturally), but it’s chick lit, so what was I expecting? And so the heterocentricity is in no way a criticism.

Heiss’ characters are alive. Alice and her thick-headedness got on my nerves occasionally, but only occasionally. Generally it was great fun, and far more enjoyable than the sort of Marian Keyes-esque chick lit that I’ve read in the past – usually when desperate for something new to read. Alice’s circle of friends – and occa
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
At first, I was unconvinced by the flat characterisation (it's difficult to grasp a character whose emotions, attitudes and feelings can be reduced to one line mantras). Then about halfway through, I realised I was meant to read it ironically. Heiss does not mean us to admire this character, unlike the empathy that's established for Bridget Jones. In fact in the end Heiss gives Alice exactly what she wants from a man: someone who literally takes out the garbage. In doing so, Heiss points to the ...more
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This is a very enjoyable, fun, light story. I laughed a lot with the main character Alice, who is smart, funny, likeable and down-to-earth. And the major bonus - her always amusing exploits are set to the sunny and familiar backdrop of Sydney.

I hardly ever read so called "chick lit" because I can't stand the pretentious wank, the incredibly stupid and unlikeable heroines and even more stupid story lines. But one Sunday morning I read an interview of Anita Heiss in the newspaper, who came across
Charmaine Clancy
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Fun romance. I've been waiting to read this one for a while, even though romance is not my usual genre. I enjoyed the quirky humour and the familiar settings for this Australian novel. I like Anita Heiss' writing and I'll try the next in the series. At times I found the protagonist a little unlikeable, judgemental and a bit nasty. Like many comments, I enjoyed reading about an Indigenous characters for a romance, it was refreshing. I did find the them and us a little heavy, but I have confidence ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
A bit rubbish but I knew it would be. I wanted to read something by Anita Heiss but only her chick lit books are available on kindle as far as I can see. Dates lots of unsuitable men in desperate search to find husband before finding he'd been under her nose all the time. So far so yawn. But the author is an Aboriginal (wiradjuri) Eastern Suburbs Sydneysider, as is the main character, so in between the clichéd set pieces there were some perspectives and commentary that were new and interesting t ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy drama, romance and comedy.
Recommended to Amy by: A friend.
Hello, readers!

Not Meeting Mr Right was such a hilarious and enjoyable book about a woman searching for love. Alice goes on many dates, man after man, trying to find her dream husband before she hits 30. This book kept me entertained the whole way through and it was so easy to get into. It's an easy read and is sure to bring you many laughs. This book is recommended to those who love romance (obviously) and comedy. Great story so I give it 4 stars. Girly-girls (and as well as everyone else!) thi
Rosemary Reilly
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
just...awful. The description of the protagonist's teaching style got to me; "I really felt they were starting to question things" or something like that. No, your students are not questioning the world; they are repeating exactly what you've just probably spent a year shoving down their throats, in bid to make them less "prejudiced" and more "open-minded". but seriously, a terrible book, and so hypocritical.
Tania Conrad
Feb 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Anita Heiss is smart, funny, and likeable. In light of that, I wish I could say something positive here. Not Meeting Mr Right is not what I expected from someone of Heiss's high profile, that of academic and indigenous rights campaigner. So, I guess I expected something, well, more thoughtful.Unforunately, the characters of NMMR are unrealistic, the dialogue bland, the writing tentative, and the book a bit of a chore to read. I am looking forward to reading more of her work, academic this time.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment. I was looking forward to a bit of clever chick lit. The author just couldn't pull it all together to either make me laugh or engage with any of the characters. The whole book just seemed to fall into an uncomfortable 'in between' place where it was mostly just cringe-worthy.
Anna Hepworth
Jan 26, 2014 marked it as abandoned-unfinished
Shelves: 2014, library
This book was outside my usual reading range, but every now and then I think it worth trying another romance. This one, I was so unengaged that I chose not to finish, and as such have not given it a rating.
Debra Ryan
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Disappointed with this one. I know chick lit isnt meant to be deep and meaningful but this was kind of boring.
Kevin Klehr
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls and guys looking for love and wanting to know about Australian Indigenous politics
The first chic lit book from this Australian author. There's lots to laugh about from this novel. Enjoyable.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
poor example of chiclit..ok to skim thro w box of choclates in an afternoon..wouldnt recommend
Aug 01, 2011 added it
a little too politically biased for me. yet, some very nice and funny bits, loved the Sydney atmosphere.
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Waste of time
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
yet another book that hasn't met the 100 page challange.
This was the 3rd time I had tried to read this book but I just couldn't get into it and past 50 pages.
Jun 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Aboriginal chick lit. Quite enjoyable, but ultimately I found the main character a bit mean, so didn't warm to her.
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok

Easy to read, easy to digest, easy to finish ... and remember not much of it. Lose yourself for a couple of hours stuff, but leaves you hungry for a book that makes you think.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: australian, chick-lit
a great idea but poorly written
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was one of my beach reads for this summer.

It's a quick read. And while I did enjoy it, it feel into the trap that many chick-lit books do, where it's almost as though the author throws intelligence, good writing and fleshed out characters out the window because this is chick-lit and, therefore, somehow doesn't need to be engaging.

Alice frustrated me. Alice bored me. The men she dates, while make for some funny stories, aren't memorable.

The book also had a theme of Australian politics on it.
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Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia's most prolific and well-known authors of Indigenous literature.

Her published works include the historical novel Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, the poetry collection Token Koori, satirical social commentary Sacred Cows, non-fiction text Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight) - Publishi
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