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The Girl in Times Square

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  7,043 ratings  ·  418 reviews
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A stunning and powerful contemporary love story from one of the best storytellers this century.

Lily's life is turned upside down with the disappearance of her flat mate, incredible revelations about her family and a personal discovery, all of which will affect her forever! What if everything you believed a
Paperback, 600 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, paperback
I can honestly say this book changed my life. In fact it was instrumental in saving my son's life.

Above and beyond the excellent story - human interest, mystery, romance, Ms Simon's habitual excellent writing - this has a personal memory for me.

The day after I finished reading it I had a phone call from my son who was run down. Besides being tired he had bleeding gums and was bruising. The doctor said he was stressed and to take it easy. However, this was so close to the symptoms of the heroine
Diane S ☔
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
An author new to me, plus I usually avoid books over 500 pages, at least for the most part. Wasn't at all sure what to expect, but I won the book so I thought I may as well open it and see how I felt. Could always quit reading if it didn't appeal. I loved it. A missing person case, that turns into a whole new something else. Enticing and well rounded characters, the mixing of many different fictional elements, a medical story, a survivor story that again turns into something more. Shouldn't have ...more
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paullina Simons has done it again. What a beautiful, beautiful book.

Poor poor Lily Quinn. She leads a hard life. She is in her early twenties and is poor as a church rat, she barly makes rent (to her crappy and smaller then smaller-appartment) and hasn´t even enough money for food. She is in collage, but never seems to get enough points to graduate. And her whole familly treats her as a doormat. Literally. And if that is not enough, she is now finding herself without a bed, since her cheating
Aug 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: zombies
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dana Moison
I’ll start by saying I haven’t read The Bronze Horseman series written by this author, which made me feel like a “Tabula Rasa”, without good or bad prejudice.
This is a (very) long book, packed with details, with a pretty miserable and not very appealing beginning, and only because there are so many pages down the road and you wonder to yourself, “What the hell can she write about in all those pages?” you keep reading, half intrigued and half despaired.
This book entails a wide range of emotions –
Ange H
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Have you ever been at a restaurant where the waitress reads off a special, and you think to yourself, "Wow! Most of those ingredients sound really good; but they don't all go together and it's just too much." So I don't want the special, but I have to admire the creativity and ambition of the chef. That's how I felt about this book.

[Warning! Slight spoilers ahead] So let's talk about the ingredients of this book:

- A missing girl
- A girl developing a career as an artist
- A May/December romance
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though Paullina Simon's novels are usually over-wordy she still has the writing ability to pull me into the story until the end because her characters and the situations are involved, multilayered and almost always surprising. "Girl in Times Square" (formally written under the title "Lily") is just one of those novels. Lily, a happy go lucky but lacking in self confidence, is a 25 year old woman that is barely making ends meet when her room-mate, Amy, turns up missing. Shortly after that sh ...more
Steph (loves water)
It's probably just me, but I think this woman needs a ruthless editor.
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-book-list
I had read the Bronze Horseman by the same author a few years ago. It was amazing. I'm looking forward to reading another of her novels.


DONE! Absolutely riveting. I could not put it down. Read it in 3 days despite it being exactly 599 pages long (and I have the bags under my eyes to prove it!). This author is gifted at creating real, authentic characters and is VERY gifted in particular in creating love stories that tug at the heartstrings. In my books, this is one author who could give
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And again Paullina Simons rips out my heart, chews it up and spits it out. Every single time! The Bronze Horseman remains my favourite book of all time, but this has become another Simons favourite.

Our heroine Lily defines bad luck (I mean, how much can one girl go through - as Spencer says in the book "the hits just keep on coming" - so true!). When we meet her she is a struggling student in New York, her boyfriend has just left her, she has no money and no purpose. There's all sorts of stuff
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Paullina Simmons book but it certainly won't be my last. This is a roller coaster ride of a book with love, mystery, health problems and family issues and lots of surprises for the reader. Once you got started in this book, you won't want to put it down.

Lily is just drifting through life. She has been in college for over 4 years but doesn't have enough credits to graduate, she has friends and parties but can't seem to find a boyfriend. She lives in a small flat that she shares w
My copy is actually called "Lily". I have not had the brainpower required to write a decent review over the past 8 weeks (although Cooper is starting to sleep through the night so hopefully it will return soon!) and so I am going to keep this simple. I really enjoyed this book and liked it even more when I realized a large part of the book was a mystery. Just like Simon's other books, I would not recommend to my more conservative friends. She definitely favors the F word in her writing. In The B ...more
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This author has the ability to take me to a place no other can. The character development in her stories is amazing. I felt Lily's pain. I felt Spencer's pain (and addiction). This author is not for the light hearted. It's actually quite depressing. Fortunately, the ending was satisfying to me. She writes a fabulous mystery too. Although I rate this a 5 star, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why I decided to read this book:
I was looking for a book that no one had recommend to me or I had herd of so I decided to go to the library and chose a random book, the book was on display facing backwards, so I had a quick skim of the synopsis and decided to give it chance.

Which category on the bingo board this book completes:
This book completes the 'A book with a female main character' on my bingo board. I find the category very easy to review about as most books have a female main character,
"A stunning and powerful contemporary love story from one of the best storytellers this century. Lily's life is turned upside down with the disappearance of her flat mate, incredible revelations about her family and a personal discovery, all of which will affect her forever!What if everything you believed about your life was a lie? Meet Lily Quinn. She is broke, struggling to finish college, pay her rent, find love. Adrift in bustling New York City, the most interesting things in Lily's life hap ...more
La Mala ✌
EDIT: Mayo, 2015:


La novela era perfecta (incluso, me atrevo a decir, la MEJOR de esta autora) hasta que(view spoiler)

Reseña original: Agosto, 2012

I loved Lilly!

(view spoiler)
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

He was seeing a social worker now, Mary. He quite liked her— they had been together a year— but couldn’t help feeling that he was really just another one of her more complicated cases. Once she fixed him she would go. Spencer couldn’t wait for that day. He just wasn’t sure: to be fixed or for her to go?

He’s not a politician if he doesn’t have an affair. That’s how you recognize them, their pants are around their ankles. What are you going to do— prosecute each and every one?

And w
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-story, favorites
I REALLY loved this book. There are enough plot summaries, so I won't add mine. This book has everything: murder mystery, suspense, family skeletons, great plot/character development, and a tender love story. Lily is just such a lovable character. She remains loyal to her dysfunctional/shady family--all the while battling cancer. As much as I was captivated by all the subplots, it was the love story between Spencer and Lily that had me turning pages until the wee hours of the night. It will capt ...more
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although most people's favourite Paullina Simons' novel is The Bronze Horseman, it was The Girl in Times Square that captivated me the most. A completely absorbing tale of Lily, a broke, struggling college student who discovers everything in her life is a lie.
She battles physically and emotionally through the revelations that shock her and those around her and she grabs hold of those precious moments in life that give her hope.
I devoured this novel in 3 days and upon completion wished it would n
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a reread after a long number of years. I had forgotten so much of it, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young woman, the dysfunctional family. I had remembered the illness but little more. Again like last time I just sat reading to the end, it drew me in all over again.
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
and effing Paullina Simons did it again. She broke my heart too many times.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
I feel like I’m in a unique position going into The Girl In Times Square because this is my first book by this author! Sometimes I feel like I’m literally the only person left in the world that hasn’t read The Bronze Horseman or any of her other books because I see people talking about them so often. After finishing this book, I can absolutely see what everyone is talking about when they mention Simons’ great character development and engrossing plot lines. I did not want to put this book down f ...more
Oct 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poor. Far too much emotion and bad luck. The murder is kind of incidental to the unfortunate life of the main character, and I just really didn't care.
And I loved the character of Spencer O'Malley in Red Leaves, buin this he was just pathetic.
I was sorely disappointed by this book, and felt I had really wasted my £5.99!
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, I quite liked this book. If you liked the Bronze Horseman, I would recommend this one. It's a decent length to build the characters and the story, it's emotional, it's got a love story, what can I say except that it's my type of book! Certainly not as good as BH but definitely worth the read.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Literally one of the worst books I've ever wasted 19 hours listening to. No interesting story line, horribly annoying characters who I could completely care less about and the audio version was unbearable. Why oh why can't I just get myself to abandon books that aren't worthy of my time?
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 stars
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this past week the eyes of the world were on Times Square for the New Year's Eve ball drop, it's a perfect time to read Paullina Simon's novel The Girl in Times Square. It's quite a large book at almost 600 pages, and since the arctic air is keeping people inside, it's a good read for those snuggling up inside.

The book starts with Lily's boyfriend Josh moving out of their apartment and taking all of his stuff with him, including their bed. Since he pays one-third of the rent and Lily's eco
Melinda Elizabeth
Lily seems to be particularly ambivalent about a lot of things in her life. Her boyfriend, her studies, her flatmates, her life in general. The one thing she appears to be passionate about is her art, but throughout the book we only ever experience her painting in extreme joy or sadness.

A number of events occur simultaneously in the book, as Lily experiences hardship, health issues, and some strange truths about her family. None of it seems to phase her much.

The middle half of the book is the m
Ana Paula
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: investigation, 2017
Well, I was hoping for something else.
The relationship between Lily and Spencer was so slow to develop that I gave hope they'd ever get together.

I'd read about INTENSE sexual tension on a review, but there was no such thing. I skipped a lot.

The plot was also slow, I was curious to find out what had happened to Amy, but sometimes it faded into the background. Lily's family was really irritating to read, and the ending didn't please me very much. I liked Spencer, though.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew this would happen eventually. I have finally met a PS book I didn’t love. I’m grateful for the writing, but the story didn’t blow my mind. I felt like the characters ruined Spencer for me. He wasn’t able to shine in his role as detective with the runaround he had to endure with this entire horrible family. I don’t like the light he was painted in, and honestly he had a change in character from Red Leaves to this. The Spencer I thought I knew would have turned the world upside down for jus ...more
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Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.

After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullin

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