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Morning Glory

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Now a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures

BREAKING NEWS: Ambitious young TV producer Becky Fuller is fired from a local morning show in New Jersey, and her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life.
Desperately in need of a job, yet still full of boundless optimism, Becky vows to land on her feet and stumbles into an opportunity at Daybreak, a f
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Norah Una Sumner
It's official,I love everything that Diana Peterfreund writes ♥.

This was such a fun chick-lit!I love the main character Becky and I love her enthusiasm,even though her job is not as easy as it seems.I really liked her dialogues with Mike,I was laughing out loud so many times.His grumpiness is hilarious.I also loved Colleen and Lenny,they're great.And...Adam:


Overall,short and funny!

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“Let’s have at it.” I strode to the door and pulled the doorknob. It came off in my hand.
“That was
I never saw this movie, but picked up the book ages ago, since I'm a fan of Diana Peterfruend's Secret Society Girl series.

This was . . . what you'd expect, I guess. A little silly at times and you see everything coming in a way that means I was never really drawn in. I liked the love interest and Colleen, but everyone else just felt like . . . maybe not quite stereotypes, but again, exactly what you'd expect.
This is an entertaining and “fluffy” read (wink!). I’m glad one of my US friends thought of me and gave it to me. As this novel is based on a screen-play, there’s isn’t much in-depth characterization, but it doesn’t spoil the reading experience. The premise of a morning talk-show is actually quite exciting and colorful. The story reads very fluently and I could visualize those great actors (especially Harrison Ford as the grumpy and unique Mike Pommeroy) delivering a few of those great lines. No ...more
Diana Peterfreund’s Morning Glory is the novelization of the movie of the same name, written for the big screen by Aline Brosh McKenna. It’s obvious from the start that Peterfreund, a successful novelist, is working within someone else’s parameters — and that’s what makes this one so tough to review. As Erin at Lit Snit so articulately asked, “Where does one person’s creation end and another’s begin?” Basically, this wasn’t originally Peterfreund’s story or characters — so can we really evaluate ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never seen the movie version.

I read this a few year s ago on vacation. It was perfect for what I was seeking.

Very light, feel good story. I liked the main character..Becky. (There seem to be so many Becky's and Becca's in books).

I also liked reading about the field of journalism. I always gravitate to those types of books. Although most of my book selections are pretty dark, when on vacation it is nice to read a lighthearted romance, something sentimental and sweet. Highly recommended. St
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2010
Reviewing movie novelizations is tough (though probably not as tough as writing them). If there are weaknesses in plot or characters, lack of motivation, or inconsistencies, do you blame the author or the screenwriter? Where does one person’s creation end and another’s begin?

Morning Glory isn’t perfect, but it’s full of fun characters created by Aline Brosh McKenna and fleshed out by Peterfreund. The plot really does play as the perfect chick flick. Girl unlucky in love and life starts over in N
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Abby by: others by the author
This was a novel written AFTER the movie was made, based off the screen play. I like this author, and I adore Harrison Ford who played one of the leads. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'd to after reading this book. Light but with a strong female lead, a good book for a bad week.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I saw this on sale and thought, why not? I'd recently watching the movie version and was in a rare mood for some fluffy chick lit. 

Some background -- this was a novelization of the movie. The movie came out in 2010 and starred Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. 

I liked the premise of the story -- I wanted to be a journalist in college and am familiar with the news industry. However, Becky fell flat as a main character for me. Becky is tenacious and dedicated to her job -- as a resul
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I really enjoyed this book. The plot is simple, a producer gets let go when she thinks she is going to get promoted. She then has to prove herself at her new job.

I thought it was witty and fun, and above all else very easy to read, no thinking required. Its a over all feel good story.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very cute, fast read. I enjoyed reading it just as I enjoyed watching the movie. Although I could have saved myself some time and either just read the book or just watched the movie as they are pretty much identical, but nonetheless I liked it.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Better than the average movie novelization, which I have always had an aversion to since reading some rather bad exemplars of the genre when young.
Review originally posted here.

I still want to watch the movie, especially because I really love Harrison Ford and seeing him as a grumbling news anchor sounds like great fun. But since I doubt I’ll get a chance to go see a movie anytime soon (especially because I can only take so many times of seeing movies alone), I figured I’d read the book. And I really like Diana Peterfreund, so that was a point for the book too.

Morning Glory was clearly a mix of both a film novelization and your standard ch
Ivye Allen
I'm only a chapter in at this point (time of metro ride to work this morning). But I like it so far. I thought the movie was based on the book and since I didn't get around to seeing the movie in the theaters, I figured I could read the book before I rent the movie on DVD and compare. But once I really looked at the cover, I realized the book is based on the movie's screenplay. I don't think I've ever seen that before and I certainly know I've never read a book based on a screenplay before. I us ...more
I'm generally a "read the book before I see the movie" kind of gal, but I figured since this book was written in the reverse (in that it was written after the movie) that I would try this approach as well and watch the movie first. Plus I love Diana Peterfruend as she has written my most frequently reread I had to give the book a fair shot.

The movie wasn't any work of cinema masterpiece, and in turn, the book was no literary wonder either. However, given the material she had to work
Stephanie Cowart
I was feeling kind of down when I started reading this book. I finished it two hours later smiling like a goofball!
It's actually based on the motion picture of the same name. I've never read a book based on a movie - usually it's the other way around. I haven't seen the movie yet but I definitely will. I laughed out loud so many times! The actors for these characters are so spot on too!
Becky Fuller gets fired from a small morning show in New Jersey and feels adrift until she lands a job working
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-loans
I decided to watch the movie "Morning Glory" before reading the book, which is something that I normally try not to do. However, I did not realize that this book was based on the movie. Therefore, I am sure it would have been a great book if I had not watched the movie first. I felt like I was reading a screenplay, as the book was the movie scene by scene and nothing had changed. Because I knew the story and the characters already I felt bored and I rushed through the book. But if I had not watc ...more
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-to-film
I got this book because I want to see the movie. I thought that the book was made first, then the movie, but it's the other way around. This book is actually based on the screenplay for the movie.
It's about Becky who works for a morning news show in Jersey until one day out of the blue she gets fired. She manages to get a job in NYC working for another morning show that is in dire need of a make over. On her first day she fires one of the anchors and needs to find a new one, so she manages to g
Mackenzie O'brien
This book is about a hopeful news producer who is fired from her job at a local station and picks up a new job at an awful nationally syndicated morning show. She has to deal with two egotistical news anchors and the expectation of her failure.
I didn't like this book because the main character's portrayal was very strange. She is described as headstrong and determined, but her actions make her seem silly and unfocused. It made me wonder what the author really intended to do with the character.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have to admit that I haven't seen the film, so I can't review this book in comparison to the movie.

I loved it. I would have loved to see more happening and more of the inside processes of characters, but I know that it worked from a fix material. But anyways, it was the perfect chick lit book. What I liked about it most that it had a main character who was indeed different but loveable and not incredibly over-the-top or stupid - I haven't read a chick lit book in A LONG TIME which got their ma
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book because I am a fan on Diana Peterfreund's series Secret Society Girl, and I'm a little excited about the movie.

One thing I like about Peterfreund's books are that I can generally read them in one day and love them. This book I was a little hesitant as it is adapted from a screenplay and as another review put it who do you blame for things that bothered you? One thing was when Becky was becoming passionate the person she was talking to you say, "Are you going to start singing?".
Nov 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becky begins the story in New Jersey, working for a morning show she has been with since she was 17 years old. She dropped out of college to become the producer and she’s finally feeling like she’s going to get the raise she’s wanted for so long. Then the other shoe falls, she’s not only not getting a promotion but they’re letting her go, with plenty of experience in a small morning show but not enough for anything bigger and no eduction to back her up. After weeks of searching she finally finds ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute, and way better than I thought it would be. It's a novelization based on a movie, so it's not terribly deep. It was a super quick read, I read the first 60 pages on the train, then finished out the rest in a couple hours snuggled up with MaizeCat. The conflicts our main character face are super simple easy solve things, but this did have to fit into a movie length at one time, so it's not like there could be that much more to the book. The author did well with what she had given to ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It was just okay. It was interesting enough to get through but at the same time I didn't really feel any connection to the characters. Basically I felt like it was a review of the movie and I've never even seen the movie. I could imagine everything happening but I didn't really get much detail about the surroundings or characters enough to really fall in love with them. I know the book was written after the movie so its not one of those where the book came first but still I would have liked more ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was just a good read. I read it as if my best friend was telling me about a part of her life. It was comical and down to Earth. I love books such as this one; it's about living life. The main character in the book is not any different than anyone else in the world she is working as hard as she can to make a life for herself, something she can be proud of at the end of the day. She faces ups, downs and complete and utter failures. I loved this book and I am very glad I bought i ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun light read. It isn't great literature, but just an entertaining beach read type book. I used to be a huge Today Show fan back in the day with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric (can't stand it now), so it was fun to feel like I was seeing a little bit of behind the scenes of a morning show. Now I want to see the movie because it reads like a book that would make a really good movie. Movies can be so disappointing sometimes though... I may have to read movie reviews before I decide whethe ...more
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost wonder if I should give this one 4 stars. I laughed throughout most of the book. Out loud. Totally fun and refreshing change of pace from a lot of the boozer books I've wasted my time with lately. There's some PG-13 language and allusions but not nearly as much as Sophie Kinsella's books. If the movie is half as good as the book I'll be impressed. They could pretty much make a movie dialogue word for word from the book.
Nov 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I probably should have read this before watching the movie. I didn't finish it. Maybe I should have given it more time? I liked the movie, but after beginning this one felt like I was basically reading the script. Then I realized the book was based on the movie...not the other way around. My pile of "to read" books is so tall I decided that I'd rather move on to the next one. Not read one that I know what is going to happen because I just watched it.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read-books
There were typographical errors that drove me batty, but otherwise I loved this book. Why? I used to work in a television newsroom. True, not national, but the stories run the same. We didn't call Carter a molester, but we sure did mess up some chyrons over the years. I laughed my way through this book because I could see some of my ex-coworkers in the various characters.

Will I see the movie? Of course. I adore Rachel McAdams.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book, there were moments where I thought it was a bit slower than others. I'm interested to see the movie and see how they're different. I can really see Rachel McAdams as Becky Fuller, a strong and ambitious tv show producer. The character struggles to find a balance between having a life and working 24-7. The anchors and the employees on Daybreak truly test Becky's patience and ability to be creative.
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2011
I loved this movie so I of course snatched up the book as soon as I saw it. Working in TV I can relate to a lot of the issues the main character has had to deal with while working on a morning show. This was a fun read and very easy. My only complaint, since it is based off the screenplay of the movie, it read as almost an exact play by play of the movie. It would have been nice to have a bit more fleshing out. But a fun read all the same.
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Diana Peterfreund has been a costume designer, a cover model, and a food critic. Her travels have taken her from the cloud forests of Costa Rica to the underground caverns of New Zealand (and as far as she’s concerned, she’s just getting started). Diana graduated from Yale University in 2001 with dual degrees in Literature and Geology, which her family claimed would only come in handy if she wrote ...more

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“For now.” Adam waited as I put in my order. “You’ll need something stiffer after Mike really starts getting to you.”
“Oh, he’s getting to me,” I said, as the bartender brought my beer. “Usually, I drink Sprite.”
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