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Dumping Billy

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,250 ratings  ·  120 reviews
She's changed her style, but her roots are showing...

It's not just that Brooklyn bar owner Billy Nolan is wickedly handsome; it's also that any woman he dates and dumps--and he dumps them all--immediately goes on to marry the next person she meets. But Kate Jameson is immune to his charms. She left Brooklyn for upward mobility in Manhattan at the first chance she got. Now
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published May 2004 by Warner Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Rusu Ilinca
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is what it's called 'a wacky romance'. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but this was like I was watching a typical american movie with stupid people and stupid situations. I needed music in my earphones almost all the time I was reading it, otherwise I would have stopped and never have taken the book in my hands again.
It is obviously not my type of book. :)
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
It was good, but only in its own way. If that makes any sense at all.
Dec 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I'm having a bad run, I think, probably because I'm trying to find good contemporary romance and I'm not seeing it. This book was so boring I couldn't keep going. I started skimming furiously after chapter 6, in which we still haven't met Billy and all that's happened so far is Kate's gone to work, bantered with her gay friend, gotten a manicure, and gone to dinner with her boring boyfriend and gay friends. I thought things might get ineresting when her friend comes crashing into her life, ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Life is too short to read terrible books. I read about 50 pages before I gave up. The main character was awful - her terrible boyfriend gives her a terrible bracelet and then they go to a terrible dinner. Also, what was the deal between keeping Brooklyn and Manhattan separate? Was that a gimmick of the authors'? I know the two are separate burroughs of New York but as someone who doesn't know the city, why must this play such an important part of the story?

And WHY does Kate want to be friends
What is it about guys named Billy? Anyway..

This is totally a "guilty pleasure" type read b ut who really cares? It is fun. a sparkling fresh little novel about..well..Billy..and getting married. And dating. I love this author and when she is at her best she is mighty great!

This is not my fav by her but it is good for sure and is the perfect beach read.

Not easy to find..a beach read that will not bore you senseless.

3.5 stars.
Fun summer read...kept moving along at a good pace. Laughs along the way and you do end up caring what happens at the end.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The perfect example of an early 2000s rom com. Brought me back to a simpler time! Easy and cute.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Now, I realize this book is hot pink (so embarassing to read at the gym!), but it actually is written very well (shocking!)! No, seriously! It's by the same woman who wrote The First Wives Club, which I totally want to read, and rent (the movie) again...
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was some light and relaxing holiday reading. A bit cliché chicklit / romance and rather predictable, but still entertaining. This book is about a Brooklyn girl, Kate, who moved on to New York. She still has a bunch of Brooklyn friends and when they get introduced to her new New York buddies, an elaborate scheme evolves to change her BFF’s life. But of course meddling with other people’s life’s rarely ends up working according to plan and soon it both Kate and Bina’s life is about to be ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to buy into the storyline but then I did and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's wonderful to read easy going, non thinking books. Part of reading is to delve into a different realm and this was one of those books that took me to a different, beachy, kind of a place.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was fiiine. I felt like it was predictable. Like when I read the description I thought to myself "She is going to end up marrying Billy" and all her friends were annoying and not endearing to me. I felt like the Max character could have been explored more. Bina just kind of sucked.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Torture. All I wanted was a good quick chick lit. A private school teacher rents a limo to go to Brooklyn? Really?
This book was cute. Too much inner monologue and not enough dialogue for my taste.
Kimberley Hunter
This is the type of book I like to read when I don't want to think much about anything. So it's good just because of that.
Kathleen Black
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast and fun beach read.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
ugh- not sure why I even finished this.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sally Andrews
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute. Light. Fun.
Casey Komperda
Feb 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
I guess the bottom line is that I didn't like it. It took me a long time to get into it. I had no interest in finishing it.
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Kate Jameson had a difficult childhood. Her mother died when she was young, leaving her in the care of an alcoholic father. Kate was taken in by the Horowitz family, including big-hearted, no-nonsense Mrs. Horowitz, a surrogate mother figure, and Bina, Kate’s best friend. The Horowitzes and Kate’s other friends, dubbed the Bitches of Bushwick, all live on the wrong side of the river for Kate, however, and embody everything about Brooklyn that she strove to leave behind. Kate made a new life for ...more
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Olivia Goldsmith's, which is why I put this book on my 2013 TBR Challenge pile. I don't know if this wasn't the best-written of her work, or if my tastes have changed, but I didn't enjoy this quite as much as her other books. I still enjoyed it, but I was also consciously aware of its flaws.

Despite the book's title and its jacket description, the Billy in question doesn't take up much of the story. Instead, the book is about Katherine (Kate) Jameson, who's escaped her bourgeoisie
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Kate left her Brooklyn roots and made it to Manhattan. She has a good job and great friends there. But then one of her old Brooklyn friends shows up heartbroken, Bina has fallen apart after her boyfriend left to explore his "singleness". What to do in a situation like this? Well there is always the enigmatic Billy Nolan, all Brooklyn and all gorgeous. Not to mention that when ever he dumps a girl that girls marries the next guy that comes along, and it doesn't take that long either. Could he be
The review says nearly all of it:

Kate Jameson has outgrown her Brooklyn gang: Bina, Bunny, Barbie and Bev, aka the Bitches of Bushwick. While the Bs still go for French manicures and (gasp) matching furniture, Kate has embraced the urbane life. She has a Chelsea apartment and a neat job as school psychologist at Andrew Country Day "in the best neighborhood in Manhattan." But when Kate meets bad boy bar owner Billy Nolan in her natal borough, she instantly wants to get Brooklyn back
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fall-2009
She's changed her style, but her roots are showing. Katie Jameson left Brooklyn for Manhattan the first chance she got. Her two worlds collide when her best friend Bina needs her help. Olivia Goldsmith's Dumping Billy lured me in with its wit and charm.
The story is based in Brooklyn and in Manhattan. The way Olivia Goldsmith describes the two different Burroughs makes me see the differences in my head. Like when Katie is talking about the little garden outside her apartment window and then she
Victoria Scott
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Honestly, this book wasn't all that good. I didn't expect it to be amazing. You could tell from the blurb it was going to be just a fluffy book that didn't make you think. But that doesn't mean it's allowed to be bad.
First, Kate. She wasn't a very interesting character. I found her predictable, and doesn't stand out from all the other women in the book. She goes on and on about how much she can't stand Brooklyn, then goes back there to see her friends all the time. Her friends who's names all
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
I was in the mood for something light after a couple of non fiction serious books. And I saw someone had given this four stars. I started and I like it at first and to be honest most of the book I liked in that it was light and entertaining and my mind became blank when reading.

The down side is the writing is mediocre at best and in the beginning it was so banal and cliched I wanted to scream. I actually might have done just that. Once I got adjusted to the writing I started to enjoy the story
Firstly, I didn't actually read the Kindle edition, it just matched the number of pages to the number in the book I was reading.
Secondly, I don't usually read romantic comedies (that's a lie), I've been experiencing a readers block (that's true) and this book hopefully broke this awful stage (I don't really think so).
Anyway, this book literally made me want to get two gay best-friends, five really eccentric girlfriends and three really hot men chasing me and proposing to me all the time.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A heartily mediocre book: characters were kind of interesting (very stereotypical, many of them, but not 100%), plot kind of original (not 100% sure where it was going to end up), writing kind of interesting (too much telling, too little showing, but certainly not the least original I've ever read). . . Basically, it was an okay book to pay 50 cents for and to rip through, part skimming, on a rainy, dreary afternoon/evening.

People magazine's comment ("What a great feeling to fall into the
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
I literally had to force myself to finish this absolutely boring book. A great deal of nothing happens for a long time, I just kept waiting for this damn billy to show up or something exciting to happen and I shit you not more than halfway through the book and finally he shows up. Now he's not the most likable character, but I ended up liking him much more than the main character who, in all honesty, is a total bitch. It didn't end too bad, if you think that completely cheesy and predictable ...more
Jun 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: someone looking for a book they did not need to think about.
I picked this up at the villa in PV since it was raining. The fact that someone willingly left it at a villa in PV ought to say that it was not that great. Fine, very light, but I felt it was poorly written. I found myself wondering if Olivia forgot that she already written that exact portion?
This book ends with the two main characters hearing The Hokey Pokey at a wedding and "Dumping Billy" tells the "heroine" that "This is what it's all about. Lame. Sorry.
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Olivia Goldsmith (January 1, 1949 - January 15, 2004) was an American author, best known for her first novel The First Wives Club (1992), which was adapted into the movie The First Wives Club (1996).

She was born Randy Goldfield in Dumont, New Jersey, but changed her name to Justine Goldfield and later to Justine Rendal. She took up writing following a divorce in which she said her husband got