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Seeing Me Naked

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,537 ratings  ·  288 reviews
Elisabeth Page is the daughter of Ben Page, yes, that's right, THE world famous novelist. And yes, she's also the sister of Rascal Page, world famous novelist in his own right. So what does Elisabeth do? Much to her family's disappointment, Elisabeth is a pastry chef. And a pretty damn good one, at Beverly, the hottest restaurant in LA.
The last relationship Elisabeth had
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by 5 Spot
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Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gravitate toward stories with complex characters who are a little lost, but hopeful of finding their way. Liza Palmer never fails to deliver for me!

Elizabeth Page is a world class pastry chef, working at an exclusive Los Angeles restaurant - much to the dismay of her critical, high profile, over-achieving father. Ben Page has won a Pulitzer for his war-time novels (a modern-day Hemingway) and her brother Rascal has also penned a literary best-seller.

Elizabeth is in a go-nowhere relationship
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoooon
I was quite pleasantly surprised by how different this novel is from Palmer's latest, Nowhere But Home. And yet, both novels are written beautifully, gripping and energetic in their depth. I love the voice of these narrators, so honest and raw, yet flawed too. Usually, once I've read at least two books by the same author, I can sense a pattern of sorts. With Liza Palmer, her writer's voice is present and very much there, but subtle. What truly shines, instead, with her works is her talent for ca ...more
May 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
to be fair, it probably deserves an extra half-star. i just can't go with the two stars because goodreads says that means i think the book is "okay" & i don't think it's "okay". this was crummy chick lit that deserves the "crummy" assignation. the protagonist is elisabeth, a pastry chef in los angeles. her father is a famous novelist who has won two pulitzers & hung around with jack nicholson & warren beatty back in their good ol' slipping-roofies-to-teenagers days. her brother, raskalnikov (ras ...more
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Nothing groundbreaking about the writing but I appreciated how the author went a different route with a love triangle situation and explored more of the internal struggle we all have about whether or not people will love us after they see us "naked", that is when we remove all the layers of self protection and allow them to see our true selves.

Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Transcends Chick-Lit (men will love it as much as women)

First off, Palmer can write. Not 'construct a sentence, give us a few laughs', write, but 'weave emotion and detail and character with such style you're amazed she isn't a household name', write. This isn't fluff. This isn't the 'lost girl searching for the right guy,' although there is a bit of that. This is a novel in which character dynamics with family and friends are vivid and real. The dialogue is crisp and full of subtext that most r
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-book-love
Despite the two tiny inaccurate basketball terms, this was pretty freaking excellent.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here

The Premise: Elisabeth Page is the pastry chef for a fancy restaurant in L.A. Her five-year plan was to one day open her own patisserie, but after the five years come and go, and then another five, Elisabeth wonders if that will ever happen. With a father who is world renowned novelist Ben Page, and a brother who is a publishing wunderkind, Elisabeth feels the pressure of unfulfilled expectations of her intellectual family. Her romantic life is no better than her pro
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chachic by: Angie
Originally posted here.

Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer was a book recommended by Angie of Angieville and my copy was sent as a gift by Nomes of Inkcrush when I won her giveaway. I was craving for some contemporary romance reads along the lines of Unsticky by Sarra Manning and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty so I asked Angie for suggestions and this was one of the titles that she mentioned.

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Seeing Me Naked is so much more than its flirty title a
Jan 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns
Another great Meg Cabot recommendation. Last time she led me to the funny and quirky novels in verse of Sonya Sones. Now I find myself completely immersed in Liza Palmer's second novel, laughing out loud, wiping tears from my eyes, as DH stares at me warily and scoots a bit closer to the far side of the bed. The title, cover, and marketing indicate your standard chick lit fare. But I found Seeing Me Naked to be a distinct cut above the rest.

Elisabeth Page is a pastry chef at the most exclusiv
Apr 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: can-t-finish
I first heard Liza Palmer on a podcast and I was immediately drawn to her brash attitude and humor. She seemed down-to-earth, and I assumed that earnest world-weary wit would be reflected in her writing. I was severely let down by the completely uninteresting characters of SEEING ME NAKED, perhaps the blandest book with the most provocative title and cover I've seen. This amounts to lazy chick-lit, where the character is put-upon because she can't decide whether or not she was offered do a TV SH ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first Liza Palmer!
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Originally published here.

Elisabeth Page is a pastry chef. Not the run-of-the-mill éclair and cheesecake chef, but the overachiever type who works at the hottest restaurant in LA. The Page family have their standards – her mother runs the Foster Family Foundation, her father is a Pulitzer prize-winning novelist and her brother Rascal is literature’s next big thing. Why her goal to own a patisserie is taking years longer than planned, Elisabeth’s father Ben has no idea, but he still has hope for
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit-fluff, 2012
Another enjoyable "chick lit/beach read" book. Second one Ive read by this author and I've enjoyed both of them. Her main characters (so far) are quite relatable - I think it's the inner dialogue that does it -- how many of us have not said something to an attractive guy and then had a rapid fire "OH GOD did I just say that? Im such a loser, I can't believe I said that" conversation with ourselves? This one is a take on the family outcast story - a woman who is confined by her father's, and then ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
I think the snarky cruelties of talented, privileged people are just not my cup of tea. I rather liked the main character and narrator, Elisabeth, because she had flashes of self-understanding that were interesting and believable. No one else in the novel was likable, and they weren't terrifically believable either. This is probably because none of the characters, save Elisabeth, are developed beyond stereotype. The story is a predictable one. That in itself isn't a bad thing; sometimes one *wan ...more
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
I knew when I picked this book up I wouldn't be able to put it down. This is a fantastic, quick read. I didn't want it to end. I loved the narrator, Elisabeth, and her disfunctional family and all the talk about pastries. The dialogue is rich and the characters are very well formed. I wish I had written this. ...more
Joood Hooligan
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had to fight myself to continue reading this book. The first half is, to be blunt, ridiculously dumb. I can't even take it seriously. That's how bad it was. I almost marked it DNF. But then I was at a playground that was for kids only, so I couldn't even go onto the actual equipment and my phone was dead and this book happened to still be in my backpack... so my boredom powered me through the first half. I would like it noted that it came with great pain and a lot of sighing.

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Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp, 2011, own
Much to her father's disappointment, Elisabeth Page deliberately selected a career as far removed from his own (Ben Page! The two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author!) as possible. She became a pastry chef. Despite Elisabeth's obvious success working at one of the hottest restaurants in LA and her brother Rascal's celebrated author status, the pair continually find themselves falling short of their father's ideal of success. But the strain is starting to wear and Elisabeth is ready for something ...more
Jun 12, 2013 added it
This was *just* the book I wanted to read at the time I picked it up. It was a romance without being too much just Romance, it was funny without pushing too hard to get the laughs at any cost, and I loved Elisabeth's family problems. Part of that was because the parents' backgrounds (and the father being a famous writer) were amusingly familiar, and part because I love stories about kids who have a parent they can't ever hope to 'match', and how that affects them. Add to that a bit of fascinated ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it stayed with me after I finished reading it.

I commented when I was on page 100 that it was going slowly, but on reflection it was right where it needed to be.

The back ground information and family dynamic - the dysfunctional relationships that have been Elisabeth’s example in life of how a relationship works are all important parts of this story.
Professional success with awards and recognition is the only measure of greatness in the eyes of her famous (infamous novelist fa
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
After coming off two really good reads in a row, this book was like the rebound boyfriend -- it never really had a chance! It was definitely entertaining, and I definitely enjoyed it. But it wasn't "all that and more." Elisabeth Page has sort of just been living her life through work as a pastry chef at a chi chi French L.A. restaurant. Her family is comprised of a famous author father and a possibly even more famous author brother, and they show their love for each other by trying to cut each o ...more
Leah Hess
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book interested me because it sounded as though the story told would be about a strong female character overcoming obstacles and creating her own expectations, rather than following those of society. What I found was a highly bland novel. Elisabeth is not a character I fell in love with. She was underdeveloped and just kind of "there". The storyline seemed too cliche, and the ending didn't develop enough for the reader to see the main character triumph and succeed.

Put simply, the book is 29
May 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Every holiday I take one chicklit book with me. Although I have to say lots of chicklit books just don't interest me really. There are only a few, which have that rare humour in it like Bridget Jones and a good story, that I like. Liza Palmer's first book, Conversation with the fat girl, was exceptional for me in the chicklit category, really enjoyed it. This book shows Liza Palmer can write in an entertaining way, putting up an enjoyable story. I liked the first book better though and oh.. this ...more
Jul 20, 2010 rated it liked it
I spent the last 2.5 hours finishing this book, when I couldn't fall back asleep. It had been a few days since I had read it and I didn't want to put it down until I knew what happened! Chick lit, fast read without too much depth, but entertaining and different. I was rooting for the heroine and wanted everything to work out in the end. It's always nice to mix in a quick read with the "heavier" stuff.

The story follows the life of a pastry chef and her "L.A." family, which has its own history. Sh
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. It was really great, funny at times and I loved the main character. She was trying to distinguish herself from her famous and wealthy family while dealing with the dysfunctional relationships they have with each other. She really opens up and allows people to "see her naked" and learns to do what she wants with her life. I also liked the love story that went along with it and the way the main character progressed from having a "fling" with her wealthy neighbor to ha ...more
PacaLipstick Gramma
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I guess in all honesty, I don't do predictable, no-brainer, fluff, "chick" books!
I thought it would be better because of all the positive reviews I read. Elisabeth is privileged, snobby, and condescending of most people around her. Her father is the supreme narcissistic jackass who doesn't have a clue what the real world is. And her mother? She is so out of touch with reality with all her "charity work and galas" that her head is in a perpetual cloud. Her brother Rascal ~ well ~ he has a lot of
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Elisabeth Page lives in the shadow of her legendary novelist father, Ben Page, and hip literary adonis brother, Rascal.

Trying desperately to avoid comparisons with her stellar family, she carves her own successful career as a head pastry chef at a top LA restaurant. Naturally, this isn't up to her father's exacting standards, and even Elisabeth has started to wonder what happened to her five-year-plan to

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Deb Migyanko
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I felt as though the author peeked into my life when she wrote this book. It wasn't an everything is perfect in my life romance book. The main character, Elisabeth, is a mid 30 something professional woman who struggles with issues regarding her career, her family (parents, brother), and a relationship with a guy she's known she they were both very young. Guy #1 is seldom home due to his career and she begins to question if he truly loves her...guy #2 happens to come along. He ...more
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of chick-lit
Recommended to Joy by: Lauren
I loved this book! I thought it was witty. I loved that it didn't quite fit the formula of a typical "romance comedy" where girl meets boy, they hate each other at first, they get together, they have big fight/misunderstanding and break up, and get together finally in the end. I loved the concentration on the family as well, and the history of it all. There was only one person in the book whom I didn't like, but I wasn't supposed to like that character, so it all works out well. A definite nice, ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I chose this book because it was recommended by Meg Cabot. Well, I must have read her reco on her blog before because I realized (after a few pages) that I had read this book before! I still re-read it because I am a sucker for chick lit and this is a pretty enjoyable light read. I found myself wishing that I could take a trip to LA and see all of the markets and little shops that Elizabeth frequents to find inspiration for her desserts. I have requested a few more of Liza Palmer's books from my ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
The characters in this complex and surprising novel are absolutely relatable and real, something you might not expect given their superstar lives. The details are amazing, from the precise recipes of the main character's beloved (and hated) kitchen to the tensions at a family dinner table. I found myself nodding my head at a lot of the quirks and outright follies as the Pages try to fit together as adults; highly recommended to people who find families frustratingly ever-present. ...more
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