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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Funny, Warm, a Mood Pick up

The author, who started on the romance aisle can found in general fiction these days, as was this novel--often a sign of quality. I'd liked the other book by her I'd tried, <i>Anyone But You</i>. More than once I've been told by people who don't like romance...
The author, who started on the romance aisle can found in general fiction these days, as was this novel--often a sign of quality. I'd liked the other book by her I'd tried, <i>Anyone But You</i>. More than once I've been told by people who don't like romance books that Crusie is their one exception--I can understand why. I loved the heroine, Minerva Dobbs, a "chubby" thirty-something who has friends and a sister who love her and a mother who drives her insane. And Calvin Morrisey--I fell a bit in love with him myself. Aside from them there's an entire cast of lovable, quirky secondary characters. This might even be called "chick-lit" as much as romance because the friendships and family relationships are very important here. There wasn't one word, not one sentence of this book I didn't savor--down to the love scene which makes the usual sex scene in books seem bland and generic no matter how explicit--because Crusie imbues it with humor and wrote it so this is something not interchangeable with other characters but belongs to Min and Cal. The book even has a theme(tm). The text is headed by a quote from Gloria Steinem: <i>Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage</i>. Oh, and after this I'm going to have to make Chicken Marsala. And maybe get a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Read the book and you'll understand. Funny, sharp, smart, literate, with a good, clean prose style--I loved this to death--it deserves shelf space--I could see rereading this (particularly as a pick-up on a rotten day). Will I be reading more Crusie? You betcha!

posted by Lisa_RR_H on July 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good but not great

The reviews hyped this book up for me and maybe I was expecting too much when I started reading it, but I was a little disappointed. It had several funny moments, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud. Nor was it that romantic or thrilling and it was very predict...
The reviews hyped this book up for me and maybe I was expecting too much when I started reading it, but I was a little disappointed. It had several funny moments, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud. Nor was it that romantic or thrilling and it was very predictable; I felt like I had to force myself to finish unlike some of her other books where I couldn't put them down. Maybe this appealed to many readers due to the main character being somewhat flawed by her weight, something others can relate to, but this concern is addressed in plenty of other books such as Bridget Jones, Jemmina J, Good in Bed, etc. making this not an original topic. I thought Return to Temptation was a much better book which stood out, quite unique, and made me remember it as well as connecting it to Crusie for a lasting impression.

posted by risuena on May 19, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    HATED.

    I've never read a book by this author before but seriously, it was like it was her first book. The premise was good. Yes, this has been done before (and really, EVERYTHING has been done before), but that isn't the problem. It was entirely the writing. I swear, it seemed like the author didn't think she was writing to an intelligent enough audience that she had to elaborate EVERY time there was dialogue. "Min said then Cal said then Liza said then Diana said..." SO ANNOYING! J.C. We know how to follow dialogue. If anything, it's called "start another paragraph!" I HATE not finishing a book so I forced myself to try and skip over every time there was a "said." She also does it with "and." Kid you not, there were up to FOUR ands in on sentence. This book ruined any of her future books for me. I can't believe people rated it so highly.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    TERRIBLE sentences.

    Bought this and thought it sounded amazing.... I was so wrong. The sentences are SOO annoying!! They all start the EXACT same way. "He said this...then she said this..then he said this." Literally. I am not even kidding. It's absolutely agonizing how it drags on and on and on and on and on like that. It is sooo terribly written. I think I wrote better short stories in high school. The sentences aren't even remotely complex. Trust me...do not waste your money. It may have a good plot, but the sentence structure is annoying and completely ruins it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2010

    Boring!

    I guess I must be harder to entertain than the other folks that wrote reviews on this book. The story's premise is really ridiculous and to me it just wasn't realistic and I am dropping out in the middle. Perhaps if we have a black out for several days and the battery on my eReader holds out, I might finish it. I'm not a quitter when it comes to a book I start, but I just couldn't tolerate this one.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    DON'T BOTHER

    I love Jennifer Crusie's books but this was a total waste of my time. Like the other reviewer Cookie said, I was tired of hearing about Krispy Kreme donuts, chicken marsala, etc. This was written like an amateur writer not like an experienced one like J. Crusie. I just hope her next one will be more enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    This story was so pathetic I simply couldnt finish it. I comple

    This story was so pathetic I simply couldnt finish it. I completed 9 chapters, and was so annoyed by accomplished, 30-something characters that talk &amp; act like teenagers; Min too worried to eat caloric biscuits around her mother, a heart-throb bachelor (&amp; business owner) chasing after a chubby witch to win silly $10 bets, too many nicknames in the mix,...just a ridiculous book. It was an utter waste of time, that I pushed to complete with hope it would have a decent recovery. Not sure WHAT warranted these good review, but this certainly couldnt keep my interest.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Not original!

    Same old thing... I knew exactly what was going to happen when I started it. I kept waiting for the climax which never came!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    Worst book EVER!

    I have read my share of Chick lit and the majority of which have been entertaining. This book however, is the worst trash I have ever read in my life. The main character is whiny and unrealistic. The story line is so cliche. The nicknames that they give each other are so forced and everyone's role in the book seems like a B movie. It's a shame because it seemed so promising.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Trite, Predictable, Contrived

    I can't believe I wasted 6 hours of my life reading this - it was TERRIBLE - so predictable and cliche

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2004

    Awful : (

    By the end of the book I was so sick of hearing about Chicken Marsala, KK Donuts & Elvis. Also, these women acted like 50 year olds, instead of being in their early 30s. This book was a waste of time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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