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Following Polly: A Novel

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Quirky Characters, Fun Read!

    This book was a great summer read. I started it while on vacation and finished reading it in the car on the way home. Normally I can only read for a little while in the car, before I either get restless or a headache - but not with this book - I read it right through to the end of the book!

    Alice has lost her job and is just sort of floating, not really sure where she wants to land, when she sees Polly Dawson. Polly is sort of her long-time nemesis from college - the one who always had everything, perfect looks, perfect clothes, perfect life, etc, so she decides to follow her. Before she knows it, it has become an everyday obsession. She probably knows more about where Polly goes than even her husband! And Polly never notices her. Unfortunately, it seems someone else has and she becomes framed for Polly's murder.

    Alice goes into hiding, sort of. She camps outside of her college crush's apartment (he is/was a lawyer). He eventually confronts her, not remembering her from college, and for some reason believes her story and takes her in. He has his own ulterior motives for helping her.

    There are a couple of mysteries happening - first off is the obvious - who killed Polly and framed Alice - and the second is what's up with Charlie's father and will Alice be able to help Charlie find out the truth?

    There is alot of humor in this story. It is kind of a dry humor in face of the dire situation that Alice is facing. I especially liked this part - Alice has asked that Charlie get in touch with her best friend, Jean, to let her know that she is okay.


    "Hi, Jean. I don't know if you remember me. My name is Walter Redwin. We went to Harvard Law School together."


    Jean pauses for a second. I know that she's dying to get in touch with me to tell me that my Charlie called her.


    This is where Charlie's part gets tricky.


    "You may know me as Charlie."


    Now, I know you may be wondering how I managed to get Charlie to identify himself by his crush-name.


    "Just introduce yourself to her on the phone," I instructed him casually just minutes ago. "And then tell her that she may know you as Charlie."


    "Why Charlie?"


    "Oh, it's this thing with me and Jean."


    "What kind of thing?"


    A thing where I made up a name for you when I decided to become obsessed with you.


    "I promise I will tell you the second I get out of trouble." Curiosity is a great motivator. (p148-149, Following Polly)


    Now maybe you need to read more of the story to appreciate it, but Alice's character is definitely quirky. But it is a good quirky. During the story you get to see her grow and to embrace who she really is. There are a couple of twists at the end, but one I definitely did not see coming. The book wrapped up nicely. I will definitely be watching for another book by Karen Bergreen.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Very fun - recommended!

    Karen Bergreen's first novel, Following Polly, is a fun, fun, fun read! The affable main character, Alice Teakle, is like an American Bridgette Jone's - stealthily stumbling from following to stalking to running and beyond - with the best friends a girl could have and her own unique look at life. A quirky chick lit novel with a mystery twist thrown in - highly recommended for passing time in an enjoyable way!

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    First let me give a shoutout to LibraryThing - this was my very first Early Reviewers win.

    The cover is...well I guess vibrant is the word that comes to mind. I really wanted to read it based on that alone. Honest, I didn't have a clue what it was about.

    The story starts with Alice just after she got fired as from her job working with a Casting director Mona Hawkins - who was a horrible human being. She stops to get some comfort food and runs into a woman she knew in college - Polly Dawson. Polly is now married to the Director of the movie Alice was helping Mona cast. Polly doesn't notice Alice, as if she were invisible. Alice starts following Polly, mostly nosy and something to do.

    Things take a turn when Polly turns up dead and Alice is the #1 suspect. She goes into hiding and starts stalking Charlie, another person she knew from college - this one she had a crush on. Charlie discovers her, invites her into his home and life. He will help her clear her name, and she will help clear his father.

    There are a couple of mysteries in this book, and they keep you guessing right until the end. The characters are lively and realistic. I love how Karen Begreen describes Charlie's house with the clutter...and that Alice finds it endearing. I also enjoyed Alice's tv habit...finally, not pretending that we don't all watch way too much tv. lol

    I couldn't put this down, so if you can get a copy to read for yourself. It's in hardcover and e-versions right now, but it will be released in paperback on August 16. Happy reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    One of the funniest whodunits in ages!

    I absolutely loved this novel. It's written with such intelligence, wit and humor. If you walk away from this book without loving Alice Treakle, you probably have no heart. I was rooting for her through every page, even in her weird, stalky days. And Alice and Charlie have got to be one of the cutest couples in a book in a long time. Do yourself a favor and get this book, you won't be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    loved it!

    it started a bit slowly, but i got really involved. it was a great rainy-day read, i really enjoyed the offbeat plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2010

    Quirky, touching, a murder mystery with emotional healing

    Alice is an endearing character, reminiscent of a noncynical Holden Caulfield. She feels much younger than her age, but then we get to see her grow up. I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to the next novel by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Very entertaining

    Got this book at dollar store - what a bargain! It is funny and original and a quick read. I highly recommend it!

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