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Smart Girls Like Me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Finally!

    Finally! A novel that I can relate to! Smart Girls Like Me was a fun read that took a deep look into the dynamics of friendships - old and new, opposite and same sex. It's truly, truly refreshing to read a book written for women in my age range that doesn't make me shake my head and wonder if this is how people really think or act. I could relate to parts of every character, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and the writing is exceptional. Rarely am I moved to actually audibly laugh - especially not in public. This book had me laughing - hard - on a very crowded train one night. It's as funny as it was touching I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the genre.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Yay!

    I picked this up after reading about it on Ms. Vadino's blog, and I'm so glad I did! It's clever and funny, and I could really empathize with Betsy, the main character (I, too, have a pesky younger sister and wacky parents). But under all the strife and silliness, this book shows off a great collection of awesome relationships. Instead of being over the top like other books in the same genre, I could totally relate to this one. A great first novel!

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Remember your childhood best friend, the one with whom you played every day? Then, in high school you shared the most intimate secrets, called each other in the mornings to decide what to wear. You cried when she was sad and laughed when she was happy. Then, when you both went away to college you missed each other but there were still the shared summers. That's the way it was with Betsy and Bridget. That is, until Bridget deserted her as Betsy put it. In other words, planned to marry. While sitting in a fitting room Betsy realized that Bridget was no longer the girl she grew up with - this person is totally focused on the most wonderful wedding in the world (which will take place on a South Pacific island). All of this was incomprehensible to Betsy who simply wanted her friend back so they could go to New Zealand where they could kayak and meet surfers. Of course, that was not going to happen now so Betsy simply wished that if the world were going to end it would do so before this 'stupid wedding.' 'Smart Girls Like Me,' a deliciously funny debut novel, is all about growing up, growing away, and finding out who you are. That's a chore for Betsy and sheer pleasure for those of us who accompany her via the printed page. When we meet Betsy she feels that her life may be at a dead-end, losing Bridget, and even Georgina is engaged. What is Betsy doing? She's living in a closet in Zoe's one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. She works for couture.com, an online fashion site. The editor-in-chief is Nancy who was recently ousted from Elle. However, as Betsy describes her, 'We have no proof that she can access the Internet or, for that matter, read, and she remains blissfully ignorant of the difference in meaning an apostrophe can lend to the word `its'.' Life is not good. But, wait - Bridget has fixed her up with Graham, her date for the wedding. Could he be the answer? Read and see whether he is or not. You'll laugh, you'll remember, and you'll wind up touting this book to all your friends. - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an engaging chick lit tale

    As the millennium counts down, twenty four Betsy Nilssen feels lonely as her best friend Bridget Callahan is marrying a medical hunk on some exotic privately owned South Pacific rock. As the maid of honor, Betsy will be there, but she would rather be at a swinging New Year¿s Eve Party rather than attend a wedding unescorted.-------------- At the same time as 1999 counts down, she fears the end of days will begin on January 1 so she has filled her Manhattan apartment with non perishable food and frets over Y2K shutting down the world. However, the first bright spot occurs when Ryan Wells returns from Japan to work at the same place that bores her since he left. She is attracted to him and him to her. As they begin to see one another and she dreams he will accompany her to Bridget¿s wedding, she learns he is also sleeping with their boss Eva. Hurt and despondent as she was sure he was the one, she quits her quits her job and moves back to her parents¿ house in the burbs. Betsy fails Bridget until all hell breaks out between the once best friends in the tropics.---------------- SMART GIRLS LIKE ME is an engaging chick lit tale because of the witty cheeky asides, barbs and skin removing hits tossed like hand grenades by a biting Betsy. Her observations peel away the veneer of polite packaging from her musing that a wedding invitation is actually an overdraft credit card to what happens to best of female friends when a third party nukes the relationship dynamics. Although the plot is thinner than Twiggy ever was, fans will enjoy this intelligent look at the impact of a fiancé on the relationship between best friends.--------------------- Harriet Klausner

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