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Carpe DiEmily (Parts 1 & 2): A Romantic Comedy Adventure

Carpe DiEmily (Parts 1 & 2): A Romantic Comedy Adventure

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by Riley J. Ford
Emily Keane has her life all planned out. She's played by the rules and never stepped outside her box, and now she will finally be rewarded with everything she always dreamed of: a job promotion, a fiance, and a future she can count on. But when her perfectly planned world falls apart, Emily is plunged into the


Emily Keane has her life all planned out. She's played by the rules and never stepped outside her box, and now she will finally be rewarded with everything she always dreamed of: a job promotion, a fiance, and a future she can count on. But when her perfectly planned world falls apart, Emily is plunged into the wildest year of her life.

From the beaches of California to Jamaica, New York, and Europe, Emily finds herself on a madcap race against time, running from an unscrupulous organ broker who wants her dead, all the while checking items off her unusual bucket list. On top of it all, she's falling in love with the most unlikely person, a man who can never return her feelings . . . but will his friendship be enough?

Confronting one hilarious misadventure after another, Emily finally learns who she really is and how to seize the day . . .

Note: Carpe DiEmily is a raunchy, fearless comedy in the same vein as the movie Bridesmaids, to which it has been favorably compared. Both female and male readers will enjoy this zany comedic adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com - Pamela Winslow Kashani, Tony-Award winning producer and Broadway actress
"Smart, fast, and hilarious, with characters Hollywood A-listers would kill to play, I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor."
Amazon.com - P. Gavin--Book critic
"This book is as funny as Heller's Catch-22, in my humble opinion. There are a lot of really good books out there, but this ranks among the books I've enjoyed the most."
Amazon.com - Julie Peters--avid reader and book lover
"Wacky comedic adventure! Buckle your seat belts and prepare for a fun ride!"

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Riley J. Ford is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She graduated UCLA with a degree in English and taught at both the high school and college levels for a number of years before turning to writing full-time. Her non-fiction books are used in college classrooms around the country, and her essays have been featured on such websites as MSNBC.com. She is the author of seven fiction books, INTO YOU, a new adult mystery, CARPE DiEMILY, a romantic comedy caper, FIFTY SHADES OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, a satire, CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS, a thriller, SIMONE: ADVENTURES IN DATING, a romantic comedy series, JUST US, a contemporary romance, and JUST YOU, a new adult romance. When on vacation, she enjoys running with the bulls in Pamplona and downhill skiing in her free time.

If you have enjoyed the author's books, please write a review on barnesandnoble.com. You may also visit the website www.rileyjford.com for more information about the author and her books.

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Carpe DiEmily (Part 1): A Romantic Comedy Adventure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Noree More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me in exchange for a fair review. Ok, so I don’t read romantic comedies, but after this one maybe I’ll pick a few up. This had me laughing all the way through it.  I could really relate to Emily and her control issues. I have them too. As well as her fear to try new things. I could also relate to her depression when her life turned to crap and she felt she had nothing to offer the world. As I read, I found myself making a bucket list of my own. Hehe. Bottom Line: Get this book. You’ll laugh, maybe cry, and be creeped out by the villain. Very Dark and Sinister!
IIP More than 1 year ago
Riley Ford has done it again, creating a fantastic cast of characters in her first comedy chick lit "Carpe DiEmily". Ever since I've read her debut young adult paranormal novel (Into You) I've been eagerly awaiting getting my hands on her next offering. Carpe DiEmily did not disappoint! Carpe DiEmily is hugely character based, focusing mostly on Emily Keane, a consistently entertaining woman who wants to have her life perfectly planned out but soon realizes some things are out of her control, and life isn't always fair. Her worst enemy steals Emily's job promotion and her boyfriend leaves her instead of proposing. Things are just spiraling out of control for poor Emily, but in a way, you kind of hope that they will! From the moment you meet her, you can tell she needs her life shaken up a bit! Emily is a complex character but I think intelligent readers will appreciate this. For example, she tries to be sensible, but really she is sheltered. However, she's intelligent enough to learn from her mistakes and open-minded and sweet enough to admit when she is wrong. And that's what I love about her. She has flaws, yes, but she is a strong enough women to admit when she was wrong. She misjudges a few people along the way, but as she learns more about the world she has sheltered herself from, you will never find a character who is more open-minding and accepting of others than Emily. She really is willing to love and have compassion for anyone. Even a kooky dog named Ass-Wipe, who will have you in tears from laughing so hard with his crazy antics. Riley Ford nails Emily Keane's personality so acutely, it's like splitting the arrow that's already hit the bullseye. I felt like Emily Keane was a real person, someone I had known for years. "Carpe DiEmily" addresses themes such as how assumptions can affect our relationships in life, how perception can affect how we see the world versus what the world really is, and how important it is to LIVE your life, versus surviving it. This novel is an exciting, hilarious, action-packed adventure, from Emily Keane running for her life from a black market organ collector to her crush on her hottie hairstylist to her budding friendship with a firecracker of an ex-enemy. Also worth noting is the clear voice and clean writing style. This story is impeccably edited, allowing you to enjoy the read without tripping over different errors and mistakes in the writing. This is a "Don't Miss" and a book that I will definitely be re-reading again. Emily is such a complex, multi-faceted character with so much to learn and such a willingness to learn it (after she lets go of her need to control everything in her life) that anyone who loved character-driven fiction is sure to enjoy this. However, if you prefer cliched, cardboard-cutout characters that are simplistic and one-dimensional, then this novel is not for you. After years of studying psychology before becoming a writer myself, however, I have to say that I appreciate and envy the accuracy of human-nature portrayed through Emily and the honesty in which Riley J. Ford depicts this unusual, quirky character. This is a novel that will not soon leave my memory. A fast, fun read, riddled with depth of character and depth of meaning, Carpe Di Emily is appropriate for readers of all ages and sure to entertain!
JadeSylven More than 1 year ago
"Chilly, Chilly, Bang, Bang" has got to be my most favorite line ever. I cracked up reading it and now I'm over-using it and still laughing. I related to many of Emily's situations personally, and have had many of the same issues. Emily and Tyler are my favorite characters in this book, for the obvious reasons. I would have had more laughs from this book if I hadn't been going through an irritating time in my personal life, therefore I plan on re-reading this book a few times so that I can properly appreciate it. Emily has a lot of lessons to learn, and I find it endearing that she does finally get the hint. I know many neurotic people just like her, who never come out of their comfort zone, and they could learn a lot from Emily. This book is very deep, despite the comedy. Despite Emily's 'I just want to slap some sense into her' neurotic moments, I was intensely glued to the story. So much that I would sneak my phone at my desk to read the book at work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh so hard at times I had to right the furniture! Pathetically adorable Emily's misguided quest is filled with so many crazy yet relatable situations and characters that I could not help but root for her from the very beginning. It would be a complete injustice to give anything away, but even the main setup of the book is zaniness perfected. It's a hard one to believe, but because of the depth of detail and the sheer deliciousness of the concept I fell hook, line and sinker. Once the stage is set the characters unfold like inmates in an asylum, as Emily reluctantly discovers her true self, collecting lasting relationships along the way. I am especially fond of how Simone (See-moan) turns in Emily's eyes. The nutsy backdrop of LaLa Land gave me flashbacks of personal experiences there that may be best kept under wraps! Smart, fast, and hilarious, with characters Hollywood A-listers would kill to play, I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor.
PGavin17 More than 1 year ago
Carpe DiEmily asks the question whether it's better to live under a sense of order--to plan, to establish goals--than it is to live spontaneously. Emily, the main character in the story (who'd have figured?) lives her life according to a rigid structure. She contemplates, she plans--and she rarely steps outside of her boundaries. She works a thankless job at an advertising agency and hopes to marry Lenny, who's a corporate lawyer at the same ad agency. When Emily's life suddenly changes, she wonders whether she's been sleepwalking through her life. Should she suddenly take risks, do those things she always wanted to do? This is a mighty funny book. Emily quickly finds herself in situations she wouldn't have expected--and certainly, her conservative, take-no-risks self is continuously aghast at the circumstances surrounding her. This book is as funny as Heller's Catch-22, in my humble opinion. There are a lot of really good books out there, but this ranks among the books I've enjoyed the most. Another thing that struck me about Carpe DiEmily is that it is really a film fan's book. Not only can one imagine this story adopted to the big screen, but there are references to Woody Allen who probably influenced Riley J. Ford, I would imagine. I also want to mention for the male readers out there--I'm one and was surprised how much I love this book, given that the genre is more geared to women--Carpe DiEmily is not without a sinister and ubiquitious villain who would feel right at home in a Hitchcock film. This is a longer book, and a lot happens during the course of the story. The end comes along at a breakneck pace, filled with tension 
Morgani More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it had me laughing out loud in so many places. The main character Emily starts out so repressed and lonely but as you join her on brave, funny and sometimes hilarious journey you find yourself rooting for her all the way. If I ever get a dog, I'm calling it AW, read the book to find out out why :} This book is not just a giggle, it's a full blown guffaw, a well deserved 5 stars. Thank you Riley. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved these books!!
Mari-Clare More than 1 year ago
Seize the Day! And This Book! Fast paced, beautifully written & so jam-packed with twists, turns & witty dialogue - this is an "un-putdownable read". Riley J Ford yet again delivers a book with a unique twist on the genre. As well as a central character who, no matter how "staid", is still quirky, immensely likeable & real. Characters that jump off the page with life. And a story that at anytime the reader can say to themselves, "Yup! I can soooo relate!". This is a fantastic offering from a gifted writer.
TomWinshipTW More than 1 year ago
Riley J Ford follows her impressive debut novel, “Into You,” with another winner.  “Carpe DiEmily” tells the tale of Emily Keane, an over-organized woman about to lose control over every aspect of her life. Along the way, Emily adopts a neurotic dog that even confounds a dog whisperer, sells her organs to a madman, falls in love with a gay man, and treats a biker bar to a new round of tats. And that ain’t even half the story. I mean, most of us have been there … but it’s a brave new world for dear Emily. As is her wont, Ford mixes tons of humor into unpredictable situations to create a unique and rather unforgettable story. I don’t know how she does it, but I’m going to suggest that Ford donate her brain to science when her own story is over, so someone can get to the bottom of her madness. The book’s description includes the word “zany,” and that’s the perfect word to describe this tale. Emily’s story is zany. It’s also well written and quite enjoyable. “Carpe DiEmily” is a wonderful read that I highly recommend to YA and humor fans. If you like Christopher Moore, check out Riley J Ford. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love emilys dog AW who is such a protive crazy dog and what an invevtive author to choose a tatoo so edgy, Ms ford was so inventive and has such a great personality, i cant wait to read all her books, The doctor was a perfect villian, He was nice one minute and crazy and out of contol the next, The twist she gave tyler made me cry, The running with the bulls was exciting and paris was sweet and romantic, thank you ms ford this was a great book to make me lose sleep,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a fun, madcap story...a great summer read! I enjoyed the characters, the misadventures and the silliness...not are all believable, but that's sort of the charm. It was a fun escape into zany
jscottsharp More than 1 year ago
So why did I like this book so much. Characters: Awesome! So Awesome! If I had one complaint about books by some authors, it's that the characters are all the same. There really is little difference between all of the characters. They get hard to follow. Emily is not everyone else, she spends most of her time with life following a certain set of prescribed rules and never deviating from them. Her neuroses make her the perfect character to fall into the various misadventures of this book. She is hilarious and so, so unsure of who she really is. Great character! Simone is another one that is really a person all of her own. I have met people like her that are so willing to take people at face value and believe in them 100%. Even when they are wrong, they don't hold onto that, and still look at each person individually. One of those free spirits, ya know? All of the characters in this book made it a real joy to read. Bravo Ms. Ford! Locations: Emily just about goes everywhere int he world in this book and each place that she is goes to is more interesting, with lots of local color to keep it interesting. I really believed that I was in Jamaica, New York, and various locations in Europe! My favorites were Jamaica with Simone, and Pamplona with Tyler! I really felt like I was there in those places! Awesome writing. Themes: Who are you? Is your life all that you want it to be? If it's not, why not? Should one take the leap to get to know themselves? How do we do that? One should never judge by first glances. Things are never as they seem. Great themes. I believe that it is these themes that elevated this book from just okay to awesome. It is obvious that Ms. Ford thought about these things as she was writing. The great thing is that the themes did what all great themes do...they melted into the story so I didn't really think about hem until I finished the book and was thinking about it after words. This is more impressive than I can put words to.
SpaZd0gLee More than 1 year ago
`What if you thought you had nothing to live for? Emily finds herself getting out of her bubble and into chaos. The dog, AW, is hilarious, the antics Emily gets herself into are too. Really enjoyed the idea of what if a girl who lives inside the box suddenly found herself with no box and a life of one comedic twist after another during a time when she thought she had nothing to live for. Looking forward to part 2 as I'm most curious to know what happens with that dog, and if she'll make it to Jamaica...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun to read and it keeps you laughing.
Literaturereader More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Funny, engaging, completely UNIQUE story that kept me turning the pages into the night. It's an adventure story, for sure, but also a romantic comedy. There were so many delightful twists and turns in this book. I recommended it to my book club, and they loved it as well. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the humor and heart in this comedic romance. The settings from Los Angeles to Ocho Rios Jamaica and to Europe were enlivened with fun characters and great dialogue. The most evil organ broker adds the right amount of suspense to keep Emily on her toes. A satisfying conclusion is included. This was an entertaining read. I look forward to reading more works by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With depth and a great message about becoming oneself, Life affirming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written, and I enjoyed how the Emily came out of her dull self,and began to live. I will tell me friends to read it. The Author make you feel like have a friend with the charature.
piratelady62 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have been waaaay better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty predictable story line, but okay way to pass the day.
theeternalscribe More than 1 year ago
Riley J. Ford yet again delivers a crazy ride that will have you laughing to the very end.  The story is all about the main character Emily Keane's journey of self-discovery, which is not altogether straight. Emily considers herself to be practical, but in reality, she has lived her life scared, in a little bubble that, much to my chagrin, frequently includes bigotry.  At first, I too saw Emily as a practical, intelligent, yet emotionally isolated woman.  Towards the middle of the book, however, I began to realize that all of my assumptions were wrong about her.  She is not practical, but scared.  She is not intelligent, but a fool.  She doesn't learn from her mistakes (as evidenced by her admitting that she'd wrongly judged someone, then proceeding to judge the person yet again in the next scene).  She judges people and believes her own judgement is infallible, even though her own life is falling apart and the people she is judging are actually doing just fine.  This drove me nuts, and, probably because of a lot of the parallels I saw with my own personality, I was irritated that the author couldn't seem to get the personality quite right.  For example, Emily appears to have or be bordering on obsessive-compulsive disorder.  And yet, she frequently doesn't do the proper research that anyone with OCD would have done.  They would be incapable of acting without it.  Like knowing exactly how many people die a year in the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona or knowing the tensile strength of cord used for Parasailing or knowing that no one would freeze to death in tropical waters after a plane crash. That being said, the book recovered itself and I thoroughly enjoyed the ending. On a side note, though he didn't have to terribly big a role in the story, I couldn't help but love Emily's dog, AW a.k.a. Ass-Wipe.  I think he might have cracked me up more than any other character in the book.  I wish he'd had a larger role.  But then, I love dogs.  And AW is a real charmer.