Carpe DiEmily (Parts 1 & 2): A Romantic Comedy Adventure [NOOK Book]

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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.

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

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Overview

Hot New Release!

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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!"
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."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015783810
  • Publisher: Riley J. Ford
  • Publication date: 11/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 98,394
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Riley J. Ford is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in English. After teaching at both the high school and college levels for a number of years, she turned 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 three fiction books, INTO YOU, a young adult mystery, CARPE DiEMILY, a romantic comedy, and FIFTY SHADES OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, a satire. She enjoys stand-up paddleboarding in her free time.
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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Riley Ford has done it again, creating a fantastic cast of chara

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    This book was given to me in exchange for a fair review. Ok, so

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    "Chilly, Chilly, Bang, Bang" has got to be my most fav

    "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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    This book made me laugh so hard at times I had to right the furn

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    Carpe DiEmily asks the question whether it's better to live unde

    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 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    I loved this book, it had me laughing out loud in so many places

    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. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Great characters!

    Loved these books!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Seize the Day! And This Book! Fast paced, beautifully written &

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Riley J Ford follows her impressive debut novel, ¿Into You,¿ wit

    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. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Love this book!

    Very fun to read and it keeps you laughing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book! Funny, engaging, completely UNIQUE

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Mmmmm

    Could have been waaaay better

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Average Read

    Pretty predictable story line, but okay way to pass the day.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

    Riley J. Ford yet again delivers a crazy ride that will have you

    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.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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