Ally Carter lives and works in the Midwest. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Cornell University. She is single and has absolutely no problem eating alone in restaurants.
Cheating at Solitaireby Ally Carter
Self-help guru Julia James is so good at being single that she's become famous for it-advising women that they don't need a man to be happy. Then the unthinkable happens. Just when her newest book, 101 Ways to Cheat at Solitaire, is about to hit stores, a trumped-up piece of gossip linking her to a gorgeous actor hits the papers. Their pictures are splashed/i>
Self-help guru Julia James is so good at being single that she's become famous for it-advising women that they don't need a man to be happy. Then the unthinkable happens. Just when her newest book, 101 Ways to Cheat at Solitaire, is about to hit stores, a trumped-up piece of gossip linking her to a gorgeous actor hits the papers. Their pictures are splashed all over the tabloids, and now Julia's credibility is about to hit rock bottom. But she isn't going down without a fight. Unless, that is, the actor is going down with her.
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I originally bought this book because Ally Carter is coming to the Austin Teen Book Festival and it sounded really good, I am so glad I did. This is an adult book, but I think older teen fans of Ally's work would really like it as well. I certainly did! Julia is awesome, she is what I want to be like if I stay single for that long. She is strong and independent and when she is with Lance their chemistry flies off the page. Yes this is a "chick-lit: novel and it is awesome. I was feeling down the day that I picked it up and it made me happy inside. I felt really invested in what was happening to Julia's career, I found myself caring as if she was my friend, this just solidifies what a great writer Ally is. I definitely recommend you pick up this book especially if you need something light but good!
I really wanted to love this book. It got off to a great, fun start, but then crossed the line into way too far-fetched for me. This was at about the point where the papparazzi was obsessed with main character Julia and her unknown actor friend Lance. If we were talking Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan, or a similar type of character, fine, but Julia is a non-fiction author....I just couldn't buy that the papparazzi would even care. Then add in a zany family, and way too many characters and silly situations and I just stopped caring. There was never an explanation for why Julia was so ant-men, and I found it hard to root for or relate to her. There was also little development of her and Lance's relationship, just that suddenly they were in love, yet there was never even a real date. I guess I was just disappointed at the lack of believability or depth to this story, after such a fun, exciting beginning with so much potential.
Self help author Julia James targets the singles crowd with classic reference books like ¿Table for One¿. As a single woman, who enjoys her solitairy lifestyle that allows her to cheat without anyone looking over her shoulders, Julia provides first hand advice to her readers. That changes when the agent of actor Lance Collins arranges a phony photo between his client and the singles guru that he splashes in all the tabloids hinting at more than just a loving relationship.................. Julia and Lance leave New York together for her hometown Tulsa where her family and neighbors assume that Lance is her fiancé. When it seems as if the couple is breaking up, her relatives and friends led by Aunt Ro-Ro and her horde matchmake using the tabloids to their advantage. As Lance knows his chances as a serious actor has been flushed away while Julia¿s book sales leap, they fall in love. However she wonders if her beloved will desert her once he learns about her skeletons hopefully from her and not the tabloids who have found the pair quite fascinating.................... This is a fun contemporary romance starring a likable eccentric cast. Her zany family wants the single Julia to pay double down rather than solitaire and believe that the Hollywood hunk is the right stud. Lance is still reeling to what is happening to his serious film career as he and Julia have become star attractions of the tabloids. With all the nuttiness going on in Tulsa, readers will wonder whether Julia will play ¿solitaire to dawn with a deck of fifty-one¿ or choose the stately handsome Lance love or money................. Harriet Klausner
OK, so I was quite hesistant to buy this book. I have read the summary, the reviews and I have read her teen novel, but I wasn't quite sure if I would enjoy this novel. I took a gamble and went for it - surprisingly, the book was catchy. I am beginning to understand that Ally Carter's writing style isn't made to be realistic at times - it is exactly what the genre states it as: Fiction. Granted it might be out there, but it's interesting to see how she spins the tales (plus you have to love her love for Alias in both her novels). All in all, an easy read, esp. when you just wanna relax =)