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Nice Girls Finish First
     

Nice Girls Finish First

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by Alesia Holliday
 
From the author of the zany debut, American Idle, comes a hilarious novel about learning how to be yourself-even if it kills you.

Kirby Green didn't get to be a Vice President of Marketing by being nice. But when she fires her entire staff within a few weeks (they all deserved it, really), her new boss is hardly impressed. Wanting to prove his point, he

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From the author of the zany debut, American Idle, comes a hilarious novel about learning how to be yourself-even if it kills you.

Kirby Green didn't get to be a Vice President of Marketing by being nice. But when she fires her entire staff within a few weeks (they all deserved it, really), her new boss is hardly impressed. Wanting to prove his point, he issues a bet: If Kirby can get someone-anyone-to call her nice, she can take that long-awaited dream vacation to Italy with her best friend, Jules. If she can't, she can kiss the Coliseum goodbye. Oh, and her job too.

Now Kirby has exactly thirty days to bully someone into saying she's nice-and to show her boss who's boss. If she doesn't fall hard for him first...

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Following her triumphant debut with American Idle, Alesia Holliday explores the definition of "nice" in this engaging, contemporary romance.

A tough-talking executive at a company that sells sex toys, Kirby Green thinks of "nice" as a four-letter word; her assistant, Brianna, translates "nice" differently -- as in, frequently, "walk all over me." In her position as vice president of marketing, Kirby finds it hard to meet guys; but she's determined to prove to everyone at work just how tough she is. After she fires almost the entire marketing staff abruptly, her cute boss, Banning Stuart, makes a bet: If Kirby can get anyone to call her nice, she can take a long-planned three-week vacation in Italy. Otherwise…

How Kirby loses the chip off her shoulder and Brianna finds her backbone (each one finding love and a different career in the process) makes for an appealing story. Kirby's adventures with speed dating are very funny, and her developing relationship with a Little Sister, touching. Ginger Curwen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425204054
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/05/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Alesia Holliday is the award-winning author of the novels Nice Girls Finish First and American Idle, the mystery Blondes Have More Felons, and the nonfiction book E-Mail to the Front: One Wife's Correspondence with Her Husband Overseas. She also writes fiction for teens under her pen name, Jax Abbott.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm fairly new to the Chic Lit scene, and have found that the books I've picked up I devour within 2 days, unable to put them down, laughing out loud, and making all my friends read them. This book, however, took me over 2 weeks. The whole 'nice girl' theme was constantly mentioned, there isn't a part in any of the chapters/scenes that one of the 2 main characters doesn't keep mentioning her 'plight'. Not only did it seem like the author thought the reader wasn't bright enough to remember the theme ''nice'', but she also felt the need to explain a joke, or refer back to a situation that happened 2 or 3 lines ago, as if the reader might be too dim-witted to 'get it'. It was all very redundant. AND-- to make the [male] CEO of a sex-toy company too squeemish to mention the names of his products?!? Please! And poor Brianna 'the nice girl'... how can you believe that someone who thinks her jumbled thoughts out loud and stammers every time she opens her mouth, could be hired as the Assistant to a VP of a company?! The main characters were far from believable. The only thing I found clever was the author's alternating first-person point-of-view, that was different. Other than that-- Sorry, this was a real let down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Holliday's voice in AMERICAN IDLE and continue to look forward to her books with great relish. Treat yourself (or a friend) to a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis book is absolutely incredible. I loved American Idle and Ms. Holliday's wonderful sense of humor and great dialogue. In Nice Girls this is only more true and the story shines. Just make sure you read it somewhere you won't get too many strange looks as you laugh out loud. This one is going on the keeper shelf and all my friends will just have to go out and buy their own copy. Great work, Ms. Holliday!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this book. Alesia knows how to write a laugh out loud funny book while touching your heart in very real ways. This book explores how much society pressures us to confirm, but how in the end you really need to be true to yourself. A great summer read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kirby thinks nice is an unimaginative word used by insipid people. Brianna is Kirby's assistant and she wants to stop being a doormat in the doorway of life. They secretly think the other leads a very exciting life. Together they decide that Brianna will teach Kirby how to be nice and Kirby will teach Bree how to not be nice. You will laugh out loud and cheer for Kirby and Brianna as you take this journey with them to discover the person they keep hidden deep inside. Nice Girls Finish First is a heartwarming story that will leave a smile on your face.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was up until midnight finishing NICE GIRLS FINISH FIRST. It's a terrific read. Funny, charming, and poignant. Sometimes I cringed at Kirby's and Brianna's antics. Sometimes I laughed out loud. Dates from hell, a nasty future mother-in-law, working for a company that sells sex toys. I kept turning the pages, wanting to find out what would happen next. I look forward to Alesia Holliday's next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this book--their transformations were incredible--and incredibly funny. I laughed out loud at some of their antics and experiences. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read this summer...or fall..or next winter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice Girls Finish First is laugh-out-loud funny from Page One. Alesia Holliday is one of the most engaging writers I've come across in ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kirby is a strong-minded business woman who thinks being nice will leave her vulnerable. Brianna is an aspiring opera singer who believes being nice is the only way to success. But when both of them realize they have a lot to learn from each other, a bond forms and they begin to see the realization of their dreams. Alesia Holliday pens another winner with this fast-paced, sassy, and sexy tale of romance, friendship and change. You won't be able to put this one down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nobody but nobody can best Alesia Holliday's writing in terms of verve, energy and sheer zaniness. True to form, there's never a dull moment in Nice Girls Finish First. But don't be fooled--Holliday isn't just about laughs. Beneath this deceptively fun and frothy offering is a thoughtful rumination on women and the eternal 'nice' issue. When does the 'nice' girl become a patsy? And can a kickass businesswoman actually be 'nice'? I loved this book. Oh, and did I mention there are two heroines for the price of one? Do yourself a favor and buy two copies of this book--one for yourself, and one for the man in your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Looking for a book with characters you can relate to and care about? Want to laugh out loud? Pick up this book. It¿s worth the price! If you don¿t see the book on a front table at your local bookstore, because Harry Potter is taking up all available room, ask for it! The bookseller should be delighted to help you. Kirby and Brianna are the main female characters in this delightful ¿chick lit¿ novel. At first glance they may have little in common except for Whips and Lace [the name of the company they both work for], ¿demon camels¿ and ¿mosquitoes mating with rattlers¿ [you¿ll understand these terms and get a good laugh once you¿ve read the first few chapters]. They are at very different places in their respective lives ¿ one very much the career-driven single woman and the other preparing for wedded bliss ¿ but they have important things to teach each other [and the reader, if we let them]. You may see a bit of yourself in each of these characters as the story progresses, and get a few ideas about ways to enhance your life. Like how to survive ¿speed dating¿ or tell off that irritating in-law. This author is going to be a household name. Get hooked early and be a trendsetter. Bonus Feature: For all of you lifetime learners, this book has a bonus feature. You can brush up on key Italian phrases and expand your knowledge of opera singing terms while you read a truly funny story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿ve enjoyed Alesia Holliday¿s first novel `American Idle¿ and couldn¿t wait to read `Nice Girls Finish First.¿ I was lucky enough to read an ARC of the book and was not disappointed. We follow Kirby through her journey to win a bet placed with her boss. I couldn¿t help but cheer for Kirby to realize that she was a nice girl after all. The secondary cast including an aspiring opera singer, a delightful child all contributed to the story along with appareances from Jules and Sam. The book had its share of tender and funny moments that kept me entertained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alesia Holliday follows up her sparkling debut, AMERICAN IDLE, with another gem in NICE GIRLS FINISH FIRST. High-power marketing executive, Kirby Green, earns her way up the corporate ladder and lands a great job as Vice President at a company that . . . makes sex toys. The unusual nature of her business, when coupled with her gruff, tough, exterior, makes meeting the right kind of man nearly impossible. Unless her incredibly sexy boss, Banning Stuart, counts, which he doesn¿t because, after all, he¿s the boss. When Kirby fires her entire marketing department within the first few weeks on the job, Banning challenges her to a double-dog dare that comes with high stakes ¿ if she can get one person to call her nice in six weeks, she can go on her much anticipated vacation to Italy and keep her job. Not one to back down from a dare so big as to be a double-dog dare, she accepts the challenge. Kirby¿s newly hired assistant, Brianna Higgins, has the opposite problem. She is too nice. A budding opera star, her `nice girl¿s¿ upbringing has started to get in the way of her dreams. Her Prince Charming fiancé has started to show his warts and, with her pushy, meddling future-mother-in-law, has taken over many of her life¿s decisions, and ever the nice girl, she feels powerless to take these parts of her life back. If only she was as strong as Kirby, Brianna might be able to realize her dreams on the opera stage and have the love of her life, instead of being forced to choose between the two. Brianna comes up with their solution: she will help Kirby become nicer if Kirby will help make her tougher. The story unfolds through both Kirby¿s and Brianna¿s points of view, giving the reader insight into each character¿s vulnerabilities as well as her strengths. When it comes to the game of life, both women learn that nice girls really can finish first. Ms. Holliday has written a light, fun, and satisfying read that deftly treats so many common and familiar human insecurities with humor and sincerity. This book is a great read! Ms. Holliday is an author to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having previously read and laughed my head off with American Idle by Holliday, I was more than thrilled to get an advance look at Nice Girls Finish First. Kirby had been a great secondary character in Idle, and I looked forward to HER story. I wasn't disappointed! Kirby isn't what anyone would call nice...especially the three employees she just fired. Her assistant Brianna, is too nice...wipe-your-feet-on-your-way-out nice. When Kirby finds herself in trouble at work and needing to find someone to call her 'nice' and quick, Brianna steps in offering her services. As long as Kirby teaches Brianna to quit letting people walk all over her. The result is hilarious! Both women work to discover who they really are, who they really want to be, and who they want to be it with. There are a ton of laughs, a few tears, and a whole lot of fun in this book. You'll love the characters in Nice Girls, so pick it up and hit the beach, for a great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Holliday spins a funny, emotional tale of Kirby Green a woman trying find her way to being a nicer kinder and more gentle woman in the high powered coperate world. This book is the second in the series for Ms. Holliday and its her best yet. I think if you are a woman this is a must read book because she writes what a real woman would say or think. There were many times throughout this book that I thought that would be something I would say or do. I feel that Ms. Holliday is going to be the top author of this genre very soon and women readers are going to really enjoy the ride that Ms. Holliday is going to take us on.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Seattle, Vice President of Marketing, a job she did not want, Kirby Green fires her entire her staff of four in a matter of four months for what she claims as incompetence, her boss Banning gives her an ultimatum. Kirby must get one person to say she is nice person within thirty days or she can forget her three week vacation in Italy with Jules and perhaps her job too. Kirby does not believe she went too far, and feels her punishment is extreme. She also wonders who will call her nice without her bullying them. No one she concludes so bullying it must be.................... At the same time Kirby¿s new secretary Brianna wants to become an opera singer, but her instructor tells her she too underweight for any roles and her fiancé Lyle wants a stay at home spouse and mom not a professional performer. Which dream should Brianna give up?......................... Readers will need to adapt to the changing first person perspective, but once accomplished will appreciate this fine insightful look at two women trying to make it. Interestingly, Kirby¿s bullying management style sounds much like the Bolden school of supervision. Both females seem real especially their ambitions, goals, and concerns. Alesia Halliday provides a refreshing reading experience in NICE GIRLS FINISH FIRST- just ask Kirby?.................................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read about Kirby in American Idle and couldn't wait for the follow-up. This book is hysterical. Kirby's adventures as she tries to find the one person to call her 'nice' will have you rolling on the floor laughing and saying -- I can so see this happening to me!!! Her secretary Briana offers her assistance and in the process starts learning to reach out for what she truly wants. As for Banning ... well, I don't want to give everything away. Overall, this book was a fun read. The characters were very real and the dialogue and zany situations had me smiling and laughing the entire time. A definite feel good read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to start by saying how wonderfuly written this book. It had a flow to it with no choppy chapters and no broken scenes. Ms. Holliday really does a suberp job with her second chick lit novel. I am looking forward to her future as a leading author of this genre. Ms. Holliday develops her characters that you can recognize parts of yourself in them enough to say hey I have done that or I have said that before. The strong bond that Kirby and Jules has is a best friend relationship that all women can recognize and relate to. Ms. Holliday spins a funny, emotional and complex story of Kriby trying very hard to find out how to be a nice girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anything from Alesia Holliday is a guaranteed chuckle, but this book is much more. Both Kirby and Brianna are well drawn characters that pull you into their worlds and suck you into the muck and mire of Whips and Lace. Incorporated that is. Call me shallow, but I don't want to anguish with the heroine as she languishes through her soul-searching, but I howled as I went along with Kirby speed dating and later had to help her try to find a back way out of a couple of these dates. (Why DO they make restroom windows so small and high off the ground?) Watching Brianna grow a backbone and refuse to be everyone's doormat was a reaffirming experience. Ms. Holliday makes her characters so real that I kept looking for Brianna to give her a big high five and a hug. Chick Lit, certainly, but fast-paced, well written and great storylines make this much more than a 'genre' book. You know that feeling you get after you turn the last page? This book makes you feel that all is right with the world at least for a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two women, Kirby Green and her secretary, Brianna, are about to each embark on a journey of self discovery. Brianna desires to be an opera singer, but she's radically underweight for the best roles and her fiance' does not support her dream. His dream is to marry June Cleaver. Between his doubts and her teacher's disapproval, Brianna faces the fact that she must examine what she wants in life, figure out what it is, and go for it, with or without support. Her journey towards her dream will be filled with revelations, though she's not sure what to do with all of them. On the other hand, Kirby is facing the challenge of being nice. Told she can not have her vacation, that she will lose her job unless someone tells her she is nice, Kirby desperately tries to become a person that would be told that. Even before the dare, she'd been on that road, now she has to extend that same quest to her professional life as well as personal. What she learns will startle her. ................................... **** Although alternating first person POV's can be difficult to adjust to, Ms. Holliday handles them deftly. Readers can not help but be drawn into the two women's struggles, and cheer them on. This is a writer who will make you smile whenever you see that she has a new book released. ****