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Overview

Jane Marlow is a true-blue good girl: plain, predictable, and perfectly responsible. But when her brother catches an episode of Music One's "Off the Record," he discovers that former pop sensation Teddy Rock is actually their childhood neighbor Theodore Brockford, and that his one-hit wonder twelve years earlier wasn't just a catchy tune that took the charts by storm-it was a song about Jane Marlow! Now Jane has a chance to live life off the record, but is she ready for the changes it brings? And even if she's willing to take the risk, is she willing to face the music?
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O'Connell (Bachelorette #1, 2003) takes another stab at poolside reading, this time examining the disparate worlds of pop music and corporate law. Jane Marlow, a buttoned-up Chicago attorney, is gunning for partnership at her law firm. In her determined effort to get ahead, she has woefully neglected all the other areas of her life: family, friends and especially romance. Life gets deliciously complicated for Jane when her slacker brother, Andy, discovers that a decade-old pop song, "Janey 245," was written about her. While Jane learns to kick up her heels and enjoy her celebrity status as "Janey," Teddy Rock, the song's author, is attempting to make a comeback. After years out of the spotlight, Teddy basks in the media attention Andy and Jane bring to his legendary song. Although O'Connell's characters are thinly drawn and even predictable at times, they are also delightfully self-centered. Through her relationship with Teddy, Jane hopes to gain a lucrative client for her law firm and secure the coveted partnership. In turn, Teddy latches on to Jane for an image boost-Jane's fresh-scrubbed appeal offers a welcome break from his past. Teddy hopes to distance himself from tabloid articles regaling his trips to rehab and his tawdry affairs. O'Connell is adept at exposing the manipulative nature of both the legal profession and the music industry. It's decadent fun to see Teddy's oleaginous agent create a media circus as Teddy and Jane rekindle their childhood relationship in full view of the paparazzi. The action is a bit sluggish until O'Connell tosses in the requisite plot twist, in the form of a love triangle. Just as Jane is becoming intoxicated with her taste of the rock-'n'-roll life,Drew Weston, a handsome lawyer, shows up at Jane's firm to lend a hand on a million-dollar case and remind Jane of her true nature. O'Connell makes this sweet treat go down smoothly thanks to snappy dialogue and evocative scenes of Chicago in the summer.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451216458
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer O'Connell received her B.A. from Smith College and her MBA from the University of Chicago. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2005

    Off the Record

    Even if you weren't a huge Bon Jovi fan or ever dreamed of having some guy on stage pick you out of a crowd, you will love this book. Jane is an unlikely heroine who can be an uptight lawer one minute and then an insecure 16 year old the next. But this book isn't all about rock stars or fame, because Jane has other more serious things going on in her life that keep this from being a one-note story, mainly the fact that she's still coming to terms with her father's death and her upcoming promotion to partner in her law firm. This book has you laughing one minute and thoughtful the next. What a great mix for a wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    Terrific Story and Characters

    This book had it all - the fallen rock star trying to make a comeback, the good girl who's always done what was expected of her, and the collision that causes these two people to come together. It was funny, fast, nostaligic and even thoughtful at times. A great, fun read for anyone who ever wished they were 'that girl.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    Off the Record

    Wow, I loved this book! Watching Jane's life get completely disrupted makes for some funny reading, and Teddy Rock is perfect as the washed up rock star looking for a way to make it back on top. Anybody who was a kid in the 80's can't help but identify with all the stories of Jane's childhood. A super read that I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Off the Record

    What a fantastic book! The characters and story line kept me hooked from page one, the writing was funny, and the dialog true to life. There is no way you can't love Jane or get caught up in her struggle to figure out who she is. This is more than just a story about a woman who finds out she inspired a song, it's about a woman coming to terms with the death of her father, her changed family and the choices she's made. Don't miss this terrific book!

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