Room For Improvement

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Overview

Stacey Ballis tackles home improvement and reality TV—and reminds us that sometimes life and love are better left unscripted…

What do you get when you give two hopeful singles fashion consultants and interior designers, allow them four days to perk up each other’s homes and get a total style overhaul, then let their single friends celebrate the results at a fabulous party? You get Swap/Meet, the newest reality show on the network block, where ...

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Overview

Stacey Ballis tackles home improvement and reality TV—and reminds us that sometimes life and love are better left unscripted…

What do you get when you give two hopeful singles fashion consultants and interior designers, allow them four days to perk up each other’s homes and get a total style overhaul, then let their single friends celebrate the results at a fabulous party? You get Swap/Meet, the newest reality show on the network block, where major changes are either embraced or embarrassing—and Lily Allen’s dream job turned nightmare.

At first, Lily was thrilled to appear on Swap/Meet. What better way for a Chicago interior designer to promote her business and enjoy some pseudo-celebrity? She just didn’t think she’d be doing take after take with the ditzy host, dodging sabotage attempts, and getting caught in the middle of the fashion czars’ lovers’ spat. Plus, the cute, curmudgeonly carpenter on her team knows just how to push her buttons. Episode by episode, through do-it-yourself disasters and matchmaking miracles, Lily discovers that a little bit of controlled chaos is the spice of life—and love…

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Chicago interior designer Lily takes a job designing for Swap/Meet, a reality makeover TV show that pairs up singles looking for a new room and a new love interest. She thinks it's going to be simple and fun, but a half-wit host, a cranky but cute carpenter, and a diva designer make things difficult. When a playboy producer gets into the mix (and into Lily's bed), life becomes a lot more complicated. Self-proclaimed home improvement junkie and author Ballis (Sleeping Over; Inappropriate Men) has written a laugh-out-loud novel that will appeal to HGTV devotees as well as those who like their chick lit on the sexy side. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425209820
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 279,762
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacy Ballis is the author of six foodie novels: Inappropriate Men, Sleeping Over, Room For Improvement, The Spinster Sisters, Good Enough to Eat, and Off the Menu. She is a contributing author to three non-fiction anthologies: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly. She is currently at work on two new works of full-length fiction for Berkley/Penguin. She was an educator for over fifteen years in Chicago including teaching high school English in the Chicago Public Schools and serving as Director of Education and Community Programs for Goodman Theatre for seven seasons before pursuing a full-time career in writing and consulting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Okay book with weird alliterative paragraphs

    This is an okay book for chick lit but the main character is really a slut. And what's with the weird alliterative paragraphs? In every chapter there are paragraphs where most of the words start with the same letters: deft, determined, delight, or understand, undetermined, and undermined. It's obviously deliberate and comes off as really fake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    Paperback cheaper than Nook book?

    Just had to comment that I find it curious that the paperback version is cheaper than the e book for the Nook??? I love Stacey Ballis and came online looking to add a couple of her titles to my new Nook...not yet, I guess... :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2009

    Disappointed

    I really enjoyed the book "Inappropriate Men" by this author but not this one. The dialog is really stilted and many of the characters speak in the same "voice". Fun concepts and plot points but the mediocre writing takes away from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Another Winner

    I have read all of Stacey's books, but this one is the best so far. I loved it! It's funny and the characters are wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    Really, with the glowing review, really?

    I received an advance copy of ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT and pretty much inhaled it in two days. I adored everything about it - the size 14 heroine Lily who, instead of sitting around apologizing for her weight or feeling sorry for herself, has a fantastic career, great sex, strong friendships, a positive self-image, etc., the interesting and complicated network of supporting players ¿ of which there were many, but were so thoroughly drawn there was never an issue of keeping them straight, the extensively-researched DIY back-story, and, best of all, the humor so pervasive throughout the book. (I defy anyone to not laugh out loud whenever Bob speaks.) For those who say ¿Chick Lit¿ is played out, all I can say is think again. Stacey Ballis proves the genre can be funny, honest, clever, real, and most importantly, totally fresh.

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