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Success hasn't spoiled screenwriter Lou Calabrese -- it's just given her a taste for luxury. And it's put her in some bizarre situations -- like in a helicopter en route to the wilds of Alaska, sharing too-close quarters with the last man she wants to be with: Jack Townsend! Once a sexy nobody whom Lou helped make a somebody, Jack's just been dumped by a high-profile Hollywood airhead -- who's eloped with Lou's longtime love! So what else could...
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Overview

Success hasn't spoiled screenwriter Lou Calabrese -- it's just given her a taste for luxury. And it's put her in some bizarre situations -- like in a helicopter en route to the wilds of Alaska, sharing too-close quarters with the last man she wants to be with: Jack Townsend! Once a sexy nobody whom Lou helped make a somebody, Jack's just been dumped by a high-profile Hollywood airhead -- who's eloped with Lou's longtime love! So what else could go wrong?

Well...

Their pilot could try to shoot the most adored man in America. They could crash land in the icy, mountainous middle of nowhere. And at the worst possible moment, when survival should be their only consideration, Jack could start wondering if maybe he wasn't a wee bit too hasty for not giving this sexy screenwriter a second look -- while Lou could start noticing how superstar Jack is kind of hot after all...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060085445
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/3/2002
  • Series: Avon Romance Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Biography

Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's Princess Diaries series offers up the secret thoughts of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This revelation adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, school, and other matters falling under adolescent scrutiny.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. She has also tiptoed into mystery and paranormal suspense with other YA novels and series installments.

Cabot continues to write adult novels under various permutations of her given name (Meggin Patricia Cabot): from 19th-century historical romances to contemporary chick lit. And, as with her books for teens, these romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Cabot:

"I am left handed."

"I hate tomatoes of any kind."

"I really wanted to be veterinarian, but I got a 410 on my math SATs."

"Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby -- except watching TV and laying around the pool reading US Weekly. I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken. So I guess I'm stuck with no hobby.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Meggin Patricia Cabot (full name); Patricia Cabot, Jenny Caroll
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
    2. Website:

First Chapter

Chapter One

Wedding Surprise of the Year

Hindenburg stars' red-hot romance sparks controversy: Actors Bruno di Blase and Greta Woolston wed in media firestorm ...

It blossomed on the set of Hindenburg, last year's mega-movie blockbuster, which broke all previous earnings records and garnered seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture: a romance that, unlike the relationship of the heroic characters the two stars portrayed on screen, many said would never last. Now two of the hottest stars in Hollywood have delighted fans by making their big-screen romance a reality ...


"Yo."

Officer Nick Calabrese stared down at the front page of the New York Post. The Post, man. The freaking thing had made the Post. Even worse, the front page of the Post. "Yo, a little help over here, please?" Nick glanced at the other papers lining the front of the newsstand. The Daily News had it, too. Newsday. Even USA Today. About the only paper it hadn't made the cover of was the New York Times, and Nick was certain it would be in there somewhere. The Metro section, probably.

Jesus!

"Yo, Calabrese," snarled Officer Gerard "G" West, as he struggled to place handcuffs on a local junkie who was proving reluctant to come along quietly. "You gonna stand there readin' the funnies, or are you gonna help me with this guy?"

Nick picked up a copy of the Post and strolled over to his partner, pointing to the picture of the attractive couple on the cover and tilting it so that the struggling captive could see the photo, too.

Look at this" he said. "See thisguy? The one in the tux? That's my sister's boyfriend. Or was."

The junkie peering at the photo didn't seem to notice when G used this momentary distraction to snap his cuffs in place.

"Get outta town" the man said.

"No," Nick said. "Really."

Even G, still holding the junkie by the arms, looked skeptical.

"Yeah," he said, sarcastically. "And my sister's dating Denzel Washington. C'mon, Nick. I wanna get a hashbrown down at the Ds. You know they stop servin' em after ten-thirty."

"I am telling you," Nick said, holding the paper out so that the owner of the newsstand, who'd been looking on with interest, could see the photo, too. "That is my sister's boyfriend. Two of 'em were livin' together up until about a few months ago, and the rat went and married somebody else behind her back. Can you believe that?"

The newsstand owner replied, his Bangladeshi accent so thick that his English was barely understandable, "No, sir, that I cannot believe."

"She wrote that movie, you know," Nick said to the newsstand owner. "My sister did. The one that made them both so famous."

"You are shitting me, sir," the newsstand owner said politely.

"No, I'm not," Nick said. "I swear it. Lou wrote it as, you know, a whadduyacallit. A vehicle. For Barry."

"Who is Barry, sir?" the newsstand owner wanted to know.

"This guy." Nick pointed at the paper. "Bruno di Blase. That's not his real name. That's his, you know, stage name. His real name is Barry. Barry Kimmel. He grew up in our neighborhood out on the island. I used to make him eat bugs." He noticed the disapproving look his partner sent him, and said, with a shrug, "Well, you know. We were kids."

G, still holding onto the junkie, grunted. "Oh, yeah. Barry. I forgot. Tough break for Lou. You don't stop squirming around, I swear to God -- "

The junkie however, was having a hard time containing his excitement. "Hey, s'that really true?" he asked Nick. "Your sister really shacked. up with that guy from Hindenburg?"

"Watch it," Nick growled. "My sister never shacked up with anybody, understand?"

"Well" G said. "Not anymore, anyway. I mean, not now that the guy's married to -- "

"You watch it, too." Nick flashed his partner a look of annoyance over the top of the diminutive criminal's head while he dug into his pocket and extracted some change, which he tried to give to the owner of the newsstand in exchange for the copy of the Post he held beneath one arm.

"Oh, no, sir," the newsstand operator said graciously. "It is on the house. You are keeping our streets safe for law-abiding citizens."

Nick, pleased, slipped the change back into his pocket. "Hey," he said. "Thanks."

"And please to tell your sister," the newsstand owner called, "that I enjoyed her film, Hindenburg, very much. As did my wife. It was truly a moving triumph of the human spirit."

"Sure thing," Nick said, as they moved towards the squad car. "Jesus, I still can't believe it. Barry eloped on her! The poor kid"

Star-Studded Nuptials


It happened in the newly created Hindenburg Room -- featuring memorabilia from the hit movie of that name -- in the Trump Casino in Las Vegas. Hindenburg stars Bruno di Blase and Greta Woolston tied the knot, just days after Ms. Woolstons well-publicized split from longtime boyfriend, action-adventure star Jack Townsend.

Townsend, who rose to fame during his four-year stint as the moody Dr. Paul Rourke on the hit television medical drama, "STAT," and later went on to star as renegade detective Pete Logan in the highly popular Copkiller movies, does not appear to have taken news of his ex's elopement in stride.

"Good Lord." Eleanor Townsend looked down at the paper folded so neatly on the silver tray. "What is this, Richards?"

The butler cleared his throat. "I took the liberty, madam, of picking up a copy of the Post this morning as I was walking Alessandro. As you can see, there is a story on the first page that I believe will interest you."

Eleanor, after flashing her butler of thirty years a look that was as affectionate as it was reproachful, reached over the Yorkie perched on her lap ...

She Went All the Way. Copyright © by Meggin Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Oh so good!!!

    I too, was a bit hesitant in picking up this book. But I did b/c I love Meg's books. SO SO glad I did!!! Definately a bit of a guilty pleasure!! Once I got past chapter 1, I couldn't put it down! Buy it, read it, and enjoy!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    LOVED IT!!!!

    I loved this book! It's my new favorite and I recommend it to anyone who loves romantic comedies! Meg Cabot really knows how to write a good book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    A must read

    I will admit I was really hesitant to read this book b/c of the Hollywood themed characters and plot line. However, after I began reading I couldn't put this book down. It's a easy read filled with fun, laughter, typical romance and sex. Another great book from Meg Cabot! If you loved Queen of Babble, your really going to love this book too.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2006

    Enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this book, even though it wasn't quite as good as some of Meg Cabot's others. I felt I could connect with the characters. Their flaws were believable, so I could relate, and their good qualities weren't overdone. The plot was fun and light, truly enjoyable. The end was a bit unbelievable, but somehow still seemed to fit in with the storyline, so it worked. Overall, this is a great romantic read if you're looking for something light.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    AMAZING

    this book was AMAzING!!!! i luved it, if u enjoy funny love stories definitely read this. ANYTHING Meg Cabbot writes is golden!!! a great winner!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2004

    A sexy romantic comedy...

    This turned out to be a great book that I just couldn't put down! Just a warning though...the beginning was a little boring and drawn out. It wasn't until after a good number of chapters that it got to be REALLY interesting. But when it did, and things finally happened between the two main characters, Lou and Jack, it was hot, steamy, and unbelievebly detailed, leaving as little as possible to the imagination. Altogether I found this book to be quite pleasurable, romantic, and funny in many places.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    THIS BOOK WAS FABULOUS!

    I just finished 'She Went All the Way,' and I loved it! It was exciting, romantic and, oh so, hot! I also loved the romance between Eleanor and Frank! I can't wait to read the next book by this author. Bravo, Ms. Cabot!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    fails to deliver on early promise

    Lou Calabrese, a somewhat self-effacing screenwriter, has just lost the supposed love of her life. Her childhood sweetheart turned Hollywood actor leaves her for another woman (right after Lou uses her talent to give him an acting vehicle¿how much do we hate this guy?) Now she¿s stranded in Alaska with another actor, Jack Townsend. Think Harrison Ford and you¿ve pretty much got him down¿ he¿s sexy, studly, and just so happens to be her best friend¿s ex. Talk about tension! Things only get more exciting when they figure out that mysterious bad guys are trying to kill them. This book definitely had its moments. The sex scene was especially marvelous¿I love authors who combine sizzle with humor. Unfortunately, the plot abounds with extraneous, ill-handled side characters. They appear and disappear without rhyme or reason, weakening the focus on Lou and Jack. Often, I was unclear whether Cabot wanted me to like or dislike a character (prime example being Vicky, Lou¿s ditzy and selfish best friend). And finally, the hero and heroine¿s emotional epiphanies just didn¿t ring true. Because of this, I was left doubting Lou and Jack¿s commitment to one another. While ¿She Went All the Way¿ is a fluffy and harmless read, it doesn¿t do this author justice. Do yourself a favor and try her other titles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Wonderful dry wit...

    Lou Calabrese has had wonderful success as a Hollywood screenwriter, but in love, she's not had much luck. Her fiance has just dumped her for his recent costar who dumped her lover as well. Now Lou is sharing close quarters with the other jilted party in a helicopter ride over the wilds of Alaska. That was bad enough, but only unpleasant. Now, when the pilot pulls out a gun and threatens to shoot her seatmate, Jack Townsend, that goes beyond unpleasant. Fortunately, thanks to a thorough cinematic education, Lou and Jack are able to escape. They set off on a hair raising trek from the wilderness to civilization, pursued by people wanting to kill them. That's the downside. On the upside, they discover that the mutual hatred they've had for one another for several years has turned into a passionate love. ............... *** With high adventure and snappy dialog, Ms. Cabbot tells a story that is as fun for adult readers as her Princess Diaries is for the younger set. Her surprise ending and dry wit make for another winner. ***

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    Really did not enjoy this book at all

    I just could not get into this book or the characters. It seemed so repetitive with the '...bigger gun' line and I put it down after 200 pages. I LOVED The Boy Next Door, so who knows, maybe it was just my mood.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2003

    So good!!!!!

    I loved this book sooo much!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    Sexy, Romantic, Delightful

    This book is wonderful. It's almost impossible to put it down. The chemistry between the main characters is amazing. I'm only half way through and I felt the urge to tell the rest of the world out there how great this book is. Romantic, cute and funny. Enjoy!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    A Good Read

    I am a huge fan of Meggin Cabot, I especially like her books under her other name Patricia Cabot which are set in regency England. I was very excited she decided to take a leap into contemporary novels though and couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Overall it was a very good read. The tension she builds between the two main characters is written so well you can't wait to turn the page next to see what they are going to fight about. The only problem I had with this book was the ending. When I finally read why the main character had somebody trying to kill him I almost laughed out loud it was so absurd. But don't let that stop you from buying this book. The romance between the two main characters is enough to make you forgive the horrible murder subplot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Great read

    Makes me smile and end the book happy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Great Great Great Book

    This book is a great book for a 7th grader. I would totally recommend this book for anyone that would like a easy read or just want to laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great

    Very funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Ok

    Does this book have a **x scene? If so how descriptive? Actually is it ok for a 13 yr old

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    She Went Halfway!

    I was pretty bored throughout the book and could not wait to finish reading it and not in a good, satisfying way. Not her best work and could not get into it like the others books of Cabot in which I have indulged in.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    LOVE Meg Cabot, and this book didn't disappoint. The story line

    LOVE Meg Cabot, and this book didn't disappoint. The story line sounded gimmicky but it turned out to be intense in some parts and flippin' hilarious is most others. And the romance that she put it, woooooo, some of it was very steamy which was a delightful surprise, if you catch my drift ladies ;) Fun read!!

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