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At twenty-eight, Trina Elder's living a careful life, waiting for whatever is supposed to happen to happen. Only it's not. She's got a decent job writing copy for cooking products. Okay, so it's not the Great American Novel, but making turkey basters sound fascinating does pay the rent. So what that her older sister—the "smart, successful one"—is happily married, and her younger sister—the "really pretty one"—is taking on the world. At least Trina, the "forgotten, Jan Brady one" has her sensible Chicago ...
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Overview

At twenty-eight, Trina Elder's living a careful life, waiting for whatever is supposed to happen to happen. Only it's not. She's got a decent job writing copy for cooking products. Okay, so it's not the Great American Novel, but making turkey basters sound fascinating does pay the rent. So what that her older sister—the "smart, successful one"—is happily married, and her younger sister—the "really pretty one"—is taking on the world. At least Trina, the "forgotten, Jan Brady one" has her sensible Chicago apartment, her grown-up Garanimals wardrobe, and her cure boyfriend, Rick. Rick, who shares her addiction to E! True Hollywood Story, Rick, who's hot without being weird. Rick, who doesn't complicate things with marriage proposals.

Cheating, lying Rick, who just got caught making out on his couch with a bimbo from DeVry Technical School.

And just like that, Trina's go along-get along world is gone. Now, the girl who has always followed the rules—work hard, get good grades, get a good job, and you'll be set—is throwing it all away and reshaping her life, starting with her underwear drawer. Goodbye sensible, white bikini panties; hello thongs and sexy push-up bras. Healing her broken heart means it's time for the new Trina–the wild, adventurous Trina; the 'oh my god, what was I thinking?" Trina; the standing-up-for-herself Trina. The Trina Nobody Expects has arrived, and she just may be the thing the real Trina's been waiting for...

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Practical, not too fussy, unexpectedly sexy-28-year-old Trina Elder is as low maintenance as white bikini panties. Her plain Jane-ness never bothered her before, but when she discovers that Rick, her sexy nerd of a boyfriend, is cheating on her, she's thrown for a loop. What's a young, well-adjusted copywriter to do? Trina mopes, has meaningless-then slightly more meaningful-sex and contracts genital warts. She also spends time with her suburban family, her wacky actress best friend and her funny gay co-worker at the Coddled Cook, a Williams Sonoma-like operation. There are occasional flashes of originality, as when Trina says of a back-handed compliment, "It's like the opposite of a cloud with a silver lining. It's a fuzzy stuffed animal with a razor shoved inside," but the novel's humor is generally of the low-key variety. James-Enger sympathetically captures Trina's workaday doldrums, shines a realistic light on family problems and doesn't settle for superficial solutions to romantic dilemmas. Readers looking for an escape from dull jobs and everyday worries may find it all a little too familiar, but it's the very ordinariness of the story that appeals. Agent, Laurie Harper. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758206985
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2007

    Mostly a good read

    I liked her style of writing and enjoyed the book for the most part. I felt unsastified with the ending. Not that it was a BAD ending, I just would have liked Trina to make up her mind about all the 'stuff' going on in her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2005

    Does underwear really make the woman?

    Katrina `Trina¿ Elder is a very low maintenance type of person who has a ¿ok¿ job at the Coddled Cook (sounds a lot like the Pampered Chef), wears no nonsense white panties and has a sexy nerd of a boyfriend that she seems to be in a comfortable relationship with. That is until she finds said boyfriend on the couch lip locked with another woman. Well for starters she dumps him, then lets her best friend talk her into changing her underwear to hot sexy sets and to take up dating again. Trina is the middle child and the one that is always thought to be the low maintenance one in her family also. Her older sister the successful lawyer is trying to get pregnant (not working so well) and her beautiful sister is still in college and seems to be the apple of her mothers eye. I found myself drawn into this story. This is a woman who doesn¿t necessarily have the dream job she doesn¿t get all the romance she wants. You will feel for Trina as you go through her struggle to find the right guy and fit in both at work and with her family. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    A really enjoyable read!

    The thing I like best about Kelly James-Enger as an author is her absolute candor and lack of pretense. She¿s unusually honest and real in her writing. The love relationships in this book, as well as the family and friend relationships, are very flawed and complicated, as in real life. Reading Kelly James-Enger¿s books is like talking to a close friend. She does a great job with dialog, and the characters are well developed and easy to relate to. She¿s also not afraid to tackle tough subjects like bulimia and infertility, and she portrays the emotions accurately and realistically. I would definitely recommend White Bikini Panties, as well as her first novel, Did You Get the Vibe. I look forward to reading the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    A great book on relationships and friendship

    We all need a friend like Trina in our lives. The opposite of today's Hollywood role models and reality TV babes, Trina is an honest, thoughtful, and riotous female. Kelly James-Enger captured the best and worst of a 20-something Chicago girl, going through relationship hell, coping with family, and making sense of the dilmema faced by millions who have to work but don't love their job. Along the way, James-Enger shows us the meaning of friendship and importance of family, while telling a story so good you keep reading another chapter, and wanting more.

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