Been There, Married That: A Novel

Been There, Married That: A Novel

by Gigi Levangie

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Overview

A hilarious novel full of Hollywood glitz, glamour, and scandal from New York Times bestselling author Gigi Levangie.

When he changes the locks, she changes the rules.

Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife – she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they’re living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties.

But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn’t cover divorce, which is the way Agnes’ life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed. Oh, and there’s a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter…which she does.

Needless to say, Agnes’ husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn’t the type to just lie down and take it. In a world of fremenies and hot nannies, personal psychics and “skinny” jello shots, Agnes may be losing her husband, but could that mean getting her own life back?

Been There, Married That is a drop-dead hilarious battle of wills that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and keep turning the pages to see what crazy disaster will happen to Agnes next…and how she’ll rise from the ashes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250166814
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 74,035
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Gigi Levangie is the author of several novels, including The Starter Wife, which was adapted for an Emmy award-winning miniseries starring Debra Messing, and Maneater, which was adapted for a Lifetime miniseries starring Sarah Chalke. In addition, Levangie wrote the screenplay for the movie Stepmom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Glamour.

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Been There, Married That: A Novel 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Adanna_H 5 days ago
This beach read gives you a view into a Hollywood divorce. Agnes is married to Trevor, a big shot producer. She knows they aren't happy anymore but she thinks who is in Hollywood? Out of the blue, Agnes finds out that Trevor wants a divorce. Not only is he finished with the marriage, he wants to "win" the divorce at all costs. Many hilarious situations ensue as Agnes navigates through the divorce and rediscovers herself. Along the way, she has help from her sister, Fin, whose antics will have you laughing out loud. Fin is hands down the best part of this book. She is funny and gives her sister good advice about how to move forward. Fin clearly always lands on her feet no matter what the situation is. She does her best to make sure Agnes not only survives the divorce but is in a better place. While there are many humorous parts to this book, Been There, Married That reads like a reality tv show. Everything is over the top. It is hard to find a character that you really want to cheer for. Agnes has become a pushover in the later years of her marriage and while you see her evolving, but she's still a pushover at the end of the book. I found the stream of consciousness writing style difficult to read as well; it came off as rambling at times and distracted from the story line. Thank you to the NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
gaele 5 days ago
2.5 Stars – Rounded So – I went in expecting a War of the Roses (the film) sort of vibe – with a power struggle between a wronged wife and her producer husband putting her to the curb with a series of changed locks, cancelled credit cards and no answers. Agnes isn’t particularly happy with the changes in her circumstances, so she digs in and decides to “fight back” in some unusual and often futile ways. For me, the tone and pacing of the book threw a wrench into the works – and Agnes was far too mercurial – from actually funny moments to highly juvenile and spiteful steps – the back and forth here was enough to give me whiplash. And the dance that the author did with the point of view, from a hybridized first person that was so close to in the moment (with a nasty habit of sharing EVERY thought that comes through) and this made the entire read a difficult one. Sifting through relevant to irrelevant isn’t a reader’s job in fiction – it is the editor’s – and here I think that the editor let the story down. Because it started out fairly smart and witty – and until you get to see that Agnes is petty, her husband even more so, even the teenager is full of “whatever” – there isn’t anyone to root for, let alone actually connect to. Sadly the premise WAY outshone the product here, and that is always a disappointment. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
JennieF 3 hours ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation received from Net Galley, St. Martin’s Press. Been There, Married That by Gigi Levantine is a new to me author and while it had Hollywood glamour, laughter, glitz, getting back at her ex...I had a hard time staying in the book. That being said I will still read more books from this author!
saberle 4 hours ago
Been There Married That sounded like a lot of fun and turned out to be even more amusing than I had anticipated. The first part of the book made me think that I had been watching a reality show which in and of itself is entertaining. The book deals with Agnes an aggrieved Hollywood wife of a prominent Hollywood mover and shaker who unfortunately decides that he wants a divorce. She is left with the royalties from books that she had authored but the money goes toward helping her daughter and her father and sister. What is entertaining and involving is watching how Agnes figures out how to get back on her feet both socially and financially. The book is engaging and fulfilling. The characters are well-developed and mostly believable. This is a book for people who like celebrities, reality TV.
dlvandruff 6 hours ago
Agnes Nash has the perfect life. She's married to a Hollywood movie producer and has a beautiful daughter. Wealth and happiness. Till Trevor, her husband wants a divorce. She only finds out when she goes home after a book signing and she can't get into the gates to get home. The code has been changed. Then her husband gets the best lawyer, cuts off all her money and sells their home right from under her. What more could go wrong? Oh yes, losing custody of her daughter. Trevor being the loving devoted father, promptly has a nervous breakdown. He doesn't handle every day things. He likes the idea of it not the actuality. A hilarious book about relationships, divorce, friendships, and survival of the fittest! Excellent!!
Anonymous 7 hours ago
Been There, MarriedThat is a comedic commentary on LA’s social climbers and the shallowness and frenzy of that lifestyle. It’s mainly composed of unlikeable, shallow characters living in a wild, competitive culture, largely lacking in morals. The narrative, for the first half at least, is set at a frenzied pace and is so snarky and catty, written in a choppy conversational style, that it’s somewhat difficult to follow. The humor feels a bit forced and lacking in authenticity, in fact the story as a whole feels rather disingenuous, though perhaps that’s the point. I understand that this story is meant to be funny and quippy and ultimately is making a point about the pointless and vicious lifestyle of the career social climber, but I think the message got lost in all the over-the-top banter. I do appreciate the effort made through all the tongue-in-cheek commentary that it’s best to be truly who you are regardless of what anyone else thinks, it was just a bit chaotic in its presentation. Some will love this story and laugh throughout, I’m sure, but I need a little less comedy and sass and a lot more message and plot.
sban 8 hours ago
I have to admit that this was a book that I did not enjoy. For one thing the eprint copy was very small and I could not enlarge it so just reading it was difficult. The book was really funny as it explores the very contested Hollywood movie producer divorce. But while funny it just went on and on and I found myself losing interest. I just had no desire to finish it. I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 1 days ago
When I first read the blurb for this book, it sounded like the perfect light and funny read. While this book did have plenty of good one liners that were indeed funny, the story was lacking. It seemed to jump from one scene to the next without any good transitions and the story itself just fell flat for me. This story focused on Agnes. A wife, mother and woman in her 40's dealing with some big transitions, all while living the Hollywood life. Her husband Trevor wants a divorce and he will fight to win. But that's all it is for him. To win. He doesn't really understand the consequences of winning and Agnes is a one woman show that is full of some great one-liners, but also genuinely cares what happens to her daughter and to her family. Been There, Married That had the potential to be more funny if it flowed better and didn't drop so many "famous" names. That honestly drew me out of the story and didn't have the effect that I believe they wanted. The one liners were good, but I just wanted more. If the transitions between each scene were more cohesive this story could've been at least a star higher. Overall, this book was not for me. I fell asleep a few times while reading it and found myself skimming it because it didn't hold my attention. It had potential, but fell flat.
nahyee 2 days ago
After finishing Gigi Levangie’s “Been There, Married That,” I was shocked to discover that she was the creator of the story for the movie “Step Mom” because I love that movie and I hated this book. Maybe “hate” is a strong word, but I couldn’t find anything to like about it, and I didn’t think it was even remotely funny. The writing was disjointed and disorganized. There were so many places where there wasn’t a transition to indicate that a scene was changing, and the book was so stream of consciousness, I found myself rereading things that still didn’t make any sense. Based on the description, I thought I would really enjoy this. This book is every cliche we hear about Hollywood — people with more money than they know what to do with, drug addicts and alcoholics, everyone sleeping with someone besides their spouse. Agnes is supposedly a successful author in her own right, but she and her friends are all vapid caricatures who sit around at lunch gossiping about the latest scandals until Agnes becomes the scandal and all but one stop taking her calls. ***SOME SPOILERS AHEAD*** Agnes has been a Hollywood wife for 10 years, but when her powerful producer husband tells her he wants a divorce, somehow she thinks it will be amicable and doesn’t listen to her friend Liz who tells her she needs to get an attorney immediately. She lets her husband dictate everything, including things like putting their house up for sale and doesn’t tell her that a potential buyer is coming to stay in the house for a weekend so she has to pack up their 11-year-old daughter and find somewhere to go for a weekend...after he cancelled her credit cards so she can’t check into a hotel! The buyer moves their grand piano out of the house to see what the room would look like with more space, steals her sheets and towels, and she doesn’t call the police??? She calls the realtor, who assures her the piano will be returned and she accepts a check for the sheets and towels because she needs the money. That’s just one scenario. After a book full of these, when Agnes’s divorce is finalized, we see her on a movie set where her convicted felon sister, who has no experience making movies, is co-producing a movie with her now ex-husband, directed by a man her husband supposedly hates and she slept with in the midst of the divorce. WHAT?!?! I don’t know. Maybe that’s the way things are in Hollywood. It certainly did not make for an engaging or funny read. I had no sympathy for Agnes. The whole thing was just pathetic. I received an advance digital copy of this title from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.
KerryACroucier 3 days ago
BEEN THERE, MARRIED THAT by Gigi Levangie sounded like a fun but definitely not serious read, but only about half of it lived up to my expectations. The first half felt like I had been dumped into a crazy celebrity reality show and I have never had any desire to watch any of those. It was disjointed and felt like total stream of consciousness from a woman I had no desire to get to know. I almost gave up, finally made it through to a story that, while still a little reality show-ish, was easier to read and more interesting. Agnes Murphy Nash, the wife of a prominent Hollywood producer, is also a novelist. When her husband decides he wants a divorce, she’s basically left with nothing. Her soon-to-be-ex hates to lose, and that even comes to losing custody of their daughter. Most of Agnes’s royalties have gone toward helping her father and sister, so she is left with no money and having to fight for custody of her daughter. Watching Agnes try to figure out how she got to this point and where she wants her life to go in the future was fun. She had a fun sense of humor and an interesting look at her own life. Her sister, Finn, was her complete opposite and a great foil for Agnes. This book is a tough one for me. The first half was tough to get through; it wasn’t my cup of tea, at all. The second half was humorous and finally got to the real story. The characters were not as developed as I would have liked and it felt like I had two different writing styles between the two parts of the book. If you like celebrities and reality tv with a look at their lives, this is definitely the book for you. It’s definitely a beach/poolside read. Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own. #BeenThereMarriedThat #StMartinsPress #GiGiLevangie
Michele-G 4 days ago
I wanted to like this book so very badly. The synopsis pulled me in and promised so much. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. No matter how many different ways I tried to analyze the storyline, I came up empty. I think I know what the author was trying to achieve and obviously she did succeed because many people enjoyed this book. I think it is simply a situation where it just wasn't "for me." It felt like it went in circles and I feel like the heroine grew a little during the trials she was put through but not quite like I expected....and don't get me started on her husband....ex-husband...whatever he ended up being. The saving grace in this book was definitely their daughter. I just felt bad for her because she was stuck in the middle of this fiasco. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
trollman 4 days ago
Been There, Married That is about the journey of Agnes Murphy Nash. Agnes is discovering her identity in the middle of a divorce from her Hollywood husband. Their lifestyle is larger than any life I could imagine for myself, which just makes it a perfect escape! This has the glitz and sophistication of Hollywood living, but it also has the pressure and the quirks of all the weird people in Agnes' life. The supporting characters to Agnes' life and journey are great. Her teenage daughter, her sister who spent time in prison, her husband, Trevor...and many more people that you will either love or hate. Overall, a hilarious read!!!!
Denice_L 4 days ago
This an absolute gem of a book! Gigi Levangie created Agnes so those of us having a bad day can truly say "But not as bad as Agnes". A Hollywood wife trying to live her normal crazy life smacks head on into a wall when her Hollywood husband decides it's time for a life change, one he forgot to tell her about. While the story line may not be the most original, this book most definitely is! Fun, entertaining, full of humor...you could go on all day listing adjectives for this book, but it's better to just read it. I guarantee you will be glad you did.
annie2015 5 days ago
I had a hard time getting into this book. There was humor and snark, but I just didn't love the main character. Some readers might like it, but it just didn't work for me. I'm rounding my reviews up to 3 stars for the snark. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or favor.
astroyic 5 days ago
This was funny and witty at times but it was all over the place. It was hard to figure out at times what exactly was all going on. And the story itself which by the blurb I thought I would like was really stupid and bad. I would not recommend this story at all. I felt like it was a total waste of my time. I almost didn’t finish it but kept hoping that it would get better. But it didn’t.
Madm007 5 days ago
I finished this because I'm tenacious like that. Not a romance in my opinion. Maybe a reverse romance. I didn't like the story at all, it was depressing. Who can be the biggest ahole in Hollywood? Agnes was spineless and naive, who just kept cracking zingers and floated along the fast track to divorced, penniless idiot. Trevor had mommy issues and was ridiculously childlike. I guess that's the Hollywood of which I shall maintain my ignorance happily. In the end, all that counts is making movies? I received an ARC through Netgally and am voluntarily giving my honest opinion
Twicky 5 days ago
Sorry this book is definitely not for me. I could not finish it. I barely got half way before I gave up.
arlenadean 5 days ago
Title: Been There, Married That Author: Gigi Levangie Publisher: St. Martin's Press Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Been There, Married That" by Gigi Levangie My Speculation: I found this story absolutely one that will have you shaking your head as you continue to read to see what in the world is going on with these two main characters. I'm not sure if I felt sorry for the heroine or not because so many times, it seems like she wasn't using her head with what all was going on in her marriage. And for the life of me, I certainly didn't like her husband. I wished Agnes had paid more attention to what her sister. Fin was trying to get over to her about Trevor. There was some room for laughter but not much for me because I couldn't get over the severe part and craziness of the story that seemed to exist all over the place. I was left almost wondering who to root for, but ok, I did for Agnes. The ending was somewhat strange, but I guess when you have a child [Penelope - Pep] to consider into the big picture, it will be worthwhile to try to be friends? After all that had gone on, it would be hard for me to want to be friends with somewhat like Trevor??? By the end of the story, going and getting him because he needed Agnes, couldn't Trevor have found someone else, and why would she even do that? By the time I got to the very end of this story, I was left wondering who got want they wanted in this divorce? We can only hope that Pep came out on the better end of that side. Thank you to Net Galley and St Martins Press for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
DebDiem 5 days ago
Been There, Married That is a book about the trials of being married to a Hollywood producer by Gigi Levangie. Or is it a warning? Before I get started, let me say here, I'm old. There's lots of Hollywood speak and slang and hashtagging going on in the beginning of this book, at times I had no idea what the author was trying to convey. I'm also a bit stubborn, I don't think I should have to use urban dictionary as a translator. Agnes is married to Trevor with a teenage daughter. This is basically the story of her divorce. It's mildly funny is some spots. I liked a few of the characters, not so much the rest of the cast. The dialog was easier to read in the last third of the book, but like I said, if you're old like me, you'll need that urban dictionary for the beginning. Been There, Married That is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
sjillis 5 days ago
Agnes Murphy Nash proves all you need to survive a Hollywood divorce is a fiercely loyal felon for a sister, equally loyal staff (who will put curses on your husband), a psychic, and some really good revenge sex with someone as powerful as your soon-to-be ex. Agnes is slightly smug—her and Trevor’s marriage has outlasted most of Hollywood couples’. Yet she is blindsided by her husband’s betrayal and amazed by the lengths he will go to to humiliate her. It’s not that he cares so much about gaining custody of their daughter. He just has to win. The reader hopes some elements of Gigi Levangie’s latest novel are farcical, although they probably are not. Agnes is eminently likable—her father and sister even more so, but Trevor is unspeakably odious. Watching Agnes’s descent from Hollywood royalty is painful, but Levangie manages to eke out a humorous, perhaps even hopeful, ending. Although Trevor still lives, unfortunately.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 5 days ago
No, no, no, no, no...just no. Showed promise, but it was ultimately boring....I kept reading because I felt like something amusing or important was going to happen. It never did. I couldn't like any of the characters and they got on my nerves. Dragged on and wasn't funny...The title is the funniest part. A quick read, nothing fancy. The characters are kind of boring and the dialogue is a bit stale. Especially found the conversations between the main character and her husband to be especially dull. I could not like the protagonist. I dislike passive aggressive people, and she is a perfect example of such a person. This was an overall disappointment.
DiiFL 5 days ago
Not sure when divorce became so funny... Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. In the case of BEEN THERE, MARRIED THAT I felt this was too much of a bad thing, a very bad thing. Sure, it is supposed to be loaded with humor and it is, but too much of it just wasn’t funny, it was heartless and TO ME, it bordered on hitting below the belt, over and over. Where is the humor in being selfish, self-centered, fake and often cruel? Not sure when divorce became so funny, especially the actions of this couple, who, frankly had little to no redeeming qualities to me. Gigi Levangie Grazer’s attempt at anything remotely entertaining derailed in a hurry and has planted her firmly in my what-were-you-thinking category. So, if I disliked this so much, why two stars? There is consistency in the writing and I actually laughed once as I struggled to the finish. I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.
PhyllisJonesPisanelli 5 days ago
If you love new, modern, hip books with today’s language and the Hollywood scene, you’re gonna love “Been There, Married That” by Gigi Lavangie. Agnes is the main character who thinks she is happily married to a big name Hollywood producer. That is until he locks her out of the house and changes all the security codes! I enjoyed being along for the ride. These days I am not keeping up with Hollywood and I didn’t catch onto the slang. I’m old! It did, however, hold my interest and I enjoyed some of the happenings between Agnes and her husband Trevor. She has a sister that is always getting in trouble, a father who dates questionable women and a daughter that is going through being embarrassed by her mom. The characters are delightful. In the story Agnes is a writer who coincidently has a book or two named the same as Gigi Lavangie’s books! This was my first book by her and I am sure I will be reading more. This book is definitely worth your time to read and I recommend it.
Jolie 5 days ago
I like contemporary women’s fiction as much as the next person. But, it seems like 90% of women’s fiction that I read ends up being rubbish. So, I wasn’t exactly thrilled when I got the email for Been There, Married That. I debated on deleting the email and pretending I didn’t see it. After reading the book, I wish I did. The plotline for Been There, Married that was a mess. I do not have a problem following plotlines, but this one tried my patience. There was a significant amount of lag in the book. It happened right when Agnes had her mini-breakdown. The book never recovered. There were also dropped storylines, which is another thing I didn’t like. Don’t introduce a storyline and not complete it. Uggh!! I found all of the characters (the teenagers included) to be unrelatable. I know that they are supposed to be a parody of what people think Hollywood wife is like, but man, it left a bad taste in my mouth. There were off-colored jokes and racial stereotypes (the Latina housekeeper). Let’s not forget that there were jokes about rehab. There were some funny parts of the book (Agnes being called A-Nus by Petra was one), but overall, I didn’t care for the characters. The divorce storyline, unfortunately, was true to life. The lengths that Trevor went through to get dirt on Agnes and her sister, I believed. The fact that Penelope was caught in the middle, I believed also. I also believed that money buys things, and in this case, it was a frame-up of Agnes’s sister. Of course, the end of that plotline was as confusing as the rest of the book, but it was the most relatable thing in the book. The end of the book was a confusing mess. I had to read the last chapters a few times before I understood what happened. I did NOT enjoy that.
Anonymous 5 days ago
A story set around the wealthy folks mostly of the entertainment variety. A lot of snarky humor which I found funny on the whole but often jumped around so much as to leave me lost. I actually would flip back in the story to try and figure out how I got where I was. One day our Agnes, the wife of a Hollywood bigwig and a writer in her own right, finds herself on the receiving end of an uncoupling. What ensues is the absurd behaviors of a soon-to-be-ex winning at all costs. From the canceling of credit cards, to being excluded from the Hollywood wife clubs, and the house and grounds -keepers taking sides, it is a story rife with first world problems. More somberly and universally, and most realistic within these pages, is the war waged for the custody of their only child. A light-weight romp with bigger issues skimmed over to make for a quick, entertaining read. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a review.