Been There, Married That: A Novel

Been There, Married That: A Novel

by Gigi Levangie

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Overview

In a world where therapist look like the Real Housewives of Equinox, where friends dispense Xanax like Pez, and where a woman’s status is directly linked to the how few carbs she eats…can one Hollywood wife take back her life?

Agnes Murphy Nash is in big trouble. When she returns home one evening only to find the locks changed on the gates of their mansion, the security guard breaks the news: her famous producer husband has filed for divorce. And he’s not going to play fair. Trevor Nash wants custody of their tween daughter, Pep, but only for the sake of appearances. And Agnes can’t let him win. With the help of her ex-con sister, a Hollywood psychic, a ballsy female lawyer, and a host of friends and “frenemies,” Agnes realizes that when he changes the locks, she needs to change the rules. But a crisis can lead to opportunity, and for Agnes, this gigantic betrayal brings her to a crossroads that will have her asking herself what she really wants out of life, who she really wants to be, and which man she really loves. Told with Gigi Levangie’s sparkling dialogue and wit, 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: 9781250166821
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,419
File size: 2 MB

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. 46 reviews.
Adanna_H 14 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 14 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.
Anonymous 20 hours ago
Interesting read. First book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Usually read mysteries but this was a nice change of pace. Received an advance reader copy of this book but that in no way had any bearing on my review. Would definitely recommend this book.
bookluvr35SL 2 days ago
Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife, doing everything to keep her producer husband Trevor happy. Until she finds herself locked out of their home. The rest of the book is the saga of their very messy divorce. There were lots of laugh-out-loud parts, but there were also parts where it seemed to drag on. It was hard not to get frustrated with Agnes because she was such a doormat. I loved her quirky sister. She added some extra comic relief to some of the situations. Overall, this was a fun read.
WendyGo 2 days ago
I think this is the first #netgalley book that has been sent to me that I just cannot read. It's like listening to someone talk at you while suffering from ADD and on steroids, it's all over the place and just so uninteresting.
Donatelli 4 days ago
Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie Grazer is a book that not everyone will love, and some may not even like it, I didn’t love it either, but I did like it, a lot. I wouldn’t say I loved the first thirty to forty pages- they made me crazy. The one-liners were coming so fast and furious; my head was spinning. The writing style was a bit all over the place too, the author would jump scenes, and I would have to go back and figure out where I was, thinking I must have missed something. However, once I got used to the writing style and past the first thirty pages, the writing seemed to settle down. The book got super funny, and I began to embrace the crazy. This book is pure satire and perfectly aimed at Hollywood. So, if you love all things Hollywood and you think the sun rises and sets on actors, directors, and producers, you probably will not like this book. I happen not to take Hollywood very seriously, and I think, for the most part, this book perfectly describes Hollywood and the people who are immersed in the Hollywood lifestyle. “You’re never alone living in a ten-thousand square foot “house” (I know; it’s counterintuitive.) Because staff. Staff is everywhere you want to be; one can’t fart without applause.” Grazer inventively infuses this book with pop culture, out of bounds one-liners, and all the things that are wrong with Hollywood and delivers them with outrageous humor. Some may say this book is over the top, but so is Hollywood. Been There, Married That is written from the first-person point of view of the main character Agnes Murphy Nash. Most, but not all, of the characters in this book, are spoiled, annoying, self-centered, and narcissistic, totally Hollywood. I liked the main character, Agnes, I felt that she had a remarkable sense of humor, and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. Agnes was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth; she is a writer who doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her husband, Trevor, is a Hollywood producer. He is a typical Hollywood, spoiled, narcissistic, and he wouldn’t know true happiness if he tripped over it. So, of course, he blindsides Agnes with a divorce. Been There, Married That is Agnes and Trevor’s divorce journey. “How could we be so lucky? I loved him. I loved him until I couldn’t stand him.” Along the way, we meet a unique cast of characters. My two favorites are Pep and Fin. Pep is Agnes and Trevor’s daughter, who somehow is relatively well adjusted. The way Agnes describes her daughter is hilarious… ” Even Pep, our tween with ADD, ADHD, and recent DOATM (Disgust of All Things Mom) …” I would have enjoyed a bit more from Pep. Fin, what can I say about her? She is downright crazy, insane, and so much fun! This book is kooky, maniacal, insane, and all over the place, but its depiction of Hollywood is perfect. Been There, Married That points out all that is wrong with Hollywood, but more importantly, it also points out how the outrageous behavior of Hollywood culture spills over into real life. This is not the way everyday people live their lives, and in my opinion, nor should it be. Hollywood treats people like they are expendable and only worth what a person can get from another person. For a group of people who consider themselves “woke,” I believe they need to take a long hard look in the mirror. I am defiantly in the minority of people who enjoyed this book, but I can honestly recommend this book. It gave me a good laugh. It is crazy and all
DonnaLab 5 days ago
I went into this thinking that the story would be similar to authors such as Sophie Kinsella and JoJo Moyer. I was mistaken. Although the premise of the story had potential, the characters were just "meh" and I found the story line to be a bit fractured. It jumped all over the place, with no lead ins, which made for very confusing reading. I am no prude, but felt that some of the vulgarity used in places was overkill and only used for shock value. Although it went against what I wanted to do, I feel that I have to go all in when reading a story, so I read to the end. Talk about another BIG non sequitur. I don't know if Gigi was trying to leave it open to continue the story, which I wouldn't recommend, but it had me still waiting for the end of the story. I can not in good conscience recommend this book based on the current manuscript. In closing, I would like to thank Gigi Levangie, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for offering this advance reader copy for my honest review.
ReadsOnWednesday 7 days ago
This book is a case of bad beginning, okay middle, and bad ending. I was about ready to stop reading after two chapters, but I pushed on and the book started to pick up. Then as I neared the end of the book I found myself speed reading just to hurry and get it over with. I liked the snarkiness and dry wit of the main character Agnes, but that was about all there was to like about her. I also enjoyed her sister, Fin, but those two characters were the only likable ones in the whole book. And there were a lot of characters. Too many. And speaking of too many, the cringy moments of this book really mucked up the storyline. The plot had potential, hence the reason I kept reading, but the author missed so many opportunities and left out way too many details that could have made this book so much better. Would it work if you wanted something mindless to read by the pool or on the beach? Absolutely. But I don't think I could recommend this book and still have people trust my bookish opinion. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the advanced copy in return for my honest review.
Loy3 7 days ago
thank you for the advanced copy of this book for a voluntary review. I must say I did not care for the book. The author seemed to be trying too hard to be funny. The characters to me tried too hard. The plot was okay but the humor for me fell flat. The writing was good, and I read no obvious errors. If you like way over the top drama and comedy this book is for you.
Anonymous 8 days ago
The write up was way better than the book. I DNF this book. The slingshot between characters descriptions and the past and present tense was difficult to follow. I read about 100 pages and gave up. The I didn't know half the hashtags so I am sure that would help if I was younger.
Rita0285 8 days ago
Agnes is a writer, her soon to be ex husband is a producer. This book covers Hollywood life and a Hollywood divorce and all that goes with it. It’s full of humor and exploits.
SherriBabb 9 days ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author. First off I would like to start this review by saying that it is not a book that I would normally pick up on my own. I was offered a chance to read it and I thought why not give it a try and see what you think. I have to say I am so glad that I did. I have not laugh so hard reading a book ever. From the moment I pick it up and began to read I had a smile on my face. All I kept thinking was boy I am so glad that is not me! I am looking forward to seeing what else this author has to offer. Thanks NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Honolulubelle 9 days ago
3.5 Conflicted Stars Favorite Quotes: So hard to make cogent arguments against a smart tween while driving in LA; I needed to concentrate on swearing and shaking my fist at all the illegal left turns. We all knew, deep inside, our kids were probably growing up to be entitled, overeducated blobs. We were raising hothouse flowers, unequipped to climb a fence or fry an egg or spend five minutes bored… “When the revolution comes,” I said, “our kids will be food.” Lip filler lemmings… I’d tell them to jump off a cliff into the Pacific, but we all know silicone floats. “No one’s reading like they used to. Have you ever considered hosting a YouTube channel?” “Yes! A lifestyle channel,” I said. “‘ Agnes’s Spectacular Guide to Failing.’ I’ll invite people who’ve failed miserably— our advertisers will be firearms, funeral homes, and pharmaceuticals.” “Who’s opposing counsel?” she asked. “Ulger Blecks.” She whistled. “Why is it everyone whistles when they hear his name? Is he a dog?” “A pit bull that frightens rabies.” “Let me tell you something, dearie,” Dad said and lowered his voice, which was how I knew he was heated. “The world was a better place when we settled matters with fists rather than lawyers.” I opened my mouth to object and found that I couldn’t argue with him. I would’ve loved to have popped Ulger in the mouth, but I feared he would eat it. My Review: This amusing tale was shot through with clever wit and razor-sharp snark while cast with mainly vapid, vile, exasperating, entitled, arrogant, shallow, and obliviously bone-headed characters who were of the type of ilk that I would never willingly share air. The storylines had me rife with consternation and I was often simultaneously amused and intensely annoyed by the characters’ behaviors and poor choices. I will admit to being unfamiliar with many of the pop-culture references lavishly sprinkled throughout, so a considerable amount of the author’s cleverness flew right over my tiny pea-brained inhabited cranium and left me feeling more than a bit cretinous and imbecilic. The premise had such promise and the story threads had good bones with glimpses of cunning perceptiveness and sharp-edged humor that kept me reading to the end, but all in all, the odd pacing and unlikable characters consistently whittled at my enjoyment and rating.
JennieF 9 days 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 9 days 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 9 days 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 9 days 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 9 days 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 12 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 12 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 13 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 13 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.