by Beth Orsoff

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BN ID: 2940013641679
Publisher: Clark Street Books
Publication date: 11/03/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 613,797
File size: 406 KB

About the Author

Beth Orsoff writes humorous fiction for women and enlightened men (i.e., men who don’t hate chick lit). She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter and a much-loved Tickle Me Elmo doll.

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Disengaged 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
The definition of the chick-lit genre is broad enough that you're never sure exactly what you're going to get and, unlike the romance genre, you're never sure how it is going to end. My preference is for stories that feel realistic and, even more important, characters who make me laugh. The basic story of Disengaged is so real as to be a cliché - doesn't every person get cold feet at some point during their engagement? But how the story plays out is anything but clichéd. The main character, Allie, is slightly uptight (what would you expect from an accountant?), yet very likeable. The other characters are idiosyncratic, from her co-workers, who provide a perfect foil for Allie, to her stuck-in-the-sixties Mom, whose example taught Allie what she didn't want to become. Throw in an ambitious, Mama's-boy fiancé with his control-freak mother, add a best friend, who happens to be a guy, and the story can't help but be funny. Orsoff takes the story in some directions I'd never guessed. Each time I thought I saw where it was going, she would throw a curveball I didn't anticipate. I've read each of Orsoff's books, and this is the best yet. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
LWC15 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and didn't want it to end. Loved the whole story from beginning to end. Loved how the author got a little dirty with her writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read. My favorite Beth Orsoff book is Honeymoon for One. I love the humor that she writes with.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This was a book that was filled with conflict, angst, and lies but also romance, friendships and a couple of unexpected happily ever afters. From page one, Allie didn’t seem happy or comfortable with her life but kept trying to do what she thought everyone else wanted to keep the peace. Then there would be a blowup, the problem would get swept under the rug and ultimately ignored in order to get life back on an even keel. This was a recurring theme with a few breaths of fresh air thrown in – namely Allie’s best friend Michael or her new friend Jax. There were parts of the story that were totally predictable and then the author would throw in some very unexpected twists and turns and show us what she was really capable of. Most of the book pertained to Allie’s and Brad’s engagement and wedding planning. When this wasn’t the center of attention there were greater stories to unfold. The ending was not at all what I expected but really gave nice closure to the story and the character’s lives. I have not read books by Orsoff before but will definitely look into reading others. I hope they have less angst and more love, commitment and romance. Favorite Quote: …I was standing behind the plate glass window, trying to pry the short veil with rhinestones off the mannequin’s head without knocking over the display, when Jax walked by. He glanced in the window and I waved, but he didn’t break his stride. He’d almost reached the entrance to the book shop next door before he stopped and turned around. I waved again and motioned for him to join me inside the store… Jax continued to gape without saying a word. “Don’t you like it?” I loved it, but maybe I was the only one. Maybe it really looked horrible and Madeline had kept quiet so she wouldn’t lose the sale. Finally, he broke his silence. “You’re gorgeous.” And that was with my hair in a ponytail and no makeup! “I would’ve settled for a nice dress.” “I honestly didn’t know it was possible for anyone to look that good with their clothes on.”
Slim20 More than 1 year ago
I actually liked this book. There are times where you want to smack the main character upside the head and ask her what the hell is she thinking! Some of the characters were very annoying, but overall it was a pretty good book. I did however, feel as though that the ending was a little rushed. Two years after a messy breakup and move to Los Angeles, entertainment accountant Allie Zenet has finally found happiness with her handsome fiancé, Brad, an ambitious studio exec. Brad offers stability, companionship, great sex — and a domineering mother hell-bent on planning the couple’s wedding. While her friends are busy with their own chaotic love lives, Allie works through her pre-wedding jitters with good-looking acquaintance Jax Montgomery. And soon warm feelings give way to cold feet as Allie questions whether having that gorgeous, sparkling diamond on her finger is worth spending her future with Brad — and his mother. Disengaged is all about getting to “I do” by saying “I won’t.”
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