Happiness Sold Separately

Happiness Sold Separately

by Libby Street
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Happiness Sold Separately by Libby Street

Dream boyfriend not included.

When she moved to New York, Ryan Hadley imagined living the big-city-sitcom kind of life with all the trimmings -- great apartment, dream job, and a swept-off-your-feet, how-awesome-is-this-guy love. Of course, her real life is only so-so: not outstanding, nor bad enough to require medication. Ryan spends her days at a dreary data-entry job with wannabe-rocker Will, nights at her favorite dive bar with pals Audrey and Veronica, and her spare time daydreaming about the ideal -- but sadly, fictional -- man: if only Mark Darcy wasn't claimed by Bridget Jones.
Some assembly required.
But two promotions and a record deal later, Ryan's three closest friends are suddenly moving on up -- while Ryan seems to be treading water. Then Charlie, her college ex and super hottie, appears out of the blue with a success story of his own and more than a little baggage in tow. In a New York minute, Ryan realizes that one doesn't live off a maxed-out credit card and a year's supply of squashed Ho Ho's without learning a few important life lessons. She's ready to squeeze a five-year-plan for success into just a few crazy months. After all, why be a big-city girl if you're not going to dream big -- and reach for the stars?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416510208
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 07/05/2005
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 722,465
File size: 354 KB

About the Author

Libby Street is the pseudonym for the writing team of Sarah Bushweller and Emily S. Morris.
Sarah and Emily met on Liberty Drive in Dover, Delaware, at the age of four and have been best friends ever since. Twenty years later, they began writing together via email and telephone -- just trying to make each other laugh.
They both live in tiny little apartments in Manhattan, where they're working on Libby Street's second novel.

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Happiness Sold Separately 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
eak321 More than 1 year ago
Happiness Sold Separately is pure, unapologetic chick lit. There's not much depth to the story, and the main character is likable...if she weren't so stupid and pathetic. In college, she meets a good, dropdead gorgeous guy with real life goals who only has eyes for her. He pays attention to her at parties and, when offered his dream job in L.A., he wants her to come along, where he'll support her until she can find employment. She declines. Instead, she now she hangs with her two best friends in NYC, stuck in a deadend data entry job waiting for a man to "rescue" her. Um...hello! Didn't she already have that and pass it up? With that said, the book was pretty well-written. The story moves along pretty quickly and (spoiler alert!) has a typical Hollywood movie ending.
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I enjoyed this book alot. I could picture the characters perfectly. The dialog was great. It is a chick book that isn't corny or mushy. I would love to see this made into a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an awesome chick lit. I really enjoyed it for the following reasons 1) it had heart, and wasn't just another chick lit full of superficiality 2) it was funny and witty without trying too hard, it was natural 3) it was totally relatable...although i may not be a 25 new yorker, the problems ryan went through, seemed real and not just something stupid 4) the bonus storyline or charlie and THE LIST...seriously, its not that predictable as one may think... the only reason i gave it 4.5 stars and not a 5 is because ther authors used 'The Average American Female' or 'the Modern American Female' way toooo much.. it got annoying. However this is just a minor fault in a rather great wholesome novel. I definitely recommend you to buy it, because you'll want to read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book. I could relate with Ryan completely. If you are in your mid 20's and not sure what to do w/ yourself definitely read this book...her relationship w/ her ex makes it a whole lot more interesting...
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty-five years old Manhattanite Ryan Hadley feels she lives an okay life though she finds boredom as her roommate much of the time especially on the job at Geiger Data Systems and in her closet sized apartment. The highlight of the past week for instance is seeing Henry Winkler on the streets. She enjoys spending time with her two best pals, Veronica and Audrey, but is shocked when both leap up the career ladder while she remains mummified below them. Ryan has been saved from cyber-sex by her best friend at work Will, lead singer of the Delicate Blunder band, who is suddenly making it in rock and roll and seemingly with Audrey too. --- Ryan feels depressed as her three buds are leaving her behind even though not one of them would do that consciously. Then a miracle occurs to lift Ryan¿s spirits when she spots Charlie her former college boyfriend. Though she can hear her song on his lips, he is engaged to a shrill. --- Thanks to a strong secondary cast who make New York seem real, HAPPINESS SOLD SEPARATELY is much deeper than the typical chick lit romp. Ryan is the center of the tale as she is jolted out of complacency by the recent gains by her three best friends and inspired by the return of Charlie into her life; the former makes her nostalgic for what she thinks they will lose but the latter turns her into an amazon warrior prepared to fight for her man. Though the fine character driven plot could do without the usual sub-genre lists, fans will want to walk with Ryan as she seeks her groove. --- Harriet Klausner