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High Maintenance 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who was separated from a cheating husband, I can relate to Liv. She behaved like a 'real' person with all her quirky ways. No one is perfect or always makes the right decisions. Her choices in life were emotionally driven. I laughed out loud many times because the thoughts that run through her head are amusing. Anyone who has gone through or is going through a divorce should read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm still in shock at how I finally found a book that appeals to my sense of humor. I thought Liv was a perfect spoiled girl-woman. I laughed out loud throughout the book, and when I was finished, the smile on my face was glowing. Belle writes what I am constantly thinking in the back of my sometimes very strange mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. Read it once, put it aside and then reread. It will make your laugh all over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Initially 'High Maintenance' caught my eye because of the title; I thought, 'Hey! That's me!' haha Once I began reading, I couldn't put it down. I found myself laughing out loud, despite my whereabouts. Liv is a character that, while on the surface I didn't relate to, the basis of her soul, the needing to find herself and where she belongs, is something I think everyone can relate to. Her adventures as a newly single woman in the workforce had me laughing to tears, especially her randevouz with Dale, the um, she-he real estate agent. Her romantic escapade with the sex psycho, Andrew also had me on the edge of my seat. When I was unable to read this page turner of a novel, my thoughts were always reverting back to the words I was about to read, wondering always what was going to happen to her next. It's definitely a must read...pick it up today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read and I could not put it down! If you live in Manhattan, you will really get a kick out of this. Great book for the independent woman!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who live in New York, you'll definitely appreciate this book; however, you don't have to be a New Yorker to enjoy it. Jennifer Belle takes a somewhat senstive issue of divorce and re-entering into the world of career and dating and makes it hysterical. There are so many details in this book that we could all relate to even if you don't live in the big city - the thoughts that go through our minds - she has it down. I'm looking forward to reading her first book, Going Down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so hysterical that I had found myself laughing out loud in public. It's a fun read and even though the characters are extreme I surprisingly can relate them to several people I know. Which made this book even more enjoyable. The main character, Liv, is sarcastic, humorous & has the attitude which will let no one stand in her way. Her experiences are fun and if you live in NY, as I do, you will find that you can have a connection to her many embellished encounters. I also loved the rhythm of the writing. In NY you can see & experience almost everything non-imaginable, 'High Maintenance' directs those elements with a witty technique. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was passed onto me by a friend which by the end of the book I had a line of friends waiting to read it. It was close to reality for many of situations that women in New York go through, as well as being laugh out loud funny.
Av3ryRD More than 1 year ago
This book was kinda neat
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Wendybird More than 1 year ago
My sister gave it to me read, but I never intended on reading it. I loved this book. Parts made me laugh out loud. Jennifer Belle has a great way of developing characters that appeal to the craziness inside all of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of lots of different genres. This book is a real page-turner that will keep you laughing. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i only read when i'm bored, and i haven't finished it yet, but so far its a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hysterical. Liv is so crazy and so quick witted and that's what makes it commical. The dialogue is hilarious. You can't take it seriously. It's just a fun read and I laughed outloud through the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you have just finished a lengthy, long classic...this is a great book to pick up. It is an easy and FUN read about a woman overcoming a divorce and finding the perfect apartment in New York. It will make you laugh and cringe all at once. I would recommend it as a great holiday read or by the pool book. Too Cute!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book although I had a hard time relating to Andrew & Liv's relationship. For her to have really liked someone like that I think she must have been a little crazy and/or suffer from low self esteem. The end was contrived but overall I liked the book alot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very awfully written with a main character without a shred of self- respect. Like many reviewers have pointed out, the relationship between Liv and Andrew is totally unrealistic, which made it very hard to get into the story. Andrew was a thoroughly irritating character who has no redeeming feature, and having to read their equally irritating interactions made this book a horrendous read. Aviod this at all cost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The character was well developed and though many people say they wouldn't find themselves relating to her. I did. It's atleast worth the read. It had a great ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked Liv, but I suspect she suffers from low self-esteem. Only that could explain her relationship with Andrew -- a short, chubby detestable sex-crazed biter who is despicably cheap and lives with someone else. I also detested her first boss Dale but at least we lost her in the first part of the book. Like I said, I told my husband I didn't like the book, but darn it, I couldn't put it down either. It was entertaining and funny in places. I really give it 3 1/2 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i found no sympathy or empathy for the character of Liv and like a previous reviewer stated the relationship that develops between her and andrew is unrealistic. skimmed last bit of pages just to see the ending i could foresee way ahead of time.skip it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Belle is a very quick-witted writer. Her characters do everyday things like borrow a baggie of parmesan. I raced through this book in a matter of hours, unable to put it down at bedtime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a non-stop read with a humorous character that most women can relate to or admire for her strong intellect. My favorite aspect of Liv Kellerman is how she is not afraid to act on her gut insticnts. Definitely take time out to indulge in 'high maintenance.'
harstan More than 1 year ago
After five years of marriage to Jack, Liv Kellerman decides to end the farce and leave him. Jack makes it clear that he keeps the apartment that he will only leave in a pine box. Knowing she could not afford it anyway, Liv moves to a crummy spot in the Village.

She obtains employment with a blind judge, but cannot pay the rent for the dump she now resides in. Liv prefers not to ask for alimony from her spouse or any money from her wealthy father if she can help it. Instead, she attends a real estate trainee session. Soon Liv is earning commissions selling property to the rich, the famous, and the weird, some of whom have all three traits. Her personal life remains in loserville as her lover retains his main squeeze who turns out not to be Liv. He also loves to bite her during sex. What¿s an earlobe or two ¿ just ask Holyfield?

HIGH MAINTENANCE is an amusing romp through the Manhattan real estate jungle where predators roam every corner. The story line is weird, humorous and often insightful into the human urban comedy. Though quite entertaining, Liv at times in her desperate search for a good apartment in a nice neighborhood and a good man in a nice apartment seems pathetic. Though not quite on the level of GOING DOWN, Jennifer Belle¿s latest tale still provides satirical laughs with the goings on of that island whose real estate once sold for $24 (is that zillions in present value?).

Harriet Klausner