On the Rocks

On the Rocks

by Erin Duffy
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On the Rocks by Erin Duffy

A heartwarming novel about friendship, family, and finding love in the Facebook Age—not to mention the perils, pitfalls, and dubious pleasures of being a modern young single woman—from Erin Duffy, the author of Bond Girl.

Six months ago, Abby's life fell apart for the entire world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her—on Facebook—while she was trying on dresses for the big day.

When the usual remedies—multiple pints of Ben & Jerry's, sweatpants, and a comfy couch—fail to work their magic, her best friend, Grace, devises a plan to get Abby back on her game. She and Abby are going to escape Boston and its reminders of Ben and head to Newport for the summer. There, in a quaint rented cottage by the sea, the girls will enjoy cool breezes, cocktails, and crowds of gorgeous men.

But no matter where they go, Abby and Grace discover that in this era of social media—when seemingly everyone is preserving every last detail of their lives online—there is no real escape. Dating has never been easy. But now that the rules are more blurred than ever, how will they find true love? And even if they do, can romance stand a chance when a girl's every word and move can go viral with a single click?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062205742
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Erin Duffy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street, a career that inspired her first novel, Bond Girl. She lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met the old-fashioned way—in a bar).

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On the Rocks: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
A Mess. Duffy's first novel, 'Bond Girl' is a smart, fast paced, and terrific debut about a young woman's harsh coming of age on Wall Street during the 2008 crash. Therefore, it's hard to believe this came from the same author. I found this a total trainwreck centered on the most predictable, done to death, cliche in so-called 'women's fiction': a young woman is cruelly dumped by her fiance and then spends months eating herself into a stupor, gaining lots of weight, not totally cutting ties with the jerk, and wallowing all the while accompanied by a best friend with definite issues of her own. The friend's solution to Abby's heartache is to go to Newport for the summer where they can drink themselves into oblivion regularly, live the bar-hopping lifestyle and pick up guys. (And these are not spoilers). These are supposedly smart professionals. The plot goes all over the place: is this an indictment of social media and its effect on relationships? If so, that's never consistently, clearly, or intelligently employed. Is it a look at how unrealistic romantic notions doom relationships? If so, it's never dealt with except some whining about 'Disney ruined my life.' I think this is supposed to be about grabbing life's opportunities but all we get is a 31 year old (and we know this because Abby tells us on every other page) kindergarten teacher who barely mentions her career except to alternately imply it's an easy job that doesn't take much time/effort to a much later, out of the blue statement that her job is very important. She constantly tells us how old and 'spinsterish' 31 is and how she is going to be grown up and serious because she is, after all, 31. She is obsessed with finding a man. At one point a character calls Abby 'pathetic', and boy, is that accurate. Abby spends most of the book acting like an 18 year old on Spring Break whose only goals are to drink, go to the bars, pick up guys, whine about her weight, whine about bad dates, whine about how old she is and how she must get married. A part time job really only serves the purpose of bringing in more potential hook ups and another female character who goes nowhere in terms of character. While there are some witty one liners used as chapter titles, the tone shifts wildly and the last couple of pages try to wrap up everything in a clunky attempt at depth that comes out of nowhere and should have 'And the moral is...' introducing it. Abby's mother is an over the top, cardboard stereotype: the narcissistic nightmare so ego maniacal she cannot see or care about her kid. A much more interesting twist would have been a mother who had some world wisdom and grounding in contrast to her daughter's flightiness. I wanted to smack every character (with the exception of Abby's aunt who seems to have some common sense) on every page. I hope this is just a sophomore slump and that the author will find MUCH better footing in a third attempt. Do yourself a favor and read 'Bond Girl.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. A good, light read. Will recommend to friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and very well written. I could relate and made me do some reevaluating
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
The characters here, as in Duffy's first book, are so well drawn, you feel like you know them. As I was reading On The Rocks, I felt like I was one of the group, hanging out with Abby, Grace, Bobby and Wolf on the beach, going to bars, eating seafood on the deck. Duffy has an uncanny ability to put the reader right there with them. Bobby and Grace tell Abby that she is being too picky, and then to prove their point, Abby reels off a list of deal breakers."Well, I mean I don't think I could date a guy who chews with his mouth open. I have no patience for guys with bad table manners. I won't be able to handle anyone who eats like a Neanderthal. Oh, and he can't be a Jets fan. God, I could never date a Jets fan...And he needs to have good teeth. This day and age, there is no excuse for an overbite." I didn't care if Grace thought this was hypercritical. I like a nice smile. Sue me.Duffy puts humor in this tale that made me laugh out loud. When Abby tried to restore some order to her life by organizing her apartment, going so far as to alphabetize her spice rack "so she could locate the cinnamon right next to the cloves should some sort of spontaneous bake-off erupt in my apartment", I chortled. Abby's mom reminded me of the mother character in Carrie Fisher's novel, Postcards From The Edge, played memorably in the movie by Shirley McLaine. Her mother is devastated that the wedding has been called off because she couldn't wait for everyone to see how good she looked. She ends up wearing a bridal gown to her younger daughter's wedding, as if it was her own wedding. She is a piece of work. Bobby is my favorite character in the novel. He seems to like Abby more than he lets on, but he does his best to set her up with other guys. He is funny, charming, a freeloader (always coming over for beer, food and cigarettes), but he seems to be a genuine good guy. Watching Abby and Bobby's budding friendship is one of the highlights of the novel. On The Rocks is the perfect book to drop in your bag as you head for spring break or look forward to summers on the beach. I'd love to run into Abby, Bobby and the gang again in a future novel.
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Experience the journey of a woman dealing with a bad breakup, as she tries to heal and "get back out there• Lots of humor thrown in and was pleasantly surprised that it did not end like i thought it would
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Funny, quirky and entertaining. A nice story about friendship, some family and dating disasters.
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"'Aight. I need to go update my bio." He vanishes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks out; humming 'Ride'.
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Go to mea result six