When a heartsick London woman moves Down Under to start over, she finds that Sydney is populated with men who look all too familiar-making it far too easy for her to repeat the mistakes of her past.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Maggie Alderson was born in London and lives in Sydney. She was editor of Elle in the UK, has worked for many other magazines and newspapers, and is a popular writer with the Sydney Morning Herald.
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Pants on Fire based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
In this fun, fast-moving story, Londoner Georgia (not Georgie, thank-you very much) is starting over in Australia after breaking up with her cheating fiance.Through her job working at Glow magazine, she ends up in the middle of Sydney social life--a dazzling whirl of parties, easy drugs and sex, and friendships both superficial and strong.She recovers from her broken heart, makes some good friends, learns about herself, love, friendship, and trust, and ends up with a romance after all, even though she'd intended to keep things light. (No, I'm not saying who it's with or what happens--you'll have to read the book to find out! )Pants on Fire could have easily become a cautionary tale about the evils of drug use or promiscuity, but it didn't. It also avoided cliches with Georgia's best friend, Antony, who's gay, but not a caricature. The secondary characters, and there are quite a few of them, are neither perfect nor 2-dimensional 'types'. They're realistic--people you might expect to meet if you were part of the in-crowd in Sydney.I've never been to Australia (my husband did have the opportunity to be stationed there at one point, but we opted for Germany instead), but Pants on Fire made it come to life for me.And I finally found out what Tim Tams are. Online buddies have been raving about them for years, and when I told them about the definition of Tim Tams in Pants on Fire, they said it was very accurate, and that they were going to go out to buy Pants on Fire, as it was obviously a brilliant book!Another Australian chick lit. Be warned: lots of promiscuity, and drugs in this one. I had a bit of trouble with all the casual drug use--that's not something I see in fiction much at all, unless it's the villain, and it's a cautionary tale. Entertaining, but it was more of a "slice of life" story than one that actually went somewhere.
In London Georgiana ¿Georgia¿ (not Georgie or George) Abbott catches her fiancé with his erect penis, but someone else is giving him the lift. Needing to move on and mend her broken heart, Georgia accepts a job at Glow magazine in Sydney, Australia though her friends and family think going Down Under to turn one¿s life upside down seems excessive. --- In Sydney, Georgia joins the party scene as expected by someone who works for a magazine that offers information on orgasms for the 18-26 (by 27 you know or are too frigid to matter) female. Georgia realizes the men she meets are clones of the cheater she left behind even the tongues are as slimy as that limey she dumped. Though Billy Ryan¿s tongue makes her reconsider having a first born with him, he introduces her to Rory Stewart who mourns the loss of his three older brothers in a plane crash. Rory cares for his devastated family taking up farming and having given up art. He and Georgia are attracted to one another, but he fears commitment feeling overburdened with his family load. --- Though the disproportionate promiscuity and overindulgent drug usage is over emphasized, fans will appreciate this chick lit tale as the English transplant does Sydney (and a few males). The story line is often amusing, but the support cast for the most part comes across as superficial. Rory is the only person who truly cares about others, which leads to his dilemma of choosing between the woman he loves and tending to his broken family. He keeps Maggie Alderson¿s tale alive with his deep feelings especially his frustrations of that of the caretaker who has abandoned his desires sacrificing his life doing the good deeds. ---Harriet Klausner