Room For Improvement

Room For Improvement

by Stacey Ballis


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Room For Improvement by Stacey Ballis

Stacey Ballis tackles home improvement and reality TV—and reminds us that sometimes life and love are better left unscripted…

What do you get when you give two hopeful singles fashion consultants and interior designers, allow them four days to perk up each other’s homes and get a total style overhaul, then let their single friends celebrate the results at a fabulous party? You get Swap/Meet, the newest reality show on the network block, where major changes are either embraced or embarrassing—and Lily Allen’s dream job turned nightmare.

At first, Lily was thrilled to appear on Swap/Meet. What better way for a Chicago interior designer to promote her business and enjoy some pseudo-celebrity? She just didn’t think she’d be doing take after take with the ditzy host, dodging sabotage attempts, and getting caught in the middle of the fashion czars’ lovers’ spat. Plus, the cute, curmudgeonly carpenter on her team knows just how to push her buttons. Episode by episode, through do-it-yourself disasters and matchmaking miracles, Lily discovers that a little bit of controlled chaos is the spice of life—and love…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425209820
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2006
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 555,318
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stacey Ballis is the author of ten foodie novels: Inappropriate MenSleeping OverRoom for ImprovementThe Spinster SistersGood Enough to EatOff the MenuOut to LunchRecipe for DisasterWedding Girl, and How to Change a Life. She is a contributing author to three nonfiction anthologies: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like BoysEverything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly.

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“Stacey Ballis knows her readers like books smart and funny—and she always delivers.”—Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author of The Matzo Ball Heiress

“Stacey Ballis is warm, witty and wise…Her books suck you in and won’t let you go.”—Cara Lockwood, author of I Do But I Don’t

“Wickedly funny and brutally honest, Stacey Ballis is the thinking woman’s writer.” —Jennifer O’Connell, author of Off the Record

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Room for Improvement 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
superblondgirl on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Funny, entertaining fiction - the story was fast-paced, the characters engaging, the plot entertaining. My complaints are the alliteration that was thrown in randomly (I emailed Ballis and was told none of her other books use that device, and so I'm really looking forward to them!) - it got to the point where I was cringing waiting for alliteration as I read - and that there are places where the story jumps in time without warning, and you are left wondering what happened in between the last chapter and this one (particularly with Lily and the carpenter's relationship change). Altogether a good, entertaining read, though.
BinnieBee on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Ballis writes in an enjoyable style, with a lot of light-hearted banter throughout her books. This one is no exception.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
What I thought of this book: I really liked this book. It has one of my favorite things a house/room remodel show and a fashion makeover. Let's talk about the characters: Lily - I really liked her and felt bad for her for not being able to find a "boyfriend", Naomi and Hillary - they were great friends to Lily and helped her to see what she was doing wrong. I liked that the three of these ladies had been friends since they were little. Curt - I thought he was a good work friend for Lily and I liked how they played off each other. Jake and Gary - I did not like as they were trying to much to be players. Ashleigh - I also did not like her as she just was not nice. The two fashion designers Bryan and Jou were good guys just going through a touch time in their relationship. Another thing I liked was how at the beginning of some of the chapters we got a synopsis of that week's episode of the tv show. This book really read quickly and smoothly for me. It was the first book I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more of her books. What did I think of the cover: I thought the cover was very fitting for this book. You see a room designer looking over her plans in a blank slate of a room. I also like the cover choices.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an okay book for chick lit but the main character is really a slut. And what's with the weird alliterative paragraphs? In every chapter there are paragraphs where most of the words start with the same letters: deft, determined, delight, or understand, undetermined, and undermined. It's obviously deliberate and comes off as really fake.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just had to comment that I find it curious that the paperback version is cheaper than the e book for the Nook??? I love Stacey Ballis and came online looking to add a couple of her titles to my new Nook...not yet, I guess... :(
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book "Inappropriate Men" by this author but not this one. The dialog is really stilted and many of the characters speak in the same "voice". Fun concepts and plot points but the mediocre writing takes away from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Stacey's books, but this one is the best so far. I loved it! It's funny and the characters are wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy of ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT and pretty much inhaled it in two days. I adored everything about it - the size 14 heroine Lily who, instead of sitting around apologizing for her weight or feeling sorry for herself, has a fantastic career, great sex, strong friendships, a positive self-image, etc., the interesting and complicated network of supporting players ¿ of which there were many, but were so thoroughly drawn there was never an issue of keeping them straight, the extensively-researched DIY back-story, and, best of all, the humor so pervasive throughout the book. (I defy anyone to not laugh out loud whenever Bob speaks.) For those who say ¿Chick Lit¿ is played out, all I can say is think again. Stacey Ballis proves the genre can be funny, honest, clever, real, and most importantly, totally fresh.