So I guess chick lit can be serious fiction, because this book totally affected me. The book for the most part is a typical chick lit a thirty year old successful woman in a glamorous job tosses aside her long time boyfriend fiance for her own shallow insecurities Having given him the heave ho she realizes that there are men worse than hers and this realization nearly destroys her business, friendships and self esteem In the end those around her conspire to get her back on her feet and together with her one true albeit not perfect love Had the book only been about that plot I would have tossed it aside. Instead Maxted tosses at her shallow and self absorbed protagonist a variety of issues rape, law suits, unwanted pregnancy, clinical depression, and adoption among others For all of this crap that Holly is faced with I wish I could say that she follows the title of the book and behaves like an adult But she doesn t She repeatedly makes things worse for herself by hiding from the unpleasantries of her life While at times these scenes are poignant and understandable, after awhile I had to side with Holly s friends and coworkers at their frustration with her behavior. So why did I keep reading it I read it for Nick, Holly s much maligned boyfriend and sometimes fiance The only thing I could figure out is why he kept taking her back but people are stupid about love in real life so I can t quibble Nick for all of Holly s bitching and moaning is actually the mature of the two. If you like Chick lit and English wit, then you should like this It does deal with a pretty serious topic, as noted in other reviews, but overall it s just a cheeky good read It s actually quite funny and had me laughing out loud on than one occasion I definitely enjoyed her writing style enough to seek out other books by this author I did, however, feel rather disheartened by the serious subject matter as I wasn t expecting it and had picked this up hoping for a good ol fashioned escapist and entertaining fluffy read Still, I would recommend it, just for lines like this But mainly, I can t forgive her for coming to our house and saying in front of the cat, Whenever I see an animal charity I walk straight past it I love that. However, I felt she twisted in way too many issues into a single book, and it became very unbelievable Honestly, the entire time I wanted her to hate Nick for walking in when she was bring raped and not stopping it even though it was natural for him to assume they were having consensual sex She wasn t mad enough to be a rape survivor Her emotions were way too light It s like she took a couple therapy session s and everything was better That s not really how it works, and it s dangerous to write in such a way that makes family and friends of survivors assume this is true.
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Mar 20, Carrie Lucas rated it liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Holly starts to disconnect from her life and becomes extremely irresponsible after the assault. She also starts hating on her good from Nige, just because he is a guy. These anecdotes I felt were portrayed correctly. However, I felt she twisted in way too many issues into a single book, and it became very unbelievable.
Honestly, the entire time I wanted her to hate Nick for walking in when she was bring raped and not stopping it even though it was natural for him to assume they were having consensual sex. Her emotions were way too light. Holly is the twenty nine year old owner of Girl meets Boy a dating service for those who are beautiful inside and out. Though she,s a success at match making her own love life is a disaster.
Her ex fiance still lives in the house with her that they bought together. He doesn,t really work , he has a job as an elephant for childrens parties once in awhile. His parents are rich and they treat him like a child. When he This book was a little different than i expected it to be It,s set in London. When he finally moves out, Holly goes out on a date with one of the clients of the dating service.
And the guy rapes her. Its all down hill from there. Than Nick her ex finds out he was adopted and decides to find his birth mum. His adoptive parents are all upset. Holly has a pregnancy scare, at which point she asks Nick to marry her. Than turns out it was a false alarm and when she tells him he gets upset.
You get drawn into Hollys family and friends lifes. I never got into it, even by the last page. Reading it to the finish was just an act of stubbornness. First of all, the characters did not seem believable at all. The main character, Holly, who also serves as the narrator, apparently runs her own business and owns a home, but she can lock herself up at home for weeks at a time without doing any work.
She has a sister named Claudia who is a lesbian, and she has another sister who is This book was really unimpressive, and it was hard to get into.
She has a sister named Claudia who is a lesbian, and she has another sister who is a psychoanalyst. She also has an ex-boyfriend Nick who has recently discovered that he is adopted. Her parents are happy and well-adjusted middle class Brits. She has a friend named Rachel who is an overweight party planner. Also, she employs a metrosexual man named Nige who is also a good friend.
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