August 22, 2009 Fat Chance by Deborah Blumenthal
This was an interesting read. I really liked the angle of accepting your "fat" instead of crash dieting all the time. The answers to getting to our "ideal" weight are always the same, no matter the trend, and yet, for the most part, I think we can all go a little crazy over a person, event or trip.

I was a little disbelieving of the main romance in the book because I just don't buy that he was into her. And the final romance seemed tacked on. About 2/3 of the way into the book, I figured it was over and then realized there was 100 pages left, so there must be something left for her to do/learn. I was a little disappointed by one of the threads left hanging because I thought it would have been great to bring her journey full circle. I guess Ms. Blumenthal didn't agree. I was also surprised at the actual diet, including recipes, listed in the back. Don't worry I didn't photocopy it to try it (though I definitely thought about it yesterday when I found it), but it seemed weird to actually include this diet in a book that's supposed to be about accepting yourself as you are.

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A Hollywood Ending by Robyn Sisman
I get the feeling that Ms. Sisman doesn't like Americans. Or maybe all Brits hate Americans and I just never noticed it before. I've also learned that I need to stop reading books about the entertainment industry because I find myself bored by the stereotypes, endless explanations of what I feel are simple concepts/equipment/etc and unrealistic situations. Also book covers lie - the story outlined on the back cover doesn't actually start until the middle of the book.

The first two books I read by Ms. Sisman were fun romps in Europe with silly but relateable heroines. Not so much with the last few books of hers I've read, including this one. A self-absorbed actress who is sold on the LA lifestyle trying to do Shakespeare? Not exactly original. I did like some of the supporting characters and hoped that we'd get to see more of her interaction at the theatre or more of the changes that occurred to make the last few pages make sense. I guess you can't get everything you want, unless you're a famous Hollywood actress. Gee, I think I already knew that.

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August 06, 2009 A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans
This book is quite long for chick lit (like her first book), but this time, it really works. It's split into four parts and they have logical rises and falls in action.

The first part was actually the hardest to get through because the introduction of the main character does not put her in the best light. However, once you get past that, she actually becomes quite likable and the action picks up as well. I ended up reading about 200 pages today because I was just so caught up in the plot and wanted to find out what happened.

I was sad to see it end, but lucky for me, she just released a new book this summer. :)

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August 04, 2009 Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
When I tried to renew this book with the library over the weekend, it appeared that someone else was waiting for it, so it was a no-go. I was at a good stopping place with Hopeless Romantic, so I decided to try to get through this book in three days. I wasn't sure I was going to get through it, but being sick today helped me reach my goal (the only good thing about bad pot roast!).

It was really compelling and I think I have quickly found a new favorite author! It seems like it would be difficult to side with the girl who is cheating with her best friend's fiance, but Ms. Giffin writes the relationship in such a way that you start feeling for her. Even though it starts going down predictable paths, I could see myself acting in the same way if I were in Rachel's position. Some of the Manhattan-ness of the book got on my nerves, but it was tempered with enough memories of Indiana to keep me from going crazy. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series!

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