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1964 days ago

Bridget Jones’ Diary brought in a whole new “type” of chick-lit. A type where the heroine (who is also most often the narrator) is an oval in a round peg or a rectangle in a square peg – just a wee bit off size and very slightly off shape, but essentially a very definite part of the 68.5% that are supposed to be average. These girls are most often between 28 to 32 years. They are either cynical or self-pitying (you may even stumble upon some who are both). They are all spunky. Usually they hate their job (which is most likely something associated with writing) but seem to be doing better than they imagine. They talk almost incessantly to themselves – seriously, many folks may address a random statement to themselves, but the way these girls carry on, they need no one else in their lives; definitely not for conversation. All books in this genre solidly head towards romance no matter how cynical or self-pitying the protagonist is. This genre has interestingly expanded to embrace fiction, semi-autobiographies and autobiographies.

Judy Balan’s Sophie Says is firmly entrenched in this chick-lit genre – not that this makes it any less entertaining.

In the true spirit of the genre, Balan’s Sophie is thirty, single, footloose and believing herself to be fancy-free. She is a self-styled Breakup Coach; that is, she blogs about how to break-up.

Read complete review at: http://revieweratlarge.blogspot.in/2013/07/sophie-says-by-judy-balan.html

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2944 days ago

Anyone who has ever been in the Army during any era will especially appreciate these books. The first version features PV1 Murphy's observations as a new soldier, the second, as a PV2 with several months experience under his belt, and the third, as a just-promoted-to-PFC with three years(?) in boots. I'm not sure if there will be a forth once he's promoted to Specialist or Corporal but if there is, I'll definitely buy it.

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3004 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion, Irishgit! I had forgotten about this gem! Absolutely the funniest bit of literary criticism ever written. I first read this back in the 70s, and I remember laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. But Twain's barbs were so relevant..."He and the others ate the meat raw"...hahaha...still remember it, even though it was so long ago...
Well, after all, typing is simply holding the hands out and wiggling the fingers!

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3535 days ago

I was in the airport looking for a few books to make a long trans-Atlantic flight bearable. I picked this up thinking it would be good for a few laughs, as I'm a Jeff Foxworthy fan. The problem is, this book isn't actually written by Foxworthy, and you can tell. It's written by a ghostwriter, and it just isn't the same as real Foxworthy material. It has it's humorous moments, but in general it's quite disappointing.

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4056 days ago

I would love to be a fly on the wall in this guy's brain for a few minutes each day - he cracks me up!

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4903 days ago

Hilarious and highly imaginative collection of short stories that you'll want to pass on to friends.

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