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20 Times a Lady [Kindle Edition]

Karyn Bosnak
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Bosnak writes with a charming and original voice.”
Chicago Sun-Times

A smart and bubbly romp, soon to be a major Hollywood motion picture starring Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Zachary Quinto, and Andy Samberg, What’s Your Number? by Karyn Bosnak asks—and answers—the provocative question, how many men are too many? When Delilah Darling exceeds her magic number of twenty ex-lovers without finding “Mr. Right,” she sets out on a hilarious road trip to discover what went wrong. Originally published as 20 Times a Lady, Bosnak’s What’s Your Number? has got the number of chick lit romantic comedy fans who are looking for a sassy read with true wit as well as brains.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bosnak, the woman behind the popular "Save Karyn" Web site (she also penned a book by the same title), makes her fiction debut with the tepid tale of Delilah Darling, a woman on the cusp of 30 who loses her job and sleeps with her heinous former boss in an entanglement that's the 20th notch on her headboard. It's a painful realization, as she'd just read in the New York Post, that the average person has 10.5 partners in their lifetime. Fearing she has more than reached her quota, Delilah takes off on a cross-country trip, determined to find "the one" among the 20 of her former lovers. But she soon discovers that the men of her romantic past"an inmate, a rehab patient, a dog-obsessed Amway salesman and a Muppeteer among them"aren't exactly life-partner material. Clever chapter breaks that feature maps and voice-mail transcripts are fun additions, but the story"hobbled by limp humor, razor-thin characters and phoned-in prose"takes too long to find its inevitably happy ending. (July)
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From Booklist

Don't hate yourself in the morning for reading this book and liking it. It's as irresistible as a pint of Ben & Jerry's and goes down as easily. Free spirit Delilah hates herself after she wakes up with inappropriate man number 20 the day after she's been laid off from her job. Since this number is the limit Delilah has set for herself before getting married, she has the expected loopy single-gal freak-out and goes on an extended journey to track down every badly chosen man she's ever slept with and determine if she didn't make a mistake tossing one of them back into the dating pool. Astute readers will spot Mr. Right immediately--a Colin Farrell look-alike who tracks down Delilah's old boyfriends and is charmed by her quest. Fans of chick lit will recognize the overbearing mother, the quirky pet, the misguided ideas about love and relationships, and the laugh-out-loud encounters with old flames that end in hilarious flameouts. The lively pace and outlandish story will keep readers hooked, but don't skip the footnotes. Kaite Mediatore
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Product Details

  • File Size: 818 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060828358
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious July 7, 2006
This girl will crack you up!!! I was laughing through her first book "Save Karyn" and her second did not disappoint. I can't wait until her next book comes out. You all should definitely read if you want to be entertained.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars yes it's witty, but..... March 23, 2007
I have to agree with most of the posts that the author is very witty and most of what she wrote was laugh out loud funny. The ending was predictable and it was irritating to see that the main character could be so dimwitted as to bother looking up her "loser" ex-boyfriends. Hadn't she heard the saying, never go back?

This should have been a quick read, but what irritated me were all the editor errors. It really took away from the book and there were so many I wondered if the editor had something against the author. It wasn't just the occasional typo. There were added words, missing words and in some areas had to be read over.

If you need some laughter in your life, then go ahead and borrow it from someone or go on the authors blog and try and win one for free.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely observed n damn cute with it... June 29, 2006
I picked this book up at Gatwick before flying to the US and it was the perfect read for a 9 hour flight - I read it from cover to cover. At times, the dialogue can be slightly clanky but there are some touchingly accurate n profound observations as well that more than balance out the book. Ms Bosnak handles my late twenties crisis really well!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF A KIND!! July 8, 2006
Karyn has a knack for writing! Like her first book, as soon as I sat down and started reading.........I WAS IN STITCHES!! This is a LAUGH OUT LOUD enjoy to read! Be careful you aren't in a quite place, people will look!

If you want an easy, fun completely whacky book, this is the one. YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN!

I don't know where she comes up with the ideas she has, but I hope she keeps writing.............KARYN'S AWESOME!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Karyn Bosnak's Work! July 4, 2006
By Kristen
I bought the book the day after it came out and I've already finished it. I loved it so much that I couldn't put it down. The main character, Delilah, is someone I can relate to. Her journey accross the states will have you laughing and blushing thanking God that you're not in her shoes. This book is full of comic relief and heart felt moments. You can definately see the authors wit shine through.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read June 27, 2006
By Just Me
Realizing she has reached her sexual partner limit, Delilah takes off on a road trip to try to reconnect with ex-lovers. Well, hopefully at least one!! This novel makes a fun read. It's an interesting as Delilah makes her way across the United States to look up old boyfriends and see if they still have that chemistry. Will she realize an old-flame is the one? Will her first love turn out to be her life-long love? I highly recommend finding out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Standard fare July 23, 2009
I enjoyed Karyn Bosnak's "Save Karyn" and was interested in seeing how she would fare with her first piece of fiction, "20 times a lady". I wasn't expecting a lot and not a lot is exactly what Ms Bosnak delivered. "20 Times a Lady" isn't horrible but it lacks anything that would lead me to recommend it. I think much of the problem is that the book just seems to be the umpteenth variation on the classic chick-lit plot. Start with a 30'ish heroine (check), give her a comical (though not particularly funny or interesting)personal life (check), add a contrived plot twist (check) and then fill in the rest. This is chick-lit by numbers if ever there was such a thing. What generally elevates a routine story in the chick-lit genre is usually a good writing style and the creation of characters we can enjoy. In terms of style, what was endearing in Bosnak's first book, a memoir, turns annoying when used for fiction. And the character of Delilah Darling (cutesy name, check) is just simply one that I can't imagine anyone getting behind. At no point was there anything about Delilah that made me want to see her succeed in her quest. At no point did I believe that Delilah was truly looking for love for any reason other than the fact that she had slept with twice as many men as a magazine said was the average.
I can see the counter-argument that this book is intended to be nothing more than cotton candy for the brain, but frankly it doesn't even work on that level. There are entries in this genre that are far wittier, more inventive and just flat out more enjoyable than "20 Times a Lady".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute fun read September 5, 2009
This is no literary masterpiece but it is a fun quick read if you are interested in reading about a girl's search for her true love among her exes. It was fairly obvious to me who our protagonist would end up with but it was fun to see her get there.

If you like chick lit then you will enjoy this!
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Published 3 months ago by angela
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Predictable plot but it was a good read.
Published 4 months ago by K. Wiles
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
I first saw the movie, fell in love with the characters, found out there was a book, and bought it. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MSmurf
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book I liked it it was good and funny to read it I enjoyed this book it was good
Published 10 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best written, funny chick lit books I have ever read.
I got this after seeing the movie based on the book called What’s Your Number that stars Anna Farris and Chris Evans. And it should say the movie is “loosely” based on the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable!
Adorable! Karyn is adorable and so many of us have been in the same predicament! Nice to see how Karyn saves herself.
Published 13 months ago by Victoria Staffo
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny to keep to yourself.
Hilariously bold and uninhibited...loved her journey through self discovery and the power of forgiveness. Laughed so hard I cried and woke my husband up on occasion.
Published 17 months ago by Michelle D Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
A wonderfully funny book from a wonderfully funny lady. Couldn't have read it at a better time, 4 months before my 30th birthday, I felt right in the same place as the character. Read more
Published 22 months ago by AHJ
4.0 out of 5 stars 20 is her number (may contain some spoilers)
This was an interesting story concept about Delilah tracking her ex-boyfriends one by one to see if any one of them could be her Mr Right. Read more
Published on January 12, 2013 by Laine Flamelight
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
It's kind of crazy start that the leading character Delilah first reveals how loose she is regarding her relationship with men because she had slept nineteen men in her life (of... Read more
Published on October 20, 2012 by Masumi
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More About the Author

Karyn Bosnak lives in Los Angeles. Her first book, the memoir SAVE KARYN (based on the website of the same name), received international media attention when it was published in 2003, resulting in appearances on the Today Show and 20/20. Karyn's second book and first novel, 20 TIMES A LADY, was published in 2006 and made into the 2011 feature film WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER? starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans. To find out what she's up to visit

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