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on August 23, 2012
This book was a breath of fresh air. A definite page turner, lots of twists and turns. It is not predictable, full of romance, deception, and friendship. Looking forward to the movie and the next book.
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Addison's life-long dream was to become her university's first woman chancellor and now that she's achieved that, life is perfect. She and her husband are deliriously happy together and her children are doing well. Her son Parker is the leader of a tight-knit group of life-long friends who consider Addison their mother figure. Of course, it turns out everything may not to be so perfect after all. Her husband is a cheat, and everyone knows except Addison. Now that the truth is finally out, her son's friend decides it's the perfect time to admit his secret love for her.

I think this might be the worst book I've ever read. The characters were one-dimensional and boring. Addison only care about being chancellor, but she hardly spent any time at the school. Most of her time was spent hanging around her son and his friends. All of the kids were fake and we never learned anything more about them than the most superficial attributes - stunningly beautiful, flowing blond locks, deeply tanned skin, etc.

The characters' behavior was completely unrealistic. Addison acted like a teenager, following her libido around wherever it led her. As someone who had been happily married for 24 years, she was able to get over her husband's betrayal pretty darn fast. After a few rolls in the hay with her son's friend, she was declaring her love for him, yet for the last 20 or so years, she'd considered him a son. Her new boy toy was so stalkerish; after they had been on 1 date (if you could call it that), he beat up one person, and tried to beat up another, just for talking to Addison. After an argument, she had 19 missed calls from him in the span of a few hours. Red flag, anyone?

All of the students were loaded. Like, absurdly rich. One of the characters received a brand new 7,000 square foot privately gated home for his high school graduation. This is the same kid who also had 2 cars, a boat and a live-in personal chef. Every time anything was mentioned, it was described as wealthy or decadent, and every time a house was described, it was called a mansion. That gets old pretty quickly.

After the unbelievable and annoying characters, the writing was the worst thing about the book. It was choppy and inconsistent. First Addison would be "remorseful" for doing the nasty with her quasi-son, then in the very next paragraph, "they don't have an ounce of regret." Everything had to be spelled out, like the reader wouldn't be smart enough to figure out things on their own. This is a perfect example:

"After completing her sentence, she walked out of the room."

Thank goodness it was pointed out that she was done talking. I never would have known otherwise.

Also, Brown-Thomas (which, coincidentally, is the name of the university in the book) seemed obsessed with ellipses. They were stuck in random spots, usually at least 2 on every page, most of the time it was more.

"You not dating much... I can't ever remember seeing you with anyone, except... That one blonde girl... what's her name? Tall... gorgeous."

The last quarter of the book took a very different (and ridiculous) turn when the kids and Addison ended up trapped inside a vacation house as a bad guy threatened the lives of their loved ones if they didn't tell each other all of their secrets. There were cell phones and notes and clues involved. The whole thing felt thrown together and not well thought out. It was like Brown-Thomas decided at the last minute to make the book a mystery, and just tacked that part on. Though I did enjoy who the big bad was, their reasoning didn't make logical sense.

Overall, I thought the book sucked and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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on April 28, 2012
I could not put the book down!

Jennifer Brown Thomas' novel debut 'Blissful Lies' is like a breath of fresh for its audience. 'Bliss' has everything a novel should have: romance, comedy, tragedy and mystery. The book centers around a group of college kids and the "mother" of their group, also the Chancellor of their school, Brown-Thomas University. These kids have been close-knit friends most of their lives, and they think they know everything about each other and their families, but secrets and lies start to unravel throughout each chapter. The main character, Addison Hamilton, seems to be the sunshine through any dark clouds portrayed. You just cannot help yourself from smiling each time she walks into a room. Addison holds the deepest secret of them all, and only time can tell when that secret is released from the shadows.

'Bliss' is a remarkable, revealing, inside portrait of a family who seemed to have it all - wealth, success, and attractive good looks - but what you see on the outside is not what it may seem on the inside.

As an inspiring novel author myself, Jennifer Brown Thomas fills that inspiration in me. With the debut of her novel, the movie, and its soundtrack...she is a bright new star.

Keep an eye out for the release of the movie at [...]!

Nicole Marie Pratl (Senior Journalism Student)
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on May 2, 2012
"You could almost smell the envy and jealousy of the passing tourists as they gawked at the extravagant lifestyles we were all fortunate enough to live."
Thus begins the eventful journey of a group of family and friends, as the very fabric of their lives is stretched to the limits.
This first time novel from up and coming Jeniifer Brown- Thomas proves to be an extraordinary tale of priveleged lives and deprived souls.
Romance,friendship,family,mystery,and tragedy, this book will take you on a journey,told with unanticipated twists and unexpected turns.
"Blissful Lies" is a highly recommended reading experience for all!Blissful Lies (Soundtrack)
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on April 29, 2012
Blissful Lies is a story to be read by one and all! The page-turning plot consumes you entirely. Love, hatred, friendship, mistrust. This phenomenal book encompasses all parallels of life. I can only imagine the impact of the upcoming film!
Jennifer Brown Thomas is definitely a force to be reckoned with!
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on April 30, 2012
Having seen the trailer for "Blissful Lies" and knowing somewhat about the story and its twists and turns I wasn't sure how exciting and surprising this book would be for me. But what an extraordinary read that was!!

Jennifer Brown-Thomas' novel starts strong and only gets better and better. With her wonderful character descriptions, modern language and thrown-in-just-like-that jokes she wrote a fantastic piece, a must-read for everyone who loves character driven stories - old and young alike. Especially the second half of the book pulls the reader into a blissful world and never lets go.

Readers and book lovers everywhere - if you hunger for a memorable and pleasurable reading experience - look no further! This book has a story that is filled with all emotions, dreams, joys and pains that life has to offer! You won't regret it.

Blissful Lies (Soundtrack)
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on May 26, 2012
This is Jennifer Brown-Thomas's first book and there is no doubt that this young lady will go far! The characterization she did on each of her characters is remarkable. I'm so glad I was able to read this book before I see the movie. The movie (that I understand was presented at Cannes last month) will only be a bonus.
If you are ready for drama, family secrets, a little humor, a page turner, this is the book for you!
Good job Jennifer, looking forward to her next book!!
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on June 6, 2013
I cannot believe that all these positive reviewers have actually read this book. It is written so poorly that it sounds as if a teenager wrote the book in an introduction to writing workshop. The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is ridiculous, there is no depth to any character/plot. There is no way that this book should have as many positive reviews as it does. I feel like I just read a book written by a middle school girl. Don't waste your time.
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on August 10, 2012
What an incredible story. There are so many unexpected twists throughout the book that I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book.

I heard a film is coming out based on the book CAN"T WAIT!!!

I'll be looking for more projects from this author!
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on August 5, 2012
and cant wait for more. not a "traditional" love story and you will be surprised at how much you root for this romance. love the twists and turns! move over christian grey cause jackson is in the house!
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