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Bubbles Unbound Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2002

3.8 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Bubbles Yablonsky Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Meet Bubbles Yablonsky, beautician-reporter-sleuth and blazing star of Strohmeyer's entertaining, establishment-bashing debut as a mystery writer. Like the mills that gird the book's seen-better-days steel town of Lehigh, Pa., the city is itself a seething cauldron. Battle lines are sharply drawn between the haves and have-nots. Bubbles is hell-bent on getting even with the overlords, especially her former husband, a heel who has gone over to the other side. Opportunity knocks when Bubbles incriminates a wealthy socialite in a brutal murder and then uncovers a murky past, where corpses are littered around the accused's steel-magnate husband. The going is never easy, as Bubbles faces more perils than Pauline: falling off a bridge in the arms of a potential suicide; dodging drive-by gunmen and car bombers; being handcuffed and fitted for cement boots; and always searching for a better way to display her cleavage. Armed with her certificate from Two Guys Community College, abetted by a quirky array of social castoffs and fueled by Doritos, Velveeta and Diet Pepsi, Bubbles overcomes every obstacle on her way to shaking the foundations of the corporate world and, in the process, leaving more than a few wrinkles in her ex's tailored Brooks Brothers suits. Hop in the Camaro and buckle up: Bubbles is behind the wheel, and a wild ride awaits. Agent, Heather Schroder at ICM.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Bubbles Yablonsky, a 34-year-old hairdresser/divorcee, may dress and look like a blonde Barbie-doll bimbo, but she aspires to a more brain-intensive job as an investigative journalist. She grabs her main chance when she and a hunky but elusive photographer named Stiletto discover a dead bodyDalong with the apparent perpetrator, who is drunk and just happens to be the antidrug-crusading wife of a local steel magnate. Suffice to say, Bubbles's revelatory story causes endless repercussions. A sexy, irrepressible heroine, riotous supporting characters, continual action, ubiquitous humor, and even a makeup tip or two make this a highly recommended series debut.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Later Printing edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451205448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451205445
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After being placed on other "must read" YA lists, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT has recently been chosen by Texas school librarians for the 2013 Lone Star Reading List, a great honor since Texas is a BIG state. Thank you, librarians!
It's also my fourteenth novel, but my first for young adults after writing mysteries and stand alones, one of which, THE CINDERELLA PACT, became the Lifetime Movie - LYING TO BE PERFECT. Of all these, SMART GIRLS has been my favorite to write because not only was I a "smart girl," but so were my daughter and her friends who, like me, grew tired of playing second fiddle. I figured the time had come for our kind to receive the kudos, the attention and the boys. The bad girls had hogged center stage long enough.
Before I wrote novels, I was a newspaper reporter of questionable talent for twenty years, never quite serious or responsible enough for the duty of recording all the news that's fit to print. (My definition of what was fit to print and my editors' often clashed. Apparently, it was not necessary to describe certain cops as "super cute.")
Some novelists begin their careers by winning literary contests or writing their first manuscripts while pursuing a masters degree. I began mine by placing Barbie in forty contemporary and historical settings with photos taken by my friend (and awesome photographer) Geoff Hansen. BARBIE UNBOUND: A PARODY OF THE BARBIE OBSESSION became a cult hit, landed me on CBS This Morning and USA Today. It was, briefly, the most shoplifted book in America.
After that, I wrote the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series featuring a bubble-headed blonde ditzy - or is she? - hairdresser with a gift for gossip who becomes a newspaper reporter. Kind of like a memoir, sure. And then a bunch of novels about women.
Today, I live in Vermont with my husband, a lawyer, and son, Sam, an upcoming high school junior. My daughter, Anna, is a senior at Bryn Mawr College where there are A LOT of smart girls. Also, there's Fred, my five-year-old basset hound and between you and me, the love of my life.

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As the story starts out, the main character, Bubbles Yablonsky, a Barbie look alike, talks about her life, and how she becomes a part time reporter. Bubbles, who also explains her name, works at Sandy's House of Beauty and ends up back at school, which leads her to a story, which leads her to a hunky photographer, who leads her to a body, which starts a dangerous conflict between the rich and the poor of Lehigh, PA. Bubbles sidekicks are her Kool-aid colored hair daughter, Jane; her mother, Lulu, who is a lulu; plus size friend Genevieve; Doris and Sandy from the beauty shop. When Bubbles takes on The Metzgers of Lehigh Steel, she stirs up enough trouble to put her home at risk, but not to worry; Her polish mama is at the ready. Humor and great characters isn't all Sara Strohmeyer has to offer. The mystery is well planned; only straying to the characters' personal lives when it blends in with the story line, whodunit is successfully guarded held until the end, and at the conclusion of each chapter is a beauty recipe.
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It's no wonder this book won the Agatha Award for Best First Mystery. It's fun, fast-paced, well written and even has a deeper message that gives the book some depth. I'm looking forward to her next one, Bubbles In Trouble. If you like Grafton and Evanovich, like I do, you'll like Bubbles Yablonsky.
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After reading this, I decided that this was a Janet Evanovich/Stephanie Plum wanna-be book. The similarities between the main character's was uncanny.....
Bubble's mom = Stephanie's grandma
Stiletto = Joe
Bubbles' mom's friend = Lulu
Bubbles' friend = Connie
and I could go on and on.....
While there will never be another Stephanie Plum, this was another enjoyable quick read that had me chuckling at certain times.
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Welcome to my keeper shelf, Bubbles! I loved this book from the beginning page. Bubbles is my kind of unconventional girl, and she couldn't care less who doesn't like the person she is. I feel like I know this woman! Big hair, teeny tiny clothes, and big laugh out loud fun. The tension of the mystery is great, the cast of characters delightful, and the writing fluid and easy to read. A perfect beach read! Two thumbs way up for Bubbles Yablonsky.
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The book was easy to read and a real page turner, lots of action from one page to the next. The Beauty tips were cute, sort of like the recipes you get from a Diane Mott Davidson book. I really enjoyed the characters, especially the Mother and her friend. It is nice that Bubbles has a daughter as that adds some dimension as well. Bubbles is sort of an Erin Brockovich and a Stephanie Plum all rolled into one person. Now if we could just add a little Anita Blake to her character, that would be a treat. Only problem, I wish that Bubbles would leave her high heels at home when she is chasing the bad guys...I wish she were tougher. I loved the book Barbie Unbound and this is a great start to a new series....
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BUBBLES UNBOUND by Sarah Strohmeyer

November 18, 2005

Amazon rating 4/5

BUBBLES UNBOUND is the first in a series of books centering on hair dresser Bubbles Yablonsky, as she struggles to make ends meet as a single mother of a teenage daughter (Jane) and attempts to start a career in journalism. In this introductory book, Bubbles describes an incident that happened 10 years ago, when she did the hair of teenager Laura Buchman, and how the next day Laura was found dead. The police and the news stories report it as a suicide, but something in Bubble's gut says it was murder. It's now ten years later, and Laura's death comes to haunt her, as she discovers pieces that start to add up.

In the mean time, Bubble's gotten herself in trouble with the newspaper she does freelance for. An article she has just written, the newspaper claims, had many errors in it, and that Bubbles falsely accused one of the upstanding members of Lehigh of a crime that she did not commit. Unfortunately, she has lost all proof that backs up her article, and she and the newspaper are about to be sued by one of the richest men in town. Bubbles is now determined to use her journalistic skills to break this news story to any major newspaper or whoever will print it, knowing that there is a big cover up going on.

I had a fun time reading this book. I have to admit it was very similar to the Stephanie plum novels by Janet Evanovich. It had the same type of tone, with a bumbling heroine (different professions). Both have two men that she seems to be thrown at (Stiletto and Mickey), a sidekick that is similar to the prostitute character in the Evanovich books, and a crazy mother that is somewhat similar to Stephanie Plum's grand mother.
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The main problem with this book is the hero is a "bubble brain" or airhead who's aptly named Bubbles, but not for that reason. Her stupidity is insulting to the reader. She's a stereotype of a hair dresser without anything upstairs. I have known many hair dressers who are intelligent, creative, and clever. This book bimbo, had she lived in real life, wouldn't have survived a day of her experiences because she always did/said the wrong thing. Not funny, not interesting. Although the writing was of poor quality, I decided to stay with it to find out the ending, but it was an annoying read. If you want to read about Stephanie Plum, buy Janet Evanovich's books. Her books are great.
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