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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kingswell; 1 edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401303072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401303075
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A conniving character given to getting into steamy situations on the daytime soap All My Children, the fictional Kendall Hart is here given a novelist's voice, and the ghostwriter (or writers) who produced this sticky tie-in get it right. The novel's conceit is that the book is Kendall Hart's roman à clef, written to set All My Children's town of Pine Valley on its ear. Kendall Hart's stand-in for this fiction (i.e., the fictional author Kendall's fictional avatar in the novel) is a sweet yet assertive young woman, Avery Wilkins, who runs her own New York–based cosmetics company, Flair, and is launching a new perfume—Charm!—that she hopes will put her on the map. When Avery first founded the company with financial backer Finn Adams, a softhearted smart man she later fell in love with, she never thought that he would die and leave his share of the company to his Paris Hilton–type daughter, Parker. Parker's drug and alcohol binging at late-night glitterati parties endanger the reputation of Flair and its new perfume, and a mysterious phone call to Avery from a manipulative woman claiming to be Avery's mother (a nod to Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane) throws everything into a heady cloud of smoke. Romance aficionados will find Avery's two love affairs (with a dashing newsmagazine producer and a quick-witted yet sensitive billionaire, natch) intoxicating, but the denouement lacks punch—perhaps because soaps never have to come up with an ending. (Feb.)
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Tune into All My Children these days, and you’ll learn that Kendall Hart, daughter of Erica Kane, has written a book published by Hyperion (both ABC and Hyperion are owned by Disney). And, sure enough, reality mirroring fiction, here’s that book, written by Kendall Hart. Those who watch the show know that despite the stress of running a cosmetics company, overseeing her son’s cochlear implant, and fretting over the fact that her husband was trapped in a mine shaft for a month (with her best friend/worst enemy), Kendall is very excited about the publication of her book, a roman à clef. Viewers will see some of Kendall and Erica in the book, but those who don’t follow the show won’t feel a burning need to tune in to pick up the backstory. The writing is what one might expect from a busy mom–tycoon: slapdash cardboard characters and soap-opera plotting. The target audience is clearly fans of the show who have trouble distinguishing between everyday reality and soap reality, but the story might also appeal to those who can tolerate the low end of chick lit. --Ilene Cooper

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When I bought this book I wasn't looking for a Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on March 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book must have been written by an eighth grader. How many times did she mention his "minty soap"? And the spelling and grammatical errors were atrocious. The storyline, however, was good and had a lot of potential, but failed to deliver.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Ullom on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Truly, I wasn't expecting much with this book, but as an avid and life-long AMC fan, I bought it. I enjoyed the book more on a level of bringing myself into the AMC story, and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't expect great literature (and I didn't get it), but the story was cute and I'm glad to have read it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lena's sis on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has got to be the most boring book I have ever read in my life. Put it this way, I have posted an ad on craiglist list, virtually giving the book away, and no one has responded. That most tell you something?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rachael N. on February 23, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a lifelong fan of All My Children. The whole cross marketing thing leaves something to be desired, though the perfume hopefully smells better than the book read! The story was OK. Not a page turner by any means, and there were a LOT of editing errors! That annoyed me! There was also a lot of use of the "F" word, and no I don't mean FUSION. It left a bad taste in my mouth, and I won't read it again. But as a fan of the show I certainly could see the book was based on the character who supposedly wrote it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Harris on April 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love AMC and guess I was expecting more... I have spent the past 3 months reading James Patterson so maybe that was part of the problem. I was bored with Charm, the writing was dumbed down to grade school level with errors, so hence, I have decided to not read the last 1/3 of the book. "Give me another JP book!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P.Brown on June 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just got through reading the book "CHARM". It was so good and romantic. I know how Avery's birth mother felt when she had the baby and gave her up for adoption.I went through the same ordeal. I was 19 and gave my baby up for adoption.It was the right thing to do at the time. Today my son has contacted me and his dad. We are getting along good.He understands why I did what I had to do. At the time he was born, his birth dad was married and 3 daughters.The book was remarkable and I hope that she will continue to write some more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Walden on March 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Thank the Lord i got my Charm at the library I would have hated to have wasted money own this. Who ever the ghost riders are were HORRIBLE. This is the worst book I have ever read and i read a lot. Not a lot of detail, char are not beleivable, poor poor writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb on April 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to get this book, but was a little let down when I read it. I love the show All My Children, but the book wasn't what I expected. I have read others that are much better. It was ok. The biggest thing about the book is all the mistakes in it. I think they should have proof read it better because there were sooooo many mistakes in the words. I sent an email to the abc network about it but of course did not get a repy. If you are paying money out for their book the wording should be correct. Thanks, Deb
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