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Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger Hardcover – July 9, 2013

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Seconds before her trip down the aisle to marry her high-school sweetheart, handsome wild man Burke Morrison, Quinn has a change of heart. Then Burke’s brother and best man, Frank, reveals some scandalous news that sends him and the runaway bride to Vegas for a fling. But he isn’t a good fit either. Nearly two decades later, Quinn ends up in a small Virginia town, managing her family’s bridal shop, tailoring dresses, and offering advice to a succession of brides-to-be. When the brothers come back in town, old flames reignite and Quinn once again finds herself in the middle of a love tug-of-war. Harbison’s signature smart chick lit (When In Doubt, Add Butter, 2012) delivers a lovable protagonist with a razor-sharp wit combined with modern characters and true-to-life scenarios. As the title suggests, this hilariously quirky, charming, perfect-for-summer read will have readers choosing sides (Team Burke! Team Frank!) and learning along with Quinn to embrace true love with humor and heart. --Annie Suhy


“Harbison dazzles in her latest, a perfect blend of chick lit and women's fiction . . . Absolutely first-rate.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred) on When in Doubt, Add Butter

“Delicious, just like dessert.” ―People Magazine on When in Doubt, Add Butter

“Touching, truthful, and profoundly satisfying, Harbison delivers her finest work yet.” ―Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of Jeneration X on Always Something There to Remind Me

“Harbison continues to wow readers with her charm and genuine characters.” ―Booklist on Hope in a Jar

“Harbison serves up a deliciously light blend of 1980s nostalgia and women's fiction...Harbison raises the emotional stakes and gives this story a little more bite without losing her fun, breezy style.” ―Publishers Weekly on Always Something There To Remind Me

“Harbison's writing is zingy and funny...” ―Publishers Weekly on Secrets of a Shoe Addict


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312599137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312599133
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This novel sounded like a great fun read but I was so disappointed that I had to really push myself to keep reading.

The premise is shaky. If she loved her fiancé (they'd been together for a number of years since early high school), why would she take his brother's word that he had been unfaithful (with no evidence) right before the wedding and call it all off? Wouldn't she at least talk to her finance (who, by the way, is waiting at the altar at that moment)?

The book is basically pretty boring. None of the characters were very likeable or all that interesting.

I frankly found it unappealing that (TWICE) her friend who owned the cheese store talked about how his love life was so boring that he got the most pleasure from his HAND. Really? How was this necessary for the story?

Now, the title is funny and clever. Too bad it wasn't on a better book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Beth Harbison's Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger is a warm and witty novel about coming to terms with the past. Quinn Barton comes face to face with her unhappy past when her ex-fiancé's grandmother hires her to make her wedding gown for her upcoming marriage.

Just as she was about to walk down and marry her high school sweetheart, Burke, Quinn learns from Burke's best man (and brother), Frank, that Burke has been cheating on her. Quinn calls off the wedding and ten years later, she has yet to recover from Burke's betrayal. When both men return to town for their grandmother's wedding, Quinn can no longer run away from her unresolved past.

Since most of Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger is in first person from Quinn's perspective, there is no mistaking how much Burke's infidelity affected her. Quinn does not like change, and she lives a safe, predictable, low key (ahem, boring) life. She never gave Burke the chance to tell his side of the story and she wallows in her unresolved past. The brothers' return stirs up a lot of old memories (good and bad) and forces Quinn to seek answers to the questions that have plagued her for years.

The brothers' return provides the perfect opportunity for Quinn's good friend, Glenn, to encourage her to expand her limited horizons. Glenn devises a plan to add a little spice to Quinn's life by assigning her a task a day that is out of her usual comfort zone. Some of the assignments are simple and easy to complete while others are outrageous that sometimes end with disastrous results. Glenn is also Quinn's sounding board and he offers her some much needed advice.

Some of the chapters are flashbacks to the early years of Quinn and Burke's romance.
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By Tina on July 29, 2013
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I have read all of this author's books and I find she is kind of hit and miss for me and this one falls more on the "miss" side unfortunately.

While I loved the premise of the book, I find that i just could not seem to get involved in the storyline or the characters. I am not sure if this is because the pacing of this book is incredibly slow (for a chick lit novel) or if it just because the storyline ended up being a bit boring to me, but I cannot really recommend this one.
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Format: Paperback
This is the second book I've read by Beth Harbison and I'm starting to get really frustrated. Contrary to what a lot of people think, writing is difficult and not everyone who manages to get published is actually good at it. Harbison is a great writer. The cadence of her writing and the words she uses flow so well that you forget you're seeing words on a page and instead feel like you're watching a movie. Unfortunately, based on the two books I've read, it seems that she is NOT an equally strong storyteller. Chose the Wrong Guy was a very, very long and boring book about an unlikeable heroine who spent more time with her cliched gay best friend than her ultimate love interest. In short, it was a bad book.

********<Major Spoilers>********

The story begins with Quinn in her wedding dress only minutes away from walking down the aisle. Her future brother-in-law, Frank, asks to speak to her and drops the bombshell that her fiance, Burke, has been cheating on her. This scene drove me crazy because Frank basically insulted Quinn at every turn, saying over and over "come on Quinn, you know this" in a way that suggested Quinn was both an idiot and completely pathetic for wanting to marry the alleged cheater. He also refused to give Quinn any actual proof of Burke's infidelity which made no sense at all. Meanwhile, though Quinn claimed to have been blissfully clueless and totally ready to marry Burke, she allows herself to be convinced of his cheating in the space of about 4 minutes, again without any proof. Then she races into the church to slap Burke in the face and then runs off without ever telling him what was going on or allowing him to defend himself.
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Looking for a fun, yet frenzied summer-reading kind of book? Take a look at Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison. Imagine being Quinn, a bride just getting ready to take "The Walk," the love of your life, Burke, is waiting by the alter. Along comes Frank, Burke's brother, saying he NEEDS to talk to you, NOW, and suddenly, the world as you know it crumbles at your feet. The wedding is off, and you escape with Frank. Life goes on and ten years later, Quinn is a Bridal Shop owner, making a dress for Frank and Burke's grandmother. Of course, this brings both men back into town and puts Quinn in a decidedly uncomfortable position.

Beth Harbison gives us flashbacks of the past, most of them internalized in Quinn's thoughts, sometimes funny, sometimes, sad, sometimes just plain obsessive over-thinking! Her characters are colorful and alive, sometimes larger than life, sometimes quirky, sometimes painfully lost. Full of many "shoulda-woulda-coulda" moments, I got lost in the story, I was feeling what Quinn felt and thank goodness for her best friend, Glenn...if Glenn hadn't gotten Quinn of the walls of the past, I'm afraid BOTH of us would have been stuck there! So, you're probably wondering how it all turned out, does Quinn reach an epiphany of the heart? Does she love one brother more than the other? Does she love either of them? This is light reading, relax and go with the story reading, you won't need Dramamine, but you will get a little dizzy in the maze that is Quinn's mind!

This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.
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