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"Laugh out loud funny" Closer magazine. "Smart, plotty and funny! Buy it, read it, love it." The Irish Herald. "For those waiting to option the next Bridget Jones, Gemma Burgess answers back." VF Daily, www.vanityfair.com.

About the Author

Gemma Burgess wrote her first book, The Dating Detox, when she and her sister discussed the difficulty of had finding a comfort read with cojones. Her second book, A Girl Like You, is inspired by her experiences of learning to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the London bar scene after a long time in a relationship. Gemma grew up all over the place and now lives in Notting Hill. Find out more at www.gemmaburgess.com or follow her on Twitter at @gkateb
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184756190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847561909
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whereas The Dating Detox (Gemma's first novel) focused (as you might expect) on the main character, Sass, going on a dating detox (see what I did there?), A Girl Like You is all about getting back on to the dating scene and surviving. Because contrary to what Abigail believes, dating isn't fun, dating is a chore. So it's a Godsend when her flat-mate Robert offers to help her navigate the London dating scene and before you can say `relationship' Abigail is loving and leaving men at every turn. I thought the plot was fantastic. I wasn't completely sure I would be taken in by the book because, frankly, acting like a man would when it comes to dating seems a bit mean and cold-hearted, but it worked. I loved how Abigail went from being shy to being cocky and confident, it suited her and so did the loving and leaving.

But while Gemma tells a good story, it's her characterisation that really blows me away. She introduces us to six or seven characters and as the book progresses they evolve and change and become like one big happy family. It's the wonderful Abigail who takes us through the novel and I loved her immediately. Because we're chucked straight into the story, with Abigail sobbing in a hotel in Japan, I was instantly sympathetic towards her and couldn't wait to find out how it had gotten like that. Abigail was just like Sass, she was fun and someone you could imagine being friends with and that's all I ask from a main character! As for Abigail's friends, Plum, Henry and her sister, Sophie, I found them a very tight circle, and I found Plum particularly hilarious. As for Robert, Abigail's flatmate and London lothario, I liked him. In the beginning, I didn't expect to.
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This book is the epitome of chick lit - in the best way possible I loved it. The main character of Abigail was so relatable and at times, it was so relatable it was painful as her feelings towards one of her love interests brought back so many memories of not being happy in a relationship and, in fact, always being on edge, but feeding on that insecurity to the point where you can't stop wanting it. I wanted to scream at her so many times but because I've been there and when you finally come to your senses, you bemoan all the time you wasted. I loved all of the characters in the book, even the "bad" ones because they were so well fleshed out, developed and "real" that I couldn't help myself. I appreciated that the secondary characters had their own lives as I know as an author myself that's it's not easy to accomplish, especially when you're writing in the first person. I laughed so much and I choked up at the end. Really terrific book.
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I'm tempted to say I hate it.The heroine got on my nerves pretty bad. She's witty, complaining and you can't feel sorry for her, because she irritates the hell out of you. it had practically no storyline other than this girl who went through a break up and is now desperately looking for men. and she finds a friends who starts teaching her how to date like a man. stupid, not funny and more that misogynistic. but as always, with books like this, they save the best for the end. therefore the 2 stars and not just 1. :)
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When Abigail breaks up with her boyfriend of 7 years and finds herself suddenly thrown into the state of singledom, she starts to panic (I liked that it was Abigail who ended the doomed relationship).

She moves in with a friend of her sister's fiance, Robert, a premium womanizer. Taking pity on Abigail he starts to help her master the art of dating (I mean the art of dating like a bastard).

The book follows Abigail going on several dates until she finally starts to act like a complete bastard. Then she meets Dave and she suddenly forgets all of what she had learned.

The plot was predictable but I loved it nonetheless because the writing was funny, and the side characters were funny and believable. Plus the novel is set in London which was the perfect backdrop for the story. Abigail wasn't so likeable at times but her idiosyncrasies made her a real character. Robert was ace through and through.

What made this book a 5-star for me was the end. It was so freaking romantic. I loved Robert's speech and what happened after that.

There is a lot swearing and crude references to sex, but surprisingly there are not graphic sex scenes. (I usually don't like when romance books targeted to adults behave like that, but the way A Girl like You was written, I didn't miss the sex scenes).

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun, fluffy read.
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Loved the book. Biggest disappointment was errors in kindle edition. This issue was in another review. There are parts of conversations that you don't know what characters are saying. Ending is also quickly wrapped up & seems rushed. But look forward to reading more books by author as this is my first.
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This book reminded me of how much I love British chick-lit. It was quite long for that type of story but super enjoyable. I could not put it down

This book followed a pretty standard chick-lit formula so you knew what was going to happen in the end but it didn't make the anticipation any less. By the time the ending was nearing I was glued to the story, unable to tear my eyes away. I swooned my way through the final chapters. I LOVED these characters.

A lot happened in this book but it never felt drawn out and long. I have said it before and I’ll say it again - one of my biggest book peeves is finishing a book and feeling like I didn't get to know the characters. That was absolutely not the case in this book. By the time the story ended you knew all of the characters inside out and adored them all.

This book actually gave me some Fiona Walker Kiss Chase vibes. The story was not at all similar, just the same loving feelings. Comforting, like snuggling up under a duvet with a hot choc on a rainy day. Complete satisfaction.

Quick note – there’s a ton of swearing in this book so if you don’t like that then you might want to avoid it.
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