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Product Details

  • Series: Red Dress Ink Novels
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373250711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373250714
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mlynowski, author of Fishbowl (2002) and As Seen on TV [BKL S 15 03], returns with another delightful tale about an unlikely group of friends. Kimmy, Jamie, Layla, and Russ meet in business school at the University of Connecticut. Kimmy hooks up with Jamie before classes even start and regrets the move almost instantly, especially when he begins writing her love poems in the co-ed bathroom. It's handsome Russ who catches Kimmy's eye, but Russ has a girlfriend back at home in Canada. Not that this means he's able to keep away from flirtatious Kimmy. Layla is more focused on school than the other three combined, and she's already picked out her future boyfriend from the crop of next year's applicants. The shifts in the group's loyalties and friendships--Kimmy and Layla form an unlikely but deep friendship, while Jamie begins to realize that his affections for Kimmy are being replaced by much deeper feelings for another--keep Mlynowski's fourth novel fresh and riveting. Kristine Huntley
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About the Author

Sarah is the author of Milkrun, Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, and Me Vs Me as well as the teen novels Gimme a Call, Bras & Broomsticks, Frogs & French Kisses, Spells & Sleeping Bags, Parties & Potions, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) and How to Be Bad, which she co-wrote with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart. Sarah also co-edited the bestselling collections Girls' Night In and Girls' Night Out and co-wrote the first ever guide to writing chick lit, See Jane Write. Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned to Hollywood. She was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City. Visit her at sarahm.com.

More About the Author

Sarah is the author of both the WHATEVER AFTER and MAGIC IN MANHATTAN series, as well as DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT (March 2014), MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS, GIMME A CALL, TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) and HOW TO BE BAD (along with E.Lockhart and Lauren Myracle). Sarah's short stories and novellas include A LITTLE BIT BROKEN, A NICE FLING IS HARD TO FIND, KNOW IT ALL and CRUISIN'. Sarah also co-edited the bestselling chick-lit collections GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT and co-wrote the first ever guide to writing chick lit, SEE JANE WRITE.

Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned to Hollywood. She was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chick-lit fan on September 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you enjoyed Sarah Mlynowski's other books, or chick-lit in general, go grab this one. It's hilarious, and as she did in Fishbowl, the author seamlessly goes from one character's point of view to another. I especially appreciated this as a business school student- sometimes it was as if she were talking about my own school!

The story centers on four characters living in the same co-ed dorm, attending a prestigious (fictional) business school. We have Jaime, a pudgy, girl-crazy but very nice guy, Layla, a beautiful, ultra-smart and super-motivated Manhattanite, Russ, a Canadian guy torn between his girl back home and finding something new, and Kimmy, a pretty Jewish girl who falls hard for Russ and is not sure what she wants out of school- other than a boyfriend.

The story follow through the first year, following crushes, relationships, and some pretty big deceptions. But the characters are all likeable and flawed, which is something that has made Mlynowski's books so good in the past. This is better than average chick-lit, not just a single-girl-in-the-city story, but a story of four people and the deep bonds they form while living in a co-ed down (nicknamed "The Zoo"). If you like the funny, wittier writers in the chick-lit genre, this is right up your alley. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Deleo on March 7, 2006
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I couldnt put this book down. I loved how each chapter was looking at things from each character's prospective!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neetu Riley on February 21, 2006
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I really enjoyed this book alot. It's interesting. I love how there's all different characters telling stories from their points of view. It's just a fun book and you get a lot of laughs from it. After reading this book, I explored other books by this author. I think most people will enjoy this book. I do recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AmyK on August 29, 2005
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I looooove this author and I looooove this book. It has a tight interwoven plot line that is at times laugh out-loud funny and at other times even a little touching (okay, okay I cried). I really, really admire the way Mlynowski writes. Her stories are BY FAR the best chick lit books that I've read, and I read a lot of chick lit. I liked the way the plot had so much going on, and by the end I felt satisfied that everything was resolved/addressed so that it felt like a complete and realistic book. Oh and did I mention how FUNNY she is? I also highly recommend MILKRUN and FISHBOWL. Great book!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Goodman on June 7, 2006
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This was my first book I've read from Mlynowski, and I can't wait to read her others. There was great character development, discriptions, chemistry and an original plot. I am currently an undergrad business student with hopes to also receive an MBA. I could relate to book, situation and characters!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Caldwell on February 28, 2005
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Well, not literally, but it definitely made business school seem like a lot of fun! The characters in this novel were so quirky and the plots were so hilarious, I sped through this novel quite quickly. I love easy, light-hearted reads ilke this and Sarah Mlynowski does them so well! I have read two of her books (Fishbowl being the other) and her short story in Girl's Night In, and loved them all! She's really a talented and fun writer! Her style of alternating points of view really keeps the story going and the reader interested. It makes you form attachments to characters, find how you like/dislike them, are different/similar to them. I absolutely recommend Mlynowski's novels as a beach read or when you are feeling blue! They'll definitely cheer you up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina Avon on October 16, 2004
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I hesitated when buying this book as I am not overly fond of a different person speaking in each chapter.

However, this became a very minor annoyance because this book is wonderful. I am not sure how the author manages to weave all these people together, but she does.

As far as chick lit goes, this is a notch above the rest and is even "intelligent and thought-provoking". The author manages to make me like all the characters, despite their obvious (and not so obvious) flaws.

Excellent purchase. Buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. DeBrock on November 26, 2004
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I've read all of Sarah Mlynowski's novels with great enthusiasm. She's an author who really explores her characters and makes them famailiar and three-dimensional to the reader. However, although Monkey Business is well-written; it's a far cry from her other books. The novel is written from the perspective of four different narratives. Each narrative is spoken in the voice of one of the four main characters who have one thing in common-they are all in Business School together. They are all very different from one another but become friends since they are in the same work groups and classes in school together. The book was a little too soap-operay and predictable for me. If you're looking for a great read; try one of Ms. Mlynowski's other books such as Fish Bowl, As Seen on TV or the classic Milk Run. They are exceptional chick lit fiction :)
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