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“A frenetic pace, a twisty plot, and a cast of loud, zany characters … Readers may fall a little bit in love.” --Booklist

About the Author

Adena Halpern is the author of the novels 29 and THE TEN BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE and TARGET UNDERWEAR AND A VERA WANG GOWN- NOTES FROM A SINGLE GIRL'S CLOSET, a memoir which was based on her popular "Haute Life" essays for the back page of Marie Claire magazine. In addition to Marie Claire, Adena has written for Daily Variety and The New York Times. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting from The American Film Institute. A proud Philadelphia native, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband, television and screenwriter Jonathan Goldstein.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439171149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439171141
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing in this book is so clunky it's hard to read. The characters are always "screaming" and "shouting". And the plot is completely implausible. I wanted to know how it ended, but I couldn't wait for the book to end at the same time. And I have to say that Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream does NOT contain raw eggs. So that "fact" as a clue to fix the heroine's problem is completely wrong. Where were the editors and fact checkers??
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"Smart and sassy Lily Burns is too intelligent to believe in something as medieval as a family curse no matter what the women in her family tell her. But when she falls in love with a smart, successful handsome pediatrician who adores the ground she walks on, marries him, and suddenly wakes up to an entirely different life, she may have to admit the worst thing of all--her mother just might have been right. With her new husband suddenly unhappily married to another woman, Lily finds she has no choice but to do everything in her power to break the curse.

Pinch Me is a fun, quirky read which accomplishes just what it sets out to do: it allows the reader to suspended their beliefs for a few hours and be charmed by the antics of an entire family of goofy women. While billed as Chick Lit, Adena Halpern's latest installment is so much more; its a testament to the power of love and an authors ability to simply make the reader smile as they turn that last page. This book is the perfect antidote to a really bad day.

-Lanine Bradley, posted on Sacramento Book Review
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I love "Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown" as well as "The Ten Best Days of your Life" so I thought I'd give this a shot. I find it hard to believe this is the same writer. The author must have gotten a book deal and needed to produce a finished copy in a short period of time. She then skipped the editor all together! The premise of this was weak but I thought she'd pull it together with her fabulous humor and dialog. I was sadly mistaken. Instead we get silly, shallow characters, a predictable, simplistic plot and a finale where the heroines nemesis is debunked because she wanted chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. So much of this book is wasted on the lead character whining about "the curse" I wanted to curse her and her ridiculous family when it was done. At the end of this book I was annoyed with ALL of the characters and left wondering how the author even found 200 pages of content for this storyline. If you are looking for a good book try Ms Halpern's other aforementioned works but definitely skip "Pinch Me".
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What a cute book! Lily grew up with a mother and grandmother who thought that a family curse ruined each of their relationships with men. After they went through their fair share of men, they decided that raising Lily to avoid relationships would be best for her. I think that since they raised her that way, she wanted even more to find the man of her dreams.

Lily finds the man that she wants to marry in Gogo (I know why would you name a character Gogo?). Even after all the warning from her family she runs off and elopes. I thought it was endearing to still believe in love even though she didn't have an example to live up to. The curse really does exist, which gives this very chick lit read a little twist.

With an ease to its reading, this book was a quick read that would be perfect for a week at the beach. I thought it was a great take on a chick lit classic storyline. It made the story feel fresh and new. I would recommend this book to all the fans of the chick lit genre.
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I read only seven pages of this book and couldn't stand hearing the name Gogo, one more time! Why choose this name - it is so unappealing and turned me off from the get go. Lily annoyed me already with her "I'm hungry" response to his proposal. He should have left her in Paris! I was given this book by a co-worker, and planned on reading it to fill in the slow times at my place of business - this was terrible.
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I absolutely loved Pinch Me. It was everything I wanted and more. Adena Halpern is a very similar author, it seems, to Cecelia Ahern. They both insert magical elements into their novels and they both do it in a brilliant way. I found Pinch Me to be an enchanting novel. It's not a heavy novel, and it's under 300 pages, but I thoroughly enjoyed every single page. A lot of people will undoubtedly complain the plot is stupid, or ridiculous, but honestly those people shouldn't be reading the novel if they've read the synopsis which easily explains what the novel's about so it's their silly fault for purchasing it. To read this - or any - of Adena's novels you do need to suspend your belief, because this isn't a run of the mill Chick Lit novel, it's different. I adored the plot, it's quirky and it's different and Halpern has the skill to pull it off with ease.

I found the back-story as to why Lily finds herself without Gogo after he pinches her after they marry. I won't spoil it and tell you what the curse is that made Lily go back to being a single girl with no Gogo in her life, because it's a wonderful story you need to read about while you read the novel. Honestly, it's worth it, I promise. A lot of authors wouldn't be able to pull off this novel, and I was initially sceptical about this so-called curse, but it was fascinating once we learn all about it. I found the alternate universe Lily finds herself in with a substandard Gogo, who's married to someone else, to be both emotional and intriguing as Lily tries to figure out a way to get her life back. The love between Lily and Gogo before the curse kicks in was beautiful to read, so much so that I was so sad for Lily when she learns in the new/alternate universe that Gogo is married to his college sweetheart.
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