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Reinventing Mona [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Coburn
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Book Description

What's new? Me, for starters... It all began when my job offered me a buyout package. That's when the realization hit: I'm young, I'm rich (thanks to a hefty inheritance), and I'm boring. Things are gonna change-starting now... Building a better man trap... First things first: Exercise. Carrot juice. Straight hair. Whiter teeth. Clothes that fit. But wait-there's more. I'm finally ready to take a chance on love with the perfect guy. He's handsome. He's smart. He's reliable. He's my CPA. Problem is, I'm clueless about winning him over. It's time to call in an expert. It's time to call in The Dog. Down, boy. Mike "The Dog" Dougherty is a man's man. A guy's guy. Okay, he's a chauvinist pig, and his sty is "The Dog House," a testosterone-charged column in Maximum for Him magazine. On one hand, I abhor all he stands for. On the other hand, who better to coach me? So here I am. Learning the complex unspoken language of the American male (Talk, bad. Sex, good.); trying exciting new things (Stripping lessons are empowering. Really.); falling for Mike. Uh oh. But the Mike I'm getting to know is different from The Dog. And the Mona I'm becoming isn't quite who I expected, either. This whole makeover scheme is getting crazier by the minute. But "crazy" beats "boring"...right?

“An over-the-top, laugh-out-loud romp.”
Jennifer Crusie, best-selling author of Bet Me

"A coming-of-age novel for women approaching, at or over 30, Reinventing Mona is a witty, surprising, and sometimes sad—in the good-cry way."
Valerie Frankel, best-selling author of The Not-So Perfect Man

"Jennifer Coburn's giving personality and warm heart makes for a giving novel filled with the best of chick lit, so sit back, enjoy, and receive her gifts with a smile."
Lynn Isenberg, author of My Life Uncovered

"The two great pleasures of reading this witty, wisecracking novel are witnessing Mona Warren discover her own possibilities as you watch her discover the key to real love: having the courage to be yourself!"
Diane Stingley, Dress You Up in My Love

"By turns funny and poignant, combining elements of screwball comedy with a quest to get over the past and be loved in the present, Reinventing Mona is sure to please the readers who enjoyed The Wife of Reilly."
Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Thin Pink Line
and Crossing the Line

"Reinventing Mona is a clever, sparkling tale of personal discovery, that kept me turning the pages late into the night! Jennifer Coburn does a lovely job of developing characters that shine, not despite their flaws, but because of them. You can’t help but find something familiar in each of them. I was rooting for the entire cast from beginning to end. Mona is a real winner!”
Donna Kauffman, best-selling author of The Cinderella Rules

“Watching Mona Warren reinvent herself is like watching Plain Jane metamorphose into a modern day Scarlett O'Hara. Original, funny and heartfelt Jennifer Coburn once again delivers another creative page-turner. This book is a wonderful invention!”
Whitney Lyles, author of Always the Bridesmaid

"Jennifer Coburn has invented a Mona with misadventures you'll remember, and a heartwarming, page-turning, funny story that will leave you wanting more."
Laurie Graff, author of You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Mona Warren leaves her job as an engineer at age 31, determined to change her life. She is tired of fading into the background, and she wants to win the heart of her dream guy, accountant Adam Ziegler. Her best friend, Greta, thinks Mona should take the time to find herself, but Mona is determined to make herself into the kind of woman Adam would fall for. To that end, she convinces magazine columnist Mike "the Dog" Dougherty--the ultimate male chauvinist--to help her. She dutifully signs up when Mike suggests that she take a class in exotic dancing, and when she finally does score a date with Adam, she even takes Mike's suggestion to have an actor impersonate a rock star and pretend to be her ex-boyfriend. Adam finally starts to fall for Mona, but Mona is caught off guard when she finds that she has feelings for Mike. Completely captivating, Coburn's latest will undoubtedly net the hearts of romantic comedy fans. Kristine Huntley
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  • Print Length: 352 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L64PJ6
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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Manipulative, crazy female meets misogynistic male.... August 20, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
....and it was true love. Shudder. I really expected the best from this book. The premise was so great, but the execution was so terribly awful. Mona, the main character was poorly fleshed out, and, while I truly felt sad for the tragedy in her past, I found that she was so consistently disengaged from her own life, that I could not empathize like I wanted to. I had hoped that with the word "reinventing" in the title, I would see some sort of cathartic metamorphosis in her character, but she seemed to stay the same. I thought that at the very least, I would get detailed accounts of her physical makeover, fashion choices, and lifestyle changes, but felt that there were many missed opportunities to add color to the story. I hated the F-bombs dropped so frequently by more than just the main character. Come on, puhleease, write me a real dialogue! Put some effort into it! A steady stream of obscenities is just a signal to me that I, the reader, was not worth the effort.

As for the Mike, the male lead, so to speak, he simply came across as a misogynist of the highest degree. Having Mona keep saying that "there was more to him than that" did not make it apparent to my mind. I could not see what either saw in each other. She came across as seriously whacked and manipulative, and he was absolutely the worst the male world could possibly offer, an insult to men everywhere. Stereotypes and cliches abounded. It was a wasted opportunity for the author, and a waste of my time. Sorry.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment... February 14, 2005
Format:Paperback
Ms. Coburn graciously emailed me with the news of her second book coming out. Thank goodness, or I would have missed it-- having been placed in the "romance" section! I picked it up last night on a whim, needing something that would provide an original, lively story. How lucky I was to guess right!

Mona lived in a commune in Montana where her family and others tried to create lives for themselves without counting on "outside" jobs and income. They lived off of the land, sold hand-made objects, and tried to create a peaceful world for their children.

When tragedy strikes, Mona has no other choice but to move to San Diego with her "grammy," in a house that could be compared to Gone with the Wind's "Tara."

Mona feels like her life or her personality has not brought her much excitement, but she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to take an early retirement from her engineering job. Only then does she decide to "reinvent" herself, and marry the man of her dreams.

Her best friend Greta tells her to look within for true happiness, but Mona ignores this advice and looks to Adam as her salvation. (he has done her taxes for seven years) Not having too much experience with men, Mona finds "The Dog," aka Mike, who writes a column in "Maximum for Men" and he tells the truth about what men want from women. She hires this man as her coach. (while completely aware that this man acts like a misogynist) Suddenly, her life changes. She joins a woman's soccer league, takes a stripping class, and singing lessons, while trying to trap Adam into loving her.

Have you ever felt that maybe you were in love with the *idea* of someone rather than the person himself?
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reinventing Mona January 24, 2013
By Carol H
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It wasn't my type of story. Too much sex and cursing. Some things just aren't necessary to make a good book.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Pat
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read quite a few books in the "Chick lit" genre and this one would have to be the worst of the lot. It starts out as a serious book with a horrific tragedy, but then moves on to scenarios that were so outlandish they weren't even close to believable. Maybe they were supposed to be funny? Bottom line: I just didn't enjoy it. It wasn't laugh out loud funny (like so many in this category are), it didn't hold together, and it just wasn't convincing at all.

It felt to me like the author couldn't decide what to do with this book. If you have a choice, I would opt for something else.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scheming, Fashion, and Exercise Oh My! June 28, 2005
Format:Paperback
Thirty-year-old Mona Warren feels as if nothing is going her way for one very important reason: she is duller than dull. The bore in boring. A "mustard stain on a Sears tweed couch," so to speak. So Mona decides to change up her personality, attitude, and looks in order to win over the guy she's crushing on. But it's harder than it looks. First comes exercise, then carrot juice, white teeth, straight hair, clothes that actually fit, and voila, a brand new Mona. She's finally ready to get the guy of her dreams. The problem? She's clueless about winning him over, so she calls in Mike "The Dog" Dougherty. Mike is a writer for "Maximum for Him" magazine, penning the monthly column "The Dog House." While Mona despises him, and everything that he stands for, he seems to be the ideal person to coach her in snagging the man of her dreams. That is, until she realizes that Mike might just be the man of her dreams, throwing her completely off track.

I adored Jennifer Coburn's THE WIFE OF REILLY, so it came as no shock to me that REINVENTING MONA rivaled her previous contribution to the writing world in many ways - humor, style, and characters. Mona is a hilarious character who is stylish, fashionable, and totally clueless, which is a nice combination, if I do say so myself. Her personality is wacky, at the same time as compassionate, and the crazy situations she gets herself into border on insane. Overall, this is a fabulous new addition to the chick lit genre that will be hard for all to put down.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Loved it!
I fell in love with all the characters in this story, and I didn't want it to end. A heartfelt story about loss and love found.
Published 15 days ago by Sheila C
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed reading Reinventing Mona
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Reinventing Mona. The comedy in the writing is brilliant. I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GR West
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughed, cried & laughed again!
Loved the quacky-ness this story provides. Characters are laughable and the story provides more truth than you think. Enjoyed reading this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheri H, MI
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I had high hopes for this book when I read the description. But it is one of the most boring books I have tried to read. I gave up on it about the sixth chapter. I paid $ 2. Read more
Published 1 month ago by shel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Lynn Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed out loud...seriously!
LOVED this book. Her style of writing had me feeling like I was Mona. The story was fantastic... LOVED everything about it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dawn D Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Many of us have thought about re- inventing ourselves. Mona actually goes through with it. I loved the story and the realizations that Some of us have to get to on our own! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick'smoma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great read
Published 1 month ago by Lynn 1212
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Jennifer does it again. Great characters and a fun story line that together make you want to not put the book down.
Published 2 months ago by Jessica L. Mulberger
2.0 out of 5 stars Bouncing
The book was ok but bounced back and forth a little too much for my taste and also there were too many names mentioned in the book to keep them all straight.
Published 3 months ago by Dianna Sparby
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More About the Author

Jennifer Coburn is an award-winning journalist who has written for magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Jennifer, a native New Yorker and a graduate of the University of Michigan, has four published novels and is a contributing author to four anthologies.

She currently lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie.

Jennifer can be reached directly at Jennifer@JenniferCoburn.com or at facebook.com/JenniferCoburnBooks

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