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Rich detail, a plot that lasts for a solid eight innings and a genuinely likable heroine give Meyer's conventional chick lit entry sparkle. At 32, Jacquie Stuart has pals who look out for her, an East Village miniloft that she owns, a managing editor's job at a tiny but respected film magazine and a history of falling for guys who don't want to commit. Witnessing her sister Alicia's and her co-worker Samantha's real estate–based romantic successes, Jacquie pitches an article to a well-paying women's mag proposing that pretending to apartment-hunt is the ideal way to meet men (a guy's home doesn't lie) and gets assigned the piece. After meeting a few frogs, Jacquie clicks with Anthony, a documentarian living in Williamsburg. Jacquie makes sacrifices, and old patterns soon start to emerge, leaving her with hard decisions. Elements of the denouement are convenient to say the least, but Meyer gives Jacquie some terrific foils (in friends Courtney and gay man Jeremy), and has poignant things to say about the struggle to find the right person. (Sept.)
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Unlucky-in-love magazine editor Jacquie may have found the way to meet a man and land an article in a major woman's magazine. Though she's just bought her dream New York apartment, she begins perusing roommate-wanted ads, looking not for the perfect pad but the perfect guy. After visiting a few apartments and scoring a few dates, Jacquie has the fodder for her article but not a perfect ending. Then she meets Anthony, and much to the chagrin of her friends and family, she sublets her place and moves into his. This tale about a single woman searching for love in the big city could easily seem formulaic, but Meyer's debut is smart, hip, and full of surprises. Readers are sure to be charmed by this story of a woman who realizes a sense of place can be as important as finding love. Kostovski, Aleksandra
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312370784
  • ASIN: B003F76GXK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,201,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Singman-aste on December 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I can't remember the last time a book actually made me smile. (OK, I can: It was "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.") Happy endings rarely win their authors Pulitzers, but this book was exactly what I needed after a steady diet of heavy reads.

I have to admit that after the first two pages I predicted that I was not going to like "Room for Love." The quick descriptions of the heroine's co-workers (Zen Buddha boss, blond Barbie-doll, sweet spastic intern) warned of two-dimensional characters. I persevered, and was rewarded. Andrea Meyer shows a great flair for character development, breathing life even into the ancillary characters (and there were many), not to mention the cat & dog loving, cinephile narrator/protagonist Jacquie, on whom I was crushing by page 79. And like Jacquie, the dialogue was cute and witty, smart and sexy. "Room for Love" was a very pleasant surprise.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By skrishna VINE VOICE on September 4, 2008
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I don't remember where I first heard about this book, but I thought the premise was incredibly cute - a girl who decides to try to meet guys through "Roommate Wanted" ads and writes an article about it. In these days of chick lit, it's not the most unique plot line, but I thought it would be endearing. I'm still not quite certain if I was right or not.

My main issue with the book was the fundamentally flawed main character, Jacqui. It's not that she isn't likeable, it's more that she isn't very much fun to read about. She obviously has major self-esteem issues and doesn't find a problem with sleeping with any guy on the first date. In fact, it seems to be her credo, as she is afraid that she won't be able to keep them if she doesn't put out. It's hard to believe a woman living in New York and working at a magazine in her 30's wouldn't have learned the lesson that sex does NOT buy you love (It's even harder to believe this after the relationship fiascos she has endured). I have some sympathy for her not having been taught this valuable lesson, but at the same time, these problems are not front and center. Usually when a character has issues such as these, they are dealt with in a strong manner in the book. Not so with Jacqui - they slip in and out of the sides of the story. While she does demonstrate some development through the book and grows as a character, that doesn't change the fact that I wasn't her biggest fan - she was just a bit too shallow for my tastes.

That being said, the book is similar to most other chick-lit novels. It is light and fun, with quirky secondary characters. While at the beginning, they are flat, two-dimensional characters, Meyer manages to make them more than they appear. She develops these personages well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Jacquie Stuart is a Manhattan single girl looking for love in all the wrong places. She is also a writer/editor at a movie review magazine, and an occasional features writer for a chick-lit magazine. Approaching her mid-thirties, she begins to wonder if she will ever find love that stays.

So when she takes on an assignment to write an article about a new way to find love, she begins to think she has found the way to happiness. By checking out the "roommate wanted" ads, she can find out more about a guy by studying his surroundings. And if she is lucky, she might find a love connection, too.

When Jacquie does find what she believes will be the perfect situation for her, she has to sublet her own apartment in order to move in with Mr. Right. But is he? How does Jacquie really feel about this man who makes her heart race, but who also seldom finds time for her? What will happen when Anthony finally discovers that the way they met was a ruse for her to get an article...and possibly a man?

Unexpected events cause Jacquie to question everything, and then, suddenly, she learns that the love she was searching was right around the corner all the time.

Room for Love was a fun, light, reading experience that fans of chick lit will adore. Especially if they also love stories about New York. The characters were appealing and felt like real-life people you might meet if you were living in Manhattan. The situations they encountered felt relevant to the times in which we live. I chose four stars for this one, though, because the plot was predictable and I had figured out the ending about halfway through the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lily Harper on May 16, 2010
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Really enjoyed this laid back and funny romance. I just recommended it to my sister.

Give it a try, perfect chick read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Erikson on June 26, 2008
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I found this book quite entertaining and funny. Meeting men through their apartments was a unique idea, and as you watched her trials you found yourself rooting for her. My only complaint was she was a bit slutty. I mean deciding that if you don't have sex with a man the day you meet means there is no relationship is a bit extreme. What was cute was her love of her own apartment and some of her friends.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. HOUCK on July 1, 2008
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boring read. not recommended. the back makes it sound a lot more interesting than it turns out to be. It just seems to roam in circles with no purpose or finality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina Giovannitti on May 25, 2009
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A great book. My wife loved it being a NYC gal. Went to the book signing at Book Soup! Cheers!
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