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Product Details

  • Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink; First Edition edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037389516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373895168
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Ballis follows her debut, Inappropriate Men [BKL Ap 1 04], with this tale of five friends searching for love and purpose in Chicago. Everything is blissful at first for the five thirtysomethings, who are all balancing new love interests. Fresh from a stint in the Peace Corps in Kenya, Jess is staying with her cousin's friend, Harrison, a sexy doctor, until she can find a place of her own, and she's finding the handsome physician irresistible. Robin is nursing a crush on her good friend and boss, Michael, while Lilith is carrying a torch for a friendly but married actor. Shy Anne has won her dream guy, while her sister Beth has reconnected with an old college rival, who turns out to provide an enticing romantic diversion. Inevitably, bumps in the road appear as Ballis presents a refreshingly realistic approach to relationships and the things that test (and often break) them. Ballis' sophomore effort will please readers who want something more than fairy-tale romance. Kristine Huntley
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A snappy tale of true friendship through thick and thin. Don’t let this entertaining tale pass you by. -- Romance Reviews Today

Four stars. An excellent story of love and friendship, this is one author we need to hear from again. -- The Romance Readers Connection

One of the most entertaining novels...engaging story delivers everything: you laugh, you cry, you feel... gets my highest recommendation. -- Romance Divas

Sleeping Over is not your average chick-lit novel. Four Stars. -- A Romance Review

The characters were real, unique and quirky. Each woman's story drew me in and made me want to keep reading. -- Chick Lit Books

More About the Author

Stacey Ballis is the author of several novels, incuding Inappropriate Men, Sleeping Over, Room for Improvement, The Spinster Sisters, Good Enough to Eat, Off the Menu and Out to Lunch, currently available for pre-order, being released December 3, 2013. She is also a contributing author to the anthologies Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, and Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly. She is currently at work on a new work of full-length fiction called Recipe for Disaster for Berkeley/Penguin, which will be out in December 2014.

Customer Reviews

There is little consistency and little plot.
Kristen
The characters are flawed, but are never really developed, and instead of caring about them, they become needy and a tad annoying.
P. Dawson
Although I managed to finally get them all down, I was very disappointed at the end.
ChickLitGirl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ChickLitGirl on March 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
There are five engaging main characters in Sleeping Over, Stacey Ballis's latest novel: Jess, who has just returned home from the Peace Corps and ends up in bed with the handsome and charming Dr. Harrison. Since he is known as a womanizer, Jess intends to steer clear... but why are they sleeping together every night? Robin meanwhile has been busy cozying up to Michael, who is also her boss. But they are "just friends"... although Robin is nursing strong feelings for him. Beth and Anne are sisters, and both going through man troubles of their own: Anne has just met the enchanting Chris, and is slowly falling in love. Beth has had a lot of bad luck with men - after getting out of a long relationship with a selfish but incredibly intelligent man. Lastly, there is Lilith. She is torn between an adorable and sweet bartender, and a married actor whom she can't stop thinking about. Then there is her boyfriend...

The five stories are told in short chapters, going from one character to the next pretty quickly. Each woman is "sleeping" with a man - literally.

I found this book to be a good read overall. The characters were real, unique and quirky, and each had their own situations to work out and emotional issues to overcome. Each woman's story drew me in and made me want to keep reading.

The problem with this book is typical of multiple-perspective novels - there was too much going on. Five characters is a lot to keep up with, especially when each one introduces a whole new set of men and situations. Although I managed to finally get them all down, I was very disappointed at the end. For no apparent reason, some of the characters' conclusions were told from the other characters' points of views. I have no idea why the author did this.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kristen VINE VOICE on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
The latest addition to the Red Dress Ink line, Stacey Ballis' Sleeping Over, can't quite decide what it wants to be. There are "vital stats" placed within the novel, but not for all characters; so this can't be described as a character study. The characters are attempting to be single, independent career women, yet they all rely on the men in their lives for even the most basic of necessities. Platonic relationships are explored, though none remain so, (with the exception of the gratuitous gay friend) which gets a bit tiresome towards the end of the novel. Finally, the whole "sleeping over" theme just gets ridiculous after a while.

Technically, the narrators jump all over the place and the point of view gets confusing. There is little consistency and little plot. Overall, I had a hard time figuring out what these characters are all about and where they're headed. Ballis gives us no reason to care about them.

It's too bad, though. I always look forward to my new RDI novels, but this is one that could have been missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Folk on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was a little skeptical when it came to reading this book, because I have tried to get through Inappropriate Men several times. However, I really enjoyed this book! I liked the characters and at times I didn't want to put it down. If you like chick-lit, this is a great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bynum on July 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
The book starts to get good in certain areas, but there are too many characters and points of view. I actually tried to write out a cheat sheet w/ characterstics of the 5 main women, but it was still too confusing. That in itself ruined the book for me :(
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By Tamara Herman on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am ashamed to admit, but I read the first half of the book, in one night. Memorial day weekend, nothing better to do, no other book available... you know the story. With every page I felt my IQ diminishing. It is not only unrealistic and plainly unintelligent, but it's also badly written, with numerous grammatical mistakes (not in parts that were meant to be there).
It might be a good read when you're stuck on a plane with some baby crying in the back all the way from Sydney to New York, but otherwise, don't bother.
It's offensively moronic.
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Her books capture you in the first few pages and this one is true to form. Once you start reading it you won't want to put it down. I pulled an all-niter reading this book and it was so worth it. Would make a great beach read. I can't wait for her new book!
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There is not much to recommend here. Sleeping Over is one of the more dull reads in the chick-lit universe. Bad enough that the main characters are not very interesting, but there are five of them and quite frankly they are interchangeable. Despite the fact that each chapter is devoted to one of the 5 main characters, it is hard to tell these women apart beyond the names they have been given. And the main conceit of the book, that all of these women have a man in their life for whom sleeping together is not a euphemism but rather a literal fact, strains credibility. truth is, the cover photo is the most interesting book as there is more action in that one picture than in the entirety of the book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Dawson on October 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am usually easy to please when it comes to chick lit, but this book is over the top. Give me a break! Every female character in this book gets their dream guy under picturesque circumstances by the end. The characters are flawed, but are never really developed, and instead of caring about them, they become needy and a tad annoying. This book that leads you to believe it is about 5 fabulous, independant women turns out to be the story of Sleeping Beauty x5 without conflict or climax and straight to the happily ever after...

For good Chick Lit, try Emily Giffin or Jennifer Weiner.
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