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Slightly Single (Red Dress Ink paperback} Paperback – January 1, 2002

3.6 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Slightly Series

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In this shopworn, Bridget Jonesy tale, Tracey Spadolini is desperate for love. Not surprisingly, given the genre, Tracey smokes, drinks and eats too much, and frets about her romantic life. Even more predictably, the 24-year-old plumpish protagonist from a sprawling Italian family in upstate New York has settled for an unfulfilling entry-level ad agency job with a smarmy boss, and lives in a "drab East Village flat." The good news is that Tracey's friends pretty Kate, a bleached blonde with "fake aquamarine pupils," and gay stereotype Raphael, a Ricky Martin look-alike love her. The bad news: life isn't peachy in the true love department. Will, Tracey's handsome, waspish boyfriend, is an actor with little talent and no time for Tracey. Their relationship "has been about as stable as an Isuzu Trooper at eighty mph on a hairpin curve," but a decent alternative turns up in attentive Buckley, a freelance copywriter. When Will leaves town to act in summer stock, a dejected Tracey starts slimming down, boning up on literary classics like Moby Dick and generally re-evaluating her life. Markham a pseudonym for Wendy Corsi Staub, award-winning romance author and ghostwriter for the likes of Fabio has done little here to break out of pulp romance and into literature. The narcissistic upsets of a shallow crew of 20-something singles and the hackneyed ending now are sadly out of date and hold little appeal. Agent, Laura Blake Peterson.

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Tracey Spadolini has always been insecure. She's somewhat overweight, unhappy in her job, and dating Will, a handsome but commitment-phobic actor. Will is spending the summer in upstate New York, leaving a morose Tracey behind in Manhattan, so she decides to use the time to turn herself into the woman she has always wanted to be. She goes on a diet and starts to read classics. She also meets Buckley, a good-looking, sweet guy who pursues a friendship with her even after he mistakes their first trip to the movies together as a date. Tracey can't help but compare him to Will, and Buckley comes out ahead every time. Will hardly ever calls and seems hesitant when she tells him she wants to come to visit him, but Tracey is sure that he'll be won over by her new look. It takes Tracey a maddeningly long time to come to her senses, but it's an undeniably fun journey for the reader. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373250134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373250134
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes, it's typical. Slightly Single's heroine is a twentysomething single girl living in the City who is miserable with her entry-level ad position (or glorified secretary -- take your pick), overweight, and in love with a man who is commitment-phobic and just plain not-very-nice. There is nothing new here in this novel that I haven't read before. However, Wendy Markham's version of the City girl plight is fun to read, a perfect weekend or beach book, and her characters have just the right qualities for readers to either love them or hate them.
Our heroine, Tracey Spadolini, has finally made a life for herself in the Big City. Granted, it comes in the form of a crappy job and part-time boyfriend; however, Tracey is convinced it's all about to change for the better. Once Will, the actor-slash-boyfriend, returns from his summer job doing theatre in upstate New York, Tracey is certain he will be ready to commit and move in together. And while their summer apart definitely holds change in store, Tracey adds epiphanies into the bargain: about her relationship, her position in life and the woman she strives to be.
What I have come to expect from a Red Dress Ink novel is epitomized in Slightly Single. A very easy read; increasingly enjoyable with each turning page; and despite its predictability, its appeal kept me reading. No great frills in the writing style -- it's kept more conversational and relaxing -- and the plot does not punch and pop, but Wendy Markham has created a very relateable character, very human, with warts and all. And in her effort, has also created a fan in me.
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This was a huge disappointment. The character never developed, it is a sloppy complaining mess that doesn't encourage the reader in the least! The story could've been written so much better without a ton of effort. Sad fat girl in bad job, bad relationship, going nowhere in New York turns into empowered woman learning to find her true self and build healthy relationships...you won't find that ending here. Sorry.
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Tracey is a single woman stuck in the hot city during the summer her actor boyfriend, Will, is in summer stock. What is a woman going to do while her boyfriend is gone? What ensues is a hilarious uptake on a single life in NYC. It is at best a light-hearted read ~~ perfect to take to the beach or the waiting room in a hospital ~~ and you'll relate to Tracey's dilemmas.
Tracey does what every woman does when the man she loves leaves ~~ lose weight, goes shopping and rediscover herself in the meantime. At least she didn't stay home all the time and wait for her man to call ~~ she went out. And when she discovered that her man isn't really her man after all, she goes over to her new guy friend's house and cries on his shoulders.
This is a really cute book ~~ I enjoyed the reading immensely though it's not made of "sterner" stuff ~~ who cares? It's a fun read and something to take along to the beach. I would read more of Markham's books!!
5-20-02
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Slightly Single is great :) I enjoyed every page of this book! Like some of the other reviewers of Slightly Single have stated, I really related to this book's main character and the emotional baggage she carries around from a hideous boyfriend. Every woman, at some point in their lives, has had one. The man they thought the sun and moon rose & set over, who didn't care what happened to her as long as she still adored him. Other than just relating to the novel though, it's just a darn good read! I was amused at the shenanigans the main character Tracey kept getting herself into, and also I love that the novel doesn't end with a sappy fairytale ending where everyone is happy and blissful and fake (don't worry, I'm not giving anything away here!!) So if you're a 20 or 30 something woman looking for an entertaining novel to pass the time on a bus, train, vacation, or whatever, you'll like this book. It's a quick read that's funny. What more could you ask for?
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It took me a little bit of time to get into the story, but then I was hooked. I loved the evolution of the main character and was expecting the ending to tie everything up . She would realize the other guy was the one for her and live happily ever after...but it was as if the writer's deadline was the next day and she didn't have time to finish the story.
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Too many authors lately are taking the plunge into writing 'chick lit' and coming up short since the hysterical book 'The Bridget Jones Diary' hit the screen. Not many have captured that witty, funny and touching dialog that made Bridget so popular, but alas, this one has.
Full of funny scenes enough to make you smirk and outright laugh with enough of a balance in it to make you ponder her problems seriously and hope for the best.
The 'perfect' chick lit to me is a funny yet touching account of a woman's life while she is in the middle of some sort of crossroads. Throw in a guy that she doesn't think is interested in her and another that she swoons over but lacks any potential and leave open for a happy or satisfying ending and I am a happy camper. 'Slightly Single' more than meets this mark...
~A horrible heat wave has struck Manhattan and Tracey Spadolini, a 24-year-old New York transplant is trying to get through the summer without her 'slightly significant other'. By that she means, her 'boyfriend' of 3 long years, but not officially.
Will is doing summer stock upstate and will return in September and they can pick up where they left off, or will he?
See, the problem is, Will, a struggling actor, with looks to kill and a body to drool over doesn't seem to see things the same way Tracey does. Vowing to change her life while he is gone and therefore entice Will and keep him hooked, Tracey tackles her un-airconditioned East Village apartment(barely East Village...closer to Jersey in fact), her deadend job, her nasty boss and her weight. With some help from her best friends(all very funny secondary characters)and a very attentive guy she practically ignores, she tackles becoming a new woman...all she has to do now is find out why Will hasn't called.
Tracy Talley~@
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