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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Printing edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758204809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758204806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,018,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alan does a masterful job...reminiscent of "Bridget Jones's Diary and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Alan's is a novel to be savored like a good box of chocolates."

More About the Author

Theresa Alan became a bestselling author with her first novel, Who You Know (2003), and her novella Santa Unwrapped was in the New York Times bestseller Jingle All the Way (2004). Theresa was named the Colorado Romance Writer of the Year in 2004.

Theresa's writing career began at the age of nine with her self-published and self-illustrated novel about a ladybug and a dog who were inexplicably the same size and became the best of friends. She's been writing ever since.

A graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Theresa lives in Denver, Colorado. Please visit her at her website www.theresaalan.net.

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It's a very fun summer read.
"michelle13136"
Theresa does a great job of drawing complex characters whose motivations for success become more clear the deeper you get to know them.
Sam
It was such a fun read that I started yesterday night and finished it this morning.
S. Herrejon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bishop on February 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I was a teenager, I had this fantasy that my group of friends would somehow all end up living on the same block (or in some great brownstone apartment) when we grew up. Romance would come and go, but the friends would last forever. A lot of people must have had that fantasy, which helped make TV shows like FRIENDS or MELROSE PLACE popular.

The fantasy is much more satisfying in print, where readers can get inside friends' heads (and, free of TV censors, their bedrooms), and this is what Theresa Alan delivers. Her group of friends--male, female, straight, gay--mostly do live in the same house, as well as work together in their night job as an improv troupe.

SPUR OF THE MOMENT is an enjoyable read about friends in their post-college stage and has all the things you'd expect from twenty-somethings. Missteps with career and romance, money problems, learning to deal with the families they were born into and accepting them for what they are, good and bad, and moving on, all with the sustaining comfort of friends. As one reviewer notes, it's hard to translate visual comedy to the printed page, but a sitcom script doesn't read funny either, Even when the lines are good, it's the actors and producer who bring them to life.

I'm a sucker for a good book about diverse friends...Armisted Maupin's TALES OF THE CITY series and THE DEAL by Lambert & Cochrane come to mind, so I greatly enjoyed this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Herrejon on April 19, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is such a fun read, revolving around the lives of six improv comedians who work at Spur of the Moment. The main main character is Ana, but we actually see the perspective of everyone else, Chelsea, Marin, Jason, Scott and Ramiro. It was such a fun read that I started yesterday night and finished it this morning. It is definately a fun, beach read.

Ana, who has always had a crush on Jason, talks about how she wants to be someone in life and not just do improv part time and her office job during the day. She has always aspired to do stand-up, but she is too scared. Jason is a teacher, environmentalist, and a vegetarian, BUT has been in "love" with Marin for a long time, yet she only sleeps with him here and there. Marin is a beautiful, funny, Britney look-a-like who hates her day job, loves her job at Spur of the Moment, has rich parents who never go and see her, and is always searching for more. She gets the opportunity to go to LA and do a pilot for a WB upcoming series. There she meets Jay, whom she falls for, while Jason is at home, brooding over her. Ramiro is latino and gay (and thats why his father won't speak to him). He writes novels, yet doesn't publish them or try to get them to be published. Ana, being the great friend that she is, reads one of them and loves it. She sends his book to a few publishers and hopes that he gets something out of it. Chelsea actually does not live with them (the other five do) but is a personal trainer by day. She meets Rob, whom she falls for, yet, she hates his job as a firefighter. And last but not least, Scott. Scott has always had this thing for Ana, but since she has always been crushing over Jason, he doesn't do anything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marisa Rossi on July 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a Great Book! I'm going to have to read Alan's first book "Who You Know" next. It has a great message about how you have to be a cheerleader for yourself as well as your friends. Women too often support everyone else in their lives but don't nurture their own dreams. The story is inspirational, all about going for ones dreams and the challenges of how everyday life also has to be lived. Great Job to Ms. Alan.
I would love to see this one on the big screen. Thank You!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marla on July 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book after a friend gave me a copy of Theresa's first book (Who You Know, which I also loved). For me, what made this book great was the characters - these are women (and men) striving to make it in a world few people ever get to see (show biz), and it was really refreshing to read something that wasn't just run of the mill. I thought it was funny and different and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something new and interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
In Denver, twenty-something, Ana belongs to a six person improvisation group, the Iron Pyrits. Ana likes her fellow troupe members and in many ways nurtures the others. She especially suffers from the unrequitedly love of Jason of who she met six years ago in college, but also considers Scott as a possible suitor. Ana worries about her best friend and all around nice gal Maren, who gets herself into too many abusive relationships. She encourages Chelsey (the only member not a roommate) that an interracial relationship is fine if love is the common denominator. Finally, there is Ramiro who has dad troubles so he needs a little mothering without his knowing it. This is her family, but each has decisions to make involving their future that could break up the troupe and end their friendships.
Though the story is told mostly from the perspective of Ana, the other five key players come across as real people also (not and easy chore to achieve - kudos to Theresa Alan for accomplishing this feat). The sensitivities of Ana and the uniqueness of each member of the troupe as she perceives them make for a solid character study with overtones of a family drama and chick lit tale. Though some grunge seems unnecessary, readers will appreciate this SPUR OF THE MOMENT insightful look at six fine protagonists through the eyes of awesome Ana.
Harriet Klausner
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