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For My Best Friend's Girl: 'Totally enjoyable' New Woman ** 'A funny, quirky read' Company ** 'Colourful characters and witty writing' Heat ** 'Hilarious' Hot Stars ** 'When a novel breezes along as lightly as this, you simply cannot put it down' What's On in London ** 'I was laughing and crying from page one. Koomson deals with grown up issues: friendship, death, betrayal and forgiveness - a very moving read' Adele Parks One of the funniest, most unusual books you'll ever read. Be careful, this book may change your life (and viewing habits)., A laugh-out-loud, feelgood page-turner., Dorothy Koomson makes an impressive debut with a quirky, original, wise novel. This is a totally enjoyable story full of believable characters and situations., A hilarious read., A funny, quirky read. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

After two years living in Sydney, Australia, Dorothy Koomson is probably now living somewhere in the northern hemisphere (but you just never know with her). Her third novel, My Best Friend's Girl, was a Richard & Judy Summer Read 2006 and reached no 2 on the Times Bestseller charts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (March 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749934506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749934507
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She also does an amazing job with the characters.
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I was hooked from the beginning and had a hard time putting this book down.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary on August 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This cute book is about Amber Salpone, who is pretty apprehensive about committing to a relationship- why bother when you have chocolate, right? But her gorgeous best friend Greg tells her he's in love with her, and she decides to give it a shot. The conflict is whether or not Amber will be able to overcome her fears based on a less-than-perfect childhood and fall in love.

For fans of the Bridget-Jonesian, neurotic-English-girl style of novel, this will be a fun read, although it isn't as funny as many of its comrades in that genre. Amber is a self-aware, rational heroine (except about men), which makes for a more meaty read.

I did enjoy the way Amber compares everyone to chocolate (the ultimate insult appears to be calling someone "toffee")- Jen, her best friend, is high-quality white chocolate; Greg is compared to all manner of sweets. It will make you want to go out and buy See's or Cadbury's. Its also interesting that despite the chocolate obsession and some vague acknowledgement of a curvy figure, Amber is not hung-up on her weight. A refreshing change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emerald on June 13, 2008
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Where to begin? I have all of Koomson's books except for The Cupid Effect (waiting for the price to drop). Everyday I monitored Amazon hoping and praying that someone would put TCR up at a cheaper price. Oh happy day! I got an import for $1.87! Yay me. Everyday I checked my mailbox and then suddenly...it was there. Wrapper torn off...a gift for me!
I loved My Best Friend's Girl. Loved it. Marshmallows for Breakfast...I'll give it a 3 and a half. Not enough love. But this book took the cake...or chocolate so to speak.
The characters were completely realistic. We have our main character film enthusiast Amber who runs from commitment because she is terrified of being left. Her bestfriend Jen who is yearning for commitment from her borefriend Matt. Then there's Matt's bestfriend, Amber's second bestfriend the delectable Greg. Greg is a playboy who sleeps with random women and never looks back. Then he and Amber share a moment. And suddenly all he really wants is for Amber to take his intentions seriously.
The main plot revolves around Amber and Greg (fine by me) with supporting roles going to Jen and Matt. This is a story I think everyone can relate to--parts at least. While Amber is trying to figure out if Greg is the real deal, she has to face the fact that she and Jen are drifting apart. A huge secret looms between the two girls. The reader finds out pretty early in the book but I won't ruin it for you.
The only downfall--there were way too many references to chocolate. Way too many. Cannot stress that enough. Koomson saw parallels with chocolate and people that I would never have thought of. Hard and brittle like toffee? WTF! Very random.
Overall though, I still give it 5 stars because at the end of the day it's a realistic romance that reminds ppl that while the past is forged in stone...the future is still up for debate.
Next book please, Ms. Koomson!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JV on June 14, 2008
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Dorothy Koomson is a wonderful character writer, and humourous to boot. In Chocolate Run she introduces you to Amber Salpone, and Greg Walterson (named after Gregory Peck), now it's your typical plot. Girl meets boy, girl knows boy is a man .... and he so is, and for three years life is good. Greg after all is the best friend of her best friends man, so what if one night she and Greg get to taste each other's sweets.

It's not going anywhere after all...she's seen him flirt, and how's that going to change. Well Koomson has Greg give it his all for a real relationship the man parted with his 'black book', the scene was hilarious, you could almost hear Greg's heart palpitating at the enorminty of the moment.

Life is like a box of chocolates (Forrest Gump), you never know quite what you're getting, and the story takes off. A one night stand leads to relationship entangled in friendships, and secrets which will be revealed. The heart of the book was Greg, the bloke did stupid, but I found I could'nt stay mad at him because he was just a man....and the petals on the bed, well that melted my heart. I'll give this book five stars for plotting, romance and angst, and how real you felt the character of Amber was as she muddled through with chocolate, her past family relations which impacted her present in so many ways, as did the Greg's past. Now was I satisfied after the read, well it definitely was a chocolate marshmellow treat with a few added nuts of angst, what's not to enjoy. Totally did.
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I admit I read the ending first.

After my last Dorothy Koomson book Goodnight, Beautiful, I really wanted to read more work by the author but I did not think I could handle another emotional ringer like that book was. So I deliberately looked to find something that was much lighter. With this book I can see why she is classified as a chick-lit writer because this is pure chick-lit.

Amber has been best friend with Jen for just about ever. So when Jen invites Amber to meet the new man in her life Amber goes for dinner determined to like this guy. Jen's new guy Matt brings along his best friend Greg as well, wanting him to get to know Jen. When Amber first sees Greg she is struck by 1)how incredibly beautiful is and 2)how much he knows it. Although Amber doesn't take to Matt very well, she and Greg strike up a great friendship. It is an immediate friendship that deepens as if it has been going on for years. It is the type of friendship where one would call the other to bail them out of jail -- a very funny bit in the story that had me smiling out loud.

The two manage to tumble into bed together. This is fraught with problems as Amber has serious issues with commitment -- she thinks everyone will leave eventually. And Greg is a slut. He is good-natured, fun and beautiful and a sex magnet. But Greg is determined to change his ways for Amber. She desperately wants him but doesn't trust him. Is she right? Will he revert back to his old ways? Can she believe all the things, all the right things, he's telling her.

I got a real kick out of this book. I think I loved the fact that Greg was so completely flawed.
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