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From Publishers Weekly

Young's first novel is a silly and harmless yarn set in modern England concerning guess what the romantic tribulations of a self-deprecating 30-ish woman. Like Nick Hornby's About a Boy, it is predicated on a white lie that spirals out of control. Sophy, a charmingly sarcastic London recruiter on "the cutting edge of human-resource management," is in no rush to get hitched and only mildly disheartened when her long-standing boyfriend dumps her. Her fretting Mum believes that "an unattached daughter who's just hit thirty is a Serious Worry," so to keep her happy, Sophy fabricates a handsome, attentive, successful suitor named Dominic. But when younger and prettier sister Belinda decides to marry, Sophy is forced to produce her new bloke. Ever resourceful, a desperate Sophy hires Josh from a London escort service to play the part of Dominic and accompany her to her sister's wedding. Predictably, within hours of meeting her paid companion, lusty Sophy finds herself attracted to him. Lies are piled on top of lies as the duplicitous Sophy suffers the "strain of spending a whole evening and night with a man I fancied the pants off while pretending I didn't (to him), while at the same time pretending I did (for the family)." Despite Sophy's near inability to tell the truth, she's charming and the author does a fine job of conveying her appeal. Readers who enjoy the wisecracks, parenthetical asides and flaky characters that are the bread and butter of contemporary British romantic comedies will be happy to drag this breezy book off to beaches or onto planes. But the hard-to-follow tangle of falsehoods, giddy banter that all somehow winds up sounding the same, and contrived plot twists will exhaust everyone else long before the novel's end. National ad campaign. (Sept.)Forecast: Once in bookstores, entries in this oversubscribed genre may be fated to be judged by their covers and the cutest will always win, of course. Asking for Trouble has the pastels down pat, but a subdued shot of lacy underwear on a line lacks spirit.

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"A delightfully witty tale" Woman's Weekly "...a lively Lisa Jewell-esque novel with a bit more bite than you might imagine." Daily Mirror "Perfect comic timing and wickedly funny moments." Cosmopolitian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st Printing edition (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060799226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060799229
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found the main character, Sophy, to be annoying.
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The storyline is no doubt predictable and not exactly original but it is still very fun to read as the plots are well-written and quite funny.
Dizziey
I was dissappointed with the movie but I LOVED the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on January 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book in two days ~~ and if I didn't have a wedding to plan nor work nor a honeymoon to get ready for, I would have read this book in just a few hours. It was such a perfect light reading amid all the stress in life!
Sophy Metcalfe tells a little white lie to keep her mother off her back and that little white lie snowballs into something hilarious ~~ the whole book is based on Sophy's white lie and how she tries to get out of it.
Her perfect little sister is getting married to this perfect man. So, Sophy's "Dominic" has to make an appearance ~~ only there is no Dominic. Sophy then goes to an escort service to hire someone for the day ~~ that someone is Josh. And they attend the wedding from hell. The story takes off from there.
Young takes you on a wild chase through England while Sophy fights her feelings for Josh ~~ with hilarious help from her flatmates. It's such a fun book to read ~~ nothing heavy and serious ~~ just a fun fluff to read on a gloomy winter day or even to take this book to the beach. It's one of the better romance books around. You can't help but relate to Sophy as she tries to make amends for the white lie she had told her mother ~~ after all, which one of us didn't have a mother who despair that we'd never find Mr. Right? It's a fun trip down memory lane for those of us out of the dating pool and such a hilarious relating for those of us who are still looking for Mr. Right. You just never know where you might find him.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Dickinson on September 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
1,000 words are not enough to describe how great this book is, but I'll give it a shot! While the blurb on the back sounded promising, I expected another post-Bridget Jones funny-yet-predictable novel.
I bought it anyway, and was pleasantly surprised to find a well-written, fast-paced, and truly hilarious novel about a heroine I could really relate to. The book's tone is conversational, as if Sophy is your best girlfriend, and you're dishing over a couple of vodkas; as a result, I liked her and found myself waiting anxiously for the next plot twist to unfold.
Even though Sophy's white lie(s) spin(s) wildly out of control, I didn't think the plot and its many twists were at all contrived or predictable. Sophy's character rang quite true to me, as did everyone else's.
In the ever-expanding universe of contemporary women's fiction, I think this book is a breath of fresh air. While Sophy is no less charmingly neurotic than Bridget and her "sisters," I feel that Sophy's character is deeper, a bit more developed, less breezy, and, as a result, more human. She acknowledges, and agonizes, over her faults, and seems to grow as a person through her experiences.
The characters' relationships strike me as more complex and authentic than other novels, perhaps because of Ms. Young's attention to detail in crafting their mannerisms, speech, etc. She also creates a sense of history, in describing events and people from Sophy's childhood, which are traced to the present.
Finally, the situations, dialogue and descriptions are often so unexpectedly funny that I laughed until I cried. I could not put this book down. You'll love it, too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jaime E. Hill on March 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I really loved this book. If you're expecting the same story as in "The Wedding Date," which was loosly based on this book, don't worry. You can enjoy both without any plot spoilers! Elizabeth Young makes you laugh out loud as you follow a "desperate" young woman on her quest for a decent date to her sister's wedding. There are twists and turns that all lead to belly laughs and deep sighs! What a great story!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
I picked this book with a bit of hesitation but after the first few pages I was hooked and I absolutely loved this book. Sophy is the first character that I've read of that isn't 22 with a size six waist, a perfect family and the perfect little life and career. She's a realistic, 30 something, size 14 English girl trying to keep her parents, or mother, out of her love life so she tells her what she wants to hear. But I found myself laughing out loud with this one or just chuckling. It was highly enjoyable, I read over half the book in one night, and absolutely enjoyed every page. I couldn't put it down and once I was finished, I wanted to read it again. Yes, he ending was a bit predictable but all the same, it was still a wonderful book. I highly enjoyed it and look forward to other books by this author!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TSchlaack on February 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
What an absolutely fantastic fun read. This story reminds me of a cross between Bridget Jones and the Shopaholic series in its humor. I laughed out loud at the way things progressed through the story. It also shows how sometimes one little white lie can turn into a huge white elephant. What happens when you tell your mother you have a fabulous boyfriend that doesn't exist and you have to produce him? Well Sophy (with a Y not an IE) hires one but, ack she is actually really attracted to him and this has her confused. There are a couple of other story lines running through also. The thing I liked the most is the characters all seemed so real! Hats off to another new author for me that I am now scrambling around to find other works by...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2002
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I'm as big a fan of British chick lit as anybody, but I found the main character in this book so fundamentally unlikeable that I couldn't figure what Josh could see in her. (He seemed quite nice and charming.) I found Sophy so unpleasant that I could barely finish the book.
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