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20 Times a Lady: A Novel by [Bosnak, Karyn]
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From Publishers Weekly

Bosnak, the woman behind the popular "Save Karyn" Web site (she also penned a book by the same title), makes her fiction debut with the tepid tale of Delilah Darling, a woman on the cusp of 30 who loses her job and sleeps with her heinous former boss in an entanglement that's the 20th notch on her headboard. It's a painful realization, as she'd just read in the New York Post, that the average person has 10.5 partners in their lifetime. Fearing she has more than reached her quota, Delilah takes off on a cross-country trip, determined to find "the one" among the 20 of her former lovers. But she soon discovers that the men of her romantic past"an inmate, a rehab patient, a dog-obsessed Amway salesman and a Muppeteer among them"aren't exactly life-partner material. Clever chapter breaks that feature maps and voice-mail transcripts are fun additions, but the story"hobbled by limp humor, razor-thin characters and phoned-in prose"takes too long to find its inevitably happy ending. (July)
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Don't hate yourself in the morning for reading this book and liking it. It's as irresistible as a pint of Ben & Jerry's and goes down as easily. Free spirit Delilah hates herself after she wakes up with inappropriate man number 20 the day after she's been laid off from her job. Since this number is the limit Delilah has set for herself before getting married, she has the expected loopy single-gal freak-out and goes on an extended journey to track down every badly chosen man she's ever slept with and determine if she didn't make a mistake tossing one of them back into the dating pool. Astute readers will spot Mr. Right immediately--a Colin Farrell look-alike who tracks down Delilah's old boyfriends and is charmed by her quest. Fans of chick lit will recognize the overbearing mother, the quirky pet, the misguided ideas about love and relationships, and the laugh-out-loud encounters with old flames that end in hilarious flameouts. The lively pace and outlandish story will keep readers hooked, but don't skip the footnotes. Kaite Mediatore
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Product Details

  • File Size: 818 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060828358
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 17, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 17, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKNYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Melinda Hupp on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
This girl will crack you up!!! I was laughing through her first book "Save Karyn" and her second did not disappoint. I can't wait until her next book comes out. You all should definitely read if you want to be entertained.
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I have to agree with most of the posts that the author is very witty and most of what she wrote was laugh out loud funny. The ending was predictable and it was irritating to see that the main character could be so dimwitted as to bother looking up her "loser" ex-boyfriends. Hadn't she heard the saying, never go back?

This should have been a quick read, but what irritated me were all the editor errors. It really took away from the book and there were so many I wondered if the editor had something against the author. It wasn't just the occasional typo. There were added words, missing words and in some areas had to be read over.

If you need some laughter in your life, then go ahead and borrow it from someone or go on the authors blog and try and win one for free.
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I picked this book up at Gatwick before flying to the US and it was the perfect read for a 9 hour flight - I read it from cover to cover. At times, the dialogue can be slightly clanky but there are some touchingly accurate n profound observations as well that more than balance out the book. Ms Bosnak handles my late twenties crisis really well!
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Karyn has a knack for writing! Like her first book, as soon as I sat down and started reading.........I WAS IN STITCHES!! This is a LAUGH OUT LOUD enjoy to read! Be careful you aren't in a quite place, people will look!

If you want an easy, fun completely whacky book, this is the one. YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN!

I don't know where she comes up with the ideas she has, but I hope she keeps writing.............KARYN'S AWESOME!!!
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I bought the book the day after it came out and I've already finished it. I loved it so much that I couldn't put it down. The main character, Delilah, is someone I can relate to. Her journey accross the states will have you laughing and blushing thanking God that you're not in her shoes. This book is full of comic relief and heart felt moments. You can definately see the authors wit shine through.
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Realizing she has reached her sexual partner limit, Delilah takes off on a road trip to try to reconnect with ex-lovers. Well, hopefully at least one!! This novel makes a fun read. It's an interesting as Delilah makes her way across the United States to look up old boyfriends and see if they still have that chemistry. Will she realize an old-flame is the one? Will her first love turn out to be her life-long love? I highly recommend finding out.
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This book was laugh-out-loud funny. And original and sometimes over-the-top. There were times I thought I'd give it 4 stars but the warm feeling in my heart at the last page convinced me it was 5-star worthy!

Delilah is determined not to sleep with more than 20 men in her lifetime, and so she goes on a cross-country adventure to track down all of her past lovers in the hope that she can rekindle a relationship with one of them that will lead to a life-time relationship and thus prevent her from adding another notch to her belt. The one for Delilah is pretty obvious from the beginning, but how she finds her way to him and the trouble she gets herself into during the journey is just so funny and original. I loved Delilah - thought she was hilarious and loving and someone I would totally like to get drunk with. And I wish there were more men like Colin - gorgeous, sex, funny, sweet - he was perfect and makes most of the men I know pale in comparison!

My only complaints were as follows - Delilah is only 29 and lives in NYC. It is not at all unusual to be single at 29 in the Big Apple and so I thought the panic surrounding her being alone forever was a bit much. I also didn't like the footnotes - I was reading on a Kindle and by the time I got to the explanation of the footnotes, I forgot what they were for and had no desire to go back and check.

Can't wait to see the movie!
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I liked this book. I think it was a little long though, which is the reason I enjoyed the movie more. This book focuses on Delilah Darling's 20 exes. Delilah hopes that one of these is her Mr. Right. Now I'd say good idea to hunt down SOME of her exes. But she tracks down ALL of them. After tacking down 6 exes I was bored with the idea because they were ALL losers.

Delilah was at times likeable. She was a bit humorous and quirky. But other times she comes off as pushy and annoying. I liked the Delilah movie character better.

At the very start of the book I already knew that Delilah would end up with Colin Barret. I really liked that guy. Colin was in no way like the hero in the movie, but I liked them both. There isn't that much interaction between him and Delilah until the end. The movie did good in showing them interacting more.

Less on the whole exes bit. I could have done without knowing every detail about each relationship. Especially considering the guys weren't likeable in any way. Forgetable even.

I do plan on reading this again. But thankfully I can skip past the parts I had a problem with. I suppose you do have to read that once in order to get a quick glance at what her exes were like. And that's all they are - EXES.
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