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Ambrosia by [Barnes, David-Matthew]
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"Ambrosia" is the popular debut novel from award-winning writer David-Matthew Barnes.

About the Author

David-Matthew Barnes is the author of several novels and collections of stage plays, poetry, short stories, and monologues. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for their diversity.

David-Matthew has written over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, and The Southeast Review.

David-Matthew was selected by Kent State University as the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. In addition, he has received the Carrie McCray Literary Award, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and earned double awards for poetry and playwriting in the World AIDS Day Writing Contest. He has received national awards in the Split This Rock Poetry Contest and the New Works for Young Women Playwriting Competition. His screenplays and teleplays have been recognized with awards from the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition in London and the Film Makers TV Writing Competition in Los Angeles.

David-Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a degree in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.

David-Matthew is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

David-Matthew has been an arts educator for over a decade. He is a faculty member of the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he instructs and mentors graduate students in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Playwriting, and Screenwriting. 

David-Matthew is the Program Director of the Theatre Arts and Dance Department at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1406 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pindelion Publishing (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AJFY1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I got to read this book through another site that was offering it free, and it was a very quick read at 110 pages. It had me choking out giggles and sometimes bursting out in guffaws (with some eye-rolling in between). The lead character starts out vapid, intentionally, and while the author tries to redeem her through the book, she is still vapid in many ways at the end.

Don't let the title fool you - this is not a book on dating. The lead character wavers between a depressed mess to bed-hopping slut to hopeless romantic. The romance plot is contrived and unrealistic, and at one point I almost thought she was about to realize she had feelings for another woman.

However, all of that said, I gave it a 4 because it was a fast-paced, lighthearted read (fluffy). The main character is absolutely hilarious without knowing that she is just that. I will warn the gentler reader that there is a lot of vulgarity, multiple adult situations, and sexual content.
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Okay, so I wasn't in stitches the entire time, but this book definitely had some funny moments. I really enjoyed the main character Tina. She was fun and was riddled with self-doubt. She got stuck in some horrible situations thanks to a lousy ex-boyfriend, but she had amazing friends to help her get back on top. The resolution to her problems were tied up very nicely in the end with pretty bow (not at all realistic), but I'll forgive the author for that one. Because in the end, this story wasn't so much a romance, but the love between a woman and her friends and how they helped her through thick and thin. This was a very quick and enjoyable read. It's definitely chick lit for the beach or the pool.
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David-Matthew Barnes makes schadenfreude even more enjoyable. Tina has been dumped by her boyfriend and has been left with nothing but her best friend Darla and a pot-smoking landlord. After accepting Darla's challenge to accept every date for a year in order to find "the perfect man," Tina meets Oliver. Unfortunately, Oliver slips away before Tina can overcome her low self-esteem to let him know of her desire. Misfortune is never far away, or as public, as Tina tries to find Oliver and still uphold her end of Darla's dare.

In Ambrosia, Barnes has given us characters that are compelling because we know these people in real life. It's a humorous and lively paced story. I read Ambrosia in short sessions just before going to bed, but, honestly, each time I started reading, I didn't want to stop.
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David-Matthew does a great job with this absolutely hysterical novel. It's a little thin plot-wise, but there's definitely enough in it to provide a fun reading experience. Well worth your time.
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I started off thinking I would not care for this book; ten pages in I couldn't put it down. Wild twists and turns. Unbelievable friends and family. Really good read for a relaxing afternoon.
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I give this book 5 stars!     The detail of imagination in every predicament Tina got herself into was so real that I could just see it happening right in front of me.  I could feel her pain and smile at her happiness! Loved it and will read more of this great writer's books!
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By A Customer on June 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Along with his fantastic scripts, this author knows how to capture the spirit of a woman. (turns out, some men DO understand!) I felt myself relating with this character in so many ways. Moments of this book were so hilarious that when I laughed out loud, people practically fell out of their seats. This book shares that no matter how bad life can get, there's always sunshine ahead.
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