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-- Chick Lit Plus
'Some of the scenes ... are just so funny that tears ran down my cheeks.'
-- Badass Book Reviews
'An entertaining and satisfying book with a little romance and a whole load of girl power.'
-- The Indie Bookshelf
'The book is a lot like the beverage for which it's named - sweet, fizzy and fun. Just don't drink Dr. Pepper while you'rereading it, because you might end up with soda coming out of your nose.'
-- Chick Lit Central
'Mel is quite hilarious and likeable as a character, you find yourself rooting for her to be successful in her endeavors, but secretly wanting her to fail so you can live through the fallout that surely is to follow.'
-- Drue's Random Chatter
'I can see so much of myself in [Mel] that it's a bit scary!'
-- Chick Lit Reviews and News
'Hilarious and true-to-life quotes, relatable characters and a very sweet plot.'
-- The Bookish Owl
'The supporting characters, Will, Beth, Matt, Julie, and Cynthia are well-defined and quirky in their own right. The way their lives intertwine and get tangled up is so very real in some places and so utterly absurd in others, I couldn't help but laugh with them.'
-- Maryann Miller's It's Not All Gravy
'If like Harriet Smith, the innocent victim of Jane Austen's matchmaking heroine in Emma, you are "one of those, who, having once begun, would be always in love," then after reading The Dr Pepper Prophecies you may well suffer a longterm adoration of author Jennifer Gilby Roberts.'
-- Best Chick Lit
From the Author
(Posted to my blog on 3 Oct 2013)
I wrote The Dr Pepper Prophecies at the tender age of 20. Scary, huh? At the time I was on my gap year, having finished A-levels. Strictly speaking it was my second gap year, as I'd gone to Quebec as an exchange student after my GCSEs. I was in France taking lessons in French (oddly enough). I'd signed up for mornings only, thinking that full days would be a bit much, so I had plenty of free time and needed something to do with it.
This was spring, but in the summer I was doing a week-long summer school in creative writing at Oxford University Summer School for Adults. This is a lot less prestigious than it sounds, as all you have to do to get in is pay (it's not cheap, but I wholeheartedly recommend it). So, I decided I was going to spend my afternoons writing a novel.
I'd written plenty of stories over the years. Much of that was fanfiction, in genres such as Lord of the Rings and the sci-fi show Farscape. My experience of writing original fiction was limited. As I recall, I first wrote a YA novel (which I will have to read back at some point, although I don't think it was very good).
Then I picked up a copy of Can You Keep a Secret? by the queen of chick lit Sophie Kinsella - which remains my favourite of her novels - and laughed my arse off. I'd never liked books written in the first person before, and hadn't written anything in that style, but I decided then and there to write a book like hers.
Before going to France, I was a temp in an insurance claims office, which was going downhill rapidly while I was there (nothing to do with me, I assure you). I have to admit I was thinking of it when I wrote Mel's workplace, although none of the people I worked with appear in the book (I promise). The rest of the book is imagination. I don't have a lifelong best friend like Will, although when I read the book again before publication, I was struck by the number of similarities between him and my husband - who I hadn't yet met when I wrote it.
The book is based loosely on Emma by Jane Austen. There's one really good reason for that: it was on the reading list for the creative writing class I was taking! I hadn't read it before, although I had read Pride and Prejudice, which I refer to several times in the book. Like everyone in my generation (and a few others I think), I loved the BBC adaptation with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. One day maybe I'll write my own version of that.
I wrote about two-thirds of the book in France, in about four weeks, and the rest scene-by-scene over a few months when I got back (I was working, so had less time). I was tremendously proud to have completed a novel. I still am. I think it was my greatest achievement so far, although it's been superseded since then.
Over the years, I spent a lot of time editing it. I always planned to send it out to agents, but I was never happy with it. Perhaps if I had it would have been published years ago. Or perhaps I would just have a nice stack of rejection letters. I suspect I'm better off publishing now. Putting your work out there for people to read and criticise is not easy and I think I would have had a harder time coping with it at 20 than I do now at 30.
Anyway, it's now out in the world for you to read. I hope you like it.
Why I Write Chick Lit
(Posted to my blog on 3 Apr 2014)
I was given (read: I chose) Longbourn by Jo Baker for Mother's Day. It's a sort-of-retelling of Pride & Prejudice, from the point of view of the household servants. It's a wonderfulbook, but at one point I found myself feeling really down, because Ifelt that my books just couldn't compare to it. No rich detail inmine. No beautiful descriptions. Some drama, but not on that scale.Generally predictable plots. Chick lit, in other words.
The thing is, though, my books don't need that. I write contemporary fiction, so I don't need to include lots of detail about what life islike for my characters as my readers already know. As for beautifuldescriptions - honestly, I tend to skip a lot of them when I'm reading. Just give me the bare bones and I'll make my own mental pictures. Idon't think I'm alone in that. If I had no imagination, I wouldn't bereading fiction. It's the plot and the characters I'm interested in.
But the thing that really made me feel good about what I write wasthat I felt bad when I finished the book. Although the end was happy,the whole thing painted a picture of bleakness. Harsh, lonely lives ofphysical and emotional endurance, where moments of happiness were fewand far between. I spent half the evening feeling teary and depressed. And, you know what, I don't want to write books like that. I don'twant to make people feel like that.
There's plenty of bad in this world. Most of the media seems to bedevoted to reminding us of that. I don't want to add to that. I wantto make people feel better. Remind them that there is still much goodout there. That just because today was crap doesn't mean tomorrow willbe. That there's humour to be found in everything. And that's whatchick lit is about. So that's what I write.
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- Publication Date : May 8, 2013
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- Print Length : 300 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00CP6GWZE
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- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1490353267
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Top reviews from the United States
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Mel decides to embrace the single life, but a new co-worker may change that. In fact, I think her male BFF may be the Harry to her Sally (the movie was referenced in the book.) Story has a Clueless plot theme because Mel, like Cher, embarks on a quest to help others in naïve, harebrain ways (ex: she helps the 29-year old virgin break out and live a little.)
All in all, this was nothing but the mindless jabbering of a London nut job.
The writing was excellent, the plot was very engaging and the characters became friends you hated to leave behind. While the novel was light and amusing, it also had enough depth to really keep you involved. The homage to Austen's Emma was very well done......just enough to be fun and pique your interest without overworking it. The situations Mel finds herself in have you laughing out loud by yourself!
I certainly hope there will be many more novels from Jennifer Gilly Roberts. Perhaps one that lets us know what happens to Mel Parker and her friends and family next.
As we learn a little more about her dysfunctional family I was able to gain a little more understanding for her relentless behavior and need for acceptance. Throughout the hysterical situations Mel gets herself into she continues to believe that just because today is crap doesn't mean tomorrow will be.
The characters, while perhaps a little out there, are not totally unrealistic and their dialogue is fun and engaging. This is a light-hearted read with some serious relationship themes. I think this would be the perfect summer beach read.
FYI: Written in UK English
Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant issues with editing or formatting.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** June 13, 2014
If you have watched Brit coms on BBC America, recognize the name of the presenter who insults the panelists who are voted off, have a taste for British chocolate -- then you're the right audience for The Dr Pepper Prophecies. On the other hand, if you simply like imagining that you have been dropped into an episode of The Office, like dreaming of what could make your friends' lives perfect if they'd only try changing, just a bit, you'll giggle your way through this novel and hope that the author writes another one soon! Go on, try it! What's the worst that could happen?
Top reviews from other countries
Leading lady Mel is a bit of a walking disaster, but behind all her problems is really a woman confused by the life she is leading. What I loved about Mel was her thought process and Jennifer Gilby Roberts brings us one wacky chick.
Once you start reading you won't want to stop, you are immediately drawn to Mel and straight away you want to solve all her problems, if it was a film you would be screaming at the tv "Nooooo, Can't you see he is your Harry to your Sally!"
This is a seriously funny book you will giggle all the way through it, Mel sets up blind dates with totally inappropriate men, she freaks out on a plane which is still one of my favourite moments of the book!
It is loosely based on Jane Austen's "Emma" and on the film "When Harry Met Sally" ...
How can the author reconcile two such different stories? You'll have to read the book to find out.
Let's just say that it is by turns hilarious, cringeworthy and ultimately satisfying.
Just like real life, in fact.
Do read it ... you'll be glad you did!
Jennifer's first book and a good romantic comedy. The first few pages had me giggling and I read the book from start to finish in one sitting. It ended how I thought it should!
Mel reminded me of a modern day 'Emma' with similar matchmaking abilities although with an amazing appetite for chocolate!
Will look out for the next book!