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Poor Little Bitch Girl Hardcover – February 9, 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 193 customer reviews
Book 7 of 9 in the Lucky Santangelo Series

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From Publishers Weekly

At 72, with 26 bestsellers under her belt, Collins (Drop Dead Beautiful) prowls familiar terrain with this overheated tale of the filthy rich, nasty poor, and cravenly ambitious. Collins picks up the saga of the Santangelos with spoiled-brat Annabelle Maestro, the daughter of two Tinseltown icons, who runs a high-priced call-girl ring in New York with her coke-sniffing nogoodnik boyfriend, Frankie. Annabelle's mom's murder brings the black sheep home to L.A. to mourn for a parent she never loved—and to lean on the adventurous Denver, a quick-witted, sex-starved lawyer who's defending the No. 1 suspect in the murder, Annabelle's dad, film legend Ralph Maestro. But Denver also juggles the rescue of his missing best friend, Carolyn, who's fooling around with a horn dog U.S. senator, and a few hot one-night stands. For all the convoluted connections, mismatches, and throw-away references to ripped-from-the-headlines news and celebrities, Collins is at her seasoned best with this raunchy, retro hot-sheets romance. It's men, dollface, one brassy Hollywood agent muses. They all spew forth the same tired old lines. As does Collins. And it's impossible not to fall for it. Again. (Feb.)
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The eponymous “bitch girl” of the title is Annabelle Maestro, the daughter of two famous movie stars who flees L.A. for New York to escape her indifferent parents. She hooks up with coke-addicted DJ Frankie to start a high-priced escort business. And then her mother’s murder makes headlines. Denver Jones, a beautiful, talented attorney who was briefly friendly with Annabelle, is called in when Annabelle’s father, Ralph, becomes a suspect in his wife’s death. Ralph orders Denver to fly to New York to bring Annabelle back for the funeral. In Washington, D.C., Denver’s best friend, Carolyn, is desperately trying to get a hold of her to share some exciting news: Carolyn is pregnant with the child of the married senator she works for. Denver keeps missing Carolyn’s calls because she has her hands full with Annabelle, who returns to L.A. determined to hide her secret business, and with her sights set on Bobby, the devastatingly handsome son of Lucky Santangelo, the heroine of several of Collins’ previous novels. Though the characters are frequently vapid and shallow, their over-the-top antics are undeniably scintillating. Expect plenty of demand for this page-turning sudser. --Kristine Huntley

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312567456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312567453
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I wrote a fairly harsh review of Collins' most recent Lucky Santangelo book, Drop Dead Beautiful. In it, she forced Lucky's annoying 16 year old daughter Max (Maria) to carry the book. The result was unspectacular to say the least. Poor Little Bitch Girl, while not strictly a Lucky novel, is a much better effort. While the majority of the action focuses on three 25 year old women, Denver, Carolyn and Annabelle who went to high school together, Bobby Santangelo is a key figure and there are guest appearances from Brigette, Max and of course, Lucky.

The book itself has an unusual format - it moves through the viewpoints of the three women and Bobby. All of the voices in the book, bar Denver's, are in third person. Denver's is in first person. I liked Denver in first person but the frequent jolt from "he" or "she" etc to "I" took some getting used to. My only other complaint is one common to Jackie Collins novels - stereotyping. Carolyn was hopelessly naive, some of the "gang bangers" were the usual Collins villains what with the murdering, raping, stealing, selling out family but hey, at least there were no members of the Bonnatti family popping up.

All in all, this is vintage Jackie Collins - the names of the stars change but the game remains the same and when the heroine is as likable as Denver and the hero is our own Bobby Santangelo, who can argue with that? Collins did the Santangelo's proud with this book.
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Format: Hardcover
It has been a year and a half since Jackie Collin's last book was released, and now finally comes "Poor Little Bitch Girl", her 27th novel. In this well-written book Jackie takes us back and forth between Hollywood and New York, detailing the lives of three beautiful women who all went to high school together in Los Angeles. First of all there is Annabelle; a daughter of a famous Hollywood couple who were a well-known actor and actress, Annabelle was shipped off to live in New York City when she was going through puberty. There she started her own call-girl service that catered to rich and famous men. Next, there is Denver, a high powered attorney, and lastly Carolyn who rounds out the trio. Carolyn goes to Washington D.C. , becomes an intern, and ultimately becomes pregnant by a powerful senator who is married. She then vanishes. Also important to note is the return of one of Jackie's most successful characters, Bobby Santangelo, a good-looking stud who endears himself to all the females around him. Like all of Jackie Collin's books "Poor Little Bitch Girl" is excitingly written with well rounded characters with whom the reader cares for. The story is fast paced and written in a way that you cannot wait for the next chapter. How Jackie Collins comes up with these amazing stories and characters is nothing short of her being a genius. She has often stated she watches what goes on around her in Hollywood, as Jackie is often seen at Beverly Hills cocktail parties and awards shows. While at these events she is like a sponge taking everything in and eventually a lot of what she witnesses is put to paper as stories and characters, albeit with different names. I love "Poor Little Bitch Girl", and if you've enjoyed her previous work, this one will hold a special place with other Collin's novels. Great work Jackie!!!
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Format: Hardcover
In recent novels Jackie Collins seemed to be forgetting what's made her one of the world's bestselling authors with some of her latest novels being a bit dry with characters that were passable, but not exciting.

'Poor Little Bitch Girl' is a return to the retro fun of Collins' earlier novels, namely Lovers & Gamblers, The Stud and Thrill. Collins has something for everyone in this novel, from Los Angeles to New York to Washington, there are vivid characters from coast to coast.

The three female leads, Denver, Annabelle and Carolyn present different different impressions about the roles women take in contemporary society. Supported by Bobby Santangelo, the strapping son of Collins' recurring diva, Lucky, the three girls take a mega trip filled with murder, sex, disappearance and money.

Ever the moralist, Collins' tale wraps up perfectly, not one loose end.

I absolutely loved this book, it was the perfect long haul flight novel, it never got dull and kept my interest from the first page to the last.

Have a blast with this one, it's clear Jackie Collins did!
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I was quite pleased when I started the book. "This is a classic Jackie Collins book", I said to myself. Great characters were introduced which made me want to read more, however....

My disappointment came towards the end. What a let down. New characters were introduced at the last minute and there were no real repercussions for devious acts. It was like Jackie Collins gave up and just decided to end the story. I was not left satisfied after reading Poor Little Bitch Girl, I was just left feeling screwed.
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I enjoyed this one more than I did its predecessor Drop Dead Beautiful even though Lucky was hardly in this one at all. Of course, the book wasn’t about her. Not crazy about the title, or how most of the book is written in third person and then for the character of Denver it is written in first person, which is awkward and makes things a bit confusing when switching. Why was this done? Is the author trying something new? I can’t figure out why when she has a formula that works. If it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it. And what is up with so much telling rather than showing? The epilogue summaries leave much to be desired. I’d rather have the characters tell me what is going on, but that is just me.
Overall, the story moves along rather quickly, but is not as tantalizing as the synopsis suggests. Looking forward to finishing reading Goddess of Vengeance and then the Power Trip and then I’m all caught up with Ms. Collins books to date.

SPOILER ALERT: I did enjoy the characters of Bobby and Denver and was glad to see that they get together in the end and wonder what happens next to them.
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