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Reinventing Mona by [Coburn, Jennifer]
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Mona Warren leaves her job as an engineer at age 31, determined to change her life. She is tired of fading into the background, and she wants to win the heart of her dream guy, accountant Adam Ziegler. Her best friend, Greta, thinks Mona should take the time to find herself, but Mona is determined to make herself into the kind of woman Adam would fall for. To that end, she convinces magazine columnist Mike "the Dog" Dougherty--the ultimate male chauvinist--to help her. She dutifully signs up when Mike suggests that she take a class in exotic dancing, and when she finally does score a date with Adam, she even takes Mike's suggestion to have an actor impersonate a rock star and pretend to be her ex-boyfriend. Adam finally starts to fall for Mona, but Mona is caught off guard when she finds that she has feelings for Mike. Completely captivating, Coburn's latest will undoubtedly net the hearts of romantic comedy fans. Kristine Huntley
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  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L64PJ6
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By booklass VINE VOICE on August 20, 2006
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....and it was true love. Shudder. I really expected the best from this book. The premise was so great, but the execution was so terribly awful. Mona, the main character was poorly fleshed out, and, while I truly felt sad for the tragedy in her past, I found that she was so consistently disengaged from her own life, that I could not empathize like I wanted to. I had hoped that with the word "reinventing" in the title, I would see some sort of cathartic metamorphosis in her character, but she seemed to stay the same. I thought that at the very least, I would get detailed accounts of her physical makeover, fashion choices, and lifestyle changes, but felt that there were many missed opportunities to add color to the story. I hated the F-bombs dropped so frequently by more than just the main character. Come on, puhleease, write me a real dialogue! Put some effort into it! A steady stream of obscenities is just a signal to me that I, the reader, was not worth the effort.

As for the Mike, the male lead, so to speak, he simply came across as a misogynist of the highest degree. Having Mona keep saying that "there was more to him than that" did not make it apparent to my mind. I could not see what either saw in each other. She came across as seriously whacked and manipulative, and he was absolutely the worst the male world could possibly offer, an insult to men everywhere. Stereotypes and cliches abounded. It was a wasted opportunity for the author, and a waste of my time. Sorry.
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It wasn't my type of story. Too much sex and cursing. Some things just aren't necessary to make a good book.
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I've read quite a few books in the "Chick lit" genre and this one would have to be the worst of the lot. It starts out as a serious book with a horrific tragedy, but then moves on to scenarios that were so outlandish they weren't even close to believable. Maybe they were supposed to be funny? Bottom line: I just didn't enjoy it. It wasn't laugh out loud funny (like so many in this category are), it didn't hold together, and it just wasn't convincing at all.

It felt to me like the author couldn't decide what to do with this book. If you have a choice, I would opt for something else.
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I didn't realized that this book was written by the same author of The Wife of Reilly. If I had, I never would have read it. Another bad novel in the guise of 'Chick-Lit' full of one-dimensional characters. The main character is a silly, self absorbed, insecure woman with the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old girl who dreams of growing up to marry her favorite movie star, and an apparently unlimited bank account. The ridiculous lengths she's willing to go to snag the man of her dreams (the man who does her taxes that she barely knows) is mind-boggling. I don't know what was more tedious: her constant put-downs of herself or her supposed best friend's harping. I found I just didn't care about what happened to her. I will never read another book by this author. They are not for grown-ups.
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There is a good idea lost in the padding of this book. And make no mistake this book is padded real good. The author wants to sell you a bill of goods that Mona is just such a nobody. Yes, yes. She's rich and yes, she had this unique experience of living in a communte as a teenager. And her and grammy would travel the world every christmas-but all of that is just BORING. Sheesh. What does the author think is exciting? And oh gee, she's so out of shape she needs to lose at least...TEN pounds. So let's reinvent Mona! All right--but there really wasn't any reinventing. It was just a list of things that fell out the author's head with no rhyme or reason. The comedic moments were forced and nine out ten times fell flat. I never connected with Mona or cared whether she got her boring man or not. And certainly didn't believe that she and Mike were in love. What? Chapters about Captain John or Mona retelling the whole book to the police precinct like the reader needed recaps were all attempts by the author to reach a word count. Am I right to understand that eighty year old Capt. John married Vicki? Was this an attempt to have a play on the other Vicki (We all know as Anna Nicole)??

Trips back to the commune-just to hear questions on whether or not her father was stoned the day of the accident? Overall: buy a USED copy if you're absolutely curious-hopefully there's one selling for under a buck. Any more than that and you just overpaid.
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This was a light, comical read with nothing more to it.

The main character, Mona, is a thirty something engineer with no social skills, social life or family
She is desperate to marry her CPA, Adam, whom she barely knows and is convinced he is her ticket to a happy and secure future. So, in a bad economy, she takes the early buy-out plan her company offers in order to reinvent herself into someone that will attract the love of her life.
Hiring a popular, male-chauvinist columnist, Mike, (aka,The Dog), who will give her the inside scoop on how men think, she embarks on a series of mishaps in order to win the man of her dreams, which she quickly finds out, isn't who she thought he was, but pursues him anyway. It's a simple, predictable tale.

I did enjoy most of this book. The author did a decent job creating comical scenarios for the main character to keep stumbling into. At times, it did become bogged down with Mona's back-story and yet did very little to progress the development of her or the other characters to a believable level. Also, the money Mona has leaves you wondering why she was even working in the first place. Her bank account was boundless, so why didn't she use that to work on herself before getting stuck in a job that made her feel like an automaton stuck in a rut?

As for the ending, it was too far beyond the realms of good story telling to be considered acceptable. I was liking this book and chuckling out loud through the majority of it, and then the author lost her way and slapped on an inane ending where everyone, (and I mean, EVERYONE), lived happily ever after. It was cloying and left me disappointed, but if you are looking for a light, shallow read, this book would be it.
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