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i heart bloomberg: a novel by [Carlson, Melody]
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From Publishers Weekly

Carlson, author of more than 100 books, begins her 86 Bloomberg Place series with a novel that functions mostly to set up future storylines. Three women rent rooms at 86 Bloomberg Place: Lelani Porter is a lovely half-Hawaiian with a secret; Megan Abernathy is a Christian flirting with depression; and Hispanic Anna Mendez is anxious to escape a smothering mother. The advertised "luxurious" house, owned by Barbie doll clone Kendall Weis, is disappointingly in need of updating, and in exchange for a rent reduction, they redecorate and renovate the run-down home. Kendall turns out to be the landlord from hell, with entitlement issues, an eating disorder, a shopping addiction and a slew of (too many) other problems. It's more than the trio bargained for, but nobly they try to be kind to Kendall. The Christian element is present in the story, but lightly handled. A subplot of young women gone missing seems at odds with the beauty makeovers and HGTV-type activities. Although Carlson is careful to explain the reasons behind Lelani's absence from her home in the islands, readers may find her seemingly unemotional abdication of responsibility difficult to swallow, while Kendall's character is one-dimensional. The novel ends abruptly without resolving enough loose ends-likely picked up in book two-but leaving readers dissatisfied rather than intrigued.
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About the Author

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards. And her "Diary of a Teenage Girl" series has received great reviews and a large box of fan mail.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3445 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MTBJFY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson is the first book in the 85 Bloomberg Place series. Kendall Weis has a great plan: she will rent out the home her grandmother has given her to three roommates and live off of the income insuring she won't have to get a job and can continue to support her designer clothes habit. But when Megan, Leilani, and Anna see the place, it's not quite the luxurious upscale home Kendall advertised. The four women renegotiate the contract leaving Kendall frustrated and angry at the reduction in income and the remodeling her new roomies plan on making. Carlson is a fantastic writer of Christian chick lit, and this book is another fab example. Megan is recovering from the death of her father, Leilani from a bad relationship resulting in pregnancy, Anna's trying to break free from her mother's stranglehold, and Kendall is devastated after her parents abandon her. Each woman is trying to mend a wounded heart and hoping that this house will be the cure. The women are interesting and multi-dimensional (even selfish Kendall). The groundwork has been laid for suspense, with several young women disappearing in the area, and romance in future books. There are so many different plotlines running through this book, I don't know how Carlson will wrap them all up in just four books, but I know that this writer can handle it with aplomb. I hope the series goes longer than four books; these are characters I will enjoy reading about as they mature again and again.
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I've been a fan of Melody Carlson for years now and have yet to read a book she's written that I haven't enjoyed. I Heart Bloomberg was a delightful setup for the series, which has three more books to come by 2009. In this first book you spend a lot of time getting to know the individual characters. The four women each have their own point of view. There is your stereotypical spoiled but beautiful brat, your sensible and intelligent girl, the smart and wounded but beatiful girl, and the well-rounded and attractive girl who doesn't see herself that way at all. They are a delightful bunch, and so are the men in the story.

There wasn't much of a romantic element in the book, which took away some of the thrill for me as I love great romance novels. But I'm thinking there may be some touching moments in future books in this series. It appears that the author has set things up to head in that direction, which means I will HAVE to read them to find out. Overall, I'd say this was an enjoyable read. Kind of like a clean Melrose Place--minus the gay neighbor. I zipped through it in less than two days and I never got bored with the story even though there wasn't much angst or real drama in the novel. So if you like a light, feel-good story (with few tense moments) that is about four young women trying to share a house and get along, you'll like this story. Some of the ladies had issues, but I didn't feel like I got to know them well enough to feel their pain yet. I want to read the rest of the series to see how they change as they rub shoulders with each other and learn to get along.
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PROS

-A fun read with interesting enough characters and premise.

-I especially found the Megan and Anna characters to be especially well-portrayed and realistic.

CONS

-A little too much high-end product placement for my taste (Prada purses, Nordstrom shopping trips, etc.)

-The author tends not to use "show, don't tell"--I think it would have been interesting to see more action and little nuances than to have the author state everything.

-Sometimes this book comes off as a soap opera. At one point, Lelani's uncle by marriage comes onto her in a way that is random and schlocky.
Lelani's "big secret" is played out in similar fashion.

-Kendall is a completely stereotypical blonde "Barbie doll" lazy rich girl with few redeeming qualities.

-The Christian element is barely there, which was kind of disappointing for me, although the book is generally fairly clean.

Overall, not flawless but far from awful. Light, fluffy, and a slight touch of melodrama.
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You just can't go bad with a book by this author. This particular one is a lighthearted book about a flaky irresponsible girl who is allowed to take over her grandmothers house, with just one rule - no guys allowed. Since she doesn't hold a real job, her solution is to get enough roommates to pay the bills. The roommates can't believe their luck, when after being interviewed they are chosen for a room in such a nice ritzy neighborhood, oh, the one house that is not that nice of course. A gentle comedy with likeable characters. Carlson always provides a relaxing and entertaining read.
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This is a lot of set-up, just getting to know the characters and how they come together. Kendall is completely over the top, and I found some of the situations hard to swallow, but that's probably because I'm 15 years older than these girls.... I may have loved the story back in my 20's. It's clean with a very light faith element.
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By Sandy L on February 19, 2013
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I've just finished this book. The book was a quick read, some places it seemed to take forever to finish the chapter, then the book just ended. What happened to Kendall? What the house ever done? Did Kendall ever get a job?
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