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Bookends: A Novel by Jane Green

Bookends: A Novel (original 2000; edition 2003)

by Jane Green (Author)

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Title:Bookends: A Novel
Authors:Jane Green (Author)
Info:Broadway Books (2003), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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Bookends by Jane Green (2000)

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I really wanted to like this book as a little summer read, and while I loved the London setting, the story just fell short. The characters we pure stereotypes (i.e. A very neat gay man with promiscuous past, an overweight 30 yo that has not had a boyfriend in years, the beautiful stuck up woman with a great career but no love). Additionally, all of the story lines of the characters were predictable. To make this review short, it could have been so much better. ( )
  MicrobeMom | Mar 23, 2018 |
Great story of friendships and keeping them as our lives change. ( )
  whybehave2002 | Feb 4, 2015 |
Good "chick lit" set in London. Story revolves around a group of college friends and their lives after several years on their own. I enjoyed it. ( )
  wareagle78 | Feb 8, 2014 |
This book felt a little long and I kind of felt like I lived a year in the life of the characters, day by day, but overall the story was good and I enjoyed it. ( )
  ABShepherd | May 15, 2013 |
Nice read. I enjoyed this book, the story brought me in immediately. ( )
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The first time I met Josh, I thought he was a nice guy but a transient friend.
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Catherine Warner and Simon Nelson are best friends: total opposites, always together, and both unlucky in love. Cath is scatterbrained, messy, and — since she had her heart broken a few years back — emotionally closed off. Si is impossibly tidy, bitchy, and desperate for a man of his own. They live in London’s West Hampstead along with their lifelong friends, Josh and Lucy, who are happily married with a devil-spawn child and a terrifying Swedish nanny, Ingrid.

All’s well (sort of) until the sudden arrival of a college friend — the stunningly beautiful Portia, who’s known for breaking hearts. Though they’ve grown up and grown apart from Portia, the four friends welcome her back into the fold. But does Portia have a hidden agenda or is she merely looking to reconnect with old friends? Her reappearance soon unleashes a rollicking series of events that tests the foursome’s friendships to the limit and leaves them wondering if a happy ending is in store.

Fortunately, Cath has plenty to take her mind off Portia’s schemes — like her gutsy decision to leave her job in advertising to fulfill her dream of opening a bookstore. And then there’s James, the sexy real-estate agent who keeps dropping by even after the bookstore deal is done. With his irresistible smile and boyish charm could he be the one to melt Cath’s heart?
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Bookends, Jane Green's third comic novel of contemporary love and lust, proves beyond a doubt that when it comes to light reading, plot is everything. Bookends makes a great case study because it has little going for it besides plot. Dialogue? Stilted. Characters? Clichéd. Writing style? Sloppy. And yet the book is well-nigh impossible to put down. A few friends meet at university: Simon, the chirpy gay character; Portia, the glamour girl; Josh, the adorable, unpretentious catch; and Cath, the overweight, insecure narrator. Portia strays from their crowd, but the other three remain friends into their 30s. Now successful Londoners, each faces a personal crisis: singleton Cath leaves a secure job to start a bookstore; Simon looks for love; Josh's marriage goes through growing pains. And then Portia, as intimidating and elegant as ever, wanders back into their lives--with surprising results. Green is a past master of the ugly-duckling-turned-swan story. Cath's transformation--neatly echoed by the changes in the lives of her friends--is completely addictive. Plot does indeed rule. --Claire Dederer

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Now in paperback, and told with Green's captivating wit and flare, "Bookends" is above all a story about friendship--its twists, turns and complications--and how it weathers the challenges of love, ambition, marriage, and, most of all, growing up.

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