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Johnny be Good by Paige Toon

Johnny be Good (edition 2008)

by Paige Toon

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Title:Johnny be Good
Authors:Paige Toon
Info:Pocket Books (2008), Paperback, 464 pages
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I finished this book days ago and have been stewing on it ever since. This was my first experience with "chick lit" so I am hesitant to review it because maybe this IS what some women are looking for in a five-star read. Is this what all chick lit is like? Men cheat-- deal with it? Personally, because I was hoping for a light feel-good story, I was flabbergasted and disgusted. I am not a feminist, but I was taken aback by a story line that features a woman falling in love with a man who, while extremely hot and likeable (yes, I get the attraction), is a womanizing douche bag with very few redeeming qualities and little desire to change.

I loved Meg and wanted the best for her, but she was so stupid at some parts that I wanted to smack her. This is a story about a naive girl who comes to work as a PA for a famous rockstar and falls in love with him in the process. He leads her on and breaks her heart many times and never says he's sorry. I found it terribly depressing. That being said, the book was a page-turner. I stayed up all night to finish it because I simply had to find out how it would end.

The ending was abrupt, shocking, and unfulfilling because we are left wondering if there will be a sequel but there is no promise of one. I read in Amazon UK reviews that the next book by this author explains what happens to the characters. I picked up the book and spent an hour flipping pages until I found the two paragraph mention, which still left me unhappy but gave a little bit of closure.

So even though I really disliked the actual story because it is about a woman who doesn't respect herself enough to say no to a guy whom she has watched, repeatedly, treat other women like napkins (use em and toss em), it is also a book that has stayed with me and I found myself waking up in the middle of the night and thinking about it and analyzing it further. If you are a fan of traditional love stories, this 'aint your book. But if you can handle the drama of chick lit, you might like this one. I will not be reading any more books in this genre though.
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  KirSio | Aug 31, 2015 |
The first thing you should know is that the book does not end here… is one of those that drops a bomb at the end, and you have to wait for the second book to know how it goes… As the following book is already out and about, that’s not too much of a drawback, if you enjoyed this one is actually a plus…
About the story, I found it quick paced and engaging from the start, which is always one of the best qualities in a book. The setting is the glamour of the rich and famous in Hollywood, I liked it, makes you dream of the stardom…
I usually don’t like stories that come with this much sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll (should I had alcoholism as well?) but being the book mainly about a ‘maudit’ rock star, I guess here it came with the territory and it didn’t bother me so much.
Towards the end you want to kill the heroine, just because she’s too dumb!!!
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  SaraRomanceLove | May 8, 2015 |
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Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg's glam new life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town to write his famous friend's biography, helps keep Meg's feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny's piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she's swept right off them again?… (more)

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