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Holly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup: the kind where you're still in love with the person leaving you.  While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair.  And another woman comes to Holly for advice about her love life--with Holly's ex!HoHolly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup: the kind where you're still in love with the person leaving you.  While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair.  And another woman comes to Holly for advice about her love life--with Holly's ex!Holly decides that if everyone around her can take pleasure wherever they find it, so will she.  As any self-respecting 30ish New York woman would do, she brings two males into her life: a flawed but endearing dog, and a good natured, much younger lover.  She's soon entangled in a web of emails, chance meetings, and misguided good intentions and must forge an entirely new path to Nirvana. From the author of The Big Love, Secrets to Happiness is a big-hearted, knife-sharp, and hilariously entertaining story about the perils of love and friendship, sex and betrayal--and a thoroughly modern take on our struggle to be happy....

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Secrets to Happiness Reviews

  • Danielle
    2019-04-16 03:45

    entertaining, but scattered and lacking in substance. ms. dunn really needs to put more focus on character development and the climax. i could not understand what motivated these people to do what they did because each character was filled with fluff and nutella. that being said, i rarely understand people, yet find them amusing and enjoyable, so can't (won't) discount this book on that basis. as for the climax....i'm still wondering where the WOW factor is? it was all so typical. where was the twist? the turns? the 'GASP'?! no where to be found, my friend. it's just a shame because it COULD'VE been a good book; instead it was just 'okay.' there is potential here. keep on truckin', ms. dunn, keep on.

  • christa
    2019-03-27 05:49

    I'm not sure why I thought a book about a single woman writer living in Manhattan wouldn't be chick lit, since most chick lit begins with those very same ingredients. It's kind of like taking ground beef, adding orange powder, serving it in a hard shell and saying "But it's not a taco."But in Jancy Willett's review of "Secrets of Happiness" in the NYT's Book Review, she says point blank: " ["Secrets of Happiness":] was definitely not written just for women, no matter how it’s packaged. True, the protagonist is female, the setting is Manhattan, and the focus is on relationships — and there’s a big shopping scene. True, mostly women will read it. But then women are the ones mostly reading every­thing. Besides, it’s not about shoes. And the shopping is for books, at the Strand. Also, unlike chick lit, chick TV and chick movies, “Secrets to Happiness” is actually funny.And I believed her because she writes for the NYT's Book Review, which means that reputable writerly people accept e-mails from her, and they probably wouldn't call security if she walked into their office. Granted, I wasn't expecting "The Great Gatsby," but the cover suggested at least Tom Perrotta, so I bought it. Holly is a recently divorced 30-something TV writer, one-time novelist living in New York. She has recently begun a no-strings-attached relationship with the 22-year-old younger brother of her friend. She adopts a dog with a brain tumor. Her best friend is in the early stages of consummating an affair with a hamburger-eating Buddhist. Holly's exboyfriend -- the one who is a barely disguised character in her only novel -- has recently been busted cheating on his long-distance girlfriend, and said long-distance girlfriend calls Holly to flesh out the situation. Holly's friend Betsy keeps hearing she is too old for a) her job; b) men in her age group. The short chapters star different voices from the handful of characters, and by different voices I mean the same voice with a different name or gender and a lack of depth. Each is sorta droll and sorta neurotic, and the scenes are like episodes from a collection of " ... guess what happened to me ... " stories. The least-interesting character is, ironically, Holly. I laughed twice, once at a joke about what kind of a person rapes people at 7 a.m. ["I mean, who's in the mood to rape another person at that time of day?" said Holly. "I can barely put my contact lenses in.":]Um, Jincy? I'm not sure what Devil-Wears-Prada-Lipstick-Jungle-Bitter-Is-The-New-Black books you've been reading, but this is chick lit. So. What's wrong with chick lit? In this case it's lazy, cliche-laden drivel that is actually insulting. When a male character lands a blind date with a heavy-set woman, he immediately checks out for the duration of the date and gets drunk. When he touches her shoulder, it is like "grabbing a deboned chicken carcass." While furthering his role as the asshole of the novel, the intrinsic autobiographic nature of most chick lit leads me to believe that on some level, the author is an asshole, too. Meanwhile, Betsy is repeatedly asked out by a chunky dude who works at her gym. She finally agrees to go out with him, and in the course of the date decides that she guesses it is okay to like him even though he is fat. And this is written as though it is a moment of growth. Largely, I think that chick lit is written by women who don't like men or women very much. Saying this probably makes me sound like someone you don't want to invite to a party, but I assure you I'm fun. I prefer to not read it because it isn't satisfying to me. Which is weird, because I've never seen a Lifetime Original Movie that I didn't love. NOTE: Full disclosure, I loved "Bridget Jones' Diary."

  • June
    2019-04-16 07:08

    Of course no one can resist a needy puppy, so this was a good ploy to humanize the protagonist, whose shallow, pointless life is rescued first by adopting a dog with brain cancer and then by adopting another puppy who has been left in the pound. Throw in some cute neglected dogs and everyone is happy (according to the old Hollywood adage)! Thus, this novel is full of cliches, both linguistically and in depiction of its of characters. I lived in NYC and and know that not every woman believes that being part of a couple is the ultimate aim of life. The whole Sex and the City model was never my experience. Packs of desperate women mincing around in designer shoes and bags ever in search of a man who fits the criteria--But do the women fit the criteria for a decent relationship? My main problem with the characters in this book was that they have no center. They are seeking fulfillment in forms such as religious dogma, the institution of marriage, and Motherhood. And it doesn't seem matter who it is with as long as it is with "someone." Preferably, that person is not "fat" or "short."The reason why these characters cannot find, or keep, fulfilling relationships is because they have nothing going for them. Why would anyone want to be in a relationship with a pill-ingesting, psycho-babbler fixated on eternal appearances? Or a needy, black hole who is still carrying on about the man who walked out on her (I don't blame him because she is an insecure bore). Or an inveterate cheater who is browbeaten by his stalker girlfriend, and his panic about loneliness, into marriage?In this novel we have the depictions of empty, vacuous beings going through the motions of living. If this is what author wanted to accomplish, then I must admit she was successful in depicting major soul-less-ness. Marriage is still supposed to be the happy ending. But anyone who has been married knows there is much more to it than that.

  • Kristi
    2019-03-23 00:04

    I almost didn't finish the book because it was about a bunch of New Yorkers doing drugs and having casual sex and affairs, desperately dating people they actually despise based on superficial characteristics, and spending outrageous amounts of money on really stupid stuff.However, it turns out it is a good story and a good bit of the book is about the protagonist, Holly Frick, and how she doesn't approve of the garbage. She even tells people she doesn't approve. And the cover is adorable.

  • Anika
    2019-03-23 03:11

    I just reviewed this novel. I didn't realize until after I read the whole thing that I had read her earlier novel, Big Love. This one has a similarly confused ex-evangelical main character. A love story, sort of. Chick lit, sort of. Drama, sort of. Comedy, sort of. Nice.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-06 02:46

    If I could give this negative stars, I would. It only got one star because I managed to finish it. A group of hateful people ruin each other and themselves out of middle class boredom. That's basically my take on a terrible example of "chick lit." I'm really annoyed I read this. Maybe I'm missing some kind of humor the author intended, but I honestly came away from this book thinking Dunn is the biggest misogynist I've ever come across. Well, to be fair the male characters are equally atrocious. There is nothing good about this book-STAY FAR AWAY FROM IT. I used to enjoy this type of book. Then I graduated from college and discovered there was more to life than men. And I can really be friends with other women. I'm pretty sure there isn't a single sexual stereotype left out of this book. Grrr...I'm getting angry all over again :-) I'm also starting to think it deserves 1/8 of another star just for getting this kind of reaction from me. That must say something about it, right??

  • Miriam
    2019-03-18 23:49

    This made me laugh out loud. So it gets 5 stars.

  • Hilarie
    2019-03-20 02:11

    Sarah Dunn is a truly talented writer. Her writing is witty, lively, and flows beautifully. However, for me, Secrets to Happiness wasn't the book to showcase that talent. In fairness, let me start off by saying that I am probably outside of the target demographic of this book. I am a fairly conservative, career woman turned stay-at-home mother, who is totally devoted to my husband and children. The characters in this novel would likely describe me as a naive optimist.The central character of the novel is Holly Frick, a recently divorced writer on the downward slope of her career, who has been anything but lucky in love. Holly lives, works, and plays in New York city. In general, Holly is a bit at a loss as to how to find happiness in her life. It turns out that most of her close friends, including her best friend Amanda, haven't figured that out either; despite appearances to the contrary. Secrets to Happiness presents us with a host of characters, and their search to find fulfillment.Initially, I really enjoyed this book for the first few chapters in which the author introduced Holly, and some of her history. However, a few pages more had me wondering why Holly would choose to spend time with many of the other characters, especially her best friend Amanda. I found the majority of the characters in this book to be self-centered egoists who treated Holly as a quaint little country girl because she sometimes voiced a moral qualm with regards to the consequences of destructive behavior, like adultery. The character of Amanda particularly had me wanting to hurl the book out of the window. I think it was partly because I was still enjoying the post-reading high from Everyone is Beautiful, and suddenly, here was a character who drugged her infant with Benadryl so that she could enjoy uninterrupted sexual fantasies about a man she met at a park.I am giving this book two stars because I really mean it when I say that Dunn impressed me with her ability to turn a phrase. As much as I disliked this novel, I still found myself wishing I could write like she does.

  • K
    2019-04-03 05:06

    Okay -- before I rip this book, I will say some positive things. I give the author credit for trying to write a chick lit book that transcends the genre by having some depth and asking some philosophical questions. Holly, the main character, is from a religious Christian background (though she is not currently affiliated) and frequently contemplates the morality of her Manhattan friends' happiness-seeking behavior, not to mention the elusive nature of the happiness they pursue. Her friends gently accuse her of being a self-righteous prig at times, but that doesn't stop her. The book also skewers therapy and its dubious wisdom as spouted by several of the characters.Now for the bad: for all the book's pretensions, this is still at heart a basic chick lit novel. It's ultimately about looking for, finding, losing, and finding love. There are way too many characters and they tend to range from boring to downright unlikeable, trying for interesting but not making it. The dialogue is a little too perfect; everyone is invariably articulate and witty at all times and manages to pack a great deal into each carefully worded sentence. There's not much of a plot, just multiple episodes from the lives of multiple self-absorbed privileged characters. But to the extent that there is an overarching plot, loose ends are neatly tied for the most part and the majority of the characters have found some form of happiness by the end of the book. I don't hate all chicklit, really I don't. I loved Bridget Jones's Diary and have casually enjoyed, if not actually loved, several others in the genre. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them.

  • Leah
    2019-03-19 02:06

    Holly Frick just went through the worst kind of divorce: the one where you’re still in love with the person divorcing you. Facing up to life on her own, she needs a distraction to keep her mind off her own non-existent love life. Like Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse, Holly is intimately involved in the lives of those closest to her, and now she feels compelled to give advice with unwavering moral certainty. And, like Emma, she is often completely off the mark. Soon she’s in over her head, advising her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend while at the same time falling for her married friend’s new lover. Until, happiness arrives from a very unexpected source …With a contemporary twist on Woody Allen’s Manhattan, Secrets to Happiness is a hilarious look at the things people will do to be happy.For a while now I’ve been wanting to read Secrets To Happiness by Sarah Dunn. The American cover shows a dog lying on its back in grass and as soon as I saw it I fell in love and wanted to read the book. Thankfully for me the book was released in the UK in November and despite a different cover (a really horrible one, actually), I was thrilled to receive a copy to review. Unfortunately, the cover is the only good thing about the book.I’ve been thinking for quite a few hours how to go about writing my review for the book because, frankly, I just didn’t like it. At all. So I’m going to keep it as short and sweet as I can possibly manage. Firstly the book wasn’t what I was expecting, at all. I was expecting a story about a girl falling in love with a dog, but the fact of the matter is, the dog in question barely even features. And, even worse, I don’t truly know what the book was about. It begins well enough, introducing us to Holly, but after that it just all goes wrong. The narrative moves all over the place – it focuses on Holly, on her best friend Amanda, on her ex-ex-boyfriend Spencer, on her writing partner Conrad and it all just seems muddled up.There’s nothing that ties them all together, not really. It’s just a jumble of narratives stuck together in the hope of making a story, but for the most part, I had no idea what was going on. There was just no focus whatsoever, and it might just be me – this book could be some sort of literary masterpiece, but I just want a story I can make sense of and Secrets To Happiness is not such a book and I ended up skimming the last half of the book in a desperate bid to ‘finish’ it. Although, to be honest, to finish a book you have to have a satisfactory beginning, middle, and end and I got nothing.Basically, this book just didn’t work for me. I didn’t care for the characters, I found them vapid and annoying, I couldn’t make sense of the story and I just wanted it to end. I had such high hopes for the book, and most of them came from the very misleading book cover and I feel a bit cheated, actually. I get that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but a book cover should at least represent the book it covers. So no, I wouldn’t recommend Secrets To Happiness, not unless you like a book that leaves you incredibly confused.

  • Jess
    2019-04-07 07:08

    I have heard numerous female authors complain about the fact that any book about a woman by a woman gets unfairly ghettoized into the "pink section" of the bookstore. Sarah Dunn's author protagonist complains about this very thing in this book, in fact. While I've never seen Dunn make this complaint directly about her own work, she's perhaps the "women's fiction" author whose complaints in this direction would be most justified. This oddly philosophical foray into the complicated relationships of a handful of New Yorkers is as memorable, thought-provoking, and well-written a book as I've read in at least six months. Dunn's first novel, "The Big Love," also explored a formerly devout Christian's attempts to fit into the world of cynical, aggressively agnostic urbanites, but she wasn't nearly as sure of herself as a writer or as a spiritual thinker. "Secrets to Happiness" takes the same philosophical bent and applies it to better-drawn characters and a more even narrative.I would give it five stars but for an egregious misstep involving a few borderline racist jokes around a Native American character. I honestly think the author was well-intentioned, but it's also clear that she has never actually known a Native American.

  • Karen
    2019-03-23 01:13

    As I first started reading this book I thought the writing was funny and clever. In fact, I laughed out loud a few times which is unusual for me when I am reading a book. But by about page 100 I started to get weary of the whining and lack of integrity of most of the characters. The protagonist Holly, I found especially annoying and it's hard to read a book when you find the lead character annoying. It finished nicely and redeemed itself somewhat- Enough that I am curious to read the author's first novel which boasts publication in 26 languages worldwide. I can't say I hated this book and at times enjoyed it. But it also is not a book that I would really recommend or think back on. It was an easy beach read I guess.

  • Jonathan Karmel
    2019-04-11 00:50

    Really liked it. Good story about married couples who consider having affairs and getting divorced. I think Sarah Dunn's books are fun and funny, not fluff but not too deep either.In this one, the main character is from a religious upbringing. Many of the other characters are modern, NYC sophisticates who are in therapy. People with religious values ask what people "should" do when faced with a dilemma. Therapists try not to be judgmental about the choices people make and are more interested in helping people feel okay about doing what they "want" to do. Two different ways to think about the choice to have an affair, get divorced and then marry the person you're having an affair with.The one character who talks directly about the title of the book offers the opinion that the best way to find a good partner is to look for someone who is already happy. That way, you won't spend the rest of your life in a vein attempt to make the other person happy. The idea is that no matter how happy you are during courtship, after some period of time you just return to your temperamental set point.

  • Annette Theobald
    2019-04-07 07:46

    Meh. Characters didnt totally entwine so was a bit difficult to follow. But the characters voices were really fun and quirky conversationalist convos. That part was enjoyable and obviously unique to the author. I liked Dunn's The Arrangement so so much, though written years past this one.

  • Krista
    2019-04-08 02:59

    Oh my goodness, these people were annoying. I thought it would be a book about a woman adopting a dog, rebuilding her life and finding love after divorce. Instead it was a bunch of self-absorbed people making horrible choices and then complaining about them. After the main character started falling for her married, best friend's lover (yep, you read that correctly), I gave up. I kept waiting for the dog story to start, but halfway through he was mentioned twice. The only good thing about this book was the cover.

  • Ariela
    2019-04-14 05:01

    “Secrets to Happiness” revolves around the lives of several thirty and forty something New Yorkers whose lives are loosely connected through their friendship with the main character, a writer named Holly Frick. Holly’s husband left her even though she’s still in love with him, her novel “Hello, Mr. Heartache” was unsuccessful, and now she finds herself writing for a tween television show she despises. Needless to say, Holly is not a happy woman, and the other characters aren’t any better off. Holly’s best friend, Amanda, is cheating on her husband because she feels lost in the abyss of new motherhood; Holly’s writing partner Leonard is wallowing in self-pity because he’s gambled away a fortune, and is lonely… and oh yes, likes to snort his medications. Then there’s Holly’s ex-boyfriend, Spence, who can’t help but cheat on every woman he’s with, and Holly acquaintance, Betsy, whose career is at a dead-end and who finds herself fooling around with men she hardly likes. The one bright spot in this ensemble is that Holly is having an affair with Betsy’s twenty something younger brother. That is, until she drops him in favor of Amanda’s lover.I have mixed feelings about “Secrets to Happiness.” The book brings us into the lives of everyday people looking for happiness, yet completely clueless about what happiness means to them or where to find it. Amanda decides having an affair with a handsome Buddhist is the thing, while Holly decides to rescue a dog from the pound even though the poor thing has brain cancer. Two very different actions, but at the center of each is a woman who is deeply lonely and searching for something to give her life meaning. Overall, I appreciated the author’s ability to capture the characters’ ambivalence while simultaneously weaving their stories together.“Secrets to Happiness” gets off to a slow start. It isn’t until about 1/3 into the book that Holly’s personality becomes more tangible and you begin to see how all these random stories about people in New York fit together. Once that happens the novel becomes much more interesting, though I couldn’t shake the sense that it wasn’t going anywhere. In the end each character does find their own measure of happiness, but their resolutions are bittersweet – compromises between what they wanted in life, and what they ended up getting. Holly’s story is left largely unresolved, though she does have another broken heart story to write about, and yes, there are hints of romance on the horizon. In this sense the title of the book is somewhat perplexing. There was no definite moment where the author seemed to say “Here, here is the secret to happiness!” Maybe that’s because she doesn’t know any more than the rest of us do.

  • Alexandra
    2019-04-08 02:11

    I LOVED this book. Simply adored everything about it, even the parts I didn't like, if that makes sense. At first, while reading the book, I thought that the cover was a little misleading. It seemed like one of those covers you find on those "feel good" books about women in their mid-thirties who find themselves and then find the perfect man, getting involved with all kinds of cheesy, kooky antics along the way. (This book is nothing like that.) But then, after I finished the book, I realized the cover fit perfectly. It was flawless really. Secrets to Happiness involved a few different key characters, the main one being Holly Frick: a recently divorced author of a novel that didn't really do so hot. (Although that doesn't really do her justice. She is very smart and reasonable and righteous.) There is also Leonard, her gay writer friend; Spence, her a-hole ex boyfriend; Amanda, her married with a new baby friend, and a few others that weren't featured as prominently. They all live in New York and are looking for happiness, as the title suggests. Secrets to Happiness is kind of all about the way we go about looking for happiness, if we deserve it, if we follow a path or if everything is just fate. Things like that. I was actually surprised because in the beginning of the book it's all sex and drugs and more illicit sex and then it gets spiritual and then wham bam thank you m'am, it's God. It was like hmmm..I see what ya did there Sarah Dunn...The book wasn't at all preachy or in your face. At least I didn't think so. It gave you lots of interesting things to think about. What I love about Sarah Dunn's writing is that it's so spot on. She gets it. Things that were in this book were things I have thought about quite frequently. And probably they are things that everyone thinks about but maybe they don't talk about. It's hard to explain. But every single word in this book is true and accurate and..what I mean to say is, Sarah Dunn is phenomenal at describing things, particularly philosopical musings and thoughts that run through people's minds. It's amazing to me because, I get stuff, but I could never put it into words like she does. I loved this book.I look so forward to reading her first novel, The Big Love.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-06 02:54

    This book was a total treat to read. Seriously, my husband had to leave the room, because I had to stop quite often in order to read him a passage. When something is that good, I have to share. I would compare this work to one of my all time favorites "Heartburn" by Nora Ephron, because like Heartburn, it had moments that just cracked me up and were completely impossible to not share. Also I totally could not put this book down! Sarah Dunn has an absolute powerful way of bringing her characters to life in a way that is almost beyond belief. They live and breathe and cause feelings of love and hate. I enjoyed how the story centered on Holly Frick but also gave us smaller stories to enjoy along the way in the lives of those who were close to Holly. There were little lessons on lives in each and every one. Choices were made throughout this book, and many of them I didn't agree with and neither did Holly, but I am surrounded by that in my own life, and that is what made this story real. In order to totally avoid spoilers, I am going to keep certain things out of this review and throw myself into a discussion group somewhere, because this is definitely a book you want to share. Here is what I loved: Each and every character was REAL. Sometimes so real that you wanted to hit them. I loved how Holly had moments where she was faced with her friends failings and expected them to do the right thing. I loved how Holly herself had to make some decisions that were right even though they were painful. Here is what I didn't like: I felt like Holly did and wanted people to behave in the way that was appropriate. Of course that is just not the way life is always going to be. You can only control yourself, and you have to let that be enough. So really I liked that too. That is what is good about this book. You are not going to like some of the decisions that are made, but it is true to life.Honestly, I loved this book. This book is a keeper and it is a book I will share. Mind you, I will have my address label inside this book, because I want it back.

  • treehugger
    2019-03-27 01:49

    I am so completely ambivalent about this book, it's kinda nuts. There were a couple of times in the first half of the book where I found myself snorting or chuckling out loud (in public!), but it quickly devolved into a confusing, chaotic collection of personal stories and problems that I could care less about.I read some other reviews about the book before finishing it, but I don't think they actually affected my opinion of the book - some people are upset about the undercurrent of religious rigidity, some about the unlikable characters, blahblahblah. All of it - the "single girl tries to find love in the big city while wearing ____ brand shoes and carrying a $3000 purse"...gag me. It's like sex in the city, but worse somehow.I totally checked this book out of the library because of the adorbs puppy on the cover, and if he could have played a SMALLER role in the book at large, I don't know how author could have managed it. I like the occasional chicklit - don't get me wrong. But this? There's probably something that is trying less hard to be "intelligent" chicklit (and failing less miserably), if that's what you're after.

  • Jane
    2019-03-31 01:52

    Well, I've just read Room and Never Let Me Go, two pretty intense books. I picked this one up from the library because I like that "Happiness" is in the title and I needed a break from abuse/rape/genocide. It was funny. I laughed more than most of the people who reviewed this book. I loved the dogs in the book. The protagonist, Holly, was sort of pathetic, but in an "I've felt this sorry for myself," kind of way. The cover on my book isn't half so wonderful as the cover on the copy that arose when I clicked on the title--happy dog laying back in the grass. Mostly I want wonderful sentences when I read. Reading this, I felt like I was taking a nice hot bath. I felt--happy. Yes there are self-involved people, yes, some of the characters take drugs and are a bit materialistic and sexist. But I was glad that no one was raped, no one died and so many people were on the road to some kind of (temporary?) relationship.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-17 06:55

    Despite the adorable beagle on this book, it was incredibly difficult to get through. This story is about Holly Frick and her friends/acquanitances in New York City. Each of them seems to be having their own sort of issues from the woman who think she is bad in bed to the best friend who is cheating on her husband to the ex-boyfriend who is trying to have a serious relationship but can't help messing it up. Then there is Holly, recently divorced and very righteous, who is sleeping with a man 12 years her junior and trying to write a horrible tween sitcom with her writing partner Leonard who has people move all of his stuff down two floors in the same apartment building and place it exactly the same way so he doesn't have to do it or deal with the stress of moving. In allr eality, I am unsure what the point of this book was except to hear about these very dysfunctional lives that kind of end up okay at the end. I think it might have been better if the beagle was a main character.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-30 01:09

    Read this book in one sitting. I liked it and it gave me a lot to think about. I LOVED The Big Love, really admired it, but this one seems more sophisticated. My least favorite parts were the Leonard parts. I loved the Betsy storyline and even the Spencer storyline. I wish I could have a discussion with someone about the points in this book--I found myself understanding Spence's point of view at times and that scares me! Hopefully I'm not the only one. I liked Holly a lot, really interesting. I love that she talks Lucas out of law school and everything comes together in the end--for everyone else! The end seems kind of unfair to Holly, but maybe that's what she needs to experience. I love Sarah Dunn!

  • amyextradot
    2019-03-19 02:02

    While the synopsis lets you believe that this is going to be a character study about the main character, Holly, and her quest for love, it ends up being a snapshot into the lives of Holly and various people in her life. However, the characters are not fleshed out enough to care about them, in fact, I found myself having a hard time identifying, let alone, liking any of them.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-27 23:47

    I know this is chick lit but it's smarter than normal chick lit. I was able to read the entire book on the flight from New York to Seattle and it was a welcome distraction since I hate flying. One of the best parts was the NYC setting and the fact that I could recognize some of the places mentioned.

  • Britany
    2019-04-13 00:59

    This was a very cute, quick read. The characters were all very defined and relatable. The topics were surface level and were also things that most people have dealt with or heard about from their friends. I felt like the characters were all my friends and we were catching up over starbucks. Would recommend for those who enjoy chick lit.

  • Just - The romance reader
    2019-04-16 02:44

    I really just couldn't get into this book. I got through maybe a forth of the book. I'm not even going to give the book a rating because I don't feel that would be fair. Maybe it is actually a good book, just slow to start off?

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-03-21 04:53

    Surface characters with a surface plot, I just couldnt find it in myself to care about the main protaganist, Holly, and there just seemed to be no point at all. There were some good lines but otherwise a bland self indulgent feel that didn't appeal at all.

  • Elaina
    2019-03-31 08:03

    Another good book for a plane ride.

  • Mandy
    2019-03-28 06:11

    Charming, funny and a good read.

  • Cherie
    2019-03-30 00:09

    One of my fave novels in a while. I really enjoy Sarah Dunn's writing and character development. Our heroine has published a chick lit novel but failing to find her own romance, struggling to get over her ex-husband who left her. In the midst of the swirling affair of her best friend, her own brief affair, and a compassionate caring for a dying dog, she begins to learn a bit about love and life.