- Taschenbuch: 339 Seiten
- Verlag: Kensington Books (1. August 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1575668998
- ISBN-13: 978-1575668994
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,2 x 2,6 x 20,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 647.358 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Girlfriends (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 2001
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Follows the exploits of Gina, an assistant bank manager looking for Mr. Maybe; Cheryl, who has decided to leave her vain boyfriend and peruse the personals; and Linda, a sensible customer service representative who may have found the girlfriend of her dreams.
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The tagline compares the novel to Sex and the City, but as far as I�m concerned, that�s not giving the book enough credit. Girlfriends is much more amusing, addictive, and has characters you can identify with. One has a dreary customer service job--oh boy, have some of us been there-- unlike characters in typical women-in-the-dating scene novels who seem to usually be making salaries in the mid-five figures, at the very least. The characters are hardly unoriginal, as the PW review says. I�ve read hundreds of books in this genre (I guess if you have to pigeonhole it, it�s the mainstream, women�s fiction, single women looking for and unlucky in love genre) and I don�t think any of them were embarrassed at their class reunion when the man they introduce as their date is recognized by a classmate as her gay hairdresser. There�s also not a lot of genre books with sympathetic, bisexual, African American women with a sense of humor. Not a whole lot of stereotypes here.
It�s not all fun and games, but includes a couple of realistic, close-to-home things that happen to single women on the dating scene, even if they�re a little depressing; the central character cries after a one night stand, because she�s so disgusted with herself for sleeping with a gross guy (who leaves his baseball cap on during sex, if you can believe that, which turns out to be a fun plot point later) she met in a singles bar the night before when drunk and desperate. But that's about as down as it gets; you�ll have a blast reading about Gina's dog Gomez, and what she does to a group of thugs who try to get between her and her beloved (if messy) doggie after she�s had the day from hell. You�ll have a blast reading about the jaw dropping practical joke she plays on a bisexual friend from high school, and the friend's revenge, and when the two of them get together for some SERIOUS revenge on a (bad word rhyming with 'tick') who has been begging for it for 200 pages...well, I don't wont to spoil it, but it's one of many VERY satisfying payoff scenes in the novel.
Sanchez has worked hard on his craft and making the book as fun, readable, and enjoyable as possible for readers, and believe me, it shows on every page. As another reviewer said, you'll not only laugh at and with but identify with the characters. if you're looking for a fun, entertaining, satisfying novel that will let you escape and that you'll find yourself reading passages to your friends out loud from because they're so hilarious, RUN, don't walk to the shopping cart and pick up Girlfriends. You'll get your money's worth, and more; I plan to pay HC price, if I have to, for Sanchez' next book. I'm happy to see this novel got a second printing... the book, and the author (do check out his website, if you liked the book) definitely deserve it.
This is another 'chick flick' about girls trying to find the love of their lives (or at least to fill the time until that peson comes along). But unlike your usual potentially successful girl, with a potentially 'perfect' job and salary within reach, these girls have jobs like the rest of us - boring, unfulfilling, not paying that well, etc. Also, since the book was written by a guy, I was expecting a different point of view on the subject matter ('Single Girl's Life"). Another twist that is a bit unusual is that instead of one heroine, we get three - and each one has her twist. Gina is desperate to get married, Cheryl is an African American trying to find someone throuhg Personal Ads, and Linda is gay. But none of these potential promises are fulfilled. The characters cannot even be described as shallow - they are positvely superficial! I'm not sure where the whole Gay / Lesbian vibe was coming from, but refreshing as it was at the start of the book, it began to wear off after yet another new character was revealed to be one, and not only that - he / she are somehow connected to the other gay / lesbian population in the book.
The same goes for another group of people (or rather - potential dates) - the 'perverts'. Not only do they know each other, but two of our girls somehow manage to get involved with them in a matter of days!
I won't say "don't read this". I'll just reccomend you borrow it from your local library first.
Gina's clock is ticking very loudly and she is beyond anxious to find someone to settle down with and marry. Especially since all of her friends seem to be jumping the broom, which, makes things all the more depressing for her.
Cheryl is an African American woman trying to find Mr. Right. Someone that she can call her own, have fun and spend quality time with. She's tried every imaginable way to meet someone, so why not go a different route? Answering a few personal ads may or may not be her ticket to true love.
Linda the lesbian has had her share of lovers. Unfortunately, none of them have proven themselves worthy of her devotion. But, when she meets a pretty woman at work who seems to have her best interest at heart, Linda quickly finds out that some things are just too good to be true.
GIRLFRIENDS was an interesting and at times hilarious read. Some parts moved a bit slow for me, but overall, I would definitely recommend it. 3 ½ stars.
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