The characters were so irritating it was difficult to get through the first half of the book. I liked the format (journals) and the writing was pretty good- but it's rather hard to give a book more stars when the author can't make me like one of the main characters. I wanted to like Celeste because so often women are portrayed as harpy shrews if they aren't emotive waifs, but she was such an unrelenting jerk I couldn't even defend her in my mind. For me, she was so awful she wasn't realistic. The way the final "twist" was (not) dealt with was irritating-it's not some plot thickening cure-all if you don't deal with it!
After years of avoiding this book I've finally read it. I'd say my trouble was mostly an aversion to Renee Zellweger. Oh, and all of the super strange mania caused by the fact that Ms. Z had to GAIN 20 LBS FOR THE ROLL ZOMG to portray a woman who weighs 125lbs.
In any event, the book itself was humorous. Fielding did a good job of keeping the "diary" voice. This to me is classic chick-lit. The most immature, neurotic, self-obsessed, desperate thirty-something who can't seem to do anything right suddenly finds love of perfect-match who was right under her nose, and also super rich.
yea. i get the echoing of pride and prejudice, minus the whole depth of character, plot, social criticism, and well, decent prose.
if the character wasn't everything i hate about chick-lit characters it'd get three stars, but she's just so vapid and get's the dude for no real reason other than "because that's what happens in P&P." can we please do something else now?
I really liked this book. Interesting concept. Interesting non-linear narrative. I can't imagine how long it took to write and organize it- to choose the words for each vignette. I loved it, but not enough for 5 stars. It just didn't get there for me