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I Know Its A Book Review, But Give It A Chance

AdvantagesA good read, almost 400 pages, great characterisation

DisadvantagesA bit slow going in the middle

"...other novels from the library. Bookends is the second of hers I have read. I would love to say it was as brilliant as Jemima J, but it wasn’t. It isn’t un-put-down-able either. It took me a couple of weeks to read it, instead of a couple of days. But it is a very good read though. You might struggle with it a bit in the middle, but the last third is a page-turner. I think the best thing about the novel is the wonderful characterisation. ..." Read review
30.04.2001

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Community Level 5jeszikca

jeszikca

Bookends

AdvantagesEngaging, well-written, funny at parts, brings up some serious issues

DisadvantagesCan drag on at times, some clumsy links

"Bookends follows the life of Cath - a hugely disorganised, scatty, well-meaning thirty-something who's entire wardrobe consists of black who has lost all motivation for her job in advertising. She has had bad experiences with men, and as a result has built up a barrier, preferring to seek comfort in her friends. She and her group of close-knit friends are seemingly happy - there is Si, Josh and Lucy in their group. Si is her bitchy gay best friend, ..." Read review
05.06.2003

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GRAB A BOOK AND A CUPPA

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"...place, so they open up Bookends - a Book cafe. Sounds interesting. So come in, enjoy a Coffee and and read a bit. Cath and Lucy's husband John met each other at Uni, and have still kept in touch (but obviously Lucy and Cath work together in their book cafe. I like the story as it doesn't focus on the normal early 20's woman as the characters are in their 30's. IT tells a story of people who are doing alright, but who are longing for a change ..." Read review
28.12.2011

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A family of choice

AdvantagesGood characters, interesting relationships

Disadvantagesa little slow in the middle

"I am currently re-reading all of my books before clearing them out, and this is the second of my Jane Green books I have re-read. In general, I'm quite a fan of Jane Green, but the last book of hers I read, Straight Talking, was a bit of a disappointment. Luckily, I feel she is back on track with this one. ~The Plot~ The book is written from the perspective of Cath, who is 31 and is your stereotypical chick lit heroine - slightly overweight, bad ..." Read review
14.04.2011

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Community Level 6LICARUS

LICARUS

ROLLERCOASTER READING

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"Bookends is the fourth novel by Jane Green, whose other titles include, straight talking, Jemima J and Mr Maybe. In Bookends we meet Cath, our narrator, scatter brained, untidy, a failure in relationships due to her emotional walls built up to prevent her getting hurt and who dreams of leaving her job to set up a cafe come bookshop, and settling down with a genuine man. Si, is Cath’s best friend in the world, he is as bitchy as the next ..." Read review
04.03.2001

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Community Level 3Fuschia

Fuschia

The Unexpected

AdvantagesYou get much much more than your moneys worth

DisadvantagesWow! You long for things to be different for the characters, and might wonder if you picked up the wrong book

"This book truly exceeded my expectations when I read it. I bought it, (at full price, very unusual for me!) because I sw the cover, and as I had just started my holidays, thought that it looked truly like the perfect relaxing read. Another of those girly books that my reviews betray an infatuation with. This is what I thought. Every book gives a reader a standard amount of suspence, heartache, excitement, surprise and happiness, well, its a woeful ..." Read review
28.03.2001

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Community Level 1katehop

katehop

Kooky love post university!

AdvantagesGood storyline, and charactors

Disadvantagesboring in parts, lacks depth

"...love. I didn't enjoy Bookends as much as her previous novels but it's definatly worth reading for the great characterisation and storyline. The main charactor gives her job up in PR to run a bookshop and cafe ( very ellen, very New York) and we follow her and her friends several years afting finshing university as they find love. The book raises issues around lesbianism, infidelity and Aids which is great as lots of this type of genre seem to ignore ..." Read review
21.07.2000

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Community Level 2scorching

scorching

Not another real true to life book...

AdvantagesFabulous Characterisation.

DisadvantagesPredictable.

"As the title suggests, my thought on picking up this book was pretty much that, but I had been told it was funny and as I had forgotton my book and I was waiting for the train to take me home I figured, Why not? Actually I'm glad I did. The book draws you in and the characters are very likeable, except Josh who was a little bit of an inigma, being that he was a little wooden, but as he was just there to hinge the suspitions on it doesn't really ..." Read review
12.07.2001

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Community Level 1katehop

katehop

Kooky love post university!

AdvantagesGood storyline, and charactors

Disadvantagesboring in parts, lacks depth

"...love. I didn't enjoy Bookends as much as her previous novels but it's definatly worth reading for the great characterisation and storyline. The main charactor gives her job up in PR to run a bookshop and cafe ( very ellen, very New York) and we follow her and her friends several years afting finshing university as they find love. The book raises issues around lesbianism, infidelity and Aids which is great as lots of this type of genre seem to ignore ..." Read review
21.07.2000

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Community Level 2robynpennock

robynpennock

Coffee, friends and problems

AdvantagesGreat characterisation

DisadvantagesStoryline can drag at times

"...to read, a friend shoved Bookends into my hand and recommended I read it as she though it was an excellent book. I wouldnt go as far as saying this was the best book i have ever read etc, and it probably wouldnt make it into my top ten, however it is still worth a read. The book starts describing a stereotypical group of University friends, each one bringing a different quality to the group, we have Cath the Queen of one night stands in Uni but ..." Read review
14.09.2005

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Community Level 3Lightpants

Lightpants

Wonderful read

AdvantagesEntertaining, easy to follow

DisadvantagesMuch of a muchness in contemporary fiction

"You will get to see, as I have the time to write my opinions, that I am one hell of a reader. Everything from contemprary to crime & thriller to biographys and self-help style (5 minute manager, Tony Robbins) etc... SO I hope that my opinions will be well-rounded & fair. I grew out of modern fiction some time ago as I was getting let down by more and more books - group of friends, an infidelity, a mid-life crisis, back-stabbing friends and finding ..." Read review
10.08.2003

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Community Level 1Spacebabe

Spacebabe

Fantastic fiction!

AdvantagesDepth of plot and character development

DisadvantagesNone

"I had never read any of Jane Green's books previously, and, as I'm 16, I'm just starting to explore different adult authors. I bought this book in the 'holiday reading' section as I was looking for a book to read on the beach. The plot looked interesting and the characters seemed to have depth- I saw that just from the blurb on the back cover. What swung it for me was reading the first page- I was immediately pulled into the book and I couldn't have ..." Read review
07.08.2000

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Community Level 1mvale

mvale

Great holiday read.

Advantagesgood story & very enjoyable

Disadvantagesnot deep & meaningful

"This is a story about five friends, four of whom met at University. There are best friends, Cath & Si, total opposites but both unlucky in love. Cath runs a café bookshop with another friend, Lucy. Lucy’s married to Josh and they have both the child from hell and the obligatory glamorous au-pair. Enter Portia, the fifth friend, from whom they have drifted apart. She writes a soap for television in which they think they can see themselves. The book ..." Read review
27.08.2000

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I felt I wanted to open a book shop after I read this book

Advantagesgripping and well writen you feel like part of the group

Disadvantagesi really can not think of any

"This is another one of my favourite Jane green books. This one gets a thumbs up for everything. It is about the lives of 5 friends over the period of a decade or so, one friend is dropped from the group and becomes a television writer then re-enters their lives years later. But is this a good thing or a bad thing. The book is about Cath who is a hugely disorganised, scatty, well-meaning thirty-something. She is part of a close knit of friends, ..." Read review
11.01.2010

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Community Level 1diva24

diva24

WOW great author

Advantagesgood read good book

Disadvantagescan not put it down

"...i have to say that bookends is my best book to date. Oh how i could read this book again and again it is just so close to what could really happen in real life to people. The characters really come to life in this book - this woman has a real flair for stories and i often wonder if she has researched into people lives to get information. I cried whilst reading this book - i don't want to say to much in case people haven't actually read ..." Read review
20.08.2001

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