Book Reviews of Alphabet Weekends: Love on the Road from A to Z

Alphabet Weekends: Love on the Road from A to Z
Alphabet Weekends Love on the Road from A to Z
Author: Elizabeth Noble
ISBN-13: 9780061122187
ISBN-10: 0061122181
Publication Date: 1/31/2007
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 227 ratings
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Alphabet Weekends: Love on the Road from A to Z on + 76 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
This book starts with a great premise. Two best friends. One boy, one girl. Girl gets dumped by scum-bag boyfriend of seven years. Boy is sick of being the one to pick up the pieces. Tells girl he loves her and has a great idea. They will play a game called Alphabet Weekends where each weekend they alternate a letter and choose an activity to eventually get girl to fall in love with him.

Good premise.

Even good book.

It would have even better book if the author just stuck to these two main characters, Natalie and Tom.

Instead she writes about all these other characters and relationships and doesn't elaborate on the true premise of the book, Alphabet Weekends.

I ended up liking the book, and loved the fact that it was British (it's been a while since I read a good British Chick Lit book).
reviewed Alphabet Weekends: Love on the Road from A to Z on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This book was really enjoyable and hard to put down. Three stories were going on in one, but the biggest and most important was the story of Tom and Natalie. The characters were developed well, but sometimes it was easy to get caught up in other characters besides Tom and Natalie. The weekends from A to Z were fun to figure out, but I thought some lacked pizaz. Altogether I really enjoyed this book.
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Helpful Score: 5
I thought this was a very creative idea for a love story. Two people who have been friends most of their lives decide to test their relationship by engaging in different activities together starting with different letters of the alphabet. I loved watching how this relationship developed. But, there's more than the love story between Natalie and Tom to this book. There's also a cast of family and friends that have their own problems to contend with. At times the number of characters became distracting, but it did add depth to the book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Really cute book. I liked that there was more to the book than just the love story.
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Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this book. It is an easy reading feel good kind of book. It provided a few laughs and even got a tear out of me. :)
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Helpful Score: 3
Really loved this one. Great weekend read, funny, sweet. Great book.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found this engaging, entertaining, and witty. It even inspired creativity in "dating" my husband - 26 consecutive dates working through the alphabet. Three couples are tracked through the book, though the main storyline focuses on a thirty-something who is just realizing what love is about.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book was a surprising joy!! I am keeping it because I really enjoyed it. May pass on in future. I really liked it. I wasnt sure I would, since it is in England and written with English terminology that the USA doesnt use I wasnt sure I would like, but really enjoyed!
reviewed Alphabet Weekends: Love on the Road from A to Z on + 110 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Very good novel, with a lot going on! Funny, but also touching. Elizabeth Noble continues to impress.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was a slow read for me. It didn't grip me and pull me in. I wish it would have. The idea of the book is wonderful!
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Helpful Score: 2
Natalie and Tom have been friends since childhood. After a bad breakup, Tom convinces Natalie to spend 26 weekend dates with him to get her to fall in love with him. Each date is themed with a letter of the alphabet from A to Z.
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Helpful Score: 2
Natalie and Tom have been best friends forever, but Tom wants more. When Natalie gets dumped, Tom comes up with the Alphabet Weekend plan to help her get over her old boyfriend, and move on to him.
Very funny!
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Helpful Score: 2
Cute Story but a few too many characters for my taste.
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Helpful Score: 2
What a fun fast read. Great for the light reader or for one who just needs a break from the heavy stuff. I was not a fan of the Patrick and Lucy story line but it by no means stopped my enjoyment of the book. I couldn't put it down.
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Helpful Score: 1
Overall this was an enjoyable, easy read. I read it for relaxation and it was hard to put down. (I love that "enjoyable beach or tub read" was already a tag, because I think I read the whole thing in the tub!) ;)
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Helpful Score: 1
I really, really wanted to like this book because I thought the premise was fantastic, 26 dates based on the letters in the alphabet. Unfortunately, this book was a huge disappointment. I gave it 3 stars and I wouldn't recommend it to others unless you want a fun idea to try with a significant other, husband or whole family maybe.
Unlike other reviewers I didn't have too much of a problem with the various sets of charachters, although I would have rather their stories been interwoven instead of seperated. The problems I personally had were the writing style. She likes short sentences. And sometimes not even real sentences. The writing is choppy. It was aggravating and very noticable. It got on my nerves. And most times I don't notice stuff like that. The other things were that I actually identified best with Anna and Nicholas even though I'm the same age at Natalie! There was no heat in Natalie and Tom's relationship and there never was, not even at the end. I know Natalie doesn't settle for Tom but I was hard pressed to believe she actually loved him at the end. Unfortunately, there was a lot of heat between Lucy and Alec. I hate stories that make adultery seem ok/commonplace/glamorous/soul-mate seeking. This one didn't and at least the fall out is realistic. That's the best I can say about it. The dialogues were also really good and fun. Except I didn't understand much of the British slang. It took me a while to figure out snogging wasn't sex! lol
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent, quick read with a new plot on old romance.
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Helpful Score: 1
To be honest, I thought the alphabet plot was kind of weak and forced and never really warmed up to Natalie (though her relationship with her dad was very sweet).
Another character in the book, Lucy, is far more interesting and better written than Natalie is. I hope that Noble decides to write a book about her at some point.
The alphabet theme seems like an easy way out and creates something that is not very interesting, more like early-on chick lit despite being published relatively recently.
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Helpful Score: 1
Quick read. Each page keeps your attention. Highly recommended.
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A tour through the alphabet using each letter as a theme for Tom and Natalie's date. Clever. And Tom and Natalie's love story and the use of the alphabet is sweet and makes this book worth reading, because you have to slog through the other characters stories. I wanted less of them and more in depth alphabet dates.
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awesome book!
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Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble is about love, actually the many stages of love. It's about the love of a couple married forty years facing health issues. It's about the exhausting love of a newborn baby in the family. It's about another couple in the throes of unlovely complications. And finally, there's the pursuit of love. The main storyline revolves around Tom and Natalie. They have known each other since they were kids. Tom has always liked Natalie but she considers him more like a brother than boyfriend material. After Simon, her self-absorbed boyfriend of six years, dumps Natalie, the thirty-five-year-old is suddenly loveless. That's when Tom steps in to see if he can change all that. He proposes a game of sorts where they would spend twenty-six weekends going through an alphabet of activities designed to see if they could find happiness together. She's skeptical; he's enthusiastic. We start with "A is for Abseiling," which translated from British to American, means rappelling. Not all of the letters are thrill-seekers. Some are quite ordinary like "E is for Eating" and "D is for Do It Yourself." Frankly, he had me at "I is for IKEA," but there are even better ones. I was familiar with "V is for ...." Well, you'll have to read it. But trust me, it was a good choice! "P" was even more exciting.

I liked the writing, too. And as you'd expect in proper English there were rhetorical questions scattered throughout, weren't there? I liked all those unfamiliar British words and expressions which made me smile. Phrases like "you nutter"; "he fancied her rotten"; and "he's knackered" were amusing. So was a scene at IKEA. "In the Bathrooms, a couple were arguing about towel colours. Apparently he was a stupid colour-blind git while his wife, allegedly 'wouldn't know good taste if it smacked [her] in the arse'." Gotta love it.

(Elizabeth Noble, Alphabet Weekends (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), 171.)

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Very entertaining and fun to read. I really enjoyed it.
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Good story. Predictable.
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fun chick lit
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A very poignant love story about falling in love slowly
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Cute and enjoyable fast read!
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Good easy read. Really draws you in.
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Loved it! Very cute book! Easy read, very light and funny!
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Enjoyed this book was a fun summer read.