When she moved to New York, Ryan Hadley imagined living the big-city-sitcom kind of life with all the trimmings -- great apartment, dream job, and a swept-off-your-feet, how-awesome-is-this-guy love. Of course, her real life is only so-so: not outstanding, nor bad enough to require medication.... more » Ryan spends her days at a dreary data-entry job with wannabe-rocker Will, nights at her favorite dive bar with pals Audrey and Veronica, and her spare time daydreaming about the ideal -- but sadly, fictional -- man: if only Mark Darcy wasn't claimed by Bridget Jones.
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But two promotions and a record deal later, Ryan's three closest friends are suddenly moving on up -- while Ryan seems to be treading water. Then Charlie, her college ex and super hottie, appears out of the blue with a success story of his own and more than a little baggage in tow. In a New York minute, Ryan realizes that one doesn't live off a maxed-out credit card and a year's supply of squashed Ho Ho's without learning a few important life lessons. She's ready to squeeze a five-year-plan for success into just a few crazy months. After all, why be a big-city girl if you're not going to dream big -- and reach for the stars?« less
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This is one of the best chick lit books I've read in a while! I found it to be very entertaining, laugh out loud funny, & fast paced. I highly recommend this one and will be seeking out additional books by Libby Street for myself.
Great chick lit book about being stuck in a rut, reevaluating your life, and making changes. The character tugs at your heartstrings and connects. Very funny, uplifting, and one of the better chick lit books I've read in a long time. I read it in a day. I even checked to see if Libby Street had other books out yet, but sadly, I'll have to wait.
What makes the book more interesting, in retrospect, is that it was written by two girls who'd been friends since they were 4 years old. One is married, one's still single, and the seeds of the story were planted in their emails to each other. Don't miss the short but interesting interview at the end of the book that gives insight into their friendship and pen name.