Book Reviews of Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
Author: Helen Fielding
ISBN-13: 9780143035367
ISBN-10: 0143035363
Publication Date: 4/26/2005
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 93 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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Rachel Pixley has escaped from her less than ideal past and recreated herself as Olivia Joules, journalist extraordinare. Oliva, as the title points out, does indeed have an overactive imagination, and this prompts her editor to stuff her into the Style section of the paper. It seems Olivia has come up with such unbelieveable stories that the paper is concerned she's a liability. When Olivia is sent to Miami to cover a face cream launch, she is introduced to Pierre Ferramo, a Europian playboy and alleged film director. Is it Olivia's healthy imagination, or does he resemble Osama Bin Laden a bit? Trying to write her assumptions off as post 9/11 paranoia, Olivia eventually feels compelled to follow her gut instinct. Especially when the Oceans Apart cruise ship/apartment houseboat blows up and CNN confirms that the government believes it to be a terrorist attack. Now Olivia begins to believe her own hype: Is Ferramo just a womanizing letch luring young girls under the guise of being a "director"? Or is he an Al-Quaida operative, staying in Miami under the guise of being a "director"?

Olivia's instincts take her all over the world as Ferramo whisks her away to places unknown. As you can probably guess, Olivia (much like her predecessor Bridget Jones) gets herself into many a mess due to her "overactive imagination", and the predictability of this plot took away 1 star for me. However, the novel is genuinely entertaining and timely, although never exploitational. It's also nice to see Fielding break away from Bridget's body obsession and give Olivia an "I don't care what anyone thinks about my body" attitude. Great fluff reading when you need a break from everything
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Fun, not as good as the Bridget Jones books - but still a great vacation for the mind.
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Fun, light read. If you enjoyed her Bridget Jones books/movies you will like this one too.
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Fluffy and funny. Sort of a Bridget Jones does 007.
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book was entertaining but not as good as Bridget Jones. It got a little trying by the end
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Great beach read! Light and flitty chic-lit with a twsit of criminal intrigue.
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This was a super fun book to read. Great for the beach or a long car ride.
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Bridget Jones is far better. Fielding does much better with characters with no self-esteem. When her women get confident, her books lose their charm.
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A little slow starting, but then I couldn't put it down. Not my fave by Helen Fielding, but worth a read.
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Adorable! A guilty pleasure for sure
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I loved this book. It's very funny, and seems as though it's going to follow the standard mad cap romance party line, but it kept surprising me and making me laugh out loud!
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"Olivia Joules - fearless, dazzling, independent beauty-journalist turned master spy. Move over, 007: a stunning, sexy - and decidedly female - new player has entered the world of international espionage armed with her own pocket survival kit, her Rules for Living, her infamous overactive imagination, and a very special underwire bra."

This was a fun read!
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Didn't like this one near as much as her other books. I ended up skimming through it instead of finishing.