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Subject: Spa Girls series question
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 11:07 AM ET
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Just a quickie about the Spa Girls series by Kristin Billerbeck...

I know book 1 is "She's All That" which is on the wish list. There are also books 2 and 3 available in the club (one is called "Calm, Cool, and Collected" and the other escapes me). So, what is this?

A Girl's Best Friend: Spa Girls Series (Spa Girls) :: Kristin Billerbeck
ISBN-13: 9781595543752 - ISBN-10: 1595543759

The description reads as if it is the same as book #1, but it doesn't SAY book one. I'm trying to get the whole series, and don't want to double up, but if this is an addition to the series, I'd remain on the WL for it. Anyone know? It might be something like "Shopaholic Abroad" and "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan" which were the same book (why publish under another title? Seems like it'd be confusing - it was to me when I was reading the series.) Thanks for any help you may have. If anyone has a deal on books #2 or #3, please let me know, thanks!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 12:09 PM ET
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1 is She's All That

2 is A Girl's Best Friend

3 is Calm, Cool, and Adjusted

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 1:26 PM ET
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Heather -

I think that publishers have different titles for different books that are published in both the UK and here, and many times they have to "edit" the books to tone down some of the "slang" so I think that they have to release it under a new title because of copyright laws.

I am reading a RDI book ,My Fake Wedding, and I think it must be EXACTLY as it was published in the UK because there is SO much British slang that is sort of difficult to read.

On another note, in one of my marketing classes in college, we talked about an ad that the vacuum company Electrolux tried to publish over here that said "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux" -- obviously it didn't have very good feedback here since we took "sucks" to mean "stinks" instead of a vacuum cleaner's sucking ability!

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 3:40 PM ET
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No, I am just a MORON. For whatever reason, there are 4 copies of one version of "A Girl's Best Friend" in the system (well, three after I order one after typing this). I don't know why I didn't notice this and let the other ISBN sit on my WL, taking up space. Not anymore! I'm going to order books 2 and 3 now, and just hope #1 comes up to my spot soon! Thanks for all the help!

ETA: I keep finding things to add. I also did some study on "slang" and major companies goofing up - there are some funny things to be found. I think it was Pepsi that had something translated to say "will bring your ancestors back from the dead" and instead of KFC being "finger lickin' good" in one country, it was "you'll eat your fingers off." HAHAHAHA!

PS: I actually LIKE a lot of the British slang that filters into our reading. Loo roll! Snog! Shag! Biscuit! The only thing I don't really care for is the fact that they call cookies "digestives." I don't get that at ALL. "Would you like a chocolate digestive?" Ughhhhh. Anyway, if my orders for the two books (they went to separate people) went to any of you, thank you!

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Date Posted: 1/25/2009 6:39 PM ET
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I love reading books set in England/Ireland/Scotland/Wales... I've figured out a lot of the slang over the years.

I actually remember seeing a "British-English" dictionary in a bookstore years ago.



Here's some British slang...I"ll think of more later..



wellies-rain boots

ta=thank you

post= mail


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Date Posted: 1/25/2009 7:54 PM ET
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  • boot = trunk of car
  • minicab = taxi
  • dernier = strength of tights/pantyhose
  • crisps = potato chips
  • chips = french fries
  • pudding = dessert (that ALWAYS gets me. It's like, they're having pudding for dessert but pudding IS dessert but pudding may not BE the dessert they choose) !!!!


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Date Posted: 1/25/2009 11:13 PM ET
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"The only thing I don't really care for is the fact that they call cookies "digestives." I don't get that at ALL. "Would you like a chocolate digestive?" Ughhhhh."

LOL!!! OMG. I love Brit Chic Lit, but It took me forever to figure that one out. I'm thinking...well, I know it's not ex-lax. What the heck is a "chocolate digestive." By the second or third book I'd finally figured it out. "Jumper" (sweater) was another one that I had to look up.

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 12:55 PM ET
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I just found "Calm Cool and Adjusted" on clearance at a book store and bought it. Do you have to read this series in order? Or does each book stand alone? This copy didn't say anything about it being a certain one in a series...