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The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
Author: Philippa Gregory
Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king
When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743227445
ISBN-10: 0743227441
Publication Date: 6/4/2003
Pages: 672
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 2796 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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earlsgirl avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 188 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 29
This book is over 600 pages, but is a fascinating look at life in
King Henry VIII's court. The story is told from Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary's, viewpoint. Mary was also Henry's mistress. It is historical fiction, with the emphasis on fiction. There is no doubt some conjecture on the author's part, but it is still an interesting tale. My book club read it and everyone liked it except one person who knew history and felt it wasn't very accurate .
DaniLynn avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 27
This was my first Philippa Gregory book, but it definitely won't be my last. I'm not usually a historical fiction reader, but this book had me hooked. Fact and fiction were so thoroughily interwoven that it was often hard to tell the difference. After reading it, I was even prompted to learn a little more about Henry VIII and his reign.
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 168 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 20
Fascinating look at the court of King Henry VIII. It made me go back and re-read some of the history of the era. As a novel, it kept me captured. I like that the story is told from the point of view of a woman most of us have never heard of before - Mary Boleyn, the sister of Henry's 2nd wife.
paigu avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 120 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
This book was so much fun to read because it was...dare I say, I bit....trashy? Then again, it IS about the sordid love affairs and the power struggle between women in a male-dominant royal society. The two sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn are so over-the-top (one is a total b**ch, the other is just too sweet and kind) but you will still end up rooting for them (even though we know how poor Anne will end up). I don't know how historically accurate this was, but it was such a fun read that I didn't care!
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
I devoured this book in two days. It was wonderful--it kept me intrigued and constantly guessing, even though I was already familiar with the basic history of the Boleyn family. This book really made the facts come to life for me.
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daedelys avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
daedelys avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
JoTheMomma avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 6 more book reviews
Couldn't put it down!
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I really enjoyed this book. Philippa Gregory writes so realistically you are learning about the historical period of time without boring you. She also offers a perspective that we don't usually see, not Ann Boleyn or Henry VIII but Ann's put upon sister. It was a very good book.
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 5 more book reviews
Not like the movie, enjoyed the book much more, one of my favorites by her.
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 3 more book reviews
This is a fantastic read, with images that play like a 4-star movie in your mind.
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 11 more book reviews
Very interesting historical novelization.
daedelys avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 31 more book reviews
the book was great but if you have any knowledge of history its kinda a give away
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 35 more book reviews
Well-told story that combines the real facts with imagined feelings and motivations. Fascinating.
MX avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 13 more book reviews
I really enjoyed this book. Although it's fiction, there are enough historical events in it to give an understanding of how the Royal Court operated. As much information as is available of Anne Bolelyn, it was nice to have a story with adifferent point of view.

I had read the Biography of Henry VIII by Margaret George and this was a great follow-up. Excellent choice for readers of historical drama.
deezbooks avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 2 more book reviews
I couldn't put this book down. It was rich with history and while it definitely appeals to women readers, I wouldn't necessarily categorize it as "chick lit"...
mimibottoms avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 58 more book reviews
A fairly raunchy book about Ann Boleyn's sister, Mary. She was mistress to King Henry the 8th before Ann set her sights on him. The story is about both sisters and their life in court, affairs with the King, family battles, and then Ann's marriage, betrayals, and demise. Mary is a pawn who eventually finds some happiness. The movie was actually less graphic than the book.
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 5 more book reviews
Fantastic! Only book I ever thought about between times reading it.
bran-flakes14 avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 72 more book reviews
This book is very readable, despite the occasionally-questionable history, and the characters are written with genuine interest and care. The plot is strikingly similar to a soap-opera, but if you know anything about that period in history, most everyone's lives were straight out of "As the World Turns". What interested me about the novel is the fact that it sheds light on the infamous Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary, someone I didn't even know existed! Phillipa Gregory is a marvelous writer, and this gigantic doorstopper of a book is engaging throughout. In the end, I definitely recommend this book if you're interested in Tudor history. Just don't go into it expecting history as you've always thought it to be! A great read.
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 10 more book reviews
This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I have never met anyone that didn't also like it.
daedelys avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
daedelys avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on + 1756 more book reviews
This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
J avatar reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl on
It took me a few pages to get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down! It was a roller-coaster of a read! Whether you loved or hated the characters, they were all passionate about their beliefs and opinions. I would definitely recommend this book.


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