I have read a number of Jane Green books, and although she is one of my preferred chick-lit authors, this isnt one of my favorites by her. It was a bit too predictable, and at times I didnt care for Libby, the main character.
Libby Mason is a fairly successful publicist, living the singleton life in London. She falls hard for her no strings attached friend Nick, who is gorgeous but poor. After the inevitable parting of the ways, she is wooed by exactly the catch she has always dreamed of one if the wealthiest men in England. There are a few problems though; hes rather stodgy and not very handsome. But Libby is so blinded by how much he adores her and his luxurious lifestyle that she turns a blind eye to many of the troubles in the relationship. Soon she is planning a wedding while wondering if she is doing the right thing.
My major complaint with this book is the shallowness of Libby. It seems as if the only thing she was concerned with was money and social status. I also didnt like how she was a chameleon girlfriend, changing her personality to please the current boyfriend. There were some interesting secondary characters, but the entire book was all about Libby and her search for love with the proper billionaire, and I found it tiring at times. The ending of the book is obvious from page one, so that also took away some of the pleasure of the book. Read Jemima J or Bookends by this author. Those books were much better and had some more serious undertones than this one, which was pure fluff.
This book was a very easy read. I would say that it was pretty typical. You could tell what was going to happen - but it's a good one for the Subway or for the beach. I didn't really like the main character but I liked a lot of the other characters.
This is the first book I have read by Jane Green. I thought it was quite funny at times. The thing that got me was how realistic the main character is. Some of things she did you're like "what is she thinking!?!" but at the same time people do dumb things like that for love and happiness all the time! I'm sure there are people who will disagree with me but I really think Green hit the nail on the head with Libby.
mr maybe is a cute book about what women in todays world face when it comes to life, love, the prusuit of happiness, and wether or not money is what really matters. Libby is 27 in PR and has her own place. she is smart, funny, and has a wonderful group of friends but she has never had a long term relationship and she is a ever changing person when it comes to relationships with me, everytime she tries to get involved with a man she changes herself so that he will love her. but that never works. she is always trying to make mr right now in to mr the one. then Nick comes along and sparks fly...they have fun, they laugh, the sex is amazing for both of them, and he cares about her. but he is on the dole ( like welfare in america) and he isnt working and he is a unpublished writer who is very political and not her type at all on paper. Libby always wanted to end up in the situation where she could marry rich, live in a whole house not just a flat (apartment) wear designer duds all the time and not have to work. enter Ed, the name says it all about this guy, he is unattractive, not funny, no friends really of his own, no social life, is atleast 10 years older than Libby, and the sex is beyond bad.....but he is loaded and more than that he prsues her! he wants to give her everything money can buy and he wants to set her up in his giantic mansion! but he drives her crazy, aside from his bank accounts he doesnt make her laugh, he doesnt make her happy. then nick comes back into the picture and Libby is reminded how good it can be to laugh with someone to want to kiss someone.
Well, what can I say. This book had a slow build up that lead to an anticlimactic ending. I fought with myself to finish this book and the only reason I finished it was because I hate leaving books unfinished. With each chapter I finished I hoped the story would get better, yet it never did. The worse part about this book was that I knew what was going to happen and I knew how it was going to end. The only thing I loved about this book was it's ending.
The main character was (Libby Mason) a woman in her mid twenties who constantly came across as childish, self absorbed and immature. Throughout the whole book I found myself hoping she would grow up and finally develop into a woman with substance and not a money grabbing whore lacking in character.
The second main character was Nick, a struggling writer around the same age and as handsome as he is nice. He's the kind of guy a reader falls in love with, except for the fact you can't see why he's with her. When they break up you hope that Libby will use this as a chance to grow, except low and behold she doesn't.
Not surprising, Libby meet's another man, Ed. Ed is wealthy yet an old man at heart. From their first date she's not attracted to him, except low and behold she continues to date him because of the gifts he buys her. He's a sweet man except there's no sexual chemistry whatsoever. Not surprising she still sleeps with him hoping to like it, yet she finds herself angry at him because she doesn't orgasm. I mean OMG even after you find out he doesn't sleep around and has very little experience she still doesn't find him endearing. As time passess she finds herself feeling smotherered by his love and adoration.
As I said before the ending is not a surprise and it's a lovely ending except that it's with Libby and I wished against all odds that the two end up together.
This was the first Chick lit book I ever read and led me to the rest of Jane Greens and about a zillion other chick lit titles, and I've never looked back, this is a wonderful book..
This is a trade paperback size book.
From Publishers Weekly:
Yet another endearingly flawed, contemporary London career girl comes down the pike in this latest novel by British writer Green (Jemima J). Libby Mason, 27, enjoys her fashionable career in PR, but is determined to marry a rich, "gorgeous" man who will support her in sumptuous style and allow her to join the class of ladies who lunch. Her previous relationships have proven unsatisfactory on all fronts, but then she meets Nick, who happens to be "gorgeous," smart, funny, sensitive and unparalleled in the sack, but unfortunately also a struggling writer who lives in a "grotty" (but clean) bedsit. Libby decides to have fun in bed with Nick and not fall in love, because he's not rich and she doesn't like his left-wing, blue-collar friends. They do have lots of great sex, until Nick breaks up with Libby because he is too attracted to her and isn't ready for a relationship. Libby turns for comfort to her best friend, Jules, who is happily married to the "gorgeous" Jamie. On a girl's night on the town, Libby meets well-known financier Ed McMahon, who is very rich and very eligible, but not "gorgeous" he is older, pompous, boring and the worst lay she has ever had, but when he proposes Libby accepts, as she sees her dream of becoming the idle rich at last coming true. Despite an annoying overuse of the word "gorgeous," Libby Mason manages to garner reader sympathy and even a cheer or two. There are no surprises here and a few loose ends dangle (allusions to Nick's hidden upper-class roots are never explained), but Green has a charming way with dialogue and sex scenes, making this a cheerful summer read.
It is no secret that I like Jane Green, she is one of the authors that after reading the first book of hers I promptly picked up as many of the others as I could get my hands on to try to complete the collection. Mr. Maybe for me was not her best work. It was not a bad book but it just did not seem to have the usual flair that I have come to expect when reading a Jane Green.
There are several points in the book where it just seems to drag on and there are things that just do not seem to be needed. Libby Mason as a character, well I felt I could not connect with her much. She is very superficial, and a bit over dramatic and there are most assuredly times where I want to swat her upside the head. I even found myself wishing her best friend in the book Jules would do just that.
Now with the negative parts said, I did still enjoy the book overall. It was not a waste of my reading time and it did have some great parts. Nick was by far my favorite character, at first I was not sure I would like him as he was being played up as a kind of wastrel but overall he was the brightest spot in the list of characters in this book, he is witty, funny and not a wastrel but a creative mind who may not have taken the best route to what he wants but he got it in the end.
Libby Mason, 27, enjoys her fashionable career in PR, but is determined to marry a rich, "gorgeous" man who will support her in sumptuous style and allow her to join the class of ladies who lunch. Her previous relationships have proven unsatisfactory on all fronts, but then she meets Nick, who happens to be "gorgeous," smart, funny, sensitive and unparalleled in the sack, but unfortunately also a struggling writer.
Libby decides to have fun in bed with Nick and not fall in love, because he's not rich and she doesn't like his left-wing, blue-collar friends. They do have lots of great sex, until Nick breaks up with Libby because he is too attracted to her and isn't ready for a relationship.
Libby turns for comfort to her best friend, Jules, who is happily married to the "gorgeous" Jamie. On a girl's night on the town, Libby meets well-known financier Ed McMahon, who is very rich and very eligible, but not "gorgeous" he is older, pompous, boring and the worst lay she has ever had, but when he proposes Libby accepts, as she sees her dream of becoming the idle rich at last coming true.
It is about a 27 year old publicist, she barely can afford her lifestyle. She meets a struggling writer Nick a sexy but perpetually strapped for cash guy ( he ends up not ready for a relationship and she ends up meetng Ed has lots of money but is not as appealing, but she figure she can grow to love him and live the lifestyle that he has.
To Libby Mason, Mr. Right has always meant Mr. Rich. A twenty-seven-year-old publicist, she's barely able to afford her fashionable and fabulous lifestyle, and often has to foot the bill for dates with Struggling Writer Nick, a sexy but perpetually strapped-for-cash guy she's dating (no-commitments-really). So when Ed, Britian's wealthiest but stodgiest bachelor, enters the picture, her idea of the fairy-tale romance is turned on its head. Libby soon finds herself weighing the advantages of Nick's sexual prowess and tender heart against Ed's luxurious lifestyle and unlimited retail therapy. But when the diamond shopping comences, Libby is forced to realize that the time for "maybe" is up.