A Girl Like You, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)

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"I've discovered the secret to successful singledom.

I'm acting like a man. And it's working.""I've discovered the secret to successful singledom.

I'm acting like a man. And it's working."After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch.

Her dating skills are abysmal, and she ricochets from disaster to disaster - until Robert, one of London's most notorious lotharios, agrees to coach her.With his advice, she learns to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the bar scene and practices the art of being bulletproof.

The new Abigail is cocky, calm, composed...but what happens when she meets her match?A Girl Like You is the second book from Gemma Burgess.

Her first book, The Dating Detox, was published in 2010 to rave reviews:"Laugh out loud funny" Closer magazine."Smart, plotty and funny...

Buy it, read it, love it." The Irish Herald."For those waiting to option the next Bridget Jones, Gemma Burgess answers back." VF Daily, www.vanityfair.com.

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'A Girl like you' aims to entertain. And it does. Sort of.

Except the characters spend most of their time, either nursing a hangover or on their way to one. Phew.

Abby is likeable enough, the stereotypical girl who worries her heart out over dates until she stops and just learns to have fun. Guided by Robert, her playboy roomate who secretly nurses a broken heart, Abby learns to play the dating scene and becomes a "bastard". Eventually, she meets a man who makes her brain short-circuit but it doesn't really work out and Abby realises what she's been blind to all this time.

The biggest problem with this book is: it's supposed to make me laugh out loud and it didn't. I couldn't sympathise with Abby, my heart didn't feel ripped out in Hong Kong( Dave = asshole was coming a mile away.). The book didn't make me feel anything. The characters felt like caricatures that I couldn't connect with. Even for the moment.

So, yeah.

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3

Abigail is a girl coming out of a nasty breakup of a 7 year relationship. But luckily her flatmate Robert is there to help guide her along the way to enjoying her life as a single lady. She goes through life and figures out relationships with men, how to date and be bulletproof, and of course finds love somehow, somewhere. <br/><br/>I actually really loved this book, despite my usual tendencies of rolling my eyes at sugar-laden, fluffy romance books. But something about this book is just fun. The first person point of view makes the book. Seriously. The reason why it all works is because Abigail's voice is so convincing. You take a walk through her shoes, peer through her eyes, and maybe even feel what she does. But even the twists and turns of her emotions feel genuine. Her flights of fancy and randomness and just light-hearted cheer doesn't feel like the author is forcing it into the character. It's all so natural. <br/><br/>The romance is obvious, but it's subtle and the anticipation is sweet. It's not burdensome or a drag like most books where you're just about to quit the book unless they finally get together. And I believe it's not burdensome because of the way the story progresses. Burgess is not afraid of putting secondary characters forth into importance. <br/><br/>One quibble: that my impression of British men is more stiff-upper lip rather than calling girls 'darling' and such. But hey, I can roll with it for the sake of this book. No worries.<br/><br/>I also appreciated how she cut out the sex scenes, but definitely had a ton of sexy scenes. It made the book just that much more classy, rather than some other romance novels that are flimsy excuses for erotica (you know what books I'm talking about). You see, her book is a little raunchy and a ton of fun, but never slutty. And that is why this book is worth reading. <br/><br/>The end -spoiler alert- is a little stereotypical with the happily ever after for all couples, but that's fine. It's a fun book and it deserves that kind of ending. <br/><br/>Three stars because I liked the book. It was a good read and I really enjoyed it. Not terribly thought provoking though (so no more than 3 stars), but a good solid romance that doesn't fall into the stupid cliches. <br/>I recommend it for people who like romance novels that take a bit of time to get to the obvious ending.

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3

Abigail is a girl coming out of a nasty breakup of a 7 year relationship. But luckily her flatmate Robert is there to help guide her along the way to enjoying her life as a single lady. She goes through life and figures out relationships with men, how to date and be bulletproof, and of course finds love somehow, somewhere. <br/><br/>I actually really loved this book, despite my usual tendencies of rolling my eyes at sugar-laden, fluffy romance books. But something about this book is just fun. The first person point of view makes the book. Seriously. The reason why it all works is because Abigail's voice is so convincing. You take a walk through her shoes, peer through her eyes, and maybe even feel what she does. But even the twists and turns of her emotions feel genuine. Her flights of fancy and randomness and just light-hearted cheer doesn't feel like the author is forcing it into the character. It's all so natural. <br/><br/>The romance is obvious, but it's subtle and the anticipation is sweet. It's not burdensome or a drag like most books where you're just about to quit the book unless they finally get together. And I believe it's not burdensome because of the way the story progresses. Burgess is not afraid of putting secondary characters forth into importance. <br/><br/>One quibble: that my impression of British men is more stiff-upper lip rather than calling girls 'darling' and such. But hey, I can roll with it for the sake of this book. No worries.<br/><br/>I also appreciated how she cut out the sex scenes, but definitely had a ton of sexy scenes. It made the book just that much more classy, rather than some other romance novels that are flimsy excuses for erotica (you know what books I'm talking about). You see, her book is a little raunchy and a ton of fun, but never slutty. And that is why this book is worth reading. <br/><br/>The end -spoiler alert- is a little stereotypical with the happily ever after for all couples, but that's fine. It's a fun book and it deserves that kind of ending. <br/><br/>Three stars because I liked the book. It was a good read and I really enjoyed it. Not terribly thought provoking though (so no more than 3 stars), but a good solid romance that doesn't fall into the stupid cliches. <br/>I recommend it for people who like romance novels that take a bit of time to get to the obvious ending.

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5

First I want to say this, when I got to about 98% of the book I started crying… happy-romantic-silly tears!!<br/>Then I was devastated the book was over…<br/>My husband hated me for a couple of days, as the book was getting all my attention…<br/>What more to say, the perfect romantic chick-lit, with the perfect never-once-boring pace from the start till the end!!<br/>Loved loooveeed looooooveeeeeed it!<br/>You get to know “Abigay” throughout the book, feeling her emotions and sharing her deepest thoughts, and you can’t help liking her, and her entourage. Well with some minor exceptions.<br/>The only minor flaw was the over-use of the f-word mostly courtesy of the ever-swearing best friend.<br/>

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