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Book #73: The Other Side of the Story

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Jojo Harvey is a dead ringer for Jessica Rabbit and the most ferocious literary agent in town. A former NYPD cop, she now lives in London making million-dollar book deals while trying to make partner at her firm . . . all the while sleeping with the boss man.

Lily Wright is an author who believes in karma, and is waiting for the sky to fall after stealing her former best friend’s man. Though her first book failed to sell, her life turns upside down when her most recent book becomes a huge bestseller.

Gemma Hogan is an event designer extraordinaire, but her personal life is nonexistent after losing the love of her life and her best friend in one fell swoop. To make matters worse, her father has just left her mother. While taking care of her mother, she e-mails a close colleague about her frustrations, who in turn forwards the hilarious e-mails to a famous literary agent named Jojo Harvey, who just happens to represent her former friend, now enemy, Lily Wright. . . .

Written in the charming and chatty voice that has become Marian Keyes’s signature style, this hilarious and heartwarming novel proves there are three sides to every story . . . especially in the world of publishing!

Author: Marian Keyes
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 2006; Reprint edition)
Pages: 528

This story lacked substance and the characters were rather annoying, but I somewhat enjoyed it. The book could’ve been 250 pages shorter and it would have ended the same way, but the author just had to overwrite. 

Three protagonists are involved in the story. Gemma holds a grudge against her best friend for “stealing” her boyfriend… THREE YEARS AGO! Three years ago, Anton was not even in love with Gemma and with him moving to London from Dublin, they were going to break up anyway. I mean, move on, stop being so bitter, find someone else and settle down. Why do you want to be with someone who doesn’t want to be with you in the first place? Gemma’s father leaves her mother for a younger woman (talk about the stereotypical midlife crisis!) and the mom becomes helpless and Gemma has to take care of her. Talk about selfishness!

Lily is the former best friend that Anton left Gemma for and they’re married and have a child. She wrote a book and sold it to Jojo who is a book agent. Gemma writes a book as well. It’s about her parents and wants Jojo to represent her because Jojo represents Lily and Gemma wants to bring Lily down because she stole Anton. 

Overwriting and fussy characters aside, it was not a great book, but it was worth reading.

VERDICT:

3

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6 thoughts on “Book #73: The Other Side of the Story”

  1. “The book could’ve been 250 pages shorter and it would have ended the same way, but the author just had to overwrite.” This line had me laughing so hard, I cried. I had to wait until it passed because I couldn’t read through my tears. Thank you dear Diana for this wonderful review. :):)

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