- Paperback: 452 pages
- Publisher: YouWriteOn (13 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908147717
- ISBN-13: 978-1908147714
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,804,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Proper Charlie Paperback – 13 Jan 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
In early chapters Charlie's naivety borders on annoying, but as the novel develops we soon realise she has dreams and it's those that have turned her into a survivor.
Deciding she has hit on the next big story, she has to step aside when she realises her more experienced colleagues are already researching and writing front page articles. But why let a good idea go to waste? The lives (and possibly deaths) of prostitutes would make a cracking novel, she decides - and continues her perilous research.
I think it was at this point I wondered if the author was pushing her character too far. How realistic would it be for a young woman to dress as a prostitute and climb into a stranger's car? We might not consider it, but as more of Charlie's past is revealed it actually seemed almost plausible.
She'd had a tough life; Charlie grew up with no real family. But a boy she met in a home became her big brother and offered her his shoulder when crying was all she could do. Separated by his eventual adoption, he never forgot her and eventually found her a job with a newspaper he edited.
And what of love? The joy of a good romance is not necessarily in discovering the love interest. It was obvious after only a few pages with whom Charlie was destined to find that love. But how could their lives be reconciled? That's where pace comes into play and the author managed it magnificently.
A Proper Charlie is a good read.Read more ›
I would've given this a 5 rating but there were quite a lot of typos, which I'm afraid I couldn't overlook. However, having said that... please do NOT be put off... this book really is a great feel good, holiday read for your Kindle!
I loved Ben, we warm to him just as quickly as we do Charlie and I would say he is one of my favourite male characters I have ever read. If you like the character Luke Brandon in the Shopaholic series you will love Ben.
There are many characters who pop up in this book one of the main ones being Melvin who is Charlie's best friend who is gay and provides a little humour to this more in depth storyline. I did like his character but by about half way through the book he was doing my head in keep calling Charlie Baby Doll every time he came up in the book!
The book starts off at a comfortable pace as we get to know our characters but as their two lives join together to form the main storyline to this book the pace of the book picks up and remains at this pace for the rest of the book with no dull points to it. When the storyline started to involve Charlie heading out to the redlight district I thought this was when I was going to lose a little interest but Wise manages to still keep you gripped giving you enough information without the storyline becoming overly seedy.
Although some parts of the story where predictable the suspense of other parts of the book truly makes up for those parts.
I would defiantly recommend A Proper Charlie especially for anyone wanting to try something a little different as it is quite unlike any other books I have read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
definitely wasn't disappointed by this book. I was looking for a light-hearted, fun holiday read that I could just enjoy and laugh at and that is exactly what I got. Read morePublished 13 months ago by sarahlouise34
Charlie is a mess; she is cute, good natured, witty and terribly insecure. She allows herself to be used by her on again/off again boyfriend Andy, in hopes that he will ask her to... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2013 by ?wazithinkin
I really enjoyed this book, but I found the ending leaving me wanted to know more. Know the future. So was disappointed at the end. Decent read thouPublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by Mrs T Brooks
Interesting read, light hearted not too complicated a plot. Good if you just want to have a chill and not think too much. Funny in parts and predictable .Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by Sevvie
Charlie Wallis is a mess - her boyfriend is a loser, her job is a dead end, and despite growing up in an orphanage, she has zero street smarts. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by mountainmama
This is a really enjoyable, well written and engaging read. The main protagonist is the very likeable Charlotte, a clerk working for a newspaper who wants to be a journalist. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by Mike D
I am probably the only one here but I actually didn't fall in love with the main character, Charlie. Read morePublished on 9 July 2012 by Shortiee31
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I don't wish to repeat what other reviewers have said. There is enough information up here now for prospective readers to get a flavour of... Read morePublished on 7 May 2012 by F. F. Ross
Poor editing, random punctuation and no real flow. What could have been a good storyline, just didn't hit the note. Don't like giving bad reviews but a thumbs down. Read morePublished on 5 May 2012 by Kitabi