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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751537071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751537079
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I wrote my first (unpublished) novel when I was 13 - and I've been making up stories ever since.

After finishing my masters degree, I had several temping jobs before getting my big break in journalism working on small newspaper. In the evenings I continued to write fiction and in 2001 I had the idea for The Cupid Effect. Two years later it hit the shelves and my career as a published novelist began.

In 2006 my third novel, My Best Friend's Girl, was published and was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club - going on to sell over 500,000 copies. To date I've written six bestseller list books, and they have been translated into 28 languages across the world.

I live near Brighton and am currently working on another book and a screenplay. Find out more info at www.dorothykoomson.co.uk

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Totally enjoyable (New Woman)

A funny, quirky read (Company)

Colourful characters and witty writing Heat ('Hilarious')

Hot Stars ('When a novel breezes along as lightly as this, you simply cannot put it down')

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Kamryn Matika has a great job, a hectic social life and no responsibilities - one birthday card will change all of that for ever ...

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Tallis on 15 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
Brilliant read, definitely will be passing this book on to all my friends. I borrowed it initially from my sister, she warned me its terribly sad in places and not really a "sun holiday" read. Thankfully I didn't take it on holidays as you need a place to cry without shame and bucket loads of tissues. There's love, betrayal, grief, acceptance, fun and trepidation in this book right to the end. Loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EmsyP on 16 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading this book. I really enjoyed it and it made me cry which for me is the sign of a good book.
The story is more original than most "chick-lit". I thought the ending was just right... I thought the relationships of Kamryn with Luke and Nate were well written and not sentimentalised, and ultimately worked out in a way that is true to life.
However I would agree with some reviewers that Tegan, the little girl, whilst a delightful character does not talk like real five year old. Also I felt some parts of the plot were just brushed over, such as Tegan's relationship with Adele's father and stepmother.
Bottom line - I really enjoyed this book and read it within a week (quick for me), it made me laugh and cry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
My Best Friend's Girl is a book which grips you right from the prologue. I was hooked right away, and it only took me 2 or 3 days to finish it. It deals with best buddies Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon. They'd been friends for years, right up until the moment Kamryn discovered that Adele had betrayed her by sleeping with her fiancé - Nate. Kamryn took off and vowed never to see either of them again.

She's true to her word, ignoring their calls and letters, until years later Kamryn receives a letter she can't ignore. It's from Adele. She's in hospital, dying. She wants Kamryn to adopt her little girl, Tegan. Suddenly, Kamryn's world is thrown into turmoil. She was getting on with her life, with a successful job and good friends, and the last thing she needs is a child on her hands. But how can she turn down the dying request of her best friend?

What follows is a beautiful story of Kamryn's reaction to events, and how she copes. It'll make you laugh, cry, hug your pillow and be desperately grateful for all that you have - in typical Koomson fashion. She certainly knows how to tug the heartstrings! Anyway, if this sounds like your cup of tea, then don't delay. You'll be absorbed into this heartrending story way beyond the last page. It's very poignant. Love it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on 4 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I was gripped from the opening chapter of this novel and was literally sobbing through the first few chapters. The author did an excellent job of getting inside the characters minds and exploring complex issues around grief and forgiveness.

Unfortunately, it seemed to take quite a dramatic turnaround as soon as a 'romantic interest' was introduced. The book swiftly changed from a really touching and gripping read into a typical 'chick lit' novel. Boy meets girl, both hate each other, end up falling in love.

The book showed such initial promise, I was so disappointed with how it deteriorated - almost as though the author just wanted to finish it without any regard to the potential of the book to be something out of the ordinary chick lit genre. What a pity!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AG1326 on 12 Oct. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Koomson but this was a poor offering. Completely shallow characters and an unbelieveable storyline, I'm halfway through and finding it a chore to read, so much that I'm seriously considering giving up. If this were the first Koomson book I'd read, I'd never buy another but thanks to the brilliant Ice Cream Girls and Goodnight Beautiful, I do know she's capable of so much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 28 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
I ploughed through this book simply because I hate to leave a book unfinished (and Dorothy Koomson came highly recomended by a friend), but it really wasn't one I enjoyed. I could not find any redeeming qualities in the main characters - I found them cold and self-centred, unable to interpret each others feelings and emotions, and I actually found myself becoming angry at some of the scenes between Kamryn and Nate. Tegan does not act in anyway like a normal 5 year old (and I appreciate she had been through some things that no child should have to experiece), but I felt the author could not relate or had any experiences of children. I was hoping for some exploration of grief between different the different characters and thier interactions together but sadly there was nothing. Not one I enjoyed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janie U VINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2007
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I couldn't put this book down although that was due to it being easy to read and unchallenging rather than it being a marvellous book. I would also say that the first quarter of the book was fascinating and I had to keep reading to see if the author would explore the idea's potential. Sadly she didn't - choosing instead to go down the typical route of "which boyfriend should I choose?"

Reading some of the other reviews I am amazed that this is described as the best book that some people have read - they should read more.

I would recommend this book as a good holiday read but wouldn't go out of my way to read any more by the same author.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Griggs on 21 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Loved this book. Could not put it down and read very quickly. Easy book to read. Would definitely recommend Dorothy Koomson as an author. Read Marshmallows for Breakfast. This is also an excellent book.

Both Books you MUST read.
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