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Bookends [Kindle Edition]

Jane Green
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After working on her career at a top London advertising agency for the best part of a decade, Cath yearns to leave and open her own bookshop. Lucy, married to Cath's old Uni buddy, Josh, longs to run a cafe. So when a suitable site comes up, the girls combine their dreams and Bookends is born. However, opening a trendy book café (as opposed to cybercafé) is a fairly minor sub-plot in Bookends. This is a novel about the lives, hopes and dreams of a group of thirtysomethings, living in West Hampstead, who (mostly) met at University and have moved on, for better or worse: Cath is disenchanted and has long-since stopped trying to (a) manage her Michael-Jackson-circa-1973 hair (b)wear anything other than black that she hasn't owned for more than five years, and (c) find a suitable beau. Luckily, Si--desperate to find the man of his dreams and an expert at applying haircare products and shopping at designer stores--makes a perfect best friend. Apart from improving her appearance, he's great for those awkward social occasions that, even in our postmodernist world, still require a male escort. Then, out of the blue, a former member of the old University gang turns up and, hey presto, things start to change. Beautiful, elegant, clever Portia appears to have it all; it takes a couple of hundred pages to discover what she's been looking for. The strange thing about Bookends is that Portia turns out to be merely a sub-plot.

Jane Green's latest novel is about the love and trust and enduring friendships of a bunch of young hopefuls whose lives take the usual twists and turns and ups and downs as they mature into thoughtful, rounded adults. Green is an author whose readers either love or hate her, If you love her, you'll want to read her fourth novel; if you don't, you might be surprised by Bookends. --Carey Green

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Cath and Si are best friends. Total opposites, always together, and both unlucky in love. Cath is scatty, messy, and emotionally closed. Si is impossibly tidy, bitchy, and desperate for a man of his own. When Portia steps back into their lives, her reappearance sets off a chain of events that tests them to the limit. Does Portia have a hidden agenda, or is she just looking for happy endings all round? Whatever the answers, none of them could ever predict the outcome ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1666 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0767907817
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (1 Jun 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RUA4XY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jane Green Warburg is a former journalist who gave up her job on the Daily Express to write a real woman's account of being single in the city. That account became Jane's first novel, Straight Talking. It was followed by nine more bestselling novels: Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance and The Beach House. Jane has four children and lives in Connecticut.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I'm a sucker for a romantic comedy, and after Bridget Jones's Diary, I became eager to read more books in that genre. When I picked up Bookends by Jane Green, I was looking for a light, fun read, but what I received was a novel that would not let me put it down. Bookends is hilarious, witty, and full of tension and drama, and characters that you will love...and some you might not like all that well.
In Bookends, the reader is introduced - by way of narrator, Catherine "Cath" Warner - to a group of friends who meet in school and though individually different as night and day, they become a tight clique of trusted friends. That is, until the ever-beautiful Portia - the friend thought to be the sun in the clique's universe - destroys friendships that were meant to last forever.
Fast forward ten years where we find Cath and lifelong friends, Josh and Lisa, and her best friend, Si, living and loving in their early-thirties, in London. Si, the sweet, adorable, and gay love of Cath's life spends most of his time in friendly counsel with Cath regarding the lack of men in their lives, and discussing how each deals with that situation in their own way, whether it's Cath's refusal to believe she wants a man in her life, or Si's ability to lower his standards, for fear of living alone.
Just as everyone's life seems to be on track, a blast from the past in the form of an older and more self-indulgent Portia, pops back into the group's tight circle and in an instant, lives are shook up, adulterous innuendoes are cooked up and friendships are tested.
I have to say, this book is a wonderful read. I fell in love with the main character, Cath, and her feelings on friendship and love.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bookends 25 Aug 2005
By A Customer
WOW!! A fantastic gripping read. You can really get into this story and imagine its you and your friends. Once you start on this book you will find it almost impossible to put down. I read it in 3 days and did not want the story to end. Full of surprises and clever twists. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read 24 Dec 2005
By Atheana
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When I began reading this book, I thought 'uh oh, another 30 somethings' - I couldn't have been more wrong. The characters - and I mean practically each and every one - stand out, and really have just that - character. The story is full of twists and turns and what's more is they're actually believable. Regardless of your views, ie whether you're a staunch conservative or bleeding heart liberal - the storyline here will appeal to all. The book itself is full of humour, real day to day issues that we all deal with (like eating a WHOLE cinnamon cake and bemoaning the fact afterwards!). The author has a refreshing way of actually 'talking' to her readers and that in turn enables the reader to relate to her, as the main character. This is the first of Jane Green's books I've read and if it's an example of how good her others are, then I will look forward to discovering a new author. Enjoy, it's great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what happened 4 Jun 2008
I have to say this is probably the worst jane green book I have read so far - I totally agree with the author reviewers about the book lacking depth - although I found it lacked story! I kept waiting and waiting for the main storyline to kick in and it didnt seem to happen! very disappointing as I have enjoyed all her other books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 6 July 2000
By A Customer
I had read 'Mr Maybe' last year while on holiday and had enjoyed that, so I thought I would give this book a go. I was so disappointed with it. It has the same old formula as all other books, a group of friends who've known each other since college and who are still having the same traumas in their 30's. One of them is beautiful with everything going for them, but still manages to be a down-to-earth person. One of them is a plain jane who never realises men like her and whose size goes from a 14 to a 10 in a matter of weeks, and she doesn't even notice! And of course you have the gay friend. When are writers going to change this tired formula? Has no-one got any original ideas? I found the whole book totally predictable and I have to say that by the end, I couldn't care less for any of the characters. A very disappointing read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet - Bookends is a brilliant novel! 10 May 2000
By A Customer
I've read all of Jane Green's other novels, and enjoyed them all very much. But Bookends is even better. It's about the lives and loves of a group of thirtysomethings who were at university together, and who now live near each other in North London. Cath is kind, nice, shy, a bit useless about herself and what she wants out of life, but her best friend Si keeps her together and make sure she shaves her legs and conditions her hair occasionally. They hang out with married couple Josh and Lucy, and their lives seem fairly ordinary until several events happen which change their lives forever.
This is quite honestly a book which makes you cry. And smile, and laugh, and wince in recognition of what it's like to have friends who you love dearly, to be single and straight or single and gay and searching for love. It's about friendship, which is a very underrated subject. I think this is a truly wonderful book, a great page turner, and so much more readable and original than all the other 'relationship' books out there at the moment. I managed to get hold of a proof from a friend and read it in one go - buy a copy, you won't regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough of a storyline
I have just finished this book after a lot of others by Green (and have several others waiting).

As always Jane Green writes easily and with lots of humour. Read more
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Very good holiday reading
Published 1 month ago by Neil McCrone
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Jane Green great author. All her books are a good read
Published 4 months ago by gill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not the best but still a good holiday read!
Published 4 months ago by MRS ELAINE JAMES
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Green's books are like marmite to me...
...I either love them or hate them. Jemima J was the first one I read and I adored it. So, I eagerly bought Straight Talking - and loathed it! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bevwat42
3.0 out of 5 stars Bookends.
'.... Whatever the answers, none of them could ever predict the outcome'. If only the same could be said for me who had worked out the outcome of the book by about quarter of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tracy Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery, good condition
Got a few pages in and realised I'd read it before, but carried on reading it as Jane Green is always a nice chick lit read.
Published 16 months ago by kme
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