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Down with Love [Paperback]

Barbara Novak

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6 Oct 2003
The fusty fifties are over and the swinging sixties are just about to begin. Barbara Novak launches her pre-feminist manifesto and as it rockets to the top of the bestseller list, she becomes the target of Catch Block, ace-journalist and a man determined to prove her book a lie.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just your basic romantic comedy 28 Mar 2003
By "celes1" - Published on
Barbara Novak, is a new author in New York City and at first her book isn't taken very seriously by the men in her publishing company. Her book sales soon soar after some cleaver marketing and women every where are taking her book career instead of love message to heart. Barbara's success is a thorn in the side to hot-shot, ladies' man reporter Catcher Block. Catcher soon cooks up a scheme to discredit Barbara as a feminist icon, by making her fall in love.
Down With Love is just your basic romantic comedy, you'll have fun reading it but won't really think about it too much afterwards. The plot was fun and full of interesting characters, witty dialogue, and lots of mistaken identities. The characters were especially interesting because I wasn't sure till the end weather I liked or hated them. Down With Love is worth a read if you are a fan of romantic comedies.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for all Chick Lit Fans! 17 Dec 2003
By Natasha - Published on
I am so glad that i bought this book! Down with Love are one of the most unique books i have ever read. At first, the book did not really make sense to you, but you understand more of it as you read more. The twist at the end of the book in completely Unpredictable and Suprising! Though, i think that the twist was not explained thoroughly, as it felt unconvincing at first read. Nonetheless, the characters are charming and flirtatious. Barbara Novak and Catcher Block are made for each other. The games that they play with each other were simply adorable and leave you with wanting more! Right after i read this wonderful book, i bought myself a copy of Down with Love DVD. I have to say, this is the first time, that i thought that the book and the movie are both on the same level. The movie was just as fantastic as the book. I cannot choose which one is better than the other. I feel that one should read the book before reading it, as you would have a better understanding of the movie, and have a better appreciation for the characters. After reading and watching Down with Love, i have completely fallen in love with the 60's era. The outfits were so feminine and well put together. Most people still had manners and spoke in perfect English. Barbara Novak did a wonderful job with Down with Love. A fun and great read for all Chick Lit fans! I'm sure after reading this book, you'll be asking yourself 'Who is this Barbara Novak?' and suddenly have a craving for CHOCOLATES!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down with this book!! 17 July 2003
By Jennifer Zwicker - Published on
I am hands down loving this book. At first I got alittle worried with the begining, but it turned out to be a sweet read. I read this book of course in a 2 & 1/2hr span. I just drifted right along with it. Very funny how the author jumped from the two main characters, I liked it. Great read for by the pool, or on a trip. Not too much to read but light enough to get fullfilled from it. I loved the characters Barbara and Catcher, their crazy twists on the truth & their devious plans for eachother. Now I want to see the movie. Hope its as good as the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and fluffy "Down" 17 Jun 2003
By E. A Solinas - Published on
It's brief, cuter-than-thou, and pleasant accompaniment to the charming "Down With Love" movie. With a few bonuses (book excerpts and photographs), this is sort of a cliffs' notes to the film. Cute, fluffy, and might be a nice diversion even if you've seen the movie.
In the early sixties, when women could vote and have jobs but not win respect, Barbara Novak wrote the controversial feminist manifesto "Down With Love." The book urged women to have "sex a la carte," relationships without love, and wean themselves onto chocolate instead of men. It turns the dating world upside down and turns Barbara into a feminist icon.
Things go wrong when she is supposed to have a business dinner with Catcher Block, an incorrigible man-about-town with a keen interest in stewardesses. After he cancels their business talk three times, Barbara disses him on a talk show. Catcher's revenge: Make Barbara abandon her own principles and fall in love with him.
This novelization is a cute enough retelling, although the warring viewpoints grated on me after awhile. The writing is very plain-vanilla, with very few details included; it's best suited to those who have seen the movies and have a clear idea of what the characters look like. Sometimes the cuteness of the first-person narrative works (the final chapter), and sometimes it doesn't (the phone marriage proposal, which is simply silly).
It wouldn't be worth buying if it weren't for the bonuses: an array of behind-the-scenes photos in the middle of the book, featuring more commentary on the clothes than the actual actors (admittedly, the clothes are gorgeous). Then there's a humorous few chapters from "Down With Love" ("You've got to do what men do, and put yourself first.") And finally, Catcher's expose on Barbara, very funny and more than a bit self-serving.
If you liked the movie then this might be a nice companion piece. At the very least, it's cute and has some photographs worth looking at. (Nice shot with the space helmets)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book ... Can't Wait For The Movie! 12 May 2003
By S. McCown - Published on
I read this book this past weekend in one afternoon and absolutely loved it! From what I have seen in the trailers for the movie, the book appears to pretty much follow the movie. I would most definetely highly recommend this book!
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