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Everything Nice (Little Black Dress)

Everything Nice (Little Black Dress) [Kindle Edition]

Ellen Shanman
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Super-slick, super-independent, Michaela “Mike” Edwards is a lady going places. Or so she thinks. Once unexpectedly fired, her career as a young advertising hot-shot is over just like that. Before long she’s doing the unimaginable: moving back in with her widowed father to help make those pesky ends meet - it’s clear she needs to rethink her life. Maybe she should start with trying to unravel those complicated feelings she’s been having about her best guy pal, Aussie journalist Gunther...?

About the Author

Ellen was born in New York City and raised in the suburbs of Westchester County. She graduated from Northwestern University with, ironically, a BS in Theatre, then co-founded a theatre and film production company. Eventually realising she was in the wrong line of work, Ellen turned her attention away from acting and toward writing. She lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (5 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3DIA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! 1 April 2012
By M.J.
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked this up to read whilst waiting for a long haul flight. I don't remember the 4-hour wait, the check-in and the ensuing hours - this is was such a great, great read. Michaela's (Mike) enforced change from hard-nosed ad. exec. to accidental school teacher is a journey of self-discovery. In this sharp, funny and emotive story Mike learns what it is to be a girl, how to love herself and how to love others. More, please Ms Shanman.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought it would be 15 Sep 2008
By Linda C. Mcdougal - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
From the excerpt and initial synopsis, I thought this would be a great book but I was deffinitely dissapointed. That she finds satisfaction teaching young girls was nice but not realizing what she had in her "best friend" and constantly going back to her useless "mentor" was frustrating. By the end, I just wanted to slap her and tell her to "wake up and get a life". I definitely wouldn't read this again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, hilarious read! 15 Jun 2009
By Rachel Reiss - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although I don't tend to read many chick lit books, I found myself not wanting to put this book down! The characters are real and funny -- not the predictable, stereotypical types that often crop up. I love the way this author describes things and her insightful and often quirky observations kept me laughing out loud though out this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars fine chick lit character study 7 Aug 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Manhattan Michaela "Mike" Edwards learns the truth when she was fired from her job as a copy writer at A.S. Logan Advertising because she bet on the wrong horse at the office politics race and no one on the other teams wants a woman who cannot relate to other females. No income means no more expensive New York apartment so she moves back in with dear old dad who raised her as a single father and his live in girlfriend.

Mike obtains work as a substitute life skills teacher to a group of seventh-grade girls. She wants to nuke the curriculum which teaches girls to be domestic girlie girls instead of all you can be. Meanwhile, she and visiting Aussie reporter Gunther seem attracted to one another, but he must soon leave the city of "oy vey" pessimism to return to home land of sunny optimism.

Mike is fabulous as a tomboyish kick butt woman who cannot cope with the inane office females arguing over mascara and lipstick color; she prefers to be one of the guys. The story line is fast-paced as she struggles with earning money, residing in the land of barbarians (Brooklyn), teaching girls to cook and sew, and dealing with Gunther who has turned her life upside down. Fans will enjoy Ellen Shanman's fine chick lit character study as the heroine makes EVERYTHING NICE, RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Insightful 11 May 2011
By StaceyJ - Published on
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I found myself laughing out loud at a lot of Mike's reflections on women, and on relationships. Despite her problems undertanding other people--think Temperance Brennan in the "Bones" TV series--Mike was an easy character to like and to cheer for as her life crumbled around her and she was forced to reevaluate her perspective on nearly everything. I will admit that as a teacher I'm tired of the cliche of the burned out or unemployed executive who finds redemption in the super-easy field of teaching, but I appreciated the acknolwedgement that it is a rough job that does not come easily, and that it is pretty exhausting. Still, who teaches one class a day? Seriously?

Mike's relationship with her students was both touching and believable as she revamped a "life skills" class to take it from home economics to the kinds of instruction kids should get and never do--how to talk to people, how to navigate life in a big city--and she learns more about herself, and her ability to interact with others in a personal rather than professional capacity. Her personal growth was funny and touching, and I would definitely recommend the book as one to read and re-read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically endearing fish out of water tale 16 Feb 2009
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Tomboy ad-whiz Mike Edwards lost her mom as a tyke and is missing the girlie gene. When her mentor is fired for having a public meltdown, she is tossed out with him since she also fails to play nice with others. After wallowing in self pity, and moving in with her father, she reluctantly accepts a position as a substitute teacher at a charter school, the alma mater of her father's new girlfriend. The only problem is that the class she is assigned is "Life Skills," a nice PC term for Home Ec. That and Mike cannot relate to 7th grade girls anymore than she can women her own age. Further complicating matters is her fear of commitment that has become stand up material for her former live-in boyfriend, and her blossoming feelings for best pal Gunther, particularly when a co-worker starts to stake her claim. And then she sort of starts to like this new gig...

Shanman's fish out of water story is equally endearing and hysterical. In Mike she has created a three dimensional character that many can relate to. The story is so good that I found myself finishing it in a day (okay, late into the night). I just loved this story and plan to seek out more stuff from Shanman.

© Tracy Vest, February 2009
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