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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099415070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099415077
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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'...a lively Lisa Jewell-esque debut novel with a bit more bite than you might imagine’ -- Mirror

'Perfect comic timing and wickedly funny moments’ -- Cosmopolitan

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The sparkling, witty and enormously enjoyable new novel from the author of Asking for Trouble

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb. 2002
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Fair Game is a brilliant read. I loved every word. I immediately empathised with Harriet, thought John was gorgeous, and the storytelling is sublime. I'm a Liz Young fan, and loved this even more than Asking for Trouble (which I thought would be impossible!). It's a warm, well written, cleverly crafted, extremely funny book - a feelgood love story for the Twenty First Century. Can't recommend it highly enough - buy it and find out why!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2003
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Like Elizabeth Young's brilliant first novel, Asking for Trouble, Fair Game is one of the very best contemporary romantic comedies I've come across. The characters are so believable and appealing, the dialogue both LOL funny and true-to-life, the action so well-paced and absorbing, that most other chick lit just can't hold a candle to it. Ms. Young not only creates a wonderful couple in Harriet and John, but she surrounds them with such well-drawn, believable families and friends (and enemies!) that I felt I really KNEW all these people! Can't wait for Ms. Young's third novel!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2002
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What a wonderful surprise this book is! I enjoyed Elizabeth Young's first, Asking for Trouble, but Fair Game truly surpasses it. Oh, the ending is fairly predictable - but the storytelling is superb! The main protagonist, Harriet, if one of the most likeable characters I've come across lately. She's not the drop-dead-georgeous, but she's OK looking (like most of us) and has a healthy attitude about her height and figure flaws. Interestingly enough, the object of her desire John, apparently isn't totally perfect either - it's fun to see a man frequently described as gorgeous only to find through little clues that he's not total physical perfection. But the entire premise of this book is that things aren't always what they seem. Harriet and John (and the entire cast of supporting characters) are almost starring in a Lombard and Gable movie - misunderstandings and zingy dialog abound. Young writes Harriet as a smart woman who can get herself through most situations with her own self-deprecating charm and intelligence. Like many otherwise normal people, there are people and things from her past that do push emotional buttons and cause her to act in emotionally defensive ways - but not in extreme (as the characters in so many books do.) But for me, the wit and humor that Young employs makes this book such a joy. I normally roll my eyes when I read a review from someone who says that they laughed out loud at a book, but I have to admit - this one had me laughing. And kudos to Young for showing in a few passages that she has real talent for "word pictures" - the snowball fight is one instance. And, without giving away too much, there is a scene near the end that is just beautiful - snow and the city at night. You feel like you're there.Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2002
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When they were at school, Harriet Grey always felt like 'a dinosaur made out of toilet rolls' at the side of her perfect classmate Nina. More than a decade on, and four years since they last saw one another, Harriet sees Nina and her perfect looking date in the street and realises that nothing has changed. Unable to bear the thought of a face to face encounter with Nina, Harriet pretends to be absorbed in looking in a shop window and that's how a couple of minutes later she meets John Mackenzie, Nina's date. The two of them get talking and circumstances contrive to cause them to meet again. Against her better judgement, Harriet finds herself falling head over heels in love with John, but how does he feel about her?
This is the story of both Harriet and her two best friends Sally and Jacko and a couple of pretty eventful months in their lives. At over 500 pages, it struck me as being longer than the average novel in this genre but was a quick read that I didn't want to put down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2004
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For me, reading an Elizabeth Young chick book is like delving into a box of the finest Belgian chocolates--irresistible and self-indulgent, and I can't stop 'til I've finished the whole thing!! I love it that Ms. Young draws me into a world that is so fun yet seems so real. There is wonderful chemistry between the hero and heroine, Harriet and John, and they are both so appealing and likeable that you'd want them to be your best friends. And, unlike other, lesser books in the genre, the secondary characters don't get short shrift either--they are all so well-drawn and life-like. I just hated to see this book come to an end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "gabym@email.com" on 30 April 2003
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Very funny and well written. This is the 1st book I have read by her and she writes really well, and so animated are her words you feel you have to read more. Anyway the book is very funny and full of reality and humour, you feel like she has written about your life.
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