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Fast Friends [Kindle Edition]

Jill Mansell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When bored housewife and mother Camilla Stewart impulsively invites her old schoolchums for dinner she hardly imagines that the evening will shatter her comfortable existence. But Roz Vallender and Loulou Marks are no ordinary guests. Roz, stunning and self-assured, is notorious as a TV presenter and superbitch, whilst the reckless Loulou owns Vampires, the trendiest wine bar in town. Horrified to discover that husband Jack has been playing around, Camilla determines to make some changes. With a little help from her friends she soon finds out that life in the fast lane is a lot more fun and the future still holds plenty of surprises.

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'You'll come away feeling strong, powerful - and all woman!' (Family Circle)

Book Description

A reissue and a new look for this delightful novel from the No.1 bestselling author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1339 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755332490
  • Publisher: Review (10 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time.
Actually that's not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet Tweeting and marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she's completely run out of displacement activities does she actually write.
Follow Jill on Twitter at @JillMansell.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!! 5 April 2002
By A Customer
This is another brilliant book by Jill Mansell. I read it in about two days, I couldn't put it down! This is a little different from her other books as it spans over three years but is still brilliant. The plot at one point starts to become a little predictable and like on of her other books (Miranda's Big Mistake) but redeems itself with another twist in the tale! Overall it is a wonderful book and I love the fact that it is about a group of friends-old and new. I especially liked the fact that it is about one woman's troubles and how brilliantly she copes. It is a book about woman power!! I loved it and strongly recommend it to everyone!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I always look forward to latest book from Jill Mansell, and I have to be honest I was extremely disappointed with the path she took with this one! This book was a great deal more "serious" than her previous novels. There was none of the lightheartedness that could be found in "Millie's Fling" or "Miranda's Big Mistake". Set over three years, the story leapt about all over the place and I feel it had no depth.
Miss Mansell is a great writer, but I found the only creditable character in "Fast Friends" to be LouLou. Its a pity the book was about her friend, Camilla, instead.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Brilliant. 19 Nov. 2007
My 3rd Jill Mansell book and since i loved the other two i read, i expected the same with this one but it didnt happen. It deserves 3 stars, but no more. It has a lot of content like her other books and it has enough going on, but it was the characters who let it down for me. They were pretty much all self-obsessed and selfish.

Camilla, the main character, was very annoying. I found it hard to believe she would up and leave her kids just like that, her husband yes, but not her kids. Then she goes to live with her recently reunited school friend, and suddenly, after years been shy and plump, decides it's ok to walk naked around the flat. Then later on in the book, every male she meets secretly thinks she's gorgeous, yet she has no idea, that was annoying too.

I suppose Lou-Lou was the best character. But it took me about 3 weeks to finnish this book, and that's a long time. Anyway, i've already started another Jill Mansell, and thankfully, it's already much more promising than this book. I shall review that one when i finish it. But since this book has mostly good reviews, then definately try it out because it is Jill Mansell and she is a great writer. And i still love her books!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I love Jill Mansell's book but this one disappointed me. I felt that the inital storyline of cheated-upon woman who turns herself into a swan from an ugly duckling was rather cliched, and I nearly stopped reading it when the 'heroine' just abandoned her kids and suddenly was living this racy new single life as a blonde goddess! The whole book felt a bit too contrived - like Ms Mansell was trying to get away from the usual frothy romances she writes so well to a more 'Fiona Walker' type novel with lots of characters and inter-locking storylines. Disappointing.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 21 April 2002
Spanning over three years, this book would run the danger of forgetting the beginning by the time you get to the end if it weren't so easy to read in a few days!
The plot is at times predictable, but that's almost unavoidable in a genre (happy romantic endings all round) like this.
Camilla is great as the little wife who turns her life around, but there are some holes in the plot - namely the fact that her children are hardly ever mentioned, nor is her divorce from Jack.
Still, a great read where you'll find yourself getting very frustrated with the star crossed romantics as they struggle to sort themselves out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Friends 16 Oct. 2009
I wanted a book to take my mind off various problems I was leaving behind when I went on a recent holiday. My friend had recommended the Author and I went on-line to order 3 of her books. I took Fast Friends with me on holiday and could rarely put the book down. I actually laughed out loud, I cried and could not believe how acurate Jill Mansell was in capturing me from the begining to end, the story finished all too soon and I wished I'd taken another title with me. However since arriving back home I have now started Making your mind up, Watch this space!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to standard 8 Oct. 2013
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While there was nothing terribly wrong with this book, there was nothing particularly good either. This kind of celeb bed-hopping fiction is not what we love Jill for. If anything it makes you appreciate how far she's come. Camilla comes off as a little too perfect and her 'friends' are vapid and unlikable. It's also way too long with far too many storylines. The only story of Mansell's I dislike more is Solo. My advice? Read A Walk in the Park instead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fast Friends 6 Aug. 2012
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I really like Jill Mansell's books, but this book didn't really do it for me. I wasn't impressed with the characters and sometimes wished they would drop out of the book entirely. Also spreading the book over 3 years - you always knew who was going to end up with whom, but the long drawn out story until the end is reached was a bit boring. I just wanted to get to the end of the book, so I could move on to another author. Not her best in my opinion.
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