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Girl on the Run [Mass Market Paperback]

Jane Costello
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14 April 2011
He's a real catch ...if only she could catch him up Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two. But since starting her own business, after watching one too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life. When Abby is encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the obscenely unflattering pink leggings, and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, she vows never to return. Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life - and Abby's - forever.

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847396267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847396266
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jane Costello is the Top Ten best-selling author of seven novels including Bridesmaids, The Wish List and her latest book, The Time Of Our Lives.
Jane was a full-time journalist before she became an author, working on titles including the Liverpool Echo (where she started as a graduate trainee), the Daily Mail, and the Liverpool Daily Post, where she was Editor for almost five years.
She wrote her first novel, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave and, as well as becoming a bestseller, it was a Heatseeker number one and nominated for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance.
She followed that up with The Nearly-Weds, which won the RNA's Romantic Comedy award in 2010. Since then, her books have been translated into seventeen languages.
Jane lives with her three young sons and boyfriend Mark in Liverpool, where she is currently working on her eighth book.

Find out more at www.janecostello.com

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About the Author

Jane Costello is a former journalist for newspapers including the Liverpool Echo, Daily Mail and Liverpool Daily Post, where she spent four years as Editor. She is the author of the best-selling novel Bridesmaids and lives in Liverpool with her husband and two young sons.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl on the Run 12 April 2011
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Girl on the Run is, as you might expect, about running. A new trend in Chick Lit it has to be said with Fiona Gibson releasing a novel about running earlier in the year called Mum on the Run. Obviously, the motivation behind the running in both novels is to get fit, but with Girl in the Run, it's also about raising funds. I don't want to spoil what the funds are for, but you do find out early on in the book so it's not exactly a big secret. I liked the reasoning behind Abby's desire to complete a half-marathon and is much better than it solely being about getting fit (despite the fact that that is a big benefit, too). It added gravitas to the plot without being overly contrived.

Right from the off, the book had me hooked. Abby runs someone over within the first few pages and I loved her panic when she thought she'd killed the man she'd banged into. And the laughs continue steadily throughout the book. I don't think a book this year has made me laugh as much as Girl on the Run did. Jane just seems to have a natural affinity for putting comedic moments into her novels. They don't seem forced, they're just part and parcel of her characters and bring their personalities to life that bit more. Each page flows perfectly and I was hooked for 455 pages. I was hugely worried about Abby's fixation with Dishy Doc Oliver, and I did think that might ruin the book for me, but it didn't.

I loved Abby. Seriously, I want to meet this girl. She's in the exact same mould as Costello's previous characters: Evie, Lucy and Zoe. She's warm, she's funny, she's the kind of girl you want to be, the kind of girl you want to know. The characters around Abby are just as warm and engaging, from her work colleagues - Heidi, Matt and Priya - to her parents, to her best friend Jess.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 cheers for Abby Rogers! 16 April 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I started this book Friday evening, and have just finished it this morning (Saturday). I loved it!

Main character Abby Rogers is not remotely interested in being on a health kick. She has her own web-design business, and enjoys spending time with best friend, Jess, who is a member of a running club, and very sporty. To help Abby find a man, she gets her to join the running club, although the first session ends up going horribly wrong for Abby. Then, colleague Heidi turns up at work with some devastating news, that makes Abby want to do all she can to help. Abby decides to take on the impossible and run a half marathon for charity..........

.......The donations come rolling in, and Abby begins to think she may have made a huge mistake in signing herself up for the impossible.

In the build up to the half marathon we are introduced to some fantastic characters in the book, Tom, Abby's Mum and Dad, Matt and Priya, and of course the lovely Heidi. I also loved Egor, the accountant. Abby is fantastic, and sounds like someone you'd love to know in real life.

There is one particular scene in the book that had me laughing out loud, without giving to much away, it involves Abby training whilst wearing a thong. It's worth buying the book to read that scene alone.

I can only hope that Jane Costello had as much fun writing this book, as i had reading it. Laugh out loud chick lit at it's very best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it-AGAIN 24 Oct 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Again Jane Costello has written a wonderful and very funny chick flick. I think she is definitely in a league with Sophie Kinsella and Lisa Jewell. Could not stop reading. Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book for you if you need a laugh!! 16 July 2011
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first author whose work I cannot compare to any other Authors books I have read. Jane Costello really has an edge to her writing which I adore! I had always been put off reading any of Costello's books by the front cover as they never really appealed to me but then this is definitely where the saying "Do not judge a book by its cover" comes into light! I found whilst reading Girl on the Run I received some strange looks from my partner due to me keep laughing aloud whilst reading this book. I found that things that our main character Abby was doing I could see myself doing in her position and I think because this felt so life like it did make me laugh imagining me in her shoes.

From the first chapter I was gripped. I was a little unsure if I was going to like this book as much as My single Friend as when I read this books synopsis I was a little unsure if it was going to be for me as it was clearly about keeping fit which is something I am afraid of! (I write this review with a bag of Maltesers next to me!)

Luckily it is clear from the start of the book that Abby has the same feelings about keeping fit as me so I felt I could relate to her character. I absolutely loved our main character Abby she feels so down to earth to read, and is so witty without realising it but this only makes her character even more entertaining to read. I did find the whole romance part of the book a little predictable but this didn't ruin the book as it is such a light hearted entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great fun- keep the books coming.
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Hatton
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
As always Jane Costello doesn't disappoint. This was a less comical book than usual but the characters were well described and the health issues sympathetically written.
Published 2 months ago by christineunderwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab book, made me laugh out loud :)
Published 2 months ago by Mr P J Grennan
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to enjoy especially if you are feeling down
Another excellent book by Jane Costello only the second one I have read but I am already a committed fan. Keeps you gripped and is so funny makes you laugh out loud. Recommended
Published 4 months ago by Gwen Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read & great story
This book was right up my street.
I love chic lit & also love running so the combination was great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by N Errington
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Slow to start but builds up with characters and storyline. Like the interaction between characters. Gave 4 stars as was a easy read
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliant story, so funny and witty. Love Jane Costello books. They are always a great read and laugh out loud moments which are very hard to find in books.
Published 6 months ago by Ruthless
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl on the run
I just love Jane Costello`s books o be minute you are laughing and the next you could be crying - really fantastic!!
Published 6 months ago by Marj
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
I though that this was well written and I enjoyed the interplay between characters. I enjoyed reading this and for a free 'romance' I thought it was great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by tms
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing, romantic chic lit.
If you like Sophie Kinsella, you'll enjoy this one. One of those where you end up burning the midnight oil to finish it.
Published 7 months ago by maid4cards
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