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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (30 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385338996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385338998
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,433,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Margolis is the author of nine books, which have more than half a million copies in print from Bantam Dell. She lives in England, where she's at work on her next novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maya j on 31 July 2007
Format: Paperback
'Gucci Gucci Coo' is one step up from a cheap romance novel. That's not to say it's a horrible book, it's just that the writing is simplistic, and the story line is hackneyed. The attempt at creative plot development is weak, and the characters are too familiar. It seems like mostly a reformulated version of any number of other chick-lit novels.

The book starts out with the protagonist, Ruby, at the gynecologist's office. There are some very funny moments in those first few pages, and you're thinking, "This is going to be fun!" but the book digresses from there. Sue Margolis is unnecessarily wordy, and the extra words don't add anything to the story; however, her writing style is easy enough to follow, and even with the British colloquialisms and humor, it's not difficult to get. It's just that most of the time you're thinking- "Cut to the chase already!" The main character, Ruby, owns a chic children's clothing store and has some quirky friends and "Boho" parents. She meets a handsome American doctor, and, well, you know...they hook up. Her mother gets pregnant at 50, which you think will be amusing, but it's just sort of in the story, not the story. There are some comical moments (although they're not as funny as the time in the gyno's office), and there's a bit of a plot twist that keeps things going towards the end, but that's only near the end. The last 100 pages are the most interesting, and Sue Margolis could have condensed the first 250 pages into about 100 pages- 352 pages is too long to tell this story.

This book is not in the same league as other "chick-lit" novels by writers like Jennifer Weiner or Emily Giffin. It seems amateurish and dated, not fresh and inventive. If you like chick lit, check out `Something Borrowed' or `Something Blue' by Emily Giffin, or `Good In Bed' by Jennifer Weiner. Those books will have you reading from start to finish in one sitting.
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I absolutely loved this book. To be honest I'm not quite sure what the other reviewer disliked about it but to each its own.

This book starts out with Ruby at her gyne appointment and during the very routine check up the doctor finds a postage stamp in her... well you can imagine. Whilst telling her friend Fi, about the humilating situation she has no idea that her conversation is being overheard by the sexy American doctor behind her. This always makes for a intersting "How did you meet story".
Ruby is also part owner of Les Sprogs a posh upmarket baby boutique, visited by all of London's elite and celebrities. During one such visit Ruby notices that one A List celebrities pregnancy may not be as geniune as the world believes.

Anyhoo let me just say why I didn't give this book 5 stars. The first 100 or so pages were sloooooooww! I found that the author had to introduce us to everything and everybody. Everything had a back story. And while some of this was essential I felt that most of this past information could have either been left out or done in a different way. For instance she would be driving to her parents house and then go off on a tangent about how she came about the car and once she'd gotten to her parents house she'd immediately launch into another background story. I just felt in the beginning this was done too much and for much of the plot of the story it was unneccessary. I didn't need to really know how Saul and Fi met, a quick 'Fi married a struggling actor.' would have done the job.

However once you get past the first 100 pages (and I'll admit it is a bit of a struggle) the overall plot was excellent. I loved the development of the relationship between Ruby and Sam. It is the best and most natural romance I've read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fun, exciting, and wonderful afternoon read! 12 Aug. 2006
By Sarah Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved this book beacuse it was such an orginial book. Light and fun with a trace of mystery, this book is such a great read.

Ruby finds herself in a sticky situation when her mother finds out that she is pregnant. Ruby, single in her 30's, is finding her job at a baby boutique becoming more and more taxing as the celebrity baby boom explodes in London. Ruby finds herself at the center of a hospital controversy involving her newest love interest and a customer of her botique.

As Ruby searches to uncover the truth, she finds out new things about herself, her family, and her love interest. What a great book with an awesome and unexpected ending!

Don't miss this book!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Chockfull with suspense, humor and more 15 Jun. 2006
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ruby knows her celebrities, and not only from the gossip mags she devours. She has met many professionally since she runs Les Sprogs, the classy Notting Hill maternity and baby shop. Ruby enjoys her work and her life, but her artist mother is gently pushing for Ruby to find a new man. When her parents invite her over for "a talk" Ruby expects to hear more of the same. Instead, she's appalled to learn that her mum is pregnant. Ruby, aged 32, will become a big sister for the first time. Shouldn't she be the one settling down and having babies? She can't help feeling unsettled and jealous.

Ruby signs on at St. Luke's Hospital to speak to expectant mothers about what they need to buy for their newborns. She marvels to the manager of the prenatal department that the many celebrities giving birth at St. Luke's are amazingly thin, both before and after delivering. The manager acts oddly anxious, hurriedly saying she can't discuss her patients.

When Ruby leaves her meeting with the manager, she literally runs into Sam, an attractive American gynecologist. Ruby had actually met Sam previously when he overheard her on the phone discussing a visit with her own gyno in which her doctor discovered a postage stamp in a very, uh, unexpected place. Sam is hot, but the fact that he is a gynecologist gives Ruby pause.

Meanwhile, Ruby is surrounded with infants and yearnings for infants. Her co-worker Chanel is struggling to get pregnant, while Ruby's best friend Fi is a bundle of exhaustion from sleepless nights with her newborn. Pregnant movie star Claudia Planchette arrives at Les Sprogs to try on maternity swimsuits. Ruby accidentally glimpses the unclothed Claudia through a crack in the dressing room curtains --- and can't believe her eyes. The supposedly expectant star is wearing a bodysuit with a fake six-months-pregnant belly. But why? It makes no sense, and eventually Ruby persuades herself that Claudia must have been wearing a maternity girdle.

While at the hospital giving her layette talk to wealthy expectant mothers, Ruby learns they are dieting in hopes of remaining as thin as the much-publicized movie star moms. This is a sickening turn of events and Ruby is horrified at the thought of mothers denying their unborn babies (as well as themselves) nourishment because of vanity.

Ruby and Sam's paths cross again when she attends Fi's infant son's ritual circumcision. When, under the influence of a mixture of painkillers and champagne, she nearly passes out, Sam attends to her. Yet another inauspicious meeting, to say the least, especially after Ruby chatters drunkenly, saying things she can only eternally regret. Sam is undeterred, however, and the two are magnetically drawn together into the beginning of a blissful relationship.

In the midst of her joy with Sam, Ruby confronts mysteries. What are the calls Sam receives that so obviously trouble him, but that he refuses to discuss? What's the hinted-at story with his brother? What bizarre happenings surround the celebrity mothers at St. Luke's? Is Sam truly the person she believes he is?

GUCCI GUCCI COO is part mystery and part romance, laden with hysterically funny scenes and characters readers will believe they've been friends with for years. Sue Margolis juggles and weaves several storylines, employing unforeseen twists in the tale culminating in an unforgettable climax --- which all makes for perfect escape reading on a lazy summer's afternoon.

--- Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon (terryms2001@yahoo.com)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ehh... 28 Aug. 2007
By Holly M. K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was a bit different than typical "chick lit." However, perhaps sticking to the "formula" for writing chick lit would have been a better idea for Margolis.

It's a good story, and she generally makes her characters likeable, which is the strongest point of the book. The plot lines are a bit far fetched with Sam's (the male love interest) family associations and a hospital's ethics. But it is interesting despite those things.

I think this book is suited well for someone looking for something light and mindless to read. In other words, "Gucci Gucci Coo" (which could be the cutest title I have ever heard) is the perfect summer beach/pool side read. I enjoyed reading it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cheesey Title, Great Story 5 Feb. 2008
By Steph B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Running Les Sprogs, an elite baby boutique, is the perfect opportunity for Ruby Silverman. It gives her the chance to work towards her dream of opening her own shop.

Though she enjoys her line of work and the direction her life is headed in, she can't help but to feel a little pressure to find the right man and maybe start a family of her own. When she heads over to her parents house one day, she gets hit with the most unexpected news ... Her mother is pregnant. Ruby discovers that she will be a 32 year old older sister and it sort of scares her. If she's not mistaken, the shoe should definitely be on the other foot and she should be the one starting a new family.

Luckily for her she has another job at St. Luke's Hospital to keep her occupied. She gets a chance to talk to expectant mothers and give them advice about items they will need for their newborn babies.

Upon leaving an appointment of her own, Ruby bumps into a devastatingly handsome American gynecologist by the name of Sam Epstein, who she meets under the most embarrassing of situations. Their paths cross again through her best friend and they hit it off immediately. But she can't help but to be a bit suspicious when some clues lead her to believe that the utterly sexy Sam may be a part of some shady business dealings going on at the hospital.

Between trying to get to the bottom of all the hospital drama, figuring out if Sam is the man she thought he was, being there for her best friends Fi and Chanel and convincing her mom that she won't be a singleton forever Ruby has a lot on her plate.

GUCCI GUCCI COO is a hilarious tale with great twists and an even greater ending.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Boring at first, but soon picks up 6 Jan. 2007
By Heidi L. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be rather boring at the beginning. Besides trying to decipher the British English (since it varies so much from American English) nothing was really reeling me in. I'm glad I continued on, though.

The mystery definitely drew me in. Unlike the other reviewer, I enjoyed the sex scenes. I didn't find them crude or distasteful at all.

While the ending was awfully Hollywoodish for me, it was still a good mindless read.
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