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The Last Year of Being Single (Red Dress Ink) [Paperback]

Sarah Tucker
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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19 Sep 2003 Red Dress Ink
A must-read for any woman hoping to find Mr. Right. Told in a diary format, THE LAST YEAR OF BEING SINGLE documents a year in the life of 29-year-old Sarah Giles as she finds herself torn between two men, and figuring out what she wants from life. To an outsider it would appear that Sarah has found the perfect mate in her boyfriend of five years, Paul. He's handsome, financially secure and can throw a great dinner party--but what outsiders don't know is that Sarah has been in a sexless relationship for four of those years. So when Sarah meets John Wayne (what a name!) and their casual flirty relationship turns to something more intoxicating, things really become complicated. Torn between two men and two marriage proposals, Sarah does everything she can to write her own happy ending....

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette Books; First Edition edition (19 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373250401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373250400
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 12.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,967,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sarah Tucker is an award winning journalist, broadcaster and author, having written seven novels to date and two travel books HAVE BABY WILL TRAVEL and HAVE TODDLER WILL TRAVEL. She devised and presented the award winning Jazz Fm Travel Guide, featuring the best of blues and jazz from around the world, and interviewing celebrities about their worst and most unusual travel experiences. She was also a travel correspondent for Classic Fm and Sky News, and presented reports for the BBC Holiday Program. While three months pregnant she retraced the footsteps of the goldrush stampeders from Skagway Alaska to Dawson City in the Yukon, for the Discovery Channel. She's also anchored the ITV series I WANT THAT HOUSE REVISITED, interviewing buyers of property around the world. Sarah freelances for most of the nationals and womens' consumer titles and is travel editor of the Sheengate Group of titles covering most of Surrey and SW London. More details about Sarah including her regular blog can be found on (Ipad and iphone compatible) and (broadcast).

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'A painfully honest and emotionally raw diary. Tucker's novel is much more than your standard chick-lit tale' -- Irish Examiner

'Tucker tackles infidelity, abortion and sexual repression with aplomb...' -- The Daily Mirror

'Tucker's debut novel is much more than your standard
chick-lit tale. Bridget Jones with real problems.' -- The Press Association

'an amusing but at times serious look at modern day relationships. Sarah Tucker’s novel is a fun character study' -- The Book Review

From the Publisher

A book every woman should read before she gets married! Witty, insightful, often painfully honest, this is an entertaining and thought-provoking novel that holds a mirror up to modern relationships.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal, contemptible trash 14 Jan 2004
This novel is inept in every possible way.
For a start - the dull, meandering 'plot': should the heroine remain faithful to sleazy knobhead boyfriend for whom she has a deep spiritual lurve or should she have an affair with sleazy knobhead colleague who is a rampant sexual animal? She drivels on about this for 200-odd pages. It's like being stuck inside the head of a particularly idiotic, self-obsessed teenage girl.
The characters hardly even qualify as one-dimensional - they are just collections of designer labels, cliched likes and dislikes, and flat, boring conversations, mostly about nipples or marriage. The dialogue is much like listening teenagers wittering on at the back of a bus, only less insightful and interesting. The heroine is completely unconvincing - we are constantly told how intelligent and special she is. She is not. The author attempts to imitate the style of Bridget Jones's Diary ('Must go to gym', 'Must stop obsessing about X' etc etc), but lacks Helen Fielding's skill and wit and ends up with a novel that reads like a shopping list. It is full of irritating mistakes: her friend is 'bonking' a yoga instructor who turns into an aerobics instructor a few lines later; she makes a big deal about wearing trousers for her hot date with the sleazy colleague, then later, back at his house, she has apparently changed into a skirt.
Chick-lit can be fun - a guilty pleasure, like watching Trisha in bed. But this is just shoddy, cynical crap. Avoid
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Julia
....And after that delightful introduction, I shall endeavour to be a little more articulate.

God, I hate this book. So much, in fact, that I am unable to finish it. I detest the writing style. It is odd. Like this. Stop start. A few words. Then a pause. Then some more words. Then stop.

Irritating, no?!?!

I love nothing more than a good chick lit novel. This really is dire, though. Inane, waffling drivel. And, Ye Gods!!! There is a sequel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 20 Feb 2010
To save repeating what other reviewers have put - this book is rubbish. It's one of the most poorly written, flat, one dimensional books I've ever read. We are supposed to believe this adulturous, yet very sexy, beautiful, intelligent, free spirited etc etc etc protagonist really really loves her boyfriend Paul - yet falls in love with a man whose first conversation with her makes constant references to her nipples - and it disintegrates from there. Some parts of the book descend unashamedly into porn territory. Now I am no prude, and I know that some "racy" language should be expected with chick lit, but Ive never read a book before which is meant to be light hearted, funny chick lit yet is stuffed to the brim with explicit descriptions of sex. The conversations are completely unbelievable and the dialogue is just beyond words.

Please don't waste any money on this poorly written book with it's one dimensional and cliched characters and appalling layout and style. The author must be rubbing her hands together with glee that she has managed to fleece anyone out of their money to buy it. Thankfully, I borrowed the copy I read and hence didnt have to pay for it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Crude impersonation of chick-lit 11 Jan 2012
By Rose CT
This book is supposed to be "honest, wickedly funny and sexy". I found it crude and uninteresting. I was hoping for a Bridget Jones style read, but found myself with flat characters in a semi-pornographic romp. I got a third of the way through and gave up!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 4 Feb 2010
I've read some trashy novels in my time, but nothing as poorly executed as this. The characters are complete stereotypes with no dimension whatsoever; the heroine is the shallowest 'woman' I have ever encountered, and the plot is as thin as rice paper. The book is full of mistakes as well, as mentioned by other reviewers. I would not recommend this book at all and I would hate to think of it getting into the hands of an impressionable teenager.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tries to write another Bridgit Jones - fails. 20 Oct 2003
By A Customer
The worst kind of modern romantic fiction. Ms Tucker is clearly trying to emulate Feilding's groundbreaking Bridgit Jones, but falls well short.
The last year of being single has a thin plot and no character development. Whilst I appreciate that the language of the narrative is stylised, it is full of grammatical errors and inconsistencies which make for disjointed reading.
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