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Love Inc.

Love Inc. [Kindle Edition]

Yvonne Collins , Sandy Rideout
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Your Relationship Is Our Business

Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents’ marriages hadn’t fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counselling, they discover they have something else in common: they've each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways.

Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc.

About the Author

Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout met as teens while working in a public library, where instead of shelving books, they talked about boys, clothes and beauty products. Sandy now works in corporate communications and Yvonne on film and TV camera crews. They still talk about boys, clothes and beauty products, but have decided to share what they'd learnt by collaborating on a number of books for teens, including Love, Inc., Paper Cuts, and The Black Sheep. Both authors live in Toronto, Canada.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 682 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (26 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB7JO6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Zahra Ahmed-Macduff is a `Scotistani' Texan, half Scottish and half Pakistani, 15 year old high school girl who ends up in group therapy, (affectionately termed `Crazy Class') along with other teens who are not handling their parents' separation well.

Zahra blames her situation on her Pakistani grandparents, who are staying indefinitely and are very antagonistic towards her father. Just as she feels her life can't get any worse, she discovers her boyfriend's been cheating on her with two of the girls she has met at group therapy - Kali and Syd. The three of them decide to take revenge on Rico, aka Rick, aka Eric and form a strong friendship into the bargain. The revenge plan and subsequent actions result in the three girls forming a business together. Love, Inc. provides; mediation services, surveillance, break-up management, matchmaking, relationship coaching and revenge - all for a price! Through word of mouth the cash soon starts pouring in, and whilst each of the girls seem to be achieving strong results in their own areas of Love, Inc. expertise, none of them seem to be making any headway in their own personal and relationship issues within their home environments.

The story is narrated by Zahra, who constantly struggles with self-esteem and her multi-cultural background as she compares herself to the artfully talented, if somewhat loner - Syd and the pretty, musically minded and confident Kali. However, she builds on her confidence through their business and her skill at relationship mediation - something she has also found herself tied up in within her own personal family situation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Contemporary 5 Dec 2011
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Cute contemporary romance! This is a John Tucker Must Die kind of book. You know? All the girls are dating the same boy and when they realize it they plan a list of adventures to teach him a lesson. Down right hilarious in parts! Characters are all so diverse this will appeal to many.

The girls set up their own business to help other girls in their relationship problems. What a novel idea! What is great is that the girls develop a relationship from strangers to best friends. Something good came out of all of it.

I enjoyed it! I'm enjoying a lot of contemporary right now and this one was fun!
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3.0 out of 5 stars love inc 25 Sep 2011
Love Inc is one of those books who girls who love romantic contemporary fiction will devour eagerly and be left wanting more about the three main character and their madcap adventures.

The story revolves around three girls who meet at therapy. They're there because of their divorced or divorcing parents to ensure they don't go off the rails and when they meet they find out they have a whole lot more in common. It turns out they have all been seeing the same boy who has been willingly triple-timing them. Rather than turning against each other they put their heads together and do something together to teach him a lesson.

The stunt they pull becomes infamous and off the back of it the girls form their own business called "Love Inc" set up to help others deal with all their relationship issues both positive and negative.

The beauty of this book is the relationship built up between the three main characters who start as virtual strangers but end up as the best of friends despite the fact they are all totally different personalities. The story managed to be both funny and heartfelt all the way through. The story would also appeal to a a good mix of different girls as the main characters were so diverse.

All in all a really sweet story which a nice and easy read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! 22 April 2011
By Savannah (Books With Bite) - Published on
Don't you just hate being burned by a guy? Especially one that cheated on you with not one but three girls? Zahara, Kaili and Syd, all got burned by the same guy. What was originally planned as a revenge plot turned into a whole new business, Love, Inc. In this they offer services such as revenge, counseling, match-making and such. Although they had no idea that even though the business will take off, they all still have a lot to learn.

This book was a cute and fun read. I enjoyed watching all the girls become close as sisters. Instead of turning on each other, the held on to each other helping each other through the pain.They were there for each other through thick and thin, like true sisters.

Some of the stuff they came up as revenge was so funny! I was laughing my head off enjoying these girls take revenge on the cheaters. The had some very good advice to give and certainly were not selfish. When it came time for one them who need help and money, they bonded together, helping her out.

The love aspect in the book were very eye-opening. I loved reading about relationships and seeing them grow. Syd had a hard time letting go. Kali just flirted with everyone. And Zahara was just left out. I was happy to see a boy take notice on her. He did act like a toddler just picking on her. Zahara had no idea he even like her. Way to go buddy!

If you are looking for a cute and fun read, then read this. It has some great advice, some good revenge, and great friendship!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children 13 Mar 2011
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on
Fifteen-year-old Zahra and her new friends Kali and Syd did not intentionally set out to form their own company. Rather, the pieces all fell into place shortly after they met in group therapy for teens in difficult family situations, when they found out that the same boy had been dating each of them simultaneously. Such a cheat deserved revenge and the scheme that the girls cooked up was so outlandish that the results made the press, with clients who would pay for various relationship services not far behind.

Their consulting business, Love Inc., had a straightforward mission: to bring people together in happiness until a relationship runs its course and then help them to find closure. Their services included surveillance, mediation, breakup management, matchmaking, and relationship coaching, with fees averaging out to about thirty dollars per hour. Each girl would get one quarter of the cash, with the remainder going back to the company. Barter instead of cash worked as well, with all in-kind payments auctioned for money on eBay. Their other service, revenge, remained off the formal menu so as to protect the integrity of their enterprise, but they would consider customer requests on a case-by-case basis. The girls liked the control that the added cash gave them over their lives, but little did they expect some of the complications that could arise from the sparks that their services had the potential to send flying.

This young-adult novel wraps an informative lesson about entrepreneurship and startup companies into a delightfully entertaining story about teenage romance, friendship, and family relations. The authors do a good job in developing the personalities of the main characters and communicating what makes them tick. The book is rather long due to a growing number of sub-plots and secondary characters, but it still makes for a fun read with substantive content.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and fun with a surprising amount of depth 24 Jan 2012
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Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout was such a fun read. I loved it! It was just exactly what I needed. A lot of cute and funny with just enough seriousness and depth tossed in that I didn't find myself bored or rolling my eyes.

Zahara was a great character. She is intelligent, motivated and loving, but she's got a lot to learn about life as well. I thought that the authors here gave us a great mixture of confidence and uncertainty. Zahara is in high school, which is always rough. But, add in that it's a brand new high school, which means she needs all new friends and her parents are going through a separation and it's easy to see why she's having a hard time, and why she's so happy to spend time with Rico, her new boyfriend.

I loved watching Zahara try to regain control of her world. She tends to utilize extreme thinking, swinging from one extremity to the other swiftly, which I thought was perfectly suited to her character. One of my favorite moments was when she decided she was going to take control of her parenting, demote her parents to a back seat role, and just not tell them. :)

When her parents force her into group therapy for kids whose families are going through a split, she's not expecting to gain anything from the 'experience'. But instead of spending a miserable hour with a bunch of weirdos once a week, Zahara discovers two of the best friends a girl could have- and who knew?! The three girls are, at first glance, completely opposite and ill suited for friendship. Zahara, Syd and Kali each have their own issues to work through, but when they realize that the same guy has been playing all three of them, they decide to work out at least one of their issues together, and all sorts of wonderful mayhem ensues. And can I just add that I love the idea of 'framily'? It just worked!

I'll admit that there were times when the plot was a little predictable. I saw several big events coming from a long way off, but I found myself completely okay with that. I never knew exactly how the events would develop and I was enjoying the characters so much I was completely okay with knowing a bit of what's coming up.

I think I've heard mention of a sequel to this in the works, and I have mixed feelings about it. I can see where the authors have room for a sequel, and I even think I know a few of the things that might happen. On the one hand, I definitely feel like this novel could easily stand alone, and a large part of me feels that it should be left to stand alone. I got a great sense of closure and ending from the story, and believe that things are going to work out well for these great people, but that actually needing to read about how they get there would ruin it for me.
The other part of me would love to read what else these girls get themselves into, and how they work out more of what's got them down. And really, it's not like they actually learned their lessons the first time around. :)
I'm sure I'll end up reading the sequel if what I've heard is true, and there really are plans for the second. I can only hope I like the sequel as much I enjoyed the first.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 1 Nov 2011
By Erika Rusch - Published on
Love Inc. features Zahra, a teenage girl going through a rough patch in her life. Her parents are splitting and she doesnt want that to happen. Her parents put her in group counseling where she meets flirty Kali and mysterious Sydney. They all gush about their boyfriends to one another and how their boyfriends are like their rock. Or so they think. They soon discover that their boyfriends are one person, that they're all being played by the same guy. So they take revenge. After taking revenge on their ex, a friend from their group therapy asks them for help in her relationship and offers to pay. They accept and soon it turns into a business, Love Inc. Throughout the book they bond over their business which offers revenge, matchmaking, mediating, and more. They become sisters, sticking by each other's side the whole way.

I think this book offers a lot of good advice to young teenage girls, whether its dealing with parents separating or some kind of love issue, this book has some good solid words of wisdom to offer. This is a fun book to read and I think its great for teenage girls.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Girly, and Super Cute! 20 Sep 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
After devouring Girl v. Boy by Yvonne and Sandy, I was ecstatic to read their next book! Love, Inc. This cute, girly, fun read is full of revenge, love, friendship, and some yummy desserts!

The main character Zahra is going through a little rough patch. Her grandparents from Pakistan show up and all of a sudden her parent's relationship is on the rocks and Zahra finds herself in group therapy. Baking and Rico seem to be the only two things keeping her sane. However, once she meets Kali and Syd, Zahra finds herself some unlikely confidants. The three, oddly matched friends soon find that they have one little thing in common; His name is Eric, or Rico, or Rick; it just depends on what girl he happens to be with at the moment.

When these girls come up with a plan of revenge, they have no idea it would change their lives forever. Soon the idea of Love, Inc. is born and with that comes a big list of changes. The girls ultimately learn to be better friends as well as great entrepreneurs!

Zahra along with her two supporting characters, Kali and Syd, are three girls that will stay with me for a long time. Zahra is sweet, always thinking of and doing for someone else. She is the type of character that is endearingly nerdy but so kick-butt at the same time. I wish I could say I was half as awesome as her. Her two best friends, Kali and Syd are two peas from two VERY DIFFERENT pods. Kali comes across as the pretty, talented, tree-hugging, airhead. However, she is strong, smart, and has a lot of great ideas when it comes to their little business. Syd is a girl who one would call an onion. She has lots of layers. Syd comes off as tough and very "I hate the whole world" however, she is just hurt by her parents and Eric and she really just doesn't know how to deal. Underneath all of her anger, Syd is really a big sweetheart. I love all three of these characters! Yvonne and Sandy did a superb job sticking to the right personalities. I was able to see the characters grow an exceptional amount throughout the book without losing sight of who they really were.

The title of the book, Love, Inc., would lose a lot of importance if it weren't for a little romance, right? Well this book sure has it! After their initial act as a group, revenge on the ex-boyfriend, the three girls actually spend a lot of time trying to fix up couples. There were so many relationship issues touched upon on this book; I found it really interesting and entertaining how they all coped with each individual issue. Aside from fixing up couples, Zahra finds herself in a romance, or two, or three. First there is Riaz, the apple of Zahra's grandmother's eye. He is Pakistan, cute, confident, and just the type of boy you bring home to mommy. After things fizzle with Riaz, there is Andrew. He is your perfect, preppy guy; athletic, good-looking, and nice. Sadly, things didn't work out with Andrew either. Just when Zahra is about to give up for good (a position that MANY teen girls have found themselves in), Kali mentions her older, extremely good-looking brother, Brody. Regardless of his annoying confidence and irritating remarks, Zahra can't seem to get him out of her mind. But after watching their parent's failed relationships as well as seeing theirs go down the drain, will these girls be able to move on and find live again?

I recommend this great little book to most girls, especially if you are fans of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg! Definitely a very cute book dealing with boys, heartbreak, revenge, and finding love again.

(Yes, I found it very reminiscent of that book, and I mean that in the best way possible!)
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