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Remind Me Again Why I Need a Man [Paperback]

Claudia Carroll
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1 Jan 2008

Ever since she was a little girl, all Amelia Lockwood has ever wanted is to get married. The Tiffany ring, the Vera Wang dress ... the whole shebang. The car, the gorgeous flat and three fabulous friends only go so far in consoling her now that she's in her thirties and still not married.

So when Amelia hears about a course that promises she'll be saying 'I do' before the year is out, she jumps at the chance to enrol.

What Amelia doesn't realize is that a fundamental principle of the course is that you need to revisit all your past relationships to work out where you went wrong. In single-minded pursuit of her ultimate goal Amelia gets in touch with every ex-boyfriend she's ever had - right back to age sixteen - with some surprising results!


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819342
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a hilariously funny, extremely accomplished book that I challenge any woman to read it with a straight face" (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

"Hilarious... If you are single, married, desperate, blissful or merely content, this book is definitely for you." (FIRST MAGAZINE)

"A fun, frothy read, which addresses serious issues about relationships underneath the humour." (MY WEEKLY)

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The Tiffany ring, the Vera Wang wedding dress... just how far is Amelia prepared to go?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 7 Sep 2008
By XTina
Format:Paperback
I looked at this book's title originally and didnt think much of it. I opened it really just to see what the fuss was about (my sister was reading it). Read the first page and was hooked. Literally. It's light, funny and a fantastic read, I could barely put the book down. The book follows one woman and her friends as she attempts to figure out what she does wrong in relationships by tracking down her ex-es, and yes sometimes the book is a little larger than life, but sometimes that's exactly what's needed in my opinion! If you like light, chick-lit books then i would definitely recommend this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read - entertaining 29 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up as present for my friend who had split up with her boyfriend.. but as she quickly got back together with him, decided it was a bit tactless and kept the book for myself.
It was easy and entertaining to read - I read it over a weekend stuck indoors because of bad weather! I liked the main character but did find it cheesy and unrealistic on the whole.. but sometimes there's nothing wrong with cheesy and unrealistic when you want some escapism!
The book was well written - and I liked the idea behind the book but must admit found the ending disappointing and very sudden! Would recommend though!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woweee 12 May 2008
Format:Paperback
Im usually a slow reader but I didnt put this down! Having read some of the other comments im dissapointed at people's lack of imagination...some of the characters are really far fetched but it is really hilarious, i laughed out loud every five minutes and the book really comes to life as you can picture the characters and the situations! If you want a book which is lighthearted, funny and one you can get lost in this is it! Sometimes you need something that is far from reality so that you can get sooo lost in it and forget your own life and this does the trick! the characters are funny, the storyline is hilarious and adventurous and the ending i actually found realistic and uplifting. Dont miss out on this, its well worth the read, especially if like myself your a bit of a cynical gal who wonders if the perfect man does exist anywhere in the world! READ IT, JUST DO IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 31 Aug 2012
By Enny
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Claudia Carroll - she's a great story teller and I loved this story immensely. It was everything that I've come to expect of Ms Carroll.

The story itself was well on its way to five stars. Even when I realised that the story was incomplete. It ends what seems to be halfway through the story. Even that didn't bother me too much... except there is no sequel. Unless that is still in the pipeline but it seems unlikely as this was published around 2008.

Very frustrating - not a single loose end tied up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and funny! And a surprise ending! 6 Nov 2008
By RW
Format:Paperback
I loved this book, it made me laugh out loud. It found it to be funny and insightful and I loved all the characters. I did get slightly bored a couple of chapters from the end, because things started to get a bit repetitive there. But, the ending more than made up for that! I'd love to write a bit more about it, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely light and entertaining read 22 Feb 2008
By Katie H
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book, it was a fairly original idea for chick lit, well written and a really funny read. Yes, the bad ex characters were a little cliched but the situations Amelia got herself into made me laugh anyway. I liked her friends, especially Jamie, although their characters could probably have been developed more, especially the complex Rachel who probably deserves a book of her own.

I liked the fact that the ending wasn't entirely predictable although I think there needs to be a sequel now! Perfect holiday reading although I agree that you may look a bit sad reading it in public given the title..!

Have ordered Claudia Carroll's other books and hope they're as good!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow 31 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
I suppose it's unfair to compare this piece of fluff with the mistress of the genre, Marian Keyes, but I was having a very pleasurable chick-lit readathon and read this one after the joyous Ms Keyes. Ouch. The story idea is excellent, but the characters were so shallowly drawn I was surprised to discover this is something like her 3rd or 4th book.
There was absolutely no voyage of discovery or life lessons learnt, just three sketchily drawn best friends who utterly conformed to stereotype - the vampy single friend, the bitchy gay friend, the sweet married friend with kids - plus a main character with no mixed feelings, contrary behaviour or inner life whatsoever. These characters change not a jot within the novel, and some promising leads about their lives remain undeveloped.
The premise is that Amelia is 38 and unhappily single. She enrols in a course which aims to show her where she went wrong, by making her connect with all her old boyfriends and getting the lowdown from then on why she didn't measure up as a long-term partner. Rather than developing it into a look why many lovely, seemingly normal women remain single into their 30s and 40s, it goes for cheap laughs by setting up a series of set pieces and a lot of (not very good) one liners. The ex who was actually gay! The ex who was a serial cheat! The ex who became a priest! The ex who was a conman! Basically all the main character discovers * SPOILER * is that she chooses lame men but other than that is utterly wonderful and perfect. I give it two stars cos it's a good idea, and there are some snappy one liners.
Oh yeah, and with a title like that, you wouldn't want to read it on the train.
Good chick-lit draws you in, wraps you up, comforts you and makes you learn something about yourself and the ways of the world. Poor check-lit gives the rest of the genre a bad name. A good idea wasted, and deeply unsatisfying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic chick-lit!
Fantastic comedy romance book. Definitely recommend it to anyone like me who loves chick-lit. The perfect easy read that you can put down and pick up at your leisure. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ette
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected!!
I thought it was going to be your typical girl meets boy, up downs and happy ever after..... well this shows that happy ever after isn't always what you expect, and with ups and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Louise E Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars to funny
I brought this for my kindle... i did not buy it because i was going through a break up or because i hate men its simply because i love "claudia carroll" i am currently reading all... Read more
Published 16 months ago by hayley
2.0 out of 5 stars I was deceived!
The book wasnt bad but I honestly wanted to be reminded why a girl needs a man when the book doesnt do that AT ALL! Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by HP
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good book and good quality although I thought it was brand new when purchased! But cheap so cannot really complain. Thanks for quick delivery.
Published on 10 April 2011 by dede
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to its title
What a waste of paper! I was completely fooled by the title and was very disappointed. I won't bother reading any more of Carroll's books. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2008 by Love reading
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh please......
What a rubbish book! The plot is a good one, a girl seeking out ex boyfriends to see where she went wrong..... but the author made everything so unrealistic it wasn't fun. Read more
Published on 22 May 2008 by M. J. Ottway
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable, couldn't put down
I would highly recommend this book, initially when the main character kept side-lining off into memories of her ex-boyfriends, I thought I wouldn't be able to get through it - but,... Read more
Published on 29 April 2008 by Gimme Gompo
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