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Split Ends Paperback – 6 Sep 2001


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (6 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747268339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747268338
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 18 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Light-hearted, funny and enjoyable' Wiltshire Times (Wiltshire Times)

'Fun, likeable and recognisable characters...The author is on a rising curve' the Bookseller

'This warm story about the bonds of friendship explores just how elastic they can be' Belfast Telegraph (Belfast Telegraph)

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The hilarious new novel from the author of MISBEHAVING and FLY-FISHING

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "suez1979" on 23 Jun 2004
Format: Paperback
Sarah Harvey has done it again. With a fast paced, truly hilarious story line, this is definitely one of her best pieces of work. The characters of Grace, Olivia, Tanya and Louis take us on a ride of love, life and LOTS of laughs in this fantastic novel that's guaranteed to have you in stiches and glued to your seat until you've read the very last word.
Convinced that Grace is making the biggest mistake of her life by marrying boring, no-personality Stuart, Oliva, Tanya and Louis go to great lengths to save their friend from a fate worse than death. The deep friendships and captivating, meaningful dialog keeps this novel going from the very first word until the very last with no lagging or slow parts in the middle.
Sarah Harvey is truly my favourite author with her charismatic story telling of wit, truth and realism that is so present in every single one of her novels. This novel is the epitome of 'Entertainment On A Page'.
READ IT - YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!
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Having read previous reviews of this book, its obvious you either love it or you hate it, and I have to say, I loved it. It's light, fluffy and funny. Yes, the plot is far-fetched in places, but you can never say it's boring! In many ways, it reminded me of the Bridget Jones stories with the gang of close friends - 3 girls and a gay fella....

I liked the fact that the heroine works hard for a living and is passionate about her restaurant. It makes such a change from heroines working in PR, the City, Estate Agents etc. Ollie was proud of what she had achieved, and determined not to let anyone take it away from her. Yes, she makes mistakes - some big ones - but it makes her all the more likeable.

I have to say some things in the writing did irritate me - in particular, the constant use of brand names. It didn't add to my enjoyment or understanding of the book to know who manufactured the hero's shirt.

But all in all, I enjoyed it. Not quite as good as Misbehaving. But good all the same.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb 2002
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You know that little tingle of excitement you get when you find a new author that you like? Well, I've got that now! I've just finished Split Ends and I'm ready to go out and find Fly-Fishing and Misbehaving (Long Division will have to wait until it's out in paperback!) I hate to categorize authors and types of books, but I know it's helpful when you're trying to make a decision about an author you may not have read before. Split Ends is not heavy, plot and character-intensive reading. It's also not wacky satire or mindless, over-the-top fluff. It's a nice, sweet romantic farce about four good friends (Ollie, Tanya, Louis, and Grace) and the mayhem that ensues when one of the four (Grace) becomes engaged. It's not that her friends don't want her to marry, it's just that the guy she's engaged to is so BORING (with sweaty palms to boot). On the surface, this sounds so shallow, but it isn't written that way. Ollie, Tanya, and Louis just want Grace to be happy and they are firmly convinced that a marriage between Grace and Stuart (with a "ua") would never be happy. The central character is Ollie (Olivia) and a nicer heroine you'll never meet. She's not perfect (she wouldn't be involved in these hair-brained escapades if she was!) but she's not (fill in the blank) : scatty, self-centered, obsessed about her weight, involved in an unhealthy relationship with her mother (SHE DOESN'T CALL HER MOTHER ONCE IN THE BOOK!), a slacker at work, trapped in a dead-end job until she finds her true vocation in PR, pop music, magazine publishing, etc, or always involved with ratty men. She is a bit thick about men, but aren't/weren't we all? Tanya is the stereotypical tart with a heart of gold, and Louis is a fairly stereotypical flamboyant gay guy.Read more ›
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Split Ends is pure silliness, which is ok if that's what you're looking for. The plot is silly, the constant drinking is silly, the characters are silly and the storyline is silly - so what's good about the book? Well, you could say it's funny in places, but there are far too many parables - like every other sentence. I suppose if read in the right frame of mind ... something to take your mind off something else ... it's ok. I think - from having now read two of Sarah Harvey's books - I've come to the conclusion that each is simply a variation on the previous. Even the words the characters speak are the same ... everyone's 'Babe'...ugh. Shame, because Sarah Harvey obviously has a way with words.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2003
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Split Ends is the story of four close friends: Olivia/Ollie (a stroppy, incompetent restaurant owner), Tanya (a fashion victim/nymphomaniac), Louis (a campy, OTT gay guy), and Grace (the only halfway-sane one of the bunch). When Grace finds herself a boyfriend, Stuart, whom her snotty, shallow friends find boring and un-cool (because he doesn't go club-hopping and drink himself unconscious every night), they spare no effort to split up the happy couple, including a hefty dose of laxatives in the unsuspecting Stuart's chocolate cake. If this sort of sophomoric and cruel humour has you chortling, this is just the book for you. Otherwise, give this one a miss.
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