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The Chocolate Run [Paperback]

Dorothy Koomson
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Book Description

7 Feb 2008

Amber Salpone doesn't mean to keep ending up in bed with her friend Greg Walterson, but she can't help herself. And every time it 'just happens' their secret affair moves closer to being a real relationship, which is a big problem when he's a womaniser and she's a commitment-phobe.

While Amber struggles to accept her new feelings for Greg, she also realises that her closeness to Jen, her best friend, is slipping away and the two of them are becoming virtual strangers. Slowly but surely, as the stark truths of all their lives are revealed, Amber has to confront the fact that chocolate can't cure everything and sometimes running away isn't an option . . .

The Chocolate Run is a delectable tale of lust, love and chocolate.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751539686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751539684
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I wrote my first (unpublished) novel when I was 13 - and I've been making up stories ever since.

After finishing my masters degree, I had several temping jobs before getting my big break in journalism working on small newspaper. In the evenings I continued to write fiction and in 2001 I had the idea for The Cupid Effect. Two years later it hit the shelves and my career as a published novelist began.

In 2006 my third novel, My Best Friend's Girl, was published and was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club - going on to sell over 500,000 copies. To date I've written six bestseller list books, and they have been translated into 28 languages across the world.

I live near Brighton and am currently working on another book and a screenplay. Find out more info at

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For My Best Friend's Girl: 'Totally enjoyable' New Woman ** 'A funny, quirky read' Company ** 'Colourful characters and witty writing' Heat ** 'Hilarious' Hot Stars ** 'When a novel breezes along as lightly as this, you simply cannot put it down' What's On in London ** 'I was laughing and crying from page one. Koomson deals with grown up issues: friendship, death, betrayal and forgiveness - a very moving read' Adele Parks One of the funniest, most unusual books you'll ever read. Be careful, this book may change your life (and viewing habits)., A laugh-out-loud, feelgood page-turner., Dorothy Koomson makes an impressive debut with a quirky, original, wise novel. This is a totally enjoyable story full of believable characters and situations., A hilarious read., A funny, quirky read.

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A scrumptiously funny and moving tale of love, lust and confectionery. Who needs love when you've got chocolate?

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 25 April 2004
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Purely and simply, a delight. Resist the urge to assume Koomson is justanother chick-lit author - Chocolate Run, like Cupid before, has so muchmore to offer than all those other pink-bound lipstick sagas. Warm, funnyand effortlessly intelligent, The Chocolate Run is a must have for any fanof laugh-out-loud tell-yer-friends literature. Surely destined for bigthinks, read up on your Koomson so you can say you were there at thebeginning!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted and Fun 4 Feb 2008
This is the fourth book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed it more than Marshmallows for Breakfast and The Cupid Effect but my favourite is still My Best Friends Girl. This story follows Amber Salpone as she battles with her love life, friends and family. Should she take the ultimate gamble and start dating a friend? The story continuously refers back to chocolate and I will certainly never look at people or chocolate in the same way again. Her office workers provide further amusement to the story and the characters are very believable. I found the book very enjoyable, it actually made me laugh out loud in places. I'd recommend this book as a light hearted and enjoyable read.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Anyone who enjoyed Dorothy Koomson's first novel, 2003's The Cupid Effect, will love her latest book. Set in the familiar Cupid setting of Leeds, the story follows protoganist, narrator and chocolate-obsessive Amber as she embarks on a proper relationship with womaniser Greg. The pair have been friends for ages and Amber knows all about Greg's chequered past, but she's thrown off balance when he announces she's his one true love. Should she risk their friendship? And does any man compare to her favourite chocolate bar? This is a more mature work than Cupid, delving deeper into romantic and friendship issues that we've all faced at one time or another, and Koomson's quick wit and insight into insecurities and incidental details of life make this a novel you can relate to, laugh at and cry with. Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful !!! 19 July 2007
By Philda
I loved this book from the first page.It was so funny and somehow realistic for those of us who don't face life head on but need a nudge to engage.The book will keep you interested until the last page and then you will re-read it and it will still be as wonderful as the first time.The book is about relationship deal breakers and how life sometimes makes us compromise on these.Go ahead and buy the book and you'll never regret it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just silly... 3 Oct 2010
By Charlie
I bought this book purely because I loved the Ice Cream Girls (also by Dorothy Koomson) but I was so disappointed. As a chick-lit book it's OK, but it is no where near as good as the Ice Cream Girls. I found the main character Amber very annoying and childish and could not get my head around why her and Greg felt the need to hide their relationship from Matt and Jen for as long as they did, and as for the chocolate sniffing - well that was just silly. Don't buy this. Buy the Ice Cream Girls instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my chicken soup book 5 Feb 2010
By Sophie
I love this book pure and simple. Its my chicken soup book, it lives next to my bed so i always have it when im sad, tired, ill or whatever. It's genuinely hilarious, fun, sweet and the characters feel real. Amber's world is quirky and occasionally strange but you can't help being drawn in and i love the footnotes! Basically it's a a sweet romantic comedy with some drama and gritty reality. I've only read one other Dorothy Koomson, Marshmallows for Breakfast, which i thought was good but very angsty. I would recommend her but more i would recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 20 Feb 2011
I'm a huge fan of Koomson's books, and this has to be one of my favourite. In most of her books Koomson deals with the deeper, darker issues - rape, physical or mental abuse, abandonment issues - and does so very capably, with an honesty and sensitivity that truly make you feel for her characters. The Chocolate Run, however, is much lighter, and I have to say possibly my favourite for exactly that reason.
The relationship between Amber and Greg is both entertaining and realistic, the characters likeable and easy to relate to. The plot moves at a comfortable pace, and the ending is satisfying without pandering to the Happily Ever After one comes to expect from "chicklit".
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more. Luckily, Koomson has plenty other books to sink your teeth into - all of which are equally engaging!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chocolate Run 19 July 2009
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Don't read this if you're on a chocolate free diet!!! Dorothy uses her excellent psychologial knowledge to comapre people/incidents to varities of chocolate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Chococlate Run
A good book by this author. I bought this from the second hand books. Value for money. I would recommend you read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs B
3.0 out of 5 stars love Dorothy Koomson
good book very funny but would have to be in your 30s to relate to it so not for me sorry
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Hilary Banks
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I am enjoying this book by an author I have read before. I am sure it will live up to my expectations and the item arrived promptly.
Published 2 months ago by Angela Worthington
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit different from her usual.
I love the old style Adele Parks and this Dorothy Koomson is the same style. I preferred ice Crean Girls and tThe Woman he loved before. This was a nice light if predictable story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by anastasia
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for beating the blues
this is a laugh out loud novel. enjoying every moment of it..i would reccommend to anyone who enjoys the lighter side of relationships
Published 4 months ago by nib
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
I treated myself to this book because i like reading this author, and she didn't disappoint, only took 2 days to read, couldn't put it down
Published 5 months ago by sally mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading enjoyable book
Believable characters that draw you in for more. Friendships pushed to the edge! Another great book from a talented author.
Published 9 months ago by kole
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Another good read from a very author brining you into the book and wanting more to read from her other books avaiable
Published 9 months ago by peter callow
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Thought I'd read one of DK's early books as enjoyed her most recent one. For me, her style has improved so would recommend starting with her later books.
Published 9 months ago by Pepa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chocolate Run
I like all her books and have now read all of them. Come on Dorothy next one please. Thank you.
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