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The Ugly Sister [Paperback]

Jane Fallon
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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Book Description

29 Sep 2011

Jane Fallon, bestselling author of Getting Rid of Matthew, returns with The Ugly Sister.

When it comes to genes life's a lottery . . .

As Abi would the first to know. She has spent her life in the shadow of her stunningly beautiful, glamorous older sister Cleo.

Headhunted as model when she was sixteen, Cleo has been all but lost to Abi for the last twenty years, with only a fleeting visit or brief email to connect them. So when Abi is invited to spend the summer in Cleo's large London home with her sister's perfect family, she can't bring herself to say no. Despite serious misgivings. Maybe Cleo is finally as keen as Abi to regain the closeness they shared in their youth?

But Abi is in for a shock. Soon she is left caring for her two young, bored and very spoilt nieces and handsome, unhappy brother-in-law - while Cleo plainly has other things on her mind. As Abi moves into her sister's life, a cuckoo in the nest, she wrestles with uncomfortable feelings.

Could having beauty, wealth and fame lead to more unhappiness than not having them? Who in the family really is the ugly sister?

The bestselling author of R&J selection Getting Rid of Matthew returns with a tale of two sisters

Praise for Jane Fallon:

'Intelligent, edgy and witty' Glamour

'Smart, sassy and dark' Heat

Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do before You're 30. Her previous novels are Getting Rid of Matthew, Foursome and Got You Back.


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141047259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141047256
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do before You're 30. Her debut novel "Getting Rid of Matthew' was published in 2007 and became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller as have her 3 subsequent books 'Got You Back', 'Foursome' and 'The Ugly Sister'.
Her 5th novel Skeletons is available now in both paperback and for Kindle.
Join Jane on Twitter - @thejanefallon

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Review

'This is brilliant writing with an edge, a thoughtful exploration of the dark side of fame, which throws up all sorts of engaging ideas about beauty and ageing and the ephemeral nature of both looks and public demand. An irresistible read.' --Daily Mail

'A triumph of snappy writing, pointed observation and acerbic wit' --Easy Living

'Sassy and brilliantly written' --Closer

'Enjoyably edgy' --Red

About the Author

Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do before You're 30. This is her fourth novel.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not tempted to read any other Jane Fallon 22 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
the first and last Jane Fallon I will read sadly. Boring,predictable cliche - I couldn't really care less about what happened to either of the sisters. I won't be reading any others by this author and I do wonder how some books make it into print.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm 30 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a peculiar book. It read as though the author changed her mind part way through on the plot. The main protagonists became become increasingly one dimensional, while the fringe characters suffer from dramatic changes in personality. Story threads come to an abrupt end or just get lost altogether. Frankly it looked as though the author stopped caring about anything other than getting it finished - and yet failed to get to a proper ending. Not worth the money and certainly unworthy of a sequel if that's the plan. Disappointing when books such as "getting rid of Mathew" show what a talented writer Jane Fallon is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a family story about two sisters 8 Nov 2011
By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE
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This is the tale of two sisters, one of whom is has been a successful model and the other a single mother and part time librarian. It is totally predictable and rather mundane. There is no real excitement or mystery yet it is pleasantly readable.
Contains different characters which are quite likeable and there is some humour when describing their daily life. The plot seems to centre on sister rivalry but is not really clearly defined. I read it and after the first few pages it kept me pleasantly occupied if not engrossed. Suitable to pass the time on a journey or holiday but not one I would rush out and buy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really really bad...! 6 Nov 2011
By LittleReader VINE VOICE
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This will probably be the shortest review I have ever written... And will probably be written with considerably more skill than JF's latest trite, predictable offering.
I feel quite cross that by 4 chapters in I was hooked and it was only when I noticed that I was literally falling asleep when trying to read it that it occured to me that it was failing miserably to keep me entertained. For this reason, I missed the entire centre of the book out and confirmed what I knew was going to happen by reading the last 4 chapters.
What a lot of wasted dialogue! I have only read one other JF and that wasn't great and so ends my association with anything written by this author again. Save yourself some money and have mine if you're desperate to get your hands on it!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliché ridden bore! 13 Sep 2011
By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE
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I actually like Jane Fallon and Getting Rid of Matthew was original and interesting for it's anti-hero main character. However, this was dull, full of clichés and ultimately nothing really happened. Basic plot line- Abi goes to stay with her famous, model sister Cleo, hoping to bond. This turns out to be tricky.....that's it! Yes really, that forms the basis of the plot. You will ask yourself 1) do I care if they bond? 2) Is it justifiable for a thirty eight year old woman to be so resentful of her sister hogging all the limelight when they were teenagers?

I did read this to the end, but it was dull, none of the characters were very likeable, or just disappeared halfway through the book, never to be seen again and the end came so abruptly, I thought pages were missing. Very disappointing and not a patch on Fallon's earlier novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading with a frustrating end 1 Feb 2012
By J.D.
Format:Paperback
There is nothing challenging about this book, it's an easy going, entertaining read if that is what you are looking for. There weren't any "didn't see that coming" moments, but it is okay, which about sums up the book. The only real issue I had was the ending, there wasn't one, I, like one of the other reviewers actually checked to see if I'd lost a page. Sometimes enigmatic endings work and sometimes they don't, in this instance I really don't think it does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire! 12 Nov 2011
By Dee
Format:Paperback
Very disappointed with this non-story. Extremely dull, no real plotline that I could detect, insipid characters. Not a lot else I can say.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly simplistic tale of two sisters 31 Oct 2011
By Laura T VINE VOICE
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I really disliked the only other Jane Fallon novel I've read, 'Getting Rid of Matthew', but I liked the sound of the premise of this one, so I thought I'd give her another try. This book is an improvement, but still fairly flawed. Abi hasn't been in touch with her older sister Cleo, a supermodel, for more than twenty years, so when she is invited to spend the summer at Cleo's palatial house with Cleo's husband and family, she sees it as a chance to rekindle the close sisterly relationship they once had. Fallon instantly sets up a simple dynamic between the two sisters; Abi is the under-achiever, the 'clever one' who in fact has done nothing more than work part-time in the local library while bringing up her daughter Phoebe, while Cleo is the pretty and successful one, with the ideal husband and luxurious lifestyle.

The glimpses of a nicer Cleo we got in Abi's memories of their childhood made me think that Fallon was going to challenge this simple presentation; that the difficulties Cleo had faced in her life would be revealed, while Abi might have to face up to the fact that she has flaws, as well. However, Cleo metamorphoses somewhat unconvincingly throughout the course of this novel into a complete monster. Abi is supposed to be her better side, the heroine we're rooting for, but I found her frustratingly passive, especially when she begins to fall for Cleo's husband, Jon, early in the story. Although the reality is that affairs do occur and marriages break up, so I don't feel that Abi should be vilified for this, Fallon neatly arranges the plot in such a way that Abi never has to make any difficult choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read more
I don't understand how anybody who doesn't find Jane Fallon's book great.....everybody should read " Skeletons" it won't let you put it down it's a MUST read asap....
Published 1 month ago by HEATHER JAYNE WHITEHEAD
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book by Jane Fallon
I really enjoyed this book. Jane has the knack of telling a story which is believable, with an edge of tension to make the reader want to finish the book.
Published 1 month ago by TekkieAnne
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!!
I had previously read Got you back which I really enjoyed, but I found Jane's latest book quite disappointing, I thought the intial concept was quite good, however I found that the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Curly Sue
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
A very boring book. Hated most of the characters, especially Abi. You knew what was coming with every turn of the page. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted easy read
This is the first Jane Fallon book that I have ever read, and this is not my usual type of book, (Chick Lit) but I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Leigh Attwood
1.0 out of 5 stars What has happened to Jane Fallon?
I thought that this book was dreadful and found myself wondering several times whether it had actually been written by Jane Fallon or a bored ghostwriter looking to make a quick... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sarah H
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
The main problem for me with this story of two sisters, beautiful model Cleo and younger sister Abigail, is that Cleo is so obviously a bitch and Abigail is so universally adored,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Four Violets
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointing
Extremely disappointing, I went through all the angst of the sisters relationship only too think that some pages were missing when it got to the end. Read more
Published 17 months ago by VanessaW
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably cliched and rather dull
I've just finished reading this today and yet again I'm reminded of why I rarely read chick lit. Abi and Cleo are two self-obsessed, childish cliched stereotypes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Heather M. Marsham
4.0 out of 5 stars ugly sister
Really enjoyed book by an author I hadn't read before. Very well written account of sibling relationship but felt story ended too soon & left me wanting to know more
Published 19 months ago by Brett Powell-Cullingford
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