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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330458396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330458399
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy-Anne Holmes is a writer, actress and campaigner living in Sussex. She is the author of three previous novels - 50 Ways to Find a Lover, The (Im)perfect Girlfriend and Unlike a Virgin - which have been published in ten countries. Lucy is also the founder of the No More Page 3 campaign. To find out more about Lucy follow her on Twitter: @lucyanneholmes.

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'A hilarious read that will make you laugh out loud!' -- OK!

'Bawdy, brassy and ultra-sassy singleton Sarah Sargeant is Bridget Jones with a rocket up her arse, the book heroine this generation's women have been waiting for.'
-- Your Choice Magazine

'It's been 351 day without sex for Sarah Sargeant - and she's desperate for action. A witty account about one girl's quest for a man.' -- Heat

'Lucy-Anne Holmes's debut, 50 Ways to Find a Lover, mines drama and humour from the world of the failed actress... Holmes's prose skips along agreeably, her flawed protagonist is likeable and, like all good romcoms, it ends with a dramatic car chase to the airport.' -- Metro

'Sassy but perennially single Sarah Sargeant charts her misadventures on the dating trail...' -- Daily Mirror

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'A hilarious read that will make you laugh out loud!'

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Saunders on 30 April 2009
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I absolutely loved this book and urge you to read it. The heroine, Sarah Sargeant, is someone you feel you'd love to be friends with: she's smart, incredibly funny, down to earth and refreshingly real. I related to her very much, which I can't remember thinking about a character in this area of fiction for such a long time. It succeeds because the dialogue is sharp, it's tightly plotted and intelligently observed - and the characters are extremely likeable. Sarah's parents were wonderful.

Plus there's an intelligence to this that you don't tend to find in popular fiction; I enjoyed every minute I spent in Sarah's company. Funnily enough I've seen boys reading this on the tube: are they looking for tips?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct 2009
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Sarah Sargeant is nearly thirty and still doesn't have much luck with either dating or acting! However, rather than giving up hope, and with the encouragement of friends and family, Sarah embarks on a mission to find herself a good man.

This book is based on Lucy-Anne Holmes' own blog which is actually just an account of her own life with a number of exaggerations and additions to make it more interesting.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, witty and a good, entertaining read throughout. Although I can understand the comparisons to Bridget Jones, I felt that the character of Sarah was much more relatable and someone that I would like as a friend. Some times I find chick-lit a little too depressing and true to life so I personally loved the fact that this story followed a tried and tested formula. Some may find it predictable but I just can't resist a happy ending!

Overall this is an enjoyable read and something light that will entertain you and keep you engrossed. If you like a fun, romantic read about the modern dating game then I would recommend this book to you. 4 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss VINE VOICE on 1 Aug 2009
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I don't read a lot of chick lit, but the title of this book caught my attention and I thought I'd give it a go, in the hope of it being light and fun. And it was.

The story is told by Sarah Sargeant, who is nearly thirty and doesn't have much luck with men or acting jobs. Her family, best friend Julia and flatmate Si convince her to set out on a quest to find a good man, and to write a blog about it as she goes along. Will Sarah's quests lead her to a fulfilling relationship or will she become addicted to the lifestyle of hunting for men and blogging about it?

The book is written in an easy to read style and I was able to jump straight into it. It's told in the present tense which normally annoys me, but with this novel I barely noticed it. I must admit it took me a while to warm up to Sarah as a character, because she is quite self obsessed, whiny and moany, but after a while I grew to enjoy reading about her. The characters are all quite realistic and well fleshed out, and there's quite a few different men who Sarah could potentially end up with, which adds some intrigue to the story (though unfortunately I read a couple of reviews on here first which gave the ending away).

The best thing about this book is how funny it is. I was often laughing out loud or grinning as I read it. It's also easy to become absorbed in the story and I found the book tricky to put down. The ending brought me to tears as well which is always a good sign that a book's had an effect on you.

However there are some annoying parts to the book. Firstly it's incredibly crude, with a lot of very bad language and some really disgusting metaphors and very explicit `encounters'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Smile and a Wave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 July 2009
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The biggest problem with this book is that it is marketed squarely at women in both the description and the pictures on the covers. As a man I found reading this book in public a bit unsettling, but I did it anyway and it turned out to be a very good read. It's funny, intelligent, has a great charm to it, plus it has that elusive draw to make you want to come back time and again to read some more. It's a very good read for anyone who likes witty observational humour, and I think that the publishers have missed the beat in promoting it so much as chick-lit. It might not be a heavyweight book but it's great for a relaxing read in the garden or on holiday - even for men!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Cattermole VINE VOICE on 10 Aug 2009
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I was so excited to read this, being a fan of the bridget jones books by Helen Fielding and having read those over and over, i was keen to read something new in the blog style and i was absolutely delighted with it! it is funny, has situations you can absolutely relate to and the main character you feel like she's actually real. It's refreshing and has several laugh out loud moments, i'm waiting for a film to be made out of this one! Has all the qualites that Bridget Jones does and more, can't wait to read more from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 2 Nov 2010
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This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Just about every page made me laugh out loud, which is very rare!! Sarah Sargeant is one of most likeable characters I have come across in a book and the story is literally a laugh-a-minute adventure! I have just found my new favourite author :)
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