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The Greatest Love Story of All Time
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2012
I have been reading Lucy Robinson's blog on Marie Claire for a good couple of years now and feel like I know her.
From day one I connected with her hilarious/tragic/happy trials and tribulations, so I was ecstatic to find out she had a book in the offing...

As with her blog, reading 'The Greatest love Story of All Time' feels like catching up with a friend over a nice bottle of wine. There were a LOT of laughs and a few lumps in the throat.
Fran was a likeable buffoon who I can imagine a lot of readers identified with. Some reviews say there is too much swearing, well, spend a day with me and you'll see it's not unrealistic!

Robinson takes the "chick-lit" genre and gives it a new edge; with the use of internet dating, texting and social media (which gives her the ability to hilariously stalk Nellie) she brings us bang up to date. We are all guilty of such "face-stalking" at some point I am sure.

We know these books are going to have a happy ending for all those who deserve one, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable living through the 90 days with Fran and her pals. Here's to Gin Thursdays!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Review by my wife, who was defintely NOT impressed:
"If you are having withdrawal symptoms from Bridget Jones, look no further than this book, that is if you like frequent swearing and the dreaded C word. I ploughed on through this book hoping for something different, but I could not find it. It is about a girl called Fran whose boyfriend asked for a 90 day sabbatical and the ongoing efforts of her friends to get her dating again. Why?? She has not been dumped by her longtime boyfriend, and there were no reasons given for his sabbatical, but he is still in contact with her. It's a story of stalking, drinking and abusing her friends, so where in this scenario is there entertainment?
Her friends seem shallow and only there as Fran's punchbag. I concede that the book is funny in places, but not enough for me to recommend it to anyone.
It is not a book or author that I would ever want to read again. Lucy Robinson is now on my blacklist as someone who cannot seem to express herself on paper without gratuitous swearing. We all know the words, but, to paraphrase Bill Grundy's comment to the Sex Pistols, 'what a clever girl!'"
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2012
I'll start this review with a confession - I am a man. I don't believe this book was aimed at me and I certainly didn't go to the shops to buy it. But there is a copy in the house and my flatmate was laughing so hard when she was reading it that I simply had to find out what all the fuss was about. And it is funny. Very funny. I honestly couldn't put it down and read from front to back cover in one long but enjoyable session. Yes, Fran is a bit mental but she made me laugh - what a loon! Do girls really go to these lengths to stalk their ex-boyfriends?! Hilarious. Her circle of friends are entertaining and unpredictable; the adventures were amusing; and yes, there's a broken heart - which I believe is the staple of 'chick-lit' - but that heart was broken in an unexpected way and the onward journey was colourful and felt original. I laughed throughout. It felt modern and very down to earth, and I really cared for our potty mouthed heroine by the end of the book. A fun read for the tube or the beach or simply when your flatmate's gone out. Good work Lucy Robinson. You've got another fan!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2012
After reading the rave reviews on Amazon, I was surprised how few mentioned the (quite unnnecessary in my opinion)amount of swearing in this book. Yes, the story is quite amusing but as much as I'm getting used to the f word in books, I really think there is no need for the c word. It is as if the author seems to feel swearing and crude language equals humour, which is a great shame as she writes very well without the swear words. But as the title says - I might just be getting too old for this genre.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2012
I have to say, quite simply, that this is one of the best examples of commercial women's fiction I have ever read.

Reasons for this:
1) It's bloody hilarious. When they'd put 'laugh out loud funny' on the cover, I have to admit, I was dubious but it is PURE comedy and very inventive comedy at that. I wonder if Lucy Robinson should have another job as stand up.

2) I found her characterisation - especially Dave who I FANCIED THE PANTS OFF and so wanted him to actually exist! - to be so creative and un-cliched. I had a picture in my head of them all within the first couple of chapters

3) i didn't see the twist coming until right at the end and thought this was brilliantly drawn out

4) It manages to be hugely romantic as well as hilarious - one rarely finds both in the same book!

5) Am so sick of beige chick-lit heroines who like shoes and Fran was nothing like this. She was so real, with real, raw emotions.

6) Not one word of it made me cringe; it was just a delight, and I have already recommended this to all my mates.

7) Best ending ever! I didn't want it to end and wept reading it at Euston station!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2012
Ummm.... I wouldn't normally take the time to write a book review on amazon, but I have had this book in my possession for approximately 5 days and have already read it twice. I thought I'd better tell the world this important news.

I just really enjoyed it! It such a warm bubble bath of a book (in that you get in, and it's lovely, and really hard to get out of again). I really cared about bumbling and funny Fran from the get go, and was rooting for her all the way. To me, the book hits the right balance of 'chick-lit' staples (heart ache, unconventional friends and problematic relations), and looking at all of these articulately and with intelligence and sensitivity.

I can see that some other people here have mentioned that it is a bit potty-mouthed.... perhaps .... but when I am whinging to my friends about men and life in general, I rarely use the word 'bother' in favour of the more colourful language we have available. (Sorry mum.) And that is exactly how this book feels: like having a catch up with one of your most erudite and naughty and hilarious friends.

Keep up the good work Lucy; I am already looking forward to the next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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IS IT THE GREATEST
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Well it's not the Greatest Love story of all time. Neither is it the greatest story of all time.

PREDICTABLE
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Yes, it is a little predictable and you can guess the ending from the beginning. However, that's not a criticism, I like some books to be predictable. Nothing worse that getting to the end and thinking, WHAT? NO! or What happened there?

WELL WRITTEN
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I thought it was, language was real and believable.

HOLIDAY READ
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It won't disappoint as a holiday read.

LUCY ROBINSON
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I'd not come across this author before. I must have been grabbed as it made me search out her blog. (she is pretty!) Would I read another by her? I probably would. The only thing I would recommend is: not calling a book the greatest whatever of all time. Perhaps, Meddle? or if things are not as you wish, wish them as they are..

Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
I had just finished reading 'The Unfinished Symphony of Me' which was delightful with well rounded characters, an interesting plot with an unexpected twist and some careful research so I thought I would read another of Lucy Robinson's books: what a shame I tried this one. The characters are immature, crude and not very bright. I felt very little sympathy with any of them. Perhaps it is my age but the amount of swearing and lewdness really put me off. It was a little bit like standing outside the girls' toilets in a school in the rough part of town hearing them boast about how drunk and how laid they can get.It is difficult to enjoy a book where the main character is very annoying and frankly stupid. Unlike other readers this book failed to either interest or amuse me and I gave up in disgust when only half way through. Very disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is fantastic, and I don't say that lightly. Chick-lit is not my favourite genre, a lot of the time I start these books and put them down, I know some people love a light-hearted love story, but I prefer something grittier. The fact that I finished this book, never mind thoroughly enjoyed it, is quite surprising! It was a perfect example of adding some edge to this genre, a character we could all relate to, a story that is not unrealistic, a fully modern take on how we do things now (think Facebook stalking) and also something I had never thought of before but may well introduce - gin Thursdays! I definitely recommend this to anyone who usually reads this type of book, but for those who are unsure I'd really suggest giving it a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Greatest Love Story of All Time written by Lucy Robinson for me was a great fun read with brilliant colourful characters which had me laughing out loud from beginning to end.
Fran as the main character was first class as she went from one mad episode in her life to the next, creating havoc everywhere she went which at one stage even included a war zone she was creating mad laugh out episodes with her crazy humour and caring heart.
When we first meet Fran she is dealing with a broken heart and dealing with it the only way she could imagine and that is hidden away from the world - that is until her friends really could not leave her sitting in her own feelings of self-pity. As Fran starts to remember what brought her down to living in pure neglect and self pity I was soon involved in her many ups and downs as she makes major blunders along the way. The author has a certain knack of bringing comedy into those times when I did not know whether or not to feel sorry for Fran as she stalks the man she loves - I have to admit I was thanking God I had not got a friend like Fran as I honestly would not have a clue how to deal with her but I know one thing no life would be quiet with having her in their lives. I bet there is a few people thinking the same. I loved this book for one main reason Fran had me laughing out loud and if you want something to cheer yourself up this is the book for you. The writing is fantastic and Lucy Robinson has not only for a gift for bringing storytelling to life with brilliant writing but her comedy timing is spot on. I know one thing if I ever see Lucy Robinson is ever giving a live comedy show I would want to be in the front row as she knows how to get those laughs deep from the bottom of one's stomach.
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