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Bad Heir Day Paperback – 31 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0641921276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0641921278
  • ASIN: B000C4SRQ8
  • Package Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm
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Amazon.com: 2.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Holden Underwhealms 12 April 2010
By K. Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of so-called "chick lit." It's great escapism for me from a tough and stressful job and even family life sometimes. I especially like the British authors and story lines. I've read all of Sophie Kinsella's books, including all the books I could find under her name, Madeleine Wickham (Sophie Kinsella is a pen name). I've read Fiona Walker, Lisa Jewell, Jane Green (UK and US-based books), Harriet Evans and certainly a few others I can't think of at the moment. Having just finished "Twenties Girl" by Sophie Kinsella, Fiona Walker is the only one on the list with some books published that I haven't read yet, but I'm getting to them. In any event, Wendy Holden did not impress me. I have read two of her books now, including "Bad Heir Day." She used many of the same story-lines that I had seen in the other books--maybe they copied her, I'm not sure--but she was less successful. Her characters were less developed and less compelling and the story lines not as developed. Maybe because of the order in which I read the books--Holden's after the others'--but her storyline was not fresh or as interesting and more one-dimensional in comparison with her contemporaries. I spent a lot of the book thinking I had read it before, but this was the econo-version. It was entertaining and I'd probably buy another of her books if I can't find any new authors to explore, but she's not my favorite of the genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! 11 Jan. 2002
By Jennmcn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Holden writes a funny book about a girl becoming a woman of her own. I loved Holden's first book and had to pick up her second book. Anna, the herione of this book is making a journey that all of us have, in one way or another. It's from being an impressionable, easy maleable young adult to being a woman who has a good idea of what she wants and how to get it. Hers is just in a "more glamourous" forum. Anna makes choices good, bad but not indifferent. Sometimes they are just thrust upon her. Holden's writing is always entertaining and she takes us into a world we only see in the tabloids. Holden brings a real identifiable quality to her heriones even if they are in a world that the rest of us will never be a part of.
I can't wait for her next book!
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a main character you can like 11 Nov. 2011
By Jenna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was of all the chick lit books I've read (and I've read many) not the worst but not very good either. Usually when you get a good book you get absorbed in the book and the character. That didn't happen for me in this book. I thought the main character in the book was Anna, but its more about Cassandra, the alcoholic diva she works for. Anna is the least likable character ever, instead of feeling sorry for her I almost wanted bad things to happen to her. She is so stupid you wish for her to get a hard slap in the face. In the beginning she goes to a wedding with her rich hot bf, the entire time she sits and feels sorry for herself while watching him flirt with other women and not even speak to her once for the entire night (this seems to be a normal thing for her to endure). Yet she has no desire to break up with him just fear for the day he breaks off their relationship. So one reading would think along the book she would become a little less pathetic. Doesn't Happen. After meeting Geri at the wedding she takes her advice on advancing her writing career and ends up working for cassandra. It takes her longer than necessary for Anna to realize that cassandra is using her to nanny her brat of a son and also to replace her maid. Then along comes Jamie to her rescue, three dates they go on, none of them going well, yet when he proposes she accept and goes off with him to live in his castle. Again she realizes slower than a turtle reaching the moon that he is using her, actually she never realizes, she overhears. She then gets mad at Jamie and offended that he never loved her, yet she never loved him either, she was looking for an escape from cassandra as if it that were her fate. She is hands down the stupidest character I have ever read about, you will not want to root for her, she deserves the stuff that happens to her and she sticks with them as if there is no way out. In the end she learns nothing. Cassandra on the other hand, is the character your supposed to hate, but i found myself liking her and her horny rock star husband Jett because they were the only two that provided any sort of amusement in the book. By the end I was actually rooting for them and couldn't give a damn about Anna. They also learned nothing and changed in no way for the better other than realizing their son needs a scary nanny to put him in place.
Also I have to agree with what another person commented, that she was adverbed to death. The descriptive parts in the book was just much. I found myself skimming entire chapters because it was all an overdone description of something. Her writing is meant to be funny in itself but personally I wasn't a fan. There is also no real plot.
If you dont care to get invested in a character and just want something to skim through by the pool and have a laugh then maybe this book could do that to you. I wouldn't tell anyone not to read it, you never know what will appeal to others. But i would never recommend this as a book I enjoyed.
2.0 out of 5 stars Glad I didn't pay full price for this one 17 Jan. 2005
By M. Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
On the surface, this seemed like the type of book I would enjoy. I love British chick lit in general, especially Marian Keyes. I love books about nannies. And I love books where you see women progress from dashing but scumbag boyfriends to true soul mates, even if they are trite at times.

My expectations weren't really that high -- I wasn't looking for high literature, I was looking for something light-hearted and fun to read in the bathtub. And while the book started out on that track, it ended up going in so many directions at once that the fun was lost.

Yes, the book is about a woman who is jilted by her dashing but scumbag boyfriend, and turns to being a nanny as a transition. But it's also about the woman she works for, who's struggling with alcoholism and writers block and a troubled marriage. And her husband, who is an aging rock star who likes to molest the nannies and leaves his wife for an air-headed starlet who pretends to write, but doesn't really. And also about some people she met at the wedding she attends in the beginning of the book with the scumbag, including the interesting PR girl who sleeps with the groom on his wedding night, and a handsome if odd young man who is acting like one of the caterers but is really heir to the castle the wedding is held in. And did I mention that the original woman in question is also trying to write a novel, and that's why she wanted to work for the crazy woman with writers block?

Sadly, I haven't mentioned half of the characters and plotlines crammed into this book, but suffice it to say that none of them were well-developed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thin plot, too many characters and quite disappointing 26 April 2003
By Dizziey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Bad Heir Day" deals with Anna who aspired to be a writer, who became homeless once her boyfriend dumped her. She moved in to this family to become a nanny for a difficult child called Zak and was hoping to learn something from the Zak's mother, Cassandra, a successful novel writer. Unfortunately, things did not turn out so well for her as she was totally exploited by Cassandra and terrorized by Zak. Cassandra was arrogant, pretentious and abusive. Cassandra on the other hand was having difficulties writing her next novel and her marriage to a former rocker was suffering. Her one change of leaving Cassandra for good was accepting a marriage proposal from Jamie a guy she met at a wedding who owns a castle.
I have read Wendy Holden's "Simply Divine" and "Farm Fatale" and I must say that this is Holden's worst book. The main character, Anna was unlikeable, a doormat with low self-esteem and who is willing to put up with any rubbish from people. In addition, the characters reminded me of the ones in "Farm Fatale" in the sense that Wolden placed too much emphasis on the secondary characters such as Cassandra and half way through the book, I am wondering who is the main focus here. The plot is quite similar to "Farm Fatate", a doormat, with an overbearing boyfriend and then quite suddenly meeting another man from out of nowhere and who became her rescuer. "Bad Heir Day" consists of no humor, very dry and unlikeable characters. There is hardly any good romance in the book and if there is, not quite believable. It's quite disappointing considering how well "Simply Divine" was written.
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