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Career Girls by [Bagshawe, Louise]
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Book Description

Once they had been the best of friends. Now they were deadly rivals . . .

From the Inside Flap

CAREER GIRLS
Louise Bagshawe, now writing as... Louise Mensch

'A classic of the genre' Daily Express


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2164 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Review (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755340493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755340491
  • ASIN: B0056WOFEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2003
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To be quite honest I am not a fanatic reader of romantic novels. However this book completely changed my outlook of them altogether.
The fabulously crafted characters Bagshawe has created really do bring the whole novel to life, as a reader it is almost impossible to believe that these people don't actually exist.
The plot itself unfolds with such precision that the idea of 'rivals for life' just seems so scary to think about. It is absolutely crammed with twists and turns that do quite honestly defy the imagination. The sheer way it was written just had me engrosed for hours, I found it impossible to put down!
Even for the not so romantic people around, a book like this is sometimes hard to find, I throughly enjoyed 'Career Girls' and would, without doubt, reccommend it to anyone! A fantastic read! Enough said!!
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I was another who received this book free from a magazine and thought it was so good that I had to rush out and buy her other books. Whenever I feel down, particularly round about my exams I read this book as it motivates me to do well telling the tale of two females who struggle to the top of their careers. I loved reading about Topaz more than Rowana(who seemed to get everyone else to do her work for her even though she took all the praise for it), however it was annoying that they looked perfect as it then made me wonder, would they have made it to the top if they weren't so good looking?
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As you will have guessed from the title, cover and blurb, 'Career Girls' is hardly setting out to be great literature but it is very good fun!
The plot centres around Topaz Rossi and Rowena Gordon, both beautiful, strong, ambitious women. They have very different backgrounds (a point that was dwelled on a bit much, I thought. We don't need to hear about Rowena's aristocratic roots in every chapter!) but became friends when they were studying at Oxford. All is well but then (surprise, surprise!) a man gets in the way! The girls go from best friends to bitter enemies in a matter of minutes and this rivalry stays with them throughout their careers. The convoluted plot makes for plenty of bitchiness between the girls, and the industries they work in (journalism and music) add a dose of glamour to the story.
As alot of other reviewers have mentioned the sex scenes were the book's worst feature. They were repetative, gratuitous and made the supposedly strong, independant women slaves out to be slaves to their lust and the men in the book!
Another negative point was how far fetched some of the plot was, I'm all for escapism but some of he scenes were so cheesy and unbelievable they seemed straight out og a Hollywood blockbuster!
Despite these criticisms, I can't deny that Ms Bagshawe can certainly tell a story in a pacy and enjoyable way! So if you don't mind lots of sex scenes that do nothing to move the plot along, this might be the perfect beach read for you!
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The plot of this book is basically good fodder: two girls, once best friends. One betrays the other in such a way that it leads to over a decade of rivalry, and lots of bitching in the meantime. Great stuff. Apart from the fact that Ms Bagshawe seems intent that both of the main characters will spend at least 30% of the book in bed with unbelievably good lovers having sex which is so steamy and good each time that it defies belief. Once sex scene such as this would have been forgiveable. Unfortunately, I found that the frequency with which they occur throughout the book put me off reading it. I ended up skipping half the book as a result.
If you like sex scenes, then read it.
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I picked up this book because it reminded of my teenage years when such plot would be the stuff I loved - young female underdogs and how they triumph in the male dominated world. The fact that the book promised to be a "sexy" read was an added bonus.

Gist:

Two girls Rowena and Topaz (what name!) come to study in Oxford. They become best of friends in no time but soon something drastic happens and they become the best of enemies!

What happens next is how they vow to ruin each other and work really hard at it while becoming successful women themselves. Rowena makes her mark in the music world and Topaz becomes a top notch journalist.

The story takes through the men they love, their professional persona and also their serious attempts to destroy each other.

Eventually, years later something happens that brings them both together. The hardcore enemies will now have to work and help each other in order to survive.

Can they do it? Can they overcome their feelings of jealousy and hate for each other is what the story is about.

What works:
The language. The style is contemporary and the tone direct. Perhaps it is in keeping with the world of the music and journalism industry. Exclamation marks, swear words flow in abundance, making it a racy prose.
The plot. It is fast moving and action oriented. One thing after the other, the events take the plot from Oxford to New York while stringing along a series of events.
The second half about their professional lives is so well detailed. As someone having worked in the journalism industry, I could empathise and identify with the world. It was a job reading about her trials and tribulations as a journalist and editor.
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