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The Day I Died by [Courtney, Polly]
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3.1 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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‘Not your average chick lit!’
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About the Author

The publication of Polly Courtney's debut novel, Golden Handcuffs, a fictional exposé of her career in the Square Mile, earned Polly acclaim in the Observer, The Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and many other publications. Aside from writing, Polly works on various sports-related web ventures including Girls in Football.com and is a keen footballer who plays for her local team, Old Actonians LFC, in West London. Polly also plays in a semi-professional string quartet, No Strings Attached, an all-girl ensemble that plays all over the UK. She lives in London.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 925 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (11 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9U22
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I did enjoy the plot hence the 3 stars and had to read it to the end. But the inconsistencies and lack of proper research spoilt it for me. I found it unlikely that a cafe owner, who having interviewed a foreign girl on the telephone, would immediately assume that a English speaking girl with a London accent, a tattered dress, bare feet, and, just having walked away from an explosion in which she was knocked unconscious and therefore presumably covered in cuts/bruises/ dirt, was the girl he had spoken to. The foreign girl turns up later and her English isn't at all good. Jo then meets an old woman who runs a shop, who takes this complete stranger into her home.
Through Facebook, Jo begins to piece together her identity, meets a friend, who, although coming over as not too bright, is able to hack into Jo's Facebook account and retrieve her password - not only that, but she gets her a C\V belonging to someone else. But the most unbelievable part of the whole story is that she, an alcoholic, cocaine snorting stripper with a false CV, gets herself an interview for a job working with children and is offered a position right after the interview. No police disclosure certificate, no references, a rather dodgy explanation as to why she uses a different name than the one on her C.V. and not only that, when the man who says he is in love with her leaks the truth to the press (who unbelievably do not print the scandal of how she came to be working in a children's home) and her lies are discovered, instead of dismissing her and having her arrested for identity fraud, her employers plead with her to stay and give a few weeks of compassionate leave with pay????????
I am disappointed as this could be a really good plot if handled in the correct way.
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I read a review in a Magazine and decided to buy it as they gave such a strong recommendation!

It was a highly enjoyable book. The story begins with "Jo" waking up after a bomb blast and has lost her memory but has a bad feeling so she makes a run for it!

You follow Jo through making new friends, remembering her past and finding her future! A book with great loveable characters and well thought through a lovely story.

A great book to read would recommend to any one looking for a good book!
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This novel has an absolutely terrific opening; a young woman comes to, sitting in the gutter in the aftermath of a bomb attack somewhere in London. She has no idea who she is and why she's there. She is filled with an overwhelming sense of guilt and panic so that instead of waiting for help, she steals a wallet that gives her a name and some cash and takes off aimlessly ending up in Oxfordshire. All she knows as the days pass and she begins to build a new life that she had not been a nice person and may even have done something very bad indeed. But what?

So far, I was gripped- the pages where Jo begins to work with damaged kids were fascinating. However, to me, the opening power wasn't sustained She had an irritating habit of running away whenever she felt people had let her down. This happened far too often for my liking and hinted at a writer who'd run out of ideas. Even the central premise seemed to fall apart. Would a clever, ambitious young woman with a happy, stable childhood behind her, with supportive friends and a boyfriend who loves her descend so rapidly into drink, drugs and degradation just because her mum and dad split up after she'd left home?

About half way through, the pace slowed to a crawl and I became seriously annoyed as I read on especially as every one else around Jo was so willing to forgive her over and over again gave her a second or even third chance when, in real life, that would never happen. (After all, if you work with children these days, you have to be positively vetted.) All Jo's problems evaporated far too easily--especially when the central reason as to why she was feeling so guilty turned out to be something and nothing. The ending was far too 'and they all lived happily ever after' for my liking.
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By A. Rose TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2009
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I was a little surprised to find so many reviewers not liking this book - O.K., it's not the best literary work of fiction but it's not bad either. I would say that it's womens fiction on the edge of being chic-lit because of the light-hearted content and it has more than a touch of romance.

The plot I found quite imaginative - fake your death and start again - I like this type of story and this is the first I've read which is based on amnesia. I'm not sure how accurate the amnesia part of the story is and yes, there are holes and hard to believe areas all over the book but at the end of the day it is a work of fiction and is a very enjoyable read. It's not a `must read' but I would recommend it as a decent paced page turner with a glass of vino at the weekend.
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Firstly I would not tag this as Chick-Lit.
It is a modern novel with a novel storyline and is engaging with well defined characters, some of whom are quite amusing and likeable, and moves along at a good pace. BUT ... despite an excellent concept, much of what happens is totally unbelievable in the real world.
People that the main character Jo/Rebecca meets are very understanding and trusting and forgive her misdemeanors and rudeness.
Additionally she gains employment without references , is left in charge of cash when she has very recently met people, and, in the case of a job working with children child protection checks.
I think although it is not chick lit it will be a good beach read and despite it's interesting ideas I could not give it more than a 1 for it's implausability .
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