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Fast Friends Paperback – 4 Mar 2002

4.4 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (4 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747267421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747267423
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I always look forward to latest book from Jill Mansell, and I have to be honest I was extremely disappointed with the path she took with this one! This book was a great deal more "serious" than her previous novels. There was none of the lightheartedness that could be found in "Millie's Fling" or "Miranda's Big Mistake". Set over three years, the story leapt about all over the place and I feel it had no depth.
Miss Mansell is a great writer, but I found the only creditable character in "Fast Friends" to be LouLou. Its a pity the book was about her friend, Camilla, instead.
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I love Jill Mansell's book but this one disappointed me. I felt that the inital storyline of cheated-upon woman who turns herself into a swan from an ugly duckling was rather cliched, and I nearly stopped reading it when the 'heroine' just abandoned her kids and suddenly was living this racy new single life as a blonde goddess! The whole book felt a bit too contrived - like Ms Mansell was trying to get away from the usual frothy romances she writes so well to a more 'Fiona Walker' type novel with lots of characters and inter-locking storylines. Disappointing.
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My 3rd Jill Mansell book and since i loved the other two i read, i expected the same with this one but it didnt happen. It deserves 3 stars, but no more. It has a lot of content like her other books and it has enough going on, but it was the characters who let it down for me. They were pretty much all self-obsessed and selfish.

Camilla, the main character, was very annoying. I found it hard to believe she would up and leave her kids just like that, her husband yes, but not her kids. Then she goes to live with her recently reunited school friend, and suddenly, after years been shy and plump, decides it's ok to walk naked around the flat. Then later on in the book, every male she meets secretly thinks she's gorgeous, yet she has no idea, that was annoying too.

I suppose Lou-Lou was the best character. But it took me about 3 weeks to finnish this book, and that's a long time. Anyway, i've already started another Jill Mansell, and thankfully, it's already much more promising than this book. I shall review that one when i finish it. But since this book has mostly good reviews, then definately try it out because it is Jill Mansell and she is a great writer. And i still love her books!
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Spanning over three years, this book would run the danger of forgetting the beginning by the time you get to the end if it weren't so easy to read in a few days!
The plot is at times predictable, but that's almost unavoidable in a genre (happy romantic endings all round) like this.
Camilla is great as the little wife who turns her life around, but there are some holes in the plot - namely the fact that her children are hardly ever mentioned, nor is her divorce from Jack.
Still, a great read where you'll find yourself getting very frustrated with the star crossed romantics as they struggle to sort themselves out!
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By A Customer on 5 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This is another brilliant book by Jill Mansell. I read it in about two days, I couldn't put it down! This is a little different from her other books as it spans over three years but is still brilliant. The plot at one point starts to become a little predictable and like on of her other books (Miranda's Big Mistake) but redeems itself with another twist in the tale! Overall it is a wonderful book and I love the fact that it is about a group of friends-old and new. I especially liked the fact that it is about one woman's troubles and how brilliantly she copes. It is a book about woman power!! I loved it and strongly recommend it to everyone!
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Definitely her worst book. Camilla abandoning her children is not realistic at all, given her personality type. Learning disabled children (not 'handicapped', that really dates it), are not available to be borrowed from residential facilities like library books, without thorough background checks. And the idea that a parent of a brain damaged baby would be relieved that their child would succumb to SIDS, justifying it as sparing future difficulties, like a mother cat eating a runt kitten, is insulting to say the least. And, yes I am a parent of a special needs child. Not impressed.
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I am a huge lover of Jill Mansell Books but this has to be her best to date. I couldn't put it down and I enjoyed savouring every moment of it.
All the characters are very loverable (bar one who sets out to ruin Camilla's life - Roz) and very funny.
I also found this book very inspiring because when I read it I was going through a bad patch in my life but now I realise my lifes plain sailing compaired with Camilla's!
This book will make you laugh and cry but most of all it will make you want to read ALL of Jill Mansell's books!!
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By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2002
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I have read nearly all of Jill Mansells books..........this one has to be the best. I couldn't put it down. If you take this book on holiday be prepared to have lots of arguments with your partner (until you have finished it anyway). I did.
Well done Jill!
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