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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847396267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847396266
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Costello is the author of nine novels, including Bridesmaids, The Wish List, The Time of Our Lives and her latest, Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel, which is published by Simon & Schuster in March 2016. Jane was a newspaper journalist before she became an author, working on the Liverpool Echo, the Daily Mail and the Liverpool Daily Post, where she was Editor. She continues to write for newspapers and magazines and has contributed articles to the Guardian, Marie Claire, Prima and The Times, among others. Jane has won several awards for her books, including the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Award, which she took home in 2010 for The Nearly Weds. She lives in Liverpool with her husband Mark and three young sons. Find out more at www.janecostello.com and follow her on Twitter @janecostello


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Girl on the Run is, as you might expect, about running. A new trend in Chick Lit it has to be said with Fiona Gibson releasing a novel about running earlier in the year called Mum on the Run. Obviously, the motivation behind the running in both novels is to get fit, but with Girl in the Run, it's also about raising funds. I don't want to spoil what the funds are for, but you do find out early on in the book so it's not exactly a big secret. I liked the reasoning behind Abby's desire to complete a half-marathon and is much better than it solely being about getting fit (despite the fact that that is a big benefit, too). It added gravitas to the plot without being overly contrived.

Right from the off, the book had me hooked. Abby runs someone over within the first few pages and I loved her panic when she thought she'd killed the man she'd banged into. And the laughs continue steadily throughout the book. I don't think a book this year has made me laugh as much as Girl on the Run did. Jane just seems to have a natural affinity for putting comedic moments into her novels. They don't seem forced, they're just part and parcel of her characters and bring their personalities to life that bit more. Each page flows perfectly and I was hooked for 455 pages. I was hugely worried about Abby's fixation with Dishy Doc Oliver, and I did think that might ruin the book for me, but it didn't.

I loved Abby. Seriously, I want to meet this girl. She's in the exact same mould as Costello's previous characters: Evie, Lucy and Zoe. She's warm, she's funny, she's the kind of girl you want to be, the kind of girl you want to know. The characters around Abby are just as warm and engaging, from her work colleagues - Heidi, Matt and Priya - to her parents, to her best friend Jess.
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As other readers have said , it was predictable more or less from the first few pages . Even so , the story is so good , and so funny , it doesn't matter . I love Jane's characters , all so believable and quirky . I couldn't award any less than 5*****
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I have mixed feeling about this book; the love story was nice and easy, expected, but cool.
On the other hand the surrounding environment threw me off a bit:

The best friend is the most horrible person, and gets away with everything she does, didn't appreciate that. Especially I didn't find believable how she gets forgiven so quickly by everybody.

The so-called initial obsession for Dr. Dishy seems a bit far-fetched. I mean Abby obsess over a guy that she sees for months three times a week and never even kiss her, really?

The boyfriend Abby gets appears out of nowhere, one second she's single, the next she has a boyfriend after what one date, two maybe? There is no description of this relationship; it's sort of just put there.

And finally, I am sorry to say this, but when I read a chick-lit I am looking for an escape from reality, and a happy one. The decision of the author of making the whole novel pivoting around a sad, progressive, incurable disease was something beyond me. You want to raise awareness, I am with you, I am sure we all are... that everybody does what they can for the causes they believe in, but don't do it to people that are seeking a break with a book that should supposedly bring them joy and easiness of mind. I found it so depressing it upset me a lot. Not the feeling I was looking for.
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I started this book Friday evening, and have just finished it this morning (Saturday). I loved it!

Main character Abby Rogers is not remotely interested in being on a health kick. She has her own web-design business, and enjoys spending time with best friend, Jess, who is a member of a running club, and very sporty. To help Abby find a man, she gets her to join the running club, although the first session ends up going horribly wrong for Abby. Then, colleague Heidi turns up at work with some devastating news, that makes Abby want to do all she can to help. Abby decides to take on the impossible and run a half marathon for charity..........

.......The donations come rolling in, and Abby begins to think she may have made a huge mistake in signing herself up for the impossible.

In the build up to the half marathon we are introduced to some fantastic characters in the book, Tom, Abby's Mum and Dad, Matt and Priya, and of course the lovely Heidi. I also loved Egor, the accountant. Abby is fantastic, and sounds like someone you'd love to know in real life.

There is one particular scene in the book that had me laughing out loud, without giving to much away, it involves Abby training whilst wearing a thong. It's worth buying the book to read that scene alone.

I can only hope that Jane Costello had as much fun writing this book, as i had reading it. Laugh out loud chick lit at it's very best!
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Loved this book. It was nice to read a book that had a more in depth storyline and it wasn't your typical romance. The main character was funny and your every day kind of woman with problems that we can all relate too. Could not put the book down.
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I loved this book it was amazing and I read it in one day! I just love the author Jane Costello and wish there were loads of other books I could buy! I have got all the books by Jane Costello and always recommend her books to everyone they have me literally laughing out loud!!! Great buy!!!
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