Girl on the Run Mass Market Paperback – 14 Apr 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. Couldn't put it down. Made me laugh out loud in places and cheer Abby on myself :)Published 4 months ago by Debbie
I absolutely love reading Jane Costello I can't put them down.... I'm looking forward to reading more of her booksPublished 9 months ago by kelid
This book instead of giving me a happy gateway depressed me.
The pivot around which the book revolves is one of the characters having an incurable, progressive disease that... Read more
It took a bit to get into but I loved it in the end so many twist great book xPublished 17 months ago by J. Y. Cropper