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Going La La Paperback – 19 Mar 2001

3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (19 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841153877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841153872
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,599,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Going La La is a contemporary romance that benefits from its Los Angeles locale, setting it apart from other recently published London-based "chick-lit" and "city-lit" titles. Frankie is 29, happy in her job and thinks she might be about to get married. However, within the space of a week she loses both her job and her potential fiancé and is on a plane, running away to her best friend Rita, who is trying to make it as an actress in LA. Alexandra Potter revels in seeing LA and the Californian lifestyle through Frankie's naïve eyes, detailing the excesses and the absurdities of this image-conscious, sun-blessed, car-driven culture. Through Rita's somewhat nefarious contacts, she and Frankie experience an LA of parties and glamour that many a British visitor to LA could only dream of. However, Potter hams these up to such an extent that they appear as film scenes in their own right, with farcical swimming pool set pieces, obligatory scantily clad women and a whiff of Class A drugs.

Potter has written a classic romance that manages to twist and turn to leave the reader guessing at Frankie's happiness until the very end and has created in her hero and heroine two believable and yet off-kilter characters. Reilly, the love interest, appears as both the uncouth, cowboy-hat-wearing American of stereotype and yet also as the charming gentleman who has experienced pain and needs some love. Frankie, though she has a worrying tendency to relate all her LA experiences to the last two years of her life, (house parties are only comparable to those she went to with her ex-boyfriend, the smarmy Hugh, which feels unrealistic for a 29-year-old, but is perhaps symptomatic of her misguided devotion to her ex), is a sympathetic character and yet beautiful and flighty enough to be the star of her own story.

Going La La offers a dream away from everyday life, where men are Cary-Grant-cum-Marlboro man lookalikes and women are allowed to be swept off their kitten-heeled feet (while also becoming leather-trouser-wearing independent sex-bombs). Frankie rejects drab and oh-so-British-London and her equally drab and oh-so-British boyfriend, embracing sunny Los Angeles and Reilly with his "long, lazy smile"--something we'd all like to do, at least for one day, as we read this and smile on a cold, rainy Sunday morning. --Olivia Dickinson

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'Nobody does it quite like Alexandra Potter' (Daily Mirror)

The perfect reading romcom (Daily Mail on ME AND MR DARCY)

Fantastically funny (Elle on ME AND MR DARCY)

Sharply written, pacey and funny...pure self-indulgence' (The Times on BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR)

Feel-good fiction full of unexpected twists and turns (OK!)

A touching, funny love-story (Company)

Always perceptive, often funny, never dull (Heat) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I'veread a number of 'chick-lit' titles and this is far and away the worst. The story is so predictable it is hardly worth the effort of turning the pages to see that,yes you had guessed the plot. The characters are so two-dimensional you would expect to see them in panto not a book... Their are much better books of a similar nature out there.
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Don't judge a book by it's cover. On in this case, do. I was enticed by the image the cover portrayed - a trashy, simple read for the summer holiday. What I found inside wasn't even worthy of this description. A predictable read...
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With a very predictable, mind-numbingly slow narrative, this book is not as colourful and exciting as the eye-catching cover suggests! The characters are dull and stereotypical and have been depicted so many times in books and TV shows in the past. Nothing new, Going La La is a huge disappointment with cliched lines that made me cringe in places. I'm sorry to be such a bore, but this book just did nothing for my imagination and I agree that there are many other books of this genre that are a much better and enjoyable read.
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I bought this book having read and enjoyed "Be Careful What You Wish For" by the same author. But I was extremely disappointed with this dull, predictable story. I had the feeling that the author was struggling to reach her required word count, hence the over-use of both unneccessary swear words, and references to smoking!I have already bought "Do You Come Here Often" but my enthusiasm for reading it has waned considerably after this.
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Alexandra Potter's 'Going La La' is as predictable and lazily written as her first novel, 'What's New Pussycat?' She relies heavily on tried and tested, mind numbing clichés such as the marriage proposal that turns out to be a misunderstanding after all. (Oh really? Didn't see that one coming!) Potter leaves you with a suspicious feeling that you've read the book before until you realise that the plot has been recycled from numerous episodes of bad American sitcoms and banal Australian soaps. Having said that even 'Neighbours' has more going for it in terms of originality and characterisation. Some of the prose is so bad you have to read it to believe it such as: '...terrified, she was fearing the C word. But...it had turned out to be the P word instead. She wasn't dying, far from it. She was four and a half months pregnant with Frankie - she'd discovered the right kind of lump.' With cringe-worthy lines like that I was left with a disturbing feeling that somebody forgot to re-read the manuscript before putting the book out. But at least Potter acknowledges her niche in the market with references to the likes of Mills and Boon and Jackie Collins: ' ...she knew what was missing. Love. It sounded corny, worthy of a toe-curling line from a slushy Mills and Boon'. Frankly if it's toe-curling you're after then look no further. 'Going La La' is mindless chick-lit at it's worst.
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Just when we thought we were safe from the 'true romance' type of writing as typified by Mills &Boons books, along comes a new generation with their tried and tested formula of woman meets man, they dislike each other on sight, they keep running into one another, they make love, misunderstandings occur, they part, then the truth is revealed on the second to last page. There are too many books like this aimed at 'modern' 30ish women who don't want to be seen reading a Mills & Boon. From Mike Gayle to Freya North with Alexandra Potter inbetween, there is a new breed of so-called storytellers who may as well just pick up an old 'true romance', vamp it up and publish it. If you really want escapism, believe it or not, you can find it in much better books. Next time look in the women literary authors section - you just may be surprised at what you find.
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After reading 'What's New Pussycat' I was really looking forward to reading this book. Oh how I was dissappointed. I was hoping that the further I got into the book the better it would get but it did not. The story was just so predictable from the beginning and you could guess all the time about what was going to happen next.
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Having enjoyed reading Me and Mr Darcy ... I found this book very mediocre. There is no real plot and the characters just don't come to life. I never give up on a book, so finished reading it, but felt I had wasted my time. Very predictable.
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