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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Paperback Printing edition (4 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140299599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140299595
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks writes novels that real women want to read. With her trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, she gets right to the heart of the dilemmas people face in their lives and takes her stories to unexpected places. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
I'm a really big fan of Adele Parks' work, she had entertained me with Playing Away, Game Over and now Larger Than Life. All three tales are very different and tackle different subjects (which is a rairity for City Girl Lit). She somehow manages to combine humour and heartache with just the right hint of romance to make you want her characters to come out on top. I think this is her most sophisticated novel yet. Not wanting to give the end away, I can tell you that it is startling. I'm recommending it to all my friends
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By A Customer on 25 July 2003
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I really empathised with the main character in this book, George. She wasn't super-confident and did make a few mistakes along the way (don't we all) but I thought the way she grew (not just her belly, ha ha) but in confidence and sensitivity was really well written and handled. Besides I loved the plot. I work in advertising and thought Parks had captured the essence of the industry beautifully. I'm going to read her other books.
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By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2004
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I really enjoyed this book. I think the other reviews are somewhat unfair. George, the main character, although somewhat delusional and selfish at first, is very realistic. I liked watching her evolve into a somewhat nicer person and become more independent and strong. Adele's writing is witty and sharp and I loved the portayal of the advertising industry.
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Don't read this if you're pregnant or trying for a baby, it'll put you completely off the idea altogether! Or even while you're eating for that matter. It's written in the first person through the eyes of a whinging pregnant woman who seems to vomit on every other page when she isn't complaining of her dramatic weight gain and the lack of understanding from her boyfriend.

The main character aside, as there is at least some depth to her, the other characters are very cliched, particularly her glamorous mother, male chauvinist boyfriend and desperate singleton best mate.

I was very disappointed by this book as I usually enjoy Adele Parks' witty chicklit novels, but I found this one to be utterly depressing and poorly written, perhaps struggling to meet a publisher's deadline.
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This book managed to take me through a whole spectrum of feelings towards the main character George. Amazement, that any woman would totally re-create herself just to get a man. Dislike, that she could treat a supposed friend so badly. Happiness, that she could change her feelings towards her pregnancy. Pity, that she was the only one who couldn't see that Hugh would do the same to her one day. Joy, that she finally woke up to what Hugh was really like. A great read that shows that even those who get what they deserve can be nice.
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By A Customer on 3 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an enjoyable read about a woman who becomes pregnant by mistake with her soon-to-be divorced partner. She is not 100% happy about being pregnant and the book charts her struggle on a month by month basis with her body, her partner and her growing acceptance of the growing baby. I found the characters (almost) believable and, in parts, realistic - a good book for to relax with on the tube home.
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Whenever I feel the need for some serious chick lit in my life Adele Parks novels are almost always one of my first port of calls after discovering young wives tales several years ago. The thing I love most about her novels is the way she isn't afraid to take a perfectly contented character and completely change the path of their life, however heartbreaking it is for the character and reader.

Larger than life tells the story of Gerorgina aged 32 who since the age of 18 has been completely in love with Hugh despite the fact that in between them meeting and now he married one of her friends and had two childen with her. Everything about Georginas life has been centred around Hugh, her career choices, how much she weighs, who she socialises with, the music she listens to etc. Now Hugh has finally left his wife and moved in with her, Georgina unexpectantly discovers she is pregnant, at first Hugh seems pleased but his actions reveal something entirely different as the pair get closer to becoming parents.

What I absolutely loved about this book was the complete evolution of Georgina as a character and person. In the beginning of the book Georgina starts off pretty sarcastic and smug, she thinks she has it all figured out now that she is with Hugh. As her pregnancy progreses and Hugh's behaviour deteriorates all her vunerability as a person comes out and she begins to challenge everything about her lifestyle and relationship with Hugh.

I don't want to spoil the story for anyone but the ending really did make me emotional because I felt like Georgina had shown real courage and a massive strength of character to make some life changing decisions.

If you are looking for some chick lit with a gritty story and a few twists then don't miss this.
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I haven't managed to finish it. It is full of really snotty, shallow characters and it was boring me rigid. I don't know if I will bother to go back to it. It has really put me off the author. Complete waste of money!
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