Larger Than Life Paperback – 4 Apr 2002
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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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A fantastic read. As with all parks' books I was really impressed with this. She's not your typical "chick lit" writer. Read morePublished 15 months ago by hohum
An observant study of human relationships, I think everyone should read it. Towards the end I thought the ending was going to be disappointing but it was different to what I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Got bored of the main character whinging on about having greasy hair just because she was pregnant, she just whinged the whole way through book about the same stuff. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2014 by Brooke Mason
What an excellent read, another book that I just could not put down, a real page turnner, I promise you.Published on 15 May 2014 by clayton pickford
Just finished this today, really really enjoyed it. Really funny and honest ... made me laugh out loud in places and ponder and feel thoughtful in others. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by F. Smith
I was very disappointed, and very pleased when i had finished this book. I have enjoyed her other books but this was just
Really enjoyed story going to read more by Adele now so glad she got rid of Hugh brill story from clarePublished on 1 Nov. 2013 by clare