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Plan B Paperback – 6 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; Reprint edition (6 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755325427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755325429
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An engrossing take on finding a plan B' You magazine, 13/8/05 (You magazine)

Plan B is well written, with enough emotional ups and downs and plot twists to keep you reading until the not-so-bitter end ( Observer )

'A compelling story, well told.' ( The Sun )

'PLAN B is a well-written, sensitive account of an identity crisis, and really makes you feel what it's like to cope with a toddler in a foreign country in freezing February when the roof leaks and there's no CBeebies' Evening Standard's Summer Reading, July 2005 (Evening Standard's Summer Reading)

'Sparkling with charm and originality, it's a tale to cherish' (Woman's Day, Australia)

'PLAN B is well written, with enough emotional ups and downs and plot twists to keep you reading until the not-so-bitter end' (Observer)

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The perfect couple. The perfect French farmhouse. Plan A is the perfect life. But then there's the other...

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Format: Paperback
Emily Barr's books are always addictive reading and Plan B was no different I ended up reading the whole book in only a few days. Plan B is intelligent chick-lit with clever plotting and great descriptions.
Emma the main character, is living in Brighton until her partner persuades her to move to France, but once they move Emma finds out a horrible truth that turns her world upside down and you are taken along with her.
The story is both funny and sad all at the same time and Barr tells the story with her usual eye for detail which is what i love about the way she writes.
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This book started off seeming like pleasant 'relocating to France' sort of chicklit with a dark side as it's sort of obvious that Matt must be having an affair. I won't spoil the plot, but when the first twist happened it left me reeling...I genuinely hadn't been expecting it. I could hardly put the book down after that. Once Emma discovers Matt's secret the description of her descent into depression is excrutiating to read. The writer must surely have lived through depression to have been able to write about it like that....every gut-wrenching, raw moment is there. Superb stuff....I felt like cheering out loud at the end. If this was made into a film, I can imagine cinemas erupting into cheers at the end!
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This is a fantastic book, i have read 3 of emilys books now and I adore them all. This is by far my favourite the story you wouldnt wish on your worst enemy!

It kept me gripped and I read it in an entire weekend it is v v good.

I cant wait for her next book!!!!!!!
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Fantastic - I raced through it to find out how Emma coped. The characters and twists are great. Extremely well-written, I was there in France with her. Loved Cuban Heels, Backpack and Baggage (not so keen on Atlantic Shift). I just hope Emily Barr has another one just as good up her sleeve for publishing soon.
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Having read all of Emily Barr's novels I found this one even better than expected. It deals sensitively with two major issues - finding oneself alone after being left by a two timing partner, and moving to a foreign country - like so many of us dream of doing!
The book kept my interest to the end, and I could really identify with the main character, Emma.
All in all, really worth reading.
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I have been a fan of Emily Barr's works since I got a free copy of 'Cuban Heels' with a magazine some years ago (infact, 'Cuban Heels' remains one of my favourite books to date). However, some of her more recent books have not been so good (in my view), so I thought I would download one of her pre-Cuban Heels books onto my Kindle and see whether it was just me getting too used to her writing style. Turns out I quite enjoyed it, so maybe it's a case of Barr's older books just simply being better than her more recent books.

The story is told from two perspectives, as is typical from Barr's stories. This time, the story is told by Emma, who is relocating to France with her partner Matt and their daughter Alice, and is also told by Hugo... let's just say you can work out early on how Emma's and Hugo's lives end up coming together. I was thinking "here we go", I mean Barr's stories usually have a twist in them which you can guess at but still come across as powerful once it's officially revealed, but I did guess particularly early on and I thought it would be a boring read from that point, but it surprised me that the twist was made known early on, so the focus became of Emma and Hugo sorting out the mess from the twist. Yes, there are a lot of familiar things about Barr's writing, such as characters dealing with childhood issues and thinking that going abroad solves all the problems, but there is plenty to like about the book.

A good read if you like some of Emily Barr's other stories or if she's an author you were thinking of giving her books a go.
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If you've never read an Emily Barr novel perhaps you ought to begin. She writes wittily, intelligently and with pace. There are some true nuggets among her paragraphs - when you stumble upon them you will know.
I'm not sure this is her best piece of work but once you are hooked on this author (as you surely will be) you will want to add it to your collection.
It arrived exactly as described and came promptly through the post
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Plan B is an engaging novel -- ideal if you fancy reading something that doesn't demand much but is very readable.

Main character Emma is portrayed as frustratingly weak and submissive at the outset, but as the story unfolds she undergoes a transformation as a result of the situations she finds herself in. Her growing confidence and self-reliance make her an increasingly likeable character, so that by the end of the novel I found myself caring what happened to her.
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