- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (4 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006531776
- ISBN-13: 978-0006531777
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Talking to Addison Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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Jenny Colgan's second novel Talking to Addison arrives with a flourish following the success of her debut Amanda's Wedding. Sharp, quirky one-liners complement merciless observations of human foibles and the London scene to make this romantic comedy a cut above the rest.
The story opens with the modern-day heroine Holly trapped in the flatshare from hell with members of "Scary Clean Freaks Incorporated", ruled by the obnoxious Carol who "dispensed ... Robert de Niro-to-doomed gangster stares". Even when Holly escapes the suburban inquisition, life still isn't a bed of roses: she's an unemployed florist, in love with a recluse and she's being bullied. She's in good company though when she moves in with a bunch of equally maladjusted misfits: Josh, a terminally nice boy, has issues; Kate, the high-flying and no-nonsense career girl, wilts every time a married man comes along and then there's Addison--the drop-dead-gorgeous lodger ("Johnny Depp in geek form")--who never leaves his room, already has a girlfriend (albeit over the Internet) and is a certified Trekkie fan.
With Talking to Addison, Colgan ties together her comedic talents with her flair for storytelling to create an offbeat, hilarious tale about an ordinary girl's search for Mr Right with the inevitable Mr Oddballs getting in the way. --Nicola Perry
‘Four Weddings and a Funeral meets Friends’
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I felt no sympathy for Holly, who could have been closer to 16 than 30, Josh, who just needed a woman and Kate, who was so overly stereotyped I had trouble even liking her.
The relationship between Holly and Finn was lame, and I didn't believe any of the attraction or passion between them.
Addison was possibly one of the only original characters in the whole book. The ending was poor and rushed and from the second half, the book seemed very fragmented and didn't gel, skippng wildly from one subject to the other. The seriousness of the particular situation was totally overlooked which made the characters appear selfish and self centered.
I have read many books in this type of genre, and very rarely want to put them down. With 'Talking to Addison', I had trouble even wanting to read it, but I persevered hoping there would be some redeeming feature. There wasn't. I always dread reading second books, knowing that they will probably not live upto expectations, and I'm afraid to say that this one fell well short of the mark.
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