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Product details

  • 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)
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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

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‘Four Weddings and a Funeral meets Friends’
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‘Compulsively comical’
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This book is advertised as 'used - very good' but when it arrived I found that the book was really dirty with a horrible black sticky substance on the front cover. The book is still readable but I don't think I will bother reading it myself as the dirt is just off putting. Sorry to the seller but I don't even think a charity shop would accept this as a donation.
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By A Customer on 21 April 2001
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I did enjoy "Talking to Addison" as a light weight read but Ms Colgan seemed to run out of steam as the plot moved from the sublime to the ridiculous. Addison was sweet, but some of the other themes were a bit heavy handed and unbelievable, which of course would be gladly forgiven for the laughs, but the laughs dried out and you were left with an impossibly silly plot and paper thin characters. Jenny Colgan is a talented writer who shouldn't sell herself short in this way. Funny, sweet but not funny or sweet enough.
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2001
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I was really looking forward to this, after Amanda's Wedding, which was sharp and funny without being too predictable. However, I was really disappointed with Talking to Addison. The book just meanders and goes nowhere, and when the plot finally kicks in it is very weak. I didn't relate at all to the characters, who were really one-dimensional. Don't waste your time reading it. Let's hope her next one is more like Amanda's Wedding.
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Amanda's Wedding was a laugh a minute - this began as a laugh but became a drag from quite early on. The problem was that I had no feeling of empathy with any of the characters - a wimpy heroine who couldn't fight her own battles, physical or mental; a career bitch; a weak boy with no personal direction; and Addison himself was an implausible computer freak - why would he attract her? There were lines that were clever and funny, but sadly too many that weren't. The story did not work for me at all.
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I got given this book for Christmas and finished it this morning (Boxing day). I really enjoyed the book and it was very easy to read. The main character Holly is easy to identify with and her flatmates are the typical weird mixture of characters that always seem to end up living together. The first half of the book i got through immediately, but i did get a little bit bored when Addison was in hospital and everyone starts to feel sorry for themselves. It does get better again towards the end and it is a nice change to read a book where none of the characters complain about their looks, but are not all drop dead gorgeous either. All the characters are believable real people - probably why i enjoyed it so much. Although i did get some funny looks from laughing out loud a few times. I recommend this book for when you have a day off to read it all at once. I'm now going to buy Jenny Colan's other books.
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2003
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Having read Amanda's Wedding and Searching for Andrew McCarthy, both of which I enjoyed, I thought it only best to read the second installment from Ms Colgan. To say I was disapointed would be an understatement. What started out as an ok sort of book with a fairly decent story quickly decended into a totally implausable plot and ridiculous characters.
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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By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2001
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Jenny does it again. If you loved Amanda's Wedding, you'll love Talking to Addison. Ms Colgan comes out with another funny, whimsical book - with what appears to be her trademark Dark Side. I mean, how can a guy seriously injuring himself be funny?? Well, in Jenny's hands, it is. Don't ask, just read! Holly is like Mel in Amanda's Wedding - you find yourself rooting for her, but she sure can make a mess of things. Again, the supporting cast - from Josh to Claudia - is superb, and the work of a very creative mind. And Finn is one of my all-time fave "heroes".
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I have read Amanda's Wedding & throughly enjoyed it so I was definately looking forward to reading this. Talking to Addison is a warm, funny and believable story, i was quite sad to finish reading it as I wanted to continue peeking into the lives of these well written characters!!! I think im quite glad I couldnt imagine Chalis band though! I definately recommend this as a heart warming read that will have you laughing out loud in places, it has definately brightened up my lunch hours!!
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