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The Waitress Paperback – 19 Aug 2004
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"Warm and witty" (Woman's Own)
"Pacy, entertaining" (You Magazine)
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"The leading comic romantic novelist of her generation" (Guardian)
"This is one to gobble up in a single sitting" (Company)
A hilarious romantic novel from the bestselling author of hit intelligent chick lit novel The Nanny. A must buy for fans of funny and romantic chick lit from bestselling author Jill Mansell.See all Product description
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You can relate to this story really well. You will find it very hard to put down as it is such an excellent plot and will involve you all the way through. Excellent charcters that you really feel you get to know and a very interesting read. A brilliant love story: it will put you in a great mood. You may get lost in it.
I am constantly engrossed in the chick-lit world, most probably due to the reason shared by many: we aspire to these characters. Being a student, I thoroughly understand career woes. The wonder, the confusion, the worry of where I will be ten years down the line...a lot of us have been there. And it was somewhat refreshing to see a novel boasting a future-confused heroine, as opposed to the office-based, high-flying city girls in the majority of these stories who appear to have it all, though obviously not - they're SO unlucky because the equally-successful boss they like doesn't love them back. The horror.
Heroine Kate Simmonds is a waitress. Not that she actually wishes to remain a waitress. But she has yet to decide on a career she is happy with, and one which will please her old-fashioned mother. Privately-educated Katie dreams of owning her own restaraunt and being her own boss. But the cafe in which she works is about to be taken over - by the man who she left in a restaraunt a week or so before after a disatrous date.
There is love in all chick-lit books, but I usually give the obviously lovey-dovey ones a miss. However, I found The Waitress quite amusing, however self-centred the main character may have seemed (someone so rude and ignorant and the best of times would not have been in a job long enough to eventually get it all, but hey, it's merely fiction,)
The book focuses mainly on Katie, though swicthes to different characters throughout the book, giving an insight into the lives of the people around Katie, which works perfectly well with the subplots. The characters are also entirely pleasing. Like Sukie - the out-of-work actress, and Katie's flatmate Jon; the serious, aspiring writer.
Admittedly, after reading the first chapter it did make me contemplate reading further. But I'm glad I did - I found the book hard to put down. The ending seemed to be rather hurried, though I found it enjoyable nonetheless. I loved the writing style, the humour, and the tale of a girl who does a normal job like the majority of women out there.
In all, a good read. I am going to purchase The Nanny in near future owing to its great reviews.
The heroine is a woman with a personality which will strike a chord with many readers. She's funny, neurotic, strong willed and, yes on occasion, annoying and selfish, but who isn't? This is something Melissa Nathan was particularly good at; even though her heroines are all quite different she breathes real life into them and this humanity is what gives her books their warmth and vibrancy.
Kate can't quite decide what to do with her life, and matters are complicated further by -- you've guessed it -- a man. Not just any man either; he's her new boss. What follows is an engaging, realistic story which has plenty of laughs and some real poignancy and emotion, not forgetting some really well written romance. Highly recommended!
My high expectations of this book from all of nathan's previuos books perhaps clouded my jugdement of the waitress slighty. it is still entertaining, funny and a good read but not as to the same brilliance as The Nanny.
The book seemed promising at first but soon began to wear thin - the main character's self-obsessed plights make for dull points in an otherwise good plot. I kept waiting for the fun to start, and this never really happened.
The characters were pretty one-dimensional and I never could really emphathise with them as I was able to in 'The Nanny'. However, the novel did have high points too - Nathan's easy style of writing and enticing scene descriptions add to an otherwise average book.
My advice? Buy it if you're a Melissa Nathan fan, but if you're looking for a better book search elsewhere!
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