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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by [Manning, Sarra]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

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"Manning's latest slice of good old-fashioned chick-lit features one of the most loveable heroines in ages" (Heat)

"This is classic chick-lit in the vein of Bridget Jones's diary" (Heat)

"A sexy, modern read" (Glamour)

"A deliciously addictive tale of romance and reinvention" (Marie Claire)

Book Description

Mr Apparently Right, Mr Definitely Wrong, and one girl who has to work out which is which - this is clever, sharp and romantic story-telling.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1845 KB
  • Print Length: 562 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552163295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552163293
  • ASIN: B004LQ1VG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This book is quite long at 555 pages but it wasn't a problem as I enjoyed each one.
Neve is holding out for William who she met at Oxford University, he has been in LA for the last 3 years and their only contact has been emails and long, long, handwritten letters. However, Neve is convinced that William is 'The One' and so she is doing everything to be ready for his return. William is in for a shock though as Neve is half the woman she was; Neve's weight and her quest to lose it is a huge part of her life. At first I found this aspect of the character a little off-putting but as I learnt more about Neve and the negative impact her weight has had on her life, I began to like and understand her a lot more.
Neve lives in a house converted into flats, she has the top floor, her little sister Celia the bottom floor and then her brother Douglas and his nasty wife Celia have other one. Charlotte is a pretty nasty piece of work; she made Neve's life hell by bullying her about her size at school and she still manages to intimidate her now. Neve's sister Celia is a lovely character, she works for a fashion magazine and she introduces Neve to Max, one of the editors. Max is very much a ladies man and Celia warns her big sister to keep her distance. But it is Max who os the persistent one, following Neve home, trying to charm his way into her pants.
Realising that Max is not going to give up, Neve decides that he could be a good relationship practice before William returns. Ground rules are set; no holding hands, no sex and it will all be over once William is back on British soil. So much to everyone's surprise, Max and Neve embark on a pretend relationship, they have dates, share the same bed but there are no strings attached.
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Loved Sarra's first novel 'Unsticky' and couldn't wait for this to come out...and it didn't disappoint! Sarra has a great ability to create characters such as Neve and Max which are more interesting to read about than your average "chick-lit" book. Another plus point for anyone who loved 'Unsticky' is that Sarra re-introduces the 'Skirt' fashion magazine as part of the plot using Celia's character. Also, loved the small passing reference about Vaughn from her previous novel. Funny, well-written and impossible to put down! Highly anticipate her next adult novel!!
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is one of my favourite books of all time. The main character Neve is a bookish, previously overweight woman who is in love with her university friend William. After learning that William is returning to England after three years abroad Neve throws herself into the dating world to gain experience before his return. Max is an outgoing playboy who volunteers to be Neve's 'pancake boyfriend' (practice boyfriend)
Sarra Manning has created a novel which is so much more than the usual two-dimensional chick-lit. The length of the novel means that the growing intimacy between Max and Neve is not rushed, and therefore the ending is so much more satisfying and meaningful than other novels of this genre.
I loved the characters of Max and Neve as their flaws and characteristics are relatable and real. Although the novel is long I could have easily read another 500 pages about Max and Neve. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is funny, romantic and will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling long after you have finished it.
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When I saw that this was being released I knew I had to download it after loving Unsticky, another of Sarra's novels. I liked the description and thought it was likely to be something else I enjoyed.

Neve is a mere shadow of her former self, she has dieted and exercise to lose literally inches of her life in anticipation of the return of her love William, from America. She is relying on her sister to help her become a fabulous, girl-friend worthy woman in all her slimmed-down glory. Deciding that she needs to "test-drive" her dating techniques to prepare herself for a proper relationship when William gets back, Neve starts a "pancake" relationship with notorious, sexy womaniser Max. To Neve a the relationship with Max is like making a batch of pancakes, the first always gets thrown away - Max being the pancake that is disposed of therefore perfect for a test relationship.

I liked Neve straight away, she has many traits which are readily recognisable to so many girls in today's society. I also liked the idea of the story and the path I thought it was going to take as she embarks on the test relationship with Max, learning the do's and don'ts so she is relationship ready.

While Max isn't looking for a serious relationship, he is more than happy to be the test subject. I liked how the characters related with each other, finding if full of humour as Neve is always reacting to Max in an unexpected way. Max appears to be attractive even though Neve seems completely unaffected - partly because of her love for William.

It seems as though William doesn't really care about her, and takes advantage of Neve. She is completely naïve which is blatantly obvious and completely due to her inhibitions about her appearance which have led to her inexperience.
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