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Genre: Fiction / Author: Jenny Colgan / Paperback / 336 Pages / Book is published 2009-05-07 by Sphere

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      22.06.2010 22:30
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      VERY FUNNY BOOK & CHARACTERS. GOOD TWISTS!

      Jenny Colgans - 'Diamonds are a girl's best friend' is a story of riches to rags when Sophie Chesterton has her world totally turned upside down!

      Her mum died when she was eleven so it was just her & her dad for many years until along came the new girlfriend soon to be step-mother, Gail. Sophie didn't want to share her dad so decided right away she would be a nightmare step-daughter & hate Gail no matter how hard Gail tried.

      Sophies a bratt & a bit of a party animal so when her mobile rings during a house party & she sees its her dad she isn't amused. Little does she know when she's rude & dismissive this would be the last conversation she'd have with her dad..! :(

      The money & luxuries Sophie was used to are soon swiped from under her when her dads will states her inheritance is in a trust which she could have in 6 months when she'd moved out & proved she could get & keep a proper job.

      Of course Sophie doesn't take this too well but she takes it on the nose & this book takes you through the challenges faced; including the grotty house on Old Kent Road & housemates, having to clean for the first time ever (gross but very funny descriptions!!), the interesting & unusual people she comes across, the new friends she makes & a few twists thrown in for good measure. :)

      Can you be happier without money than you can with?

      Such a funny book! I really enjoyed reading how someone with lots of money doing nothing for herself ever, manages in the real world. Very funny!!

      Great as both a holiday read & general everyday. I couldn't put this down & read it within one day!!

      I'm off to seek out my next Jenny Colgan book!

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        28.02.2010 18:23
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        Worth reading

        Diamonds are a girls best friend, by Jenny Colgan
        ..."But money can be her worst enemy"

        You may or may not know, from reading my profile text ( - in which case you probably won't know!) that I went on holiday last week. I didn't go anywhere particularly special, I only went to Anglesey, which is in North Wales. It's a lovely place, but to be honest for someone my age which is 15 years old, there isn't really much for me to do, and I could see I was going to need something really good to read to get me through it - especially as I went my mum, dad and two very irritating little sisters (I love them really).
        When we were almost at the little cottage we had hired for the week, we passed this little old book and toy store, which sells all kinds of books, new and old, for really low prices. The shop is just off the Menhaigh Straits (I think that's how you spell it) and is a really good books shop which I have been dragged into by my book mad mother many times before.
        ...So, we stopped there, and we all went in to have a look round.

        One of my sisters, the one who is 13 and have mentioned in my reviews before, who is EXTREMELY annoying at the moment, she loves to take the mick out of every thing she comes across and she was doing this in the shop. "Who would want a book all about vinegar?" she was saying about this little handbook called 'the wonders of vinegar' or something or other'.
        After having to sit next to her and endure this mocking all the way there, I'd had just about enough of her that day, so I walked off around the shop to where my mum was looking at some how-to-cope-with-terrible-children books (only joking).
        She said she'd buy me something if I found anything I liked. I decided if this was the case and I didn't have to spend any of my own money (I'm poor so get rating!) then I might just see what I could find.
        I thought I'd want something to read anyway, as I hadn't read anything good for ages, the last thing I read was Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer and had found it really boring, and I knew already that being in the cottage or sitting on a cold, windy beach would probably mean I'd get quite bored. Basically, I wanted something to read!

        Anyway, so I strolled off around the shop in search of something wonderful. I like all kinds of books really, mainly funny ones, now and again I like a horror or thriller, but the book that stood out to me on that particular day was this one, which for some reason I was attracted to almost straight away. Maybe because the sun was shining in through the window and onto the front cover, really picking out the shiny, glittery writing scrawled across the turquoise cover, this really made the book stand out and although they say never judge a book by its cover, I always do, and this one had a really nice cover, so I just had to pick it up and read the back to see what it was all about.
        Reading the back, I thought it would be something I'd enjoy, and since it was only £3.72 (a real bargain) I took it to my mum and she bought it for me along with a book for herself, and a book for my sister that we got her as a joke gift called 'keeping up appearances' or something or other and it is a really snobby book that my sister gave massive evil looks to when we gave it to her!!

        The Author
        The author is someone I'd never read a book by before. I'm not sure if I'd ever heard of her before I read this book, either. I'm guessing there are going to be book fans reading this who are wondering how I'd never heard of such a fabulous author before, as she is a really good writer (judging from this book she seems to be anyway).
        I opened the book and on the back of the front cover there is a picture of her inside an oval shape with swirls round it, like she is a diamond herself! She has a big smile showing all of her teeth and there is a little bit of information about her underneath it...:
        "Jenny Colgan is married with two children and lives in London and France. Visit her website at www.jennycolgan.com"

        I turned over to the next page, where there is a list of praise for her, such as 'She is very, very funny' said by Express, and Cosmopolitan also apparently said that she is 'Hugely entertaining and very funny' (I agree).
        The other books that Jenny Colgan has written are:
        ** Amanda's wedding
        ** Talking to Addison
        ** Looking for Andrew McCarthy
        ** Working Wonders
        ** Do you remember the first time?
        ** Where have all the boys gone?
        ** West End Girls
        ** Operation Sunshine


        Characters in the Book
        The main character in the book is a woman called Sophie Chesterton. When we first meet her, in the first chapter we don't know what to expect her to be like, as she appears at this time just to be a normal woman, who we learn is a freelance photographer, and she is going to the beach that day with her husband.
        In this first chapter she seems quite a pleasant, happy woman, as when she wakes up to see the sun shining in through the window of her flat, she gets really excited and wakes her husband up by jumping up and down on the bed and begging him to take her to the beach!

        But later in the story we learn that she hasn't always been such a happy person, she has a dark past and the novel is about her basically telling the story of her life and how she got where she is now, which is a freelance photographer living in a run down place (we know that it is run down because when she asks her husband what he sees through the window,- meaning for him to say sunshine-, he says 'have they covered up the graffiti?' and Sophie admits they don't live in the most glamorous place and they don't have that much money either.
        Although at some points in the book I thought that Sophie seemed really spoiled, and snobbish and have to admit that I did in some parts think she was quite annoying. However, once I had read lots of the book I felt like I had got to know Sophie and started to hope everything turned out to be okay for her.
        As Lisa Jewell said, "A naturally funny, warm-hearted writer who creates characters to love and care about long after you've finished reading" and I think this is very true. A few times after I had finished the book I found myself thinking about what would happen next, and had to remind myself that I'd finished reading. (sad or what!)


        Other main characters in the book include:
        * Sophie's two friends, who appear to be her friends at the beginning but later in the book we can see that they are not her true friends as they turn out to be nasty people who go behind Sophie's back even though she has known them since she started going to boarding school.
        I hated both Sophie's friends, thinking they were both really nasty people and I have to admit I wanted bad things to happen to them in the story! (I'm a really nice person-anyone would!) Their names were Philly and Carena and they definitely don't deserve Sophie as a friend.

        Carena is a really pretty, model like girl in the story. She can turn heads in the street and a lot of people are jealous of her. But she is also really nasty, turning Sophie to hate her step mother, stealing Sophie's boyfriend and also by just basically being a snob by looking down her nose at everyone she meets. Everyone reading this book will have or will have had a Carena type person in their lives that they can relate to, I can think of a few from my life! - what I mean is people who have a sort of power, but use it to put other people down, which is a good description of both Carena and Philly.
        Philly is also really cruel, and nasty, but she isn't as bad as Carena, who is like a sort of leader in their little group. I doubt anyone who reads this could like any of these two characters, but I bet everyone knows someone they can relate to both of them by!

        * Sophie's new flatmates - Sophie ends up having to find her self a new place to live, she doesn't have much money at this point and ends up having to rent a run down student flat on Old Kent Road. A bit of a love triangle is formed between her and two of her flat mates- one of whom is the husband at the start of the book but since his name is not mentioned we have to wait until the end to find out which of these two flatmates, whose friendship is ruined when Sophie moves in, it is.
        These two flatmates are called Eck and Cal. Eck is a gentle, kind man who many women reading the book will probably adore. It is clear that he is madly in love with Sophie, and he gets a job and everything and makes plans for them to have a future together.
        But I have to say I prefer Cal. He is what you'd call a ladies man! In the book, he has a different girl back every night, but he is a really lovely character and he is so respecful towards Sophie. He looks after her and protects her. The two of them would also make a lovely couple.


        Plot
        In the book Sophie has everything she could ever want. She has a gorgeous boyfriend, called Rufus, she has more money than hairs on her head, she goes to all the most glamorous parties and hangs out with all the rich and famous. She can go shopping all the time, spending as much money as she wants and never having to work for anything herself.
        But then one day some really terrible things happen to her and Sophie is left on her own with basically nothing; no money or anything. She loses everything: her house, her money, her dad, her friends and her boyfriend. All in one night, and suddenly she has no where to live, and no one to turn to. And because of a rather nasty falling out with her friends she feels she can't go to them for help, either.
        For a while she sits around the house, moping, but then her step mother kicks her out, at this point in the book you have no idea what is going to happen to this woman and I couldn't put the book down as I was holding onto the edge of my seat with excitement, dying to know what was going to happen next.

        Sophie has to start her life over, by finding herself a new job, a new place to live and making new friends.
        As the back of the cover says, "Join her as she starts life all over again: from cleaning toilets for a living to the joys of bring-your-own-booze parties; from squeezing out that last piece of lip gloss from the tube to bargaining with bus drivers."

        My Opinion
        I loved this book, and couldn't put it down. Its not the most original book I've ever read, although the story line is really, really good and I was hooked from the moment I started reading.
        The book was so good and unput-down-able I finished in within two days, and wished there was more to read when it was over.

        I would definitely recommend this book to any woman or girl over the age of fourteen who is looking for something to read. It is a fantastic book, I really enjoyed it and I'm sure others will, too.

        Prices
        The price on the back of the book is £6.99 although like I did, you can probably find it a lot cheaper in other places, such as charity shops, or in good book shops like the one I found it in. I'm sure you can also find it on eBay or Amazon for a price that isn't too high if you don't want to pay that much for it.


        Thanks for reading!
        Hope my review had been helpful to you.

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          09.09.2009 11:42
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          A story of Riches to Rags

          When I go on holiday there is nothing I like more than a good chick lit book and I was very relieved when I got to the villa we were renting to find a huge selection just waiting for me to delve into! Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend was the perfect book for this occasion - not one I would have chosen myself having read one of Jenny Colgan's previous offerings, West End Girls, and found it not especially gripping, but one that I was more than happy to pick up to read around the pool while toasting myself a nice golden brown.

          Sophie Chesterton is your typical spoiled rich girl, having been indulged by her wealthy Dad after her Mum passed away when she was young. Now 18 and having been through one of the best private schools in London, Sophie spends her time falling out of London's expensive clubs and society parties with her equally vacuous friends, occasionally turning up to 'work' where she has landed an internship with renowned fashion photographer. However, Sophie's entire life is turned upside down in an instant when following a scandal she loses everything is forced to fend for herself without the luxury of Daddy's money to fall back on. She finds herself scouring rental listings, looking for somewhere in her price bracket (i.e. pretty much free!) and eventually finds herself a room in a grotty bedsit on the Old Kent Road, sharing with 4 messy art students in return for cleaning the flat up. Of course, first Sophie has to learn how to clean a bathroom...!

          Colgan's writing is fast paced and the story zips along at quite a speed - it's the standard 'girl has everything, loses everything, but learns some hard life lessons and emerges a better person' story and it's entertaining enough to keep you romping through it until the end (I finished this one in less than a day). However, the fast pace is essentially my biggest complaint about the book. The speed at which the opening events occur leaves not much time for character development and, quite frankly, I find it difficult to believe that spoiled rich girl Sophie would have found it quite so easy to fit in so quickly with a group of misfit art students living in a bedsit on the Old Kent Road. There's no denying the character development that Sophie undergoes over the course of the book, but it just seemed to me that she seemed to adapt to the massive change in lifestyle pretty quickly. Having said that, Sophie herself is a likeable character and it's the fact that you really root for her that keeps you turning the pages.

          The fast pace of the story also left quite a lot to be desired in terms of character development. I found most of the characters to be very stereotypical - the IT girls, the Page 3 models, the scruffy but essentially middle class art students, it's all a bit clichéd and lacking depth. While chick lit as a genre is not necessarily supposed to be deep, I do think you need to engage with the characters and while authors like Marian Keyes, Anna Maxted and Sophie Kinsella manage this in spades, I just don't feel that Jenny Colgan manages this successfully.

          Worth a go if you are looking for an easy going holiday read, but not one I would recommend buying - there's better chick lit out there!

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            19.07.2009 23:29
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            An easy read!

            After reading West End Girls a while ago I saw the synopsis for Jenny Colgan's new book, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend and loved the sound of it. I got my hands on it a couple of weeks ago and have just finished it.

            Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend tells the story of Sophie, an IT girl living the high life until one day it all comes crashing down around her. Twisting the old rags-to-riches tale on it's head it tells the story of Sophie falling flat on her face and trying to make her way in the world after years of being looked after.

            I absolutely loved Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend and found it just as easy a read as West End Girls. Diamonds was written in first-person which worked brilliantly as there was only Sophie as the main main character.

            I loved the fact that the novel was about someone rich losing it all and having to pick herself up. I think it was very cleverly plotted and a very good read. Jenny Colgan's writing style is easy, the book actually has laugh-out-loud moments and she made Sophie, a spoilt rich girl, very sympathetic.

            Sophie was a great character and I loved reading how she coped after losing all the money and having to live on her own two feet. Reading about her looking for a flat and a job was great and realistic.

            I liked the male characters; Eck, James and Cal. I liked the dynamic between the three and how Sophie moving into their flat affected them. I can't forget Wolverine either who is barely human - I'm still rather confused about whether he was an animal or an actual human! I thought all 4 of them (Eck, James, Cal, Sophie) got on really well and it was easy to see how they all got on so well.

            I found Sophie's IT girl "friends" irritating, Carena and Philly. I understand why they kept popping up but found them irritating and a bit mean to Sophie and wished she would just tell them to get lost.

            The ending was surprising but the one I wanted - which surprises me as at the start/middle of the novel I wanted a different ending... But that's how Jenny wrote the novel - changing our opinions on all of the characters. Sophie's transformation was great but was also portrayed realistically - cleaning loos, dead end job, etc.

            It was a really great read, very enjoyable and I can definitely understand why Jenny Colgan is a very popular author!

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              14.06.2009 15:38
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              I bought this book about a month ago, and have just finished reading it. I have read a few of Jenny Colgan's books, so I just saw this in the paperback chart at Asda, read the back and thought that would do me! I normally buy my books at Asda or Tesco, as the books cost approx £3.73 here, so cheaper than Ottakars!

              The Book is centred around a 20 year old girl called Sophie Chesterton. Her dad is rich and she lives the good life. She still stays at home, doesn't work and just gets money handed to her by her dad. Some people perhaps wouldn't like this, but for Sophie it's good. She gets what she wants without having to earn it. Her 2 best friends Philly and Carena are exactly the same, so it's a normal life according to Sophie.

              Sophie's mum is dead and it's been her and her dad for years. I think she's used to being Daddy's girl, but when she was 14 her dad brought a girlfriend home, and even now 6 years later the girlfriend is still there. In fact they are now married, and I think Sophie has resented Gail taking her dad away from her. In Sophie's eyes her dad has changed, and it is all Gail's fault. Gail comes to see Sophie before Sophie goes on a night out to say that Sophie will have to start earning her own money, but Sophie just brushes this off and heads out. She meets up with her Boyfriend Rufus and the night is going well. Unfortunately something bad happens this night (well 2 things really) and Sophie's life is not the same again.

              I don't want to give anything away, but you may piece a few things together yourself. Sophie leaves the house she has grown up in, and sets out into the "real world" Unfortunately since she doesn't have a job, how is she going to support herself? She has always been interested in Photography, and was doing an internship when she was rich (she kind of just turned up if and when she felt like it!), so she gets a part time job helping Julius, who she done the internship with. It doesn't pay much, and isn't in a great place but Sophie has been brought down to earth, and now she knows the value of money. She moves into a grotty house, which is occupied by another 4 men, but it's all she can afford. In fact she has to do the cleaning in the house in order to secure a deposit. At first Sophie seems horrified, as she's never cleaned anything in her life, but she seems to adapt to the change well.

              Her friends from the past rich life aren't interested in her, and Sophie tends to keep a low profile. She seems interested in 2 of the men in the house. Cal is the bad boy who she feels she likes, but I think she thinks he is not good for her, and Eck is the nice man, who she feels she should be with, but he doesn't seem as interesting as Cal. All the boys in the house are students, and they seem to live on cheap food, cheap drink and messy house. Although Sophie was better than them, she ends up down at their level. She didn't tell the boys what happened in her old rich life, but bit by bit they suss it out. Will they treat her any different?

              The book is in 3 parts. It starts with the present day, which is about 7 years later when Sophie is 30, then it goes to her old life and into her new life, then it ends on the current life. This sounds hard to follow, but it is easy enough.

              The book was alright. I will read it again and it was a bit of a page turner. In some parts it was a bit predictable, but there was a few twists that I didn't see coming. A good read that is still in the charts.

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                14.06.2009 09:23
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                A great book that teaches you that money isn't the key to a happy life.

                ~~ The Plot ~~

                Imagine your excitement at living the high life full of parties, clothes and gorgeous men and then imagine it being pulled from beneath you. Sophie Chesterton has been living her care free fancy life without a thought about the money when in one night her entire life is blown apart. She loses everything and everyone she holds dear to herself and soon finds that when you're at the bottom of the heap you have to do everything and anything to drag yourself up.

                Sophie literally has to start her life from scratch and even has to get cleaning tips from her old housekeeper. She finds somewhere to live and tries to hide who she is whilst learning that bargaining can get you everywhere. Watch Sophie learn that diamonds might not actually be the best thing in life and that it certainly can't buy you happiness.

                ~~ My Opinion ~~

                I've never read a book by Jenny Colgan before but I fancied a change and something lighthearted to read and the bright and fun cover of the book caught my eye. I wasn't disappointed as it was just what I needed - something silly and fun that could take you away from reality for a few hours.

                The book is split into three parts and makes easy reading. The first part describes Sophie's life now, the second part her life then and the last part goes on to describe a little bit further down the line. Each part of the book is well written and follows strongly from the previous storyline. You often find inconsistencies with books like these but if there were any, I didn't notice.

                Sophie is one of those characters that you can't help but love and Colgan made a fantastic character out of her. She explored her character right to the depths by showing her insecurities, courage and most of all guilt. She moves into a flat full of guys and doesn't seem out of place, even though she is a girly girl. Having a flat full of men can also cause problems and it wasn't long before she fancies the pants off of one or two!

                Eck and Cal are two of Sophie's new flatmates and whilst Cal is cheeky and rude, Eck is caring and offers stability. Both are art students struggling through college and both are hiding secrets of their own. Both of these characters were set brilliantly and the personalities were as far apart as the other.

                Sophie has to learn that in order to get something, you have to work for it. Her previous work included an internship with a photographer but as Sophie hadn't turned up in weeks, she could kiss it goodbye. However, she needed money to pay the bills as the men wouldn't let her off with the rent just because she cleaned the flat and toilets every day! She does find a job and a few surprises along the way but she will never be the rich little girl with no responsibilities again... or will she?

                The book is full of twists and turns and some of the things she is willing to do for a bit of cash are surprising to say the least. Will she really succomb to the world of topless modelling or will someone save her day? Either way, she comes through the experience with most of her dignity in tact and with a valuable lesson in life.

                I actually really enjoyed this book and like I said, it was exactly what I was looking for at the time. It is humourous and cringeworthy at the same time if you know what I mean. Colgan certainly knows how to make light of a bad situation and to teach people that money and diamonds can't buy you everything. Would I read it again? Definitely!

                ~~ Extra Bits ~~

                Pages: 306
                Price: £3.86 in Asda
                ISBN: 978-0-7515-4031-4

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                  Another great book from Jenny Colgan

                  I have always loved reading and I have a selection of authors that I always read as I find their books perfect for me in terms of their style of writing. I recently went on a little spending spree due to winning a little bit of money and finally bought a load of new books that I have wanted for ages. One of them was this one which I actually bought the day it was released onto paperback (not done that in sooooo long and it felt good!) and by the next day I had finished it as once again a book written by Jenny Colgan was just so easy to read and quick to get into!





                  The author:
                  Jenny Colgan is an English author who now lives in France. She has now written now books including this one with another in the pipeline. Her books are geared towards the romance/chick lit/slightly humorous category and are always very easy to read. She has a website, jennycolgan.com, where you can keep up to date with her blog and latest news on her books and she also has a facebook page fan page.




                  The plot:
                  This new book follows Sophie who is a very spoilt young woman. She has a very rich family is is constantly out and about partying and shopping with her two equally as rich friends Carena and Philly. However, things are quite going to plan for Sophie and when the money suddenly stops she must learn to live a very different life style. Coping in a way she never thought she would have to or even be able and suddenly having to flat share with some very skint and untidy blokes, will her friends be there to help her through?
                  The book follows Sophie through an interesting time as she learns to adjust and move on from what has happened to her.





                  Characters:
                  Sophie is obviously the main character in this book and what the author has done is actually create a character that although you shouldn't like, you find yourself rooting for. I think this is due to the fact that the character has been developed so that we see as the reader, a more caring and nicer side that she just chooses not to show all the time. Sophie's two best friends are exactly like her in terms of how they spend their lives but, somehow even more self centred and vile! These make for interesting twists in the tale!
                  When Sophie moves into her flat share we meet a couple more of the main characters who are Eck and Cal. Both art students they are living a minimal life style to scrape by on very little and Sophie cannot believe how they live. She also finds both of them attractive whch of course makes things that little more interesting along the way!
                  Jenny Colgan is very good at brining a small amount of humour to certain parts of her books so that it feels like an everyday situation and more often than not by the way the characters speak or more specifically, the thoughts that go through their mind. This adds a litle more to the characters especially Sophie who can come across as a little bit dim witted because of her lack of 'real life' skills.




                  Price:
                  I bought my copy in Asda for just £3.86 which I think is well worth it for a new book. Of course if you are a fan like I am of Jenny Colgans then you will want to add this one to your collection!




                  Overall opinion:
                  Once again I was hooked straight from the beginning with this book and this time it actually started out slightly differently as the author began by telling us it was present day. We meet Sophie who seems normal enough if not a little kooky and we also know there is another character around. However what we don't know is who this character is and what role they actually play. This of course means we are drawn in to find out more and by that point you are already hooked!
                  The book then goes back in time as Sophie is telling us the story of what happened to her and then eventually back to present day where we find out who that mystery character is! I like that this has been done as it gives the story a slightly different edge and to be honest you don't even know who the other character is until right near the end or what has happened to Sophie at this point except to know that her life has changed.
                  Another little thing I spotted was that in a slight way the author has linked this book to another she brought out previously. It is by all means a very small connection and only really fans would probably notice and by no way does it spoil the book if you don't spot it! I won't actually tell you what it is but, let you see if you can spot it for yourself!
                  Overall this is another great book from Jenny Colgan that has been added to my collection and highly recommended by me especially as a holiday read due to it's compact and lightweight size at only 306 reading pages and easy to get into style. The back of the book also contains an extract form her next book which is called ' The near misses' which of course I am already looking forward to!

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                    A great chick lit reed

                    I decided to get this book when I was looking for holiday reads. It was in the two for seven pounds deal at Asda so i decided to give it a go. Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend is a book by Jenny Colgan who is one of the most popular chick lit writers.

                    The story in the book is based around the main character Sophie. When we meet Sophie she is a very priviledged young lady. She has been brought up in a big house with a maid, getting everything she ever wanted. She lost her mother at the young age of 11 and her Dad married a new lady who Sophie never really warmed too. She was sent away to boarding school where she met lots of friends who were equally as well off and pretentious as her. As she gets older, she doesn't start to work instead she spends her time partying and living a socialite life with her friends. It all goes wrong one night though when she is ut partying and manages to lose everything. Sophie has to start from scratch, move out of her big house and start to make her own way in life.

                    I think the story is actually very topical especially with the current economical crisis. It shows what a lot of people are going through for real when they lose everything and have to start from new. It is also a kind of reverse cinderella story as the rich girl gets turned poor for a change. I think the choice of storyline was clever and makes for an interesting read.
                    The character Sophie is an interesting one as she definitely has more depth as the story goes on. She starts out being quite a shallow character and you can't really feel that sorry for her when she does lose everything. She does though learn very quickly that she should have appreciated what she had and you do grow to like her.

                    The other characters do add well to the story as well. It is good to see the contrast between her old friends, from the days when she was rich and her new friends in her new world. At first you can almost see through her eyes but it just goes to show that first impressions are very deceiving. Her new friends including Eck, Cal, James and Wolverine are all very different themselves. Eck is the quiet arty one, Cal is the womaniser, James is the soldier and Wolverine seems barely human. These characters all have more to them than first you think and are totally different at the end of the book. I liked all of these characters and was interested in what they were getting up to. I also quite liked the characters of the 'twins' Grace and Kelly and also Delilah as they were very different to her best friend Carena and Philly , doing a job that previously Sophie would have been discusted at. This doesn't stop Sophie from becoming quite friendly with them though.

                    The ending of the story was quite interesting as it was not totally what i expected when I was reading. I quite liked this element of surprise as normally you can predict from a few pages in what will happen at the end. I like the way that Jenny Colgan added a little bit of a twist to the story.

                    The book is split into three sections, the past, present and then the future. It starts with the future so it is quite an interesting way to write the story as in a way you know what will happen. This has been written in a way that means you don't find out too much but it leaves you wondering at the same time.

                    Overall I really enjoyed the book. It is a chick lit book, so it is not a deep and meaningful read but it has enough twists and turns to keep you interested.

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                    15.05.2009 18:24
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                    Good chick lit book

                    ***The Plot***

                    Sophie has lots of money, courtesy of her indulgent father. She doesn't need to work (although she has an unofficial internship to a fairly famous photographer) and loves to party with her equally annoying friends. After a nasty surprise brings her crashing back down to earth, Sophie's financial situation changes overnight and she goes from rich to literally penniless. As a self-confessed little rich girl, she is used to having everything handed to her on a plate and the thought of actually having to work for a living is completely alien to her. As her new life forces her to reassess everything she knows, will Sophie be able to survive without the security of her father's money?

                    ***The Characters***

                    Sophie herself is annoying to begin with but I began to warm to her as the book progressed. Sophie is the main character, but there are several supporting characters that add to the basic plot. These include her 'friends' Carena and Philly, who are much the same as Sophie in that they have lots of money at their disposal, are used to getting what they want, and do not understand the word' no'. I found these characters really quite annoying, especially when they continuously pop up after Sophie's new life begins and seem to have no real redeeming features.

                    Once Sophie falls back to earth, she meets new friends in the form of Eck (Alec), Cal, James and Wolverine. Eck is a nice enough character for the most part and at first, seems far more preferable than the womanising Cal, although I did change my mind about both based on the last part of the book.

                    Her stepmother Gail seems like a decent character but we only really see her through Sophie's eyes, and as Sophie is wary of her and resents her presence in hers and her father's lives, this is not particularly favourable for the most part.



                    ***The Writing Style***

                    It is written from Sophie's viewpoint and in the first person. The book begans at the end (if that makes sense) with Sophie on the beach with a mystery man before the story unfolds. His identity is only revealed right at the end of the book in the Epilogue type chapter that rounds up what was happened to the main characters in the book.

                    ***Overall Thoughts***

                    This was typical chick lit in that there wasn't much in the way of plot and it is quite escapist. It is a nice light read but it won't tax your brain too much, and some people may find it too superficial and light. I really liked it, but then I am a big fan of chick lit books in general.

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