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My friend gave me this book a while ago. She had hated it and warned me that it was rubbish but at least I could read it and get a review out of it.
The main character is 32 year old Cas who is by her own admission amoral and uses and loses people. She's determined that men are only playthings and doesn't ever want a relationship or to give men the opportunity to hurt her.
The TV channel she works for had been losing viewers so her boss gives Cas the task of boosting viewing figures by coming up with a programme to grip the nation. Cas’s answer is ‘Sex with an ex’ which appeals to people who are unsure about their partner’s fidelity before marriage to find out if the person is faithful or if there is an ex they still had feelings for. The show is an instant hit although it does tear the lives apart of contestants.
Darren would be the ideal contestant – he’s attractive, moral and the fact that he refuses to take part only makes Cas want him more. She chases after him and after a few days, she has the feeling that Darren is someone that she could fall for. Will Cass take the plunge with Darren or will she stick to the barriers she has so carefully placed around herself?
I have always been a fan of Adele Park’s writing and her way of taking typical chick lit and turning it on its head. This book is a fantastic example of that. I have read many books which have featured men with Cas's attitudes but never another book which features a female lead character who has casual sex and whose favourite ‘conquests’ are married ones as there’s less chance of more than a quick fumble.
To be fair, Cas is an unlikeable character and one that I should be programmed to hate as her morals and opinions are far removed from my own but the overall feeling that I had for Cas was pity rather than condemnation. It is revealed why she hardened her heart towards men and it’s clear that she has never really gotten over the fact that her father left when she was a young child and having to witness the devastation of her mother. Yes, some of her thoughts and opinions are wrong but at the same time, I can understand why an event like that at a young age could shape your opinions of men for life.
I found this book easy to read and to follow. I think maybe it helped that I had low expectations of this book, but I did really enjoy the book and was surprised at how much I actually liked Cas once more of her story was revealed.
As much as Legally Blonde was my favourite film of the year, Game Over by Adele Parks (published 2001) is absolutely scintilating. The story is based on a character by the name of Cas Perry, a thirty-something career girl working her way up in the tv industry. Cas, hurt by her parents marriage break-up (her father left her mother when she was a child) has no confience in real relationships and 'shags' around. She feels no remorse in this, as she makes it clear to men in her life what the rules are, no commitment loud and clear. Cas reaps the rewards of success when at TV6, the channel where she works, she creates a new programme 'Sex with an Ex'. The programme brings in someone on the verge of marriage and they secretly tempt their intended with a willing ex. The consequences are merciless. However things spiral out of control when an ex rejects the chance to be used for public entertainment and Cas gains an immense atraction for the guy, namely Darren. Real love crosses Cas's path and the consequences are so well thought out, I have to give a public applause for Adele Parks. This books combines romance with edge-of-your-seat drama. It si witty, funny and addictive. The book is on sale at most supermarkets and book shops, although I bought my copy online via justgoodbooks! It is on sale for £5.99 but I only paid £3.50. Adele Parks is the author of Playing Away which I have yet to read. However, if you like her books she has a web site at www.adeleparks.com. Alternatively, you could contact her publisher at www.penguin.com. Happy reading!
This book is about Jocasta Perry (Cas to her friends). She is a TV Executive in charge of coming up with new ideas for shows for her channel TV6. She is an unfeeling hard-nosed bitch, who has slept with over fifty men (all ‘shags’ her words) the only people she cares about are her mum,(her dad left when she was 7) Josh and Issie, her best friends who she has known forever. She comes up with a new idea for a TV show called ‘Sex with an Ex’. Basically she gets someone who is just about to get married and tests his or her partner with an ex. An explosive combination that ups the ratings to TV6’s channel to an all time high. But what Cas didn't count on was Darren - tall dark and handsome - a babe. She tries to persuade him to go on Sex with an Ex but the consequences are more far reaching than Cas could ever have imagined. I was astonished by the lack of emotion when I first began reading this book. It was like reading in a monotone voice. It is written in first person and the author writes in a very direct, ‘don’t beat around the bush’ way. I very nearly stopped reading the book halfway through it was that lacking in anything you would expect from a novel. Descriptions were forthright and abrupt. But Adele Parks is indeed a very very clever author. She took Cas’s lack of emotion and wrote this way - amazing. Then as Cas began to get more emotional (I won’t reveal why) the style of writing became more emotional. At times it felt like reading someone's diary. Very clever indeed. It contains all the usual ‘chickflick’ ingredients - girl meets man, shags man (in Adele’s words!) loses man etc etc. I would definitely recommend this book, good reading on a long journey, the first part can be a bit tiresome but that is because of the lack of emotion. It can be put down but this gets harder the more into the book you get. The ending is abrupt - it could
have carried on to a better conclusion (although I wont say what - spoil the plot!), but all in all a good read.
Toughened by the failure of her parents marriage, Cas Perry eschews the whole relationship thing and ruthlessly manipulates those around her - until she meets Darren.