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Genre: Fiction / Author: Jane Costello / Paperback / 464 Pages / Book is published 2011-04-14 by Simon & Schuster Ltd

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      22.12.2011 08:04
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      To be honest I only really picked this book up as there was a 3 for £10 offer on in Asda when I bought this a few months ago. There is usually a 2 for £7 offer on, but that wasn't on at the time, and although the books were £3.86 each and I wasn't saving all that much buying 3 of them instead of the 2 that I wanted in the chart, then since I like to read then I thought i'd get this book since it worked out a little cheaper than normal. This is the first book I have read by this author.

      The main character in the book is called Abby. Abby is a busy working woman. She has not long set up her own Website Design business and is desperate to make her business a sucess. Work is her life and she doesn't have a significant other in her life - things are too busy for that. She is always rushing from 1 place to another and since the hasn't been in her business all that long then she is just trying to claw herself out of the initial start up debt that a business has, then she will perhaps slow down a bit. Money is a bit tight just now with everything going to bills at the moment.

      At the start of the book we read that Abby has a slight bump in her Car. She wasn't paying attention and goes crashing into a man on a Motorbike - which surprisingly doesn't go down well. She tries to get out of the blame of the accident but the man is having none of it, and now Abby has another bill looming with her Insurance company - but it's not the first time she has had a bump!

      Anyway things get settled and she gets the man that she hit out of her mind and concentrates on her normal life. Her friend Jess is into keeping fit persuades Abby to come to her running club. Abby could do with losing a bit weight and Abby finally agrees to go running and it is there that she meets the man that she hit in her Car again. This is enough to put Abby off, but she then decided to starts training for a half marathon to raise money, so it isn't the usual fluffy chick lit book.

      How did I find the book? Well to start off with I read about 50 pages and felt a little bored. The start of the book is interesting enough since you find out about the accident so early on, but then it goes a bit flat and there is a bit of a wait to get the story to build up a bit so I did put the book down for a few days and then go back to it. I would say the 2nd half of the book gets a bit more interesting and the character of Abby seems to change a little and she becomes a bit nicer - not that she wasn't nice at the start, but you can see from the start that she is just preoccupied with her business.

      I have read this once and don't see me reading this again, but it was enjoyable to read this the 1 time and I will now seek out other books from this author.

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      03.08.2011 14:00
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      A great light hearted read

      I need to put my hands up and say I am a new fan or Jane Costello! I recently read and reviewed one of her books. My Single Friend and I absolutely loved it. I couldn't wait to get started on another one so I didn't hesitate when I saw Girl On The Run I knew it was coming home with me!

      Plot
      Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one Blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two.
      But since starting her own business after too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life. When she's encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise.
      Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the leggings that resemble strawberry-flavoured condoms and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, she vows never to return. Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life - and Abby's - forever.

      My Opinion
      This is the first author whose work I cannot compare to any other Authors books I have read. Jane Costello really has an edge to her writing which I adore! I had always been put off reading any of Costello's books by the front cover as they never really appealed to me but then this is definitely where the saying "Do not judge a book by its cover" comes into light! I found whilst reading Girl on the Run I received some strange looks from my partner due to me keep laughing aloud whilst reading this book. I found that things that our main character Abby was doing I could see myself doing in her position and I think because this felt so life like it did make me laugh imagining me in her shoes.

      From the first chapter I was gripped. I was a little unsure if I was going to like this book as much as My single Friend as when I read this books synopsis I was a little unsure if it was going to be for me as it was clearly about keeping fit which is something I am afraid of! (I write this review with a bag of Maltesers next to me!)

      Luckily it is clear from the start of the book that Abby has the same feelings about keeping fit as me so I felt I could relate to her character. I absolutely loved our main character Abby she feels so down to earth to read, and is so witty without realising it but this only makes her character even more entertaining to read. I did find the whole romance part of the book a little predictable but this didn't ruin the book as it is such a light hearted entertaining read.

      Although I found the book comical and light hearted read there is an deeper part of the book which is the reason why Abby starts the whole keep fit regime and I think the way Costello brings this topic into her storyline is done very gently and brings enough awareness to grab the reader's attention without going overboard. We learn a lot about a terrible illness without actually realising we are being educated on the signs and symptoms of what can be such a debilitating illness.

      What I also loved was the short chapters. Each chapter was only 3-4 pages long which really helped me this week with work being chaotic this week It allowed me to pick up the odd chapter here and there as that is one thing I cannot do is leave a chapter mid way.

      I would defiantly recommend this book and I would not hesitate in rating it a top 5 stars as this is a book which you just cannot find faults. I cannot wait for the next Jane Costello book, let's hope she doesn't keep us waiting too long!

      Book review also on my blog http://reabookreview.blogspot.com

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        01.08.2011 21:47
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        Excellent book, highly recommended

        I have just finished this book, which I started just 2 days ago, I couldn't put it down! I have quite a busy lifestyle and it usually takes me a lot longer to finish a book, but I found myself reading this book whenever I could even if it was just one chapter because I just kept thinking about it and what happened next!

        I found myself really feeling for some of the characters and now I miss them since I finished it! This book by Jane Costello, is the third I have read by this author, and it is definitely one of the best ones. I am never disappointed by any books by this author, she writes great chick lit books.

        The name 'Girl on the run' made me think the book would be about a girl running away from a relationship etc but it was nothing like that. It was great to read a chick lit book which wasn't just the usual boy and a girl falling for each other etc. The storylines were really clever in this book. The main character in this book is Abby Rogers, who has just set up her own website design business and is doing really well for herself. She puts all her time and energy into her work and hasn't really had a relationship for a long time.

        She is a little overweight and never exercises, so when her friend Jess, who is into fitness, suggests she join her running club, she isn't remotely interested until she sees the man who runs it! She immediately falls for Oliver, and when he invites her to join, she signs up. It doesn't go according to plan at first, but it was great following her progress with the running throughout the book.

        Soon the running club isn't just about getting to see Oliver 3 times a week, as she starts running for a great cause, and to raise money. I wont say what, as I don't want to give too much of the storyline away, but I felt myself wanting to know who well she was doing, and wondering if she was going to make it. Abby start training for a half marathon to raise money for a charity, and it really made me think I should be doing something like this for a good cause, it doesn't cost you anything and she raised so much money.

        She also bumps into a man called Tom at the running club who she earlier in the book nearly killed by knocking him off his bike! I loved Abby and Toms relationship, their emails to each other were funny, and there was an unexpected twist towards the end, which was a bit predictable, but what I didn't predict is what happened with Oliver. There is a turn in the story in the middle of the book which I found a bit strange as Oliver didn't come across as this person to me as a reader, and I thought it was a bit odd the character of Oliver literally changed overnight, I can't explain properly as you would have to read the book to know what I mean! I didn't like how the author wrote this character and then changed him overnight, he was lovely and then suddenly unexpectedly he turned out to be a bit of a creep. However the story and other character more than made up for this.

        I loved the running storyline, as I thought the book would just be all about her meeting someone, falling for them etc like a lot of chick lit books are, although there is this side to the book, but it wasn't the only storyline. A lot of the other characters like Jess her best friend, her team mates at work, members of the running club, there were lots of little storylines going on, so the book kept me so interested, and you really got to know so many of the other characters really well, instead of just getting to know the main one properly. You got to know all about their lives, and I really warmed to many of the characters not just Abby.

        Jane Costello is a brilliant writer, and this book had me laughing out loud at times, and some parts really upset me. I couldn't put it down, and I have ordered my next book from Jane Costello already on Amazon! I bought this book on Amazon for £3.86, and I really enjoyed it, I got into it straight away, and it kept me interested the whole way through, definitely a great book for people who like books not too hard to follow, just easy to read to chill out.

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        13.06.2011 16:03
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        A jane Costello book

        I have some authors who, without question I will buy their books even without needing to know what the story is about, simply because, I have always enjoyed their books and know I like their writing style and will pretty much have a guaranteed good read. In fact I have a fair few of these authors and when I was in Tesco, yet again, browsing books, I found that 3 of my favourite authors had books released into paperback and so, making sure I took advantage of the on-going offer they do on books I promptly bought all three new books plus a random fourth one to make up the 4 for the offer!


        The author:
        Jane Costello is an English author who was the editor for the Liverpool daily post for 4 years. She has written 4 books including this one, her first of which was written on Maternity leave and she has never looked back!


        The plot:
        Abby is not the fittest person on the planet but, she does own a small and successful business. All the wining and dining of clients has helped her waist grow that little bit and she knows she needs to do something. However when her friend Jess suggests the running club, it isn't quite the kind of sport Abby is used to or thinks she will be any good at but, one of its members, Oliver is quite the eye candy and when he seems interested in her, Abby is keen to get to know him even better. Then, when one of her staff breaks some news to her, it changes everything and the running club isn't just about getting fit anymore but, about something else entirely and Abby knows she will have to stick through it.


        Characters:
        I really liked the character of Abby because even though she has her own business and is successful, she is totally down to earth. She comes across as a normal person who cannot believe that she actually does have her own business and still has doubts about love, life and everything else in general. It also helps that she is slightly accident prone when it comes to her driving and this helps make her seem more human! I found it really easy to like her as a person and the fact that she really is likable makes the book even more enjoyable. I like how the author gives her worries that are the kind of worries any normal person would have as this also makes it easier to connect with her as a person and makes her come alive even more too.
        Jess is Abby's best friend who also comes across as a lovely person who has made a mistake in her life and I like yet again, that the author has made her more real by having her have a little side story of her own.
        Oliver is a character that has been written in a very clever way as he is a main focus in the story yet, we don't hear in speak that often when I consider it now. This works though and the author has created somebody that is used an awful lot in context but, only actually used occasionally until nearer the end and I have to say this is very clever on her part!
        There are a fair few other people who feature in the book including Abby's parents and work colleagues and these have all been written in such a way that they really help bring the story together and make it come alive.


        Price:
        As mentioned I bought this book in Tesco as part of their two books for £8 offer making this brand new book just £4. I think this is an excellent price for a new book and even more so that this was such an enjoyable read.


        Overall opinion:
        I once again, really enjoyed this author's work. I was able to get straight into the book and once I started I didn't want to stop! I found myself picking up the book at every opportunity I got even if I literally only managed to read a page as I was enjoying it so much I wanted to know what was going to happen. I have not been disappointed by any of this authors work so far and this book is no exception. I would definitely recommend this book and as it is not part of a series you can read this without having had to have read any of her other books first although, I of course, would recommend that you read all of her other books anyway! Another great book and already I am looking forward to her next one.

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          23.05.2011 19:55
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          Brilliant read

          Abby Rogers is the least health-conscious 28-year-old you're ever likely to meet and her only concession to healthy eating is eating on blueberry muffin instead of her usual two. So when her best friend Jess invites her to her running club, Abby can think of no worse way to spend her time. However, the thought of seeing Dishy Doctor Oliver on a regular basis propels her to say yes. After a disastrous first session, puking included, Abby vows to never run again. Until she finds out something shocking about friend and co-worker Heidi and soon Abby's running for more than just the fun of it.

          I am a huge, huge fan of Jane Costello. In fact, that's an understatement. I'm a massive fan. As soon as I read her second novel The Nearly-Weds I was hooked. I then devoured Bridesmaids and, more recently, My Single Friend. So it's safe to say that when I saw a fourth novel up on Amazon called Girl on the Run, I was excited! Jane's novels are always a pleasure to read, and the pages just fly by for me whenever I read her novels. So when I received a copy of Girl in the Run I was bursting to read it (just my luck I was busy finishing off two books in a series) but I cleared them out quickly and finally, finally I got to read Girl on the Run and I bloomin' loved it.

          Girl on the Run is, as you might expect, about running. A new trend in Chick Lit it has to be said with Fiona Gibson releasing a novel about running earlier in the year called Mum on the Run. Obviously, the motivation behind the running in both novels is to get fit, but with Girl in the Run, it's also about raising funds. I don't want to spoil what the funds are for, but you do find out early on in the book so it's not exactly a big secret. I liked the reasoning behind Abby's desire to complete a half-marathon and is much better than it solely being about getting fit (despite the fact that that is a big benefit, too). It added gravitas to the plot without being overly contrived.

          Right from the off, the book had me hooked. Abby runs someone over within the first few pages and I loved her panic when she thought she'd killed the man she'd banged into. And the laughs continue steadily throughout the book. I don't think a book this year has made me laugh as much as Girl on the Run did. Jane just seems to have a natural affinity for putting comedic moments into her novels. They don't seem forced, they're just part and parcel of her characters and bring their personalities to life that bit more. Each page flows perfectly and I was hooked for 455 pages. I was hugely worried about Abby's fixation with Dishy Doc Oliver, and I did think that might ruin the book for me, but it didn't.

          I loved Abby. Seriously, I want to meet this girl. She's in the exact same mould as Costello's previous characters: Evie, Lucy and Zoe. She's warm, she's funny, she's the kind of girl you want to be, the kind of girl you want to know. The characters around Abby are just as warm and engaging, from her work colleagues - Heidi, Matt and Priya - to her parents, to her best friend Jess. Even Tom, who Abby runs over at the beginning, comes back into the book (which delighted me no end, let me tell you). Seriously, of all the Chick Lit males I've put my name to (Luke Brandon and Johnny Jefferson amongst others), Tom has shot up the list, he was a fantastic character and I loved the banter between him and Abby. I didn't much take to Oliver, the Dishy Doc, he just rubbed me up the wrong way, from that very first meeting with Abby.

          I knew the ending of Girl on the Run from page 5. Why, then, did I love the book so much? I hear you ask. Because of what it took to get there. For me, when I'm reading a Chick Lit novel, knowing who my main character is going to end up with is meant to be predictable. I'm meant to know, loud and clear. For me, the getting there is what makes the book for me. What turns the plot takes, what obstacles get in the way and although I'd love a romance that takes the bull by the horns and doesn't take until 10 pages before the end to get going, I doubt that's every going to happen so the distractions in novels like Girl on the Run are what I judge the book on. Along with the plot and characters and writing style. Jane Costello has one of the most pleasurable writing styles I've read, her chapters are short and snappy and allow for that 'Just one more...' feeling and the fact she narrates from her main character's point of view makes it all the better. I was surprised by Girl on the Run, by how much I loved it because there's always a nagging doubt that this will be the book that might not be as good as the previous ones, but for me, this was Jane at her best and I lapped up every page.

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