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Review of 'Misbehaving', a novel by Sarah Harvey.
I am reviewing the paperback version of the novel, published by Headline Book Publishing, 374 pages, ISBN 978-0747223146, cover price £5.99. Genre-Modern fiction.
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The main character, twenty- something, Alex, is devastated when she finds her long term boyfriend Max in bed with her aerobics instructor. Her seemingly perfect relationship bites the dust and she is further dismayed to find that none of her friends or family had ever liked Max, putting up with him for her sake.
Alex has two good female friends, Emma and Serena who take it upon themselves to help their friend rebuild her social life. After a drunken evening out, the friends hatch a plot to see who can seduce the most men in a given period of time. They decide upon two months being a good time for their competition.
Alex has only ever had the one boyfriend, her ex Max, so she embarks on the mission in a rather tentative way. She and her friends agree to keep a tally of their conquests and Alex is reluctant to even attempt to join in. Her friends seemly have no such inhibitions and are bed hopping happily whilst Alex is unable to even get started. After a couple of false starts and dubious encounters with work colleagues, Alex meets a very attractive man named Jake, in a bar. She falls hook, line and sinker for Jake and ends up in bed with him. After their meeting, Alex feels she has met the man of her dreams, but given the circumstances of their encounter, she thinks there can be no future for them.
Meanwhile Alex' friends are beating her hands down with their seduction scores and telling her that it is fine to 'act like men do'. She is feeling that the role of predator is not one that sits comfortably on her shoulders and that given the way her ex treated her, their relationship was not as rosy as she had thought.
All is not as it seems however and Alex is heading for the shock of her life.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
This novel is the first from author Sarah Harvey and I'm afraid it shows. Technically, the book is well written, the dialogue is sharp and witty with some humorous one-liners. The plot is fast paced and the characters are well drawn, if not particularly likeable, but they are believable none the less. My problem is that there is something lacking in this novel. I cannot truly put my finger on just what is missing, but the storyline definitely falls short in my opinion.
Given the subject matter of the plot, I felt the author has done well to avoid letting her characters become seedy or over the top, but the novel is not one I would go out of my way to re-read.
I was given this book by a friend in my book swapping group. I am always interested to try something by an author previously unknown to me, but this particular novel simply did not appeal to me.
I understand that this author has previously written short stories for teen magazines, so perhaps her writing style would be better suited to a younger reader than me!
To conclude, I do not feel that I can give this novel more than a 3*rating.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 December 2012
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I got this book with B magazine so wasn’t really expecting much from it…I was wrong. Alex Grey has just found out her long-term boyfriend has been cheating on her so she turns to her best friends (Serena and Emma) to help put her life back together. After a very drunk night out, they settle on a competition to cure Alex’s broken heart. A competition to see how many men they can seduce in two months. The story follows Alex’s life as she tries to keep up with her friends and fails, until she meets Jake, a gorgeous hotelier (or so she thinks). I won’t give away the plot but I will say that the story is well written and very entertaining. A perfect book for lounging by the pool with!
Following a harsh experience of infidelity, Alex takes up a challenge to seduce as many men as possible in two months.