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This is a review of the 2001 book 'Pants on fire' by Maggie Alderson.
**Clues were there***
It was not the greatest book to read and I think the clues were there... when I bought it a few years ago, it was marked down in Asda to £1.63 with a 'smart price' sticker. Secondly the back page quote says:
'I knew what happened to English gels (yep gels) who went to Australia. They met marvellous men with strong forearms who tipped their hats, saved your life and the took you off to live on a farm as big as Wales, I could hardly wait...'
**why did I do it?**
Well after that I could hardly wait too, to read it. I mean really, even at that price the back page screamed 'put me back down' but no, ever one for a challenge, I chose to spend good money to read this.
***English girl hits Oz***
I'm sorry to be so negative but this book was lame and predictable. Gorgia Abbot is a women's magazine editor and she leaves her cheating fiance in London to work on a magazine in Sydney, Australia.
**Life is just one big party***
She does the party scene, starting off with an Australia Day silly hat party where she is eyeing up all the men and fancying virtually every one she meets. She goes through six men who are all unsiutable and finds a gay best friend.
***Fancy a sauna?**
The book covers a year in time - Georgie gets in a few scrapes and had a few strange experiences, being naked in a sauna with the gay friend for one, joining in smoking and doing drugs 'cos everyone else is too at the party, and on and on.
I really can't drum up much enthusiasm for this book. In addition to the irritating lead character, the over use of Oz words like pash, ute, and gallah are yawn-making plus the nickname Georgia's friends make up for her 'pussy' short for pussycat, it also has the happy ever ending finish which just about seals it for me.
Georgia just doesn't come accross as someone with the qualities of a magazine editor so she is not even believable in this role. She comes accross as a bit desperate to make friends and even more desperate to meet her perfect man (yawn).
I'm quite surprised to see that Penguin published this, I thought they were better than that. If you see this book for sale, just don't bother, it's not even funny. I'd be interested to know the number of times the word 'party' is mentioned in the book it is just tiresome.
**Doo yoo rating***
One star, reluctantly, because I can't award any less. I really didn't rate this book and will not be reading any more books by this author in the future.
Pants on fire - Maggie Alderson
Pants on fire is a novel about Georgia (Georgiana, but NOT Georgie!) Abbott who moves to Australia to escape from her life after she left her fiance who cheated on her. She moves from her job in London to a job on Glow magazine where she meets her friends that throw her straight into a whirl of A list parties, dancing, drugs and cowboys. She finds that men in Australia aren't all that different to those in London that she left behind.
I started reading this book during my exams, as a chill out thing when I wasn't revising. But then I stopped because it wasn't any more interesting than textbooks! I got to page 120 and it wasn't going anywhere so due to my complete lack of interest in it, it got kicked under my bed. Until I finished my exams, I was bored and looking for something to do, so I decided to try reading it again. Although it was quite slow to begin with, once I perservered past the first 150 or so pages, it was actually quite good, although it wasn't one of those that keeps me hooked to the end.
I thought this book was going to be one that really grabbed my interest, but as with a few of the books I've written about recently, I judged the book by it's cover! The front cover is very girly with a town scene in the background in pink, purple and white. With a girl from the neck down dressed to the nines, carrying a pink cowboy hat, which you will see the significance of during the book.
I borrowed this from my sister, but definately wouldn't have paid the £6.99 for it!
Published by Penguin
ISBN: 0 14 100374 X
A broken heart is hard to mend. And a good heart is practically impossible to find... When Georgia Abbott's fiance cheats on her, she's left with a broken heart and the reality of her humdrum life in London.