Friday, January 21, 2011

Dumping Billy by Olivia Goldsmith

Dumping Billy 
by Olivia Goldsmith

Started: 12/16/10
Finished: 1/17/11
Rating: 4

From Amazon: 
Kate Jameson has outgrown her Brooklyn gang: Bina, Bunny, Barbie and Bev, aka the Bitches of Bushwick. While the Bs still go for French manicures and (gasp) matching furniture, Kate has embraced the urbane life. She has a Chelsea apartment and a neat job as school psychologist at Andrew Country Day "in the best neighborhood in Manhattan." But when Kate meets bad boy bar owner Billy Nolan in her natal borough, she instantly wants to get Brooklyn back into the girl. He's hot for her, too, but fate intervenes in the form of Kate's best friend, Elliot Winston. Elliot and his boyfriend, Brice, are determined to keep Kate from committing romantic folly yet again. In a plot twist that the late Goldsmith (The First Wives Club, etc.) might have called Queer Eye for the Straight Goy, Elliot notices that every time Billy dumps a girl, she marries the next guy she dates. So instead of following heart and loins to Billy's bed, Kate helps Elliot engineer a match between Billy and Bina, whose putative fiancé, Jack, went to Hong Kong without giving her the anticipated diamond. Minor complications abound, as Bina dates Billy but falls for someone else, and Kate's burning jealousy blinds her to the truth long after the reader sees it. Goldsmith's fans will perhaps forgive the almost farcical absence of reality; others may resent not only the illogic but also the stereotyping of gays, Jews, working-class Catholics and nearly everybody else. If Goldsmith had affection for her characters, she hid it well. 
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My review:
This is my first finished book of the year. I picked it up at a church sale for $1 and thought it was cute. It was an ok book, I love the characters. Kate and Bina were hysterical. When Kate had to mix her upper class lifestyle with her old Brooklyn friends, she was sure that it would be a travesty. However, the antics that happen when these two lifestyle meet is great. The story was a little drawn out for me and a little airy. I have't been reading much lately, kinda been in a slump so I do think that's why I thought it was so longwinded. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a light weight chick lit book to read and not have to follow a deep story line to understand and enjoy. 

Next up: 
A Texas-Made Family by Roz Denny Fox

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