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From Publishers Weekly
Minerva Dobbs's mother named her daughter after the Greek goddess. Yet Min, who's grown up to be a curvy woman who adores carbs, isn't quite a knockout beauty and, at 33, she shows no signs of getting married anytime soon. So when the dashingly handsome (god-like, in fact) Calvin Morrissey enters Min's life and starts pouring on the charm, she's skeptical. As well she should be-it appears Cal has a $10,000 bet with some of his drinking buddies that he can get Min into bed within a month. Statistics-loving Min knows about the bet and figures she can play Cal for a month, use him as a date for her sister's upcoming wedding and then dump him right before the month is up. Alas, destiny has different plans. As Min and Cal fall for each other, Crusie pulls out the pranks, repeatedly pushing the two together and then tearing them apart. A bubbly cast of characters alternately helps and hinders romance, including Cal's ex-girlfriend, a psychologist who studies relationships for a living; a matchmaking Italian chef; and Min's friend Liza, who'll stop at nothing to make sure Min doesn't wind up with the conniving Cal. It's all cutesy, corny, romantic fun, and Crusie (Fast Women; Faking It; etc.) has created a loveable character in Min. Although some readers will be sucked into Crusie's deliberate plot, others may cringe at its predictability. With multiple references to Chicken Marsala, Krispy Kreme donuts and Midwestern brats (a fine contrast to Min's compulsively thin-thinking mother), Crusie's latest should delight romance readers with a penchant for sinful foods.
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Minerva Dobbs thought David Fisk might be the one she's been waiting for, until he dumps her three weeks before her sister Diana's wedding. Min soon realizes just how lucky she is to be rid of David when she overhears him at her favorite bar betting a handsome stranger, Calvin Morrisey, that Cal couldn't bed Min in a month. At first Min debates the idea of giving them both a piece of her mind, but then she remembers she still needs a date for the wedding. Why not use the all-too charming Cal just like he was going to use her, and then dump him? Of course, Min never expected that Cal might turn out to be the "one." A sturdy statistician who thinks Elvis Presley is the only man worth waiting for discovers that fairy tales can come true if you are only willing to believe. New York Times best-selling Crusie maintains her winning streak in another wickedly witty, deliciously sexy contemporary romance. Finding exactly the right balance between cynicism and optimism, Crusie deftly blends snappy dialogue; quirky, irrepressible secondary characters; and two beautifully matched protagonists struggling against their romantic fate. John Charles
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I think this is the most perfect chick lit book I have ever read. It was hilarious, for one -- the one-liners just kept coming the whole novel through. And they were *good* one-liners, funny, smart, sexy, and witty. The characters were fabulous -- well-drawn, quirky, likeable (the good guys), deliciously unlikeable (the bad guys), intelligent, and fully fleshed-out. These were people I wanted to get to know and hang out with, the kind of people I could see myself being friends with. And the plot was utterly absorbing. Once I started, I couldn't put the book down. Literally. I stayed up until 9:00 in the morning finishing this thing; by the end, I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open, but I kept on reading instead of doing the sensible thing and, y'know, sleeping, because I just *had* to know what happened next. It's been a while since I've been that caught up in a book. I'm going to have to check out Jennifer Crusie's other novels, because that was really a lot of fun!
Oh! I forgot to mention the best part! The overweight heroine doesn't lose weight to win the heart of the hero! Not only is she as fat for the happily-ever-after ending as she was for the beginning, but the hero kept feeding her all the way through the novel because he liked the look on her face when she ate something yummy. I was starving when I finished _Bet Me_ -- people kept eating pasta, chicken marsala, and Krispy Kreme donuts! I've been waiting a long time for a book that said you don't have to be thin to be happy, and actually *meant* it. Thanks, Ms. Crusie!
All of that seems missing from "Bet Me", her latest. I'm told it's an older manuscript that got polished for publication -- but much of what I enjoy about Cruisie's work is missing. There are no really likeable characters here, especially in the parents of lead characters Min and Calvin. In terms of romance and sexual situations, which Crusie excels at - you can get warm reading what Calvin thinks about Min, but you really can't see much real passion from any of the other characters for their various partners. The characters I hated included Cynthie, David...and I was pretty impatient with Bonnie and her outlook on fairy tale lives (although her proposal to Calvin's friend was witty)...and Crusie went on and on about Min's weight, her self-consciousness, and her carb count. Truly, this book was an advertisement for Krispy Kreme donuts and chicken Marsala.
Crusie can do much, much better, and I'm looking forward to her next work of original, and not reworked material.
2 stars - I really wouldn't bother, if I were you.
The reason I rated this a 4 is that the main character Min was overweight and could not be comfortable with herself (until the latter part of the book). Her boyfriend, Cal, was understanding, supportive, and completely comfortable with her size but she wasn't. As a result I felt uncomfortable for her through the majority of the book. I realize that the character was 'in process' and her outlook had changed dramatically by the end still this is why a 4 not a 5. Give me a chubby character who is comfortable in their identity and secure with their self image and you get a 5!
This was my first of Crusie and it will not be my last, I plan on getting the rest of them and hoping that they all will be as fun, intersting, and entertaining as 'Bet Me' Worth your time and money!
Most recent customer reviews
Absolutely enchanting. Not about skinny young people. The main characters have flaws just like real people. Can picture yourself in the story.Published 19 months ago by Geraldine Mathewson
I quite liked this book. I liked all the characters and how the plot unfolded. All six of their main friends are quirky individuals I would like to know except David who is... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2013 by cozyfan
I LOVED this book! I never read any of Jennifer Crusie's books and now I have all but her very latest (I'm trying to get the ones out of print on ebay LOL). Read morePublished on June 21 2006 by S. Powers
I know this is a trivial matter, but I've been listening to "Bet on Me" on CD over the past day or so on a long road trip. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Kari E. Knowles
I like this Jennifer Crusie book. Her main characters weren't perfect and yet still found their prince charmings. Read morePublished on July 3 2004
The book was adorable for about the first 10 chapters....then it's a spiraling descent into stupidity and repetition that could only end when one throws the book against the... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Isobel
I picked up this book, thinking it sounded pretty interesting, and wanting something light after all the thrillers I've been reading. This book did not disappoint! Read morePublished on June 26 2004
After looking over the other reviews, much to my surprise, I realize that the vast majority of reviews of this book thought it was great. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by amyincanton
This book was wonderful. From start to finish, I was entertained and laughing all the way through. I fell in love with Min and Cal from the start. Read morePublished on June 14 2004