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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (Feb. 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333907388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333907382
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)


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Once upon a time, Minerva Dobbs thought as she stood in the middle of a loud yuppie bar, the world was full of good men. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on June 30 2004
Format: Hardcover
Okay -- wow, this was good! I have never read Crusie before, so I was expecting just another semi-generic chick lit novel. I've never been so glad to be disappointed!
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Quido on Feb. 19 2004
Format: Hardcover
I don't read a lot of "chick lit" -- but I do love Jennifer Cruisie. Cruisie's wit shines through in her characterization, her dialogue, and her ability to laugh at situations she's doubtless been in, through her characters' eyes.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori on Feb. 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
After I read Bet Me, I thought 'been there, done that. ' It seems like the author combined 'Fast Women' and 'Welcome to Temptation,' and threw in some new music (Elvis) and fairy tale stuff. There's the little kid and the baseball game, the three tight women friends, someone gets hit with something, the frozen mother and so on. And speaking of the frozen mother, it would be so nice to see this author portray a woman in her fifties as something other than an ice matron or manipulative or frozen or unfulfilled or incomplete or dead below the waist. When you think about some of her older female characters (Gwen, Liz, Nanette, Cal's mother, Maddie's mother) Crusie seems to perpetuate these stereotypes of the woman over fifty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine Shaw on Feb. 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
As the story opens, Minerva Dobbs is being dumped by her boyfriend in a bar. Later Min hears her ex making a bet with Calvin Morrisey. David bets that Cal cannot get Min into bed within a month's time. The bet is $10,000. but Min thought she heard $10. Furious, Min decides to use Cal for a month because she now needs a date for her sister's wedding. When Cal introduces himself and asks her out to dinner, she accepts. During dinner she realizes that she may not be able to hold out against this handsome man and decides to scrap her plan but fate will continue to throw these two together.
I read another book by this author entitled "Welcome To Temptation" and I did not like it. I will always give an author another try so when I read the first chapter of "Bet Me", I thought I was in for a good read. Well, halfway through I was again bored with these quirky characters. I am not a sourpuss or a prude and I love "Sex In The City" but all these characters really needed to get a life. Min is voluptuous and is constantly bemoaning her weight. Min's mother constantly reminds her about her weight. Cal is a hit and run lover who cannot commit to a woman. One friend, Bonnie is living in a fairy tale world. Min's sister, Diana, is not a happy bride. Min's mother is a pain in the butt. Cal's mother is a self-centered witch. And we hear the same things over and over and over. The love scene finally arrives at the end of the book and that also is a big letdown.
I now realize that there is no sitting on the fence with this author. You either like or dislike her work.
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