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Fancy Pants [Kindle Edition]

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8–This is a very uneven book, with some sections highly creative, informative, and fun and others almost insulting to youngsters (in one paragraph on how to make noises the author states, "being able to make a farting or bombing sound is very important to your career as a boy"). King begins by chastising those readers who might be looking for political correctness and warns that this title will be gross at times but suggests that he is offering what boys really want. Alphabetically arranged chapters range from "Dumb Directions on Products" to "Girls, Bullies and Parties," to "Man Food for Manhood!" (Spamburgers, crapola cookies, etc.), and include activities, jokes, and a few facts. The author points out that boys should really know how to use the kitchen and provides first-date advice. Unfortunately, his tone is so casual that the good suggestions he presents are likely to be lost in the silliness and the "boys will be boys" approach. The long list of reading recommendations gives no indication of age appropriateness.–Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
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LaVyrle Spencer Refreshingly original, witty and touching.

Elizabeth Lowell What the world needs is more books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Publishers Weekly This delectable confection offers unadulterated entertainment. Sleek romantic comedy.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416505245
  • Publisher: Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Jan. 31 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037Z70SU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't this miss this one!!! or ull regret it Jan. 31 2004
By Jem S.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
They always say that the 1st written novels are the best...yet, I can't say this book is the best, nor it is the worst. I read some of the reviews and I was kinda bracing myself for a terrible book, but instead I found a book that is about picking up yourself again after luck has turn its back on u, and yes, it's still a Phillips romance on its best...Most readers find this novel disappointing because it's not your typical boy meets girl on the 1st chapter. They are too frustrated because it's taking so long for Francesca and Dallie to meet. I bet they're muttering, "the hell with Chloe and Black Jack, just get it on," I didn't mind the history part, it builds the anticipation for the best parts. You learn about their lives. You learn to love them when u hated their guts at first. Like Francesca, I just wanna strangle her on the 1st few chapters. And sometimes, she's just too dumb and vain, and then halfway through the book, I just wanna cry for her and give her a little push, saying, " go on, u can do it!" Phillips has once again able to pull some emotions out of her readers. A few times, I banged the book to the wall, and hated the turn of events. But that's wat makes a good book, if it can make u scream, laugh, or hurt for the characters, I'll say it's worth ur time. I like Phillips; she's not afraid to embarrass her characters. Teddy is the best kid Phillips has ever written. I assure u, Fancy Pants is another winner! Don't let others stopped u from reading it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brutal beginning, but nice ending Dec 30 2009
Format:Paperback
The first 150 pages of this book involved VERY tough slugging. To be completely honest, despite my deep enjoyment of many of SEP's previous novels, I am quite surprised that I stuck it out long enough for the story to pick up. This book provides far too much background information on Francesca, her mother, and her grandmother. I am all for setting the scene with descriptive writing but, as this book demostrates, there is definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing.

In the beginning of this book, Francesca is a spoiled little rich girl with no perception of kindness for anyone other than herself. She is insensitive, stuck up, vain, and just about everything else that I cannot stand in a heroine. The upside is that Francesca evolves into a highly likeable character. The downside is that it takes a solid four hours of reading torture in order for the reader to start enjoying this book. Even still, I am not sure whether the middle and ending of this book make up for its truly awful beginning.

I recommend that anyone who still feels compelled to give this book a chance, pick it up at a library. That way, if you find the beginning too torturous to get through, you won't have wasted any money on it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Her Worst May 20 2004
By cplogic
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hated the characters, especially our hero(?). In real life he and his friend would have spent many years in prison for kidnapping. All SEP's other books are great.
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By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Huge SEP fan here. I found Fancy Pants to be out of the norm of the regular "boy meets girl" romance formula, but loved it anyway. I liked the fact that both Francesca and Dallie were not very likeable characters in the beginning, and though most characters grow and change, no two characters needed to more than these two. I liked that details of their lives (like Danny's death) popped up throughout the story, surprising us. The only thing that seemed a bit "much" was the large amount of time spent on some secondary characters (did Naomi, Chloe, Black Jack and Miranda need so much time in the story?) I did almost wish Francesca had bumped into Nicky, or someone from her old life at the end so they could have seen how much she had changed.
In any case, this was a bit different, but the payoff at the end was great (as usual).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, really bad July 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I finally got around to reading Fancy Pants with great excitment. I have every SEP book and I had just finished "It Had to Be You", so I guess my expectations were high. FP is purely AWFUL! From the hero being a jerk (that I never grew to like) to his being married (yep ladies, and he doesn't get a dee-vorce in a hurry either). To the heroine being a moronic brat that well, 'finds herself' and therefore becomes attractive to the jerk. There are few likable characters, and it takes 13 years before they 'run' into each other again and actually have a 'romance'. If you feel compelled to read this book, do NOT buy it, check it out from the library. I sent my copy there.
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By dru187
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my favorite authors, and this was the first book I read by her so it remains my favorite. More often than not, I find romance novels boring, unbelievable, silly and completely by the numbers. It would do SEP's novels an injustice to simply refer to them as romance novels. Her stories are fun, intelligent, unpredictable and bittersweet. She can have you laughing out loud on one page and on the next have you in tears. She creates these wonderful, fascinating, complex, and FLAWED characters...as opposed to the simplistic, boring, goody-goody perfection of most romantic leads. And perhaps no characters in all of her novels are so flawed as Francie and Dallie. Francie is a silly, spoiled little girl whom you can't help but feel sorry for when she's left on her own with no idea how to take care of herself. Dallie appears to be stronger and more put together than Francie but hides a world of self-loathing and pain; it eventually becomes apparent that he is in fact the weaker one. It is a delight watching these two grow up into strong individuals of worth and merit. Some readers didn't like or see the need for the telling of Dallie and Holly's romance but I loved it. It was great insight into the character of Dallie and it moved me to tears. Unlike in most romance novels, in SEP's books you can actually understand what the characters see in each other and why they need the other so. Also, one thing I hate in most romances is when the leads fall in love (or at least all-consuming lust) with each other within days of meeting; SEP never tries to pull this and I appreciate it so much. Her books are more realistic but still light and warm enough to be considered fairy tales. I really wish there were more romantic novels like this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment (& I'm a SEP fan)
I have loved every SEP book that I've read so far (this is my 4th), but this one was not only the worst of hers, but it was one of the worst romance novels I've ever read. Read more
Published on July 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
Even though I thought this was slow off the starting block, it turned out to be a fantastic read, re-read & re-read as well as listening to the book on tape. Read more
Published on July 4 2002 by Hannah McKenna
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny!!!
... this book still gave me belly laugh after belly laugh. Just when you thought poor "Francie" couldn't dig herself any deeper, she gets herself into another scrape. Read more
Published on April 25 2002 by DNP
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book of All Time
I bought this book 10+ years ago and have read it over 20 times. I love it! I thought Francesca and Dallie were deliciously complex characters and the story that evolved over years... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehhhh....
I definitely have mixed feelings about _Fancy Pants_. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my all time favorite authors and the first book of hers that I read was _Lady Be Good_. Read more
Published on May 27 2001 by Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars I totally...totally hated it
I have read almost all of Susan E. Phillips books and was eager when her earlier ones are reprinted...Af far as Fancy pants is concern it should stay out of print. Read more
Published on May 5 2001 by Cayman
3.0 out of 5 stars Fancy Pants needs tighter elastic!!!
In Fancy Pants, Susan Elizabeth Phillips introduces us to two excellent characters - the spoiled rich witch and the down-home down on his luck golfer. Read more
Published on April 30 2001 by Book Addict
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