This was a cute, if not altogether well-written book. I thought the plot line was a nice change of pace from the usual "I work in publishing, drink and smoke a lot, have crazy friends and am desperately searching for a man" formula, but still don't understand why, when it clearly WAS an accident, the book jacket describes the fire as "slightly accidental". That made no sense (as Jodine would say).
I think my biggest problem with this book was the author's inability to give each of these women a distinct voice. Allie, at some times (such as when she's observing Manny and Jodine cuddling on the couch) sounds a lot like Emma. In turn, Emma often sounds like Jodine (and, as an aside, I know of no women who wear a size "0" yet have natural D cup breasts - that was a bit ridiculous). I didn't understand why, in her own voice, Allie came off as capable, if somewhat naive, yet in the chapters described by the others, she comes off as some complete moron. If Allie has "done everything but", why is she so freaked out about being a virgin? It's not as though she's never had a man pay attention to her, so why the sweet innocent never-been-touched routine?
Further, I felt that the author went to extremes with some of the character's actions. When Emma moves in, she promptly declares that she "has to s***" and then promptly removes herself to the main bathroom (when she is fully aware that she has her own bathroom) and leaves the door open? Come on - who actually acts like that? It just seemed so out of character for someone who is portrayed as ultimately feminine and sexy to do something so crass, just as the scene with Jodine snuggling with Manny on the couch with Allie in the room was inconsistent with her character.
All in all, a cute bath time read, but not one I would go around recommending. I believe the author could do better.