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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (June 3 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416573127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416573128
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,504,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 23 2011
Format: Paperback
Holly Would Dream had an interesting story once I got into it, which admittedly took a little while. It was an easy read, chalk full of cheesiness, but Karen Quinn does a good job of making the impossible seem possible in this novel right through to the end and keeps the pace moving quickly.

It was an amusing single girl read but I found it often tried a bit too hard with it's snappy quips and Holly's thoughts sometimes didn't seem to fit with my impression of the character (but that could have just been me, my review partner didn't seem to notice this).

The Audrey Hepburn references didn't overwhelm or confuse me as I'm not a huge fan and have only seen a few of her movies, so this was a nice surprise because I thought I might get bogged down in a lot of detail.

Overall, this was a pretty good read. It not one of my favourites though and it probably didn't help that I read it after Twenties Girls so my opinion might be slightly skewed.
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By G. Motychko on Aug. 7 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed 'Holly Would Dream'! It was such a fun, light-hearted read and right now it's one of my favorite books.

The characters were lovable, the plot was rich, and the book itself just exuded luxury. One might read the back of the book and think (especially a hard-core Audrey fan like myself) that it's just too far-fetched. You might come to that conclusion within the first 60 pages or so... but the author- Karen Quinn- made it seem so believable and realistic that you'll think it can happen to you!

Despite the glaring cheesiness in certain parts of the book, I would more than happily read 'Holly Would Dream' over and over again, and I would recommend it to anyone- Audrey Hepburn fan or not- who just wants a good, indulging read. Bravo Karen Quinn! I hope that's not the last we hear of Holly and gang!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fun beach tale June 7 2008
By Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Holly Ross wishes her life was something from a 50s Audrey Hepburn movie. At first things seem to be going her way with an upcoming wedding and big promotion.

But suddenly she finds herself homeless, penniless, and no longer engaged. She ends up going on a Mediterranean cruise in pursue of a tycoon who might help her win a bet that will get her the curator position she so deserves.

Then her life turns out like one of Audrey Hepburn movies, complete with a missing truck of priceless gowns and police after her. Now it's up to her to decide whether she wants to pursue what she really wants or go after something she thought could never happen to her.

I LOVED this book! Holly is a real hoot! She's hilarious, charming, and has real backbone. Holly turned near diasters to opportunities. I smiled at her persistence and spunk. Audrey Hepburn would be proud!

There are numerous references to classic AH movies throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a fun romantic romp similar to 50s movies.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I Couldn't Put it Down!! June 3 2008
By Athena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just got Holly Would Dream and I blew off the rest of my entire day and read the WHOLE THING! I couldn't put it down. It inspired me to get out my lawn chair and read outside, one of my favorite things to do in the world. The characters were so compelling, the plot was zany and quick-paced, the writing was funny and smart. I loved this book and I miss it already. I hope Ms. Quinn writes another one soon. I felt like I was hanging out with all the characters thru the night, as I am pretty sure I dreamed about the book while I slept. This is empowered female heroine lit, perfect for a summer's beach read or even a lawn chair in the back yard!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully fun, romantic romp worthy of Audrey Hepburn! May 23 2008
By Kathleen Cabot-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved this book!!! From start to finish this story draws in the reader with well-developed, eccentric and entertaining characters and a plot line that will keep you guessing and flipping the pages, anxious to follow the heroine through foibles that will remind you of the best of Audrey Hepburn movies with an entirely new twist. A glorious, romantic romp of a tale. Great for a beach read or BFF gift!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A frothy, fun read! June 17 2008
By Krista Mettler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim when I saw the cover (being a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, of course!) and couldn't put it down. It's light-hearted, fun, funny, and I was cheering for Holly not just to get the guy but to get her dream job and the whole enchilada too. The characters are wonderfully realized and real, some of the settings fantastically "Hollywood glamorous," and the author weaves in some terrific old movie references for eagle-eyed fans to notice. Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun, Fabulous Read -- Don't Miss it!!! Aug. 16 2008
By Tina Seligman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I can't describe how much I enjoyed reading Holly Would Dream! So unique, charismatic, funny, clever, elegant and empowering -- truly a tribute to the memory of Audrey Hepburn, and to Karen Quinn as an author.

Charming moments from Hepburn's classic films are interwoven with very contemporary language and issues, and each character is multi-dimensional with a distinct personality and voice. Quinn's highly sensory and sensuous descriptions lead you through unexpected situations -- my heart was racing with twists and turns, and I was laughing and weeping continuously throughout the novel.

In addition to the delightfully witty literary style and plot, this is a must read for anyone who is interested in fashion and its history. I really enjoyed learning about costume conservation and behind-the-scenes aspect of a fashion institute and, with all of Quinn's ideas for exhibitions projected through her protagonist Holly, Quinn should be a fashion curator herself. There haven't been displays that creative and exciting since Diana Vreeland's monumental exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wished throughout the book that I could see these concepts mounted in real life. Well...maybe when they (hopefully) do a movie of this book!

My only disappointment was that the story had to end, but happily I can order other work by Quinn and look forward to whatever she writes in the future.

BRAVA!!! I've been recommending it to everyone...

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