No Competition Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1987
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About the Author
Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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When Carrie meets a young handsome architect, interested in purchasing a painting by her of her lovely sister, Carrie assumes the architect is only interested in the painting's subject- Camille, when in fact the architect Shane has already fallen for her.
I thought the art was quite lovely, even if the pages printed in shocking hot pink were seriously annoying. I found myself irked with the heroine for constantly wangsting about how pretty Camille was, her freckles, and how Shane must prefer Camille and the manner with which she constantly ran away from Shane when she got upset/annoyed. Carrie behaved like a tween, not an adult woman with a career, and her jealousy/sense of inadequacy as far as her sister went got to an almost absurd level and detracted from the story. I can see having a pang or too, but when an obviously pretty and attractive thin blonde girl finds herself unattractive and unlikable because of her model thin looks, and beautiful hair, I've got to say that she should try being genuinely ugly and see how much more sympathy I might have for her.
Shane was a nice normal guy, and his attraction to self-obsessed Carrie was hard to fathom. Still, this wasn't all bad. The art was nice, and I thought if they had made Carrie less insecure the story might've been far better.
In true Manga style, this book is read from right to left not only in the pages but also from panel to panel. At the back (or traditional book front), the publisher has a helpful page instructing the reader how to read Manga and shows a numbered diagram about how to read the panels in the correct order. Even without this guide, the order becomes apparent intuitively within a page or three, but the diagram gives the reader confidence. The artwork is "printed in flirty pink ink" to reinforce the appeal to the female reader.
The drawings by Yukino Hara could not be more perfect as illustrations of the emotions and conflicts in Macomber's story. The eyes are expressive and emphasize the inner feelings of the characters. Even the drawings of the secondary characters such as the art gallery owner dazzle the reader. The small panels of such items as a wallet, a telephone and a credit card, heighten the suspense and the side dilemmas that motivate the characters. Yukino Hara uses one type of panel to indicate a passage of time and helps the reader notice the time and location shifts. Her use of modified Japanese characters for exclamations heightens the emotions and the tension. Yukino Hara is a perfect match for Debbie Macomber in this Manga rendition of a fun tale.
The publisher recommends this book for ages 12 and up. Personally, I think this book is suitable for girls perhaps a bit younger who may be reaching puberty and wondering about boys. Other than a kiss, there is no explicit sexuality. Above all, this book reinforces positive body images for girls and also an appreciation for the talents of individual over expectations. This book is a must have for adult Debbie Macomber fans.