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The Thin Pink Line [Paperback]

Lauren Baratz-Logsted
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June 1 2004 Red Dress Ink (Numbered Paperback) (Book 35)
Jane Taylor is pregnant. Only, not in the conventional sense. It all began when Jane missed her period. Whether it was the clouds in the sky or a major case of pregnancy envy (this year's concern), Jane doesn't know. She only knows that she told her best male friend, and began to believe it. Until she got her period and realized she never was. Pregnant.

But that brief glimpse into the other world -- the world of smiling faces and courteous men -- was just too beautiful not to be a part of . . .and so Jane told a little white lie to her live-in boyfriend, and crossed the line. With the help of a pink Magic Marker she closed the gap that separated her from the positively perfect pregos.

Enter Jane's world, one of deception and success, Mr. Wrong and Mr. Right, Nutrition Police and tilted uteruses, baby showers and celebrity obstetricians. As Jane spins closer to her due date, she's got a lot of soul-searching to do -- not to mention an appointment with reality . . .

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From Publishers Weekly

The world is a kinder, gentler place for pregnant women, or so discovers Jane Taylor, the heroine of Baratz-Logsted's debut novel, upon learning that she's expecting. So when her pregnancy turns out to be a false alarm, Jane impulsively decides to keep up the ruse. She invents details about her OB-GYN and fakes a growing stomach, among other increasingly inventive tricks. Jane is single (her live-in boyfriend didn't appreciate her deception), almost 30, an editor and British. Sound familiar? Baratz-Logsted is refreshingly self-conscious about following the chick-lit trend. As Jane laments, "Sometimes it felt as though you could no longer turn around in a bookshop or at an editorial meeting without being confronted with yet another pink-covered book whose pages told about the wacky adventures of yet another 20-something Londoner who labored in publishing." Jane's own adventures are more daring than many of her fellow single-female heroines, and Baratz-Logsted's premise is hilarious and original. Soon Jane's pregnancy threatens to ruin a budding romance and a project at work. She wishes she could come clean, but she's been offered a book contract about her farce by a colleague who catches her in the act. Jane doesn't start out as the most likable of characters, but she changes so much over the course of the novel, and is so charmingly audacious, that readers will be rooting for her-and wondering what she'll do at the end of the nine months.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Baratz-Logsted looks at a new angle of singledom: pregnancy, in the first hardcover title in the Red Dress Ink line. Jane Taylor, an assistant editor at a prestigious London publishing house, is sure she is pregnant, and she couldn't be happier: now she can finally wrangle that proposal out of her boyfriend, Trevor, and keep up with her older sister, Sophie, who is both married and expecting her first child. But when Jane learns she actually isn't pregnant, she isn't willing to give up her fantasy, so she plays along, figuring that sooner or later she will get pregnant, and no harm will be done. Not so. When Trevor discovers her deception, he leaves her without looking back. Jane still doesn't want to tell her friends and family the truth, and when a fellow editor suggests that she turn her deception into a book, Jane suddenly has a chance to realize her dream of being a writer. Though Jane's actions at times are downright perplexing, this is amusing, light fun. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thin Pink Line Feb. 4 2004
Reading Lauren Baratz-Logsted's novel is a bit like entering a warm and wild party and being able enjoy the antics of its lively hostess while remaing safely invisible. Its main character, Jane, embarks on a journey which is alternately hilarious and touching. The book never once loses its thrusting energy and verve,or its wit, while landing on the other side of seriousness. Towards the end, our narrator discovers a quiet grace within herself which makes this tale stay with the reader far past the last laugh. A tender, knowing story is told in a voice that is as unforgettable and human as it is entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and thought-provoking read Oct. 26 2003
By Malloy
This is an entertaining ride that doesn't shy away from protraying the lead character, warts and all, in the clear light of day. If you are looking for the cookie cutter scrappy-underdog-who-beats-the-odds-stacked-against-her tearjerker keep searching. But if you want an original story that keeps you turning the page, this one is for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awful July 2 2003
The heroine of this book, Jane Taylor, has the most reprehensible morals imaginable. I thought the premise of the book was really clever and that it would prove to be quite funny, but I was disappointed. During Jane's "pregnancy," she gets sympathy for conditions she doesn't have, plays with the emotions of both friends and family, accepts gifts for her imaginary baby without a second thought, and walks away from the love of her life because she is too immature to finally fess up to her charade. Finally, the end of the book is supremely ridiculous and a lovely example of deus ex machina.
There are more problems with the book then the ones listed above (trying to trap a man into marriage, improbable reactions from other characters to Jane's insanity), but many of them would constitute spoilers. Overall, I do not recommend The Thin Pink Line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good, very entertaining, read. June 20 2003
I'm not usually a fan of what could be called 'Chick-Lit' or 'Brit-com', just so that's clear. However, I was given an advance copy of The Thin Pink Line to read on a long flight and was very pleasantly surprised. First of all, the dialogue (one of my first criteria) is crisp, well written and sounds real in the mind's ear. Next, there are moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. The novel is very well paced and moves right along. The only criticism I may have, and this is purely from a personal point of view and has nothing to do with the writing, is that I found it very hard to sympathise in any meaningful way with Jane, the protagonist. However, if someone like me who doesn't read much along the lines of this sort of thing enjoyed it very much, I'm sure people who do will find that The Thin Pink Line stands head and shoulders above the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!!! July 16 2004
The Thin Pink Line really is fantastic... Lauren Baratz-Logsted has really ruled over this genre! A fantastic book for anyone that wants to laugh a little and smile tons!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get past the first two chapters July 14 2004
By A Customer
Argh... This book is so slow moving. Nothing really interesting being said, getting to the point is slow. I'm returning it <blech>. Let's just put it this way: if you like movies from Lifetime TV, then you'll definately like this book. If you like something that's more interesting and worthwhile, get something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the sequel July 6 2004
The Eskimos may have 72 different words for snow, but Baratz-Logsted has at least that many ways of being clever in her novel THIN PINK LINE. This is the kind of intelligent women's fiction that has a witticism on every page.
A wonderful page-turner that leaves you wanting more. Can't wait to get the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not At All What I Expected June 29 2004
I picked up The Thin Pink Line expecting to mildly entertained; instead, I laughed so hard I cried...and I even cried a little for Jane. I surprised myself by liking Jane, who seems to try very hard not be liked. There's a lot to be said for a woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it, and a little to be learned from her as well. What a refreshing change from all the 'please somebody give me what I want' PinkBooks on the shelves. Three cheers for Jane (and for her creator). I'm glad we're going to have the chance to hear some more of her story!
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1.0 out of 5 stars horrid
I have lot of problem with the book but here is my biggest-
You do not pretend to be pregnant, FOR 9 months, and take other people on this delusional ride with you. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars what a waste
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