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The Thin Pink Line [Paperback]

Lauren Baratz-Logsted
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June 1 2004 Red Dress Ink (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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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining but slightly whacked May 11 2004
By momazon
In the beginning, Jane honestly thinks she is pregnant and tells several people as well as her boyfriend Trevor. Then she gets her period and is despondent over losing out on how nice every one was to her when they thought she was "a preggo". So she decides to keep up the charade by faking a positive pregnancy test and then trying to become actually pregnant.
But it can't possibly be that smooth, and soon Jane is caugh tup in simulating a pregnancy for 9 months with no hope of having a baby to show for it at the end.
This isn't so " ha ha hee hee" as all other chicklit seems to be. I appreciate that Jane says you can't "turn around in a bookstore without seeing pink-covered books about the adventures of a twentysomething Londoner who works in publishing trying to meet Mr. Right." Except Jane has just described her own character in this book to a tee, and it's just not enough irony to offset the fact that you have probably read some variation of this book at least 12 times before.
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Lauren (Hyphe-Natal) Baratz-Logsted has written a wickedly funny satire that should even make members of the opposite sex read a book about pregnancy, and like it. In this case a fake pregnancy. The twists of storyline, wring out insight upon insight; revealing self absorbed behavior, that we have all dabbled in, now haven't we?
The reader is treated to several triple levels of life imitating art and vise versa. When your brain is not being twisted with unabashed orgies of logical incest, your gut will be wrenched with guilty laughter at yourself for enjoying this zany bit of fiction; cooked up by a writer, who was really pregnant when she wrote it.
Jane suckers her friends, fellow workers and boss, with a pregnancy gone awry and a hope people will treat her better; while her thought process, satirizes the society in which we all swim.

Now we couldn't miss a chance, to thread our needle wit with such a delightfully spun tale, now could we?
Read this at your own risk. Your ego could get skewered.
The only negative for me? I thought the smattering of rough language could have been left out, but then perhaps I'm a little old fashioned.
If you enjoyed "Auntie Mame", you will enjoy this book.
The ending will surprise you.
Men should love this book too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book Jan. 26 2004
By Janet L
What starts out as a suspicion of a real pregnancy somehow turns into a fake pregnancy for all the wrong reasons. Or all the right reasons, if you think like Jane. I found myself drawn to her~ in spite of her less than lovable ways. There's something about her that had me in her corner. I liked her. I liked her wit too, which has an edge to it. I found myself chuckling at her thoughts and actions.
The plot may be less than believable, but this book doesn't strike me as "serious fiction." It's a fun book, with a plot that is believable in that context. It held my interest~ wondering what Jane was going to come up with next. She has some clever ways of getting out of the messes she found herself in.
She does "grow" throughout the book too. Not physically (since her pregnancy is a fake), but as a person. She loses some of her "me" self-centeredness in subtle ways as the book progresses.
This is a new view on pregnancy since it's written from a non-pregnant "pregnant" woman's point of view. I found the book refreshingly different from others I have read. It's well written and humorous, and I would definitely recommend it to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satire of the highest caliber Jan. 25 2004
By A Customer
(Upfront FYI: I'm a guy. I don't know if that's important, but it just might be.)
THE THIN PINK LINE is an enjoyable madcap book that is guaranteed to delight lovers of zany British humor, a subject on which Baratz-Logsted must have been a patient student. It has many laugh-out-loud moments that, while of course very far-fetched (the book IS a comedy, after all), seem so real because of the author's compelling characterization.
I see some reviews on here that take issue with Jane's ethics and hold that against the book when they rate it. Yeah, she's self-absorbed, but what person that fakes a pregnancy wouldn't be? The book can't be about what it's about and have Jane be any less self-involved - any less so and she wouldn't do the things that make this book so funny. Jane's character reminds me of Basil on Fawlty Towers - that guy was anything but sympathetic and the show was hysterical. Lighten up, folks. Leave the "reader baggage" at the front desk, please; the bellhop will bring it up to your room after you turn the final page.
What I loved about this book the most was that I found myself throughout it rooting for Jane to be able to pull this off and always worrying that she was about to be outted as a pregnancy-faker (and all the ramifications of that). Lolita-esque, if you will, just without the gross stuff. It's compelling, fresh, and so satirical of a story that Jonathan Swift has nothing on it. I don't normally read books that are meant for a near women-exclusive audience, but I'm very glad to have spent the time with this one.
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Move over Bridget Jones. From the first pages I knew Lauren Baratz Logsted had written a jewel of chick lit. This hilarious fake pregnancy romp will make you hold your ribs with glee, even if you never considered having a baby.
The thin pink line is that of the home pregnancy test pictured on the cover. Jane, a cunning British editor, refuses to give up her pregnant status right away when she discovers she is not having a baby after all. But whenever she tries to end the charade, peer pressure, financial considerations, unexpected circumstances and clever plot twists trap her deeper into the lie. Dreading discovery, Jane leads a complicated double life and even falls in love, all the while brazenly fooling attentive co-workers, friends, and close family.
You want to laugh and you want to cry. You want to talk some sense into the misguided little darling. The story manipulates the reader into accepting the unbelievable. From fake sonograms to maternity clothes, padded tummy and baby showers, Jane makes her share of mistakes as well. On each page you expect the ticking bomb to explode, and you keep reading, to find out how Crazy Jane could possibly pull off this implausible stunt for yet another chapter. Is Jane mad? Certainly. Clever? Without a doubt. Human? Endearingly so.
Are pregnancy symptoms a thing of the mind? Very possibly, as Jane feels them all. Eventually she succeeds in bringing her fake pregnancy all the way to the ninth month. But in the process, Jane also learned about babies and mothers, she re-evaluated her life, her career, her relationships. She now recognizes the value of true love and is finally willing to sacrifice to its altar. Although somewhat contrived, the surprise ending still tastes of serendipity.
The perfect gift of laughter for any woman on your list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!!!
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!!!
Published on July 15 2004 by Heather J Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get past the first two chapters
Argh... This book is so slow moving. Nothing really interesting being said, getting to the point is slow. I'm returning it <blech>. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the sequel
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. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Karin Gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars Not At All What I Expected
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. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Deborah C. Harbuck
5.0 out of 5 stars What Not to Expect When You Tell People You're Expecting
This book appealed to my ironic sense of humor and kept me reading despite a five-year old and a full-time job. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Alexena
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun here
This book is chick lit with a twist. It is perfect for summer reading on the beach, travel reading on a plane, or winter reading in a big chair by a fireplace. Read more
Published on June 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars NEVER AGAIN
I would rather shave my head then sit through that awful book. Sure the premise is cute and it may be enough to keep you reading... Read more
Published on June 8 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Neither here nor there
This book had a good reason for me to keep reading, but to me it got very annoying. I ended up skipping a lot of things with her people in the office asking about the... Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by K. Thomas
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
Published on May 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, with some serious metaphors lurking
I got a kick out of this book-- Dark, but very humorous. Fast read, but makes you think when you put it down. Entertaining allusions, many laugh-out-loud lines. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Jessica Black
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