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Naked in Knightsbridge Paperback – Nov 27 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Prospera Publishing (Nov. 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956122272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956122278
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2.4 x 13 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,910,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As the synopsis eludes, Naked in Knightsbridge is quirky, unique and full of unusual characters. I loved the cover of this novel. It intrigued me into finding out what the story was all about and this easy read provided some laughs for me, but unfortunately I did find it a bit frustrating at times.

I really wanted Jools to be able to figure it all out, to get away from all the crazies and not to be quite so ditzy and ignorant about everything. There were times I wanted to scream at her bumbling and found I wasn't really able to relate to her character because of it. If she hadn't been quite so ditzy about everything, I might have become more attached. She was likeable enough and I was rooting for her to sort herself out, but I couldn't quite understand how she'd made such a mess of her life and how she was going about fixing it.

I had difficulty with a few characters that I wasn't fond of, including Jools' father and both of her `suitors'. I realize we weren't supposed to like them, but it made reading about them difficult because I really grew to hate them and couldn't see any redeeming qualities in any of them and wanted to find some in a few of them at least. The only exceptions really were Jools' best friend and my favourite character, who was the homeless man, Skuttle, that Jools befriends.

The letters at the beginning of each chapter, similar to those in the Shopaholic series, were amusing and gave me some chuckles, but Schmidt has her own unique voice and her story, along with this cast of quirky characters, was just as easy to read and held some deeper issues than the Shopaholic series. Jooles is headed for disaster financially to the point of losing the roof over her head, issues we never saw in Shopaholic, and I loved that Schmidt tackled these.
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Every once in a while I get lucky and have a chance to read some British Chick Lit. The last two times were while I was in England: the first one I ever read was Love Is A Four Letter Word by Claire Calman, which was sweet; and the second was Meet Me on Platform 8 by Carole Matthews, which was fun but had a slightly disturbing ending.

Last week, courtesy of Marsha Moore (24 Hours London), I had the opportunity to enjoy Nicky Schmidt's new book Naked in Knightsbridge, which tells the story of Jools Grand, who's hit rock bottom in her life at the tender age of 28. Her cleaning business has failed, her debts are mounting, and her crazy landlord is set to evict her any day now. What's a girl to do?

Not one to find a conventional solution (what do you expect from a girl who's attracted to the hobo that hangs around her apartment building, aka Hunk of No Fixed Abode?), Jools decides to auction herself online. Though she gets a good price - from a politician seeking a wife as a cover - Jools discovers that money isn't quite the solution to her problems that she expected, and that she still has to find better ways to resolve her issues with a best friend that won't drop a lecherous boyfiend, a father on the run from the law, and her own addiction to pastries.

Fast-paced, humorous and believable (I even caught myself Googling Carlisle's of Sloane Square, where Jools has her wedding registry), Naked in Knightsbridge was a fun and breezy read, despite some lingering typos (poor Skuttle had his name spelled wrong at one point) and a few issues with point-of-view switches in the same scene. Overall, though, the characters are well-defined and memorable, and I certainly hope they feature in Schmidt's upcoming novel Marrying Out Of Money!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f60b048) out of 5 stars Better than I expected...liked so much I finished in a day!! Jan. 22 2011
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I love the Shopaholic series and this came up as a suggestion for something similar so I decided to go ahead and purchase!

I must admit on page one I thought "oh no".....a bank letter just as one would find in the Shopaholic series. I thought this was going to be an uncreative copy cat and did not have high hopes!! But I kept on reading and within a few pages I was hooked! This book was funny, had various different threads to keep you guessing what was going to happen in each scenario, and made for a fun and lighthearted read! I was reading on a plane and I was so into the book that I found it hard to put down when the "turn off electronics" announcement was made so I ended up reading later until the wee hours of the morning!

Its a perfect 'chick lit' type book! Fun, an easy read, contemporary...though I did wish the main character would put down those Hob Nobs just once as her ever constant munching was a bit much, but it had a good plot line and wrapped up everything just perfectly so I decided to purchase her next title and hopefully will have another good review to write!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f83278c) out of 5 stars Not worth it!!! July 22 2011
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I read constantly and love chick lit for a bit of light relief- I've read more chick lit novels than i care to admit. I don't expect great literary works but this book is a waste of time.

The characters are all dreadful people that no one could like. The main character is lazy, self-centered, idiotic and indulgent. I kept reading to the end in hope of her redeeming qualities appearing. They do not. It gets no better. Quit while you are ahead.

Save yourself the time and money and read a book with enjoyable characters - that's what chick lit is about!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa37318) out of 5 stars For those who like their chick-lit with brains Jan. 3 2011
By Love2readLondon - Published on
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How refreshing to find a book in this genre that isn't your average bland read. Its subtle irony and amusing scenario struck me immediately. Everyone seems to be facing the issues Jools is facing, debt collectors, rising costs, losing jobs etc - although we don't all sell ourselves online to deal with them. It's a book of our times. Interesting how readers seem to have such a problem with the letter device, it wasn't invented by Kinsella either and it's like saying an author can't put quotes or poems etc at the front of a chapter because it's been done before. Bottom line, if you appreciate classic English comedy, you'll love this!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f835c24) out of 5 stars Cute book Feb. 1 2011
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I enjoyed this very much, after trying to slog through a couple of other books that had higher reviews than this one. I think going into this with little expectation of enjoying it, made it all the more fun to read. I will definitely look for more books by this author. It was effortless to keep up with the story line, an easy fun read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa190fd50) out of 5 stars Naked In Knightsbridge Dec 3 2009
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Jools is heading towards 30, her cleaning business went bust after an employee accidently burned down the house, she's ineligible for benefits due to a "misunderstanding" about claims a few years back, her landlord is threatening to throw her out on her ear and her best friend is seriously involved with "the boyfiend" Jools is certain has cheated on her with her own mother. So what's a girl to do? Auction herself off for a marriage of convenience, of course. Jools attempts this on eBay before her auction is shut down, but the two highest bidders, a closeted politician and a gorgeous American (or so she thinks) keep in touch. Jools decides on Rodney, the politician, but begins to realise he doesn't hold a candle to Skuttle, the charming homeless man who let her stay with him during her brief stint on the streets. But as her world with Rodney spirals out of control Jools has to decide when and how she's going to get her life together. And the answers maybe aren't quite what she was expecting. Hilarious in the best "she's so daft!" kind of way, the perfect book to snuggle up with on a cold night. The only things that got to me a little were the focus on the heroine's weight (at a UK size 14 she's repeatedly compared to large animals and then squeezes into a UK 12 wedding gown - it took me out of the moment a bit given that my friends and I are all about those sizes and none of us want to be compared to elephants and whales, I'm sure!) and the little letters between Jools and various creditors, shops, etc at the start of each chapter (slightly too reminiscent of Kinsella's Shopaholic series). Other than that, a hilarious debut novel.

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