Naked in Knightsbridge Paperback – Nov 27 2009
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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.Read more ›
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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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!
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!!!