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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink (July 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373895267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373895267
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,119,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just as her first novel, Summer in the Land of Skin (2004), did, Gehrman's second offering features a heroine on the move. Claudia Bloom has stolen her ex-boyfriend's VW bus to take her from Texas to California, where a job as a theater instructor at UC Santa Cruz awaits her. But the VW doesn't survive the trip; it explodes just after Claudia jumps out with her cat. She is rescued by handsome Clay Parker, and it isn't long before -commitment-phobe Claudia is falling for him. But an obstacle immediately presents itself in the form of Clay's not-yet-ex-wife, Monica, who is also an instructor at UC Santa Cruz. Claudia tries to ignore her growing feelings for Clay as she focuses on her job and its challenges, including obnoxious students, Monica's wrath, and the demanding department head, who just happens to be Clay's mother. Gehrman's enjoyable novel is as sharp and observant as the title suggests. Kristine Huntley
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good Feb. 21 2006
By Neetu Riley - Published on
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I was disappointed in this book. I was expecting a Red Dress Ink book a little different from the other ones I had read. This book jumps all over the place without being interesting in any one area. I think this novel wasn't really about anything in particular. I got quite annoyed with the character at times. It was pretty obvious that she had misjudged the character she was in love with and it was just a matter of getting to the end of the book to finally see them get together. I was glad to be done with this book and move on to another one. I think the first 5 pages are intriguing and from then on it goes downhill. I doubt I would recommend this book to anyone.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Jones - older, wiser, less annoying Sept. 16 2005
By Sherri Caldwell - The Rebel Housewife(tm) - Published on
Format: Paperback
Always wary of yet another Bridget Jones wannabee in the recent profusion of "chick lit," TART is decidedly different--refreshing!--with a slightly older (late twentysomething) and wiser--well, at least more experienced--strong, central female character. NOT another whiney, self-absorbed, neurotic, hopelessly romantic office girl, still waiting for her prince to arrive and sweep her off her feet, Claudia Bloom is more of a jaded realist.

After a disastrous walk on the mild side, suffering a broken engagement and a broken heart (dumped by her fiancé for The Younger Woman), Claudia packs up her life in Texas and takes off to a new life as a theatre arts college professor in California. She re-connects with her past and her dysfunctional, New Age family, while re-committing to "tart-dom," her philosophy of having fun and enjoying meaningless sex, swearing off men, marriage and monogamy:

"How can anyone believe in marriage in the twenty-first century? Didn't we all listen to our parents bicker while we turned up the volume on Hawaii Five-O? Didn't we learn the fairy tale was dead when we found half our parental unit shoving their socks and underwear into a suitcase while the other half spit out vile insults?"

Of course, her tart philosophy is put to the test almost immediately, when she meets the ruggedly sexy, undeniable Clay Parker--her white knight on a motorcycle, who rescues her when her stolen van breaks down and explodes on the side of the road in the first chapter...and the fun begins.

Somewhat predictable, yes, but still enjoyable. Author Jody Gehrman has included some out of the ordinary twists and turns to keep things lively.

Sherri Caldwell, co-author: "The Rebel Housewife Rules: To Heck With Domestic Bliss!"
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all July 25 2005
By Terena Scott - Published on
Format: Paperback
Claudia Bloom is a vibrant, imperfect, funny, and unpredictable woman who lands in a strange world and tries desperately to fit in, all while coping with turning 30, and what that means when you call yourself a Tart. I cheered and cried and could not put it down. Don't let the fact it is published by a romance imprint dissuade you from buying this book. Jody Gehrman is an excellent writer with a knack for bringing the details of a moment into cinematic clarity. Her characters are strong and memorable. Highly recommended.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly original Aug. 1 2005
By Krisilou - Published on
Format: Paperback
What can I say? I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Gehrman has created a wealth of interesting characters in an off-beat and quirky book. Like the free spirited setting of Santa Cruz, so is our main character, Claudia Bloom. The inner workings of Claudia's past, present, and future all come together beautifully, but not without the requisite twists and turns, including a tumultuous childhood, unstable family members, and the love of her life- who just happens to be married.

This is a great read and another unique addition to the RDI series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and breezy novel Dec 17 2008
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Paperback
When her lover Jonathan decides he would rather have a younger model, actress Claudia Bloom packs her bags, jumps into his dilapidated VW bus and head to UC Santa Cruz where she will teach drama. Of course the VW dies on the way, and she is rescued by sexy Clay Parker. After a one night stand that leads to several more nights she is embarrassed when Clay's not-quite-ex-wife Monica walks in on them. Even more mortifying is she's a fellow faculty member. While Monica is giving her the evil eye, her students wonder if she's qualified, and the dean thinks she's flaky, Claudia figures she won't be getting tenure. But you can't keep a good tart down. When Clay's divorce becomes final, he's ready to start seeing her again, and then she discovers he has yet another tie to her job...

Gehrman is a funny and talented writer. While the book is not exactly literature, it is very entertaining, and she brings humanity to her characters that will resonate with readers. Her writing is crisp and her dialogue is spot on. Claudia is a flawed and real character. I just hate when authors resort to lack of communication and assumptions to move a story along. But overall, I really enjoyed the story and it helped me endure a long flight.

© Tracy Vest, December 2008

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