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P The story in the second half is really predictable The thing is this book was really really really good in some sections and makes you laugh out loud at times with refreshing jokes and one-liners and whatnot. In the other section,it's really really really annoying So i'm a bit confused about this oneas to where to go with this.
So this is me,in my confusion.. Feb 26, Lulufrances rated it really liked it. Gemma Burgess is on the highway of being my all time favourite chic-lit author! Let's say it's a tough one between her and Queen Meg Cabot, okay. Hashtag keepin' it classy and loyal Come on, watch this little trailer I found, because I know not many know about its existence here's looking at you Cloudyskye: I love it when chic-lit involves a lot of banter and especially a lot of fashiony details - two things I can count on with Ms Burgess!
I loved the fact Gemma Burgess is on the highway of being my all time favourite chic-lit author! I loved the fact that our main girl Sass had a sort of coming-of-age plotline at 28 slash 29 years old and that she engaged with the reader, referring to stuff she "told us" earlier and all that jazz.
Yes - she is now my friend, okay! All secondary characters where beautifully well-rounded and I loved how everything played out for them, too, and just worked. Gemma Burgess has a lovely way of making atmospheres and vibes come alive and I could sense being on that Oxfordshire getaway weekend and enjoying the sun or, mind, rain with that funny and raucous crew. Personally, I could have done with waaaay less swearing, but hey, I guess it creates a certain atmosphere I was so pleased for Sass to see how her life and all gets sorted out, especially the work situation left me h a p p y.
Fun, actually somehow inspiring, cute book with a relatable heroine who gets her act together and a cutie as her counterpart! Where, did you say, can I sign up for a weekend-houseparty like that?
I wouldn't even make such a mess since I'd like it without all the booze and cigarettes! S I'd love to see Sass doing her skippy-bunny-hop irl Feb 15, skywalker uninspired rated it really liked it. This one is epic. I skippy-bunny-hop a couple of steps, and high-five myself.
No, I really do. A self-high-five involves jumping in the air and clapping your hands together, with the back of one hand facing you and the other coming up to clap it from below. It looks funny, but it feels great. Oh, and she knows her 80's music! What's not to love about a girl like that?
Al This one is epic. Although she's a pushover at first, hates confrontation and doesn't believe in herself. And I love a good transformation. No, they haven't got it all figured out, but they stick together. When i get to that point in my life, God!
I wish me and my friends remain just as close. Sep 02, Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it. I needed something light and fun to read and The Dating Detox fitted that bill perfectly. Predictably she meets the perfect guy practically the day after, whom she has to beat off with a stick for the next three months. While the plot is fairly transparent, I needed something light and fun to read and The Dating Detox fitted that bill perfectly.
While the plot is fairly transparent, there is a positive message about the benefits of being single which I liked. I don't get the whole need for immediate intimacy thing ie sex on the first date - and I'm not that old , so to have a character in this genre step back and examine that is original.
Sass is amusing, fun, bright and yet flawed. She has a strong voice which makes her easy to relate to and is less superficial than I expected. The secondary characters are appealing and believable. We all know a cockmonkey like Dean or have a best friend like Bloomie or Kate. Jake, as Prince Charming, of course is irresistable. I really enjoyed the sense of humor, Burgess's style is warm if profane but so readable. Entertaining and witty, Dating Detox is a great read.
Nov 05, Danielle rated it it was amazing Shelves: What an amazing read, I have waited a long time for this book to come out in my Library! This is quite simply, the best "chick lit" i've ever read, as well as being the funniest book i've ever read. I didn't really know what i was in for when i started the book and was overwhelmed by how much i enjoyed it. Sass is a hilarious character whose decisions and insights mirror my own in a scarily accurate way- her paranoias and quirks are so relatable that this book feels less of a book and more Wow!
Sass is a hilarious character whose decisions and insights mirror my own in a scarily accurate way- her paranoias and quirks are so relatable that this book feels less of a book and more of a natter with a girlfriend in a bar!
On top of the brilliant characters, plot, jokes everything , another joy of this book is that all the places in the novel are real London eateries, bars, shops- you name it Gemma Burgess has clearly been there, done that, got the amazingly stylish tshirt or yellow clutch! I absolutely implore any girl out there to read this book- Sass is the new Carrie and i want to share my love for her with the world! This was good, but much less than her second novel, A Girl Like You.
The increase in experience really shows! Some things annoyed me in this: Otherwise, the banter with the main couple was awesome, and the conflict pretty believable. Not bad, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Read A Girl Like You though. Aug 13, Maureen Reil rated it it was amazing. It took me back to be honest, for I was 'Sass' in a former life when I still had one before I met my husband, settled down and had kids and frankly, I'm glad not to have to put up with any 'cockmonkeys' or 'bastardos' anymore since I don't think my liver could take it.
This is totally one It took me back to be honest, for I was 'Sass' in a former life when I still had one before I met my husband, settled down and had kids and frankly, I'm glad not to have to put up with any 'cockmonkeys' or 'bastardos' anymore since I don't think my liver could take it.
This is totally one author to look out for in the future and I'll definitely be reading more of Gemma Burgess's amusing takes on relationships that's for sure.
Aug 29, Jo rated it really liked it. Sass has had enough of being dumped by blokes, so she decides to embark on a Dating Detox - which prooves to be a challenge as she goes about her normal life - men don't believe her and she finds herself in situations that test her resolve - especially when she meets Jake She is convinced that it is the men that are the trouble as everything else in her life starts going so well once the Dating Detox sets in.
Laugh out loud moments and a good journey through Sass', Bloomie and Kate's lives! Oct 14, Judy Jarvie rated it it was amazing. To say I loved this book is an understatement.
Before finishing it I'd recommended it to friends who lapped it up too with equal relish. This even involved reading the kindle on the window ledge during dinner prep. She's witty, she's sassy and she does write a book with cojones. I will be making sure I read Gemma Burgess from now on - and I will be praying hard for a film of this book. This one so deserves it. By the way, Jake is to die for and the line of hapless wrong-boyfrien To say I loved this book is an understatement. By the way, Jake is to die for and the line of hapless wrong-boyfriends are priceless!
Well done, brilliantly written and laugh out loud funny. Feb 20, Tracy rated it liked it. I found this book quite slow to start off with and can honestly say I really did not care about the main character or the supporting characters.
After a bit the pace of the book picked up and i enjoyed the book a lot more. It was a fun read in the end, very silly but perfect if you are in the mood for something light, fluffy and that doesn't make you think too much! I am surprised that a story with this much lack of plot can go on for so many pages. And I am surprised I even finished it. This is the kind of book that takes SO LONG to get to the point it wants to say, and thinks it can distract its reader with mindless drivel before it gets there.
In case you're wondering: Sep 21, Janina rated it liked it Shelves: Three and a half stars. The first half dragged a little and I could really have done without the constant description of clothing, hair styles and make-up. The heroine has the potential to be very annoying, but in the end she gets the grip. Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it, especially the second half. Oct 04, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Yes, the heroine makes you want to rip out your hair at times, but don't they all?
It maybe could've stood to be a little shorter and had a couple more run-throughs with the editor at least on the kindle version but it's quite a cute story.
Aug 13, Nina rated it it was ok. I was actually very disappointed in this book. I am truly shocked because I thought I was going to love it.
The beginning started off great and then slowly it morphed into not funny territory and my mind wandered. The only reason why I'm giving it stars is because of the beginning.
Videos About This Book. Gemma started writing anti-romantic comedies for girls who like chicklit that comforts and charms without the silly fluffy bits. She loves talking and writing, not necessarily in that order.
She also loves burgers, vodka, white-tipped Marlboro Lights, OK GO, Sixteen Candles, Lucky Jim, anything from Nora Ephron Gemma started writing anti-romantic comedies for girls who like chicklit that comforts and charms without the silly fluffy bits.
Email Gemma at gemma gemmaburgess. Books by Gemma Burgess. Trivia About The Dating Detox. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from The Dating Detox. It just came out. I thought I was a dog, actually, till I was five. I would only eat froma bowl on the floor next to our real dog, Scooby, and I wee-ed against trees whenever I could. After the three months is up, will Sass go back to her destructive dating lifestyle or will she decide that, actually, being on her own is a lot more fun and far less hassle?
The Dating Detox first came to my attention a while back when it was due to be released under the title of The Dating Sabbatical. I heard the synopsis and thought it sounded incredibly interesting and, most importantly, rather unique. I love a unique chick lit book. And, boy, did I love it. The plot, as I mentioned, is a very unique one. Well, three months anyway. It made the Detox make sense, I must say! I actually love the fact she embraced her new single status and went out of her way to not go out on dates.
It was actually quite a refreshing experience to see Sass want to stay single, rather than go back on all of her hard work throughout the detox and begin dating losers again. I could see completely why Sass was terrified of entering back into the dating world and did wonder if she would ever make that leap again.
All of the characters in The Dating Detox are fantastic. I loved her from the get-go and any twenty-something will find it easy to relate to Sass. What makes the book though are the ensemble cast around Sass. Her best friends Bloomie and Kate were fantastic and the relationship between the three of them was portrayed very realistically. They had their moments, did the three friends, but when it all came down to it, they all pulled together regardless of all of the problems they all had to face.
I adored Bloomie and would love to have her as a friend. I loved Jake, who Sass meets one night and keeps bumping into with alarming regularity. I kept waiting and hoping he would appear throughout the book and I was so pleased when he did. I applaud Gemma for going with that writing combo for her debut novel, she really pulled it off and made reading the book an utter pleasure.
I could have read about Sass all day long, she was that enjoyable a character. Gemma has hit a winner here with her debut novel and I truly loved it. Not only is the plot unique but the characters are ones you really care about and only want the best for. Overall, I liked this a lot, but I think the pacing was a bit off. I've been feeling that a lot lately, that increasing sense of confidence that maybe you DO know what you're doing! And I liked that this dealt so head on with the recession.
I'm not sure I've really read that before. And certainly it's affected, is really still affecting, my generation a lot. Another problem is that Sassy's love interest Jake is hardly in most of the book. However that being said I loved the friendship between the three girls and Jake was a great character when he was actually in the book. The actual dating detox was a bit frustrating, since she couldn't see the obvious until the very end but I guess that's how these things always play out.
A fun read but I think I should take a break from these chick lit books now. The story follows 28 year old Sass as she embarks upon a dating sabbatical after being dumped for the 6th time. She has sworn herself in with the help of best friend Bloomie and dedicates herself to sticking to the sabbatical rules for 3 months. She takes hold of her men-free life with two hands. Until Jake, gorgeous, funny Jake.
Her dating sabbatical rules didn't account for meeting someone she might actually like. Sass has to decide if her sabbatical has run its course or if Jake is just another guy likely to break her heart.
This is the first book by Gemma Burgess I'd read and I really enjoyed it. I kept it, so that's a good sign that I liked it enough to probably want to read it again.