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Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend: A Novel (original: 2008; edição: 2020)

de Jenny Colgan (Autor)

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What does an It girl do if she loses all her money? Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town - she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn't really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world, to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever. Scraping a living as an assistant to a 'glamour' photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can - this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back - but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?… (mais)
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Título:Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend: A Novel
Autores:Jenny Colgan (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow Paperbacks (2020), 347 pages
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“Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a quick read, rather on the short side at 222 pages in ebook format. It’s a quick, easy, and enjoyable read for those who like stories about the social maturation of young adults. Sophie, the heroine, is the self-centered daughter of a wealthy businessman who lives only for partying and buying exorbitantly expensive baubles. She is contemptuous of those who are not wealthy and cannot emulate her sybaritic approach to life. Her mother died when she was young and once her father remarried her life is devoted to the pursuit of personal pleasure and to hating her stepmother.

Sophie’s lifestyle comes to an abrupt end when her father dies of a sudden heart attack. Concerned by the direction that Sophie has taken with her life, his will states that she cannot receive an inheritance until she has lived successfully on her own for six months.
As a result the completely inept Sophie winds up living in a rats nest flat with four male college students in an downtrodden area of town.

Sophie faces additional adversities but also develops heretofore nascent strengths. She also learns important lessons about the character and kindness of those who are not as economically fortunate as her wealthy family.

This is a pleasant although superficial story with one significant shortcoming and one surprising pleasure. Criticism first: The story outlined above begins in chapter two and unfolds chronologically. The first chapter, set in the present time, is a moderately long foreshadow that tells us Sophie will prevail. The last chapter is a postscript that updates readers about the present status of the principal characters. The chapters seem to be included as padding since without them the story in ebook format is less than 200 pages of text.

The significant surprise was Colgan’s interesting vocabulary. “Diamonds” certainly can’t be regarded as literary fiction, but Colgan sprinkles the text with unusual words that sent me to the dictionary. Far from being intrusive, her unusual selections to be fun and judiciously placed.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Colgan’s next offering. ( )
  Tatoosh | May 29, 2020 |
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I am always up for a Jenny Colgan novel and while I enjoyed this one, it was not my favorite. Perhaps it was the main character, Sophie Chesterton. You really can't feel sorry for Sophie when she hits hard times and is forced to make her own way in the world instead of living on her father's dime. What follows is fun to read, but isn't up to the same level of the Beach Street and Cafe books. If you are a fan of Jenny Colgan, you really must read this one as it wouldn't do to miss one! ( )
  thebooklover2 | May 25, 2020 |
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The book is entertaining. The plot is predictable but the main character Sophie is engaging. As another reviewer said the book is not great literature but if you enjoy romances it’s a fun read. ( )
  hazel1123 | May 10, 2020 |
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I’ve read several of the recent Jenny Colgate books and found them fun to read. This book, however, is different. I didn’t realize this is a reissue of one of her earlier works. Sophie Chesterton has always lived a privileged life, with wealthy parents and an unlimited allowance. When her father dies, she must earn her own living for six months to claim her inheritance. Of course, she stumbles along the way. It was a sweet, charming story. It just wasn’t for me! ( )
  mpmills | May 8, 2020 |
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I'm a big fan of Jenny Colgan's books, having loved her most recent ones, The Bookshop on the Corner and The Bookshop on the Shore. They are charming and sweet, and I love the Scottish island setting.

I recently read one of her earlier books, recently republished- Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, which is a little different from her newer books. It's set in London, and the story is a bit rougher-around-the-edges. It's also very funny.

Sophie Chesterton is a gal-about-town, she spends her days shopping and getting her nails done and her nights out on the town with her two best friends and her boyfriend, whom she hopes will pop the question soon.

Life is good for Sophie until it is not. A tragic event forces her to leave her father's mansion and make her own way in the world. She ends up living in an apartment in the dodgy end of town with four young men, who take in her in with the understanding that she will clean their disgusting apartment as part of the rent. One of them even calls her "Cinders", short for Cinderella. (The scenes where she cleans the bathroom may be too much for some germophobes to even read.)

Sophie wants to be a photographer, and she manages to find a job as a photographer's assistant. She knows the photographer as a fashion photographer, who shoots the most glamorous women. On the side, however, he shoots scantily clad women for the tabloids, and the small, shoddy studio where he does this is where Sophie gets a job.

The characters in the book are terrific; the young women who work as tabloid models had me laughing out loud. The "boys" Sophie live with are interesting- James (the military man), Wolverine (whose name perfectly describes his canine appearance and actions), Cal (who brings home a different woman every night) and Eck (the sensitive artist). Even Sophie's stepmother, who could have been one-dimensional, has more shades to her.

Sophie is the best character however. I love her salty language (you'll learn a lot great British slang in this book), and attitude. She could have just given up, but Sophie pushes on, even in the face of severe embarassment from her former friends.

There is a love triangle here between Sophie and two men, and the ending came as a bit of surprise, but a welcome and logical one at that. If you liked Bridget Jones' Diary, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend is a perfect read for you. ( )
  bookchickdi | May 6, 2020 |
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What does an It girl do if she loses all her money? Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town - she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn't really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world, to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever. Scraping a living as an assistant to a 'glamour' photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can - this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back - but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?

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