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20 Times a Lady Paperback – 1 July 2006
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- Publisher : William Morrow & Company (1 July 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060828358
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060828356
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.13 x 20.32 cm
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From the Back Cover
How many men does it take to find true love?
Delilah Darling's magic number was supposed to be twenty. She always thought she'd find the perfect guy by the time she'd slept with twenty of them. But when she wakes up naked in her disgusting boss's bed after a drunken night out, she's filled with regret -- and realizes she's hit her self-imposed limit. Unwilling to up her number but unable to imagine a life of celibacy, Delilah does what any girl in her situation would do: she tracks down every man she's ever slept with in a last-ditch effort to make it work with one of them.
A hilarious romp through Delilah's past loves, 20 Times a Lady proves that in the end, numbers don't matter. True love will come when you're open and ready to accept it.
About the Author
Karyn Bosnak spent her early working career as a daytime television producer for various talk shows, including Jenny Jones and The Ananda Lewis Show. She is the author of Save Karyn, an inspiration to shopaholics and women in credit card debt everywhere. She lives in New York City.
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Delilah is determined not to sleep with more than 20 men in her lifetime, and so she goes on a cross-country adventure to track down all of her past lovers in the hope that she can rekindle a relationship with one of them that will lead to a life-time relationship and thus prevent her from adding another notch to her belt. The one for Delilah is pretty obvious from the beginning, but how she finds her way to him and the trouble she gets herself into during the journey is just so funny and original. I loved Delilah - thought she was hilarious and loving and someone I would totally like to get drunk with. And I wish there were more men like Colin - gorgeous, sex, funny, sweet - he was perfect and makes most of the men I know pale in comparison!
My only complaints were as follows - Delilah is only 29 and lives in NYC. It is not at all unusual to be single at 29 in the Big Apple and so I thought the panic surrounding her being alone forever was a bit much. I also didn't like the footnotes - I was reading on a Kindle and by the time I got to the explanation of the footnotes, I forgot what they were for and had no desire to go back and check.
Can't wait to see the movie!
Delilah was at times likeable. She was a bit humorous and quirky. But other times she comes off as pushy and annoying. I liked the Delilah movie character better.
At the very start of the book I already knew that Delilah would end up with Colin Barret. I really liked that guy. Colin was in no way like the hero in the movie, but I liked them both. There isn't that much interaction between him and Delilah until the end. The movie did good in showing them interacting more.
Less on the whole exes bit. I could have done without knowing every detail about each relationship. Especially considering the guys weren't likeable in any way. Forgetable even.
I do plan on reading this again. But thankfully I can skip past the parts I had a problem with. I suppose you do have to read that once in order to get a quick glance at what her exes were like. And that's all they are - EXES.
Delilah Darling reads an article that states the average person sleeps with 10.5 people in their lifetime. She has slept with nineteen men, and none of the relationships have stuck. Resolutely, she decides that she will remain celibate until she meets the man worthy of her, the one who gives her “the boom.”
After that doesn’t happen (she sleeps with a guy after a drunken night on the town), she decides to buy a car and travel the U.S. to find each of the other nineteen guys who are not already married to see if there is any spark left; to see if one of them might now give her “the boom.”
The main character is truly human, and is quite hilarious. I have had many of the same thoughts myself (and no, I will NEVER own up to my number, and I am 16 years older), about my mother, and about my love life. The men that she travels across the United States to meet alternate from a “muppeteer” to one in rehab with psychosis. While most of the stories are funny, some are touching.
Even if you watched the movie and loved it, you should still read the book. You will learn a little more about Delilah and get insight into her thoughts, and you are going to learn more about these men as well. If you are single, it makes you not feel alone when you wonder WHY have I not met him?
The writing is wonderful as well, and Delilah admits that she thinks in (parenthesis) and footnotes – which are included in the story in a funny way.