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The Barbershop Girl by [Penney, Georgina]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Length: 368 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down.

When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations about her life, clothes, and even their most intimate moments.  It doesn't occur to him that Amy, who is letting her guard down for the first time in her adult life, might be upset - after all, it's hilarious, and his readers love her!

It isn't until Amy discovers the extent of his betrayal that Ben begins to realise just how badly he's cocked up the best thing that ever happened to him. But is it too late?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3168 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (14 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7KWZNK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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It made me laugh more than I have in a long time in a book. Frequent bursts of uncontainable mirth bubbling out of me. So much so, my bf stopped asking what I was laughing at. The answer was the same every time: “this book, it’s just so awesome.”

I knew I was going to love the book when I was swept off my feet on the first and second pages by stunning narration, and dialogue that was sharp, setting up the hero and heroine flawlessly.

The sharp and deliciously witty dialogue from our hero, Ben, was like a constant fountain, speech one can only dream to create, the kind of character that is so hilariously quick you wish you could chat with him for five minutes, despite knowing you wouldn’t get a word in, and he would rip you to shreds. I dub him the smoothest talking Englishman to ever grace the west Australian shores.

‘Fungus, eh? Well, I’ve always thought mushrooms were one of the tastiest foods in existence. Think of me as a rare truffle.’ (Ben Martindale, “Irrepressible You”)

This novel made me want to be pretty. It made me want to paint my nails and frock up in my prettiest tea party dress and curl my hair and buy the gorgeous underwear I see in shops and rarely buy, as they are often quite expensive and shouldn’t be wasted under clothes. Yet sometimes perhaps one should think: we only have one life, why not live it in gorgeous underwear? I wanted to have Amy take me shopping, dress me up, and then watch movies with her over hot chocolate and cake. As her character progressed, I wanted to tuck her ridiculously cute and tiny person in my pocket, and I cheered almost aggressively when she found her strength and voice. She’s such a bombshell of a woman, I would be proud to be her friend, and I would love her wardrobe!
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This book was an absolute pleasure to read. It had everything that I love in a great book- humour, humility, wit, warmth, life-like characters and a fast pace. Every scene was a page turner and I found myself staying up late, reading through bleary tired eyes simply because I didn't want to stop.
The characters were real and not contrived to fit the story. The conflict and 'will they, won't they' storyline grew organically out of the characters personalities and added extra dimensions to the book, making it much deeper than the usual chick lit style.
I highly recommend this to anyone who loves chick lit, contemporary romance and romantic comedy. I can't wait to read Ms Penney's next book! I am a fan!
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Reading this book was an absolute delight. The witty repartee of the characters and engaging narrative had me hooked from the first chapter. Georgina Penney's debut book is a really entertaining read with some very lively moments hitting the funny bone, yet the author manages successfully to pull at the reader's heart strings with her perceptive and sensitive portrayal of her characters and the different facets of their personalities. On the surface, Amy and Ben certainly have their moments and their romance is a sure bet yet their developing relationship also becomes the catalyst for both to uncover, acknowledge and deal with their own personal demons which are getting in the way. I loved the way Georgina has drawn her characters, sympathetically (even Ben) and with considerable insight. I laughed at her wit,I loved Gerald the 'guard' dog, I cried when real feelings emerged as Amy and Ben underwent the trial and tribulations they faced and cheered them on when they made progression. All in all an enjoyable and refreshing read that has me now waiting with anticipation for her next book.
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By Lily Malone TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 February 2014
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I loved, loved, loved, The Barbershop Girl.
One of my complaints about chick lit is that often it feels like the author is trying so hard to make the book funny, and get a laugh, that the story falls flat. The story feels too 'forced' for me.
The Barbershop Girl is so refreshing. It had many moments that made me smile, a heck of a lot that made me laugh, and certainly toward the end, there were tears.
The heroine is an Aussie small business owner with a penchant for dressing and living '50s style'. The hero is a Brit comedian/columnist now living in Perth, Australia.
I am not a classic 'chick' kind of girl. I don't know what to do with make-up; I hate shopping; I visit a hairdresser maybe twice a year (if I'm lucky)... and yet I fell absolutely in love with Amy, who wears her 50s clothing and style as a plate of armour, for many good reasons.
I loved Amy - the Freo barber.
Contrary to other reviews I've read of this book, I also loved Ben.
There are scenes in this book that I will read over and over again. One is their first sex scene, where Amy struggles to give over control to Ben. I love that he 'calls' her on it, and just doesn't let it go without asking the 'why'.
The scene where Amy explains her adoration of all things Marilyn Monroe and the 50s is another heart-stopper for me.
And this is my favourite line in the book. For some context, Amy has just bought herself a guard dog called Gerald, because she feels the need for protection after her house is burgled, and she's waiting for the dog to 'do its business', only Gerald does absolutely nothing in a hurry, except sleep.

"Hurry up boy. Why is two in the morning the only time you voluntarily want to go to the loo?
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