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ShaunOK 'Book Addict'

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My Single Friend - Jane Costello Hmm. A bit disappointed with this one if I'm honest. After reading [b:The Wish List|17156849|The Wish List|Jane Costello|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1355939306s/17156849.jpg|23579212] and [b:Girl On The Run|10083474|Girl On The Run|Jane Costello|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327954669s/10083474.jpg|14980309], I couldn't wait to read Jane Costello's other books. This one I actually started about a year ago but had other books I couldn't wait to read so put it down and took a year to pick it up again. The premise is okay but the book just didn't 'grip' me like her other two books did and I found myself just wanting to get to the end of the book, not because I couldn't put it down but because I wanted it to end.

One of the best things about chick lit is the predictability, there's something comforting in reading a book in which you know the character(s) will get their happy ending and that nothing bad will happen in the book, however this book just felt a bit too predictable. It was the sort of book where you could read the first few chapters and the last few chapters and know the whole story. The middle section was just filler between two characters eventually getting together.

I also didn't like the characters as much as I did in previous books from Costello. However I did find Lucy to be incredibly similar to Emma (Wish List) and Abby (Girl on the Run). Another successful career woman living in a nice area of Liverpool with great friends and not much luck on the love front. I hope it isn't just a case of Costello writing similar books with essentially the same character just doing something different. Henry was a bit of a dull character as well. The makeover wasn't very believable. I don't see how a woman wouldn't notice his looks underneath messy hair and glasses. Or how somebody who has lived with someone for years hadn't seen them near naked at least once.

Overall disappointed however still wanting to read Costello's other work in the hope that it is as enjoyable as The Wish List and Girl On the Run which I absolutely loved.