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West End Girls: A Novel de Jenny Colgan
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West End Girls: A Novel (2006 original; edició 2021)

de Jenny Colgan (Autor)

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The streets of London are paved with gold . . . allegedly. They may be twin sisters, but Lizzie and Penny Berry are complete opposites - Penny is blonde, thin and outrageous; Lizzie quiet, thoughtful and, well, definitely not thin. The one trait they do share is a desire to DO something with their lives, and as far as they're concerned, the place to get noticed is London. Out of the blue they discover they have a grandmother living in Chelsea - and when she has to go into hospital, they find themselves flat-sitting on the King's Road. But, as they discover, it's not as easy to become It Girls as they'd imagined, and west end boys aren't at all like Hugh Grant . . .… (més)
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Títol:West End Girls: A Novel
Autors:Jenny Colgan (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow Paperbacks (2021), 336 pages
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West End Girls de Jenny Colgan (2006)

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Twins Lizzie and Penny couldn’t be more different. Penny is outgoing and brash; Lizzie is quiet and backward. Penny loves parties; Lizzie would rather stay home. When they are asked to house-sit their grand-mum’s expensive home in a ritzy neighborhood, they jump at the chance. Once they arrive, they job hunt and practically fall into jobs. But it’s not at all what they expected, and the their expectations - and dreams - change as they mature, adapting to the things life throws their way. It’s quite an interesting tale with equally interesting characters. Jenny Colgan has a great storytelling style, and this one does not disappoint, even though it’s not quite as good as the some of novels in her various series. ( )
  Maydacat | Jan 23, 2021 |
This was a light fluffy book and perfect to read on a depressing winter day. I do have a major problem with it -- as I was reading, I kept thinking that I'd read it before but it published in 2021 so how was that possible. After doing some research, I found out that it was originally published in 2006. I need to watch dates on books that I order more closely because this is the second time that it's happened with one of Jenny Colgan's books.

Lizzie and Penny are twins but totally different in both looks and attitudes. Penny is blond and thin and always looking for a good time. Lizzie is very introverted and not happy with her extra weight. They live with their mother in a poor part of London and when they get a chance to stay at their grandmother's flat in Chelsea, they both know that their lives are going to change drastically. Penny tries to totally re-invent herself. She becomes a receptionist at an art gallery and her main job is to sit and look pretty. Lizzie gets a job at a restaurant and works very hard learning how to cook. In the evenings, Penny wants to party and Lizzie wants to stay home. They are both looking for love but in all the wrong places. After the trials and tribulations that they go through, they both learn what's really important in life. ( )
  susan0316 | Jan 16, 2021 |
The characters in this book, Lizzie and Penny, 27-year-old non-identical twins, are just barely likable. Lizzie is a doormat to her sister, a self-absorbed, shallow loser looking for a man with money to take care of her. Penny stays thin to be more attractive to men, as she sees the situation, and Lizzie eats too much to compensate for being the less attractive one, as everyone lets her know.

When they are asked to move into a large flat in Chelsea both of them see this as an opportunity to escape their boring lives in a tiny council house in Brandford, and off they go. Both find jobs right away, meet shallow, pretentious friends, find possible boyfriends, and drink and party a lot.

Somehow, they both find success in totally unexpected ways.

Generally I like this author and her characters a lot more. ( )
  nbmars | Nov 4, 2020 |
The story is about non-identical twins called Lizzy and Penny. They grew up in a council house and have the chance to move to the West End. Lizzy is a junk food addict with poor self esteem, but she's a likeable, caring person and her story is encouraging.

Penny, on the other hand, is trite and materialistic and excessively self-centred. I didn't like her at all - and the neighbours they meet are so caricatured that I really couldn't believe in them. Possibly intended as humour, but not remotely amusing.

It's one of Jenny Colgan's earlier books and I've liked some of her later ones so it hasn't put me off her novels; but I really wouldn't recommend this one. It's full of bad language, wild partying, and no real character development (other than Lizzy).

Still, the ending is fairly satisfying, albeit somewhat predictable, so I'm giving it three stars rather than two.

Full review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2019/12/west-end-girls-by-jenny-colgan.html ( )
  SueinCyprus | Dec 19, 2019 |
Good
  AngelaBarrett | Apr 22, 2019 |
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The streets of London are paved with gold . . . allegedly. They may be twin sisters, but Lizzie and Penny Berry are complete opposites - Penny is blonde, thin and outrageous; Lizzie quiet, thoughtful and, well, definitely not thin. The one trait they do share is a desire to DO something with their lives, and as far as they're concerned, the place to get noticed is London. Out of the blue they discover they have a grandmother living in Chelsea - and when she has to go into hospital, they find themselves flat-sitting on the King's Road. But, as they discover, it's not as easy to become It Girls as they'd imagined, and west end boys aren't at all like Hugh Grant . . .

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