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    Joanna Bolouri(Author)

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Longlisted for The Guardian's "Not the Booker" prize, The List is the hilarious debut novel from Scottish comedienne Joanna Bolouri. Phoebe Henderson may be single but she sure doesn't feel fabulous. It's been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and wine-fueled nights of relationship analysis with her best friend Lucy have done nothing to improve her dating situation.

Faced with another year without love, Phoebe confronts her fears and decides to forgo romantic love altogether. She comes up with The List: ten things she's always wanted to do in bed but has never had the courage to try. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? In a chaotic, embarrassing, exhilarating, and ultimately transformational year of self-discovery, Phoebe finds surprises, friendship, confidence, and even love, through good and bad sex.

"A very naughty but nice read that will have you gasping at Phoebe's antics one minute and laughing out loud the next."―Abby Clements, author of Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop"Sexy, smart and scandalous, The List charts one woman's odyssey through her bedroom blind-spots--and what a ride it is! Funny and frisky, I'd recommend to anyone with a taste for adventure."―Victoria Fox, author of Temptation Island"Highly entertaining, heart-warming, with a good dose of smut. A sexy read that will have you wondering about your own list."―Anna Bell, author of Don't Tell the Groom"Raunchy and hilarious . . . you'll be laughing all the way to the beach!"―The Scottish Sun"An absolutely hysterical main character that you can relate to and page after page of pant-wettingly hilarious scenes . . . Without a doubt this is the best and funniest book I have read so far this year. I can't wait to see what Joanna Bolouri does next!"―Lisa Gray, The Daily Record"Very very naughty and lots of fun - it's a cracker of a debut."―The Sun"This is a fast-paced and very funny read, told in diary format as Phoebe spends a year seeking pleasure and ends up finding out more about herself than she ever expected to."―Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist"I think by far this is the funniest book I have ever read . . . an awesome mixture of chick-lit and erotica, but in such a hilarious and unique way . . . Joanna is a brilliant author, her writing is hilarious, vivid, genuine and just such a pleasure to read"―Sky's Book Corner"The List is an entertaining tale of liberation and self discovery. Kudos to Phoebe and crew for keeping it real, funny, and enjoyable from start to finish."―Miss Ivy's Book Nook Joanna Bolouri worked in sales before she began writing professionally at the age of thirty. After winning a BBC comedy script competition she worked and wrote with actors, in stand-up comedy, and as a screenwriter. She's contributes to newspapers and news sites such as The Skinny, the Scottish Sun, the Huffington Post, and Heckler Spray. She lives in Glasgow with her daughter. The List is her first novel.

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  • PDF | 368 pages
  • Joanna Bolouri(Author)
  • Quercus (January 6, 2015)
  • English
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  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Total Book Geek on January 6, 2015

    2.5 starsThis book is so British. From the writing style, the humour, the characters, to the overall plot line. I know the author is Scottish, but by British I mean within the UK. Seriously the difference with American writing style is so very clear and it seems it's been a while since I've read such a book. To be clear while a lot of the elements are present, I wouldn't call this one your typical chick lit.With the writing style and the format of the story, which is in short diary style, this made for a pretty quick read up until thirty or forty percent in. By then I was wondering why the story wasn't nearly finished and it kind of started to drag. The quirkiness of the main character loses its appeal after a while and well the decisions she starts to make aren't really funny anymore, but rather worrisome.While the setup seemed bloody brilliant and the list is actually very interesting, somewhere along the way I got lost. With the focus very much staying on the list constantly, I found it very much lacking in the possible romantic connection that was supposed to lead to through love. I might have applauded Phoebe in her sexual awakening, though it was a bit contradicting with her saying in the beginning that she never had sex out of a relationship to suddenly being okay with having sex with multiple people during sometimes very short spaces of time. Also it contradicts with her low self esteem, that suddenly she is all for it to being naked in front off sometimes strangers.I don't know if it was the format of the story, but it was difficult connecting with Phoebe as we just get to read about things that have happened and we don't get much into the nitty gritty of it. Also we don't really get to know the supposedly love interest, that all stayed superficial to me, so that ending came out of the blue for me. Though I was expecting it about thirty to forty percent in, but then all the rest happened and left me wondering why on earth these people want to be together. Let us not forget that for most of the book Phoebe was still hung up on her ex for some reason, that didn't make a lot of sense to me since it had been over for more than a year.So overall not what I was expecting and while I did like the writing style, the focus just didn't feel quite right to me. I would have liked to have seen more romance, to make that part believable and it all could have easily been a lot shorter. While I get that the list was the main point, the way it was handled still felt a bit superficial to me. Like Phoebe's goal was to complete that list and be damned all the rest, making me wonder if she actually really enjoyed it all.*I received a copy through NetGalley/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

  • By MBR on May 10, 2015

    The List by Joanna Bolouri is one of those laugh-out-loud variety romances that makes you feel good and break out in laughter even long after you are done. It all starts when the new year rolls in and Phoebe finds herself still pathetically single, going to therapy, trying to take her mind off the ex who had cheated on her and left her in the lurch.Like many of us, Phoebe is one to make all sorts of new year resolutions that never see the light of day. However this year, Phoebe is determined that she’d stick to her resolution and see it through, even if it kills her. Thus she and her best friend Lucy get together and make a list, a list that would guarantee that she, Phoebe, would have sexual adventures of the kind that she has only read about, and that she would put herself first this time than anyone else.Next thing you know, Phoebe finds herself with her friends-with-benefits partner, none other than the Irish sex demi-god Oliver himself, who happens to be one of her closest friends. Oliver has no issues with making her scream with pleasure, in showing her how desirable she is. However, both Oliver and Phoebe promise each other that they aren’t an exclusive item, and that’s where all the ‘misadventures’ of Phoebe’s sex life begins.The List is written in first person, in Phoebe’s point of view. The whole cast of characters tended to give the story a Sex & the City vibe to it that I absolutely loved. I felt like I had come home to characters who could make me laugh, who could make me cry and yet again who could make me smile through my tears through the happy ending it delivered.One cannot talk about the good stuff in The List without mentioning the hilarity it delivers. The humor. Oh the humor. At times you feel like you’re watching a movie where everything that can go wrong will go wrong, and yet there’s nothing like laughing your way through the good and bad and being able to look back and still smile when you know that you had gone through it all like a champion. That is the sort of tale that The List delivered and I gobbled it all up in just one sitting!I would be remiss in my review if I were not to mention the impact that Oliver brought to the story. Oliver, the Irish bloke who teaches Phoebe that she is desirable and sexy and that she deserves better than the man she has continued to pine for for the past year. The fact that they’ve known each other for so long makes it even better, that they can be their true selves with each other without any pretenses speaks volumes on just how well suited they are for each other; Oliver is the kind of friends with benefit bloke every girl should have; funny, sexy as hell and practically a God when it comes to making a woman scream in bed!Only thing that I didn’t like was missing out on Oliver’s point of view. I felt a bit cheated out because of the fact. I’d have loved to see even a glimpse into his mind, how he views Phoebe, the woman he has loved all this while, the woman whose love he’d been willing to forgo just so that he could spare her the hurt that he’d inevitably cause when he screwed things up! This is the one reason that I tend to dislike books written in first person, which is a fad that every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to be following these days. I believe that Oliver’s viewpoint would have made the story more wholesome and given it a whole lot more emotional punch than the story delivers now.I loved Phoebe. What is there not to love? I loved her courage; it must’ve taken a lot for her to actually take the step towards moving on even when heart kept clamoring for the man who’d cheated on her and hurt her in the worst way possible. Her cluelessness when it comes to Oliver is one that proved costly, but the angst the fact delivered to the story was one that made it all the more better!Recommended! Couldn’t put it down. Even for a second. Highly readable!Rating = 4/5

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