From Jackie Collins to People magazine, authors and press alike have lauded Whacked as a dark and sexy guilty pleasure. Parade, Real Simple magazine, the New York Post, and the Houston Chronicle all selected Whacked as a summer reading pick, and author Jules Asner was featured everywhere from Good Morning America to the Los Angeles Times.
Life promises to be perfect for Dani Hale. She has an almost-perfect boyfriend named Dave and a dream job writing for the TV crime series Flesh and Bone that allows her to indulge her macabre forensic passions. But something isn't quite right with her relationship, and Dani-a wily and inventive snoop-learns that Dave's real creative talents are (1) lying and (2) cheating on her. Soon she is plunged into the world of Los Angeles singledom, enduring a battalion of bad dates with men whose peccadilloes would drive a lesser woman to kill. At her wit's end, Dani is driven to a dramatic extreme that is as shocking as it is sensible in the girl-eat-girl world of Hollywood.
Praised by critics as the perfect beach read, Jules Asner's Whacked is a wicked tale of relationships, betrayal, and very modern revenge.
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Customer Reviews (53)
I thought this book was going to be very different. I saw the cover as it is featured and picked up and put down the book several times before I finally pulled the trigger and purchased it. I thought I knew the authors name (it took me reading the authors bio to realize that it was due to her being on E!) and yet I bought this book. Entirely my mistake.
The main character is vapid, annoying, cloying, clingy and overall hate-able. Granted NO one else in this book counts as a hero either, but I'd like to like at least one of the characters in a book I purchase. Apparently that is too much to ask. The story had holes a semi could drive through, she spends the first 3/4ths of the book worrying about work or finding a new boyfriend, going on 2 dates that are, not horrible at all but her insecurities lead her to commit felonies in the attempt to "gather the goods" because someone does not call her for a whole week. This girl is everything that is hate-able in a character. The ending was about as satisfying as an ice cream cup that someone steals from you, eats, then recovers and puts back in the freezer for you to find. It made me angry, it made me ashamed I'd finished the book it made me want to throw things.
Rating: D, as in Don't Bother
can't wait to read
The book arrived in excellent condition; however, it didn't arrive for a good 3 weeks after I ordered it.
A Mix of Everything
This story has a bit of every other book you have read mixed into it.It is chicklit, with a touch of glamour....it is a mystery with some very serious issues....but it is fun in the end.The style is quick and fun and the writer tries to bring the reader to some really clever places, but it does not follow the road you may think. Enjoyable and fun.Not too serious, even a bit nutty...but worth the time to read.
I had high hopes for this book as I always liked Jules Asner. However, I found it boring, poorly written and had to force myself to keep reading.
Not Fun At All
2 Words that describe the book: Dating horror
3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:
1. Setting: Los Angeles, CA
2. Dani Hale--A writer for a TV crime show who has a passion for forensics, Dani is on the brink of success both professionally and personally. Not only does she have her first sole writing credit, but she suspects her boyfriend Dave might be getting ready to propose.
3. Dave--A director (mostly on TV shows), he's been Dani's boyfriend for a few years. Although she's convinced a proposal is near, Dave has not quite been the perfect boyfriend--a fact that Dani is about to discover when she starts to do a little snooping into Dave's life.
4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
1. I disliked how Dani acts throughout the book. She is forever hacking into e-mail accounts, answering machines, snooping in drawers and doing other things that are desperate, underhanded and just plain creepy.
2. I disliked how I was unsure whether this book was a supposed to be a satire of dating, a condemnation of Los Angeles, dark humor, or all of the above. I didn't think it succeeded at being ANY of these (and I'm not someone who shies away from dark humor). I didn't think this book worked at any level. Although I suspect Jules Asner probably knows this subject matter having been a model, an E! TV personality and the wife of director Steven Soderbergh, I didn't think the book was fun, wicked, clever or even well-written. If this book offers a true depiction of the LA lifestyle and dating scene, I feel sorry for everyone who lives there. For me, the only true "fun" of the book was seeing Asner drop names of real celebrities, but these fleeting moments are hardly worth slogging through the book.
3. I disliked Dani. She was a very unsympathetic character (as were pretty much all of the characters in the book). I started out tolerating her, then I started to dislike her, and, by the end, I flat-out loathed her.
4. I disliked the book. Did you pick up on that? I don't know why I was surprised at the ending. I guess I should have seen it coming, but I really hated the choices that Asner made with it. If nothing else, I wanted Dani to get her comeuppance.
5 Stars or less for your rating?
I'm giving the book 2 stars. Perhaps I'm taking the book too seriously, but I really don't think I am. I went into it expecting a fun, frothy read, but I didn't have fun reading it. And if this was meant to be a satire or condemnation of L.A. and its dating scene, I don't think it worked. The writing was just OK; it had a very mechanical and clunky feel to it.
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