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  • Title: Secrets to Happiness
  • Author: Sarah Dunn
  • ISBN: 9780316013581
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Holly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup the kind where you re still in love with the person leaving you While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair And another woman comes to Holly for advice about her love life with Holly s ex HollHolly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup the kind where you re still in love with the person leaving you While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair And another woman comes to Holly for advice about her love life with Holly s ex Holly decides that if everyone around her can take pleasure wherever they find it, so will she As any self respecting 30ish New York woman would do, she brings two males into her life a flawed but endearing dog, and a good natured, much younger lover She s soon entangled in a web of emails, chance meetings, and misguided good intentions and must forge an entirely new path to Nirvana From the author of The Big Love, Secrets to Happiness is a big hearted, knife sharp, and hilariously entertaining story about the perils of love and friendship, sex and betrayal and a thoroughly modern take on our struggle to be happy.
    Secrets to Happiness Holly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup the kind where you re still in love with the person leaving you While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface her happily married

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    1. entertaining, but scattered and lacking in substance ms dunn really needs to put focus on character development and the climax i could not understand what motivated these people to do what they did because each character was filled with fluff and nutella that being said, i rarely understand people, yet find them amusing and enjoyable, so can t won t discount this book on that basis as for the climax.i m still wondering where the WOW factor is it was all so typical where was the twist the turns [...]

    2. I m not sure why I thought a book about a single woman writer living in Manhattan wouldn t be chick lit, since most chick lit begins with those very same ingredients It s kind of like taking ground beef, adding orange powder, serving it in a hard shell and saying But it s not a taco But in Jancy Willett s review of Secrets of Happiness in the NYT s Book Review, she says point blank Secrets of Happiness was definitely not written just for women, no matter how it s packaged True, the protagonist i [...]

    3. Of course no one can resist a needy puppy, so this was a good ploy to humanize the protagonist, whose shallow, pointless life is rescued first by adopting a dog with brain cancer and then by adopting another puppy who has been left in the pound Throw in some cute neglected dogs and everyone is happy according to the old Hollywood adage Thus, this novel is full of cliches, both linguistically and in depiction of its of characters I lived in NYC and and know that not every woman believes that bein [...]

    4. I almost didn t finish the book because it was about a bunch of New Yorkers doing drugs and having casual sex and affairs, desperately dating people they actually despise based on superficial characteristics, and spending outrageous amounts of money on really stupid stuff.However, it turns out it is a good story and a good bit of the book is about the protagonist, Holly Frick, and how she doesn t approve of the garbage She even tells people she doesn t approve And the cover is adorable.

    5. I just reviewed this novel I didn t realize until after I read the whole thing that I had read her earlier novel, Big Love This one has a similarly confused ex evangelical main character A love story, sort of Chick lit, sort of Drama, sort of Comedy, sort of Nice.

    6. If I could give this negative stars, I would It only got one star because I managed to finish it A group of hateful people ruin each other and themselves out of middle class boredom That s basically my take on a terrible example of chick lit I m really annoyed I read this Maybe I m missing some kind of humor the author intended, but I honestly came away from this book thinking Dunn is the biggest misogynist I ve ever come across Well, to be fair the male characters are equally atrocious There is [...]

    7. Sarah Dunn is a truly talented writer Her writing is witty, lively, and flows beautifully However, for me, Secrets to Happiness wasn t the book to showcase that talent In fairness, let me start off by saying that I am probably outside of the target demographic of this book I am a fairly conservative, career woman turned stay at home mother, who is totally devoted to my husband and children The characters in this novel would likely describe me as a naive optimist.The central character of the nove [...]

    8. Okay before I rip this book, I will say some positive things I give the author credit for trying to write a chick lit book that transcends the genre by having some depth and asking some philosophical questions Holly, the main character, is from a religious Christian background though she is not currently affiliated and frequently contemplates the morality of her Manhattan friends happiness seeking behavior, not to mention the elusive nature of the happiness they pursue Her friends gently accuse [...]

    9. Holly Frick just went through the worst kind of divorce the one where you re still in love with the person divorcing you Facing up to life on her own, she needs a distraction to keep her mind off her own non existent love life Like Jane Austen s Emma Woodhouse, Holly is intimately involved in the lives of those closest to her, and now she feels compelled to give advice with unwavering moral certainty And, like Emma, she is often completely off the mark Soon she s in over her head, advising her e [...]

    10. I have heard numerous female authors complain about the fact that any book about a woman by a woman gets unfairly ghettoized into the pink section of the bookstore Sarah Dunn s author protagonist complains about this very thing in this book, in fact While I ve never seen Dunn make this complaint directly about her own work, she s perhaps the women s fiction author whose complaints in this direction would be most justified This oddly philosophical foray into the complicated relationships of a han [...]

    11. As I first started reading this book I thought the writing was funny and clever In fact, I laughed out loud a few times which is unusual for me when I am reading a book But by about page 100 I started to get weary of the whining and lack of integrity of most of the characters The protagonist Holly, I found especially annoying and it s hard to read a book when you find the lead character annoying It finished nicely and redeemed itself somewhat Enough that I am curious to read the author s first n [...]

    12. Really liked it Good story about married couples who consider having affairs and getting divorced I think Sarah Dunn s books are fun and funny, not fluff but not too deep either.In this one, the main character is from a religious upbringing Many of the other characters are modern, NYC sophisticates who are in therapy People with religious values ask what people should do when faced with a dilemma Therapists try not to be judgmental about the choices people make and are interested in helping peo [...]

    13. Meh Characters didnt totally entwine so was a bit difficult to follow But the characters voices were really fun and quirky conversationalist convos That part was enjoyable and obviously unique to the author I liked Dunn s The Arrangement so so much, though written years past this one.

    14. Oh my goodness, these people were annoying I thought it would be a book about a woman adopting a dog, rebuilding her life and finding love after divorce Instead it was a bunch of self absorbed people making horrible choices and then complaining about them After the main character started falling for her married, best friend s lover yep, you read that correctly , I gave up I kept waiting for the dog story to start, but halfway through he was mentioned twice The only good thing about this book was [...]

    15. Secrets to Happiness revolves around the lives of several thirty and forty something New Yorkers whose lives are loosely connected through their friendship with the main character, a writer named Holly Frick Holly s husband left her even though she s still in love with him, her novel Hello, Mr Heartache was unsuccessful, and now she finds herself writing for a tween television show she despises Needless to say, Holly is not a happy woman, and the other characters aren t any better off Holly s be [...]

    16. I LOVED this book Simply adored everything about it, even the parts I didn t like, if that makes sense At first, while reading the book, I thought that the cover was a little misleading It seemed like one of those covers you find on those feel good books about women in their mid thirties who find themselves and then find the perfect man, getting involved with all kinds of cheesy, kooky antics along the way This book is nothing like that But then, after I finished the book, I realized the cover f [...]

    17. This book was a total treat to read Seriously, my husband had to leave the room, because I had to stop quite often in order to read him a passage When something is that good, I have to share I would compare this work to one of my all time favorites Heartburn by Nora Ephron, because like Heartburn, it had moments that just cracked me up and were completely impossible to not share Also I totally could not put this book down Sarah Dunn has an absolute powerful way of bringing her characters to life [...]

    18. I am so completely ambivalent about this book, it s kinda nuts There were a couple of times in the first half of the book where I found myself snorting or chuckling out loud in public , but it quickly devolved into a confusing, chaotic collection of personal stories and problems that I could care less about.I read some other reviews about the book before finishing it, but I don t think they actually affected my opinion of the book some people are upset about the undercurrent of religious rigidit [...]

    19. Well, I ve just read Room and Never Let Me Go, two pretty intense books I picked this one up from the library because I like that Happiness is in the title and I needed a break from abuse rape genocide It was funny I laughed than most of the people who reviewed this book I loved the dogs in the book The protagonist, Holly, was sort of pathetic, but in an I ve felt this sorry for myself, kind of way The cover on my book isn t half so wonderful as the cover on the copy that arose when I clicked o [...]

    20. Despite the adorable beagle on this book, it was incredibly difficult to get through This story is about Holly Frick and her friends acquanitances in New York City Each of them seems to be having their own sort of issues from the woman who think she is bad in bed to the best friend who is cheating on her husband to the ex boyfriend who is trying to have a serious relationship but can t help messing it up Then there is Holly, recently divorced and very righteous, who is sleeping with a man 12 yea [...]

    21. Read this book in one sitting I liked it and it gave me a lot to think about I LOVED The Big Love, really admired it, but this one seems sophisticated My least favorite parts were the Leonard parts I loved the Betsy storyline and even the Spencer storyline I wish I could have a discussion with someone about the points in this book I found myself understanding Spence s point of view at times and that scares me Hopefully I m not the only one I liked Holly a lot, really interesting I love that she [...]

    22. While the synopsis lets you believe that this is going to be a character study about the main character, Holly, and her quest for love, it ends up being a snapshot into the lives of Holly and various people in her life However, the characters are not fleshed out enough to care about them, in fact, I found myself having a hard time identifying, let alone, liking any of them.

    23. I know this is chick lit but it s smarter than normal chick lit I was able to read the entire book on the flight from New York to Seattle and it was a welcome distraction since I hate flying One of the best parts was the NYC setting and the fact that I could recognize some of the places mentioned.

    24. This was a very cute, quick read The characters were all very defined and relatable The topics were surface level and were also things that most people have dealt with or heard about from their friends I felt like the characters were all my friends and we were catching up over starbucks Would recommend for those who enjoy chick lit.

    25. I really just couldn t get into this book I got through maybe a forth of the book I m not even going to give the book a rating because I don t feel that would be fair Maybe it is actually a good book, just slow to start off

    26. Surface characters with a surface plot, I just couldnt find it in myself to care about the main protaganist, Holly, and there just seemed to be no point at all There were some good lines but otherwise a bland self indulgent feel that didn t appeal at all.

    27. One of my fave novels in a while I really enjoy Sarah Dunn s writing and character development Our heroine has published a chick lit novel but failing to find her own romance, struggling to get over her ex husband who left her In the midst of the swirling affair of her best friend, her own brief affair, and a compassionate caring for a dying dog, she begins to learn a bit about love and life.

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