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Gemma Barton and her friend Sarah, disgruntled by their dating experiences, set up a website for women the world over to take revenge on all the men who have ever wronged them. However, soon their plan is spiralling out of control....

Title : Friday Night Cocktails
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ISBN : 9780758208262
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Friday Night Cocktails Reviews

  • Kristin R
    2019-01-24 13:39

    Friday Night Cocktails stars Gemma who is trying (maybe) to get over a broken relationship, but is clearly very stuck in the bitter resentment phase. Her fiance broke off their engagement. Her friend Sarah and she go out every Friday for cocktails. Back in college they started The List, in which they listed the guys they broke up with and why they were jerks. The list has grown over the years and then Sarah has an idea to turn it into a website so the world can add men to the list of jerks. Will she ever get over Brett and move past this phase, which is wearing everyone down?

  • PurplyCookie
    2019-01-05 14:41

    Two best friends, one killer hangover, and a whole world of badly behaved men - let the games begin: after one too many margaritas at a local bar, Gemma Barton & her friend Sarah decided to put up their website dedicated to decry all men as commitment phobias and complete dogs. Appropriately enough they decided to call it as (by the way, the site does not really exist in cyberspace -- just in case you were curious as I was -- but it is being sold as a domain name if ever you're interested to replicate what Rushby wrote about.The idea of the website originated from the characters' college days, what was considered by their dorm as "the list": a chronicle of all the guys who've ever lied, cheated, or tried to have a threesome with your best friend. The website proved to be a huge hit and soon disgruntled women all over the world were chiming in and adding their own entries to the rapidly growing "bastards list". This is one entertaining part of the book -- to be able to "hear" from the perspective of females from other countries around the world. A favorite (which the webmistress wrote as an article) of mine was entitled "Ten great ways to get back at your ex" -- certainly sets my creative juices flowing as to how best gain revenge. The book starts out in a typical manner, but quickly turns into self-reflection for the main characters. It's not your usual chick-lit book but at the same time I didn't care much for its Mary Sue-ish tone and the sometimes slow pacing of the story. Still, this work might prove to be a tad therapeutic to those who have experienced heartache over the end of a relationship (no matter who dumped whom) and of the need for a closure. Book Details: Title Friday Night CocktailsAuthor Allison RushbyReviewed By Purplycookie

  • Sandie
    2019-01-14 18:38

    This is my first book by this author, I wasn't sure at first I was going to like it but was able to get into fairly quickly and laughed outloud many times!The characters were all interesting and they all seemed very realistic because of their quirks and habits. Gemma is the one I identified with the most. I'm not a man-hater so I couldn't really get into her whole all men tirade but I felt able to understand what was eating at her and why she was acting the way she was. I especially loved when she was able to meet her idle, the columnist and discover what kind of person she really was. I loved that all of a sudden it clicked for Gemma and she stood up for what was was well said and an important message that could be applied to any group that hates another group. This part right here is why I gave the book four stars, I could have easily given it three stars but I am a fan of messages like this and she wrote it up so nicely that I chose to go with four. The ending....well that could use some work. I was happily reading along and then it was over, just like that. Yes, there was an epilogue and I am a huge fan of epilogues. But this ending and this epilogue failed to give me the detail that I like to see when a story is ending. But all in all, it was a fun book, easy enough to read with a nice group of characters. I will definately give this writer another try at some point.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-25 15:26

    This is the best rom com book I've read ever, I think I've read it about 3 times since it was first published in 2000! I would love to see this book turned into a movie. I want to read it again,soon. My favourite laugh out loud with tears of laughter bit involves a boat & a radio station.But it's been a while since reads, so that's all I can say. All this time I thought Allison Rushby wrote one book! Need to read her others as well that are in this style.

  • L.E. Truscott
    2018-12-31 17:24

    There are some books that are destined not to be remembered and falls into that category. Not because it’s bad. It’s okay. But because it isn’t timeless. It’s about a very specific period in time. It’s a little like the Sue Grafton books with Kinsey Milhone dropping off reels of film for photographs to be developed. It was published in 2000 and its foray into the online world is dated now – the sounds of the dial up modem, having to disconnect from the internet to make a phone call, people having “homepages”. The world has come a long way since then.Gemma, our main character, and Sarah are typical late twenty-somethings, unlucky in love, drowning their sorrows in Friday night margaritas and keeping a list of every bastard who has ever done them wrong. It’s twenty pages long, stained and falling apart, so to ensure its continued existence, Gemma decides to put it on her homepage. Overnight, it becomes an internet sensation. Before long, it’s a website of its own (with the same name as the book) and Gemma gives up her freelance graphic design job to become its full-time administrator as the advertising revenue begins rolling in.In fact, Gemma is doing so well and the website is so successful that she takes on a PA, a man named Chris who is so efficient that she now has plenty of time to become even more convinced that all men are bastards as she reads through the submissions from women around the world. From the discourteous to the downright criminal, it seems like every woman has a story to tell. And when Brett, Gemma’s ex-fiancé, calls to tell her he’s getting married to somebody else and to ask her to take down his entry from the website, it’s the last straw.But, of course, not all men are bastards and some women are bastards and we take a convoluted course for Gemma to come to that realisation through her slowly developing feelings for Chris. But they’re almost too slow to develop. In fact, if it wasn’t for an online chat with an anonymous contributor to the website, she probably wouldn’t have even thought about Chris like that. Because he’s aloof and infuriating and refuses to tell her anything about himself. Even after having read the book, I’m still not sure I feel like I know anything about him or why she would fall for him.The whole book is written like the author is having a conversation with the reader, very informal, very relaxed, very self-deprecating. But it’s a conversation with a late twenty-something who still hasn’t quite figured out hygiene or how much alcohol she can drink or that she doesn’t know everything or the fact that she doesn’t actually need a man to make her life falls into the chick lit category and then falls even further into the chick lit lite category. Fans of Alexandra Potter will probably recognise the formula and they might even enjoy it. I think Alexandra Potter is better though.There are moments in the book when you will agree that all men are bastards such as when Courtney sends her submission to the website about being gang-raped by three men, one of whom was her uncle, or when Gemma is reading an article about an Italian judge ruling that a woman wearing jeans can’t be raped because she’d have to have helped to remove the tight denim pants. It almost feels like Allison Rushby collected a whole bunch of real world examples and used them to express her frustration with the way a lot of men act with this fake story. Almost as though her indignation got in the way of making it a better book.But, women, if you’re looking for an easy read after a horrific break-up, this will go down a treat. And, men, I’d stay away entirely unless you’re masochistic. Then again, it’s a great what-not-to-do manual for dating. But it’s not going to change the world at large or the world of literature.

  • Jennifer Bagazin
    2019-01-04 18:28

    This is exactly what I needed atm. A main dish of bitter man-hating with a pinch of romance and laughter, to taste. The book was fast paced, witty, and full of humor at every twist and turn. Plus, it was all about being famous on the net (and being one of those "one-minute wonders" as it was put) which I can totally relate to. I know exactly how it feels - the overwhelming giddyness to see people actually going in your blog, reading what you've written and posted. Trust me, I had my own dose of that stuff.Also, Chris is such a sweetheart. He is totally one of those PA-Gods (I think) and I sooo want to have a Personal Assistant as good as Chris in the future. I also liked the closure Gemma and Brett had. It got me thinking that maybe that was what was lacking in all my failed relationships - closure. Maybe thats why I'm getting cynical and bitter. Yet closure or no closure, time heals even the most painful wounds. :)

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-29 17:29

    More like 1.5 stars. I read this in one day, mostly because I was sick and forced myself to read it. Part of the reason I did not like it was the language barrier, I'm not Australian or even British so some of the phrases didn't make any sense. The other reason I rated this so low is that the cover and title, as well as the synopsis on the back are so cute and the story just wasn't. I found this in the romance section, but it was more anti-romance. The main character spends most of the book man-bashing and then when she finally realizes how horrible and jaded she is becoming she wises up but the story just ends. She is happily dating the guy, but do they end up happily ever after? This book is angry and at times very mean and overall disappointing.

  • rainyfeathers
    2019-01-09 20:49

    This took me months to read. I read the first half and then just skimmed the rest. Why? Because it was boring. I don't mind being told the same tale over and over by different author's. The problem with this book is that I have read most of the stuff Gemma (rather the author) put on her website in real life on different websites or other books pretty much word for word, and years before the author published. I wish I could give no stars and get my money back because I don't like people who plagiarizer. Allison Rushby you should be ashamed, you are a fraud.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-23 19:31

    typical girl gets dumped, girl goes on an I hate men rampage, starting up her own online "", goes internatinal and gets famous, girl meets guy but still hates men and refuses to see that not all men are jerks.typical. was just OK for me. Kind of a beach book or guilty pleasure read.I am sure I would enjoy it mroe if I could relate to the subject matter. Never had a horrible breakup, never had the urge to retaliate against an ex. i guess I am lucky.

  • With Butterflies
    2019-01-16 17:31

    Pretty terrible, in my opinion. It would be more believable to me if the woman in question was around 19 or 20, but a 28 year old woman who makes a website about revenge and childish pranks? Also, it was just too predictable with everything wrapped up in a neat little ending.

  • Sandra
    2019-01-04 14:49

    I bought this book at a Dollar Store and had no faith in it being anything but a backup for when I had nothing else to read. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a quick easy read with a happy ending. I've been reading a lot of deeply emotional books lately, so this book was exactly what I needed.

  • Cynthiaj
    2018-12-30 14:34

    Picked this up on major clearance. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Although the end was a bit abrupt and predictable, it was kind of fun finding out how Gemma would go off the deep end next...

  • Chris
    2019-01-05 15:32

    This is book #3 of 5 from the wedding shower prize basket I mentioned in the review for Liar, Liar.

  • Niqi
    2019-01-15 18:21

    I enjoyed the writing style however I hated the main character. I needed her to change her ways and she finally does in the very last chapter. I almost didn't make it to the end though because I almost quit reading but something compelled me to keep reading. It was a nice light read. a beach book.

  • Stephanie Lees
    2018-12-25 16:21

    Was not very impressed with this book. Based on the title, I think I expected more. It was cute, but by the time I got to the final 100 pages, I was skipping pages at a time just in a desperate effort to finishing reading it.

  • Paula
    2019-01-22 18:27

    what a scream! Loved, loved, loved this book and discovered Allison Rushby when she was nominated for a Romantic Book of the Year Award by RWA with it.By far one of her best.

  • Patricia Solla
    2019-01-11 15:34

    This book was a fun read. The characters are great. The storyline is a little strange but sometimes laugh out loud funny. If you are really into bashing an old flame read this book.

  • Tania
    2018-12-26 18:44

    a good piece of fluff .... set in australia

  • Annalisa
    2019-01-07 19:22

    Slow start. Decent finish. Lacks polish.

  • Nickey-Ann Leon
    2019-01-11 16:23

    Fun chick read, though it gets far too long after a while

  • Jenn
    2019-01-06 16:49

    I really thought this book was hilarious... we've all been there... bad guy lets you down... so suddenly all men suck and they aren't worth the ground I walk on... this is just a fun twist :)

  • Lyz
    2019-01-24 15:34

    Meh. It's cute. It kills time. But in no way was it one of those books that I couldn't wait to get back to.

  • Ann (Noumena12)
    2019-01-18 14:46

    I couldn't get into this book. Passing it on to someone who wants to give it a try.

  • Christine
    2019-01-11 17:35

    Really fun light read

  • Maggie Mulryan
    2019-01-03 15:32

    not my typical genre...for those that like the light romance novels it is probably a good book.

  • Kayters Francisco
    2019-01-03 14:41

    Good, however the ending was rushed.

  • Mary
    2019-01-19 19:48

    Another fun one...taking you into someone else's life. Slightly predictable..but fun.

  • Debra
    2018-12-28 17:42

    Bought this for $0.50 at the library. Yes, it's predictable, but I thought it was cute and I enjoyed it. This was my first book by this author and I'd be interested in reading more by her.

  • Toni
    2019-01-02 19:32

    Brilliant read

  • Lianna
    2018-12-24 18:49

    I thought this book was hysterical, but you've got to have to humor for it! It's a great book to read after a break up just for some laughs, and to realize you're not alone. Cute ending.