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I wouldn t say Meg Cabot is my favorite author but in the past she has been reliable in providing a good, solid read Not sure what happened here but I really did not like this book at all The plot sounded promising with Lou, a screenwriter, and Jack, a famous actor, forced to be around each other despite the fact they can t stand one another And then obviously because this is a romance we all know what happens next But with way too many characters introduced in the beginning, a ludicrous plot, and main characters who I didn t really have an interest in, I felt like this was a chore to finish. I normally like Meg Cabot, but characters here were just a bit too one dimensional and shallow Situations are totally unbelievable, like getting all hot and heavy in the Alaskan wilderness while waiting to be rescued int he freezing cold wilderness
If you don t mind Hollywood romance stories and are a fan of love hate relationships, then this is definitely a great book to add to your TBR shelf.She Went All the Way is the funny and sexy story of Oscar winning screenwriter, Lou Calabrese, and hunky, George Clooney like actor, Jack Townsend Things take off at lighting fast speed when Lou and Jack are flying via helicopter to shoot the final scene of the blockbuster movie series, Copkiller Lou wrote it Jack is the star The pilot pulls a gun on Jack and says he was paid to kill him by an unknown source Lou finds a flare gun under the pilot s seat Threatens him with it Mayhem ensues The helicopter catches on fire and crashes The result is that Jack and Lou are stuck in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness in the dead of winter Not far from a ranger s station Not too far from an abandoned cabin But too close to a pack of gun wielding snowmobilers who have been paid to hunt Jack down and kill him.What I enjoyed most about this story is the dialogue between Lou and Jack Lou hates Jack because 1 he dated dumped her best friend, Vicky who later married the director of the Copkiller series 2 Jack is a BIG TIME playboy and 3 Jack changed one of the lines Lou wrote for the first Copkiller movie To add insult to injury, the line Jack changed became the signature line for future Copkiller movies To get even, Lou wrote scenes into the new Copkiller movies that involve Jack stripping down to his birthday suit, being beaten with bamboo sticks and working in a snake pit And can you really blame her The constant jabs and banter between these two is what makes the book The witty dialogue and deadpan humor literally had me rolling around on the floor laughing And when Lou and Jack finally acknowledge the attraction between them, the dialogue only gets better Just a small warning, there is some head hopping going on in this one I m not a fan And there is a secondary romance between Lou s dad, a retired cop, and Jack s mother, a Jackie Kennedy wannabe The only true problem I have with this book is the cover I purchased the newest edition with the beaded, wedgie shoe on the cover What in the hell does this book have to do with summer footwear The entire book takes place in the snow, in the middle of Alaska Snow shoes would have beenappropriate. I like chic lit, but quality chic lit This book did not fall into the quality category I did not find the story of a screen writer and famous movie star, being lost in the Alaskan wilderness because of an attempt to murder one of them, very believable I did not find the characters interesting and was not surprised when the two ended up together. Three strikes and I m out Jack s a movie star, Lou s a screenwriter, they don t like each other, their SOs just left them and married each other, and now the helicopter circumstances forced them to share has crashlanded in Alaska and someone s trying to kill them Will they be able to fight off their attackers AND the growing attraction between them Yes to the first, no to the second And both pretty easily Good thing they crashed so close to both a ranger station and someone s hunting cabin And good thing Lou lost the weight she had when she was younger, and Jack likes spirited women Bleck Things I hate heroines who used to be fat, that s totally the same as being fat now, even if her new fabulous body is constantly referred to, right also, asshole condescending men Jack actually tells Lou, You re cute when you re mad No one who said that to me would ever get any sexual attention from this cutie again My anger is not cute If you think my anger is cute, you obviously don t respect me and can find your own way out of the Alaskan wilderness, thanks.Not to mention the Hollywood stuff all seemed immensely fake, though not as fake as the supposed serial monogamist Jack asking Lou to move in with him immediately after they sleep together, and asking her to marry him not long after Meanwhile, the subplot about Jack and Lou s widow er ed parents falling in love as well was both pointless and kind of gross Romances are supposed to be fantasies, wish fulfillment, right Who in their right mind would actually want one of their parents and one of their boy girlfriend s parents to hook up as well That is not the way to keep it all in the family Even picturing Jack as Paul Gross, which I started doing about a third of the way through, was not enough to make me like this book, or even feel engaged by it.I still think there must be good Romances out there, and that I m just clearly not finding them However, I think I need to take a break from the genre for a while. I have yet to figure out what I truly think of Ms Cabot s writing I often, while reading her work, vacillate between amusement, disgust, enthrallment, and irritation Saying I like her work might be going too far, but to say I flat out dislike it also seems too extreme I guess all I can really say is that, most of the time her books are a pleasant distraction and oftentimes laugh out loud funny For me personally, the humor in She Went All the Way is what sets it apart from most other over the top formulaic romances There are, of course, the glaring cliche s one must overlook to enjoy any kind of romance, but at least Ms Cabot balances those with sarcasm and a little touch of vitriol to make things a littleinteresting My major irritation with nearly all of Cabot s books is that all the women are walking stereotypes ofwell, women Designer clothes, celebrity gossip, a psychotic preoccupation with their weight, self worth wrapped up in whether or not a guy wants them, etc It can get to be a little tiring reading their internal monologues Lou is one of those heroines that was, for me, sort of desperately confusing She shoots and kills a guy all right, self defense shooters unite , but has a problem with breaking into a cabin to gain shelter during a blizzard What She actually said, Jack, we can t go inside when no one s home, that s breaking and entering This was during a blizzard and after they d been chased not once, but twice by gun toting snowmobilers who were taking pot shots at them So yeah, sometimes Ms Cabot s humor falls sadly flat But hey, she makes up for it with some other good stuff Including some pretty stellar sex scenes Now I m wondering if I m the only person who suspects Jack was loosely based on George Clooney Read October 2005Re read February 2009This was a great book I have decided to put this in the hallowed Keepers pile because it is the perfect girly indulgance The main character is Lou Calabrese a screenwriter who dated actor Barry Kimmel until he ran off with the co star of the movie he was working on and married her Lou is broken hearted and pissed off Lou has to fly to Alaska to work on the movie she wrote Copkiller and ends up in a helicopter with Jack Townsend the star of Copkillers and the jerk who changed her writing in the movie He was supposed to say It s always funny until someone gets hurt and instead he changed it to I need a bigger gun and of course it stuck and the whole world is saying it like they are Clint Eastwood or something So of course Jack and Lou end up crashing in a helicopter in the Alaskan Wilderness together They hole up in a cabin alone together que Barry White and OH Did I mention people are trying to kill Jack Yeah So that s kind of exciting too Yummy. This is exactly what I needed it to be Fast paced, interesting, silly, and heart warming The chemistry was great, tbe writing was fun and easy, the hunor made me laugh out loud on occasion And while the premise was absolutely ridiculous, it was a cute enough book that I was able to suspend disbelief and just enjoy it.This is my very first Meg Cabot novel and I m totally ready to tryI really like the way she develops her characters maybe that s how I was able to enjoy this so much Because if the characters hadn t been so well written I would have been less likely to put up with the cheesy drama and action sequences.Maybe I ll try the Princess Diaries books next I ve been wanting to for ages.. (FREE DOWNLOAD) Ö She Went All the Way ó Success Hasn T Spoiled Screenwriter Lou Calabrese It S Just Given Her A Taste For Luxury And It S Put Her In Some Bizarre Situations Like In A Helicopter En Route To The Wilds Of Alaska, Sharing Too Close Quarters With The Last Man She Wants To Be With Jack Townsend Once A Sexy Nobody Whom Lou Helped Make A Somebody, Jack S Just Been Dumped By A High Profile Hollywood Airhead Who S Eloped With Lou S Longtime Love So What Else Could Go Wrong WellTheir Pilot Could Try To Shoot The Most Adored Man In America They Could Crash Land In The Icy, Mountainous Middle Of Nowhere And At The Worst Possible Moment, When Survival Should Be Their Only Consideration, Jack Could Start Wondering If Maybe He Wasn T A Wee Bit Too Hasty For Not Giving This Sexy Screenwriter A Second Look While Lou Could Start Noticing How Superstar Jack Is Kind Of Hot After All With Meg Cabot books, I never know how well they ll age, but this one was still really fun There s not the best attitude towards the female characters who aren t Lou they re all appearance obsessed and so forth , but thankfully Lou and Jack are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness alone for most of it, so that doesn t really matter The side ship with the parents is super cute, the ship is great, and there were several lines that made me chuckle out loud Not up to the standard ofrecent Cabot novels but this is one I will definitely be keeping in my collection.