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Bet Me

por Jennifer Crusie

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Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans, and it?s not long before Min and Cal are dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kremes, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a mutant cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of including the biggest gamble of all - real love.… (mais)
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A slow burning romance just like I love them! ( )
  Ash600 | Mar 19, 2021 |
I had heard a lot of good things about this book. And it was good, but maybe not in the all top for me. I guess I like more historical romances. But I did like the unconventional heroine. ( )
  RankkaApina | Feb 22, 2021 |
[Review written by my younger self]
A guy walks into a bar. He meets his friends there, one of whom picks an okay-looking girl and bets him $10,000 that he will sleep with her within a month. He instead bets his friend $10 that he will take her out to dinner. Two things are of note here: (1) The friend making the bet just finished breaking up with this girl, and (2) the girl happens to overhear most of it, and is now under the impression that her ex-boyfriend bet a guy $10 that he would sleep with her in a month.

The guy accepting the bet, the ever-popular serial dater Cal Morrissey, accepts the bet for dinner and $10 with the girl, Min Dobbs. Min's ex-boyfriend, David, is too drunk to realize that Cal accepted the $10 bet, and not the $10,000 bet. Min decides to go out with Cal in order to spite David.

Plot to one of the archived comic relief episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210? Not hardly, and I must sheepishly admit that 90210 was one of my favorites in its heyday. Instead, this is the catalyst event for Jennifer Crusie's book, Bet Me, a novel I picked up with cynical expectations in my exploration of the "chick lit" genre. I have to say that I was not surprised to see that the characters (aside from, to a certain extent, Min and Cal) are generally one-sided and the plot itself was quite predictable (what else would they do but end up in each other's arms, right?). Still, the writing was very funny, and at the least it was an entertaining read if you are able to dismiss these shortcomings.

Regarding these cookie cutter characters, it is almost easy enough to put the large majority of them into categories. Min has her girlfriends - one is the popular, svelte one who gets all the guys and is more than a little suspicious of men, and the other is the sweet, soft-spoken one who believes in fairy tales. Cal's friends are similar foils: One is the tough guy who appears to be monomaniacal when it comes to certain pick-up lines, and the other is a sort of shy and simple guy with old-fashioned values. Cal and Min at first present themselves too to fit right in. Cal is the popular hunk with a habit for dumping women, and Min is the angry woman who is upset over her breakup not
because David left her, but because he left her without a date for her sister's wedding.

A somewhat refreshing twist from this formula is the eventually over-emphasized subplot dealing with Min's weight, which is a subject of constant debate and complaint from her overbearing mother. (Yet another typical character... Heck, even the phrase "overbearing mother" is a cliche, yeah?) It was nice to take a break from the whole I-hate-you, I-love-you plotline to hear about Min's concerns about her weight and the tension it causes with the women of the Dobbs household.

Aside from this twist, the subplots in the story act mostly as a way of presenting the rest of this ensemble cast in its typical fashion: Naturally, Cal and Min's friends attempt to hook up accordingly. Naturally, Cal and Min's exes act as interlopers. At times it felt like the subplots were fillers to space out the Cal and Min story, which would have been very typical if it weren't for the supporting actors of chicken marsala and Krispy Kreme donuts. The stars of the subplots were, possibly because of their one-dimensional nature, only somewhat likable, and only at certain moments. To be honest, some of the subplots were annoying, others ridiculous.

Still, after all this, I have to say that the book did make me laugh out loud. The stories are set up for some entertaining, and even mildly believable comic moments. Once the main characters gain familiarity with the reader, it is easy to enjoy their expected reactions when faced with certain predicaments. I feel that more could have been done with this... More could have been done with EVERYTHING, but the comic potential is the only aspect that really made it through to near completion.

Borrow it from the library if you're in the mood for a laugh on the beach.
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  irrelephant | Feb 21, 2021 |
The main character, Min, is considered chubby by today's standards but still willing to speak her mind. Loved the humorous interactions with boy toy, Cal, that were accepted by both because of a bet. Enjoyed the relationships among the various friends: Min and her feisty friends especially Liza, Cal with his coworker friends. Liked how the ex girlfriend had theories about love relationships. Above average for chick lit. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Firstly, not work appropriate: it may not have been until the very end, but the descriptive - shall we say - foreplay scene was not the best thing to listen to at work. Sure, no one could hear it on my headphones but the last thing I want while collating is getting all hot and bothered and start having flashbacks of dragging the cute boy into the locking photocopy room... when I can't do that anymore, that is.

I was having so much trouble deciding if I liked the book or not. There were times I thought it was really lame and not well thought out, then there were other times I let out a little giggle at my desk listening to the audiobook. Overall, I think if you are looking for that not-serious typical girl relationship read, the one whit the guy who is so wrong for you yet somehow turns out to be so right, yeah this one's worth a shot. I'm not about to go running to my girlfriends to say "you gotta read this" but it was enjoyable. If you can get it in cheap paperbook, used or at the library, it might be worth it for a quick and easy smile, even if the relationship was anything but... ( )
  OptimisticCautiously | Sep 16, 2020 |
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Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans, and it?s not long before Min and Cal are dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kremes, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a mutant cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of including the biggest gamble of all - real love.

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