Item description for I Heart Bloomberg (86 Bloomberg Place #1) by Melody Carlson...
Overview When Kendall manages to wrangle her grandmother's house, she finds three roommates--Anna, Lelani, and Megan--who each have their reasons for wanting to move in, but as they struggle to become the women they want to be, they will find new hope. Original.
Kendall's managed to wrangle her grandmother's house--free and clear--except for the rules. No male roommates. But that's ok, with the right ad she'll pull in some girls, their rent and if she's lucky, she won't have to go to work any time soon.
For their part, Anna, Lelani, and Megan all have their reasons for wanting to move in: Anna has got to get out from under her overprotective parents; Lelani can't take another day in her aunt's tiny crackerbox house overflowing with toddlers and Megan needs a place free of her current roommate from Hades. Though they come with assorted extra baggage filled with broken hearts and dreams, they will discover they also have a vast array of hidden strengths.
As they struggle to become the women they want to be, they'll find new hope and maybe even Kendall will learn a thing or two about life, love and the true meaning of friendship.
From Publishers Weekly Carlson, author of more than 100 books, begins her 86 Bloomberg Place series with a novel that functions mostly to set up future storylines. Three women rent rooms at 86 Bloomberg Place: Lelani Porter is a lovely half-Hawaiian with a secret; Megan Abernathy is a Christian flirting with depression; and Hispanic Anna Mendez is anxious to escape a smothering mother. The advertised luxurious house, owned by Barbie doll clone Kendall Weis, is disappointingly in need of updating, and in exchange for a rent reduction, they redecorate and renovate the run-down home. Kendall turns out to be the landlord from hell, with entitlement issues, an eating disorder, a shopping addiction and a slew of (too many) other problems. Its more than the trio bargained for, but nobly they try to be kind to Kendall. The Christian element is present in the story, but lightly handled. A subplot of young women gone missing seems at odds with the beauty makeovers and HGTV-type activities. Although Carlson is careful to explain the reasons behind Lelanis absence from her home in the islands, readers may find her seemingly unemotional abdication of responsibility difficult to swallow, while Kendalls character is one-dimensional. The novel ends abruptly without resolving enough loose endslikely picked up in book twobut leaving readers dissatisfied rather than intrigued. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.25" Width: 5.59" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
Series 86 Bloomberg Place
Series Number 1
ISBN 1589191048 ISBN13 9781589191044
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More About Melody Carlson
Melody Carlson has published more than ninety books for children, teens and adults with sales totaling more than two million copies and many titles appearing on the ECPA bestsellers list. Several of Melody s books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards, including the Gold Medallion and the RITA Award. Over the years, Melody has worn many hats, from preschool teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor and author. She has two grown sons and lives in central Oregon with her husband and chocolate Lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains."
Melody Carlson currently resides in the state of Oregon.
Melody Carlson has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about I Heart Bloomberg?
Can't wait for more books Jun 25, 2008
When I got the book in the mail, I opened it up and was just going to give it a cursory glance before putting it down to read later. I could not do that. In fact I could not go to bed that night until I finished the book. Thankfully I finished it by 2am so I was able to get a little bit of sleep before getting up for work later that morning.
To say I relate to this book is a mild understatement. I've had good roommates and I've had bad roommates. Thankfully I've never had a roommate that was as self-absorbed as Kendall is. You will find yourself frustrated at her actions while hoping that she finds the change she so desperately needs.
Carlson's use of what I have recently found is called Deep Point of View is captivating, making one feel like she is in the middle of the action - watching as Megan is ripping up carpet, or as Anna is dealing with a charming co-worker, or Lelani is dealing with family. All four characters are well developed - their actions true to their personalities and backgrounds. The setting is fun and the light hints of romance are engaging. Each character gets her chance to tell her story during the course of the novel.
The second book, Let Them Eat Fruitcake, comes out in September. Is it September yet?
Fun and light with a smidgen of soap opera Jun 23, 2008
-A fun read with interesting enough characters and premise.
-I especially found the Megan and Anna characters to be especially well-portrayed and realistic.
-A little too much high-end product placement for my taste (Prada purses, Nordstrom shopping trips, etc.)
-The author tends not to use "show, don't tell"--I think it would have been interesting to see more action and little nuances than to have the author state everything.
-Sometimes this book comes off as a soap opera. At one point, Lelani's uncle by marriage comes onto her in a way that is random and schlocky. Lelani's "big secret" is played out in similar fashion.
-Kendall is a completely stereotypical blonde "Barbie doll" lazy rich girl with few redeeming qualities.
-The Christian element is barely there, which was kind of disappointing for me, although the book is generally fairly clean.
Overall, not flawless but far from awful. Light, fluffy, and a slight touch of melodrama.
fun 4 girls :) Jun 16, 2008
This is a light-hearted book that is a quick read. It seems to be mainly introducing the characters who we will get to know better in three more books following later this year and next year. I enjoyed many of the characters and look forward to finding out more about them. It reminded me of my college days and my first roommate!!
Drama-Light, Good Beach Read Jun 10, 2008
Each character brings a pile of baggage and a box or two of issues as the Bloomberg series begins. Kendall, Megan, Lelani and Anna are strangers who become new intimates. Toes are stepped on, space is invaded and renovation occurs within each character before the book ends. However, there is much room for future character development as the obvious and not so obvious issues barely began to unpack in book one. There are several chick-lit style scenarios, girlfriend bonding, job shuffling and guy stuff, but the story is told in 3rd person POV through the four different female characters. Because of the style, chick-lit lovers may find it less than satisfying because there is limited intimacy. Fans of Yada-Yada books may enjoy the multi-character format, but there is a limited amount of God talk. It was a quick and enjoyable read, perfect if you want a light serving of drama.
First in series delightful read Jun 10, 2008
I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson is the first book in the 85 Bloomberg Place series. Kendall Weis has a great plan: she will rent out the home her grandmother has given her to three roommates and live off of the income insuring she won't have to get a job and can continue to support her designer clothes habit. But when Megan, Leilani, and Anna see the place, it's not quite the luxurious upscale home Kendall advertised. The four women renegotiate the contract leaving Kendall frustrated and angry at the reduction in income and the remodeling her new roomies plan on making. Carlson is a fantastic writer of Christian chick lit, and this book is another fab example. Megan is recovering from the death of her father, Leilani from a bad relationship resulting in pregnancy, Anna's trying to break free from her mother's stranglehold, and Kendall is devastated after her parents abandon her. Each woman is trying to mend a wounded heart and hoping that this house will be the cure. The women are interesting and multi-dimensional (even selfish Kendall). The groundwork has been laid for suspense, with several young women disappearing in the area, and romance in future books. There are so many different plotlines running through this book, I don't know how Carlson will wrap them all up in just four books, but I know that this writer can handle it with aplomb. I hope the series goes longer than four books; these are characters I will enjoy reading about as they mature again and again.