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What a Girl Wants: An Ashley Stockingdale Novel [Paperback]

What a Girl Wants: An Ashley Stockingdale Novel [Paperback]

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Pages   336
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 30, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595546227  
EAN  9781595546227  

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All she wants is a cute Christian guy who doesn't live with his mother--and maybe a Prada handbag.Ashley Stockingdale, 28, has a respectable (read: boring) job in Silicon Valley as a patent attorney. Given that the single men outnumber the women 2 to 1, Ashley can't help but wonder why a cute, eligible, Christian girl sits home most weekends. So Ashley resolves to go for it! The question is, what should she go for? Ultimately, Ashley finds that what a girl wants and what a girl needs aren't always the same thing.

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More About Kristin Billerbeck

Kristin Billerbeck Kristin Billerbeck is the bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including "What a Girl Wants," "Perfectly Dateless," and "Perfectly Invisible." A Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Billerbeck has appeared on "The Today Show" and has been featured in the "New York Times." She lives with her family in Northern California.

Kristin Billerbeck currently resides in Silicon Valley Sacramento Sacr, in the state of California.

Kristin Billerbeck has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Smitten (Thomas Nelson)
  2. Spa Girls

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Misleading and a Bad Read  May 26, 2008
I wish I had read some of the reviews before I purchased this book. I was very disappointed with this book. I am a fan of chick lit and I am also christian. I read the description of the book and saw the cute illustration and thought it might be interesting to read.

The main character, Ashley Stockingdale is a prime example of a religious person and not a spritual person. She looks down on other's instead of seeing the good in them. She's self-centered and materialistic. She uses the bible to foster her view point and not as a tool to better herself. This book is not Witty or Original, it's a waste of good trees. I wish I could get my money back. It's not even worthy of donating to library.

As other reviewers have noted, there is quite a lot of racial undertones throughout this book (too many to point out). I felt very uncomfortable about reading this book.

Save your money and buy another book. I would like to recommend: "Emily Ever After" by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt. It's a great and fun book to read. You will not be disappointed.
Horribly disappointed... and I am in her target audience!  Feb 7, 2008
I really wanted to like this book (and the others in the series). This book was recommended to me by this site (based on my previous purchases). I thought this book would be great because it was about a single, Christian, in her late twenties/early thirties who was quite successful in her career. That describes me quite well. I, like the main character, am highly educated, successful, a woman in a male dominanted field, single, and Christian, however, this is where our similarities end. I am not obsessed with fashion nor "celebrities". I am not as quick to judge people as she is. I don't look at every single person I know to find the "reason" they aren't (or can't be) married. I certainly respect people of all races and cultural backgrounds. (Spoiler alert - I'm not sure all of this is in the first novel)

Ashley is a terrible example of a single, intelligent, successful Christian woman. She hates her job, relies on herself (and shopping) rather than God, and she hates being single. All she wants is to get married. And the author stresses (through Ashley's thoughts and words) that getting married should be every woman's goal. The 40something single Christian female character is looked down upon and pitied because she'll likely never marry. I don't know about you, but I'm not looking to read a book that makes me feel bad or incomplete because I'm single.

Ashley isn't willing to trust God, even when her life turns into a wreck. She is a bad friend, a bad sister, and a bad daughter. She barely can stand talking to her friend about her miscarriage because the spotlight is off of her. She can't stand her brother because he made fun of her when they were little and she barely forgives him for it (or speaks to him) even after he becomes a Christian. If God is willing to give him a new life, shouldn't Ashley (and the author) be as gracious? She isn't nice to her mother and at times (especially in the later books) is embarassed by her entire family. Not to say that families can't be embarassing, but isn't that part of their charm?

I did read books 2 and 3 hoping for the author and Ashley to redeem themselves, but it got worse. The harping on and making fun of Mensa membership comes across as though the author wants to have membership in it and can't quite make the cut. Being a person that has an IQ like those in Mensa, I was highly offended by this. Being smart does not make a person bad or rude, as all of the smart characters in this novel were. The male characters were incredibly unbelievable as people and in some of their actions. Also, enough with the whole "bus bait" (a woman has a better chance of being hit by a bus than marrying after 30) comments. Newsweek admitted it's not true, so really, did the author need to include that concept frequently throughout the book? The books did not improve and I did not have a better opinion of Ashley at the end, but I did determine I wouldn't read another Billerbeck novel.

I'm sure this book will be enjoyed by some people, but it is not my cup of tea. I can't recommend it to anyone who is a smart, single Christian woman. I certainly won't recommend it to anyone who is of Indian or Asian descent. I was really disappointed (and hurt) by this book as it attacks my life or at least aspects of it. I'm interested in books that entertain me, not in books that make me so angry I can barely finish them.

I'd highly recommend books by Trish Perry, Erynn Mangum (SO GOOD!), Denise Hildreth, Noah's Ark by Judy Baer, and Rachel Hauck. Also Dee Henderson.
Loved it!  Jan 2, 2008
I have the whole series! I really enjoy them and so do my friends.
Cute and quirky... a fun offering from Billerbeck!  Nov 17, 2007
All thirty-one-year-old Ashley Wilkes Stockingdale wants is a hot Christian guy who sees her as the apple of his eye and doesn't live with his mother. Sure, she has a successful career as a patent lawyer up in Silicon Valley, drives a chic convertible and wears the latest Jimmy Choo stilettos, but her life isn't complete without her Mr. Right. It appears that God has forgotten her address, because her knight in shining armor couldn't be farther away. Well, there's Seth, a bald-headed, Matrix-loving engineer with gorgeous blue eyes, and there's also Dr. Kevin Novak, a tall, dark and gorgeous children's doctor who seems too good to be true. Neither of those men seems to be the right one though, and Ashley feels like she's back to square one. To make matters worse, her pot-smoking, still-lives-with-his-parents bus driver of a brother is getting married. Life's not fair when a loser like David gets married before she does. And why did her mother name her after the weakest character in Gone with the Wind? Through some trials, Ashley has to put her priorities in order, and she soon realizes that the answers to her prayers are just within her reach.

Having read A Girl's Best Friend from the Spa series, I had looked forward to reading another Kristin Billerbeck novel. This is another cute offering from this talented Christian chick-lit author. Ashley Stockingdale is quirky and kind of self-absorbed, and you can tell that the author compares this character with Scarlett O'Hara a lot in this novel (after all, Gone with the Wind is mentioned a lot here). Ashley is no Scarlett, but she is flawed, and her flaws make her real and her spiritual epiphanies seem more believable. Her single woman angst is relatable and her trials over her suitors are funny at times. The backdrop of Silicon Valley is also interesting, but I'm not sure if the author is exaggerating or not. I like Billerbeck. She finds men like Colin Firth and Hugh Jackman gorgeous, which means she has excellent taste in men! :) Her writing is sassy and fun and I will definitely give her other books a whirl. I don't know if I'll read the other two Ashley Stockingdale novels. Ashley is cool, but way too high maintenance for me. That is why I give this three stars. A Girl's Best Friend had more zest than this one. I do look forward to reading the author's other books though. She's too fun to pass on!

Note: this site has What a Girl Wants as Book 3 in the series. That is inaccurate. The series goes as follows: What a Girl Wants, She's Out of Control and With this Ring, I'm Confused.
Single and Loving It?  Aug 7, 2007
I picked it up when I saw that the protagonist was about my age, single, and in a similar situation in life. I felt like I was reading my life story at times. It was hysterical and thought-provoking. I'm constantly having to remind myself that it's okay to be single, and that I can find contentment at whatever stage in life I'm in. Instead of other chicklit fluff out there, this story incorporates faith and Christian morals that are so rare in other stories. This was a wonderful blend, without being preaching or cheesy as so many other Christian fiction novels that I've read throughout the years.

I'll definitely be loaning it to my other single girlfriends.. The few left that are still single.

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