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When three of her ex-boyfriends get married, Angie DiFranco begins to believe in the tight lid theory, which states that a man is first loosened up by one woman, who then leaves him for the next woman to pop off the lid, and wonders if Kirk, her latest boyfriend whose lid has already been loosene


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When three of her ex-boyfriends get married, Angie DiFranco begins to believe in the tight lid theory, which states that a man is first loosened up by one woman, who then leaves him for the next woman to pop off the lid, and wonders if Kirk, her latest boyfriend whose lid has already been loosene

30 review for Engaging Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karschtl

    When reading the book I wondered why girls often want to get married so desperately. Especially American girls. I guess it has to do with their "dating-rules". You're considered as unattached as long as you don't have a ring on your finger, even if you've been going out with the same guy for several years now. Because you're only "dating" him. Here in Europe this would be considered as being in a serious relationship, whether or not you are engaged. And I personally think that marriage is not tha When reading the book I wondered why girls often want to get married so desperately. Especially American girls. I guess it has to do with their "dating-rules". You're considered as unattached as long as you don't have a ring on your finger, even if you've been going out with the same guy for several years now. Because you're only "dating" him. Here in Europe this would be considered as being in a serious relationship, whether or not you are engaged. And I personally think that marriage is not that important at all. Nevertheless I did enjoy reading the book, and liked the theory about the lid-loosening. I don't know how I would feel if I heard that one of my ex-boyfriends gets married, so far that hasn't happened although they are at the right age to do so. But I could somehow understand Angies feelings at hearing those news. ---- Small Spoiler ahead ---- The outcome is predictable after 2/3 of the book. But on the other hand - there must be clues. Recently I read a book where the girl ends up with a guy she didn't even mentioned being in love with or having a crush on the whole book, and it seemed to me very suddenly and unrealistic. So I guess there is no other way than to give hints, its just that the reader always thinks: "Hey Angie, wake up, don't you see who is the right one."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The main character is desperate to get married and then can't figure out what in the hell she wants. I was mostly annoyed and just wanted it to be over. Not a good example of chicklit. The main character is desperate to get married and then can't figure out what in the hell she wants. I was mostly annoyed and just wanted it to be over. Not a good example of chicklit.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chi Dubinski

    Chick lit story about an actress who tries to get her boyfriend to propose, because...well, just because.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate Maxwell

    This was an okay read. Angie wants nothing more than to be an actress, something more than a co-host on a morning kids exercise show. She's been in a serious relationship for several months, and her last ex-boyfriend called to tell her that he was getting married. That makes THREE! Her work colleague, Michelle, tells her that guys are like jars, you just need someone to loosen the lid, and Angie had loosened the lid for three other women. Armed with Michelle's advice, Angie decides it's time to This was an okay read. Angie wants nothing more than to be an actress, something more than a co-host on a morning kids exercise show. She's been in a serious relationship for several months, and her last ex-boyfriend called to tell her that he was getting married. That makes THREE! Her work colleague, Michelle, tells her that guys are like jars, you just need someone to loosen the lid, and Angie had loosened the lid for three other women. Armed with Michelle's advice, Angie decides it's time to crack the lid on her current boyfriend Kirk, software developer. He's serious and a good guy, why shouldn't she want to marry him? It gets a bit angsty and you want to smack Angie a few times, but the story finally comes around. Wasn't that quick of a read for me, but the characters were fairly well-drawn.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla

    A fun book to read if you like romantic comedies.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Bryant

    Surprised at how long this book has been sitting on my shelf...5 years is a long time. Better late than never... Pretty good story about a woman so focused on what she thinks she wants, she very nearly misses out on what she needs the most. For the most part, I thought Angie epitomized the typical female wanting to have it all. And like most of us, what we think we want is not what we truly need. I thought Kirk was well written as the boyfriend who is focused on his career and isn't thinking beyo Surprised at how long this book has been sitting on my shelf...5 years is a long time. Better late than never... Pretty good story about a woman so focused on what she thinks she wants, she very nearly misses out on what she needs the most. For the most part, I thought Angie epitomized the typical female wanting to have it all. And like most of us, what we think we want is not what we truly need. I thought Kirk was well written as the boyfriend who is focused on his career and isn't thinking beyond landing the big client until his "loosened lid" is opened by Angie. What Angie doesn't plan on is the Kirk she doesn't know that lives inside below the surface. Not that he's a bad individual but it really is true that you don't know someone until you meet their family. Fortunately, Angie isn't a woman who is willing to settle for less than everything and demonstrates great strength of character at the crucial moment where so many other women falter. The cast of supporting characters bring a well-rounded balance to the story as well as peeling back the various layers of Angie's life to give the reader a clear picture of who she really is.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne O'connor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Angie DiFranco is a 31 year old New Yorker who is beginning to panic about her single status. She decides to work on her boyfriend Kirk to get him to propose, but in the process, learns that it may not be what she really wants or even needs. In the end, she decides to pursue her acting career more aggressively, tosses Kirk and his conditions aside, and end-up finding real and fulfilling love with her film-making roommate, Justin. AND, most importantly, she is no longer obsessed with getting marr Angie DiFranco is a 31 year old New Yorker who is beginning to panic about her single status. She decides to work on her boyfriend Kirk to get him to propose, but in the process, learns that it may not be what she really wants or even needs. In the end, she decides to pursue her acting career more aggressively, tosses Kirk and his conditions aside, and end-up finding real and fulfilling love with her film-making roommate, Justin. AND, most importantly, she is no longer obsessed with getting married! Who knew that there was a whole genre about the 30-something spinster? This one offends at times (with the idea that woman need men to be living full lives) but generally entertains (the subplot about her grandma with a new love interest is adorable). Some of the characters, okay most, are over-the-top in their stereotypical behavior (Newton, MA in-laws, Italian jeweler, gay co-host) but this isn't Henry James, either. The ending is great - since there is no guarantee Angie will marry, but SURPRISE, she is still able to be happy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    I figured I would give chick-lit another try, but it seems like the plain truth is that I just don’t like it. All the books are the same and have absolutely no substance to them at all. Angela DiFranco is 31 and dying to get married. Her coworker, Michelle believes that men are like a jar of pickles. Someone has to come along first and loosen the lid before you can get in there and pop it open. Michelle devises a number of different ways to make Angie’s boyfriend Kirk pop wide open. Of course he I figured I would give chick-lit another try, but it seems like the plain truth is that I just don’t like it. All the books are the same and have absolutely no substance to them at all. Angela DiFranco is 31 and dying to get married. Her coworker, Michelle believes that men are like a jar of pickles. Someone has to come along first and loosen the lid before you can get in there and pop it open. Michelle devises a number of different ways to make Angie’s boyfriend Kirk pop wide open. Of course he does, but he doesn’t love her as much as he should. This book was boring and predictable. I’m so finished with chick-lit this time. I mean it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    I didn't expect this book to be good. I hand picked it off of a garage sale table for under one dollar, the pages had been wet therefore were crinkled. It just sounded good. So imagine my surprise when my hands were glued to the novel and I couldn't put it down! Angie DiFranco was such an animated character, and I felt like I was really her while reading. She's so relatable, and it seemed like I could be in her situation one day. I'd recommend it to anyone who is in desperate need of a good love I didn't expect this book to be good. I hand picked it off of a garage sale table for under one dollar, the pages had been wet therefore were crinkled. It just sounded good. So imagine my surprise when my hands were glued to the novel and I couldn't put it down! Angie DiFranco was such an animated character, and I felt like I was really her while reading. She's so relatable, and it seemed like I could be in her situation one day. I'd recommend it to anyone who is in desperate need of a good love story. This would suit everyone just fine.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie RM

    What to say about this book? Well, from the get-go, I disliked Kirk. He seemed like a major jerk, and a workaholic to boot. It took me about 100 pages or so before I was into it, and curious as to what would happen next. From the very beginning, I felt the chemistry between Angela and Justin. They just... seemed to be meant to be. I loved Justin with all his crazy quirks. Like the weird way he fell in love with old furniture :). Definitely a good, quick read. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    For the first 302 pages, it was just like every late-90's Jennifer Aniston movie. She's with the wrong guy for most of the book, when all along, the right guy was right under her nose. Been there, done that. But on page 303, it got really cute and had me smiling for the last 9 pages. I'll read more by her. For the first 302 pages, it was just like every late-90's Jennifer Aniston movie. She's with the wrong guy for most of the book, when all along, the right guy was right under her nose. Been there, done that. But on page 303, it got really cute and had me smiling for the last 9 pages. I'll read more by her.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This book was a cute easy read. Its about a woman in her 30's, worried she is never going to get married, and almost gets engaged to the wrong guy. It's not the best book I've ever ready, but enjoyable. Totally a library book :) This book was a cute easy read. Its about a woman in her 30's, worried she is never going to get married, and almost gets engaged to the wrong guy. It's not the best book I've ever ready, but enjoyable. Totally a library book :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Super cute book! Sure it was cheesy, sure it was completely predictable... but that just made me love it more. This is the second of Curnyn's books that I have read and is by far my favorite. Can't wait for the next one. Super cute book! Sure it was cheesy, sure it was completely predictable... but that just made me love it more. This is the second of Curnyn's books that I have read and is by far my favorite. Can't wait for the next one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Morello

    At the time in my life I read this book, I found it SO amusing bc it was so true to everything that was going on in my life, with a good realization at the end, and humor in there if I remember correctly.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    Very funny and keeps your interest, but I predicted the ending from page one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janette

    An hysterical book that will keep you laughing! This was a fun and light-hearted story that was quick and easy to read and perfect for a sunny day!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tiffeny

    I was determined to not like this book when I started it - I just wanted to get it off my bookshelf. But, it turned out to be a cute, fluffy book after all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I took a writing class taught by this author! The book is a page-turner. I totally believe in the "lid loosening" theory in more ways than one. I took a writing class taught by this author! The book is a page-turner. I totally believe in the "lid loosening" theory in more ways than one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Not engaging really at all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    The only thing more desperate than the main character in this book was my attempt to finish this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    T.

    Was not as good as I had hoped.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Somewhat predictable storyline, but the ending was not overly cheesy. A quick and casual read for summer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    I am sick and allowed to read a really cheesy book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    A good beach read with your typical storyline.

  25. 4 out of 5

    N

    Predictable, but a good weekend read. Very well-written.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I liked it. I didn't have much expectation from it, but I liked that she got herself out of her rut and stayed true to herself. Easy read. I liked it. I didn't have much expectation from it, but I liked that she got herself out of her rut and stayed true to herself. Easy read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Easy and enjoyable read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    A cute read--I spent most of the book praying the main character would come to her senses and wasn't disappointed. Admittedly, I felt I could relate to a lot of it. A cute read--I spent most of the book praying the main character would come to her senses and wasn't disappointed. Admittedly, I felt I could relate to a lot of it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Peanut

    Never finished. Threw it away - not even good enough to give to a friend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Dont read this book. I feel lamer for having done so.

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