The Decent Proposal

The Decent Proposal

Book - 2016
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Handsome, charming struggling Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach is twenty-nine, hung-over, and broke. Thirty-three, Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm and she's grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. Richard and Elizabeth's paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor. They'll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together---just talking---every week for a year.
Publisher: New York :, Harper, An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Description: 309 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062391629
Branch Call Number: Dono

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KatG1983
Feb 22, 2018

A pretty cliche story with a couple surprising moments of moving writing... but they're few and far between. It's fine, if you need a quick read...you'll forget about it a week later.

Michael Colford Jun 22, 2017

Quick, fun read, Kemper Donovan pairs an impossibly, good-looking, Peter Pan of a man trying to make his mark at a Hollywood film producer, and a tightly-wound, Latina lawyer in an unlikely pairing orchestrated by a mysterious benefactor. For half a million dollars, Richard and Elizabeth are expected to meet and converse for one hour a week for an entire year. Never having met, the two couldn't be more perplexed, with Richard excited about the possibility of the half million dollars, and Elizabeth horrified by the prospect of having someone pull her puppet strings like this.

But the inevitable happens, and they two start their bumpy relationship, trying to negotiate their year-long agreement. As I mentioned above, it's a fun read, great summer, beach-fare, but not something that will change your life. Sucker that I am, I must admit I got a little choked up at one point near the end.

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bookycakes
May 01, 2017

Not my favorite, but a solid first 'summer read' for 2017. A little bit floaty and dreamy, with a healthy dose of laughter and some very likeable characters, along with an interesting mystery that resolves well. All in all a satisfying read and a fun one, although the writing style wasn't quite my taste. Definitely recommended for those who like California-esque, fun, airy novels or those looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary.

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