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For Heaven's sake]]Never let God get in the way of a good story. Good Christian Bitches is the lighthearted tale of Amanda Vaughn, a recently divorced mother of two. To get a fresh start, she moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. In an Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Desperate Housewives on steroids style, her old friends are already out to destroy h For Heaven's sake]]Never let God get in the way of a good story. Good Christian Bitches is the lighthearted tale of Amanda Vaughn, a recently divorced mother of two. To get a fresh start, she moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. In an Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Desperate Housewives on steroids style, her old friends are already out to destroy her reputation. In the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud, Amanda turns to those who love her and the faith she's always known. Will the Good Christian Bitches get the best of her, or will everyone see that these GCBs are as counterfeit as their travel jewelry?


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For Heaven's sake]]Never let God get in the way of a good story. Good Christian Bitches is the lighthearted tale of Amanda Vaughn, a recently divorced mother of two. To get a fresh start, she moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. In an Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Desperate Housewives on steroids style, her old friends are already out to destroy h For Heaven's sake]]Never let God get in the way of a good story. Good Christian Bitches is the lighthearted tale of Amanda Vaughn, a recently divorced mother of two. To get a fresh start, she moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. In an Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Desperate Housewives on steroids style, her old friends are already out to destroy her reputation. In the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud, Amanda turns to those who love her and the faith she's always known. Will the Good Christian Bitches get the best of her, or will everyone see that these GCBs are as counterfeit as their travel jewelry?

30 review for Good Christian Bitches

  1. 4 out of 5

    Majenta

    More like 3 and 3/4 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    The writing was mediocre and the story felt forced... I still laughed my ass off! I really want to see the show now. It's probably hilarious! The writing was mediocre and the story felt forced... I still laughed my ass off! I really want to see the show now. It's probably hilarious!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shanna

    There are so many things wrong with this book!!! Grammar for one thing - the main character, Amanda, insists the word 'children' be used rather than 'kids' but in the very next breath she says things like "I've gotta hand it to you..." The overuse of the word 'got' is, in my opinion, astonishing considering the many creative ways one might choose to articulate an idea. The author tries to portray Amanda as well educated, wholesome and the all together sweet girl-next-door type and who was brough There are so many things wrong with this book!!! Grammar for one thing - the main character, Amanda, insists the word 'children' be used rather than 'kids' but in the very next breath she says things like "I've gotta hand it to you..." The overuse of the word 'got' is, in my opinion, astonishing considering the many creative ways one might choose to articulate an idea. The author tries to portray Amanda as well educated, wholesome and the all together sweet girl-next-door type and who was brought up in, what is presumably, one of the best areas around. Yet she consistently uses words that make her sound like she's from the wrong side of the tracks. We're also led to believe that Amanda's mother, at 62 years of age would have a dialogue which rivals that of a 13 year old when she announces "I'm like, at least get your story straight". I don't know about you but as a general rule, women of a "certain social status" and age do not speak like they're about to go hang out at the mall. Another beef I had with this book is the serious lack of parental authority Amanda has with her son. I know the woman is supposed to be going through a divorce and what with all the ladies' gossip goin' on in Big 'ol Texas what's a girl to do but to focus all her energy on ever'thin' but her offspring?! But seriously? When her son, Will, announces that he "spent the day skateboarding" when he should have been in class, the best Amanda can muster in the form of reaction was to turn to her daughter Sarah, ignoring Will's confession, and, as Will skated away, "his ears plugged with his iPod buds", ask how her day was. Then of course there is passage where Amanda's mother essentially tells her that God was putting an anonymous (and obviously rich) gift giver in Amanda's life so that she didn't have the unfortunate experience of becoming "another forty-something, lonely divorcee, chasing after what available men there are..." Wow, right? It's made perfectly clear how the author must feel about those poor women who were picked over for the prettier skinner girls ... Which leads me to my final major issue with this book: While walking Sarah, her 9 year old daughter to school, Sarah "looked doubtfully at the other students" and in a concerned tone she whispered "Mommy, there are so many fat kids." Now I understand that at 9 a girl may very well find it odd to see kids of different shapes and sizes and to even spout it out loud. But Amanda, instead of explaining to Sarah the benefits of getting past other kids' bodies and to get to know them as people before passing judgment, Amanda says "I'm sure you'll find some other students who are just as committed to healthy eating as you are." Huh. Lesson learned. Though I guess I can't be too surprised when six pages into the book Amanda must remind herself that the nice thing about her church is that it attracts a "broad socioeconomic range of constituents and women whose net worth was probably a negative number could sit comfortably, or at least relatively comfortably beside a woman who was clearly and unabashedly Texas rich and they could study the Bible together" - of course this was AFTER she noticed the "grossly overweight woman in sweats". Amanda took note that not only was the woman wearing sweats (the horror) but also that they weren't even Juicy or Nike (OMG NO WAY!) At this point Amanda also made the most obvious assumption that the woman, in her "cheap, tacky sweats" would "when the urge for exercise arose, lay down until it passed." This book, I'm ashamed to admit did hold my attention if only by horror and a train wreck-like fascination.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber Freeland

    I just finished reading GCB and found it hilarious and all-too familiar. Since I'm born and raised in Dallas, I knew exactly what neighborhood she was referring to and every single landmark mentioned directly or through a pseudonym. This "town" really is as she described it and I have even found myself on the both sides of the "prayer request" at various points in my life which is why I have a difficult time being a part of any bible study now. While most of us don't have the disposable income a I just finished reading GCB and found it hilarious and all-too familiar. Since I'm born and raised in Dallas, I knew exactly what neighborhood she was referring to and every single landmark mentioned directly or through a pseudonym. This "town" really is as she described it and I have even found myself on the both sides of the "prayer request" at various points in my life which is why I have a difficult time being a part of any bible study now. While most of us don't have the disposable income and luxurious lifestyle depicted in the book, be aware that these women are out there in every church I've ever attended and they can truly wreck your life if they want. That's why I loved the heroine of this book - it was nice to see the guilty parties get what they deserved and for the true good girl to come out on top (however unrealistic that actually is). It's no literary masterpiece but it is a good first novel and a great beach read. Enjoy!

  5. 4 out of 5

    T

    1.25 stars. That's right. A quarter of a star. And even there, I feel like I'm being generous. Maybe it's really me who's the GCB. I decided to read this for 2 reasons: 1) the new ABC show and 2) I was mildly intrigued by the premise because, as we all learn by about, ohhhh, 1st grade, there are hypocrites everywhere. Now, obviously, we don't know the exact word for these people who act two-faced (unless your 6 year old has very advanced language skills which could be a possibility) but we do kno 1.25 stars. That's right. A quarter of a star. And even there, I feel like I'm being generous. Maybe it's really me who's the GCB. I decided to read this for 2 reasons: 1) the new ABC show and 2) I was mildly intrigued by the premise because, as we all learn by about, ohhhh, 1st grade, there are hypocrites everywhere. Now, obviously, we don't know the exact word for these people who act two-faced (unless your 6 year old has very advanced language skills which could be a possibility) but we do know they exist. This book was as fake, pointless, and devoid of a personality as the characters in it. I was hoping for humor, somewhere...somehow, but even that was a disappointment. How this book not only managed to get published but also get made into a TV series is very much beyond me. And don't even get me started on the writing. I've read fan fiction written by junior highers that was better and more polished than this. Everyone was 'redeemed' at the end (or at least show some semblance of contrition) and the whole plot was wrapped up too quickly and in a ridiculous way. George Strait? Willie Nelson? Give me a break. I rarely ever, ever say this about a book that gets made into a TV show or movie, but, the TV show light years and light years better than the book it was based on. Heck, even the TV show shows more soul than this book did. And isn't that the point? Recommended only if you feel like assassinating a colony of brain cells.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this... I think that it might have a lot to do with how I grew upin a church environment very much like this one and I loved, loved, loved these quotes “You can be a good Christian,” Amanda said slowly, thinking it through. “Or you can be a bitch. But you can’t be a good Christian bitch.” “I love the expression and I’m sure I’ve known a few, but why don’t you give me your definition of a good Christian bitch.” “It’s pretty self-explanatory,” Amanda said, “as a matter I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this... I think that it might have a lot to do with how I grew upin a church environment very much like this one and I loved, loved, loved these quotes “You can be a good Christian,” Amanda said slowly, thinking it through. “Or you can be a bitch. But you can’t be a good Christian bitch.” “I love the expression and I’m sure I’ve known a few, but why don’t you give me your definition of a good Christian bitch.” “It’s pretty self-explanatory,” Amanda said, “as a matter of fact. If you’re professing to be a good Christian, you’re claiming to have a desire to be like Christ, to have a heart like His. When a good Christian hides behind the cross while putting herself and her worldly desires ahead of her desire to be like Christ, at any and everyone else’s expense when she deems it necessary, she becomes a good Christian bitch. I mean, for heaven’s sake, don’t let Jesus get in the way of a good agenda."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liv Moreno

    I grew up in this area of Dallas, and I could not stop laughing. At one point, I was laughing so hard I had to put the book down and walk away just to catch my breath. The characters are spot on caricatures of the types of people who live in that area of Dallas. The writing is wonderful, the dialogue witty, and I'm sure you'll have a hard time putting the book down once you pick it up. If you're thinking about reading this book because you saw the show GCB, be warned that the show is, naturally, n I grew up in this area of Dallas, and I could not stop laughing. At one point, I was laughing so hard I had to put the book down and walk away just to catch my breath. The characters are spot on caricatures of the types of people who live in that area of Dallas. The writing is wonderful, the dialogue witty, and I'm sure you'll have a hard time putting the book down once you pick it up. If you're thinking about reading this book because you saw the show GCB, be warned that the show is, naturally, not much like the book in terms of who the characters are. However, the same wit can be found in both places.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Naturally the premise of this book has the potential to tick off two particular groups of individuals: Christians and the general population of Dallas, TX. I can understand the sentiment but I don't have much sympathy. Perhaps it is because I've come in contact with one or two individuals who hide behind the cross while promoting their own selfishness, but I see nothing wrong with exploiting this idea for the sake of entertainment. Most of the Christians I know are wonderful individuals but the f Naturally the premise of this book has the potential to tick off two particular groups of individuals: Christians and the general population of Dallas, TX. I can understand the sentiment but I don't have much sympathy. Perhaps it is because I've come in contact with one or two individuals who hide behind the cross while promoting their own selfishness, but I see nothing wrong with exploiting this idea for the sake of entertainment. Most of the Christians I know are wonderful individuals but the fact remains there are people who don't necessarily live by the book they tout so highly. Accept it and understand that Gatlin isn't promoting the idea that the Church is in and of itself misguided, only that some of the flock have a tendency to live less than virtuous lives. As for Dallas natives, I feel your pain. I really do. I was raised in Orange County (yes, that Orange County) about twenty minutes from Laguna Beach (yes, that Laguna Beach). I understand how you feel seeing your town, your home, being depicted so negatively in print. The subsequent television show doesn't help matters. Just tell yourself that people are smarter than that, by and large we know this isn't the real Dallas. Anyone who believes otherwise isn't worth the time it takes to correct them. I think I've made it clear I that I am not factoring religious content or geographic representation into my rating. For me, Good Christian Bitches is a three star book. I couldn't buy into an entire neighborhood of upper class rich twits with nothing better to do than gossip and play stupid societal power games. More than that I can't believe in a character like Sharon, whose sole motivation is to destroy someone whose potential in the singles market outshines her own or Amanda, who only looks angelic because she is the only person who isn't out to screw someone else over. I like the tongue in cheek premise of the book, but the shallow characterizations and simplistic plot killed what other potential the piece had going for it. Decent beach read or travel book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Wow, this book is poorly written. Unbelievably awful writing. That being said, just one chapter into the book and I have a whole new take on my new southern city... I've never understood the overtly churchiness of this area coupled with the most materialistic and gossipy women I have ever met. Thankfully, this book lays it all out so clearly ... No need to worry about insignificant earthly transgressions if you are Saved. Eureka! And, it's not gossip if the purpose of airing out a friend's dir Wow, this book is poorly written. Unbelievably awful writing. That being said, just one chapter into the book and I have a whole new take on my new southern city... I've never understood the overtly churchiness of this area coupled with the most materialistic and gossipy women I have ever met. Thankfully, this book lays it all out so clearly ... No need to worry about insignificant earthly transgressions if you are Saved. Eureka! And, it's not gossip if the purpose of airing out a friend's dirty laundry is to a.) pray for them and b.) learn from their mistakes. Alas, I am not sure if I can handle many more of these revelations. We'll see if I can pick this back up or just let it sit on my bookshelf collecting dust.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Higgins

    This was a terrible book, with some of the worst writing I have ever read. I bought it because I was looking for another good chick lit book, but this was so fluffy and inane that it's insulting. Amanda Vaughn is forced to return home to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up after leaving her chronically unfaithful husband. The news of Amanda's arrival back home does not sit well with some of the other single ladies in the neighborhood, and they set out to destroy Amanda on the soci This was a terrible book, with some of the worst writing I have ever read. I bought it because I was looking for another good chick lit book, but this was so fluffy and inane that it's insulting. Amanda Vaughn is forced to return home to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up after leaving her chronically unfaithful husband. The news of Amanda's arrival back home does not sit well with some of the other single ladies in the neighborhood, and they set out to destroy Amanda on the social scene so no man will want to date her and no woman will want to be her friend. They set her up for failure and humiliation at every turn, and hilarity ensues (not). This book reads like it's the outline the author pitched to her publisher. The characters are shallowly written, and the dialogue is mostly laughable--and not because it's funny. I'm actually angry that I wasted my money on this book. I recommend the TV show based on this book--it's much funnier and better written than this piece of fluff.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    while I recognize this book did not get glowing reviews, and I am only 13 pages in I can not help but sadly closely identify with the discomfort that comes from "good Christian women-or men" asking for and sharing sordid details all in the name of "prayer". Currently being the one black-balled from my life-long Christian friends and having the same people that profess to love everyone and pass no judgement weighing in on the very state of my soul and my life without knowing many details (as I wi while I recognize this book did not get glowing reviews, and I am only 13 pages in I can not help but sadly closely identify with the discomfort that comes from "good Christian women-or men" asking for and sharing sordid details all in the name of "prayer". Currently being the one black-balled from my life-long Christian friends and having the same people that profess to love everyone and pass no judgement weighing in on the very state of my soul and my life without knowing many details (as I will not share them no matter how many times I am asked), this book hits close to home. Perhaps it has garnished poor reviews because it gives a uncomfortable look at the state of the modern church? Only time will tell, but so far I have been catching myself saying "YES! That is so spot on!" more times that not, and I am sorry to say these proclamations are not ones any churchbody should be proud to be identified with.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abbe

    It definitely says bad things about me that I just gave 3 stars to a smart person book and 4 to this one. But, what can I say, I like to be entertained. I can laugh at myself and my culture. Women are horrible to each other and Christian Women can be the worst. Wolves in sheep's clothing will get you every time. This book doesn't tell you anything you didn't already know and won't change your life. But, it is an entertaining way to pass a couple of hours when you should be getting ready for a ne It definitely says bad things about me that I just gave 3 stars to a smart person book and 4 to this one. But, what can I say, I like to be entertained. I can laugh at myself and my culture. Women are horrible to each other and Christian Women can be the worst. Wolves in sheep's clothing will get you every time. This book doesn't tell you anything you didn't already know and won't change your life. But, it is an entertaining way to pass a couple of hours when you should be getting ready for a new baby to come, but instead are propping up what used to be your ankles to see if they might reemerge!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hallie

    So, living in Dallas made this book interesting of course. But the writing itself was subpar, and many of the situations seemed somewhat implausible. It's always funny to hear someone say aloud (or put down on paper) what most people think but don't dare say. On the other side Christian hypocrisy is evident everywhere. It's certainly not unique to Dallas. Again, Gatlin just called it out (thanks!). I would recommend it only to someone who wants a giggle about the "HP" bubble. Apparently there's So, living in Dallas made this book interesting of course. But the writing itself was subpar, and many of the situations seemed somewhat implausible. It's always funny to hear someone say aloud (or put down on paper) what most people think but don't dare say. On the other side Christian hypocrisy is evident everywhere. It's certainly not unique to Dallas. Again, Gatlin just called it out (thanks!). I would recommend it only to someone who wants a giggle about the "HP" bubble. Apparently there's much specualtion about "who's whom". But I don't know nearly enough to begin to speculate...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maggie61

    I have watched a couple of the shows from the GCB series, it is totally different in pretty much every way from the circumstances of Amanda's return, to the ages of the children to the main female characters etc.and pretty much all of the happenings in both. And no Boobylicious? The show is definitely more entertaining, likely because of the vast differences. I still enjoyed the book a lot. Although I must admit I really wanted Amanda to kick the crap out of the 'ladies" instead of the taking the I have watched a couple of the shows from the GCB series, it is totally different in pretty much every way from the circumstances of Amanda's return, to the ages of the children to the main female characters etc.and pretty much all of the happenings in both. And no Boobylicious? The show is definitely more entertaining, likely because of the vast differences. I still enjoyed the book a lot. Although I must admit I really wanted Amanda to kick the crap out of the 'ladies" instead of the taking the high road!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    A friend I worked with told me to pick this book up and read it because it reminded her of people in our small town, Bible beatin' hypocrites! Oh my was she right! This book was funny I enjoyed reading it! A friend I worked with told me to pick this book up and read it because it reminded her of people in our small town, Bible beatin' hypocrites! Oh my was she right! This book was funny I enjoyed reading it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Eder

    I loved it! It was wildly entertaining and I love the main characters!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    Good Christian Bitches ⭐️ Amanda is trying to move on from her cheating ex husband and go to texas to get a fresh start. But being a single bombshell woman in texas was drawing to much attention, unwanted attention. Amanda becomes a target for her new chruch a target to get their husbands to stop looking her way. They decided to put her in charge of the ball not only was it an impossible job but it would keep Amanda so busy with the church she wouldnt have time to look at other men. Amanda is fin Good Christian Bitches ⭐️ Amanda is trying to move on from her cheating ex husband and go to texas to get a fresh start. But being a single bombshell woman in texas was drawing to much attention, unwanted attention. Amanda becomes a target for her new chruch a target to get their husbands to stop looking her way. They decided to put her in charge of the ball not only was it an impossible job but it would keep Amanda so busy with the church she wouldnt have time to look at other men. Amanda is finding her new “friends” less than helpful in her new situation but tries to be a good christian woman and praise the Lord and get her life back on track.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    I am so embarrassed that I actually read this book, but let's just say a free kindle download, a delayed flight, and a terminal that didn't contain a bookstore were involved. I had been told over and over again that I HAAAAADDD to read GCB, and after watching the show last spring, I thought it would be a funny, light summer read. Also, since I used to live in the Park Cities (I was a renter...gasp!), worked at a Venture Capital firm, and interacted with some of the real people that these charact I am so embarrassed that I actually read this book, but let's just say a free kindle download, a delayed flight, and a terminal that didn't contain a bookstore were involved. I had been told over and over again that I HAAAAADDD to read GCB, and after watching the show last spring, I thought it would be a funny, light summer read. Also, since I used to live in the Park Cities (I was a renter...gasp!), worked at a Venture Capital firm, and interacted with some of the real people that these characters are rumored to be based on, I was a bit curious.... I expected a humorous parody, but what I actually got seemed like a highly developed exercise in passive-aggresive penmanship by an author with an obvious axe to grind. If your literary maturity peaked with the Sweet Valley High series, you may enjoy it. However, don't expect decent writing, an actual storyline, much of a plot, or any type of character development. What makes me sad about this book is that it could have been done so right. The actual premise, with a Park Cities backdrop, had major potential. However, Ms. Gatlin just seemed to make this so personal. In fact, for the 99.999999% of the world who aren't Parkies, it is actually so area and event specific that it is somewhat difficult to follow. I do have to say that although Ms. Gatlin does manage to encompass the nature of a handful of individuals in Dallas, there are some really amazing people who live in the Park Cities, who embody intelligence, wit, humor, charm and generosity of spirit. Don't judge Dallas....even the Park Cities...on this book alone. There is more to it, I promise. As far as GCB goes...well, I wish I could say the same.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    "...for Heaven's sake, don't let Jesus get in the way of a good agenda." I wonder how much of this book came from personal experience? I am sure some of you know the hypocrites, the group that during Bible Study Prayer Group find more time to gossip (through the prayer requests) than actually learn something. This is a great tongue in cheek book that brings the "prayer room" into light. Amanda Vaughn has returned to her hometown, divorce papers in hand, and two children in tow. Her presence is not "...for Heaven's sake, don't let Jesus get in the way of a good agenda." I wonder how much of this book came from personal experience? I am sure some of you know the hypocrites, the group that during Bible Study Prayer Group find more time to gossip (through the prayer requests) than actually learn something. This is a great tongue in cheek book that brings the "prayer room" into light. Amanda Vaughn has returned to her hometown, divorce papers in hand, and two children in tow. Her presence is noted by each and all within Hillside Park, and not necessarily happily so..afterall there is only so many men available (or in some cases not available but already have someone else). With the green eyed monster and old rivalries, can Amanda even have a chance at returning and making a new life for herself? The annual Longhorn Ball was destroyed last year by the Chairwoman's behavior and has found it's way to Amanda's lap. Is someone out to get her and can she overcome without being a GCB? I really enjoyed this book but found the ending rushed, the new connection Amanda makes with an old crush superficial. I do recommend this as a great, funny, fast paced read, it will put a secret smile on your face everytime you pull into the Church parking lot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    This story I picked up because I had started watching the series on ABC and then it was cancelled so I wanted to have some closure. The story is not as similar to the television series as you would think. Yes, Amanda Vaughn comes back home to Dallas after her husband cheats all over on her. She is awarded presents from a mysterious stranger but the television series only vaguely resembles the book. Amanda is made Chair of the Longhorn Ball and the story then follows Amanda as she is shunned by t This story I picked up because I had started watching the series on ABC and then it was cancelled so I wanted to have some closure. The story is not as similar to the television series as you would think. Yes, Amanda Vaughn comes back home to Dallas after her husband cheats all over on her. She is awarded presents from a mysterious stranger but the television series only vaguely resembles the book. Amanda is made Chair of the Longhorn Ball and the story then follows Amanda as she is shunned by the society mavens that rule the roost of Hillside Park. As vapid as the show was,(something to watch after Desperate Housewives) the book is worse. The flow is inconsistent. The beginning is very slow and then the middle starts picking up and then it feels like the author had a deadline. The ending was definitely rushed and you felt it. The writing was mediocre. The author had some pretty spiritual ideas throughout the book which was very different from the perception of the title. Parts of the book were interesting but there definitely needed more character development. I want to put in the pile, "What was I thinking!"

  21. 4 out of 5

    Georgiana Huizenga

    This was a quick and easy read that will soon be forgotten. I will be interested in how it compares to the new TV show it inspired. Not particularly well written, but it passed the time. There were some pretty funny parts in the book, and I did enjoy it for the most part. OK. I saw the first episode of the TV show. Really not much like the book at all. For one thing, in the show, Amanda had been a "mean girl" in high school and that's why the others are out to get her. Also, the other women in th This was a quick and easy read that will soon be forgotten. I will be interested in how it compares to the new TV show it inspired. Not particularly well written, but it passed the time. There were some pretty funny parts in the book, and I did enjoy it for the most part. OK. I saw the first episode of the TV show. Really not much like the book at all. For one thing, in the show, Amanda had been a "mean girl" in high school and that's why the others are out to get her. Also, the other women in the book are, for the most part, not married, and that's why they want to get her because they are worried about the competition. Her kids are very different in the TV show as well. In the book, the boy is really a snot, and the girl is much younger-not a teenager. Amanda's husband in the TV show is dead, and has left her penniless, while in the book, he is just chronically unfaithful and they are divorced, but she does have money to rent a house, and doesn't have to move in with her mother. It will be interesting to see what the next few episodes do with the plot.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cari Schaeffer

    The title caught my eye - it was shocking, to say the least. I read the back matter to decide if it was going to be a Christian bashing book or if it had a better purpose. Thankfully, it had a better purpose, so I got it. I can TOTALLY relate to the premise!! Sometimes the nastiest people you will ever meet are met inside church doors. But, conversely - some of the kindest and most thoughtful people are in those same church doors. Know why? Because there are PEOPLE inside churches, not perfect pe The title caught my eye - it was shocking, to say the least. I read the back matter to decide if it was going to be a Christian bashing book or if it had a better purpose. Thankfully, it had a better purpose, so I got it. I can TOTALLY relate to the premise!! Sometimes the nastiest people you will ever meet are met inside church doors. But, conversely - some of the kindest and most thoughtful people are in those same church doors. Know why? Because there are PEOPLE inside churches, not perfect people. Just people. I have been witness to women using the time of prayer requests to gossip or boast about themselves - in terms of gossip, in most cases, however, they are shut down or counseled privately about the purpose of prayer requests. Thank the good Lord for that! I hope the author will write more books. She's good at it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Well, I received this book as a gift from a friend of the author. In all honesty the fact that it was about Dallas social climbing and by a true Texas girl, I was interested...at first. The beginning is dead on with the accuracy of inside protocol (it made me laugh out loud at times that it was all actually in print). However, towards the middle of the book it appeared to be on a deadline or Gatlin was just ready to get it over with. The second half of the book lacked the movement and "truth" th Well, I received this book as a gift from a friend of the author. In all honesty the fact that it was about Dallas social climbing and by a true Texas girl, I was interested...at first. The beginning is dead on with the accuracy of inside protocol (it made me laugh out loud at times that it was all actually in print). However, towards the middle of the book it appeared to be on a deadline or Gatlin was just ready to get it over with. The second half of the book lacked the movement and "truth" that the first half possessed. Not bad but something that could be put down because you just lost interst...maybe a good summer pool read (as long as some people don't see you reading a book containing the words "Christian" and "Bitches" in the title...because that is just not right...ha).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kcoloney

    I'm not a fan of the "Christian fiction" genre (except for Francine Rivers) but when I realized that the TV show GCBs was based on a book, and that various conservative groups had railed against the TV show, I decided to read it out of curiosity. The dedications were impressive to me: to anyone who has ever had their faith in God challenged by the maneuverings of hypocrites... and ... to Christians everywhere who take the responsibility of declaring themselves ambassadors for Christ seriously en I'm not a fan of the "Christian fiction" genre (except for Francine Rivers) but when I realized that the TV show GCBs was based on a book, and that various conservative groups had railed against the TV show, I decided to read it out of curiosity. The dedications were impressive to me: to anyone who has ever had their faith in God challenged by the maneuverings of hypocrites... and ... to Christians everywhere who take the responsibility of declaring themselves ambassadors for Christ seriously enough to be mindful of the things they say and do... The writing was adequate and the story was fairly predictable. But the point of the story was one that unfortunately probably needs to be brought to our attention again and again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I could go on for days about this book. I started watching the TV show that is named after this book, but that's the only similarity they have. They share a name (as do the characters). But nothing in this book is in the TV show, and that's a good thing. I liked the show, so I assumed I would like the book. No. The book is horrible. The women are annoying and the main character is TOO holier than thou, but can be rough because she's from Texas! The daughter is from California, Newport Beach, I b I could go on for days about this book. I started watching the TV show that is named after this book, but that's the only similarity they have. They share a name (as do the characters). But nothing in this book is in the TV show, and that's a good thing. I liked the show, so I assumed I would like the book. No. The book is horrible. The women are annoying and the main character is TOO holier than thou, but can be rough because she's from Texas! The daughter is from California, Newport Beach, I believe. And she's a health freak at the age of like 8. Really? The whole book was just ridiculous. I hated it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carole Bellacera

    OMG. I can't believe this book ever got published. And I can't believe it was actually optioned for a TV show. (One I actually loved; that's why I read the book.) But most of all, I can't believe I stuck with this book until the end. I guess I kept hoping the GCB's would get what they deserved in the end. But NO!!!! The whole resolution deflated like a helium balloon that's been floating in your house for a few days, until you finally find it lying on the floor, dead. That's how I'd describe the OMG. I can't believe this book ever got published. And I can't believe it was actually optioned for a TV show. (One I actually loved; that's why I read the book.) But most of all, I can't believe I stuck with this book until the end. I guess I kept hoping the GCB's would get what they deserved in the end. But NO!!!! The whole resolution deflated like a helium balloon that's been floating in your house for a few days, until you finally find it lying on the floor, dead. That's how I'd describe the end of this book-DOA. So, so, SO disappointed. Sorry I wasted my time. And ABC...(I think it was ABC) PLEASE bring back the TV show!!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    This book is terrible. It is poorly written and the story line is - meh. I can't believe they are bringing it to televsion- to portray Dallas yet again as such a tacky place. I realize some of these types of people exist here- but it is not the majority. I really can't believe I read this book. I knew two pages in that it would be terrible but for some reason decided I must read it anyway. I blame my book club- :) This book is terrible. It is poorly written and the story line is - meh. I can't believe they are bringing it to televsion- to portray Dallas yet again as such a tacky place. I realize some of these types of people exist here- but it is not the majority. I really can't believe I read this book. I knew two pages in that it would be terrible but for some reason decided I must read it anyway. I blame my book club- :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Sherman Deziel

    I have wanted to read this book since I saw the television show a few years back. This book was a fun and wonderful read. So much of what takes place in this book is true to society and the way women treat one another. It was nice to see a character triumph by being true to herself without compromising her morals. Amanda Vaughn is the kind of female lead that is easy to root. and whom won't soon be forgotten. I have wanted to read this book since I saw the television show a few years back. This book was a fun and wonderful read. So much of what takes place in this book is true to society and the way women treat one another. It was nice to see a character triumph by being true to herself without compromising her morals. Amanda Vaughn is the kind of female lead that is easy to root. and whom won't soon be forgotten.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christine Ho

    another fast, mindless read that was made more enjoyable by trying to figure out who's who. probably not worth reading if you do not live in dallas. poor editing in the book, though. if you are an english major, your brain will explode with the numerous errors. another fast, mindless read that was made more enjoyable by trying to figure out who's who. probably not worth reading if you do not live in dallas. poor editing in the book, though. if you are an english major, your brain will explode with the numerous errors.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This book is so horribly written I have to force myself to read. Cannot understand how it got published when my second novel, a similar, but of higher literary quality(IMO) book, has not! Do not waste your time on it.

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