Bubbles Unbound (Bubbles Yablonsky Series #1)

Bubbles Unbound (Bubbles Yablonsky Series #1)

by Sarah Strohmeyer

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For the first time ever, BUBBLES UNBOUND in ebook form and better than ever! This "Author's Preferred Version" has been revised with better writing (we hope!) and more fun. Find out why it won the prestigious Agatha Award's BEST FIRST NOVEL and ditto from Romantic Times.

It doesn't help that her name's Bubbles. Or that she's a gum-snapping hairdresser with Barbie-doll curves pinched into hot pants and a tube top. Or that she's saddled with a sleazy ex-hubby, a precocious daughter and a shoplifting mother. What can a beautician do to add new highlights to her image? For starters, trip over a corpse, and implicate a wealthy town socialite in the crime. Now, with a well-muscled photographer by her side, Bubbles is playing star sleuth. But as the investigation unravels, her shining moment grows as dark as a shopgirl's roots. However dangerous her new career, at least the hottest graduate of Two Guys Community College is finally busting loose--and this time she's really giving Lehigh, Pennsylvania something to talk about.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158025297
Publisher: Sarah Strohmeyer
Publication date: 02/14/2016
Series: Bubbles Yablonsky Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
Sales rank: 373,231
File size: 517 KB

About the Author

Sarah Strohmeyer is the bestselling and award-winning author of seventeen novels for adults and young adults. Her Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series won the Agatha and Romantic Times award for Best First Novel and has been translated into multiple languages including German, French, Vietnamese and Turkish. Her stand alone novel, The Cinderella Pact, became the Lifetime Movie, Lying to Be Perfect. She also writes young adult novels for Blazer + Bray, including THIS IS MY BRAIN ON BOYS to be released in hardcover on May 10, 2016. You can find her at sarahstrohmeyer.com.

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Bubbles Unbound (Bubbles Yablonsky Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Deesirings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a pleasant surprise! I was kinda disappointed by Evanovich's One for the Money, while, on the other hand, this one -- of a very similar genre -- cracked me up.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bubbles Yablonsky is a gum-snapping bottle blond, heavy on the make-up, skimpy on the clothes (tube tops/hot pants, HIGH heels), amply endowed in the right places hairdresser in Lehigh PA. The shop, Sandi's House of Beauty, is experiencing a downturn in clientele, which translates to a downturn in tips, which in turn translates into not enough money to pay the bills or feed her pre-teen daughter. Bubbles' ex-husband Dan (now he calls himself Chip) the attorney, was ordered by the divorce court to pay for Bubbles' higher education since her salary had funded his law-school education.Therefore Bubbles decides to go back to school to increase her earning potential. Nine years later, she has attended and FAILED every course offered by the local community, except for Journalism...her last chance to make something of herself. She aces the course, and sets out to become a crack reporter. Her adventures are at times hilarious, at times a bit over the top, but the story is entertaining enough and comes to an expected ending.This series has been compared to Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum series. Meah......maybe......but these characters aren't doing it for me. Bubbles is too much of a caricature - sort of Flo (from Mel's Dinner) meets Stephanie. Bubble's mother Lulu is definitely no Grandma Mazur (on whom she seems to be modeled). The other characters, particularly the males, are wooden and lacking in any kind of appeal. The supposed love/lust interest "Stilleto", wouldn't even make it on the cover of a pulp romance. Chèli did allow as how this particular one, the first in the series, isn't as good as the rest, so I gave it 3 stars, and may try another sometime in the future to see if Bubbles is more than a pretty illusion floating through the air. Until then mark it for a perfect beach read, airy, light, bubbly, and as empty as that iced tea you just gulped down.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bubbles Yablonsky, hairdresser, wants to become a reporter.
catmommie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another recommendation and it turned out to be a good one, say?Bubbles is a single mother hairdresser from steel town Lehigh, Pennsylvania. In trying to better herself, she becomes a part-time newspaper reporter. While reporting one story, she stumbles upon a blockbuster murder.I'm definitely going to read the rest of the Bubbles series!
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by a good friend and I am so glad I took the chance on this book. This is a great series. For book one you are already hooked. Bubbles is your classic blonde who is a hairdresser/journalist want to be. It is too funny to even put down.
Reacherfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series has been compared to Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and I think that's very fair and accurate. However that's not why I'm giving it such a low rating, even though it's a fair things to do. That being said, this series lacks the charm and humor that's in the Plum series. Bubbles isn't even close to Stephanie, not by a long shot. The characters in the Bubbles series are flat and doesn't have the depth that Stephanie has. Remember when you were a child and played, "Dress up"? Well, that's how this series feels like, kids playing "dress up". I also had a problem of the time frame this takes place in. When someone is killed, it will say something like "10 years ago" or "10 years in the future..." I had a problem knowing were in time the story was talking place. This happened many times during the book. I have to say, that I didn't even finish it. It was that confusing and that boring. In a story, you want good character development, this sadly, doesn't happen here at all. I could careless about Bubbles and her friends and what happens to them. As a reader, I was never drawn in. I say, skip it. If you want to read a great series read the first Stephanie Plum, One for the Money and don't bother with Bubbles.
kymmayfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great Book!!!! Laugh out loud funny, A great and quick read. Loved it!! Would definatley recommend to anyone. This series is a must read. Can't wait to read the next one!!!!!!
DreamingInFiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from the series. This was a mix of Chick Lit and Cozy Mystery and full of fun. The characters are all so loveable you could hardly put the book down for long!!
la_librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bubbles Unbound is likeable but has many faults. The name of the main gal Bubbles Yablonsky for starters. Stupid name and it's supposed to be her real name. Secondly, she's a little too dumb for me. She could be a hairdresser, love makeup, and have more of a brain. She seems a little too stupid for someone who figures all this stuff out. Very pathetic in some ways. HOWEVER..still a cute story. Evanovich fans will enjoy the quirky aspects of the book including Bubbles's mother and her mother's friend. They are very much like grandma Mazer. The male characters aren't quite likable as of yet, one is nice and ugly and one is hot and a little too stuck on himself. The wacky antics of Bubbles and her family is enough to make me read the second in the series: Bubbles in Trouble but I'm hoping for some changes Strohmeyers future attempts.
bookbutterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I put off reading this for years. For some reason Bubbles reminds me of Fran Drescher as "The Nanny". Not good for 341 pages of reading. The Bubbles series appears to be mystery in the chick lit fashion. While I'm not impressed with my first impression of Bubbles, I'd still be willing to read another in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book bc while it's a cozy mystery that's simplifying it's totality. It's a novel masquerading as a simple cozy mystery. It was a sublime story. Well written and engaged me in a way that I hadn't experienced in a while. I positively loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Bubbles and her author some years ago. I loved the book so much that I drove with friends over three hours to meet Sarah. Like the Sarah, Bubbles is funny and outgoing. Trying to make a new career isn't easy, but Bubbles is determined. So now I can add the e-book to my nook, and save my signed hardcover and paperback for good.
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momoftwinsMM More than 1 year ago
From all outward appearances, the big blond hair, love of tight lycra, Bubbles is just a dim witted hairdresser from Lehigh. That might be true, until a series of circumstances drops Bubbles right into the middle of a mystery that no one wants her to unravel. The characters are stock, the story is light and slightly funny. The story was not as good as intimated but it wasn't that bad either. I will keep reading though because Strohmeyer's later novels are laugh out loud hilarious. Let's hope Bubbles in Trouble is an improvement from this first attempt!
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robinbird12 More than 1 year ago
This book was ok but not as funny as dipicted. The characters were not that great, the story line was not that great.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical about this series until I actually read it. As I finished each book I had to pick up the next one. I love mysteries with comedy and Bubbles fits the bill!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I had doubts when I read the main character was named Bubbles, but I was hooked by page 2! I couldn't put the book down once I began to read it in the departure area of the airport and had it done by the time my plane landed. The character never gets boring and her 'supporting cast' is a riot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be light and entertaining. The characters were entertaining and fun and the plot was engaging. Not what I'd call 'great literature' but certainly a fun read! Will try the next Bubbles novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that Bubbled Unbound was a great book. It keeps you going and is very interesting. I love the feeling when Bubbles curiosity leads her more and more into the bright light. Saveing her old math teacher from jumping off the bridge and sloving a big case that was suppose to be a sercet and put away bot to be touch because it would expose the big man of the town. The sence with Steletto was hot. He always came to her rescue like her hero and bobygard.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ten years ago in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, hair stylist Bubbles Yablonsky did the hair of cheerleader Laura Buchman on the day the police allege the latter committed suicide. Unhinged by the event, just ask her customers whose scalps turned beet red, her boss sent Bubbles home early where she saw her ¿Dan the Man¿ with another woman. Dan left Bubbles and their daughter behind to marry an heiress. Bubbles has attended almost every course offered at the community college so that Dan can pay the bill even if she flunked everything she has taken.

Now Bubbles tries journalism, a word she never heard of before, and likes the class and her on-the-job training at the News-Times. When no reporter is available to cover a story about a school teaching father apparently about to commit suicide, Bubbles gets the assignment. Working with photographer Steve Stiletto, Bubbles investigates a murder that includes much of the local elite as suspects. If she succeeds and lives, maybe she no longer will have to do blue dye jobs, but then again this is Bubbles and she better not give up her day job.

BUBBLES UNBOUND is a humorous cozy starring a plum of a character whose philosophy on life will keep readers wanting to know more about her. The story line centers on Bubbles¿ first major investigation while struggling with ways to torture Dan and dealing with her gun carrying mom¿s great escape from the senior citizen crowd. Cozy mystery fans will bubble over the lead character¿s amateur investigative skills (or lack of) along with the Kool Aid hair dye and other home remedies.

Harriet Klausner