Room for Improvement (Paperback)

By Stacey Ballis

Berkley, 9780425209820, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 6, 2006

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Description

Stacey Ballis tackles home improvement and reality TV—and reminds us that sometimes life and love are better left unscripted…

What do you get when you give two hopeful singles fashion consultants and interior designers, allow them four days to perk up each other’s homes and get a total style overhaul, then let their single friends celebrate the results at a fabulous party? You get Swap/Meet, the newest reality show on the network block, where major changes are either embraced or embarrassing—and Lily Allen’s dream job turned nightmare.

At first, Lily was thrilled to appear on Swap/Meet. What better way for a Chicago interior designer to promote her business and enjoy some pseudo-celebrity? She just didn’t think she’d be doing take after take with the ditzy host, dodging sabotage attempts, and getting caught in the middle of the fashion czars’ lovers’ spat. Plus, the cute, curmudgeonly carpenter on her team knows just how to push her buttons. Episode by episode, through do-it-yourself disasters and matchmaking miracles, Lily discovers that a little bit of controlled chaos is the spice of life—and love…



About the Author

Stacey Ballis is the author of ten foodie novels: Inappropriate MenSleeping OverRoom for ImprovementThe Spinster SistersGood Enough to EatOff the MenuOut to LunchRecipe for DisasterWedding Girl, and How to Change a Life. She is a contributing author to three nonfiction anthologies: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like BoysEverything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly.


Praise For Room for Improvement

Praise for Stacey Ballis and her novels
 
“With the perfect blend of humor and heart, Ballis’s writing is powerfully honest and genuinely hilarious.”—Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of By the Numbers
 
“Her storytelling will have you alternately turning pages and calling your friends urging them to come along for the ride.”—Elizabeth Flock, New York Times bestselling author of What Happened to My Sister
 
“Smart, sexy, and delightfully buoyant…Scrumptious.”—Quinn Cummings, author of The Year of Learning Dangerously
 
“A sparkling, heartwarming novel with all the elements of a can’t-put-it-down read—a heroine you’ll root for, unexpected plot twists, and dangerously good descriptions of food!”—Sarah Pekkanen, author of Things You Won’t Say
 
“Insightful and hilarious.”—Today’s Chicago Woman