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MB is for Masters in Business Which is what Kimmy, Russ, Jamie, and Layla are supposed to be studying for at the University of Connecticut. Jamie at least has serious academic intent. Well, until the first day of preterm when he develops a not-so-secret crush. MB is for Marriage Bait Layla's goal is perfection: perfect marks, perfect six-figure salary, perfect (I.e. rich, MB is for Masters in Business Which is what Kimmy, Russ, Jamie, and Layla are supposed to be studying for at the University of Connecticut. Jamie at least has serious academic intent. Well, until the first day of preterm when he develops a not-so-secret crush. MB is for Marriage Bait Layla's goal is perfection: perfect marks, perfect six-figure salary, perfect (I.e. rich, gorgeous, sexy) New York banker husband. . .candidate already identified as Bradley Green. The trouble is, seducing him could get her expelled. MB is for Multiple Bed-hopping Definitely Kimmy's favorite homework--starting with Jamie but moving swiftly on to Russ, until she discovers the small matter of his girlfriend back home. Hopefully Business Studies includes a minor in boyfriend embezzlement--a skill Kimmy will need if she's to keep hold of Russ. MB is for Misbehaving Boyfriend Russ didn't intend to be unfaithful--to either girlfriend! He never thought he'd find one woman who wanted him, let alone two. But since he can't even pick a major, how can he choose one true soul mate?


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MB is for Masters in Business Which is what Kimmy, Russ, Jamie, and Layla are supposed to be studying for at the University of Connecticut. Jamie at least has serious academic intent. Well, until the first day of preterm when he develops a not-so-secret crush. MB is for Marriage Bait Layla's goal is perfection: perfect marks, perfect six-figure salary, perfect (I.e. rich, MB is for Masters in Business Which is what Kimmy, Russ, Jamie, and Layla are supposed to be studying for at the University of Connecticut. Jamie at least has serious academic intent. Well, until the first day of preterm when he develops a not-so-secret crush. MB is for Marriage Bait Layla's goal is perfection: perfect marks, perfect six-figure salary, perfect (I.e. rich, gorgeous, sexy) New York banker husband. . .candidate already identified as Bradley Green. The trouble is, seducing him could get her expelled. MB is for Multiple Bed-hopping Definitely Kimmy's favorite homework--starting with Jamie but moving swiftly on to Russ, until she discovers the small matter of his girlfriend back home. Hopefully Business Studies includes a minor in boyfriend embezzlement--a skill Kimmy will need if she's to keep hold of Russ. MB is for Misbehaving Boyfriend Russ didn't intend to be unfaithful--to either girlfriend! He never thought he'd find one woman who wanted him, let alone two. But since he can't even pick a major, how can he choose one true soul mate?

30 review for Monkey Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I didn't like this book. It was hard to connect to and the characters are kind of horrible. -Kimmy: ridiculously insecure and feels the need to rely on man and her sexuality. -Russ: Seems like a good guy, but is actually a grade A asshole. He also handles situations poorly, which is he's overall downfall. -Layla: Obsessive compulsive and clueless. Her chapters were the most boring thing to read until probably the very end; this is the same time she begins to really feel like a character. -Jamie: I didn't like this book. It was hard to connect to and the characters are kind of horrible. -Kimmy: ridiculously insecure and feels the need to rely on man and her sexuality. -Russ: Seems like a good guy, but is actually a grade A asshole. He also handles situations poorly, which is he's overall downfall. -Layla: Obsessive compulsive and clueless. Her chapters were the most boring thing to read until probably the very end; this is the same time she begins to really feel like a character. -Jamie: "Class Clown" with a sweet interior. I found him to be the most interesting and sadly we get the least amount of chapters from him.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Ugh. This was a real stinker. The book was clearly written by a Canadian trying to write an American novel. The phrasing was off and aspects of the story were clearly not researched. I actually checked to author's bio to confirm that she was Canadian. She describes people getting their MBA as going to "B-school" and living in a dorm like 18 year olds. Not in this country, sorry. Most 27 year olds don't stay on campus and play spin the bottle; they're working their actual jobs while going to Ugh. This was a real stinker. The book was clearly written by a Canadian trying to write an American novel. The phrasing was off and aspects of the story were clearly not researched. I actually checked to author's bio to confirm that she was Canadian. She describes people getting their MBA as going to "B-school" and living in a dorm like 18 year olds. Not in this country, sorry. Most 27 year olds don't stay on campus and play spin the bottle; they're working their actual jobs while going to school at night. Totally unbelievable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Krenn

    Still doesn't compare to Milkrun (in my opinion). But I liked it a whole lot more than Fishbowl. It's funny. And when I read it, I felt like I could relate to the main character. I should read it again because it deals with these people in business school and all their experiences. And I'm a marketing major...so ya know. =)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Yup! My favorite kind of business. After hedge-fund management and compliance officer. Can't wait to read this!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I hated the first quarter of this, and didn't finish. I didn't like any of the characters, and an actual plot had yet to develop, so I put it down and shortly after I got rid of it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

    I read this book when I was about 12 because it was in the young adult section and my mother would just bring home a pile of books from the library..... and let me tell you this should not be read by a teenager let alone a 12 year old. Theres a lot of toxic attitudes in this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I enjoyed this book. It was a light and easy read. Sometimes you just need to read a book without having to put alot of thought into it. It was written from four different POVs and the author did a good job of relaying the different characters personalities. Kimmie spent most of the book wallowing in self-pity and low self-esteem. She was selfish and immature. I, at time, had trouble remembering that she was in grad school and not an undergrad. Her lack of knowledge about the classes she is I enjoyed this book. It was a light and easy read. Sometimes you just need to read a book without having to put alot of thought into it. It was written from four different POVs and the author did a good job of relaying the different characters personalities. Kimmie spent most of the book wallowing in self-pity and low self-esteem. She was selfish and immature. I, at time, had trouble remembering that she was in grad school and not an undergrad. Her lack of knowledge about the classes she is taking at business school was a bit WTH at time. Who doesn't know the phrase "she phoned it in"? She was more concerned with getting an MRS degree rather than an MBA. Her only motivation for taking the GMAT and applying to business school was because it was what her boyfriend wanted. She went after Russ knowing he was in a relationship). Granted she did make the required turn around. She realized that business school was where she belonged and she wasn't as "dumb" as she thought she was in the classes. There is a scene with her father that does a good job explaining why she doesn't feel worthy of an MBA and really doing anything beyond getting married and having children. Jamie is another character that you aren't sure if he really wants to be there or not. He spends his whole time joking and slacking. Eventually his motivation is revealed and you think "oh wow, ok that will work". I didn't have any real problems with this character or how his chapters were written. He starts of as slightly smarmy and that cheesy older guy that always makes you want to go Ewww when he starts his lines. Once you get to know him though his lines aren't as slimey. Russ started out motivated and that guy everyone wants to sigh over. He has a personal dilemma (or dilemna as I was originally taught)in that he left his girlfriend behind in Canada and he is very attracted to Kimmie. He gives in to his desire and juggles both girls. Kimmie allows him to do this but Sharon (girlfriend) has no clue. His motivation and character takes a downhill slide fast over the book. He gets to the point where he has to smoke pot every night to sleep and stops even studying. In the end he almost ruins Kimmie's chances at school but mans up in the end. His chapters start off as really fast read (it is how his mind is working) and slows down toward the end of the book. Layla's narration reminded me of Elle from Legally Blonde. I'm not sure why because she is not a social butterfly. I think it is because Elle dressed to perfection and walked really fast and that is how I see Layla. She starts out uptight and very rigid. The problem I have is that her sexuality did not mesh with her germaphobic student side. She also has her epiphany and realized that her Mr. Perfect is not so right for her. Of course, this book was predictable. You can figure it out but it was an easy read and like I said before, sometimes that is what you need. The only other thing that confused me was the way the characters called grad school B-school. Is that a regional thing? I have never heard that and kept associating B-school with a second tier school.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elusive

    ‘Monkey Business’ is about four business students whose lives become intertwined. The book incorporates several themes such as love, friendship, unfaithfulness and self-discovery. The story is told from different perspectives and these are alternated with every chapter. Kimmy is mainly at the university to meet guys. Seriously. After her disastrous night with Jamie, she continuously brushes him off and falls for his good-looking friend Russ who has a girlfriend back home. However, Kimmy persists ‘Monkey Business’ is about four business students whose lives become intertwined. The book incorporates several themes such as love, friendship, unfaithfulness and self-discovery. The story is told from different perspectives and these are alternated with every chapter. Kimmy is mainly at the university to meet guys. Seriously. After her disastrous night with Jamie, she continuously brushes him off and falls for his good-looking friend Russ who has a girlfriend back home. However, Kimmy persists in getting his attention and finds herself falling apart as various developments along the way affect their deceitful relationship. I didn’t like Kimmy as she pursued someone who’s taken and didn’t feel any shame or guilt over it. Even though there were explanations for why she was so desperate to get a guy, I still didn’t like her. As for Russ, he still keeps in touch with his girlfriend Sharon while simultaneously fooling around with Kimmy. I never understood why he appealed to Kimmy. He’s described as good-looking but personality-wise, he came across as boring and didn’t have much to offer. He wasn’t interesting, smart or funny. I liked how the author portrayed cheating as it was believable. I just wished there had been more focus on Russ, not because he’s fascinating but it would have been great to delve into his thoughts and understand him a little better. Jamie is the comedian. He’s not good-looking but his personality makes up for it as he’s funny and smart. I liked how he was initially crazy about Kimmy then later lost interest in her after falling for Layla. However, I thought that the whole family complications thrown in were out of place and didn’t serve much of a purpose. Plus, as much as I enjoyed reading about him and Layla, they just seemed to end up together in such a strange way. It’d have been better if they were friends for a longer period of time before getting together. Layla is the overachiever with big dreams and plans. She was refreshing especially after reading about Kimmy. After reading an application from a guy Bradley who fulfills what she’s looking for, she embarks on a quest to meet him. Her storyline was pretty engaging but I didn’t like the conclusion of it. It seemed so sudden for her to (view spoiler)[dump Bradley without even trying to tell him what she would like in bed and just have an epiphany that Jamie is the guy for her. (hide spoiler)] . It would have been far more realistic for her to keep believing in perfection only to have it squashed gradually (the keyword), hence leading her to her ultimate choice. Overall, it was a decent book yet it left more to be desired such as an epilogue.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Devon

    `MONKEY BUSINESS' is the second book by Sarah Mylnowski that I have read, the first being `AS SEEN ON TV', and while I didn't love `AS SEEN ON TV' I did really enjoy her writing style. Now her fourth novel, `MONKEY BUSINESS' brings that same style to the table but with what is in my opinion a better story line and more likeable characters. In her fourth novel Sarah takes us to the competitive world of a top ten business school with four very distinct and interesting characters: First you have `MONKEY BUSINESS' is the second book by Sarah Mylnowski that I have read, the first being `AS SEEN ON TV', and while I didn't love `AS SEEN ON TV' I did really enjoy her writing style. Now her fourth novel, `MONKEY BUSINESS' brings that same style to the table but with what is in my opinion a better story line and more likeable characters. In her fourth novel Sarah takes us to the competitive world of a top ten business school with four very distinct and interesting characters: First you have Kimmy who has no idea how she even got accepted to this prestigious business school much less what she is doing there. But one thing she knows for sure is that with the ratio of men to women she should definitely be able to snag a husband. Then there's Jamie the one with the natural knack for all that is business, so why bother buying the books? Far from the ladies man, funny man Jamie never misses an opportunity to flirt with the ladies even if he only gets laughed at in return. Next is Russ the former geek turned hottie with the loyal girlfriend back home. A few years ago he would have never dreamed of getting the attention of one of the schools most attractive women but now that he's got it what's a guy to do? Oh man! And last but not least there is Layla, miss perfect. Layla has always prided herself on being as close to perfect as humanly possible, or so she thought. But now with a group of new friends she is beginning to see that perfection is not all that it is cut out to be. I said in my review of `AS SEEN ON TV' that I was not giving up on Mylnowski yet and I am sure glad that I didn't. `MONKEY BUSINESS' had me looking forward to putting my son to bed so that I could curl up with it and stay up way past my own bedtime! =)

  10. 4 out of 5

    PepperP0t

    digital edition I read this for a challenge and confess I don't think I would have picked it up otherwise. It wasn't bad, it just didn't capture me. Four twenty-somethings are attending University of Connecticut Business School for different reason and you shift between their points of view so that each gets equal time. These four very different personalities meet and interact (often) on several level and exude normalcy and run of the mill. Kimmy is there to find a husband and an express lane to digital edition I read this for a challenge and confess I don't think I would have picked it up otherwise. It wasn't bad, it just didn't capture me. Four twenty-somethings are attending University of Connecticut Business School for different reason and you shift between their points of view so that each gets equal time. These four very different personalities meet and interact (often) on several level and exude normalcy and run of the mill. Kimmy is there to find a husband and an express lane to a cushier life but steps on her own feet a few times. Jaime is fighting against his appearance to make himself a more desirable life-mate and tries first with Kimmy. Layla is perfection on the outside but does have an unnatural obsession with germs and is socially aloof Russ is convinced leaving his girlfriend behind was the right move if he intends to take the business world by storm. The writing here is coherent and fine, the characters are fairly well developed and could possibly remind you of people in your current or previous life. It is a complete mind mint. A comfortable and predictable rainy day read that only asks the reader to enjoy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I fell in love with Sarah Mlynowski's writing after picking up a copy of "As Seen On TV." I know over the past few years I have read it 4 or 5 times. It is a great book that I know will pick me up when I have been reading too many books that are serious. It was a great book when you just want something fun to read. I then found her Magic in Manhattan series. Being a teen librarian, I was so happy to find something of hers that I could recommend to my students. When I saw that the ebook version I fell in love with Sarah Mlynowski's writing after picking up a copy of "As Seen On TV." I know over the past few years I have read it 4 or 5 times. It is a great book that I know will pick me up when I have been reading too many books that are serious. It was a great book when you just want something fun to read. I then found her Magic in Manhattan series. Being a teen librarian, I was so happy to find something of hers that I could recommend to my students. When I saw that the ebook version of Monkey Business was available I was very excited to read something else by Mlynowski. The verdict... ummm, it was ok. It breaks my heart to say this as I loved so many of her other books but I just had such a hard time with this one. I liked it better than Fishbowl but otherwise I just never really cared for the characters. The summary of the book sounded great! I thought for sure that it would be hilarious but instead I just felt sympathy for all of the characters. They were just so pathetic that I didn't care what happened to them. Alas, not one for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    subi

    I was looking for a new chick lit novel to read, and wanted something comparable to Sophie Kinsella. I heard that Sarah Mlynowski had a similar fluffiness to her writing, so I decided to check out Monkey Business. I really liked the book and the writing, but I HATED the characters. I am sure they were written to make me hate them, since they are business students and MBAs are generally the douchiest of the douchiest. I started off absolutely HATING the character of Kimmy, because she is I was looking for a new chick lit novel to read, and wanted something comparable to Sophie Kinsella. I heard that Sarah Mlynowski had a similar fluffiness to her writing, so I decided to check out Monkey Business. I really liked the book and the writing, but I HATED the characters. I am sure they were written to make me hate them, since they are business students and MBAs are generally the douchiest of the douchiest. I started off absolutely HATING the character of Kimmy, because she is everything I despise about how society views women. She is extremely shallow, hates/competes with other women, and is constantly criticizing her looks and does not believe that she is competent enough to be in business school when clearly, they accepted her. She also has the one-track mind of how to find a boyfriend, which makes me hate her even more. By the end, while I still didn't love her character, she had changed enough to make me not despise her. I liked the book, and I decided to keep Sarah Mlynowski on my list of "Chick Lit Authors I like"

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    So this book was really interesting in the respect that it was written form the standpoint of 4 different students starting their masters in business school, and follows them through their first year. The stories all become so intertwined that it makes for some interesting interactions, and i think it all rings very true to human character. However, i was really distressed by the part where Russ was cheating on his girlfriend back home, and how easily he kept justifying it to himself. It makes So this book was really interesting in the respect that it was written form the standpoint of 4 different students starting their masters in business school, and follows them through their first year. The stories all become so intertwined that it makes for some interesting interactions, and i think it all rings very true to human character. However, i was really distressed by the part where Russ was cheating on his girlfriend back home, and how easily he kept justifying it to himself. It makes it evident just how easy it would be to fall into cheating if you wanted to. I hated seeing that. But the fact that it was so compelling does show that that part was very well written. I also liked how the characters were all very *normal* they all had flaws just like every human, and no one was glamorized in this book. Overall, it was an excellent piece of work, just not quite my style.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I read this book in one day! It was a great story and reading it brought me back to my college years and the types of things college students get into. The only part that I found slightly confusing was that is was 4 different people's stories and they were all written in the first person. The distinction between them was the chapter titles, so sometimes I found myself slightly confused and having to flip back to remind myself who's story I was reading!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Definetly a beach read. I had a hard time with this book because it seemed unrealistic, but aren't most beach reads? It's about these graduate students who are pursuing their MBAs and they live in a dorm. How many graduate students live in dorms? Then they have a party and play spin the bottle. Hello, how old are you? Besides my annoyance for the 'high school' drama it was a fast read and is entertaining.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    A fast moving story that was cute and entertaining to read. One thing that made me dislike the book was the writing. It wasn't really one of my favorites. The story at times was predictable, but I didn't mind. It is one of those summer beach reads, kind of like a cheesy reality show that I just didn't want to put down. There were a lot of twist and turns. At times while reading the book the characters were at time relatable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megalion

    I have enjoyed Sarah's other books but this one fell short. I did not like some of the characters and could easily have put it down without finishing. I kept on. The story winds up in a way that mitigated my earlier dissatisfaction but I wouldn't recommend anyone else to rush out to read this book. It's ok if its what you have handy and feel like a fluffy read about college kids trying to get their act together.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I loved this story! I loved the different viewpoints, and all the characters and the justifications and observations they had. It was fun to see how someone's opinion of you is so different from your self-perception. Very cool, and there should be more stories like this! It was a bit feminist for my taste, but the message was good, so I didn't mind the slight preaching at the end so much.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This had a fast moving story but was not well written. The story was predictable and the characters were stale. And I don't know what grad school the author went to or heard about but this is no school I've ever heard of. This seemed more like a bunch of undergrads then adults looking to get their MBA.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    At first I liked the idea of a book being told by four different characters within the story. However, two of the characters turned out to be totally unlikeable, and the plot lines were not very well-developed. I'm usually into "girly" books, but this one was painful to read (I forced my way through it.)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Uthpala

    Loved the story!! Specially the story of Kimmy and Russ. I found Layla and Jamie pretty boring for some reason. The hidden guy (Was it Nick?), I wish his character came out more. Liked that it was not the predictable happy ending, but more of a what's-meant-to-happen-in-real-life sort of an ending.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kellie

    Oh my gosh, I loved this book!! Interesting characters, and lots of twists and turns. It was so easy to relate to all of the characters in one way or another, because what they dealt with is such common issues for everyone. I have yet to read a bad Sarah Mlynowski book. She writes the best chick lit, in my opinion!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristal

    Another fun read from Sarah Mlynowski. The story follows a group of students in their first year MBA programme. Cue the love triangles, cat fights, female bonding and happy endings. It's a nice addition to the "chick lit" genre.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Eh. Not my cup of tea. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up but I was not impressed at all. Wasn't a fan of any of the characters (or their often sexist attitudes). But I did find myself wanting to finish it so I think that warrants 2 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Bryant

    Average story. I liked the characters for the most part but had a difficult time relating to most of them or having any empathy. The hardest was Russ and Kimmy. I thought their whole relationship was completely inappropriate from the start...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A quick light read. Just okay for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    It was better than I expected. I'm not a big fan of books where the chapters are told by different characters, but I ended up liking the book anyway.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Whiskey Black

    I really enjoyed this book simply because it was just a really fun read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kenz Wenz

    I totally want to read this!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    I read this as a Kindle edition, and it seemed much shorter than the listed 392 pages. Maybe because the story was so bad that I aimlessly turned pages without even realizing it?

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