A Certain Chemistry by Mil Millington
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Brooding, self-loathing Tom Cartwright is a modestly successful ghostwriter whose ability to spell correctly and meet his deadlines has landed him the job of writing the autobiography of the wildly popular soap-opera star Georgina Nye. His imbibing, chain-smoking agent is swooning, and his offbeat, sweetly supportive live-in girlfriend of five years, Sara, is ecstatic—new carpets!

Yet even as he feverishly pens (read: mostly makes up) Georgina’s “straight-from-the-heart” life story (he’s thinking maybe a thoughtful, feminist angle), he is lusting for Georgina herself. Soon Tom—poor, misguided, painfully careening Tom—thinks he can have it all: a woman at home who loves him, and a hot, panting affair with a television diva. With a little planning, can it really be so hard?

In this clever, rollicking tale of sexual misadventures and the modern man, Mil Millington hilariously explores the sometimes foolish choices mere mortals can make when that certain chemistry forces us to think not with our heads or our hearts but with . . . well, things that usually lead us straight into serious trouble.

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Published May 11, 2004 by Villard. 416 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Millington's plot is familiar: boy meets new crush, boy succumbs to her charms, problems ensue and boy realizes what he's lost as he scrambles to get back in the good graces of his first girl.

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On his cult-hit web site, thingsmygirlfriendandI havearguedabout.com, British writer Mil Millington dissects his fractious relationship with his long-time live-in, hilariously portraying her as violently irrational and himself as stubborn, neurotic, and illogical, though always somehow right.

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I do like the way A Certain Chemistry highlights the inherent ludicrousness of human (and especially male) desire while at the same time maintaining a rather kindly, humane understanding.

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I don’t know why I feel the need to point out the Britishness of the book, and it’s a strange feeling.

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