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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  3,968 ratings  ·  160 reviews
"Milkrun" -- a novel about drinks, dates and other distractions -- is the fun and compelling story of hyperactive 25-year-old Jackie Norris. Her luck with dating is analogous to riding the bus: intending to take the express, but finding herself on the painfully long local. In "Milkrun," we see Jackie doing the Singles Scene: going to bars, meeting men and making up her own ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Red Dress Ink (first published December 1st 2001)
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I can't help that I'm totally drawn to speak-your-mind and outright funny female leads so I wish that would already explain why I loved this book.
But just in case, here are the other reasons:
- Jackie, the 24-year-old copy editor for romance novels, gets dumped by her longtime boyfriend but does not turn into the World's Most Pathetic Ex-Girlfriend. What she does instead is spend her first night of freedom in a bar called Orgasm. And flirts with her ex's best friend!
- Every character in the book
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May 26, 2007 K rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: chicklit
This was very much standard chick lit, with nothing special to recommend it in my opinion. I was curious about Mlynowski because she seemed to get rave reviews from goodreads and amazon readers. This was her first book, and maybe she got better with subsequent ones, but the main character got on my nerves with her cluelessness and her obviously bad decisions. The overuse of exclamation points also got me. The one thing I actually liked about the book was the question the main character asked her ...more
This book was... just okay. I did not really care for the ending, and the main character was a bit annoying at times. She did NOT portray the mental wellbeing of a 24 year old woman, to say the least. It was entertaining at times - a few good laughs - but overall, not my cup of tea. Maybe if I were still a teenager, I would be able to connect with the lead character therefore actually enjoying the read. Also, I hate repetitive authors. I swear if all the repeats were removed from this book, it w ...more
I love Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series and her novel Fishbowl. But this book fell a bit flat for me. Maybe because I did not like the heroine Jackie all that much. I understood her plight and need to play the field after hearing about her boyfriend's possible shacking up with women on his trip to Thailand, but how she went about it was not acceptable to me. And her thought process was annoying. I know some women jump to conclusions quickly but having her believe someone should be eng ...more
Another Chick-Lit book. In this one a girl named Jackie is dumped by her boyfriend via email. The description sounded promising. Jackie knows what she really wants and sets out to find it, only the problem is that she doesn’t.

There were too many scenes at the club. So many in fact that sometimes I felt like I was reading the same chapters over and over again.

The book was good, but Jackie spends too much time focusing on men. Too much time pining. For once I’d like to read a chick lit book that i
The story follows Jackie who was recently dumped via email. She had just moved to a new city, Boston, to follow this guy and now she was single and on her own in a new city. With no to few friends, a new job and not sure which direction she is going in her life. The book follows Jackie as she tries to date and figure out what she really wants to do with her love life. Some of her dates end up being pretty amusing and how she reacts to situations keeps her human and interesting. Part of the story ...more
‘Milkrun’ is about Jackie who embarks on a dating spree after her boyfriend Jeremy meets someone while he was in Thailand. Through those dates, she learns about what she really wants and makes a major decision at the end of it.

Jackie was a very fun protagonist. She’s hilarious, hence I really enjoyed the first-person narrative as it gave complete insight into her thoughts. She’s also strong, as seen after the end of her relationship. Instead of wallowing in sorrow, she takes action and starts go
I am totally willing to read a dumb piece of chick lit and be charmed by it, but this was just a little too brainless. I wanted to like it I really did, but the main character is a copyeditor and yet there are blatant usage mistakes (and not intentionally chosen ones.) And the author is Canadian, but the characters are from Connecticut, and they keep saying they "went to university together" they only people I know from CT who say that - went to college in Europe.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Poor Jackie! Why can't she find
a boyfriend that sticks? Why is
her job so tedious? Why doesn't
she have any friends? And why
does she constantly talk to herself
and ask herself questions?

I don't read alot of "chick-lit" but I really loved this book.
I found it fun to read, easy to relate to and funny. If you are a fan of Sex and the City you will enjoy this book, especially since there are a couple references to SATC. It is a quick and fun read and I would recommend it to any of my girlfriends!
Kristen Hook
This book took me so long to get through! I have enjoyed other Sarah Mlynowski books, but just could not get into this one. I thought the main character was a bit annoying and I really couldn't wait to be done with it. But I am willing to give Mlynowski another shot and have started reading Me Vs. Me.
Suzy Betker
One of the funniest books I have read - you have to be in the right mood. I think I have menengitis! Oh wait, I did have that this year!
Amanda Morgan
In the dating scene, a milkrun is the process of dating to no avail. “Milkrun” is a funny story about newly single twenty-five-year-old Jackie Norris.
Jackie’s boyfriend Jeremy disappointed Jackie a few months back by deciding to go “find himself” in Thailand instead of moving to Boston to be with her. Just recently he sent her an email stating that he’s not only found himself, he’s also met another woman and they’re happy together.
Jackie decides instead of brooding over Jeremy’s bad behavior,
A while back I bought myself a few second hand American Chick Lit novels from Amazon because, recently, I’ve been getting more and more into novels by American writers. I knew I wanted to buy one of Sarah Mlynowski’s novels, particularly after I enjoyed her teen effort Gimme A Call. I settled on her debut novel Milkrun, and after Danielle recommended I read it, I picked it up one lazy Sunday. Milkrun is a fairly old Chick Lit novel, a decade old in fact, originally coming out in 2001 but it’s st ...more
Lizzie Goldsmith
Milkrun was a fun and easy read. I mostly enjoyed that this book was written in a believable point of view. The main character, Jackie, is in her mid twenties and is trying to find her true love. I found this book appealing because it seems that every guy to crosses her path she must wonder if they are "the one". This is defiantly a book for any girl of any age.
For the first quarter of the book, Jackie talk about her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy. Jeremy unexpectedly moved to Thailand to "find himself"
“Milkrun” è un altro di quei libri che hanno giaciuto per molto nella cartella dei to-read e che finalmente sono riuscita a leggere.

Jacklyn, Jack, ha 24 anni ed è una editrice in una casa editrice che si occupa in prevalenza di romance. Mentre legge scene molto piccanti deve curare l’ortografia e la punteggiatura. Il suo ragazzo storico Jeremy le ha chiesto di trasferirsi con lui a Boston salvo poi mollarla per un lungo viaggio in Tailandia per ritrovare se stesso. Jackie di nuovo single cerca u
Lynn Hulsman
I enjoyed reading this as an example of good old-fashioned Chick Lit. Jackie is dumped unceremoniously by her boyfriend in an email. Promising start! She's a 24-year-old Carrie Bradshaw type, who is a bit too outspoken, and often paints herself into corners, buying trouble where it's not needed. She's spunky, but not quite a Bridget Jones. As a young woman, she's desperate to find "the one" and thinks nearly any guy out there could be it, since she hasn't honed her radar through experience.

Marlena Nicole
This is honestly one of my favorite books. It's essentially about a the dating life of one Fern Jaquelyn Norris, Jackie for short. Quite frankly, it's hilarious, but more honestly I really just resonate with the female lead! Her all-over-the-place-spastic thought process and self-made dramas reminds me of my own life.
I would probably give this a 2.5/5. I did enjoy reading it, and it's the perfect beach read, but I can see why others wouldn't like it. The protagonist, Jackie, has her faults - she's selfish, self centered, kind of immature, and scatterbrained, for instance - but she also has her positives. Most notably, she's hysterical. She's definitely one of those high energy people who are always on the run, whose mind is always running, with her mouth not far behind. There were parts of the book where I l ...more
One of my guilty pleasures is Chick Lit... and this is a prime example of it. It is by no means amazing or life-changing... but it's good for the purpose of simple reading and laughing out loud. Almost every woman could relate to this book due to the fact it's about dating, the doubts you have while dating, and the aching and longing for that one that got away (or you wish would go away). And since this book embraces all of that, I absolutely loved this book. Granted, I read this book when I was ...more
Read about 3/4 of this book and then skipped to the last was that bad.
Well, actually it started off just like any other Mlynowski book. It had charm, wit, and very true to a 20 something's life. But the problem was that it never changed. It is just like many of Mlynowski's other books which I have read the majority of, so I was tired of the plot and protagonist. I love this author, I think she can tell a very real tale of a women in her 20's (and she's Canadian!) but I do not like repe
This is a great poolside read. The plot is predictable and superficial, but I enjoyed he characters. This book has some great quotable an relatable lines so I would recommend this for a quick, easy read.
Katy Baker
Read this back in college and remember loving it so much that I recommended it just about everyone. I think my copy was lent to a friend and never returned...
Not classic literature or anything, but definitely relatable and enjoyable. some of her thoughts on the matter were so true and it helped to read them... Also liked how the ending was more open instead of clean cut (though I predicted every bit of the ending way before, Mlynowski definitely doesn't know how to foreshadow without making everything completely obvious.) Still, I like it, and I wouldn't mind reading more from her, even though she is a bit of a guilty pleasure and I probably should b ...more
Lani Young
My first book by this author and I was not disappointed. I enjoy chick lit and have been increasingly frustrated by all the dismal examples of this genre out there. Milkrun was fun, entertaining, fast paced and believable. I got a little annoyed with the lead character as she tripped in and out of some stupid dating encounters - but then reminded myself that heck, havent we all done similar stupid things?! Especially after having our hearts broken. LOL The first person narration worked really we ...more
This was the first chick lit book I ever read, back when it came out over a decade ago. It was just as light and funny as I remember it being. 24 was a great age, wasn't it?
Vivian De
I loved the main character!!! She reminds me of me and my sister combined!
This was a quick and entertaining read. Nothing too spectacular, but humorous enough at points for me to want to try and remember quotes. My favorite "A drink's a drink, not to be wasted, but to get you wasted." Comments like that in the inner monologue of the main character were great. I recommend this book for any woman who enjoys the simplicity of chic lit (and to you Jackie, because the main character is named after you and she runs into this crazy girl named Amber which I find hysterically ...more
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Sarah is the author of BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also wrote HOW TO BE BAD.

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