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The Thing About Jane Spring[A Novel]

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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  912 ratings  ·  163 reviews
There's something eating Jane Spring. At thirty-one, she has everything a woman could ask for and seemingly everything a man could long for--great legs, brains, rising star status in the Manhattan D.A.'s office--but she just can't find a man who'll fall madly in love with her. Men are always lining up to ask her out, but for some reason no one wants a second date. So Jane ...more
Published 2005 by Books on Tape
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Krystal
Feb 13, 2008 Krystal rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doris Day movie lovers
Shelves: chicklit
This I think will become a guilty favorite. The writing isn't bad, there's nothing technically wrong with it, and its amusing if not laugh out loud funny. My love for the book comes from the girl in me that watched the Doris Day movies and longed to be so effortlessly a lady.
Though the plot is implausible, and the characters turn around and realizations happen at break neck speeds, it is so reminiscent of a Doris Day Technicolor movie, it doesn't seem that off.
I'm more than halfway through this
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Emily
When I caught "Doris Day" on the inside jacket of this book my interest was sparked.

Perhaps if you strip away the trappings of the overt physical changes and adapted to understanding the underlying positive outcome that arrives when using the Golden Rule, then maybe this book has a shot.

Jane Spring is a woman who has found success in being whip-smart, systematic, censorless, pragmatic, and truthful. The struggle that women face in the business world of being seen as overbearing or "manly" when t
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Nicole
Nov 29, 2007 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of chick lit
Shelves: chicklit
Jane Spring is an ultra successful lawyer for the D.A. in Manhattan who has everything a professional could desire. The only thing about her is that she never makes it past the second date with a man, and is completely unable to figure out her predicament. Men appreciate women who are self-confident, outspoken, and decisive, right? When Jane overhears her colleagues discussing her, she finds out the thing about her that makes men run for the hills. Moping over her new self-awareness, Jane looks ...more
Char
Sep 21, 2007 Char rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chic-lit fans
Cute premise. I admired the fact that when she made up her mind about something she went all the way with it. The author did a good job of capturing Jane's coworkers and family's reactions to her dramatic change. The ending was slightly predicatble but then I would have been disappointed if it hadn't been. I would recommend this for a light read on a plane or at the beach.
Amarilli Settantatre
da www.sognipensieriparole.com

Qui si parte da un dilemma fondamentale: esistono ancora ai nostri tempi delle icone femminili che abbiano mantenuto inalterati fascino e sicura presa sull'altro sesso?
In altre parole, a chi potrebbe ispirarsi per trovare il Vero Amore una ragazza di buoni propositi ma ancora nubile, figlia di un generale e sorella di militari, cresciuta in una base e unica della famiglia ad essere stata inviata tra i famigerati "civili" (niente meno che a fare il sostituto procurat
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Jennie
I found this to be the usual frothy summer reading with the usual implausible plot: entertaining enough to while away a sunny afternoon without requiring too much thought.

One warning, however, and this really started to bug me about 75 pages in: the author's generalizations about growing up civilian vs. growing up on an army base were both totally inaccurate and a little offensive. If Ms. Krum bothered to get to know any real army "brats" (I hate that term), she'd see that we don't view civilian
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MB (What she read)
1st read: I enjoyed this book a lot! I thought it was a cute story and an interesting take on how Jane feels she "is" and how everyone else perceives her. I could certainly identify with her about that.

Since I know nothing about Doris Day movies, I have no problem with the quotes used. (Other reviewers have mentioned this as a problem.)

Overall this is a light-hearted and cute chic-lit novel! The usually tiresome "makeover" trope is used in an odd and funky way.

I think this could make a cute l
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NATUI
This book cracked me up. I read it with a big, dopey grin on my face. It felt a little slow in the beginning, but once she hit the movie marathon I could not put it down. I could not wait to see what the reactions to her transformation were going to be. Most people do not see me as a conservative person, but Doris Day holds a special place in my heart. I wish I had had the idea for this book because I have had moments like Jane's, but on a much smaller scale. I am so glad my book club chose this ...more
Adrienne

THE THING ABOUT JANE SPRING
Pyramid Review
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6--I liked it until the end.
5--All those pages and then...
4--She just gives up;
3--(view spoiler)
2--Just okay.
1--End.

(As a side note, I have never, ever met or known any military personnel who acted like the protagonist's father or anyone who had such a view of "civilians." That whole part of the plot read like caricature (which Jennie describes better than I in her review .) I decided to jus
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Debbie
Contemporary romance featuring Jane Spring, a tough-as-nails prosecutor who just can't figure out why she can never get a second date. Inspired by a Doris Day movie marathon and a trunk filled with her grandmother's old clothes, Jane transforms herself into the woman who always gets her man. Amusing in places, but I had a hard time believing that a woman as smart and successful as she was could be THAT clueless about relationships.
Rachel Romeo
I loved this book. It's a great story of a normally cold & harsh lawyer trying to win a man and when she tries to figure out what it is that makes a guy tick, she turns to Doris Day. I am also a big fan of Doris Day movies so I loved the references and how she pulled out the "Doris" in this day and age and how it helped her emerge both personally and in love.
Katy
This was good comic relief when I needed it. Brash Jane Spring, whom her father raised to be a good soldier when her mother died, is feared by other lawyers, policemen, witnesses, and accused when she is the prosecutor. But Jane just wants one thing: someone to love her. Over a blizzardy weekend just before a big trial, Jane decides to undergo a transformation. With the help from Doris Day movies and from the clothing left for her by her socialite grandmother, Jane changes herself. But is this t ...more
Jill
I read this book years ago and just had to read it again. It is cute, fun, and features one of my favorite actresses, Doris Day, but not in the way you'd expect. It's light on romance and long on what we are willing to do to find it. Our heroine was raised by her father, a general, who ran his family the army way and who considers civilians to be depraved and uncontrollable barbarians. He doesn't believe women belong in the military, so Jane became the next closest thing to a soldier--a lawyer. ...more
Carol
This is just a fun book. I needed it before I tackle something depressing again. It's about a woman lawyer who cannot understand why men won't go out with her more than once or twice. She decides to make a huge change in her life. It's very funny. I loved it. If you want a funny quick read, you'll love this one.
Ferdous Shah
This book explores the struggle and change in character of the very strict,organized simple snob, a Lawyer, Jane spring, who always wore a black suit and a bun, clearly not the sort of person any guy would take interest in. The massive change in character develops from a slight touch of insecurity and the idolization of a 'prefect' girly character. Believe me, this change is not miniscule, but rather an enormous change varying from her clothes to personality, way of expression and even her entir ...more
Caryn
This was another one of those fun books. It was a nice break from some tricky reading.
Gayle
In general, I am not a great fan of Chick Lit. This book, written by Sharon Krum, is an exception. Jane Spring is an assistant DA who was raised under, and wholly embraced, total military discipline. Dissatisfied with her persistent single status, she decides to morph into Doris Day.

Good things: Pleasant upbeat voice. Cute plot. Better written than the usual Chick-Lit novel. Explicit is not in the story, unless you count the noisy upstairs neighbors, and they're just noisy.

Not-so-good things: ..
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Zury
This actually deserves a 2.5 instead of 2 stars. Cute story and it was an interesting but quick read. I liked it and I admit that I laughed in some parts but I got annoyed with Jane Spring at times because of how pathetically clueless she was. I get that she was raised by a drilling sergeant from the army and with no mother as a role model but can anyone really be that clueless to the relationship of others? She was astonished to discover on her own that you get better results with complimenting ...more
Charity
Jun 09, 2008 Charity rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Charity by: Kim Banks
Shelves: owned
The Thing About Jane Spring by Sharon Krum is a rather funny chick lit novel about an all-business lawyer who’s approach to life is very militant and brash. After she realizes that her approach is more of a turn off than a turn on that sends most men running for cover, Jane decided that she needed to find a perfect model to emulate that always got her man - who better than Doris Day? And, from that point, she executes a plan that is ridiculous or brilliant, perhaps both, but definitely humorous. ...more
Ashley
This month’s ChickLitPlus challenge is The Thing About Jane Spring.

Thirty-one year old Jane Spring is a rising star in the Manhattan DA’s office. She’s smart, driven, has great legs- all in all, she should be a great catch. But no matter the first date, there’s never a second. Jane can’t understand why. It certainly can’t be her self confidence and acerbic assertiveness, or can it?

After spending a night snowed in with a bottle of wine and a Doris Day movie marathon, Jane realizes that Doris Day
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tsukino
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Rebecca
Jane Spring is a lawyer who grew up in am army household and therefore is very ridged in her life. she wonders why men don't get past the first date with her until she sits around one day and watches a Doris Day movie marathon on tv. Doris always gets the guy in the end and she thinks she has to change to be like her to get any man.

Ugh, I hate books where the women change their whole lives just to please men. Yes, I am the last one to talk about anything like this, but I still find the whole sit
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Marty
The story follows three generations of women – each becoming “The Cotton Queen” of a small Texas town. Each having difficult lives coming to grips with the “woman’s role” of the time. Starting in the 1950s when a woman’s main role was to learn how to act and to find a husband to the 21st century “modern woman” concept. What happens when the reality of living interferers with the perceived “role?” …. A good read, not quite “no brains” but not heavy either.
Charlene
The Thing About Jane Spring reminds me of the Doris Day movies of years past with a modern twist.

At the start of the story, Jane Spring, assistant D.A. is depicted as a no-holds barred woman whose goal is life is to make everyone's life miserable. So, after numerous failed attempts at finding love (and having a 100% failure rate), she decides to take drastic measures. She turns to Doris Day. Actress extraordinaire and 100% successful at getting what she wants!

Having grown up watching Doris Day/R
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Tracey
Score another high five for an entertaining chik-lit story. Jane Spring is a self made modern day cinderella. Jane is a rising star district attorney in Manhattan. Due to the upbringing of her strict father, a general in the armed forces, she is abrasive and she lacks any femininety or warmth. At 31 she realizes that she is unsuccessful in the dating department and wants to understand why there is no man in her life. She sets about in search of a mentor who can guide her along the path to true l ...more
Ezgisu
3.5 puan. Öncelikle kapaktan ciddi anlamda nefret ettim içimde kalmasın. Onun dışında kitap çok durgun geldi. Ama ilerledikçe cidden heyecanlandim. Konuya deginmiyorum ama böylesi film tadında olmasi çok tatliydi. Tabi arada çok garip bir Jane düşünüp bu ne demedim değil. Açıkçası sevdim. Sıkmayan, çerezlik bir kitaptı.
Lea
Jane Spring is a hard-as-nails, New York, prosecuting attorney who decides to reinvent herself to try to get the man of her dreams. Her inspiration? Doris Day movies. What follows is Jane's metamorphosis into a Technicolor butterfly and her change doesn't just affect her love life! What a fun read this is! Perfect for summer. Loved it!
Emme
This is a super quick, easy and shallow read. I was able to read it in a couple of days. Every once in a while I like to take a break from classics or thought provoking books and just read a silly and simple book like this. I'm also a big Doris Day fan so that made this book more fun to read.
Jancy
Fun story that made me laugh (and that is tough). I didn't care that it was fluff, did didn't care that it was goofy. If I had wanted a deep meaningful, thoughtful book I would not have read a book like The Thing About Jane Spring.
Ruth
I really really liked this book! It was very easy to read, took me only a few days to finish. Jane Spring is an assistant procecuting attorney in New York City. She is in her early 30's and can't figure out why no one will ask her out on a second date. Then over a long snowed in blizzardy weekend she tries to figure out what guys want in a woman. While searching for a role model she happens to see a Doris Day marathon on tv. Then it dawns on her who her new role model will be. It is hilarious to ...more
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Sharon Krum is a journalist and author based in New York City. She writes about everything from celebrity profiles to women’s issues, fashion and health for The Guardian, The London Times, The Australian, Harpers Bazaar Australia and The Australian Women’s Weekly among other publications. She has also written for People, The New York Post, Marie Claire and Fitness.

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