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Girls' Night In

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  9,670 ratings  ·  166 reviews

In this must-have short-story collection, Jennifer Weiner revisits on of her Good in Bed characters (and tells the story from, ahem, his point of view), Jill A. Davis (Girl's Poker Night) offers darkly humorous take on starting over in New York and working with "the Elizabeths" and Alisa Valdes-Rodriquez (The Dirty Girls Social Club)
Trade Paperback, 325 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Red Dress Ink
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May 05, 2008 dreamer rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to dreamer by: KatieKat
Shelves: read-in-2008
This is not really the kind of book that is good for me to read straight through, but that's what I'm doing because that is how I read my books.

It is, however, a beachy, soaking-in-the-tub, not requiring a lot of thought sort of read.

Lots of well-known chick-lit authors contributed, but I felt like many of them did it half-assed - as though they knew they weren't making any money off their contributions and didn't bother to put much effort in because of that. And, maybe that's not really how the
Although some of the stories in this book are confusing or a little boring, the majority of them were entertaining tales about relationships. I particularly liked 'Cat Lady' about a woman who gave up finding love and decided to become a cat lady- I'll let you find out how that one ends. Another stand-out was 'The Truth Is Out There'; an extremely original story about an alien who intervenes in the life of one girl, ending spectacularly. I recommend this book for a weekend read.
I ended up with this book somewhat by accident but glad I did. It gave me a chance to sample the writing of various authors so now I have a nice list of new (to me) authors to check out. I'm most excited about Sarah Mlynowski but there were a lot of really strong female writers featured. I also learned this is part of a series and plan to follow up with the other collections. It also benefits an organization called War Child if you buy it. I actually got it from the library though.
In a book of 21 short stories by 21 different authors, one could not logically expect to encounter mostly very good stories. I recognized five of the authors' names, but the rest were unknown quantities to me. I Assigned 4 four-star ratings and 9 three-star ratings to the stories; which indicates that I thought 13 of the 21 were good to very good short stories. In my opinion the rest were okay(two-star), except for the 4 that I specifically did not like and rated one-star. Interestingly, since I ...more
Mehgan Cash
I used to love anything by Red Dress Ink. I've read books by most of the authors in here and picked it up not only for that reason but also because I remember RDI books fondly from my early 20s. I knew it'd be fun and easy and light. Plus I meant to read this 10 or so years ago when it came out. I figured it'd be a good book to keep in my desk at work for my lunch hour.

Anyway, some stories were great. I'm always a fan of Sarah Mylnowski and Jennifer Weiner and some others. The first story, writ
OK - so as I was reading this I kept thinking it sounded so familiar . . . guess I've already read it. It has short stories from many of my favorite chick lit authors, so it is a fun read. The stories are quick too!
This one gets 2.5 stars from me. I read it at the end of October/beginning of November (it's now April) and there's really nothing that sticks out to me. It took me longer to get through than I expected for a book of short stories, and while it has a ton of authors that I love, and all the proceeds went to a good cause, it was just an okay collection of stories. If you're trying to get in the habit of reading regularly and want something easy to get you started, I would recommend this book. But ...more
This book not only supports a great cause but introduces you to a number of great authors through their short stories.
Michele E. Ishikawa
This book was really awesome! It's full of short stories, and you can enjoy a sample of different authors!
Oh my lord!!! This is the best collection of stories I have ever read!
I am not a huge fan of short story collections but I decided to pick up `GIRLS NIGHT IN' because some of the stories were penned by some of my favorite authors in the chick-lit genre and some by authors that I have never read but wanted to. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I was impressed by this collection, out of the twenty-one stories I can honestly only say that I liked seven, the rest were either mediocre, left something to be desired, or were just bad. However, on a positive note, out of t ...more
(Review was originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

The reason I picked up this book was because two of my favorite authors wrote short stories for it - Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella. Plus, I love a good short story and the book promised to contain a bunch of stories geared towards a female audience for the most part.

The book called out multiple reactions from me - some stories I loved, some stories I liked and some I didn't end up caring about at all.

I, of course, have my favorites:

1. Party Plan
Mar 26, 2010 Emily added it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed

I am on a bit of a short story kick. I have another one of these books by the same title to read, it is a series of short stories by famous authors that were put together by red dress ink and the proceeds benefit a charity. I am not sure how many versions were done, this one I just read was kind of the American or North American one, with Jennifer Weiner and Meg Cabot being authors. Since I am trying to write some short stories, there is more opportunity to submit them in contests and such, I t
Yes, I know, more chick lit, aaaaaiiiyah! But this was a collection of short stories, to benefit the War Child charity. Had I actually bought it, instead of renting it, I'd probably feel like one of those Good People you hear so much about. In any case, with any compilation, you get your good and your bad. In CDs, this usually has a better good-to-bad ratio. In books, maybe not so much. I admit, I rented this because of Meg Cabot, who, I've mentioned before, is one of my guilty pleasures authors ...more
I picked up this book for two reasons: One, I couldn't wait to get my hands on anything else featuring author Sophie Kinsella, and two, it gave me a chance to get acquainted with some more of chick-lit's greatest writers.

On a whole, GIRL'S NIGHT IN was an average read. Suffice it to say, the first story, Party Planner written by Meg Cabot had to be my favorite. It was a great introduction, and really had me psyched for what followed. But it seemed from there, many of the stories became deficient
I'm starting to think that maybe I'm just not a person who enjoys the short story - although I like the idea of a quick read and getting an opportunity to read from a sampling of a variety of authors, this collection was disappointing. Maybe I had too high of hopes for it after the book spent years (literally) on my TBR shelf. I found many of the stories to be overly quirky, strange and not able to hold my attention for even the short amount of time that they took to read. Also, I found it to be ...more
Jill Moffitt
I think this is a very fun book to read. I like short stories when you do not have time to read a whole novel. I remember when my kids were young and I would read magazines and short stories just to get some reading in, in short amounts of time. This is totally a girls book and you will like each one of the stories as crazy as some of them are. All slices of life that we encounter on our path in life. Many laughs and tears for each of the tales. Definitely enjoyed this one..
Not impressed with this collection of short stories overall but I did like a few of them:

Party Planner by Meg Cabot
Traveling Light by Carole Matthews
Changing People by Sophie Kinsella
Siren Songs by Stella Duffy

Next time I'm in the mood for chick-lit I may try Carole Matthews. I think her story was my favorite.
The story I enjoyed most out of this collection was “Party Planner” by Meg Cabot. It’s hilarious! Didn’t care for the other stories, but that only made the discovery of this funny holiday gem among the coal even better.
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A collection of short stories from the best of the chick lit genre. If you read any chick lit, I would say this is worth picking up. I liked taking a break every little bit to read a short story that I could get into quick and then come to the conclusion in just a few short pages. I think I should do this more often, adds variety to my reading.

Although there were some stories that I wished were full blown novels, there were some that I was glad would be ending quickly. Without going and dissecti
chambejd / Joy
I just finished up this book and enjoyed getting a taste of so many different authors. Most stories were great but some were bad.

My favorites:
What Goes Around...
Know It All
Changing People
Party Planner
Dougie, Spoons and the Aquarium Solarium

My dislikes:
Siren Songs
The Marrying Kind

From The Cat Lady by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez:

"She wore a flirty pink velour J.Lo jogging suit she had promised herself she'd get rid of now that she was the same age as the singer/actress."

Hmmmm... Last I checked, if
This book was more entertaining the first time around in my mid-twenties, but I enjoyed the re-read. Marian Keyes is one of my favorite authors, and while I did not love her story in this collection, I will read anything she writes!
Junemarie Brandt
More of my detour into romance, this is a compilation of short stories by various authors. Uneven, but entertaining.
Sara Lloyd
This whole series means there is something for everyone. A great bus book if you take short commutes!
A book of short story chic lit. A few were 4's, some were 2's which makes the overall rating 3
Not a bad compilation- some of these were excellent.
This fluffy, quick read made a pleasant companion for my summer vacation. By turns bitchy, confessional, self-deprecating, and poignant, Girls Night In contained all the elements that make Cosmopolitan magazine compulsively readable despite its questionable journalistic or educational value. Although happy endings generally prevailed and there were too many unlikely Cinderella twists for my taste, the sappiness of those stories was tempered by the inclusion of a revenge fantasy and a few tales ...more
Natalie Botial
Girl's Night In
Claudia Miranda
great beach summer read
As a collection of stories I found some better than others.
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Born in London in 1966, Lauren Henderson read English at university and then worked as a journalist for - among other publications - the New Statesman, Marxism Today, the Observer and Lime Lizard, a much-mourned indie music magazine. Lauren now divides her time between Italy and London and, when not wine-tasting, writes full-time.
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