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The Guy Not Taken: Stories

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Jennifer Weiner's talent shines like never before in this collection of short stories, following the tender, and often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime. From a teenager coming to terms with her father's disappearance to a widow accepting two young women into her home, Weiner's eleven stories explore those transformative moments in
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Washington Square Press (first published September 5th 2006)
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Feb 17, 2009 Alison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I'm a big fan of short stories... and normally I'm a fan of Jane Green. But these stories were just so unsatisfying, with goo short stories there's a quick punchy point made and a satisfying resolution to a conflict. All these stories with the exception of the first story were just quick conflict with no real resolution or sometimes a lame attempt at a resolution. The first story was told over the progression of three interrelated stories and in that sense it should've just been a book ...more
Angi Hurst
Jul 12, 2007 Angi Hurst rated it it was ok
Although I flew through the book (very easy reading), the short storylines all seemed to have the same gist. I really did enjoy listening to "Good in Bed" by Jennifer Weiner, but the style of these short stories is extremely reminiscent of that book and each other. The relationships of the main characters did not differ enough to really keep me captivated through to the end of the book.

My scale (since the speed of my reading is directly proportional to how well I like the book):

1 - couldn't get
Dec 16, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, library, 2013
Before I get into this review too much, I have to say that I do not enjoy short stories. Personally, I like to see how characters develop & grow, and with short stories you don't get to see that.

That being said, this book was okay. I liked a few of the stories, and some of them I really didn't care for. These weren't all light-hearted, chick lit stories. Some of them dealt with some heavy issues.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys short stories/anthologies, but it will be a whi
Aug 06, 2007 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love Jennifer Weiner books but this wasn't my favorite. It's a collection of short stories which almost all revolve around a young woman and her journey. Some of hte stories were good I really like "The Guy not Taken" and "Oranges from Florida" and the one where the girls "kidnap" the senior citizen. Weiner's writing is on target like usual catchy, funny and inviting. I think if you've never read one of her books this isn't the one to start with try "Good in Bed" or "In Her Shoes." But ...more
Sarahlynn Lester
May 06, 2011 Sarahlynn Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know that Weiner is a good writer and storyteller, but I just never got around to picking up another of her books (or seeing that movie with Cameron Diaz) until this weekend, when I gobbled up The Guy Not Taken, a collection of short stories by Weiner.

They're good, and they deal heavily with two main themes: divorce and the difficulties of being a mother to a very young child.

Weiner describes The Mother's Hour as being "as close to a horror story as I'll ever come," a good description of one o
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
This is a book of short stories by Jennifer Weiner. I found it depressing and struggled to finish it. Stories involve: your husband doesn't love you anymore. Your boyfriend leaves you after getting what he wants from you. Your child that you desperately yearned for and did IVF for is a total brat that makes your life hell. You think you married the wrong guy. You work in a job you hate and feel like you've wasted your life. Your parents get divorced. Etc. etc.
Sep 04, 2009 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
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Sep 15, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad story collection. I did enjoy most of them, but they felt incomplete. The few at the end were not great and I did not understand or connect with the characters.
Dec 31, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Weiner's novels, but I think she really shines in this short story collection, which she amazingly started when she was only 18 years old. The characters are women in search of love, truth, purpose, trying to make the best of their often confusing, falling short of the mark lives. I liked Buyer's Market best of all and really enjoyed reading Weiner's author's notes at the end of the collection. She is easily one of the funniest, most empathetic voices in contemporary women's literature an ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good set of short stories.
Feb 19, 2014 Eccentrika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
piccolo OT: Mi chiedo... perché nei titoli dei libri di questa autrice regna sovrana la parola "letto"? "racconti di letto", "brava a letto", "a letto con Maggie"... chi vede questa sfilza di titoli allineati sulla mia libreria penserà che sono una ninfomane...>__<
Questa è una raccolta di racconti che tratta di temi piuttosto seri, scritti in maniera scorrevole e che ricordano un po' i chick-lit, ma che a voler esser precisi non sono propriamente tali, e di storie di "letto" non ce ne son
I'd just finished reading a non-fiction on the Kashmir conflict, immediately followed by The Luminaries, and was in desperate need of some light, fluffy reading. Jennifer Weiner has always been fun to read so I picked this book up. It turned out to be a far cry from her usual light-hearted fare, as these stories explore men and women at different stages of their life, dealing with love, loss, families and relationships. These aren't stories with happy endings; there's a sense of underlying sadne ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book of short stories was uneven - two very good, a few fair, two clunkers. Jennifer Weiner is good at character development and I think she is a decent writer - but her plots can get trite and/or unbelievable. Two of the stories in this collection were, in my opinion, quite good - real emotion, real situations, real people and both tugged at my heart strings. Others were plain silly. The men in almost all the stories came off as insensitive narcissistic jerks - although we know from other ...more
Honestly, I was a little disappointed in this book. I downloaded the free ebook of Swim, or Swim 2.0 as the author likes to call it, from iTunes and read it a few months ago. I really enjoyed that story from the book and I had wished that there were more story to it from where it ended. So after reading it I found out that this was one story in a book of short stories and thought great I'll get that to read. It's just ok. Several of the stories left me feeling like I wanted to just beat the char ...more
I have read several of Weiner's novels and I was looking forward to reading this short story collection. Most of the stories in this collection were written before Weiner's novels were published. Overall, the collection was a let down. The stories bordered on being depressing and featured women who were unhappy with their bodies and/or their lives. Most of the stories left me feeling unsatisfied.
Feb 18, 2011 Rene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of these stories were ok but most of them were not. They were way to short (yes, I know that's the point of "short stories") but just when you start to get familiar with the Characters it abruptly ends. I wish she would have elaborated on a few of the stories and just gotten rid of the others. I'm usually a fan of Weiner but now I will know to avoid her short stories.
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Jan 31, 2015 Blow Pop rated it liked it
I guess I initially missed the part of the title that said stories until I started reading this book.

However, as I am a fan of books of short stories I'm not bothered by it.

I was just expecting your typical "chick lit" type of book and was pleasantly surprised with short stories.

The first few stories were with the same family and that was enjoyable.

And then we got into the rest of the stories which none of them were. Each was uniquely different in it's own way.

And then the last one. Initially I
I like Jennifer Weiner's books, but this one is my least favorite. The book contains several short stories. They're not bad, but I just felt they're not quite finished. Some of then endings were kinda just left hanging.
Rebecca  Einstein Schorr
Not a huge fan of the short story. That being said -- I truly enjoyed these. But, as usual, was left feeling as though I'd invested time and heart into characters whose presence in my life was short-lived.
I didn't realize when I grabbed it that it was a collection of stories and none of them ever really ended and so it drove me crazy. But it was ok.
Apr 23, 2008 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of short stories. The first three stories are about the same character, but they are all engaging and well written.
Aug 14, 2013 Alexandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I enjoy her books, but I was not enthusiastic about this one. I got lost quite a few times. Def not her best!!
Jul 16, 2008 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish it. If you like short stories, than you will love this book. I don't and I didn't.
Nov 06, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this! I have read a few Weiner books and found them to be fluffy and rather unsatisfying. This? This felt different. In the short story format, Weiner had the opportunity to tell meaningful stories without filler and without dragging the story out.

I felt some a the stories (just a few) fell a bit flat, but most had me invested and smiling at the end. Full of deeper meaning about relationships, independence, and loss, this was both fun and thoughtful.

This he
Jan 31, 2014 L8blmr rated it liked it
This is not a book full of feel-good stories; in fact, a few left me feeling if not depressed, a little discouraged. That is not a criticism of the writer - her characters are engaging, if not always likable, which is more realistic than tales of perfect men and women and happy endings. My favorites were the It's a Wonderful Life-ish title story and one in which a man turns a late-night wrong number into an opportunity to focus on something other than the pain of his ex-wife's departure. This bo ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Shanon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only have 2 complaints. First, some of the stories seemed to be connected, so I kept trying to connect them all to each other. If its going to be a collection, make them each autonomous. Second: I know Jennifer Weiner's father did the chickenshit thing and ran out on her and her family. But I would have liked her collection more if a few more of the dads weren't modeled after her own. She is still one of my favorite authors though; her characters seem real, the situations they find themselves ...more
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"Jennifer Weiner's talent shines like never before in this collection of short stories, following the tender, and often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime. From a teenager coming to terms with her father's disappearance to a widow accepting two young women into her home, Weiner's eleven stories explore those transformative moments in our every day.We meet Marlie Davidow, home alone with her new baby late one Friday night, when she wanders onto he
Jessica Harlan
Jun 19, 2011 Jessica Harlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got on a Jennifer Weiner kick after enjoying Fly Away Home so much, and The Guy Not Taken was one of the few I hadn't read yet. I don't often read short stories, because I always feel let down when I come to the end of each one, wanting to stay for longer with those characters and in that world. Weiner sort of assuages that feeling, since the first few stories are about the same family at different times in their lives. But I was happy to meet, albeit briefly, the characters in her other stori ...more
I was just checking out my reviews on the library website and realized I'd never added this one. So here's what I wrote on November 23, 2008:

Auugh! How did I not know this was a book of short stories?! gah! That said, it wasn't *that* painful :) However, the majority of the stories are just sad and rather hopeless. So in the end, my opinion of short story books is still the same. I did like "Swim". It was the best of the bunch, and one of the only (if not the only) with hope. It was charming and
Chelsea Reed
After reading Dear Husband I wanted to find another book no short stories dealing with relationships. Weiner's collection of short stories focuses on the relation aquired over the course of a lifetime. One of the first stories is about a teenage girl's relationship with her father. My favorite story out of the 11 would be the story of Marlie Davidow who reminds me of the song "skater boy" a girl sitting home alone with a child watching as an ex moves forward in life wondering what it would be l ...more
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and WHO DO YOU LOVE, published on August 11, 2015. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
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