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The Guy Not Taken: Stories

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  17,903 ratings  ·  1,042 reviews

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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Angi Hurst
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
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
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
Sarahlynn Lester
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
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
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
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
Nov 18, 2013 Carmen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
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.
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.
Great collection of short stories. The first three stories are about the same character, but they are all engaging and well written.
Normally I enjoy her books, but I was not enthusiastic about this one. I got lost quite a few times. Def not her best!!
I couldn't finish it. If you like short stories, than you will love this book. I don't and I didn't.
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
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
Jessica Harlan
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
Listened to The Guy Not Taken: Storiesby Jennifer Weiner (Goodreads Author), Mary Catherine Garrison(Reading), Jordan Bridges (Reading. 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 her ex's online wedding registry and wonders what if she had wound up w ...more
Sara Pauff
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In a delightful collection, "The Guy Not Taken: Stories" spotlights intriguing characters from Manhattan to Philadelphia, pinpointing significant moments in their lives.

Love and relationships form the core themes, along with wishes for roads not taken. Lives not lived. Guys not chosen. My favorite story was entitled "The Guy Not Taken," and showed a sleep-deprived new mother whose mind wanders along a fantasy pathway as she clicks onto an ex's online wedding registry. Her thoughts carry her into
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I have to admit that this volume of short stories surprised me. And I have no idea why I was so surprised. Several of my friends have recommended Jennifer Weiner's books to me, but for some reason, I kept passing them over. I selected this book at the library more out of curiosity than anything else and I was hooked from the opening paragrahs of the first story. The eleven stories contained in this volume examine the various aspects of love with which people deal with over their lifetimes. Each ...more
I really want to like Jennifer Weiner because she's so popular. I keep reading her books hoping to find another one I like, but it's not happening for me and I think I have to stop this self imposed punishment and finally admit that I just don't like her. In all fairness, this one had a big hurdle to overcome because I'm not a huge short story fan, but I was actually hoping it might help me like her more and that her short stories would be better than her novels, but they weren't. I very rarely ...more
I FINALLY finished my book that I'd been reading all summer and now this fall. It was "The Guy Not Taken" by Jennifer Weiner. I think it took me so long because it is a collection of short stories. I'd read one here then set it down, read another one there then set it down. Since I had some time to myself in the deer stand, I finally finished it up. It was just so-so, a lot of the stories were about divorce or fathers leaving which got a little old, story after story. I'll just give you a little ...more
enjoy Jennifer Weiner's writing so much. She is witty, insightful and silly. She writes female oriented topics that some call chick lit, but her characters are anything but trite. They are flawed, struggling and wonderfully real.

This is a collection of short stories - some written when she was still a journalist hitting the beat in Philly, some are more recent. But the sum total feels like an exercise in publishing. Her publisher probably thought to herself - people like Weiner, it takes too lo
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
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