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The thing about Jane Spring is...at thirty-one, he 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 asking her out, but for some reason no one wants a second date. So what if she's neck-brea ...more
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Published July 7th 2005 by Books on Tape (first published 2005)
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Krystal
Jan 03, 2008 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 20, 2008 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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NATUI
Feb 05, 2012 NATUI rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Char
Sep 21, 2007 Char rated it liked it  ·  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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Ruth
Jul 18, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chiara
Aug 28, 2011 Chiara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E’ una storia semplice quella di Jane Spring. Una donna vera, cresciuta da un generale dell’esercito, in un base militare, frequentando scuole militari. Nella sua famiglia non ci sono donne, ha perso la madre quand’era piccola, e complice l’ambiente militare non c’è posto nemmeno per sentimentalismi e debolezze. Così è cresciuta Jane, credendo per esempio che le critiche formino il carattere e migliorino le persone. Quindi sentendosi autorizzata a far notare all’amante “di turno” se la sua perfo ...more
Aryn
Aug 29, 2011 Aryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, for me, was one of those books that I thought was going to be totally ridiculous but I kept reading just because I wanted to see how the author handled things, and while it was totally pie-in-the-sky, and dated as well, I liked it. You can read the jacket for the particulars, but this is so much more. Silly but thoughtful. And perhaps it is just my age group. Anyway, this is one of those books that make me wish I had another reader to discuss it with. More of a parable (not religious) than ...more
Damaskcat
Jul 02, 2013 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book and cannot recommend it highly enough! To me this is a chick lit masterpiece. I know the scenario is unlikely but it is fun. Hot shot lawyer Jane Spring sets out to turn herself into Doris Day in order to find a man who will not be put off by her legal skills and apparently abrasive personality.

The story is told with humour and a lightness of touch which makes it irresistible. Naturally Jane gets her man in the end and it is someone who has been under her nose the who
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Bookworm1858
Jun 12, 2010 Bookworm1858 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, chicklit
Jane Spring was raised with a military father, two older brothers, and no mother causing her to be ultra masculine and somewhat offputting to most men. In order to find love, she decides to makeover herself in the image of an effortless lady, Doris Day.

Now I find the premise ridiculous and somewhat insulting but I love Doris Day movies and I think this could totally have been one. It is just adorable chick lit with some very amusing sections. Warning: you may want to have a Doris Day marathon a
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Debbie
Jul 26, 2012 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2007 Rachel Romeo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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.
Laura Johnston
Mar 16, 2013 Laura Johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! I think it was one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. I don't understand why people complain when things aren't exactly as they are in real-life: it is FICTION people. I did read that the movie rights had been purchased, but that was awhile ago. To be honest, a movie would probably just wreck it (Nanny Diaries, Something Borrowed come to mind.)
Carol
Nov 29, 2008 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sandy Pothier
Jul 28, 2015 Sandy Pothier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book to read. At times I laughed out loud . Oh, what we do for love....
Caryn
Jan 09, 2009 Caryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another one of those fun books. It was a nice break from some tricky reading.
Vivianne
Jan 08, 2015 Vivianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was an easy and fun read. I saved it for a rainy Sunday, and could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Looking forward to more from Sharon Krum.
Ashley
Dec 29, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Zury
Jun 15, 2011 Zury rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Adrienne
Jul 06, 2014 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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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Charity
May 31, 2008 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Gayle
Jan 21, 2009 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Rebecca
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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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Charlene
Dec 08, 2011 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 11, 2009 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katy
Dec 17, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Katarzyna Binder
1st for being the right one when you need something lighter, easy to read, without tragedies, emotional dramas - to pass time with a cup of tea and a warm blanket during long dark rainy autumn evenings.

2nd for forcing me to watch a movie with Doris Day which eventually was quite funny and without knowing who is Doris Day you won't move through this book.

However, I do not think playing a blond girl from the 60s would work in life, particularly in a court room while procecuting a murder case.

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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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