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Dune Road

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  9,699 ratings  ·  752 reviews
A sparkling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House Jane Green's last novel, The Beach House, was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured her largest audience yet. From the sunny green lawns of Connecticut to the cafs of London to the sandy beaches of Nantucket, Green draws from her own life to craft each delicious story and the re ...more
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Published June 16th 2009 by Plume Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Once upon a time, Jane Green wrote light, breezy, fun books about young British women coming of age. Those were stellar chick lit novels, best of the genre.

I miss that Jane Green.

The new Jane Green writes stilted, hackneyed, predictable women's fiction novels with two-dimensional characters and ridiculous motivations. I refuse to be suckered into buying another of her novels.

It's as if she is writing by numbers. She appears to pick character names out of a hat, with the result that several chara
This book presents itself as, I quote, ‘the book to pack in beach bags next summer’.
Now, my definition of the beach book is: fluffy, romantic, easy, and possibly with a little mystery twist.
Dune Road, however, does not check many, if any, of these categories. As the other books I have read from Green so far, this book seems to be tainted by an unhealthy, chilling darkness.
This review will have spoilers, but they are here to make you aware of what you are getting yourself into, as the book descri
To sum this up in one word: ZZZZZZZZZzzzzz....

The blurb promises to move the reader from laughter to tears and back again. I never laughed and only cried tears of boredom. I was always waiting for this book to pick up but it never quite got there. Just when some kind of plot point began to move forward, the narrator stops and gives us an intricate look into the character's past thoughts, history, and motivations. The other misleading portion of the book blurb says that the main character would s
Dana Kenedy
One of the most terrible, underdeveloped, excessively explanatory, flat and two dimensional books I've ever read. (And I've read Twilight).

After finishing this, my husband asks: "Are you all right? You seem disturbed."

No, I'm not all right. My brain hurts. Jane Green should 1) fire her editor because three hard breaks in the middle of three separate sentences in three separate chapters is just not cool. 2) Maybe 'retire' from writing because she clearly fails at everything to do with it 3) Actua
I listened to this book on CD while taking a solo road trip up to Canada. I'm in the middle of a divorce so the topic struck a chord with me, life after divorce. I guess I turn to fiction rather than self help books. This story was a bit too "Lifetime" movie for me. I could have definitely lived without the long lost sister and shady criminal boyfriend. It was too much for me; too far from reality.

The characters seemed flat and underdeveloped, not like real people I could relate to and understan
I listened to this as an audio book and I hated it. Absolutely. Hated it. I found myself yelling in the car and shutting the disc off so frequently that I couldn't even get through the entire thing. I don't know if it's because I found the actor's voice so irritating and portrayal of the characters so annoying, or if the material really was that dreadful. I think it was both, actually.

The characters were flat. Completely flat. No depth. And they were also whiny, elitist snobs crying about the lo
Read this as a Reader's Advisory class assignment and it reminded me why I really, really don't like chick lit.

Anyway, the plot:

Newly-divorced mom lands a job (miraculously with no effort, no skills, and no interview) working for a famous author in a tony Connecticut beach town. Of course he's craggily handsome, but so is the intriguing new guy in her yoga class who just moved to town and is looking for some company. But what's this? The blond yoga instructor is making moves on her boss the wri
I didn't expect too much since it was a chick-lit book, but the most IRRITATING thing about this book is the language that the characters use. Jane Green is British and most of the books I've read of hers so far have characters who are also British. This book is about characters living in the US... Connecticut, to be exact.

What was most irritating is that so many British phrases were used in this book in the language of these American born-and-raised characters. How would an editor have let tha
Predictable characters with predictable situations. I was interested in the book when I read the synopsis concerning a woman who worked for a famous writer and the secret she uncovers about him. Well, that's just a blip in the book. The rest is about rich woman in Connecticut with too much time on their hands. Oh, throw in one abused woman just to make the story a little more intersting. Jane Green could've done better. I suspect if she didn't have so many books under her belt, that no publisher ...more
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Kit, a recently divorced mom of 2, moves from her palatial mansion in a wealthy suburb of CT to a smaller home in the same area. She has a great relationship with her ex-husband, a Wall Street banker (she didn't want to become the trophy wife she felt he wanted) and a great group of girlfriends. She starts working as an assistant to a reclusive writer and begins dating a new man. Meanwhile, one of her friends starts dating her boss yet is being secret about it, and another is facing financial pr ...more
Kit's getting use to her new single life. Has her and her kids set up in a new house, is starting to get a better relationship/friendship with her ex husband. Is expanding her group of friends and has a new job as assistance to Robert McClore a famous secluded author in town. Not all is as easy and as together for everyone as it seems though.

Kit's friends lives start changing and falling apart in ways. Asking them and Kit what their priorities really are. Tracy Kit's single new yoga friend star
Greens' books are getting worse and worse as the years go on. I think I have read them all and maybe I just can't relate to them anymore. You can tell, for the most part when someone is single and they write to when someone isn't anymore. If you read Green's earlier books, they are all insane and fun and single and in London. Now, they are all old and married and living outside NYC, which is you read her bio, is just like her now. Blah. This book had so many characters, by the end, I was like, a ...more
This was pretty bad. I enjoy a little mindless chick lit now and then but this book was so ridiculous and implausible it was laughable. It was like Jane Green was trying to write a Jackie Collins type Hollywood novel but she chose to base it in the "gold coast of Connecticut" (that world famous vacation spot!) The characters were all one dimensional and total cliches.

Someone should tell Jane Green that then you cook with wine the alcohol cooks out making it safe even for children took consume.
I love Jane Green, she's been one of my favorite authors since I was 18. But this book was NOT the Jane Green that I know and love. She usually does fun chick lit novels that are perfect beach (or pool, since that's how I spent my week) reads. This was not fun or funny. It dragged at times, and when it wasn't dragging it left you thinking "what the hell is wrong with every character in this book??" If you like chick lit, and are looking for a book to take on vacation, I'd recommend any of her pa ...more
Ugh - started out slooooow but picked up for the second half. The middle of the book there just seemed too much going on! Friends losing their homes, weird boyfriends, long-lost sisters, dreamy boss, etc, etc.
The end was also not great - i hate it when nasty characters don't get their comeuppance!
I used to really like her books about single women when I needed a lite read. Now I have been reading her books out of some sense of loyalty, which is beginning to make no sense to me since I really haven't enjoyed her last 3 books. My time would have been better spent on a book I really enjoy.
Dune Road is sort of predictable and also very familiar. Perhaps because my brother works in finance, lives in Easton, Conn. with four young children (two girls and two twin three-year-old boys) and is very successful. Or maybe because my family went through similar financial situations in the 90s. I also grew up in Westport, Conn (fictional Highfield) until my parents divorced. (My mom read the book after me and said: "I feel like I'm right back in Westport.") Instead of some of the simpler, ro ...more
Jane Green's latest novel takes place in Highfield, CT, and centers around a group of 3 girlfriends and their relationships with each other, their families and other friends in supporting roles. Kit is the main character of the book, a divorced mother of two, who has come to love her life now that she is no longer a "wall street widow." Kit's best friend is Charlie, also a mother of two but still married to her wall street finance wizard. Tracy is the newest friend to the group, who is their yog ...more
Mar 20, 2010 Meghan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chic lite fans
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SPOILERS (if you want to call them that considering how small of a surprise they were.)

Meh. I guess it was OK. I DID find it incredibly predictable, though ... and by the time the final big revelation came, it was delivered so nonchalantly that it seemed like the author had grown weary of pretending it was some big surprise as well. (That revelation being that Steve was, indeed, Jed was done in passing, when the POV switched back to Tracy.)

It was also incredibly repetitive and at times very, ver
Shannon Arehart
This is probably more like a 1.5, because I reserve 1 star reviews for books I actively hate. But this one is not good and I don't recommend it to anyone. I grabbed the audio book for a road trip/big commuting week and the nicest thing I can say is that it wasn't a waste of my time, simply because I was stuck in the car anyway, so why not listen to a story? It was a ridiculous story, however, and poorly edited. Some of the characters are horrible and it's all just glossed over. There is no subtl ...more
You know those afternoon trashy films that are made straight for television? This was how Girl Friday read - too much drama, like a soap opera; too many obvious plotlines signposted about three days out; too many ridiculous coincidences; and far too many subplots for such a slight novel. It felt very much like a novel that had to be written to meet obligations, rather than one with any heart.
I'm not going to lie, I miss the Jane Green of old where her content was the stuff of Cosmo book reviews, if you know what I mean. They were so smutty, I loved the mental holidays. This book was also a mental holiday, but not quite as juicy as her previous works (see other books I've read on my shelf). It was a good book, definitely a fast read (I got 90% of the book read on a 2.5 hour plane ride) but my only complaint is that when the "twist" finally revealed itself, the resolution was waaaaaay ...more
This story focuses on Kit, a 40-something, newly divorced mom living on Connecticut’s gold coast, and her many friends within the town of Highfield, chronicling their ups and downs within their lives.

Good lord. WHY do I keep reading these books? I realize that Jane Green is writing what she knows, but it’s boring, even though she’s very careful to make sure that not all of the characters are richy snobs. No, no, the main character works for her living and is content to be in khakis and a ponytai
Ann Douglas
I was looking for something light, breezy, and fun, so my expectations weren't terribly high -- but I still felt disappointed by this book. The plot seemed contrived and the characters underdeveloped. Can't recommend this one.
Jennifer Woodside (Niewiera_
Just finished up with this one and I have to say it was PAINFUL to read. Honestly. The only reason I kept going with it was because I wanted to know what happened in the end, but really - it is a bad bad book! You don't even like the characters so I found it very hard to feel bad or want anything good to happen to any of them. I found myself yelling at the characters in the book, groaning because some of the parts are so pathetic. Ugggh!!! There are a few twists, one of them that I saw coming fr ...more
Kenneth del Rosario
/ Jane Green has done it again! After the relative disappointment that is "Second Chance," this book brought this author yet again closer to my heart. With her words, she has managed to make me laugh, cry, and fall in love with the characters. I must admit there were subplots in the book that made me cringe (like Adam and Annabelle getting it together; or Steve/Jed doing it with Kit). But the lovely characters made up for whatever potential gross those subplots could have brought. So yey, Jane G ...more
Stephanie Cage
It’s ages since I’ve read anything by Jane Green but when a copy of Girl Friday crossed my path and I read the blurb I was instantly hooked. I’ll read anything that features a writer as one of the heroes, and I wasn’t disappointed by Robert McClore, thriller writer extraordinaire and boss to Kit, the recently divorced heroine who is currently rediscovering the worlds of working and dating after too long focusing exclusively on her role as wife and mother. The bond between Kit and her two friends ...more
Jane Green has a way of over-explaining everything. She tells you (repeatedly) what everyone is thinking and why they are thinking that and the motivations are always simplistic - for example, characters automatically following the patterns set by their parents. It's the kind of novel that has its wisest character concluding that "life has a habit of working out, particularly when you're busy making other plans". Once you get past that irritation though, Dune Road is a pleasant enough read. Ther ...more
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Jane Green's fifteenth novel, Tempting Fate, is soon to be released; she is the author of fourteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels. Initially known for writing about single thirty-somethings, she has gone on to write mature stories about real women dealing with all the things life throws at them, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth.

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“When I'm single, I'm this fabulous, independent, confident woman, and then I get involved with one disastrous man after another and I turn into this needy, insecure, fearful girl who becomes frightened of her own shadow.” 23 likes
“Loving she realises is a verb. It is an act. It is not enough to say you love someone, and then forget about them, or trust a relationship will stay strong simply because you share a house or children or a life.
Loving requires acts of love. It requires thinking of your spouse, doing things for them to make them happy. It requires acting in loving ways, even when you are tired, or bogged down with work, or so stressed you are waking up every night with a jaw sore from grinding your teeth.
They forgot to do that, she now knows. They forgot to love each other. They expected love to continue, without putting any work into it, and today she knows this is why her marriage failed.”
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