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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
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Jul 02, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: chick-lit
Recommended for: Not many people. Read it or don't. You have been warned.
Read in June, 2008

This book was supposed to be what started the "chick lit" genre...and I don't get it. I thought it bordered on depressing. Now in all fairness, I read it between Jen Lancaster books so....but really, it had a bleak, Russian winter feel to it. Jane's relationship with Archie, the alcoholic older man, was just so sad that I wanted to beat her for even entertaining the notion of such a self-indulgent ass in her life. There was nothing fun or uplifting or even redeeming about this story line. Based on the title, I thought the book would have as least some notion of a feminist "I am woman, hear me roar" theme to it but no. I'm not all about happy endings but jeez, let's not write a book enabling women to stick out a crappy, crappy relationship because the character has unexplained "daddy issues." If the author was going to go down that road, at least put up a street sign so the reader would know whether they wanted to watch the main character cruise down the freeway to self-destructionville. Okay, I am done. Read it or don't. You have been warned.
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message 1: by Shay (new) - rated it 1 star

Shay Richards It came after Bridget Jones diary which was what started the chick lit craze but BJD was hilarious! This book was boring. It was mainly the first American book to try to copy the style and get promoted I don't know why, surely a lot of Americans would have been writing better stuff?

message 2: by dee (new) - rated it 5 stars

dee I don't think Jane had any daddy issues. I think she was just insecure. in the end, she learns to accept herself for who she is and realize that that's what she should be loved for. that's a pretty good moral of a story. I think it was worth the read.

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