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Such a Girl

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  88 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Karen Siplin, whose first novel, "His Insignificant Other," earned her critical praise from her peers and fans, presents "Such a Girl" -- a sexy and engaging new novel. In "Such a Girl," Siplin brings to vivid life the story of a woman who ends a love affair for the "right" reasons, only to have a chance at beginning again years later. Nine years ago, Kendall Stark ended a ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published March 16th 2004 by Atria Books
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Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second time reading this book, and although I still enjoy the story I don't feel as strong about it as I did the first time. It's possible that my love for Whiskey Road, which I read last week, makes me like this book a little less. But I'm also more annoyed by the main character's attitude than I was the first time.
Janice (Janicu)
As a lover of Jane Austen retellings, I HAD to read this book when I heard that it was a retelling of Persuasion. Unfortunately I was disappointed in this one, and I think the big issue I had has to do with my personal aversion to angst in the books I read.
The Premise: Kendall Stark is a phone operator in a well-known New York City hotel. Nine years ago, she left the love of her life, Jack Sullivan, because her college friends didn't think he was going anywhere. Now he's a successful owner of a
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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IQ "Every time I'm in a room with Rae I have to field questions about my plans for the future. I'm over thirty. This is my future. And what pisses me off most is that she wouldn't understand that I'm happy. You think I want to work at Sam's the rest of my life? No. I never look forward to going in there. Doesn't mean I'm unfulfilled. I get happy when there's a smile on Nick's face. I get happy when you laugh. A great fucking cup of coffee in the morning can make my day. Tell that to Rae or Jack ...more
JD Switz
It was a good book, but lagged in places. I seriously thought about stopping after I got to page 250 because I was just hearing the same unresolved story. I spent the majority of the book waiting for the main character to make a real decision and she almost didn't. It's not just a love story, though. This is about growth as a person.

Overall, it's one of my top 50 faves.

You've have to read it on your own to assess if you like it or not.
Teena in Toronto
Jul 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the writing ~ it was in a fun style. The book was a bit too long, though ~ it didn't have to take as long as it did and tended to drag at times. The ending was predictable and seemed to wrap up very quickly and unbelieveably. I found it hard to believe that she had been unconsciously pining for nine years for someone she felt compelled to break up with because her friends didn't like him (though they like him now that he's rich).
I read it simply because it was based on Jane Austen's novel Persuasion. It was a perfectly comfortable read. An adequate bus book with a likable story line and set of characters. Sadly their is no moment of comprehension, of heart piercing enlightenment, as when Captain Wentworth writes his letter to Anne after hearing her speak of a woman's constant heart.
Not a bad book but not Austen either.
Mar 18, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Such a Girl" by Karen Siplin
(Washington Square Press)
Reading this book may make you want to apply to the hotel you're staying at in hopes of having the same juicy time this hotel operator does just from the hotel lobby. -- Shamontiel Vaughn
This is another book I picked up at Goodwill on a Saturday afternoon -- I loved Siplin's modern and mulitcultural take on the original story, and put my copy in circulation among my reading co-workers.
Ashley Vinson
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is one word...AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
Oct 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Just didn't float my boat. Read a few chapters and stopped.
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5. I really liked this, I randomly took this from my mom's one day, glad I did. This was a nice light read.
Tiana Freeman
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
For some reason, this book continued to draw me in. I just had to see if what I wanted to happen would actually happen. The love is so tumultuous yet true. I enjoyed this read.
Kandiz Oliver
It showed me how a people can live such an oridnary life and still fall in love with the same person from a decade ago..
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KAREN SIPLIN was born in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York and raised in Coney Island. She attended John Dewey High School in Bensonhurst, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production from CUNY's Hunter College.

Her first novel, His Insignificant Other (Simon & Schuster 2002), was a Borders Original Voices selection and named one of Cosmopolitan Maga
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