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The Guy Not Taken: Stories

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  22,405 ratings  ·  1,170 reviews
From the bestselling author of Good in Bed comes a new collection of stories.
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Atria Books
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Feb 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 06, 2007 rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, library, 2013
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
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology
Although the book cover clearly states "stories" I was a bit disappointed when the first story abruptly ended and never returned to those characters.
Josie is the eldest of 3 children which includes her sister Nicki (clearly a narcissist) and her brother Jon. In the beginning of the story, the mother is attempting to deal with the departure of her husband. The children deal with the same loss in a variety of manners: Josie accepts adult responsibilities and worries. Nicki becomes even more grues
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not a bad story collection. I did enjoy most of them, but they felt incomplete. The few at the end were not great and I did not understand or connect with the characters.
Apr 10, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit-type
as with most collection of short stories, some of these were fun and enjoyable and some not so much.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was just ok. Her short stories were not as entertaining for me as her novels. Some of these were written when she was quite young and inexperienced as an author and while there are not really any faults with the writting or the stories several of them fell flat.
Samantha Clysdale
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
First three stories where amazing and the rest was just dog's breakfast.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read short stories but excluding one, they were all interesting and easy for me to get into. I enjoyed this book as a change of pace.
Aug 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
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Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica Haider
May 28, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Rene Glendening
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
Ho iniziato la lettura di questo libro sperando in un incontro frizzante e simpatico come altri libri della Weiner letti in passato. Invece il libro è stato una delusione: malinconico e soprattutto noioso.
Storie di donne lasciate dai mariti, di padri che abbandonano i figli, intrise di tristezza e scontate nella trama.
Avevo voglia di sorridere, questo libro non era quello adatto.
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
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty good set of short stories.
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great collection of short stories. The first three stories are about the same character, but they are all engaging and well written.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it. If you like short stories, than you will love this book. I don't and I didn't.
Alexandra Maffett
Aug 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Normally I enjoy her books, but I was not enthusiastic about this one. I got lost quite a few times. Def not her best!!
Rebecca Ray
The Guy Not Taken is a collection of short stories written by famous chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner. I had actually read a couple of her novels a few years ago, so I was interested in seeing her approach to shorter fiction.

There are eleven short stories, and three of them are related in a story arc. All are painful. Most, if not all of the the stories, have absentee parents and heavily emotional divorces. This book is definitely a meditation on how divorce messes up families and how painful it
Jennifer Weiner is known as an author who writes chick lit novels so I was expecting stories that are light and fun with happy endings which are at times not totally credible/logical but this book shows another side of the writer. The stories in the collection span the full range of Weiner's professional writing life, from when she just started to recent works. I liked the notes at the back which gave the history and background to the stories and the Q&A section where the author spoke about ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to this in audio book format and really enjoyed it. The reader was excellent and most of the stories were engaging. I didn't care for the one about the bachelor party. I think Weiner does much better writing from the female perspective. The story about the young woman who inherited her aunt's apartment in Manhattan was shocking. Soooo painful. Worth reading the book just for that story. It stayed with me for a long time. I also liked the first three stories about the family after the ...more
Claudia Cheyne
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a collection of short stories along with personal thoughts from the author who shares the incidents that gave her inspiration for each of them. Jennifer Weiner creates memorable characters who stay with us even after the story is done. We meet people in many circumstances making life changing decisions, dealing with breakups and getting married. In "Dora on the Beach" two teenage sisters kidnap a senior citizen to be their "adopted" grandmother for a much needed vacation. Other situatio ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, my first foray into Jennifer Weiner's repertoire has left me cold.

These short stories had extremely flat characterization, very low conflict, somewhat cliched narratives as well as dull resolutions.

The only thing that kept me from outright hating this book was that I acute liked her author's voice. So, I may give another book of hers a try. Maybe it was not the best format for her style. I won't know until I try one of her novels.

Denise Hansen
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Like most of the other readers, I wasn't a big fan of this collection of short stories. I thought I'd give it a shot instead of quitting partway through the book, but honestly, the stories got worse as the book progressed.
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, coming this June, Mrs. Everything. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
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