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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  7,330 ratings  ·  577 reviews
Enn is a sixteen-year-old boy who just doesn't understand girls, while his friend Vic seems to have them all figured out. Both teenagers are in for the shock of their young lives, however, when they crash a local party only to discover that the girls there are far, far more than they appear!

From the Locus Award-winning short story by Neil Gaiman--one of the most celebrate
ebook, 43 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by William Morrow (first published 2007)
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Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this short story. Yes, it's about a boy who thinks of girls as aliens and then surprise, meets actual aliens, but it goes beyond this initial joke and delves into much deeper territory. Enn encounters three "alien beings" who attempt to express their loneliness, quest for knowledge, imperfection, fear of mortality, and need to communicate their stories. His friend, Vic ( short for Victor?), more superficial, takes off upstairs to attempt another conquest, but this time he encoun ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful and all-too-short story that wraps poetry, fantasy and childhood memory into one.

"We knew that it would soon be over, and so we put it all into a poem, to tell the universe who we were, and why we were here, and what we said and did and thought and dreamed and yearned for. We wrapped our dreams in words and patterned the words so that they would live forever, unforgettable."

How can you not love a writer like Gaiman?

(sad that many reviews of this short story get stuck in the logic of
Julie Ehlers
In How to Talk to Girls at Parties, two teenage guys go to a party they've heard about but where they know no one. The narrator has thus far had no luck with girls, and his friend, a ladies' man, always tells him he just needs to talk to them like regular people. So on the one hand, this story is kind of amusing, because at the party the narrator does indeed talk to three different girls, all of whom spout the most astonishing kind of nonsense that he doesn't understand at all. But it's also kin ...more
Anthony Chavez
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Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Really liked this one. Two teenage boys make their way to a party , Vic is the more confident one and hangs out with the prettiest girl, Stella. Enn is shy and finds it hard to talk to girls, it’s like they’re from another planet... Clever story that made me smile.
EDIT: I've just found out this is going to be a movie and Ella Fanning is going to star.

I feel sorry for you Ella.

*backs away slowly*

Good luck. This movie is going to need it.

You can read it for free at here if you'd like. But while my edition had a excerpt from The Ocean at the End of the Lane in the end, it appears the Neil Gaiman site I've shared above only consists this short story.

“They’re just girls,” said Vic. “They don’t come from another planet.”

Oh, the irony.

Two teenagers decide t
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fifteen-year-old Enn is not nearly as cool or confident as his best friend, Vic, especially where girls are concerned. So when Vic suggests they attend a party with ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’, Enn only reluctantly agrees. Vic, unfortunately, left the invitation with the address at home but that’s okay because he sure he can find it – just follow the party sounds. And they do find a party only they don’t recognize any of the people or the music. And there are lots of girls but these girls definitely ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
As far as Gaiman short stories go, I like this one about as much as the others. It's funny, smart, and a little unusual, like most Gaiman shorts. If you enjoyed Smoke and Mirrors, then you'd like this one too.

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Shweta Das
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Henry Ratul
Dafuq !!!

I have no fucking idea what I have just read. :v

Ending was so hilarious and weird at the same time. :3
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting this. It was so bizarre and weird and I'm not even sure I understood it.

It had sci-fi elements that crept up on me and an abrupt ending that left me with more questions than answers.

It's got some deep insights into life and the universe, but extremely confusing at the same time. I think it would've been better if it was a novella or a novel, to be fleshed out more. The writing style is nice (so far I haven't read any full-length writings
Short story about a teen who so badly wants to hook up with someone, anyone (well, as long as it's a girl, even if she's not the prettiest one at the party, she'll do). So while he's desperately trying to chat a couple of girls up he completely misses pretty obvious hints that all of the girls at the party are (view spoiler).
"Enn. You got to talk to them. And that means you got to listen to them, too. You understand?" Listen to them? Not in this house, Vic!
Man, I love
Aug 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls At Parties

Well... it was colorful and I liked that. I got the first part of the book.. the boys wanted to meet and talk to girls... they go to a party and I assume that the girls there are really aliens... That is what I thought. They spoke in a language that I did not even get close to understanding. Perhaps one was a poem... or a pattern. oh hell, I don't have a clue at all.. it almost drove me into an existential crisis

1 star for pretty graphics

Happy Reading
Sir Readalot
It deserves 2.5 ★ tbh.

Neil Gaiman tries to tell a story of an evening where two teenage boys go to a party. One is a shy guy who can't hold a conversation with a girl and on the other hand his friend has got all figured out.

Plot wise, there's not much depth to it, I found the story to be bland and pretty straightforward (but then again how much can one expect for a short comic). The only reason I liked the book was the way that shy guy's character was presented, my 15 year old self found that t
Ana Luisa
This is my first experience with a Neil Gaiman story, and I have to say it took me completely by surprise!
The story has a narrative that flows very easily and I found myself intrigued by the scenario and always wanting to know more. There was something about the main character, Enn, that was unique in a weird and great way, and we get to know through his words how it feels like to be a young and shy boy in an attempt to talk to unfamiliar girls at parties.
This short story got me hooked from the
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A sci fi short by Gaiman turned into a graphic novel - illustrations are pretty amazing as is the story. Starts off as something you'd expect and then you're in for a surprise. Most definitely recommend a second read and also the original short (part of the Fragile Things collection).
Kind of a one-joke story, but it is an interesting joke.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Short and light read. Love this one even the story little rush in ending.
Laís Arjona
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This one wasn't for me.
I didn't really care about any of the characters and wasn't exactly surprised by the events, but it's a Gaiman after all.
I love that Neil Gaiman is the voice narrating his own audiobooks, and it's really nice that this short story and its audiobook is avaliable for free on his website, I did have fun listening to and reading it.
If anyone is interested, here's the full text and here's the link to the full audio.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You cannot hear a poem without it changing you," she told me. "They heard it, and it colonized them. It inherited them and it inhabited them, its rhythms becoming part of the way that they thought; its images permanently transmuting their metaphors; its verses, its outlook, its aspirations becoming their lives. Within a generation their children would be born already knowing the poem, and, sooner rather than later, as these things go, there were no more children born. There was no need for them ...more
I didn't like this one very much. I found it funny that the first person narrator, Enn, hadn't always been able to score with girls, often thinking that they were from a different planet. But the story was just a bit too plain weird for my liking. ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How to Talk to Girls at Parties was a short story that had me curious, but it never quite wowed me in the way I had expected. It was different, but I had hoped for more from this one. I think my problem is that I’d heard a lot of good things about this one and went in with high expectations. Instead of getting one of Neil Gaiman’s strange gems, this one was simply strange.

All in all, this one wasn’t for me, but I’m sure it will work for many.
Олена Рябченко
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fff, short
All girls are aliens
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shorts, previews
Let's admit it: everyone who got this free short story was really getting it for the The Ocean at the End of the Lane preview, right? The short story is good, of course, but you've probably all ready read it in Fragile Things (I have).

The preview is the new bit (until the book is published, at least) and this free ebook serves both as an introduction to Neil Gaiman's work with a short story, and as a promo to get you to buy his upcoming book. The preview is the Prologue of tOatEotL, and it's go
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neil Gaiman
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
11 pages

Gaiman's soon-to-be-released-as-a-movie short story, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is typical Gaiman. With his bizarre idea about a pair of teenage boys who went into a mysterious party where the girls were not what they seemed to be, Gaiman tells his readers the secret of the universe.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties is not Gaiman at his best because it feels messy. The plot isn't chained well enough and it feels cluttered. Bu
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
What the hell did I just read?! I have absolutely no idea. This is a (very) short story by Gaiman, and the starting was good as two teenage boys were preparing to go to a party full of "girls! girls! girls!"; I was hoping for a quick fun humorous read and the name of the story was indicative of that, but then when the boys reach the party it turned into downright weird and uncomprehending sci-fi bullshit without ANY humor or fun at all. And then just as suddenly the story stops without any endin ...more
Parth Jawale
"Come on," said Neil. "It'll be great."

"No, it won't," I said, although I'd lost this fight hours ago, and I knew it.

"It'll be brilliant. It'll be a masterpiece, you know, Parth," said Neil, for the hundredth time. "Gimmicks! Gimmicks! Gimmicks!" He grinned with white teeth.

"Parent-teacher engulfed me, and I was here, embodied in a decaying lump of meat hanging on a frame of calcium." I laughed. I laughed a lot. It was entertaining, I'll give you that.

This was okay, but I still feel like it lacked something. Vic made infinitely more sense to me than Enn, the character whose pov we experience as the reader. Maybe Enn has a mental disability that we are supposed to assume? So far, Gaiman's short stories have all been subpar for me. ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fun and short. Just like this review!
Arthur Graham
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read in Fragile Things. ...more
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