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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  849 ratings  ·  101 reviews
If you find yourself talking to Jayne Dandy, keep the conversation on Star Wars and rubber ducks—best not to mention men, dating, or S-E-X. Because Jayne is fine with the way things are: writer of obituaries and garage sale ads by day, secret scribe of adventures in distant galaxies by night. But her crippling fear of intimacy has made her the butt of jokes since forever, ...more
ebook, Ebook edition, 318 pages
Published August 7th 2014 by West 26th Street Press, NYC
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Maybe a 2.5 but I'm rounding up bc that feels harsh. This book started off SO FUN, but then towards the end things got really unnecessarily dramatic and it kind of ruined it for me. If you like Star Wars (seriously, SO MUCH Star Wars) and you're looking for a fun, nerdy rom-com this could still be the book for you! But unfortunately it didn't end up working out for me and I am le sad :c
Wendy Darling
HE HAS A FOOD TRUCK CALLED LUKE PIEWALKER'S. :D

3.5 stars The first half of this book is very fun, and there's a lot of things here I love: Star Wars, food porn, Portland setting, and best of all, a frank and funny relationship with the best friend. Even the writing/secret identity stuff was done believably, and so were the therapist and family parts.

Where this fell short for me was the romance. It starts out cute, and Luke is appealing and the joint scifi nerdiness is adorable. But there's not
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Ian
Jayne has a problem.
She's 26 and has intimacy issues. When she thinks of men, she just can't get past the slobbery lips and the uncomfortable groping...and don't even mention the "p" word.
Her therapist has her writing a journal in which she pens steamy erotic fiction. Then she loses her job and with few options publishes her book.
She didn't expect it to be the biggest thing since E.L. James...there is no way her mother and sister will accept her writing "porn", and she most definitely can't h
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Veronika
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
After reading and loving Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon, it was no question that I had to read Neurotica as soon as possible. It seems my expectations were too high though. This book could have been so much better if not for the romance and if the book was not filled with the same old elements I've read in almost every romance novel.

The good:
The opening scene was hilarious! It made me excited to continue reading. I loved Jayne and her funny way she sees the world.



The bad:
LUKE! He is one of
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Tink Magoo is bad at reviews


This was slow on the romance development front but there were so many other things packed in - Jayne's development, her writing, as well as part of the sci-fi story she's writing- that it kept the pace going and not once did I want to skim. Add in a load of quirkiness and Luke Piewalker(who admittedly, could have used a little slap, but still), I really enjoyed it.
Amber
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booktour


A must-read romance for all Star Wars fans, this book is totes adorbs. Gretchen is insufferable, and Jayne seems to be the only one to actually tolerate her. What are best friends for, right? Not to mention, Luke (Pie)Walker is the hottest geek this side of Tatooine. This duck infused erotica-ish comedy makes no excuses for being delightfully predictable. Rock on, Penis Fiction!

Fave Quotes:

The latest journal, containing the unfinished sequel to the first novel, I carry with me everywhere. In ca
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Kim Howard
My tastes in books is varied. When I come upon a book that is a romantic comedy with a science fiction short story interwoven within and there are Star Wars references abound, I'm sold on it before reading page one. After reading it, I only like it more.

The characters are so relatable and entertaining. The story focuses on Jayne who is struggling with neurosis of intimacy, who writes erotica to build her confidence. The side characters all add to the humor and love of the story. Kudos to Eliza G
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
You can read my review HERE.

I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Gordon ever since she introduced me to concierge Ryan on Must Love Otters. I swear, that book had me laughing throughout the end. And can i just say how awesome her book covers are? It screams quirky and awesomeness and laughs! Just like the book. Though I admit, the first time I saw the cover, I was curious about the duck in there. HA. Didn't know they play a big part in the book!!

Okay, so let's about the gist. Some of us are scared of the
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Lady Heather
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
4. 5 Stars!

So many times I laughed out loud to the point I was crying.
Jayne is such an amazingly, unique character!

... so many quotes I want to share

Full review to follow.
Mehsi
Meet Jayne, a girl who has trouble with sex, but loves to write erotica (yes, how that works I don't know).

This is my last Eliza Gordon book, well, until she writes a new one. :P I have to say this was my least favourite out of the 4. For various reasons that I will list below. There were also things that I did like, so it wasn't a complete loss, but I just expected something more after reading 3 fabulous books.

This will be a good/bad review:

Good:
-The Star Wars stuff. I am not a big fan myself,
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A Book Vacation
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To see my full review:

http://abookvacation.com/2014/09/25/b...

This novel is absolutely amazing, giving readers an in-depth look at the indie publishing world through the eyes of Jayne, a young woman who struggles with intimacy. Jayne, better known to her readers as Jaina Jacen, is an intriguing character who innocently enough begins a maelstrom when her erotica books take off in the ebook world–a feat Jayne never imagined, nor wanted. Published under a pseudonym and only in hopes of making ends
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Barbara ★
While I'm not a big chick lit fan, this story is good but the MC is an author and her "work" is terrible. Every chapter starts with a chapter of MC's writing and after the first 3 or 4, I skipped them completely.
Charanya
DNF at 47%

Loved the 'Must Love Otters' book and this one had a promising premise, a topic that could be handled with deftness and humor. Alas, it falls short. It failed to sustain my interest and reaching midway there seems to be no chemistry between the leads which is proving to be a put-off. The best friend character is a bit unlikable. Moving on to 'Dear Dwayne, with love'
DJ Sakata
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
Favorite Quotes:

“I’ve seen semen a time or two, including when my poor prom date danced too close for just a moment too long and soiled his rented tux. Awkward.”

“But writing erotica? I only did it because Dr. McCoy, my therapist, recommended it. I did it in the name of medicine. My progress in this field could make me eligible for the Nobel someday.”

“I’m not sure I wasn’t the product of an immaculate conception. My parents haven’t shared a bedroom or even a friendly smile, since Love Boat was i
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Is there anything Ms. Gordon can't write well or make absolutely hilarious? Honestly, I don't know the answer to that question but I can say that what she does write, she does instead do well and it is indeed hilarious.

I never cease to have a good time when I pick up one of her books and that is why I will continue to pick them up as often as she can write them.

No this book isn't perfect, they never are but they are funny as all heck and I have such a great time while reading them that the rest
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Andrea
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
**3.5 stars **

Neurotica was so witty and super geeky, which I adored. Eliza Gordon has a very distinct, fun voice.
MB (What she read)
2.5 stars. Immature intolerant jerk of a hero made this an unpleasant reading experience at times. Seemed to me like a lot of pot calling the kettle black and shaming her for little reason going on w/him.

Ending was cute, particularly if reader is a SF&F buff, but I'm not convinced that these two are emotionally intelligent OR grown-up enough to couple up. Please! Don't get married OR have kids until you GROW UP!!!!!!!!
Kari | Books For The Living
I liked Eliza Gordon’s ‘Must Love Otters’ series so much that I decided to give Neurotica a try. While I didn’t think it was as great as her others, it was still enjoyable.

Jayne Dandy has a fear of intimacy. When her therapist suggests writing erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne takes the advice and writes. Late one night, she decides to self-publish her novel online under a pen name. She’s been demoted at work, and hopes she’ll sell enough books to help make ends meet. Ironically, the
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Ashley
I LOVE GEEKY heros and heroines, but I ultimately didn't love Luke. He started out on the track to my heart. Then when he ditched her due to her "secret" I lost interest in him. I mean seriously dude. Her pen name is her livelihood and you two have shared a day w a few kisses. She didn't owe you the combination to the innerworkings of her brain. A girls allowed to decide who, what and when she wants to divulged personal info about herself.

I skimmed the sci-fi chapters. It just isn't my thing- b
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June Gray
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fast, fun read with plenty of geekery to go around. Jayne was funny and likeable, and Luke, while I had a hard time picturing him in my head, was a realistic hero, the kind of guy you might actually know in real life.

My only quibble is that premise of the book hinged on her inability to be intimate with a man yet when she actually gets to the point that she can do the literal "it," the scene fades to black. I know, I know, the author wanted to keep it clean, but I feel like there *should* have b
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Darcy
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, 2014, romance
This one started out slow for me. I wasn't sure about Jayne and all of her issues. But as things went on I quickly liked Jayne despite her issues. I liked how awkward Jayne was with Luke and all men. Then there was Jayne's big secret, which was all sorts of crazy for her. For most of the book I didn't care for Gretchen, I thought she was using Jayne, but towards the end I was ok with Gretchen. I did like how the book ended for Jayne, loved that she finally came to terms with so much in her life ...more
Bianca
I was excited to see there was a new book by Eliza Gordon, as I enjoyed Must Love Otters tremendously.

Neurotica began promisingly, but its spark dwindled from the 30% onwards.

In the beginning it was original, quirky and funny, but it slowly turned into a predictable, run-of-the mill romance/new adult novel, which is a shame.

It's a quick read, I guess you can call it a perfect holiday read. I just wanted/expected more.

3 stars



Romy
Another Eliza Gordon book I loved, it had everything I've come to expect from this dear author, funny characters, great banter between characters, a lovable heroine and a smexy hero, plus this one had a generous dollop of nerd culture which is something I can get behind. Also if it's not too hard I would like a sequel post haste!
Kathrine Berntsen
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
**** 4 nerdy stars **** I loved it! And I could totally relate to the main character on so many levels. I loved that it's about finding yourself for you and not for what other people or the society want you to be.
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Heidi
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: A funny book that takes full advantage of the Portland setting.

Jayne sidles up to Piewalker's Food Truck hungrily anticipating her morning apple turnover with whipped cream, and if she is honest, she is also eager to see Luke, the owner of Piewalker's. Jayne loves to geek out and talk Stars Wars with Luke, but she won't admit that she might have feelings for him other than friendship. Jayne is terrified to enter into any kind of sexual relationship, but she doesn't know w
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Emma M.
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Guys, this book seemed really promising at first look. The summary was really cool and all that. However, I must say I was quite disappointed even from the first pages. I tried to get on with it, until eventually I stopped at 64%. I am trying to make myself finish it (I paid 3.7$ for this dammit!). It is as unfunny as a funeral, although it does try hard to be hilarious with all that blah blah blah. Honestly, it tries so hard it's sad (and boring). Given how many times I have used the word "try" ...more
Katerina
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romantic-novels, 2019
This was an entertaining fun read with an original idea behind it. Admittedly, the first half of the book was better than the second, as I laughed and felt for our heroine Jaine, who has intimacy issues and is a major nerd. I also loved the dynamic between her and her best friend, as well as the chemistry with Luke.
However, I felt that the obstacles that would make Jayne’s and Luke’s relationships not work were at least forced and hastily put together and in the end, those obstacles disappeared
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Magpie67
Jayne Dandy has issues, she is seeing a therapist to gain control of her life and find love. Her job as an obit writer is not her only writing outlet as readers will discover she writes fiction under a fictional pen name. Jayne has an awesome best friend, a wacky family and maybe a boyfriend... Luke. The pie wagon was a hoot as well as the twins whose parent's had grown up when star wars was released. I loved it. The culture of comic cons was mixed in and who doesn't want to dress up to go to on ...more
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A native of Portland, Oregon, Eliza Gordon (a.k.a. Jennifer Sommersby) has lived up and down the West Coast of the United States. Since 2002, home has been a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. 

When not lost in a writing project, Eliza is a copy editor, mom, wife, bibliophile, Superman freak, and the proud parent of one very spoiled tuxedo cat. Eliza writes stories to help you believe in the Ha
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“just because society dictates certain norms and delivers them on a packhorse of guilt, it doesn’t mean we have to climb on. You deserve to be treated with respect by everyone you choose to have in your life. You deserve to be accepted for who you are. You have the right to be yourself because there is only one you. I think Dr. Seuss said it, didn’t he? Something about there is no one you-er than you?” She smiles. “My young friend, if someone does not grant you the respect you are due as a human being, no matter what their relationship to you, friend or blood, you have no obligation to suffer their presence in your life.” 8 likes
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