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In One Year and Out the Other: A New Year's Story Collection

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"It's not just another midnight...." Celebrate the start of something new with

"In One Year and Out the Other"

...a sparkling New Year's Eve story collection by today's rising fiction stars!

Cara Lockwood puts self-improvement to the test with 528 rules to live by -- not least of which is "Do not sleep with married men" -- in "Resolved: A New Year's Resolution List..".

Paperback, 373 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Pocket Books (first published 2004)
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Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
The Good: This was a funny chick lit anthology revolving around the New Year. Resolutions, New Years Eve celebrations, and the aftermath of the choices made. You get pretty much what you expect going into it. Entertaining stories coming from Cara Lockwood, Pamela Redmond Stratan, Kathleen O'Reilly, Beth Kendrick, Libby Street and Eileen Rendahl.

The Bad: Anthologies are always a mix of good and bad, especially when it's a collection written by a variety of authors. Lockwood had moderate success d
Barbara Elsborg
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been disappointed so many times by collections of short stories - either because they weren't good or they felt like should have been longer or they were rip off bits of longer pieces by those authors. The erotic shorts sometimes seem to have too much sex in them - probably haven't - but I do like a bit of plot with my sex. 'get in there and take your knickers off- wham bam bang' doesn't really work for me. This book did. No sex to speak of but a very clever little collection of stories tha ...more
There's a couple of reasonable stories tucked away in here, though none of them are really my thing. I did very much like the premise of the story Halo, Goodbye, even if the plot went in a direction that didn't interest me, the set-up and location were pretty cool (of course not 100% original, but then, nothing is these days...). I'd enjoy something longer (and less chick-lit) in the same setting. ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
2.5 stars.
There have been many recent chick-lit short story collections. In One Year and Out the Other features that oh, so favorite holiday of New Year's Eve. Nine authors have written hilarious stories about finding the perfect date, choosing a party to attend, and general survival of a holiday that can either uplift or depress, depending on the situation.

In "The Bad Breakup Regime" by Beth Kendrick, a couple of dumpees begin a self-improvement plan to wow their exes--with surprising results.
Chloe (Always Booked)
This is a short story of 10 (40ish page) contemporary short stories based around New Years. Overall, there were some really cute ones and some big duds, but thats typical for anthologies. Here is my rating breakdown followed by spoilery reviews:
1st story: 5
2nd: 3.5
3rd: 2
4th: 2.5
5th: 4
6th: 3
7th: 3
8th: 4
9th: 3
10th: 2
Average: 3.2

1st story- Bad Break Up Regime (Beth Kendrick) 5 stars. Its about 2 people who’s significant others leave them for each other on NYE. The 2 dumped people become good fri
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A wonderful collection of great chick lit stories that was perfect to read over the New Years holiday weekend. With many different characters at the center of varying stories from women who are married to women who have been single for quite some time and are ready to celebrate a New Years with someone special.

I fell in love with each story and wanted more when I was finished with each one. It was also perfect to make a list of authors to follow and check out.

I would absolutely recommend this
Meredith Miller
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am usually not a fan of short stories and did not realize that is what this book was until I received it as a gift, but was pleasantly surprised. I loved the novelettes, or short stories. They were fun to read, and gave me exposure to authors I have not read before. I was familiar with Cara Lockwood and Pamela Satran, but others were new treats to explore. I highly recommend this as a light, fun read. Now I am off to explore the other novels of these clever women. Enjoy!!
Michelle Molinari
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't usually care for short stories but I really liked the authors listed in this one so I took a chance. Besides, it was the new year and I thought the book was appropriate. All of these stories were wonderful. Not a bad one in the bunch. Still not a short story fan but any one of these could be novel material. ...more
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of some really cute short stories. Some are better than others. My favorite one is "The Luckiest People" by Libby Street. I started it a while ago but finally finished the last story today. ...more
The individual contributions were hit-or-miss, but it was over-all a fun collection of short stories, all of them--as you can tell from the title & cover art--centered around New Years Eve (one of them was even a Christmas Carol retelling!)
It's quite good.. and I think it's OK when you find some stories are beyond good and others just good. The special one for me is the story about a girl who end up with an actor.. it's like a sweet dream to me. ...more
Allison  Junkans
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a fun book of chick-lit short stories, all involving New Year's Eve. I enjoyed all the stories except for one. ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Best stories for me were those by Cara Lockwood and Beth Kendrick. The others ranged from so/so to cute.
Wendy Richards
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really don't read short stories if I can help it. That being said, I loved most of the stories in this! I wished most of the stories were their own book, I didn't want them to end. ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to read some mindless chick lit this month and this satisfied my need well enough. I'd give it a 3.5. There were 2 or 3 short stories I wasn't fond of but I enjoyed the rest. ...more
Ugh, a book full of whiny women who have no real problems but think that men, fashion, their weight and having children is the be all and end all.
Beth Pierzanowska
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay book- collection of short stories which all take place on New Years Eve.
I got this book for Christmas and I read it in one day, it was that addicting.
The Bad Breakup Regime by Beth Kendrick was pretty good and a little misleading.The story is about a man and woman who live together after their mates dumped both of them for the others mates.

Resolved: A new Year's Resolution List by Cara Lockwood was also pretty good and I love the other books that Cara Lockwood has written.The story shows a woman who is far from perfect and she has to sort through her issues.

The Futu
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
As with all anthologies with multiple writers there are some winners that you wish could be longer and some that you count the pages till the end. I think part of the problem is that I started reading with certain expectations, the main one being that it would be light and silly with stories that would have me laughing, There were a few like that but there were others that were a little depressing and real downers. It's an OK collection but I don't think that I will keep it to read again as I do ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Very cute short stories! Each story focuses on a different set of (mainly) women as New Year's Eve approaches. Each woman faces her own dilemma as one year ends and another begins. The stories are quick to get through, but still funny and entertaining. I would have loved to pick this book up right around New Year's, as that probably would have made the stories even more relatable, however still great all around! ...more
Melea Rose-Waters
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2010
This is a collection of short stories that center around the theme of New Years Eve. I thought all of the stories were really enjoyable and this is a perfect book for someone to read in December or early in a new year!
Aug 16, 2007 rated it liked it
This book is comprised of short stories. While they are great stories, I found myself wishing some of them had been their own books.
Robynne Zipperer
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Too funny - lot of fun - no brainer book. You'll laugh out loud - lots of short stories ...more
Feb 26, 2009 added it
A fun read - I don't usually like short stories but I definitely enjoyed the book. ...more
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it
It's little stories in one book. Although some of the short stories were good, they ended when they were just about to get interesting so I was frustrated alot. ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
cute and fun with morals and romance. perfect new year stories.
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Short-stories of varying degrees of writing skill & reading enjoyment.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Some stories are good, some not really a page turner. I can't help exclaiming "that's it?!" every time I turn a page. ...more
Jenny Meike
Hmft *sigh*
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