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Girl Talk

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  426 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Lissy Jablonski was fifteen during the summer of 1985. That was the summer her father, a soft-spoken gynecologist, up and left her mother for a redheaded bank teller. The same summer Lissy and her mother disappeared from their quiet New Hampshire lives to have an adventure of their own amid a cast of unlikely characters, including a Valium-addicted ex-debutante and a suspe ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
So right around the middle of this book, I realized that I had, in fact, read this before. Sad that it took me 100 pages to figure that out.

I find this book interesting, as Baggott explores the idea that not only do daughters follow their mother's footprints sub-consciously, but might actually be purposefully choosing to execute details in their lives after them.

I don't find it believable that a mother of a 15 year old would sit up late, confessing her sex secrets from before she was married. Th
Jan 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Sometimes I really liked what this author wrote, and barked out loud. But, then I would shake my head because it wasn't quite right. You know, when you open a present someone is so excited to give you, but they've missed the mark. And, you're left looking down at a mustard polyester leisure suit with a bemused look on your face. Oh, well. Maybe the poems are better.
Dec 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: friends with time
First novel written by a friend in Delaware-- really enjoyed it, and don't regret a minute I spent with it. Quick read, enjoyable.
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Good chick lit
Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it
A pretty good read I would say.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan of this book. It stared out interesting but by the time I was half way through I was still waiting for the main point of the story, and when I was almost finished with the book I felt like I was expecting much more! I didn't care for how the book jumped around from past time to current and everywhere in between; just as I felt I was getting into it, the time period changed and the story went off on another tangent. One story would almost come full circle but not quite make a significan ...more
Cassandra Dumont
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give out five stars.

This is not my genre of choice.

That’s all you need to know.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this. I get the whole "my life is topsy-turvy and also folks are dying" genre and I have totally been there. Not super keen on this one, but it might be for you. :)
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I gave Girl Talk a whirl, having heard about it here and there, and I must say that I was disappointed. Not because I had had particularly high expectations of the novel, because I hadn't. I was disappointed simply because I felt that Girl Talk COULD have been great. It had all the right elements -- interesting characters, an intriguing plot. But for whatever reason, people involved in the book's publication obviously didn't do their jobs as well as they should have.

First of all, and I know that
Lissy is 30, never married & just found out that she is pregnant by her married ex-lover. Wondering where her life is heading, she gets an unexpected knock on her door from a childhood friend who just happens to be the same boy she lost her virginity to the summer that she was fifteen. It was the same summer that her father ran off with a redheaded bank teller & her mother decided to share all of her secrets with Lissy while they were having their mother-daughter 'girl talks'. Unsure of ...more
Sheila Judson
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sheila by: Bob B
A fast paced book about a truly disfunctional family. Lissy is the main character who finds herself pregnant after breaking up with her married boyfriend. As she tells her story she inevitably tells the story of her mother, whose life she is destined to repeat whether she wants to or not. The summer that never happened is about her mother's great love that did not become happily ever after and how she settled for a version of love. Lissy finds that her mothers story defines who she is and who he ...more
Heather Leipart
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I only gave this book 2 stars and yet I was interested enough to see it all the way through. Everytime I kept feeling like being done with it and just setting it down I found I could not. I had to keep reading. Honestly, there was nothing particularly interesting within the storyline. The thing that kept me reading was her writing style and word choice. That is what I enjoyed. She had a lot of neat little quips that make ya go, "hmm" if you know what I mean. Forgetable, but not an entire waste ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This book reads like a writer learning how to write a novel, which it is. Ms. Baggott has written about how she tricked herself into writing this first novel of hers by telling herself it was just 50 pages. The second half of the book interested me more than the first--the 1960s, advertising, the idea of truth. I heard echoes of DeLillo, if not in style then in content. A decent attempt, but ultimately not what I'd expected.
Nov 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
A book about a girl who grows up to realize she is just like her mom. Except that her mom is boring and she is boring and I skimmed half the book because it was boring and I was tired of the F-bomb. Why did I continue reading? Because even when I hate a book I have to know how it ends.
Don't read it.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think much of this book.

I am not sure just what the point was. To entertain, to lecture or to reflect on the mother daughter relationship.

It felt sordid, directionless and envious of those who deserved kindness and compassion.
Too much of not enough in a try hard way. Perhaps the third or fourth novel will be awesome. Her first meh.
Jan 25, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It's one to read and probably not re-read ever again though. One of those books that are good for passing time, but every once in awhile has something that will strike you and you can relate to it. It's very easy to start to really feel for Lissy and the uprooting situations her mother continually places her in.
Carol Luce
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this debut novel by a new, sharp literary talent. The characters couldn't have been more real. Quirky, likeable and downright fun to be with. I especially loved Lissy's mother and delighted in the adventure she takes her daughter on during the summer that never happened. A must read! I look forward to Ms. Baggott's other novels.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
There are a few twists that I enjoyed, and the present day/looking back half a lifetime structure works pretty well, but overachieving mediocre chick-lit is technically still mediocre chick-lit. Which has its place, especially if it approaches things with a little ambition.
Brittany Seyb
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Girl Talk, it was darker than I originally expected considering I bought it for it being a pink book. Ten years after reading it, various bits from the book pop up in my memory. That's a good thing!
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written and accessible, Baggott's story of a "lost" 15th summer spent trying to unwind the mysteries of marriage with her (maybe slightly imbalanced) mother. Every sentence has meaning, but the narrative flows and remains engaging throughout.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting! I like how it paralleled the mother and daughter's life, making the point that our parents have been through a lot of the same stuff when they were our age. My only complaint is that the whole thing is a little too Freudian, even though the heroine makes fun of herself for it.
Mar 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
There really isn't much to say about this was just alright. It jumped around a lot between time periods which wasn't so much confusing but annoying. The story was alright but nothing really jumped out to make it great.
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
I've really enjoyed this book. I do like coming of age stories and the flashbacks to America circa 1980s have been fun. I also agree with another reader who thinks the characters are 'deliciously dysfunctional'!
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, read-2008
I had a really hard time getting into this book and I waited and waited for it to get better or more interesting and it never did. I finished it, but there were quite a few times that I almost gave up on it.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked this book the first time I read it, and I liked it again the second time. I guess it's "chick lit," but to me, of the very best kind. Sort of like Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, which SEEMS like it's going to be all chick litty, and then ends up being really good.
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This 1st person account by a 15 yo girl of "the summer that never happened" is lol funny and omg smart.

Lissy Jablonski's trip to understanding her parents is bleeding hilarious and oddly realistic. Points for hitting on Catholicism, sex and Woodstock.

Cried at the end. (not a crier)
Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Nope, couldn't do it. Quit at page 80.
Elizabeth Heddinger
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perfect chick lit! An easy read.
A book that is going into my "give away" pile. Definitely not a book I would want on my bookshelf.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
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