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Where Have All the Boys Gone?

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,269 ratings  ·  140 reviews
From New York Timesbestselling author Jenny Colgan comes this hilarious romance about a womanwhotrades in the comforts of city life in hopes of finding love in a small Scottish town in the middle of nowhere.

Faced with the harsh reality that there are 25,000 more women than men in London, Katie’s dating prospects are at an all-time low. While she’s glad it’s not a man’s
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 31st 2005)
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Irena BookDustMagic
Browsing trough my local library's shelf, an amazin and a bit funny book title cought my attention: Where Have All The Boys Gone?
With the adorable cover and the fact that it is written by Jenny Colgan, an author I want to check out for the longest time, I just had to borrow it.

The story follows three friends in their late twenties. One day, they were just minding their own girly buisness, when they saw an article in the newspaper which said that a single girl in London has a bigger chance to be
This re-issued Jenny Colgan novel was a huge disappointment to me. Katie, who works in PR, takes a job in Scotland , in a town where there are very few female residents, unlike her home in London, where the woman are complaining that there aren’t enough men to go around. One dimensional flaky female characters and a contrived plot surprised me, as Colgan is one of my favorite authors. Thanks to the publisher and to Netgalley for the ARC.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I should always look at the actual publication date before choosing to review a book! I should have learned my lesson with Colgan's reissued My Very 90s Romance Although I love and adore her more recent books (Little Beach Street Bakery series, Endless Beach series, Bookshop series) these older titles are very difficult to get through. The characters are totally on the surface and there's not the depth of emotion or storytelling that her later books have. Her maturity as a writer is so evident ...more
Erin Cataldi
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've only read one other book (The Bookshop on the Corner) by Jenny Colgan, but the two were eerily similar. I wonder if she's a bit formulaic. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the humor, but the plot and the characters are just too.... fake. It's over the top and not in a good way. Katie can't find a decent date in all of London, there is simply too much competition. When she gets sent up to Scotland on assignment, she is amazed to discover that there are men everywhere and nary a lass in sight! The ...more
Love Fool
Where have all the men gone? Faced with 25,000 more women than men in London, and gleeful media reports that it's statistically more likely for single women to be murdered than get married, Katie is reached an all-time low. But all is not lost ...Another hilarious high-concept romantic comedy from Jenny Colgan. While Katie's glad it's not a man's world any more, she'd be quite pleased if there were more men in it - or at least single ones, anyway.

This was a cute story but nothing amazing. I know
Angela Groom
A romance about a girl who in the big smoke of London hopes to find a boyfriend and is failing dismally. Faced with the reality that a recent poll announced there are more women than men - romance seems nigh impossible. More likely to get murdered than married Katie decides to take on a challenge in the Scottish highlands and goes head to head with her new boss Harry. Love and life isn't simple for Katie and she needs to keep her head down.
I didn't really bond with any of the characters,
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book took a long time to get anywhere and then even longer to finish. I didn't realise it was a very early work by Jenny Colgan, but that explains a lot. The layout was there, it just didn't really take off and pull you in as the other books by her have done. Characters were bland and unlikable. Not enjoyable.
Norah Gibbons
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Where Have All The Boys Gone by Jenny Colgan is a lovely romantic comedy novel with my favourite enemies to lovers trope. On her way home from a depressing blind date, Katie Watson gets mugged and she begins to seriously question her desire to remain in London. She notices an ad for a public relations person in a small Scottish town and decides to apply. It’s a ten-hour train ride from London to Fairlish and ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ohhhh, this is a reissue, this makes a lot more sense now. I was sooo terribly excited for new Colgan that I even read this on the Overdrive app (which was very's just not as savvy as the Kindle app, sorry to say) but it took me a whole week to get through: it just wasn't that engrossing or interesting, and even when I had a weekend morning to sit and read it, I found myself on Reddit instead. Colgan's still one of my favourite authors, but I found this wasn't her normal ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, Jenny Colgan has done it again. At first, I thought this was going to be another London dating scene book similar to My Very 90's Romance, which I absolutely hated. But then, the main character, Katie, with her friend, Louise in tow, head off for Fairlish, Scotland to do PR work for the two-man forestry department to prevent the destruction of the local forest for a golf course and all that it would entail. Many local, quirky characters are met there and there were several laugh out loud ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of her early novels, the characters are more types than real people, but this was still a delight. Jenny Colgan always makes me laugh and wish I could walk into one of her imaginary towns for a pint.
Sarah Price
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing once again. Jenny Colgan is one of my favourite authors and this is a great short book that I love. Brilliant story.
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book completely devoid of any reality whatsoever - except we all know an Olivia, albeit not as extreme as the one in the book, but we all know one. The denouement comes as no surprise whatsoever to the reader, even if it does to the main character, Katie. It is complete and utter fluff. However, it is well written fluff that entertains and keeps you turning the pages wanting to see what disastrous mess Katie is going to get in to next. As you can tell by the 4 star rating, I thoroughly ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I like Jenny Colgan but the characters are so unsympathetic and the writing so mean-spirited that I could only read 25 pages. Just no.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the best Jenny Colgan I've read yet :D
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable tale told with great humour. I loved the non-Interview scene. Hilarious.
Jenny Colgan is worming her way on to my ‘go to’ author list. Loved her books so far.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It went on and on for so long that by the time the Forest was finally safe, I didn't care much about all the characters and even less about the core couple - the grumpy Harry, the flaky Kate. They were more than that, but again - it was a bit more dragged on than it shouldn't have been.
Sharon Scott
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely easy read. A little predictable but wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Some laugh out loud bits and generally a good read!
Lynette Burnett
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where Have All the Boys Gone by Jenny Colgan is a re-issue that was first published in 2005. But wait...It was actually, surprisingly, very good! As anyone who has read any author for awhile knows, sometimes their earlier work is not as good as their later work. And honestly, that’s how it’s supposed to be. So when I discovered that I had preordered a re-issue I almost cancelled the order. But Scotland called to me! I love Scotland-Scottish men, Lairds, bagpipes, you get the drift.

Katie Watson
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Katie Watson works in PR in London. She's single and spends her time going out with friends Louise and Olivia. The prospects of finding a decent man in London is not easy, particularly since women far outnumber men. But when she gets a new assignment in a remote Scottish village, she finds she's in a town with a lot of men and very few women. It should be a dream come true. But is it? Her job is to help save a forest from being turned into a golf course. The fresh air and her cranky boss Harry ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Jenny Colgan is a Scottish author who has published more than 30 books in the last 20 years. As with any other craft, you get better the longer you work at it and that is certainly true with this book. I was unaware that it was a republished book that was originally published in 2005 - if I'd known that, I wouldn't have bought it. I love this author's newer books - they are filled with humor and friendship and love. Where Have all the Boys gone is filled with attempts at humor along with lots of ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Great as a standalone book or could work as a series. It kept my attention, and I just couldn't put it down. I absolutely enjoyed devouring it from cover to cover. Cute and entertaining story line, perfect choice for the cover art.

I love how the author captures the atmosphere and describes the town the story takes place in. She really brings Scotland to life, and I could really picture being there in my minds eye. I didn't realize this book was written 10 years ago and is a re-issue. Its like a
Kathleen Gray
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note that this is a reissue- but also note that it has held up incredibly well over time. Katie finds herself looking for something new- her sister has run off to India with her BFF Louise's boyfriend, her boss Olivia has her working on PR for things she doesn't care about, and her search for a partner is going nowhere. She finds herself first applying for a job with the Forestry Commission in Fairlish Scotland, then sent there by Olivia, then saving the town from a developer. Oh, and she finds ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss-2020
One thing that strikes me about the reissued Jenny Colgan novels I’ve read in the past year or so is that they are irreverently funny. If you’re easily offended, you will be offended. And, if you’re set on reading them because you’re expecting Colgan’s gentle little village novels that she’s currently writing and you’re easily offended, you have been warned.

While at the beginning there were a few chuckles provided by pun-loving Louise, Katie’s flatmate who has lost the man she lived with and
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I've enjoyed a few books by Jenny Colgan, I like her writing and her stories, but I must say Where Have All the Boys Gone was disappointing. This book was first published in 2005 and it did not age well. It would benefit from some updating before the re-release in 2020. There is a shocking number of fat jokes and some outdated tropes (catty women fighting over men) that I just don't want to see in romcoms anymore. Also, the romance was lacking sparks and developement.

There were some
Jan P
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Very enjoyable book though I didn't like it at first. The first 46 pages seemed juvenile to me and not worthy of a Jenny Colgan book. Basically starts with 3 young single women of London desperate to be in a relationship with a man. And there were none to speak of in London as women outnumbered men. Katie then finds herself, a PR specialist, working in a remote Scottish town where the men outnumber the women (something like 19 to 1). That's when the book takes off and thus begins the story of ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I checked out at some point during while listening to this reissue for a good hour and half and yet I could pick it up without going back no problem. I think I find it generally interesting, but in that same way you settle for something in your netflix queue that's always suggested for you and you just happen be invested enough to finish when you finally cave in and click it so it will disappear.

Pretty formulaic, but also the narrator's voice is quite calming. There are moments that are
To be 100% honest, I only finished this book because it originally came from NetGalley and I wanted to be able to leave a review. With that said, as much as I love Jenny Colgan, this book was not for me.

I could not connect to any of the characters, and in fact found every single one of them miserable, aloof, standoffish, and annoying. There were so many female characters right at the beginning that even halfway through the book I was clueless as to who was who.

The ending took me by surprise as
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very silly book, that said I very much enjoyed reading a book that was steeped in Englishness. The Scots part was also pretty good. I have read a few reviews where the American reader just didn't get the relationship between the women and where put off by their interactions with each other. Not me I thought it was hilarious, just goes to show UK/USA really don't speak the same language and I am very glad for it. Even with its many flaws I was happily going along with Katie and Louise's ...more
Laura Intravia
The writing style was absolutely hilarious, I found myself laughing aloud quite often while reading this. Some of the storytelling was really off-balanced for me (we only occasionally get snippets of the male characters' perspective, in random moments), and I didn't buy how some of characters and their relationships with each other developed. The pacing off the plot made the ending feel like it came out of nowhere. Normally these things would prevent me from enjoying a book, but the story was so ...more
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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including 'The Little Shop of Happy Ever After' and 'Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery', which are also published by Sphere.' Meet Me at the Cupcake Café' won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams', which won the RNA Romantic ...more