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Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single

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3.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,115 ratings  ·  236 reviews

A wicked comedy about the perils of making your dreams come true

Quirky, clever, cubicle-bound Jennifer Johnson is desperate. Everyone around her is getting married, while she's still single and stuck writing ad copy about men's dress socks.

Her life hits crisis level, launching her into a humiliating and painfully hilarious quest to find Prince Charming at any cost. This in

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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published (first published April 25th 2009)
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Susan
Nov 30, 2012 added it
This book is awful, the character is awful and doesn't improve and there is no plot to speak of
Ellen
Sep 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Do not read this book.
Claire S
This book was like becoming able to scratch that one spot on your back that was always out of reach - very satisfying despite the relatively inappropriate method used.

The review had set it up for me incorrectly though. It wasn’t that her tone changed towards the end, in fact it stayed perfectly consistent: brutally T.M.I.-ly honest. The sort of honest where it makes the tell-ing one feel better, and the listener feel possible worse. Because you really didn’t want to know those sorts of things,
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Susan
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am going to read this book because:

1) I like the font of the title/author's name.

2) I like the bold blue cover.

3) I like the picture on the cover.

Why I shouldn't read this book:

1) I like the font of the title/author's name.

2) I like the bold blue cover.

3) I like the picture on the cover.

4) I have not read the back of the book.

5) The average goodreads rating is 3.09.

After reading: Clearly, I shouldn't have wasted my time with this book. The main character felt like an aggressive, sarcastic, cru
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Jenna Mary
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a truly honest book about what it is like to be single, date, love, and make mistakes. I loved this book from start to finish. Well, the finish isn't exactly what you would expect...it isn't your typical predictable, sappy, everybody wins, ride off into the sunset, this is REAL life, RIGHT?! I could not put this book down. I can now say that I have finally read a book that made me laugh on every page! Heather McElhatton did an amazing job telling a honest story with humor and details th ...more
Janelle
May 04, 2010 rated it did not like it

Within two paragraphs I knew why Jennifer was single... she's a hallow moron! Everything she complains about men doing to her, she does to everyone around her. She is shallow and acts like a child often, she treats people like crap even her own family. Jen talks crap in her head, and says nothing of importance outloud. Parts were funny I'll give it that, but over all is was crude and over the top. I'm all for being spunky and having bite, but her personalilty is just awful. No wonder she is sing
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Dominique
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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Kristen
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, gigglers
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Cory
Sep 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Here's the thing about authors "playing" with grammar or sentence structure or literary conventions . . . you have to actually have talent (which McElhatton does), and you have to be laying the groundwork for these things throughout the entire novel (which she doesn't). This book was actually quite good. It was very funny. There were enjoyable characters that I felt I knew and cared about. The situations were appropriately wacky and entertaining. It was good chick lit and I was enjoying it. But ...more
Ashley Scott
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2015
This is the most terrifying book that I've ever read, and I mean that. Jennifer Johnson is the epitome of "be careful what you wish for", and I loved it for all of its wicked darkness. I think every single human being on earth should read this - single, dating, married, divorced, what have you - because we all spend our lives looking jealously over the fence into the neighbor's yard when we really should be enjoying what we already have. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

I was initially shocked at h
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Katie
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
This book is laugh out loud hilarious for all but the very end...but in a dark, sad but true kind of way. It really says a lot about the pressures that women feel but also put on themselves to 'find the one' and get married. The narrator is just so funny and gets herself into great situations that make Bridget Jones look super tame. But, by the end of the book things take a sort of serious and sad turn and you find yourself looking for the happy ending...but there's not one, even though Jennifer ...more
Jeff
May 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I wanted to read a novel about casually terrible people who do casually terrible things, I'd read Less Than Zero again. Funny at times, but ultimately lazy. I have the frustrating feeling that McElhatton can do much better.
Heidi
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
The writing wasn't that good and the story line was only okay. The ending was meant to be ironic, but was so unsatisfactory in it's content and the way it was written. I gave it 2 stars only because I did read every word, but honestly, don't waste your time.
Lynn
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m embarrassed that at times I found this book funny. I’m embarrassed that at times I compared this book to Bridget Jones. For those times I gave this book 2 stars. First instinct was 1 star. Crude in places that didn’t really need to be crude. Mean where it didn’t need to be mean. The heroine had no redeeming qualities. She wasn’t nice. She didn’t learn anything. I never liked her! Sometimes, in some books, it’s okay for me to hate the main character. The author has written so well that I love ...more
Becky R.
Jan 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
I have to be honest, I really didn't like this book. REALLY didn't like this book. As a single woman, who doesn't feel that she is in as much angst about her singleness as some think she should, this book had me scratching my head at times. The writing is quite witty, with funny one liners, and scenes of gobbling up sugary-sweet treats in an empty stairwell at work (out of anxiety), that had me laughing; however, I didn't relate to Jennifer's panic over the "who and what" questions in her life. ...more
Julie Johnson
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hmmm. What to say about this without giving it away?

Very, very funny in places, laugh out loud in places. And yet a deeper, sadder book than you might expect at first glance. Not necessarily a light read.

I found the main character's struggle with self-loathing a bit much too handle, though really that was the point of the book, it's a coming of age tale, she's trying to grow up, be 'mature'. (Part of what's really interesting in this book is that it presents different definition of what 'maturit
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Anne
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jessica
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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Katie
May 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh my! This was some absolutely terrible chick lit, and not for the reasons that other negative reviews on Amazon I've seen cite. I read complaints about what an anti-feminist this protagonist was, and yes, that is true, but that's not what bugged me. I just wanted to be entertained, and if the character is offensive to my delicate feminist sensibilities, well, I don't really care (since it's not supposed to be a serious book!). No, my problem was that it was just not funny.

Is there any decent c
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Leah
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
woooooooooooooo! A book that looks like chick lit, but is spicy and funnier than any book I've read this year.

It's a wicked comedy about the perils of making your dreams come true

Quirky, clever, cubicle-bound Jennifer Johnson is desperate. Everyone around her is getting married, while she's still single and stuck writing ad copy about men's dress socks.

Her life hits crisis level, launching her into a humiliating and painfully hilarious quest to find Prince Charming at any cost. This includes ag
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Julie Craig-muller
Oct 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
I thought I would give it a try, since she is a Minneapolis author. Yes, it was fun seeing the restaurant Duplex, where my husband and I ate once, in print, but boy did the book suck. I'm sorry to be so inarticulate, but it really, really sucked.
The character was one dimensional and cutely destructive. Most of us would not get away with her behavior. At the end she supposedly gets what she wants, but finds out that it's a trap. At first it feels awful, but upon further reflection, I find that sh
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Ang
May 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was alright, the story was funny and witty at times and to me was typical Chick Lit, which isn't bad, I love chick it!

I really hated Jennifer at times! She could be so dumb!

But my real issue was the ending, which sounds lame, but it was just so abrupt. It made the book feel incomplete, and although I didn't agree with what happened, I would have at least liked a little bit of an explanation or a more in depth ending.

I honestly can't get this book out of my head because of how confused
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Angie
Jun 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
I rarely can bring myself to start a book and not finish it, but I absolutely couldn't stand this main character and this book was torture to read, so I had to stop. This one is getting sold back to Powell's and I'm getting something better.
Christine
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Not going to write a review, but have to say one thing. Jennifer Johnson gets rid of her cat for a man. I don't think so!
Beby
Apr 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hate Jen. She's really a bitch
Amanda
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure wtf happened here. I loved the book...up until the very end. Where the hell did that come from? Incredibly unsatisfying.
Kim D
Feb 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2016
words fail me. if I had not been compelled to finish because of a friend's anti - recommendation (she cited it as amazingly bad), I would have this shelved on my I-gave-up-on-it space.
Eden Thompson
From my book blog www.JetBlackDragonfly.blogspot.com
From the cover of this book, I knew I was sure to love it.
Heather McElhatton has written two "Do-Over" books (Pretty Little Mistakes in 2007, and A Million Little Mistakes in 2010) which take the reader on a wild journey offering two choices at the end of each section. These were 'choose your own adventure' stories where each reader can constantly change the mood and luck of the characters. Imaginative and crazy, these were great fun and highly
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Renee Butler
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Went off track at the 2/3 mark

This is a silly chick lit book, beach read nonsense.. and it was perfect for reading during long baths when I want to tune out the world. There were parts, particularly in the middle section that made me laugh until I cried... then, it all changed. The protagonist was less funny and the ending unhappy.

I have to give the book 4 stars because it did make me laugh out loud... how many books do that? But, the last 1/3 of the book is a train wreck that jumps around like
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Deborah Scott
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
At several points in the book, the main character (Jennifer) frustrated me with her childishness and impatience, not to mention her mistreatment of some people---especially, her sister. She was self-centered in many ways and made every event all about her. Having said all of this, I very much enjoyed the book and found many parts humorous. I won't give away the ending or any spoilers, but as the book progressed, I enjoyed the story all the more for the details and insight into the human conditio ...more
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