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"If you're a fan of chick-lit, imperfect heroines, and just darn good stories, I highly recommend you read A State of Jane." - Steph the Bookworm

"A State of Jane is a witty true-to-life story that will not disappoint you, it is Chick Lit at it's very best!" - Jersey Girl Book Reviews

"I laughed my way through this novel." - Samantha, Chick Lit Plus

"Brava, Meredith Schorr, for making Jane such an authentic character." - Gale Martin, author of Grace Unexpected and Don Juan in Hankey, PA

"Without giving away any spoilers, I have to say that this book couldn't have ended any better. I am a huge fan of chik-lit, but this book was so much more. It has become one of my favorite reads!" - The Little Black Book Blog

From the Author

Readers: thank you for clicking on A State of Jane. I hope if you decide to purchase it, you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, i.e. A LOT :). Please note, however, that A State of Jane is not a romantic comedy so if you're looking for a sweet love story, this might not be the book for you.  Additionally, if you are not a fan of flawed characters, just a warning that there will be moments you probably will not like Jane. My desire in writing A State of Jane was to tell a story of a girl whose life spiraled out of control after she realized that things didn't always go according to plan.  Jane Frank is a good person at heart but she is naïve and sheltered.  She would never intentionally hurt anyone's feelings but is ill-prepared to handle what she deems as failure.  Jane becomes obsessed with controlling her destiny to the detriment of her career aspirations and her relationships with friends and family.  She becomes self-absorbed and unlikeable but it's all part of her path to self-discovery and growing up.  I don't want to spoil anything, but Jane ultimately sees the error of her ways and makes amends. Jane Frank has a strong character arc and a lot of readers have commented that they found her extremely relatable, even though they wanted to shake her at times.  I've also received comments from readers who couldn't warm to Jane despite her character development.   Jane is definitely a flawed character and if that is not your cup of tea, you probably will not enjoy A State of Jane.  There is an explanation for Jane's behavior, and the consequences of her actions lead her to the path to redemption.  I hope that readers will forgive Jane's "all about me" phase and admire her for putting her flaws out there for the world to see. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (September 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CDVZ64
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related e-mails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children's stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women's fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. To learn more, visit her at meredithschorr.com.

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I am by no means a fan of chick lit, but became very emotionally invested in Jane's journey. Meredith Schorr's strength as an author is creating three-dimensional characters (as she did in her first novel) that will certainly remind of you of someone you know (possibly yourself at times). Take Jane, who is basically a good person, but far from perfect, which makes her all the more real. Because Jane is so realistic, you cannot help but become enthralled in seeing how her journey ends. As an avid reader, I often find myself disappointed at the ending of novels, but here I really enjoyed the ending and thought it fit the story perfectly.
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In what seems to be a trend, Meredith Schorr realistically and hilariously paints a picture of the frustrating side of single in her second novel, A State of Jane.

Jane Frank is on the loose, looking for love, romance, and all of the excitement women are conditioned to expect from the dating scene. Relatively fresh out of a long and comfortable relationship, Jane is certain there is more out there for her and is ballsy enough to reach for it. Only it's not quite like she thought. She discovers that, unlike her predictable ex who was comfortable like an old slipper, there are hordes of guys who lean towards the flakey side. Go on date, have great time, why didn't he call? Jane decides if you can't beat 'em, join 'em and the antics begin!

If you can't relate to Jane, then you can probably see her in one of your friends. If not, well, you should pay more attention! In any event, I was captivated and felt that I got to know Jane in the pages, as she scrambled to reconcile her outrageous behavior with her true values. I feel that I went on a journey with her as she found her footing and herself.

Meredith Schorr has a knack for putting it out there as it really happens, genuine people in real-life situations, complete with endearing insecurities, strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and every other thing that makes us human. I find it refreshing that her characters seem like actual people and not templates of perfection to whom no one can relate. I am anxiously awaiting more, more, more from Meredith Schorr! Perhaps a sequel????
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Jane Frank is such a fascinating character to follow. Her naivety at the beginning of the novel is absolutely astounding - a great setup for what's to come. I just have to say, I spent nearly five years navigating the dating scene as a single gal in NYC (except for those months I dated the Greek god, who tragically had to go back home (sigh)) and I knew Jane's optimism and confidence that she'd soon find The One was delusional. Seriously. Meredith Schorr did such an amazing job in creating these disastrous (for Jane) scenes that end up knocking her back into reality. At times, her antics were so out there, her reasoning so off, I cringed with embarrassment and wanted to jump into the story, grab her by the shoulders and shout, "Don't do it, Jane!"

And then things change. Jane's thought processes do a sort of 180. There are still plenty of deliciously disastrous "Don't do it, Jane!" moments, but they're completely different from the earlier ones. Hate to be vague here, but I don't want to run the risk of spoilers. I found myself really disliking Jane for a while. But it wasn't long before she won me back, thank goodness. As a character, Jane Frank is all about the extremes, and it was such a treat to watch her jumping feet first into so many different scenarios, trying so many different routes before finding the correct path. A fun, fabulous read!
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Luckily I've been happily married for a loooong time. This book reminded me of the joys (ha!) of dating. I think Jane dated a lot of the same guys I did. Poor Jane hasn't really ever experienced the dating life. As the story starts, Jane is one year past her breakup with her high school boyfriend - a great guy that she dated for 9 years. But he wasn't The One. Well, now Jane's ready to find The One, only she doesn't realize most of us have to "kiss a lotta frogs" first. Jane gets pretty fed up with the "frogs" and flakes and jerks who seem so into her, then never call back after a few dates. She quickly sours on the whole routine. Jane starts to make some questionable choices - but she's a well-written character and her flaws are very true-to-life (maybe you've got a self-absorbed friend or two??) so you can't help feeling sorry for her. All she really wants is to fall in love, and you feel for her, even as you are shaking your head and thinking, "No, Jane, no!" I especially liked the ending of the book, but I won't say anymore about that so as to not be spoiler-y!
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REVIEWED BY HEATHER

This book starts out SUPER strong. Jane Frank is officially ready to fall in love. She's been out of her previous long-term (and only) relationship for exactly 365 days, which is the proper amount of time to be over your ex and ready for a serious relationship (no rebounds for our girl Jane!). She has the LSAT exam coming up, but even that won't deter her from fearlessly jumping back into the dating pool. She registers with various websites, goes to singles matchups, and endures blind date setups from friends.

I fell in love with Jane in the first chapter. She neurotically calls her sister to announce she's ready to fall in love, and then proceeds to explain her 365-day anniversary. She even researched the 1-year theory - online questionnaires indicate she's ready to fall in love! Her sister is a dose of reality, trying to set Jane's expectations, but of course Jane doesn't listen. Everywhere Jane looks and everyone she sees is a potential match for her soulmate. In fact, she's sure her first online dating match will be "the one" (it isn't)!

Unfortunately, I fell *out* of love with Jane maybe 1/3 of the way through the book. She has a few bad experiences, and they turn her into a very jaded, cynical, apathetic female. Jane 2.0 wasn't someone I enjoyed reading about (I also had trouble keeping track of all the men that came and went!). Jane changed from being a full-blooded optimist who wouldn't let anyone bring her down (accompanied by the expected personality quirks), to the complete and utter opposite. I had a hard time believing the HUGE changes she makes within the timeframe of the book. Plus, Jane 2.0 just wasn't very nice. To anyone!
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