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A State of Jane [Kindle Edition]

Meredith Schorr
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Book Description

Meredith Schorr's second novel proves that chick lit, beyond just entertaining the reader, can also empower and inspire.

It's more about finding yourself than finding a man.

Jane Frank is ready to fall in love or so she thinks. It's been a year since her long-term relationship with Bob (who was not the one) ended and she is ready for some passion. With the LSAT coming up and her  goals to ace law school and become a partner in her father's
prestigious law firm penciled in her life plan, the only missing piece is the love of her life. The hunt is on, but there is just one problem: All the guys in New York City are flakes. Interested one day and gone the next - dropping off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation. Initially a firm believer that love will conquer all, Jane becomes jaded and cynical, debating whether to join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood or follow the advice of her co-worker Andrew and turn the game back on those who scorned her. As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the colorful problems of everyone around her, she realizes that having it all isn't all that easy, and even the best laid plans sometimes require revisions.

If you think you've read all that chick lit has to offer, think again as A State of Jane concludes with a curve-ball you don't see coming.

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961691
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (September 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CDVZ64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-chick-lit fan loves this book, for SATC fans September 21, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Reminder of the "Joys" of Dating August 13, 2013
By JackieB
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Reflection of Singledom at Its Worst! November 20, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumping into Jane's World October 19, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kinsella fans will love this one! January 19, 2013
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Jane was a hilariously entertaining main character. I have to admit that it took me awhile to warm up to her simply because she was being a bit of a twit. But I really cared about her and desperately wanted things to work out for her. Then I realized that it was not the first time I had been conflicted about a heroine like this. A State of Jane has a very similar feel to the novels by Sophie Kinsella - there are well meaning (if irritating) characters, an entertaining storyline, and a lovely mix of romance and life issues. Becky Bloomwood, the main character in the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, drives me crazy but I keep reading the series because I care about her and want her to be happy. Long story short - if you're a fan of Kinsella's work, I highly recommend A State of Jane.

The only little problem I had with this novel was the ending. I finished this a little while ago and I'm still not entirely sure how things ended up. I liked that there was an epilogue but the letter from Jane didn't quite give me the closure and understanding that I needed.

I did, however, really like that Jane's life wasn't just about men and dating. Sure, the bulk of the novel focuses on her search for a non-flakey male in NYC but there's also a sub-plot of Jane studying for the LSAT and figuring out exactly what she wants in life. This is the mark of a good chick lit novel - when the heroine has more going on than romance.

Overall, A State of Jane by Meredith Schorr was an incredibly enjoyable novel. I think chick lit lovers of all kinds will also like this novel and I definitely recommend it. Now that I've enjoyed this book, I will be checking out her debut novel, Just Friends with Benefits, a lot sooner than I thought I would!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Try it out!
Great book for the price. It was entertaining, yet predictable. It fit the bill for some fun summer reading!
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This book was entertaining and didn't require any thought at all. I recommend it for a quick and light read.
Published 2 months ago by Carol
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't even finish
This book was such a let down! I couldn't even get past the first few chapters, it was so bad. And life is far too short to waste on bad books!
Published 4 months ago by Lindsey Hemming
5.0 out of 5 stars Meredith
What a great love story! We got to find out how all her friends and family lives turned out. But not Jane's ended up married or not. I sure wish the story hadn't ended so soon.
Published 4 months ago by charlette clark
1.0 out of 5 stars I never could get into the story.
Throughout the book I felt like putting it aside but kept on reading with the hope the story would pick up. No surprising turn of story. Not laughter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Van Vlaenderen
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite State
Continuing my love for Meredith Schorr, I started on A State of Jane immediately after finishing Blogger Girl. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heather McCoubrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I found the pace of the story inconsistent. At some stages, the author went into painstaking detail and in other instances, which warranted more detail, the story was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Supermuv
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay...
I was expecting to really like this book, but sadly was somewhat disappointed. The book seemed to drag in the middle and almost made me weary just from reading the constant whining... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sandite
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda boring
I think it's one of the few books of this kind I read in a week or so. I usually start them and won't put them down before the last page.
This one wasn't like this. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lulu
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, sweet & honest bit of chick lit
In "State of Jane", by author Meredith Schorr, on the one year anniversary of the end of her 9 year relationship, Jane Frank decides she’s ready to get back out there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd
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More About the Author

A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After trying her hand writing children's stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing "real chick lit for real chicks." When Meredith is not hard at work on her current work in progress, she spends her days as a trademark paralegal. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. Meredith has published three novels, Just Friends with Benefits, A State of Jane and Blogger Girl.

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