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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delightfully Dysfunctional Books; 1 edition (December 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615899609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615899602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,120,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clarion ForeWord Reviews: Funny and bittersweet ... Nova's often-disastrous attempts to find a guy who likes her as more than a friend are tender, sensitive, and never self-pitying....the humor, rather than the bitterness of Nova's rejections, is emphasized and allows the story to remain upbeat....As the narrative winds through Nova's emotional development, from elementary school to college, all the hurt is resolved in a heartfelt epilogue that contains equally compelling messages about life targeted at young adults and grown-ups.


Kirkus Indie Reviews: It's one romantic rejection after another in this mid-1990s coming-of-age novel. Nova Porter isn't an average teenage girl. She prefers Mötley Crüe to New Kids on the Block, and at the mall, she'd rather make prank phone calls than shop. Yet as she enters junior high school, her desire for a boyfriend prompts her to make the first of many earnest attempts to ask guys out. Nova narrates the novel like a stand-up comic, heaping pop-culture metaphors and self-deprecation onto the story. Candid dialogue carries the bulk of the novel, which paces things well.

About the Author

Lana Cooper was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple University, she doesn't usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio. Cooper has written extensively on a variety of pop culture topics and has been a critic for such sites as PopMatters and Ghouls On Film. She's also written news stories for EDGE Media, a leading nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. Cooper enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, books with lots of words and no pictures, and talking to strangers on public transportation. "Bad Taste In Men" is her first full-length novel.

More About the Author

Lana Cooper was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple University, she doesn't usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio. Cooper has written extensively on a variety of pop culture topics and has been a critic for such sites as PopMatters and Ghouls On Film. She's also written news stories for EDGE Media, a leading nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. Cooper enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, books with lots of words and no pictures, and talking to strangers on public transportation. "Bad Taste In Men" is her first full-length novel.

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By abcd on January 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. While
I'm not sure if I see Nova as a heroine or anti-heroine, I can certainly sympathize with her. The story is very well-written and you feel that it means a lot to the author. I hope she has more books planned for the future!
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So glad I purchased this book , I knew Lana from school always loved her straight forward witty charm , A must read not only is it funny , but has an emotional feel also , definitely a must read !!!!!!
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I've been familiar with Lana Cooper's writing for many years now through her blogs and articles. So when I saw she published her first fictional novel, I jumped on it.

If you've had a less than perfect dating life, this book will charm you (and maybe make you feel your dating life wasn't as bad as you'd remembered).

Bad Taste in Men is funny and full of heart. Nova is considered quirky by her small town but she's very likeable and you'll be rooting for her as she journeys on her quest for love (or at least a bit of action).

Yet another fantastic effort from Ms. Cooper.
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