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Product Details

  • Series: Red Dress Ink Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373895437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373895434
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,374,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Disguised as yet another chick-lit novel about disastrous dating, this book moves beyond genre constraints to offer a provocative and intelligent look at the ways that people search for a meaningful life. Cleverly titled chapters such as "Weight Listed" and "A Clue in Time Saves Nine" describe actress Karrie Kline's dating adventures, but there's a continuity in her narration that makes this novel more than the sum of its parts. Several themes recur throughout, including Karrie's admiration for her mother and stepfather's marriage and her relationship to Judaism, and though romance may come hard to Karrie, her love for New York City is constant, even when she briefly expatriates to Los Angeles. While Karrie's dates are truly hilarious-like the man who wears the same outfit every day, and the man who barks like a dog to show affection-there's also a sense of poignancy as Kerrie truly attempts to give each man his due. Her dates wind through the decades, tracing history as they do, and what's left when the laughter dies down is a normal woman looking for a normal type of happiness, but one who passes by her lucky break like a ship in the night. Those expecting a light and fluffy confection will likely be pleasantly surprised by this more substantive fare.
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From Booklist

Graff's debut novel opens at a bridal shower. Karrie Klein, 45, has never been married, and she is attending her umpteenth bridal shower for yet another friend who's found the mythical "one." This leads Karrie to reminisce about her own dating history, starting in 1988 and covering 15 years of losers, freaks, oddballs, and just downright insensitive and selfish guys. Her boyfriend at 30, David, introduces her to his parents, who love her, apparently more than David does. Jack, a born-again Christian, seems like such a bad match from the outset that Karrie muses, "It would have been easier to not have the relationship and to have just sold the movie rights." As she struggles in the New York dating world, she also struggles to make it as an actress. More than just a catalogue of loser guys and bad relationships, Graff's smart and funny novel shows just how hard finding the right man can be and how easy it is for a relationship to fail. Kristine Huntley
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Customer Reviews

It seemed a little too much like Sex and the City, the character's name was also Karrie.
oregonian girl
The author writes with such an honest, insightful perspective that the reader can't help but to feel the life of the single gal in the book, Carrie.
jill cohen
It just seems like bad date after bad date, and it's a lot of bad dates before she learns not to be so desperate.
D. Burke

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on January 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I love all of the Red Dress Ink books I have read, and when I spotted this one in the bookstore, it looked like it would be right up my alley. And it was. The protagonist, Karrie Kline, had a strong voice that came through clearly in these series of humorous vignettes about dating. The author was also able to keep what could be a depressing subject mostly upbeat. She seemed to observe her experiences in a positive light and move on into the next experience. I think everyone has a little of Karrie Kline in them, especially when it comes to the dating world. Though the novel was quite long, it did move very quickly and actually made me laugh out loud at several parts! I have recommended it to all of my friends who are dating and need a good laugh. And, of course, I recommend it to anyone who is in the mood to read a great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Weeks on February 8, 2005
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This book is not chick lit. That's why it confused the readers who were expecting a chicklitty read all about designer labels and shopping. This book is a literary novelization of the author's actual life, or at least that's how I understand it from reading the back blurb. It deals with issues far deeper than chick lit. Moreover, Laurie Graff has talent and has that special way with words and a turn of phrase. (Lots of authors now just don't. Their prose clunks. The no-style style. Clunky.) It was a pleasure to read her narrative and escape into the world of the character. Unlike some reviewers, I experienced her viewpoint character (a somewhat modified version of herself, I gathered, with the author winking at us from the distance of the years) as being charming and deep, if a bit ditzy about men. It's an episodic novel about all the guys she dated. I do have to say that she (the main character--and perhaps the author, by extension, though you should never assume a character represents the author, even when you're told it's based on real life!) was unwise in sleeping with all those men, protection shrotection. She slept with more guys than I have ever even flirted with, let alone dated! But I realize that's a typical lifestyle as portrayed, yadda yadda. The episodes all have some meaning to her life. She doesn't have a big character arc, just a small one, but that's more realistic anyway. At the end, she chooses not to take back the last guy who dumped her and says she'll wait for what's really hers to show up. That was her character change. I realize that most romance novels and chick lit take a brick and pummel the reader over the head with the paradigm of being rescued by a man and so forth, so this novel wouldn't suit their reading tastes. But if you are used to more literary and more lasting works, give this one a try. She writes well, and I'll be looking forward to seeing more of her work.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erika Reviews on June 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's rare that I do not finish a book, but I had to put this one down. It was nothing like I expected it to be. The writing just was not captivating enough to make me force myself to finish it. I feel a book is only good if you can care about the characters in one way or another, and this book made me think, "So what?"

I wouldn't waste my money. Well, actually, I did. But if I was you and I hadn't bought the book yet, I wouldn't waste my money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pamby on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Only those who have no problem following an incessant rambling about guys who truly are stranger than fiction will be able to enjoy this book. It is essentially a bunch of words that have somehow made it into print, with no real beginning, middle or end. I suppose the holidays and years are nice, but halfway through each chapter, when I am still trying to find a point, I forget which day it is anyway. This book is so all over the place, and a downer to boot, that I wish I had not wasted my money on it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on January 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was duly impressed with this novel. Karrie Kline's insights on her dating life are full of wit, intelligence and poignancy. Since she turned thirty, Karrie has searched for Mr. Right all over New York -- only to encounter a load of Mr. Wrongs. Now that she's forty-five, the struggling actress may have to come to terms with her singleton ways. But life has its surprises. Will she finally find her prince?
I marvel at Laurie Graff's wit. She's created an endearing heroine who tackles issues centered on her wayward father, her Jewish customs, and the fact that she does not want to "get married and live a normal life in Queens," as her grandmother puts it. This is another great one from Red Dress Ink. A fellow frog kisser, I'd say this is one of the most relatable chick lits out there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AMG on August 7, 2005
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Halfway through the book, you are left wondering two things: why doesn't Karrie take a break from dating for a while, and why doesn't she try a new career? She seems to not have much luck in either arena, and the results are a rather tedious read. While cute at times, Bridget Jones diary it ain't.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Danielle VINE VOICE on May 3, 2005
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I am a massive chick-lit reader and I had noticed this book for a while and I finally decided to buy it. Boy, I wish I hadn't. The book just goes on and on.The character of Karrie is not very likeable and by the middle of the book, I couldn't have cared less whether she found a man or not and whether she got a big break in acting. The men that she dated seemed to be all the same character with just a name change and I have a hard time believing that Karrie would have just one bad relationship after the other without having at least one good relationship. It was just too much. Also, Karrie is Jewish and uses a lot of Jewish phrases or words but the author doesn't bother too explain them, so if you're not Jewish or know someone who is, you will have no idea what she is talking about. Also at the beginning of each chapter, the date will be given. But inside some chapters, the character will just suddenly start talking about a different time in her life and I was left confused about what she was talking about. Like you may have guessed, I found this book to be too long, I believe that it could have been cut in half and cut out half of the stories-because they're all basically the same-the book would have been much better. I think you can tell that Laurie Graff is an actress first and a writer second because I think it shows in her writing. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone and I will not be reading anything else by Laurie Graff.
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More About the Author

Laurie Graff grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, counting the days until she could move across the 59th Street Bridge into the City, and claim the life of That Girl. For those who may not know the popular 60s TV show, Marlo Thomas portrayed an adorable, kooky, free-spirited actress. Well, Laurie did not become that girl, but as this one she went on to do television and radio commercials, professional theater and a hit Broadway show. To date, the role of Frenchy, the Beauty School Dropout in Grease, remains her favorite. Chatty girl she was (still is) Laurie always enjoyed regaling friends with tales from her dating pond. Spinning stories about the quirky, froggy guys she'd date, hopeful that one might turn into her prince. So far no one's kept the throne, but the stories turned into her first novel, You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs. And she is delighted for the book to be reissued and brought back. Other novels include the sequel, Looking for Mr. Goodfrog and The Shiksa Syndrome. A lover of all things New York, Laurie is very involved in organizations, community affairs and cultural activities, writing, acting and constantly on-the-go with family, friends and yes, frogs. Keep Kissing.

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