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From Publishers Weekly

A heroine with Bridget Jones-like neuroses and klutziness learns the costs of scoring a glamorous life in McElhatton's delightful second novel (after Pretty Little Mistakes). Jennifer Johnson is a financially unstable copywriter toiling in the marketing department of Keller's, a family-run Minnesota department store. Jennifer learns her ex is engaged and is subjected to her younger sister's wedding preparations, horrid dates and a fire in her Hello Kitty–adorned apartment. Enter Brad Keller, the caddish heir to the Keller's department store fortune. Though at first she couldn't imagine that he'd ever be interested in her, soon enough they're dating, and a marriage proposal follows. Things, of course, aren't exactly as they appear, and Jennifer's eventually confronted with the classic dilemma: money or love. Jennifer's a wonderful narrator—honest, witty, self-deprecating and sharply observant—which more than redeems the story's familiar aspects (gay best friend, high maintenance sibling's pending nuptials, lame Internet dates). McElhatton blends just enough cynicism into the whimsical narrative, creating a fun romp through a woman's manifold insecurities. (May)
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“This brash and funny novel plays with the form, with a dark, intelligent and wholly unexpected conclusion…Jennifer is uncomfortable, wickedly funny and ultimately likable….”

Product Details

  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061461369
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 Original edition (April 25, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027KRRHU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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(McElhatton rhymes with TACKLE-LATIN, if that helps.)

Heather McElhatton is a writer and independent producer for Public Radio International. Her commentaries and
stories have been heard nationally on This American Life, Marketplace, Weekend America, Sound Money and The
Savvy Traveler. She also produced the radio literary series Talking Volumes. Heathers audio archive can be found at www.mpr.org

She has had several short stories published, including 'Red Shoes' which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2001. Writer/publisher Joyce Carol Oates published the story in
Princeton's literary magazine, The Ontario Review thatsame year.

Heather's new radio show is called STAGE SESSIONS and is held in front of a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St Paul, Minnesota. The show is aired on Minnesota Public Radio a week later. Guests have included Sebastian Junger, Ann Bancroft, Bill Holm and Robert Bly. Their work is combined with other musicians, poets and humorists.

Besides ongoing reporting and radio commentary, Heather will appear on Ira Glass's television version of This American Life, which is slated to premiere on Showtime this winter. Her debut novel is a choose-your-own-ending book for adults called Pretty Little Mistakes and will be published by HarperCollins in spring 2007.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bearette24 VINE VOICE on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
The author has a very wacky sense of humor, and several passages of this book made me laugh out loud. Her protagonist, Jennifer Johnson, doesn't really fit into her religious community in Minnesota. She collects kitschy figurines, has dolls that do naughty things, and has a gay best friend. However, her dream is rather conventional: find a millionaire, marry him and live happily ever after. Then that dream takes a nasty left turn. This is one of those books where the ending is *not* predictable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David E. Sunderland on May 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
OK...I love this book. It is witty, well written and a bit like potato chips....one is not enough. Kudos to Heather McElhatton for a fun read. I feel as if I personally know all the characters and have a much better sense of life in Minneapolis, MN. The perfect read if you are looking for an escape into the wacky world of dating. Applicable to both men and women...well maybe I got a little crazy but what the H***..."WRITE ON"....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MR on June 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I started this book on a lunch hour, canceled my afternoon meetings, and finished it all in one go. It's like someone finally tells you the whole truth, not just the pretty parts. I wound up loving Jennifer, despite herself, and finding all the arrows where the book hit a target inside myself. Underneath all the crazy stories and the laugh-so-hard-you-cry parts, you wind up asking if you're your own, most authentic self? This book is for all of us who very mistakenly walked down the aisle towards the wrong person and realized it too late (or too early, and were just to scared to admit it), or any of us looking at that choice again, or for the very first time. Let's be honest! Good luck everybody - this book cracks it wide open.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on July 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I borrowed this from the library and am so glad I did. The only good thing about it was that it was short!
I love funny, sarcastic books about single women, but this one was purely awful. First of all, it felt like an excerpt from a longer book. The supporting characters, including her sister, boyfriend, and best friend, were not properly introduced so it takes several pages to determine who the characters are. I kept wondering if I missed an introductory chapter or something. Then the character is awful! I kept reading thinking there would be a redemption, but there isn't. And certain revelations that should be a HUGE deal are not really addressed at all. This was, hands down, the worst book I have read in years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Kadel on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved the title and cover for this book, so I was very excited to read it. It does have some laugh-out-loud moments - and not many books can make me laugh like that. I appreciate the book's honesty of human failings and choices, instead of being a cute and forgettable fairy tale. However, my disappointment lies with the heroine herself. I just did not find her likable. I enjoy a sarcastic, sassy, modern hero, but Jennifer at times is mean, selfish and rude, especially to her family, and rather juvenile. As other reviewers noted, the ending is not as expected. But I think Jennifer gets exactly what she deserves. It's truthful, but not enjoyable reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Strouth on May 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
My God this is an amazing book. a journey of the soul that still has a romper room zeal for life. This is the kind of book that all the Sex In the City types aspire to be. Funny and heartfelt, hitting you with a one two punch, that will make you laugh and cry often at the same time.

The author creates an ultra-vivid world full of delight. If you don't know these characters then you must live in some sort of cavern, most certainly one without basic cable. Jennifer Johnson is more then just type on a page, there is a life beyond words in her character. I envy those of you who get to read this for the first time,it truly is a remarkable ride.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
In Minnesota, though she dreams of being a real writer, thirty years old Jennifer Johnson works as a copywriter toiling in the marketing department of Keller's department store. She is currently going through some difficult personal times with the least being a fire in her cherished apartment. Jennifer struggles with her younger sister getting married though she is happy for her Bridezilla sibling; she even loathes more her ex who is also getting married though she does not want the Groomzilla rat back. Both are marrying others on Valentine Day's; a holiday that has betrayed her. Finally she seems to have lost the battle of the bulge accepting size 12 for the first time though she is freaking out.

Dating especially on-line has proven one disaster after another so much so she wonders if this is divine punishment. Her co-worker Ted loves Jenifer, but she ignores his kindness as being weak. Meanwhile, the store's heir Brad Keller asks her out to her shock as she cannot think of one reason why her. As they go out a lot, she changes her goals to meet what she perceives he wants; soon he proposes and she accepts, but though her new objective is not being single she has nagging doubts every time she thinks beyond her immediate goal.

Unlikable as the lead is in many ways especially with her opinionated décor attitude on life, fans will enjoy this fine chick lit tale ironically due to Jennifer, who paints an honest, often amusing and not always kind self portrait. The story line overuses acceptable chick lit devices, but overcomes the expected standard with the sarcastic at times contemptuous look at relationships. This fun frolic will surprise readers with a wonderful final spin as Jennifer understands the realism of what her Prince Charming is.

Harriet Klausner
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