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Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single (A Jennifer Johnson Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Heather McElhatton
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A wicked comedy about the perils of making your dreams come true

Quirky, clever, cubicle-bound Jennifer Johnson is desperate. Everyone around her is getting married, while she's still single and stuck writing ad copy about men's dress socks.

Her life hits crisis level, launching her into a humiliating and painfully hilarious quest to find Prince Charming at any cost. This includes agonizing online dates, diet-clinic cults, drag-queen fights, and a debilitating addiction to Cinnabon icing. When she meets handsome, wealthy Brad Keller, she wonders if he's the answer to all her dreams, or is he just too good to be true?

Darkly funny and outrageously honest, McElhatton's wit shines in this no-holds-barred cautionary tale about getting what you want—and how it can be the worst thing for you.

Editorial Reviews

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)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027KRRHU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny but chilling May 12, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars David E Sunderand May 8, 2009
OK...I love this book. It is witty, well written and a bit like potato 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
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
1.0 out of 5 stars There is nothing to redeem this one July 3, 2013
By Laura
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny moments, But Disappointing August 7, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing jaunt of paralizing brillance May 8, 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars fine chick lit tale May 7, 2009
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.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Ending Ever
This had the worst ending to any book I have ever read. I wasn't expecting it to end all happily-ever-after and perfect, but it was just so opposite of that. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Berezovsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read.
Published 7 months ago by erika y morales
5.0 out of 5 stars Was looking for a novel set in Minneapolis
And this popped up after my search. You can definitely read this book on 2 different levels: Fun and breezy as a young woman crazily makes her way through her young single life... Read more
Published 10 months ago by gooddoc
4.0 out of 5 stars “Jennifer Johnson Is Sick Of Being Single” Debunks The Joys Of...
“Jennifer Johnson Is Sick Of Being Single” is a wry take on chic lit that I really enjoyed. She braves blind dating in search of happily ever after, but each blind date is more... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dana
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the ending I would have hoped for
I really liked Jennifer in the beginning but hoped she would have made a different choice in the end. And now I have to read the next in the series
Published 16 months ago by Angie
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
A lot of LOL moments. Loved the story I only wished Jen had made a different decision in the end.
Published 22 months ago by RMcKoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and unpredictable!
Heather McElhatton is a genius! No canned formulas or same old to be found here. Jennifer Johnson is pure delight! She's irreverent, unpredictable, and deeply human. Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by Deborah
4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud...
...many times...but the ending disappointed me. I do not think Jennifer would have gone through with the event given her true feelings.
Published on December 26, 2012 by Xynthia Rodriguez Hughes
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a horrible horrible book for single women
The heroine in this book is not for intelligent, strong single women. She is an idiot and horribly materialistic and vapid. Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilareous
You may not agree with me, but reading this story about a woman's train wreck of a life was very entertaining and at times pee-your-pants funny. Read more
Published on December 14, 2012 by Donna Brodsky
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More About the Author

(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

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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