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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452288371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452288379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,235,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jane Cooper is a New Yorker committed to leisure: even though she has a job in client relations at a financial firm, she makes a point of spending her weekday mornings hanging out and doing embroidery while pretending to be in client meetings. When Rebecka, Jane's rich best friend, offers to take her to an expensive South Beach resort to help mend Rebecka's broken heart, Jane doesn't hesitate. She's unaware, however, of what her failure to do her job really means for others-at her company, and beyond. After epithet-studded heartache talk, makeovers and barhopping, it turns out that Jane really does care about something other than hanging out. Koslow's adept, entertaining debut manages, to the surprise of narrator Jane, to celebrate the good that comes from committing to work and love.
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About the Author

ALEXANDRA KOSLOW graduated Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, with a concentration in photography. Slacker Girl is her first novel. She has worked in advertising, mixology (aka, bartending), and publishing.

Customer Reviews

Great fun read gals!
D. Mascolo
This book is written in a smart & witty way.
Book Club Member
The plot was so predictable, and just flat.
ScarletJAMS

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Santiglia on August 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Fun book- I thoroughly enjoyed it! A quick read with lots of wit and charm! The heroine calls her briefcase her 'griefcase'---natch. (Now I do too. ) Koslow knows how to sling the whole downtown chic vibe but is never condescending or too cool for school... It's got an edgy groove but is still entirely relatable. The story is cute but the real heartbeat of the book is the author's voice- flip and cynical, yet still insightful and optimistic- all the while being completely hilarious. That's something special and exactly why I'd love to read more from her. And I'd love it to be something with 1st person narrative - maybe even a memoir or somethin' like that. Anyway this book is great for poolside while sipping a cocktail- preferably on vacation, cause it will make you wanna go on one .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on September 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
From the cover art this book looks like it is a fun light read. After finishing it, I discovered that not only does it live up to my initial impressions but that it also has a deeper message hidden in the light satirical and witty banter between Jane and her friends/enemies and frenemies. This is a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C Rethwisch on August 13, 2013
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A very fun read about a sassy, funny lead female character who makes her way through life - with a little help from the universe!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Aron on August 13, 2013
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If you're looking for a cute city adventure with a sassy female lead, pick up Slacker Girl. You'll root for Jane and her friends as they make their way through breakups, bust ups and boozy fun. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Club Member on July 9, 2008
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I'm amazed that some would not love this book. It was hilarious. Jane's obserations of the uptight workaholics around her are a riot. This book is written in a smart & witty way. I've passed this book along to many. FUN, Fun, Fun all the way thru. I love how everything seems to work out for Jane. This is a laugh-out-loud read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By librarychicgeek on September 9, 2008
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I really wanted to like this book, but since it was supposed to be my "fun read" and it took me nearly two months to complete it, the book felt more like punishment by the end.

As a woman in her 20's who has worked the horrid corporate job just to get by (thankfully no more!), I was hoping that this book would be more fun and have more relatable characters, storylines, etc., but it just fell flat. For being billed as "hilarious" I was hoping for a good laugh, but the story didn't deliver in that area either.

Most characters are not very well developed, lots of stereotyping/flat/stock characters -- especially for any characters of differing ethnicities. If you can't write good dialect, don't try it, because some characters accents were over-the-top goofy, if not a little offensive.

What could have possibly saved this book was a decent plot, but Koslow can't even pull that off, for this story has absolutely no character arc at all. Jane is essentially the same character at the beginning, as she is at the end, because the universe always spins things in her favor. I actually got slightly interested at the end when it seemed things were suddenly going to change and the story was going to go off in a different direction, but of course, it ended up being totally predictable.
If you want a piece of fiction that is pure fluff, I assure you, there are many better books out there! If you are looking for something entertaining and a little substance, avoid this book at all costs. I think Koslow, and her editors, should spend extra time revising her next novel.
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This books is a jewel and I simply loved it. Jane Cooper is a true slacker, what she values above everything is leisure.

I think I really liked this book because I do work for a corporate and some situation (see the firing speech given by Leetsmann and Jane hilarious remarks ) really made me laugh:

This is from an "interview" scene:

"Gotcha." This job is going to suck. Ray should have just said,
"This job is going to suck some ass. And when it's done sucking ass, it's
going to go and suck some more." That would have been a lot more direct.
Although, maybe he doesn't think it sucks? Nah, impossible.

I also love leisure and I am a huge fun of New York and Foxy Hipster Guys who blush easily. The thing about me is that I can't read romance (with a few exceptions as jennifer Crusie and Julie james) because I usually find that male characters in romance are very masculine and very boring, this is why I stick to chick lit and characters I can relate to.

You don't expect reality from a chick lit and certainly not from "slacker girl", what is so great about this book is the way Koslow is opening every chapter with a wit sentence like "Dynasting noun : When your future depends on acting like anyone in the cast of Dynasty", the bantering dialogues between Jane and Rebecka, the way Jane's mind works (I could really relate to her "to achieve list" but for the Celebrity thing) and Ray (who I totally feel for).

I read some bad reviews about this book but from my prospective It will have to be a 5 star!
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By Jessica Chetta on June 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't understand why some people really didn't like this book. Of course it's going to be a bit predictable like every other chick-lit book, but honestly at times I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I loved how Jane was who she wanted to be and did whatever she wanted to do. I work in NYC in a very competitive job and I only wished I could have the same balls that Jane has. I love how she speaks her mind and is chill about most things in life. The author did a great job with how Jane's mind works and I found it hilarious how my mind thinks the same way!
This book was entertaining and fun...I feel sorry for those individuals who wrote the critical reviews..they are missing out in life.
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More About the Author

Hi readers, I'm Alexandra Koslow, author of Slacker Girl, Slacker Girl 2.0, Citybursts, and I'm all about escapism! I write books to give readers a break from life and fresh inspiration with funny, loveable characters and a bit of magic and a lot of smartass: I am from New Jersey We all work hard enough, and worry enough in real life, Slacker Girl is a book where you can laugh and let go, and that's what I'm about. Other aspects of the books has spiritual ideas, an example of great friendship, the worries we have as women, partying your face off, music culture, working and how much of that do you want to rule your life, and relationships.

Slacker Girl 2.0 is an updated version of Slacker Girl, which came out in 2007. This is the 2013 version and there are some twists and turns and a couple of character changes. As an aside, it may become a movie, or tv show, talks are in the works. My next book in the works in the same way: female characters up to insane goofiness, with a bit of magic and a lot of power. My intention for all of my writing is to give you, the readers, a big hug.

I live in Jersey City with my 2 cats, Chelsea and Ricco, where I meditate, listen to Alternative music, look at my treadclimber, cook, write, and just try to keep everything copacetic.