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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (September 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767915593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767915595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Native Brit Green (Jemima J; Mr. Maybe) had a hit in England with her first novel when it was published there in 1997; it follows the lives of four women (or "ladettes") through lunch dates, new mates and heartbreaks. Career-minded Tasha, who has clawed her way up the ladder of British television to be a producer for a popular a.m. chat-fest, narrates in a brisk, snappy monologue. Although she prides herself on her stylish clothes and glamorous job ("I'm generally thought of as strikingly attractive," she notes), what she really needs is the love of a good man. The problem? She's a sucker for rakes who make her pulse race, treat her horribly and break her heart. Smitten with commitment-phobic Simon, Tasha gets to know his best friend, Adam, to whom she turns for support when Simon calls it quits. Adam and Tasha become great friends-until he announces he loves her. "These are the words I've longed to hear. For years I've dreamed, of being in this situation, of sitting on a terrace, lit by candlelight, facing a man who I love, who tells me he love me too. But this is Adam," Tasha moans. "I love Adam but I don't want his tongue in my mouth, his hand on my breast, his body in my bed." Eventually, Tasha decides to give dating Adam a try, but her desire for passion continues to haunt her until she's forced to choose between warm stability with Adam and scorching hot sex with a handsome stranger. Though this volume has some of the familiar Sex in the City/Bridget Jones's Diary spark, it's neither as charismatic nor humorous as Green's later works.
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“Any woman who’s suffered a relationship trauma, or simply lost her way in the
confusion of modern life, will die for this book . . . Wickedly funny, it may not improve your love life, but it will make you squeal with laughter.” —Cosmopolitan

“Irritatingly accurate, Straight Talking is a hilarious and poignant look at love and sex.” —Elle

“Sharp, funny, and packed with familiar situations for all those who’ve ever embarked on the dating game.” —Tattler

Customer Reviews

The book was very interesting and definitely keeps you on your toes.
Amanda L. Rimer
I was extremely disappointed in Straight Talking simply because I do not feel that I or many women can truly relate the the heroine.
C. Gogel
I so gald this wasn't the first Jane Green book I've read or I might have not read another one.
Shelly

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pimm on April 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ew. This book was just...gross. I was shocked, because I really enjoyed Jemima J. Apparently, Jane Green has really only managed one genuinely likeable protagonist. The main character in Straight Talking, Tash, is really vile. I don't even mind that she's slutty, but I really dislike how stuck-up and egocentric she is. Most of the book is taken up with Tash's endless whining about how her parents screwed her up (because her father had affairs when she was a child) and her constant statements about how hot she is and how every man stares at her with lust. I actually guffawed with outrage at one point towards the end of the book where she says she "even forgives" the reader for disliking her. That's a real laugh, but perfectly in line with her irritating personality. Tash also goes on and on about how slutty one of her best friends, Andy, is, and how "even with all of her faults, she's a good storyteller," and how dumpy her best friend Mel is, and how she (Tash) didn't initially think Mel was "good enough for her" because she was frumpy. Obviously, Tash is a fictive character, but the fact that this book compels me, a normally rather level-headed reader, to actively strongly dislike the main character and essentially root against her, is a real testament to Jane Green's inability here to create an even semi-likeable, realistic, or slightly sympathetic main character.

Another major problem I had with this book was its total lack of connection to reality. At times, I actually found myself wondering if this book had been written by a man. Some of the descriptions of Tash's behavior or her "lust" felt totally out of touch with how most women behave or feel.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Caroline P. Hampton on October 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
I love Jane Green. She is probably my very favorite author in the whole world. I have had this book for years (it was published in the UK ages ago) and I think that people are going into this book thinking it's new and will be up to her current standards. That is not the case. This is her very first book and only shows moments of her talent and brilliance. Later books really express how much she had grown and how very talented she really is.
That being said --- this book is still really good and right up there with other "Chick Lit" books on the market today. It holds it's own against those currently being published - but might pale in comparison to her previous offers. If you go into this as any other chick book - you'll be fine. Just don't think this is a NEW Jane Green book. You might be disappointed.
Cheers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have read many books, and this is the first time I've actually truly related to a character. Tasha may be 30 and in London, and I'm 24 and in the Midwest USA, but we are not very different.

I read another one of the reviews, and it says that the character is unlikable. But I don't think you're supposed to like her. She's not supposed to be the perfect heroine of the other books. She has her insecurities, and she makes decisions that she knows that she shouldn't be making, but does them anyway, and she falls in love with guys that treat her like dirt. The whole book is about her discovering the important aspects of love and friendship.

I love the British humor, and the blunt, straight-forward writing when it comes to the thoughts going through the narrator's head.

I could not put this book down right to the end. I'm making all of my friends read it, including my best guy friend because I know he'll find the resemblance frightening.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
After reading Jane Green's poorly written but strangely engrossing novel, Jemima J., I decided to give her other books a chance. I am extremely sorry I wasted my time. Mr. Maybe started off well, but quickly dissolved into a boring, predictable, and forgottable mess.
Straight Talking, which is probably her worst novel yet, doesn't even start off well, and unfortunately, doesn't get any better. Reading these novels makes me realize that anyone can write a book and sell it, as long as it is badly written, predictable, and blah. Mrs. Green writes like I did in the eighth grade, not even bothering to hide her lack of talent. Her descriptions, if you can even call them that, are lackluster, and her dialogue is absolutely atrocious. Plus, aside from Jemima J., she has not created one single likable heroine. In fact, Straight Talking's Tasha, has got to be one of the most pathetic, annoying, and unlikeable characters in all of literature, which, if I had my way, this book would not be a category of. She falls in love with any man who lays his eyes on her, and gives in to pleasure within minutes of speaking to him, then wonders why she can't have a decent relationship, blaming her lack of love on her parents' divorce. A television producer should be smarter than that. Honey, perhaps you can't find a man because you've slept with all of England!
Tasha's friends all seem the same to me and I was confused as to who is who. All four of these women are cardboard, going through the EXACT same cliched problems and dealing with them in the same way. I could not tell one from the other and it bothered me how similar they are. Perhaps ONE best friend would have been more convenient, and saved the confusion.
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Jane Green is a bestselling author of popular novels. She has been featured in People, Newsweek, USA Today, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

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