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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345476271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345476272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"It was my therapist's idea—the journal of mortifying moments." Thus begins Kerry Spence's revisitation of all the most miserable episodes in her life in an effort to overhaul her self-defeating dating habits. It's not just her love life that's a problem: her career in advertising is going nowhere, and her friends are making choices she cannot begin to comprehend. Just in case the journal doesn't do the trick, she visits Ramona the psychic, who helps her to "read what our intuition already knows," and consults Dr. Rainbow Hashawarma's book You Get What You Give. Primed with plenty of advice, she decides to break the unhealthy hook-up cycle with her hot semiboyfriend Sam, take up yoga and volunteer somewhere meaningful. The latter goal brings the "high- to medium-risk teen" Tiffany into her life. Kerry begins to gain perspective on her own life as she coaxes her angst-ridden mentee through teenagehood. She also meets the charming Nick, who almost makes her forget about Sam. Just when it seems that Kerry's life is sorting itself out, she's confronted with an unexpected turn of events that appears to solve her problems. But is it that easy? Of course not. Kerry's cringe-worthy worst memories are laugh-out-loud funny, and chick-lit fans will applaud her honest efforts to break bad behavior patterns.
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Kerry Spence is unfulfilled by her soulless career in advertising, disappointed by her dysfunctional relationship, and horrified by the ever-increasing size of her ass. Ever since her gorgeous, self-absorbed boyfriend Sam demoted her to late night hook-up status, she has fortified herself with prime-time TV and blissful binges on cream cheese frosting, awaiting an epiphany that will reveal her next move.
Of course, everybody in her life is full of advice. Her free-spirited divorcee mother–when not necking furiously with her much younger boyfriend– sagely counsels her daughter to do whatever it takes to snag Sam back, since, quite frankly, he is the best she can do. Her friends ply her with fruity cocktails and dispense bits of ‘Cosmo' wisdom like "Divide your age in half and add seven–that's the youngest man you are allowed to date" and "Scotch tape can eliminate forehead wrinkles." And then there is Kerry's shrink, the calm, unflappable therapist who suggests she start "a diary of past encounters with men that may be contributing to her negative and dysfunctional quasi-relationship." Or, as Kerry sees it, a journal of mortifying moments.
Beginning with a kissing game gone bad in grade school, the journal jump-starts Kerry's stroll down memory lane of man troubles. But just as Kerry decides her poorly dressed therapist is as crazy as everybody else in her orbit, she begins to realize the journal may actually make some sense–as she plumbs the depths of her most embarrassing experiences on a quest for personal awareness that will give her the strength to turn her life around–and just maybe find love again.
The Journal of Mortifying Moments is a hysterically funny glimpse into the quirky, slightly obsessive, and completely lovable mind of Kerry Spence. But somewhere amidst the laugh-out-loud hilarity of Kerry's exploits emerges the story of a woman who learns to stop trying to be someone she's not, and start loving the wonderful, quirky person she is, once and for all. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.
Robyn D. B. Marshall
The author has a wickedly fresh sense of humor, and mixed together with a plot that will keep you guessing until the end, this is one wonderful and engrossing read.
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The first half of the book was really good, but then started feeling as though the story started bogging down too much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Rubin on October 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the main character, my personal life is in order. But like the main character, I was burnt out of my professional life. I thought the writing and story was very insightful of the situations that come when you are a round peg trying to fit into a square hole.

Very funny stories of previous run ins with the male species. Thank God, I don't have anything like that to look back on. You are routing for this character all the way through, and despite some set backs, you just know she will eventually get it right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Kruft on May 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
as a frequent reader, sometimes wary of immature "chick lit," this was a pleasant surprise to take on vacation. Caught myself laughing out loud on the beach. And you really want things to work out for this character, appreciate her ability to confront the horrors we've all had growing up and then being single. Great book, really loved it. Perfect relaxing, but attention-holding vacation book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book has its fun moments where Kerry gets into typical chick-lit situations. Her analyst has her recording her "mortifying moments" in a journal. Kerry seems to have more than her share currently and in the past(breaking up with boyfriend on prom night, getting arrested for kidnapping when she stages an intervention with a girlfriend).
Unfortunately it's hard to keep all her fellow employees, friends and family straight. You feel little sympathy for her work problems when she's an obvious goof off. She tries to change her karma by volunteering, but her focus is on herself rather than the teen being mentored.
For fans of the Shopaholic books, this attempt lacks the breeziness and light touch that Kinsella achieves. I kept wanting to like the book better, but it seemed to drag on and on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I expected a sweet and funny beach read. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be predictable and not too funny. The main character is obviously supposed to be an American Bridget Jones, but lacks her nerve and her humor. What we get instead is a weak heroine who spends most of the book feeling sorry for herself amidst "single girl" stereotypes- the interfering mother, the nasty boss, the gay friend, the good-on-paper-but-big-mistake boyfriend. The plot is resolved in a very formulaic and predictable way, and I was left feeling diappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Little D on November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I heard some really great things about this book, and when I was finished I was a little disappointed. I had huge expectations due to what I had heard.

This was an enjoyable read though. I wish the ending would have been a little more clear. It was assumed what would happen with the characters, but not set in stone.

All in all a great book. If you like chick lit or any comedy you'll enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Patton on March 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was great! A simple yet satisfying chick lit book.

Kerry never has any luck with anything. Through her hilarious (mortifying to her) moments we witness her luck (or lack thereof) in finding a man. Once she catches the eye of a man, she is so self conscious that she can't keep him. It's sad at times and mushy at times, but it's a really good book!
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Another "ChickLit" book that I enjoyed during a day at the beach. Of course, it may have seemed strange to see a person chuckling (very audibley at times) to herself as she worked on her melanoma, but this book was very funny and the humor flowed throughout the entirety of the novel. It is a book that anyone and eveyrone should pick up when they're having "the worst day EVER." Robyn Harding has carefully woven the ideology of humiliation and how it happens to everyone, how it's unavoidable in life, and most importantly, how to turn a bad situation into one that's more manageable, how to laugh at yourself, and how to hope things will get better.

Yes, that statement sounds like it was sliced from the worst block of cheddar cheese that the local supermarket has neglected to remove from its shelves, HOWEVER, the characters in the book are regular people so the reader is able to put themselves in their shoes. The way this book reads is almost as if it is right out of Ms. Hardings' personal journal and simply edited into a book. I thought it was great and quite original given the fact that you don't have to read about another character struggling to move up in society and pretending to enjoy snotty socialites whom, for some reason, the character wants to spend time with. (I'll admit that I enjoy reading books that revolve around those plots as well b/c they're just an idiot box that you can read, rather than watch.) In this story, you're reading about a character who is struggling to move through society and be happy at the same time, which, in effect, is what many of us are trying to do. The title gives away the story plot, but so what? This book reminds you that it's OK to live with who you fundamentally are, that you don't need to change yourself, that no one is perfect and it's all wrapped up in a book that's not in the "self-help" section of the book store. Definately worth a read due to the comedy and the characters that make this book what it is.
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I was happily surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. Kerry Spence, the main heroine of the novel, is one of those characters who are good enough to make the book, should the book not have a good plot. She is funny (hilarious at times), endearing, clueless in some ways, and vibrant. However, since this book had an excellent plot too, the book ended up being amazingly good. At the beginning of our story, Kerry is stuck in an on-again, off-again type of relationship with Sam, a good-looking guy who she thinks is way out of her league. In order to try and get over the angst this dysfunctional relationship has produced, Kerry begins seeing a therapist, who instructs her to write down some of the most mortifying moments in her life. And mortifying they turn out to be - from a twelve year old kissing game that ended badly, to a horrifying ski "date" that ended with a terrible bloody nose, to a night where Kerry realized at the end that she had tape stuck on the bridge of her nose throughout her date (hence the odd, strange looks he'd been giving her the entire time), and much more.

As Kerry deals with her past, she also has to deal with her present. She is stuck in a soulless advertising job with a horrible boss and a ridiculous co-worker who is not only in love with her, but manages to humiliate her thoroughly when she turns him down. She decides to enroll in a program that helps "medium to high risk teens", and goes on a few interesting dates. But Kerry realizes that perhaps her therapist wasn't being a total ogre when she'd had her write down her most embarrassing moments. Maybe looking into the past is how she can get her present sorted out...

I laughed out loud on more than one occasion while reading this book.
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