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3.0 out of 5 stars CERTAINLY NOT HER BEST........, September 16, 2006
This review is from: The Guy Not Taken: Stories (Hardcover)
....but then I am not a fan of short stories. However--since I am a Weiner fan, I thought I'd try her latest work. I have to say...although the stories are well-written, for the most part, I am beginning to find the author's work repetitive. The stories all revolve around women who are physically imperfect (fat, scarred, etc.); there is typically a familial struggle...and typically it is an absentee father (divorced and not involved with his children, or simply desertion). And although her latest in no way measures up to her first (Good In Bed), I was thrilled to see Cannie make an appearance in one of the short stories. And thrilled though I was...let's face it, there is a Cannie in everything that this author writes. Cannie Clones are everywhere; she was the dowdy Connecticut housewife in Goodnight, Nobody...she was the lawyer sister in In Her Shoes....she was the overweight doctor's wife in Little Earthquakes. The reality is that Weiner is a fabulous writer who uses her talent as the proverbial therapist's couch. I'd like to see a wider array of characters in her future work...so let's hope she works through her issues and can move on to something a little more creative.

DYB
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Initial post: Jan 7, 2008 12:19:43 PM PST
This isn't her BEST book but it was good! I love Jennifer Weiner and the way she can make a reader realize we all have imperfections!! The "Guy Not Taken" story was my FAVORITE!! I would so be the girl changing my exes registry!!! I can't wait for her next book!

Posted on May 19, 2012 7:44:30 PM PDT
S. Perez says:
I just started reading her books and although I love them I agree completely with this review. Ms. Weiner seems to be sharing her emotional hang ups through all the scared female heroines, absent fathers, damaged sisters, weak mothers, and a Grandmother thrown in somewhere. The characters have started running together for me and this short story collection was disappointing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 9:16:29 PM PDT
S. Perez--I'm delighted to know that you found the review helpful....happy reading!!
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