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"This book is the ultimate chick-lit read--a light-hearted romp focused on the travails of Jan, a college student dumped by her boyfriend, an SDSU student. The moment proves an epiphany, as Jan resolves to stop dating and find fulfillment as a single woman." - East County Magazine

"Between Boyfriends is a delicious slice of chick-lit! Snappy dialogue sets this story apart from the pack as it follows a young woman who, financially cut off by her parents when she fails to attend school, learns that life is more than her Amex card, and reunites with a mother who has endured her own brand of pain." - Jan Moran, bestselling author

"BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a great read. It's got everything you'd expect in a chick-lit book: good friends, fun, and a little romance, but the thing Sarka-Jonae adds to this story is a journey." - Caroline Fardig, USA TODAY bestselling author

"Jan, the much lovable yet so far from perfect anti-heroine of this refreshing novel, seems to be plumbing new depths at each turn of the page, as her fairy-tale like, easy going world gradually crumbles around her... Jan is a Cinderella that chucks away the dainty slipper and gets on with real life. Revivifying and fun... this novel is a comforting reminder that it isn't all that easy to be a young woman discovering that most of the time the only prince charming who can save us is our own little selves." - San Francisco Book Review

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Product Details

  • Series: The Between Boyfriends Series
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620151820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620151822
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,531,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Jan Weston is about to receive a hard knock that she wasn't expecting. Entitled, selfish, pretentious, and manipulative - Jan finds herself suddenly single, disowned by her family, cut off from her familial line of credit, and a nuisance to her so called friends. What's a girl to do? Can Jan survive getting a job, paying for school, living on oatmeal, wearing last year's fashions all while swearing off men? Between Boyfriends follows Jan through her hard fall to reality and rise to self reliance. Jan takes it all on the chin and keeps on swinging for the fences.

The book is a well written exploratory view into the life and inner machinations of a drama riddled juvenile group of girls. And while the exhibition is spotless, it smacks more of spectacle than of spectacular. I had an excruciating time trying to relate to the main character - hating her pity parties, drunken binges, and temper tantrums. She was sophomoric, and the more that happened to her the less I cared about what else might happen to her.

This feeling of apathy didn't last the entire book. By the end, I was glad that Jan had found her sea legs and was off to start her own adventure. But I don't think that the end completely redeems the story. And here's why: some of her issues, that the author wraps up in tiny little bows of success stories, aren't actually fully addressed. Jan's relationship with her parents is a doozy, and cutting her back into the will - doesn't exactly translate to healthy boundaries or healing.
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Most people who read this have called Jan a stuck-up, snobbish, boy-crazy shopaholic, but the girl I read about was insecure, and needing the love and affection she didn't get as a child. The front she put up was her armor, when actually, she felt very inferior. When her mother cuts her off from all financial aid, she has to fend for herself. When her friends come to her aid she realizes that she had not been a good friend to them in the past. She also realizes that she is not worthless when she begins to make wise decisions and get her act together. An enjoyable book!

Carole McKee, Author
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This is a story of a young woman, Jan, who grows and matures as the story goes on.

When the reader is first introduced to Jan, our main character is being broken up by her boyfriend of 8 months named Mike. Jan is spoiled, rich, snobby and shallow. She appears to have more money than brains.
We learn that Jan has dropped out of college before even taking a single class, and the only ones that know are her now ex boyfriend, her girlfriends and her father. She is taking classes at a massage school to become a massage therapist on the advice of the now ex-boyfriend.
Due to the break up, she swears off dating all boys. This includes Juan, a classmate that she bonds with after being really nasty to him. She takes up new hobbies on the advice of her neighbor/ best friend.
We see her really grow when after a dinner party at her mother's house. It was during this party that her mother learns that Jan has quit school and is now becoming a massage therapist. This results in Jan being cut off financially and being disowned by her mother. Jan now has to get school paid for, get a job, and support herself completely. Gone are the days of MAC cosmetics, Starbucks Chai Teas and fancy hair salons.
Through a comedy of errors of jobs that she does get, we see her becoming less shallow, more of her own person.
It is through her relationships with her girlfriends and two new friends that she connects with, Jan blossoms into a woman, instead of a girl.

This is an excellent read! I enjoyed it from the first page and was sad to see the last one. It has a rich story line, characters that you can relate to and a story that any woman can relate to. I was able to read this book in just over 12 hours... because I enjoyed it so much. This would be a welcomed book to have with you in the summer as you travel, read at the beach or enjoy on the deck with a good glass of wine or favorite cocktail.

Highly recommended by this reviewer.
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I have to say I really enjoyed this book. The transformation you see the characters go through makes this story enjoyable. I couldn't put it down. I had to read at work, on my ride home, while cooking dinner. It was just a good story. It made me laugh, and felt real. This book pulls you in and is a great chic read. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
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I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed watching Jan's growth in this book. She went from a self-centered, spoiled girl to a mature, self-confident woman. I also enjoyed that San Diego was described as more than a tourist city. As a San Diegian, I liked reading about the real San Diego. I can't wait for the sequel.
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Boy, did I dislike Jan Weston, a shallow, self-absorbed rich girl who glommed onto men in a desperate attempt at identity. I almost stopped reading because I just couldn't stand her. Nor could I understand why some other women were friends with her. I saw no redeeming qualities. But, being chick lit, you know the change will happen, and it did. One might criticize the book for how loooonnnggg it took the author to get to the redemption--I almost did myself. But upon reflection, the author did this precisely right! We wouldn't have believed an earlier and easier transformation. Well done! Oh, and I'm so glad she learned that men can be friends and not merely boy toys!
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