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The third installment (the first to be published in the U.S.) in a British-originated series, this uneven anthology of stories by chick lit's bright lights showcases some engaging voices. Many of the selections, however, lack focus and shape, and while most begin energetically, more than a few fizzle before ending abruptly. Notable exceptions include "Cat Lady" by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (The Dirty Girls Social Club), in which a woman trying to embrace her inner spinster ("Dear self: If you are still single and haven't had one good date in the preceding two years... [s]ave yourself a future of humiliation and too much makeup and realize one important truth: You are now a cat lady") finds unexpected romance. In "New York" by Jill A. Davis (Girls' Poker Night), a woman recovering from a breakdown finds her niche and a second chance for success in magazine publishing. Premonitions by a psychic roommate in "Know it All" by Sarah Mlynowski (Milkrun) help the story's narrator finally make a decision regarding her on-again off-again boyfriend. Some big names disappoint, including Jennifer Weiner (Good in Bed) and Anna Maxted (Running in Heels). The anthology supports an excellent cause—a percentage of the proceeds go to the humanitarian organization War Child—but it's not consistently gratifying as entertainment.
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Originally started in the UK, the Girls' (and Boys') Night In collections gather together hip fiction for the twenty- and thirtysomething sets. The U.S. version collects 21 stories from such popular chick-lit authors as Meg Cabot, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Isabel Wolff, Anna Maxted, and Lisa Jewell. In Cabot's "Party Planner," Charity, an event planner at the New York Journal, plans a bang-up company party that goes disastrously awry, though her efforts don't go unnoticed by one handsome supervisor. Sophie Kinsella's "Changing People" brings an old boyfriend back into Sarah's life via a friend's new business scheme. In Sarah Mlynowski's "Know It All," Shaun's psychic roommate allows her to thwart fate's attempts to hook her ex-boyfriend up with a friendly redhead. Jennifer Weiner's "Good Men" revisits Bruce Guberman, the feckless ex-boyfriend of her heroine in Good in Bed (2001), before the pair called it quits. Packed with stories from today's hottest authors, and with proceeds going to the charity War Child, this collection is a must-read for chick lit's many enthusiasts. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Series: Red Dress Ink Novels
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink; First Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373250746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373250745
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. M. Murray on October 10, 2005
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The only person I have read is Jennifer Weiner and the reason I bought the book. I of course read that story and the Cat Lady story by Valdes-Rodriguez because I love cats! These stories were ok, but not as good as I expected. I will give a brief run-down of all the stories, just like I did with another short story chick-lit book-Girls About Town.

1. Party Planner-Meg Cabot-4 stars-This was pretty funny. Not especially well written, but funny non-the-less, told through emails.

2. Traveling Light- Carole Mathews- 3 to 3.5 stars- Was ok, but not memorable.

3. Cat Lady- Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez- 3.5 stars- Again just ok. A woman who writes notes to herself, suddenly finds herself in need of a cat. The writing of notes to your future self though was clever.

4. Changing People- Sophie Kinsella- 4 to 4.5 stars- I really did like this one. I have been meaning to read some of her stuff and she has graduated to the top of my list.

5. New York- Jill Davis- 2 stars- Kind of pointless, not engaging or funny. Glad when it was over.

6. Revenge- Emily Barr- 4 stars- Maybe it's the evil streak in me, but I did like this one. I know she didn't mean to do it, and what she had planned seemed fairly harmless, but you just never know what can go wrong.

7. Here Comes Harry- Jessica Adams- 1.5 stars- Did not care for this one. Again kind of pointless, not engaging, not especially well written and not funny. Skip it!

8. Know it All- Sarah Mlynowski- 5 ++++ stars- I absolutely loved this one. I was actually laughing out loud. The ending was perfect when she finally came to the realization she did. I suggest reading this first, middle and last to get you through a lot of the not so great ones.

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"Girls Night In" is a really great collection of short-stories by some of the most talented and successful women's authors in today's market place. I was eagerly anticipating the book that would tie me over until some of my very favorite authors published a new book. With great stories from Jennifer Weiner (Good In Bed / In Her Shoes / Little Earthquakes), Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic Books/ Can You Keep A Secret?), Lisa Jewell (Thirty Nothing / Friend of the Family), and Anna Maxted (Getting Over It / Running in Heels / Behaving Like Adults / Being Committed) I knew that I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't.... This collection is a great anytime read that you can pick up and put down without losing your place and the flow of the book. That's what's so great about short-story collections. You can read what and how much you want.

With the proceeds going to charity - this is a great chance to read something amazing and do some good at the same time. Give it a chance --- you'll be really happy you did.

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Not only is this collection of short chick lit stories by many of the best authors around, but when you buy a copy, the proceeds go to the "War Child" agency, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children who are victims of war. Some of the authors who have written short stories for this collection are Jennifer Weiner, Sarah Mlynowski, Meg Cabot, Lynda Curnyn, Anna Maxted, Chris Manby, Lisa Jewell, Lauren Henderson, and more. With such a great author line up, who can resist this book? I sure couldn't!

Good Men by Jennifer Weiner explores the male perspective of a well-known character from the novel "Good in bed". Know it All by Sarah Mlynowski was a very interesting story. Shaun has a new roommate named Dee who seems to be psychic. Dee keeps seeing visions of Shaun's recent ex-boyfriend meeting a beautiful readhead. So what does Shaun do? Appears at the place they are supposed to meet and prevent it from taking place. Very interesting results take place. I enjoyed this story about letting go and moving on. In Agony by Isabel Wolff is about Jane, an Agony Aunt with problems of her own she can't solve. New York by Jill Davis is about a week in the life of Anne, a new employee at a glamorous magazine in New York City. Traveling Light by Carole Matthews is a story about Kane and Alice, two people who meet on a train journey and fall in love.

And this is only the tip of the iceberg - there are so many great stories in this book! 21 in all, each story carefully crafted by our favorite chick lit authors. Don't miss this one! This book is one of the September releases from Red Dress Ink.
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This was one of the most fun anthologies I've read. Not all the stories are winners, of course, but it was a good book to curl up with! Some of the best ones:

Carole Matthews writes about a woman traveling China and meeting another charming fellow traveler. This story alone is worth buying the book for. Can't get it out of my mind - it's short but definitely sweet.

Sarah Mlynowski writes about a girl with a psychic roommate. This story was highly entertaining and also made me think.

Megan McCafferty's story - which is actually what I bought this book for, since I've loved her other novels - was also good, but not particularly fantastic like her books. It revolves around a wedding singer and is interesting, but not as witty as I'd come to expect from her other books.

Most of the stories in this book were good, but there are also a few losers in there as well (as in every book) - Jill Davis' story was boring, Jennifer Weiner's was not entertaining (but then again, it apparently revolved around one of her book characters, and I haven't read her books), and Anna Maxted's seemed to have no point - just to name a few. While this isn't the anthology to end all anthologies, it was definitely a good read, and full of good chick lit to curl up with at night. I'd recommend this book to chicks everywhere looking for some entertainment! Enjoy it - and perhaps find a new author or two you like! I know I did. Besides, it's for a good cause.
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