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The Guy Not Taken: Stories Paperback – June 26, 2007
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"Shouldn't be missed.... It is the reader who will be taken by this set of eleven marvelous short stories."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"Puts Weiner on the map as one of her generation's best literary voices."
-- The Boston Herald
"Another delightful example of Jennifer Weiner's tender way with words and emotions."
-- Harper's Bazaar
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Many of Weiner's books focus around broken marriages, which tends to get repetitive. But Weiner admits that her parents spilt up when she was 17 and she was so hurt that all her stories, from freshman to senior year in college, revolved around divorce and broken families. In "Just Desserts", Josie Krystal and her family suffer greatly when her Dad decides to up and leave the family; meanwhile, Josie must deal with a Mother that is always doing laps in the pool and a younger sister who is spoiled rotten and somehow gets Josie to do everything she asks. All the while, we wonder wether this is Nicki's nature, or a result of abandonment issues. In "Swim", we find a girl who's parents died early on, forcing her to live with her grandmother. Now in her thirties in L.A., she makes a living rewriting college applications for spoiled rich kids. A chance encounter with a stranger in a coffee shop gives her the idea to also start a business rewriting personal ads for people, making them more "marketable". (Interestingly, Weiner tells us her editor really wanted this story for the book, but Weiner, who admits to being a clutter bug, couldn't find it. So, she had to rewrite it from her memory, changing it from a NY setting to L.A. She refers to it as "Swim 2.0").Read more ›
Interestingly, the first story was pretty bad...I'm wondering why it was placed so early in the collection, as that's what readers look at first. However, it was one of her earliest stories, and you can definitely see how she's improved over time. Most of the stories were of more recent vintage and much better than the first one, so I'd advise you to give the rest of the book a chance.
I do agree with some of the other reviewers who said that this book is too dark. It's better than Goodnight Nobody, but I'd like to see Weiner return to her light-hearted, funny style (which is shown in some of the stories, but not all).
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This really inspired me to write and read more short stories. Favorites are "Swim" and "The Guy Not Taken." Weiner is such a great story teller!Published 10 months ago by Jessica S.
‘The Guy Not Taken”, eleven short stories by Jennifer Weiner, was great for bedtime reading, making me smile (or at times wince) as I took in the refreshing voice of this young... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mary Ward Taylor
This was an enjoyable collection of stories. Nice quick little reads with a variety of characters and interesting circumstances. Nice flow from one to the next. :)Published 21 months ago by kstar0330
Interesting mix of short stories with quite the variety of endings for each one. Kind of made me want to read more about some of the characters.Published on August 5, 2013 by T. Tracy
I'm collecting her books. Every one I've read is a page-turner and I can't put them down. Love them all so far!Published on March 16, 2013 by S. J. Peterson