A State of Jane Second Edition
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"A witty true-to-life story that will not disappoint you, it is chick lit at it's very best!" - Jersey Girl Book Reviews
"I am a huge fan of chick lit, but this book was so much more. It has become one of my favorite reads!" - The Little Black Book Blog
"There's plenty of men on offer and enough funny, cringe-worthy scenes to make Jane's journey into the dating world a thoroughly enjoyable one." - Best Chick Lit
About the Author
A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict.
- Publisher : Henery Press; Second edition (January 18, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 286 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1635111536
- ISBN-13 : 978-1635111538
- Item Weight : 11.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,566,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book highlighted exactly why I hate dating. Seriously. Hate it with a vengeance. I, like Jane, am type-A, and the things that you can't plan for are what really shake me to my core. Everything in Jane's life threw her for a loop when she thought it'd be so easy. That's what we type-A's are like. We just can't help but be overprepared and underprepared at the same time.
I will say, Jane was getting to be unbearable as a character. She was so selfish through most of it, but then realized it just in time to try to make things right. Character growth is something that not enough books have anymore. Flawed characters are relatable because we don't like reading about perfect people (well, I don't, anyway). On the one hand, I don't blame Jane completely because I was rooting for every new guy she met only to be crushed when it blew up in her face. Oh yeah. I got invested.
The only complaint I had was actually with the book formatting. Toward the end, it did something weird where the words got huge and then really tiny and I'm not sure why. But overall, a great read!
And then things change. Jane's thought processes do a sort of 180. There are still plenty of deliciously disastrous "Don't do it, Jane!" moments, but they're completely different from the earlier ones. Hate to be vague here, but I don't want to run the risk of spoilers. I found myself really disliking Jane for a while. But it wasn't long before she won me back, thank goodness. As a character, Jane Frank is all about the extremes, and it was such a treat to watch her jumping feet first into so many different scenarios, trying so many different routes before finding the correct path. A fun, fabulous read!
Jane Frank is on the loose, looking for love, romance, and all of the excitement women are conditioned to expect from the dating scene. Relatively fresh out of a long and comfortable relationship, Jane is certain there is more out there for her and is ballsy enough to reach for it. Only it's not quite like she thought. She discovers that, unlike her predictable ex who was comfortable like an old slipper, there are hordes of guys who lean towards the flakey side. Go on date, have great time, why didn't he call? Jane decides if you can't beat 'em, join 'em and the antics begin!
If you can't relate to Jane, then you can probably see her in one of your friends. If not, well, you should pay more attention! In any event, I was captivated and felt that I got to know Jane in the pages, as she scrambled to reconcile her outrageous behavior with her true values. I feel that I went on a journey with her as she found her footing and herself.
Meredith Schorr has a knack for putting it out there as it really happens, genuine people in real-life situations, complete with endearing insecurities, strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and every other thing that makes us human. I find it refreshing that her characters seem like actual people and not templates of perfection to whom no one can relate. I am anxiously awaiting more, more, more from Meredith Schorr! Perhaps a sequel????
Top reviews from other countries
Jane is crazy in a sort of naive way, but at heart she just wants to be loved and to go through life with a partner. Her only previous relationship was very much a boy/girl thing which she grew out of. Now she wanted someone to share the ups and downs of life. Eventually she does, but oh, what a lot of frogs she has to kiss on the way. I'm a mature lady of a certain age, the mother of five and grandmother of two, but I found myself reliving my youth as she vividly described those first exciting feelings one discovers when you first meet someone. No matter what age you are, it's those first halcyon days you remember and treasure most. When I started to read the second half in bed last night, I decided I couldn't go to sleep until I had finished it, but I went to sleep with a satisfied feeling which only a good ending can give. Jane is not the only strong character in the book and I suspect that some of the others might find their way into a book of their own.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting light reading on holiday or if, like me, you just want a feel good book to go to bed with. I will certainly be buying her next book.
I am only half way through and it's getting a but dull