July 4, 2008

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing: Review

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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing is a series of vignettes in the life of Jane Rosenal, mostly about her struggles with relationships. Jane is smart, funny and has a great family (no Mama Drama). She's on the way up in the publishing business but she still can't figure out men. The major relationship she has is with a man 20 years older than herself. A man who she admires, he's a famous editor, but who is incredibly flawed.

There were times when I enjoyed the humour and the situations but I also had to scratch my head at some things. The whole book is told from Jane's point of view except for two parts. In one, Jane's cousin introduces his girlfriend to his mother and sisters. It was very bizarre and I wondered who these people were and what was the point. Then the second last section is told in second person ("you") about a woman who gets breast cancer. I assumed this was Jane but the illness never comes up again. It left me out to sea. Very strange.

It's not the worst thing I've ever read but not the best either.

6 comments :

  1. I thought this was a strange one as well, though it's been awhile since I read it.
    I think I read it b/c they were making a movie, then they changed the name of the movie and it released on DVD only and I still haven't seen it.

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  2. Amy- Glad I'm not the only one. The Amazon reviews went from Squee! to Bleh.

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  3. Well the content of the book was certainly not what I expected from the title so I was glad for your review! ;D ha!

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  4. I'm glad I wasn't the only one - it seemed to get such great reviews when it came out and I looked forward to reading it for ages and then didn't like it at all! I hate it when that happens.

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  5. Carrie- The title only makes sense at the very end of the book.

    Joanna- I hate that too :(

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  6. I really liked this book although I felt the same way about the weird interludes. I think it was well written and the main character well-developed. It was a book that made me want to sit and read it from cover to cover.

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