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Publisher's Summary

Jennifer Weiner's talent shines like never before in this collection of short stories, following the tender, and often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime. From a teenager coming to terms with her father's disappearance to a widow accepting two young women into her home, Weiner's 11 stories explore those transformative moments in our every day. We meet Marlie Davidow, home alone with her new baby late one Friday night, when she wanders onto her ex's online wedding registry and wonders what if she had wound up with the guy not taken. We stumble upon Good in Bed's Bruce Guberman, liquored-up and ready for anything on the night of his best friend's bachelor party, until stealing his girlfriend's tiny rat terrier becomes more complicated than he'd planned. We find Jessica Norton listing her beloved New York City apartment in the hope of winning her broker's heart. And we follow an unlikely friendship between two very different new mothers, and the choices that bring them together and pull them apart.
The Guy Not Taken demonstrates Weiner's amazing ability to create characters who "feel like they could be your best friend" (Janet Maslin) and to find hope and humor, longing and love in the hidden corners of our common experiences.
©2006 Jennifer Weiner. All rights reserved. (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved
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Critic Reviews

"Weiner has a brilliant eye for social stratum, character sketches, and renderings of suburban atmospherics." (The Washington Post Book World)
"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful, Weiner shows she can write with exquisite tenderness as well as humor." (The Miami Herald)
"A wonderful, natural writer and storyteller, Weiner renders her characters and their messy, sometimes wrenching lives in details that resonate as the real, lovable, and mordantly funny." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Dorothea on 11-03-06

Worth a try

The same cast of characters inhabit these stories as well as Weiner's novels. The writer with the selfish sister, the writer with housing issues, fertility seekers.

Jennifer W. can write up a storm. This book is entertaining, but I did not care for the
narrator. Too nasal, too thin a voice, sort of teenagery.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Joy on 04-12-11


I was expecting more. I'm in my 40's maybe the stories were just a bit juvinile for my taste. I found the narrator's voice to be annoying and whiny through the entire book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By WeimOwner on 07-12-11

Passes the time

The title of this book should be 'The guy not taken and OTHER stories' as only one of the 11 short stories relates to this topic! The first three are about the same woman at different stages in her life, the others are individual.

I think a good short story should bring you in to a moment in time - several of these, however, attempt to span many years which in a 45 minute story just leaves you feeling as if you've missed out on something.

I would recommend listening to a sample of the main narrator first as her accent and voice were hard to bear at times however she makes a good attempt at different voices for different characters.

I downloaded this to listen to on a long plane journey and it failed to hold my attention, however once back home I tried again and I'm glad I did as it filled 8 hours of dog walks and commutes! Give it a go if you like frivolous fiction and books that are easy to pick up and put down again.

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