The Guy Not Taken: Book summary and reviews of The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner

The Guy Not Taken

by Jennifer Weiner

The Guy Not Taken
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2006
    192 pages
    Genre: Short Stories & Essays

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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 eleven stories explore those transformative moments in our every day.

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"These stories range from an old lady held hostage to a New Yorker who gives up killer real estate for a guy. Weiner's fans will recognize the kooky-kid-sister sagas, but it's the new territory notably Swim and Dora on the Beach that shouldn't be missed. A-" - Entertainment Weekly.

"The heroines-hooked-on-bad-boys notion wears thin, but fans will savor Weiner's confidential tone and salty wit. [3 out of 4 stars]." - People.

"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.

"The Guy Not Taken showcases a maturing Weiner...In Her Shoes author Jennifer Weiner is resigned to the fact that in some circles she is referred to as the 'Queen of Chick Lit.' But I challenge anyone who says her short-story collection, The Guy Not Taken, isn't serious women's fiction." - USA Today.

"This collection of 11 stories written over the past 15 years reads like a series of studies for Weiner's larger chick lit portraits .... One roots for Weiner's characters as they come to terms-and in some cases, heal-from disappointment and neglect." - PW.

"In her recent novels, notably In Her Shoes, Weiner explores human relationships in all their complexity, poignancy, and delight. Although Weiner's voice and settings are very contemporary, the messes people make among family members, friends, and lovers are as old as time." - Library Journal.

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I love Weiner but she fell flat with this one
I read A LOT. I have a long commute to and from work. I recently read my first Jennifer Weiner nove, Best Friends Forever. It contained one of the best literary chapters I have ever read in my life. It was the flashback chapter to a daytrip the two young girls take to Maine. This chapter could have been a short story. I made my teen daughter read this chapter because it was so good I wanted to hug it. I was so excited to see Weiner had a novel of short stories, but they really fell flat for me. They were good, just not fabulous. I can't recall one that had me talking or thinking about later. The namesake chapter, The Guy Not Taken was so predictable and I thought, "this reads like a short story hoping to be picked up for a movie deal". Sure enough, I read this is being picked up for a movie. Still a Weiner fan and will continue to read her novels. Maybe I'm a little spoiled and being tough on her because I just finished a collection of Alice Munoe's best short stories?

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Jennifer Weiner Author Biography

Jennifer Weiner was born in 1970 on an army base in Louisiana. She grew up in Connecticut, and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Central Pennsylvania, Lexington, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, before the publication of her first novel, Good In Bed, in 2001.

Her novels In Her Shoes (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture; Little Earthquakes (2004), Goodnight Nobody (2005), the short story collection The Guy Not Taken (2006), Certain Girls (2008), Best Friends Forever (2009), Fly Away Home (2010), and Then Came You (2011). Her work has appeared in Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Elle.

She lives in Philadelphia with her family.

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