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Bij jou of bij mij? verhalen (2006 original; edició 2008)

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Jennifer Weiner presents 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 moving portrait of men's fears about commitment and love, Weiner's stories explore those transformative moments in our every day.… (més)
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Títol:Bij jou of bij mij? verhalen
Autors:Jennifer Weiner
Informació:Amsterdam Prometheus 2007
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The Guy Not Taken: Stories de Jennifer Weiner (2006)

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More than pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I've always passed Weiner's books by due to the cover art - didn't look like my thing. I generally like darker books but it is good to lighten things up once in a while. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Jun 21, 2019 |
A bunch of short stories by Weiner. Some were okay and a few were great, but most of them seemed to just drop off. A lot of the stories felt like Weiner just didn’t have enough juices to sustain her for a whole book and just stopped writing. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
The Guy Not Taken is a collection of short stories from Jennifer Weiner that explore a number of topics including unlikely friendships, the impact of divorce on teenage children, being a new mother and the stresses that brings, as well as romantic relationships in all stages. The stories cover a range of emotions from humor to pathos and back again with aplomb.

The first three stories in the collection are linked and all concern one family, which was a nice treat because Weiner created such interesting and compelling characters that you want to stay with them for a while. The relationship between the two sisters felt a little like that of the main characters in Weiner's most famous novel In Her Shoes, especially when a trip to see a Floridian grandmother came up in the second story. Being as I liked that book so much, I was again interested to see Weiner's take on two sisters who aren't particularly alike but love each other deeply. One of the stories was in fact a direct reference to one of Weiner's other books Good in Bed, although I wouldn't have known that without the book jacket explanation being as I haven't read that title yet.

All together, I definitely enjoyed this book and would recommend it. While I'm not always the hugest fan of short stories, Weiner created such interesting characters that managed to feel entirely actualized even within the confines of a shorter tale. Her endings, like those of many short stories, were a bit vague but they were all at least slightly optimistic/hopeful, so they were positive without necessarily having to tie up every loose end.

In this book, Weiner showcases her absolutely great writing, and I have to agree with her that it's unfair she's labeled as "chick lit" by many reviewers, critics, etc. This is not a bodice-ripping Harlequin romance book, but a serious exploration of life, which includes familial as well as romantic relationships. It's misleading to all kinds of readers to dismiss Weiner into a "ghettoized" book genre merely because she's a female author. That being said, whether it's Weiner's decisions or the choice of her publishers (more likely), the pastel cover with make-up accouterments and taking the title of the book from the most stereotypically "girlie" titled story in the collection isn't doing anyone any favors either.

For the audio reader, both audio narrators of this book did a fantastic job, especially Mary Catherine Garrison who did the bulk of the narrating and was excellent at varying her voice to give life to all the different characters. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Dec 7, 2014 |
A series of short stories. First, I'll admit I would not have put this book on my wish list had I realized it was a collection rather than a novel. I found the stories bleak. The characterizations were good, the storylines good, but the resolutions vague and ivory at the end. But someone who enjoys short stories may love them. Matter of choice, I suppose.

Bookcrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5616023/ ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 25, 2014 |
This is a collection of short stories by popular chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner. I've never read any of her books before, so I listened to this audiobook with an open mind.

I enjoyed the 11 stories in this book.  The first three are linked, featuring Josie Krystal, her mom, and younger siblings, the spoiled Nicki and the sullen Jon, at three different times in her life (age 18, 20, and 26).

My favorite story was the next one in the book, "Swim," about a single young female writer with a face badly scarred in the accident that killed her parents, who earns a living helping rich kids prepare their college applications, essays, and interviews.  Soon she’s hired to polish an online dating profile. Ruth swims countless laps in her free time, something I did when I was single and lonely like she is. I found the ending to this one a little predictable, yet still satisfying.

The narrators in the stories get older as you proceed through the book, moving from young singles, to middle age and married, to mature narrators, one about to be divorced, one widowed.  Two of the narrators (in "Good Men" and "Oranges from Florida") are men.  All of the narrators are flawed people in some way - no perfect-sized, stunning women (or men) here!  I was bothered by how some of Weiner’s female characters are rather weak-willed and let others walk all over them (like Josie, Jess from “Buyer’s Market,” and Dora, the widow from the last story, "Dora on the Beach").  I wanted to shake them at times and yell "grow a spine already!"

The story I liked least was "Tour of Duty," about a mother visiting colleges with her high- school senior son, the youngest of her four children, right before telling him that his father has left the family.  I liked the characters, but I felt the ending was rather abrupt, confusing, and unsatisfying - but it was also the first story Weiner ever sold for publication.  I also felt rather neutral about the two stories narrated by men.

Most of the stories are funny (especially the title story, "The Guy Not Taken," with its fantasy twist), and many are quite poignant (especially "Buyer's Market" and "The Mother's Hour").  Weiner has some recurring themes - the absentee dad (Weiner's father left their family when she was 17) is one, and characters who are writers (or swimmers, or both) is another.

The audiobook I listened to had five narrators:  Mary Catherine Garrison, Jordan Bridges (of the famous Bridges acting family - his father is Beau), Jonathan Hogan, Andrea Gallo, and Ruth Ann Phimister.  These last three read the last three stories in the book - all older narrators, age 40+.  Bridges does the other male-narrated story, and Garrison does the remaining seven.  She was excellent, especially with the flippant Nicki.

I did not originally intend to listen to this audiobook.  I'd picked up a paperback of this title years ago at a Friends of the Library book sale.  However, I was trying to read and review five books this August, and due to time crunches, one of them needed to be an audiobook!  I'm glad I had both, as the audiobook lacks the author's notes on the stories (at the end of the paperback), where she explains when each story was written and some of its background.  THAT was fascinating!

Bottom line - I'm glad I listened to this book, and I'd recommend reading or listening to it as an easy, fun summer read.  I'd be willing to try more of Jennifer Weiner's books.

© Amanda Pape - 2013

[The audiobook was borrowed from and returned to my local public library.  I will be donating the paperback I got at a Friends of the Library book sale to them as well, as I think they need a print copy. This review also appears on my blog, Bookin' It.] ( )
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And how con you not forgive? You make a feast in honor of what was lost, and take from its place the finest garment, which you saved for an occasion you could not imagine, and you weep night and day to know that you were not abandoned, that happiness saved its most extreme form for you alone.
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Jennifer Weiner presents 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 moving portrait of men's fears about commitment and love, Weiner's stories explore those transformative moments in our every day.

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