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Straight Talking by Jane Green

January 11th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I would give this book 2.5 stars out of 5.

Description from Jane Green’s website: Meet Tasha — single and still searching. A producer for Britain’s most popular morning show working under a nightmare boss, Tash is well-versed in the trials and tribulations of twenty-first century dating. She and her three best friends certainly haven’t lived the fairy tale they thought they would: there’s Andy, who’s hooked on passion, but too much of a tomboy to have moved much beyond the beer-drinking contest stage; Mel, stuck in a steady but loveless relationship; and Emma, endlessly waiting for her other half to propose. Their love lives are only complicated by the sort of men who seem to drift in and out: Andrew — suave, good-looking and head over heels in love . . . with himself; Simon, who is allergic to commitment but has a bad-boy nature that’s impossible to resist; and Adam — perfectly attractive, but too sweet to be sexy.

I heard such great things about Jane Green’s books but I just wasn’t impressed with this one.  For the first half or so there was just too much swearing for my taste and a little too much details during the sex scenes.  Don’t get me wrong I love romance stories even though I hate the ones with the graphic love scenes but I really did not expect so much in a chick lit book.

I think the deal breaker for me was I just did not like the main character Tasha and she never grew on me.   I know the book is supposed to be how Tasha starts off as this relationship wreck and kind of superficial and then  matures into a healthy relationship and self outlook but her progression did not make me like her even as she started to change.  I was hoping for something like Emily Giffin’s, Something Blue, in which you think the main character is a b*tch but then you grow to like her and wanted her to get the fairy tale ending.  Even at the end Tasha just got on my nerves and I was not rooting for a happy ending for her because I felt she did not deserve it and the guy could do better.

I’ll probably give Green one more try since people say her books are so good.  Hopefully the next one is better.

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3 Responses

  1. J. Kaye

    I’m not a fan. Like you, I picked up one of her raved about books and we didn’t click. I doubt I’ll be trying her again only because I have way too many to read.

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