Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Review of A State of Jane by Meredith Schorr

Morning all
Is it still snowing where you are?
Well, if you're snowed in or not, and fancy something lighthearted to read, you could do a lot worse than today's book - A State of Jane by Meredith Schorr.
And, you're in luck, as Meredith has kindly offered a Kindle copy of her book to one lucky reader - yay!
All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog post to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

Jane Frank is ready to fall in love. It's been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father's law firm. There's just one problem: All the guys in New York are flakes. They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation. Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood? Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew's advice and turn the game back on those who scorned her? As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize that the dating life isn't as easy as she originally thought.

So what did I think?
Does what it says on the tin - great chicklit!

I was given an Advance Review Copy of this book by the author and in exchange I am happy to offer an honest review.
I had loved the cover and the dippiness it supposed about the protagonist straight from the off.
I read this book over a few days and the highest accolade I can give it is that I put down my Marian Keyes' hardback in favour of reading this on Kindle.
Jane having split up with her previous partner, Bob, over a year ago, is now ready to start looking for Mr Right again. But she is too formulaic about it - has too fixed an idea of how it should happen. She forgets to register for a really important event, so caught up is she in finding Mr Right. She goes through a wide variety of Mr Wrongs along the way.

The most truthful thing I took away from this book and which I am sure many of us can relate to, whether now or in the past, is how you can become completely self-absorbed either in the search for that someone special, or when you finally find them, that you ignore everyone else around you, to the detriment of your platonic and familial relationships. Jane is really selfish for much of the novel. There are also hilarious escapades, such as becoming a daredevil and creating an alter-ego Frances, or unleashing a statement at her ex-boyfriend's housewarming party, which she immediately wishes she could take back. I particularly liked the scene with the old lady on the bus and the poignancy of how that related to sisters. There was one big twist right at the end, which I saw coming but with a different person and for different reasons, but twist there was and very well executed. There were also plenty of red herrings along the way and it was interesting to learn about Eharmony and how vetting a potential mate on these sites works.
Jane's relationships with her friends and work colleagues, also felt very real and seeing some of the roles reversed along the way and/or Jane taking some comments too literally only added to the enjoyment of the novel.
Good solid chicklit. Would be happy to read another by this author.

You can pick up your copy of A State of Jane here: (UK) &  (US) It's also available in paperback.
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  1. Thanks so much for the review Susan! So glad you enjoyed A State of Jane!

  2. Great review, Sooz! I loved this book so much.

  3. This looks a fab book, have to add it to my extending wanted list x