Book Reviews of The Guy Not Taken : Stories

The Guy Not Taken : Stories
The Guy Not Taken Stories
Author: Jennifer Weiner
ISBN-13: 9781416535201
ISBN-10: 1416535209
Publication Date: 9/5/2006
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 189 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 10
Out of all the stories in this collection, there was only one that I didn't love, but even it was pretty good. At the back of the book, she includes a short blurb about each story which gives insight into her writing process. Ok, maybe it's "chick lit" but it's chick lit with intellect, heart, and great humor.
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Helpful Score: 9
I'm not a fan of the open-ended stories and this book is full of them. There's also no clear cut ending/beginning between stories. Some of the chapters start new characters/stories and some of them continue the story. VERY confusing and IMHO not the best of Weiner's work.
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Helpful Score: 6
In some ways, these stories are better than Weiner's novels. Well written and succint, they capture the themes that we are used to but in a strong way that leaves the reader deeply touched in only a few pages.
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Helpful Score: 6
Too weird for me. The endings left me wondering what happened, but not in a good way. I'm not a huge fan of short stories to start with, so maybe that's part of the problem for me with this book. If this were the first Jennifer Weiner book I had ever read, I don't think I would'v picked up another.
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Helpful Score: 4
An entertaining group of short stories exploring loss, love and the road (or guy) not taken. I don't enjoy short stories in general because I love character development and hate to see a character go before I know their full story - but I did enjoy these.
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Helpful Score: 4
I really enjoy Jennifer Weiner's stories, and this collection of short essays was no different. A few of them were left very open ended, but enjoyable none the less. A good light read.
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Helpful Score: 3
Enjoyed this collection of short stories. Had to go back to her other books to remember how a few of the stories were about the same characters. Enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 3
A great collection of short stories. It had one story that had Cannie and Bruce from Good in Bed!
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
Typical Weiner-Good! Even with short stories, the characters are evolved and believable. She is great. Very enjoyable and quick read! great for summer poolside reading!
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Helpful Score: 2
This was the second book that I've read from Jennifer Weiner and I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It's a book of short stories (my first time ever reading short stories), but the the problem is ... is that the first three or four are about the same family and you get sucked in and just don't want it to end and then it does ... just like that ... ends, and leaves you hanging. Maybe I am just not a short story kind of reader?! But if you haven't read short stories before ... this would be a good book to wet your feet with.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book contains several short stories about love and relationships. It will make you think and reflect on what is going on in your life or perhaps what has happened in your past.
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Helpful Score: 1
Didn't care for the style of writing, or the stories
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Helpful Score: 1
This book has a series of short stories, I wasn't a fan. Just as I got into the story line, it ended. BUT the stories were good. If your looking for a quick easy read and enjoy Jennifer Weiner, then this is a good book.
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Helpful Score: 1
A collection of short stories. I liked the stories overall, but the endings were weak. My favorite story was 'Oranges from Florida'.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not as good as I thought it would be.
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Helpful Score: 1
eh, not my favorite from jennifer weiner. there were a few stories that seemed unfinished to me.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was the second book that I've read from Jennifer Weiner and I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It's a book of short stories (my first time ever reading short stories), but the the problem is ... is that the first three or four are about the same family and you get sucked in and just don't want it to end and then it does ... just like that ... ends, and leaves you hanging. Maybe I am just not a short story kind of reader?! But if you haven't read short stories before ... this would be a good book to wet your feet with.
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Helpful Score: 1
Overall the book was okay. I really enjoyed the "The Guy Not Taken", but found that most of the stories needed longer to develop so that the endings would have been better.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was very enjoyable, light reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
Trouble getting through it. Not near as good as her novels.
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Helpful Score: 1
I never read any of Jennifer Weiner's works before this book, but I loved The Guy Not Taken! I normally don't like "chick lit," but Weiner has such a compelling and interesting way of drawing you into the lives of her characters. She really is a talented writer. I enjoyed every minute of this collection of short stories.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another fabulous read by Jennifer Weiner. Since her first novel, Good in Bed, I have loved her as an author. This collection of short stories was a breeze to read through. The last few pages tell about Jennifer's inspiration for each story and where they were first published. Excellent for Weiner fans!
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Helpful Score: 1
Collection of short stories. Weiner's gift for quickly creating believable characters and her dead-on evaluations of life's everyday frustrations keep her stories shining. The title story is a standout -- if you could "edit" an old boyfriend back into your life ⦠would you?
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Endreaing, funny, sad... this book is great Weiner. Nice short stories to read. Nifkin appears, again!
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I was sad that this wasn't nearly as good as her other books.. I had to force myself to finish it. :( Others really loved it though.
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Jennifer Weiner is always a good read. This book is no exception.
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I love all of her books, but I am having such a hard time with this one. Its not interesting, and i keep debating returning it to the library before finishing it. ill keep it one more week, and if i havent gotten into it, back it goes, unread!

so i finished it on the pane and it was pretty bad. im so saddened, because i like everything she writes. i was planning on reading swapping lives next but i think ill hold off. the first three stories in this book were utterly painful. the next couple were ok, and the last two or three again were bad. one story (the title one) i skipped completely because the first pages were so bad. ugh! stick to novels my dear!
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An excellent collection of short stories that made me laugh out loud. I love Jennifer Weiner's writing and I felt like I knew the characters in these stories. She has such a vivid imagination. I especially love the part at the end where she describes each short story, tells you when and why she wrote it, etc. I suggest reading that before you read the story just to paint the background picture!
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Jennifer Weiner has some relly intriguing characters throughout the stories. Some of the stories feel like a tease...you want to read more about them.
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This is a fabulous group of short stories... Lots of times I found myself wanting to hear more, learn more about the characters. I enjoyed this immensely!
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This is a book of short stories. First two stories are linked. All others are stand alone. Not a bad read but I found the stories did not end "properly" for me . . . and that is probably just my opinion since the author has a last part where she talks about each story and where they came from and indicates she likes how each ends.
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Overall I liked this collection of short stories.Like most collections some appealed to me more than others. My two favorites were Swim and The Mother's Hour. Dora on the Beach had a nice unexpected twist. Tour of Duty was my least favorite the characters just didn't grab at my heart. I was a little bored with Nicki and Josie by the time Wedding Bed was wrapping up
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I usually enjoy her books.....this was a bit disappointing!
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An easy read. Good short stories
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This is a collection of short stories that Jennifer has written over the years - some as long ago as when she was in college and some were written or re-written just for this book. A few have been previously published, but only in magazines where Jennifer's fans were unlikely to have seen them.

There is no overriding theme in the stories, except perhaps of women (and a few men) discovering themselves and/or discovering love. Interestingly, the stories were deliberately ordered in the book by the ages of the protagonists: starting with three stories featuring the young Josie and her family, who are dealing with the sudden departure of their father - and concluding with Dora on the Beach, about a retiree living on Atlantic Beach who is "held hostage" by two teenage girls on vacation.

One of the best stories in this book is the titular "The Guy Not Taken", about a slightly unhappy married woman with a baby who gets an unexpected (and fantastical) opportunity to see what her life would have been like if she had stayed with her former boyfriend. How many of us actually get a chance to see if life is greener on the other side of the fence? (As an aside, this story has been optioned to be a movie.)

Overall, the quality of the stories in the collection is high. The reader gets a sense of the character of the people in the stories, which is unusual and frequently difficult for an author to accomplish in the limited pages of a short story. I guess that speaks highly of Weiner's characterization ability. Of course, if you are a big Weiner fan and are used to the fully developed plots and characterizations of her novels, you might be slightly disappointed. As for me, I found almost all of these stories to be delightlful "slices of life".
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Quick reads, not one of her best.
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Not my favorite Jennifer Weiner book, but still very good. Definitely recommend.
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Great book of stories about many different lives. I enjoyed this book.
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I liked this book. All but one of the short stories I really enjoyed reading. There is a prologue in here to her novel Good In Bed that I really didn't like, but that might have been because it has been so long since I have read that book. All in all I am a big fan of short stories and this was a good collection. I wish some of them had gone on for a bit longer so that I could find out what happened next. If you are a fan of her books than you will love this collection!
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Great short stories from Weiner.
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A great collection of quirky stories that leave you thinking. I couldn't put it down!
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great read...love weiner!!!!
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An enjoyable series of short stories. If you liked Weiner's other works you will enjoy these.
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vapid, sexist, predictable.
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Did not like any of the stories. As soon as I would invest in a story it would end not even closely resolved. disappointing
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This was a bit of a let down after reading the other booy by this author. I was not expecting a collection of stories about different people that don't appear to have anything in common.
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This book is a combination of short stories by Jennifer Weiner. I was able to get into this one like her others.
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Great stories and easy reading.
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EXCELLENT-- AS always she outdoes herself-Mint condition from a PBS member
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great book.
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I enjoy about anything by Jennifer Weiner. I wish some of the short stories were put into a full story!
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Please note this is a hardbook copy and the book is missing it's paper dustjacket