Book Reviews of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Author: Melissa Bank
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ISBN-13: 9780140293241
ISBN-10: 0140293248
Publication Date: 5/1/2000
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 618 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
I really enjoyed this book even though I didn't think I would. It's been sitting on a shelf for months, but since I'm not allowing myself any trips to the library till I finish all the unread gems on my shelves, I decided to slog through this and check it off my list. I actually finished it in one day and really enjoyed the narrator Jane and the other characters in the book. I liked the chance to see Jane as a teenager, which is how the book started out, and then in her 20's as she struggles to love herself and be loved by others. The chapter in the middle about a neighbor was unexpected, but not bad. This book has gotten a bad rap as "chick lit" but I wouldn't call it that. I think it aspires to something a bit bigger. Whether you think it succeeds or not is up to you
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Helpful Score: 5
This was an enjoyable if light book. The book is a series of short stories, most featuring Jane Rosenal, a young woman in search of love and the meaning of love.

There are 7 stories and the two that fall flat are the one that doesnt feature Jane; and the other is one you arent sure if it is about Jane or another woman.
The stories begin with Jane at 14 and her studying her brother and his girlfriend, trying to understand the mating dance. Other stories follow her love affair with a much older man. The story focusing on her fathers illness was poignant, and the last story which gave the book its title is the funniest of all. This tale follows Jane as she decides to follow a book of rules on how to catch a man. It is a little bittersweet too, as we watch Jane change herself in an effort to win the heart of a man she loves.

Frequently funny, and a very wry look at dating and working in NYC, it was a nice read, but it is not a novel, and one should not expect the kind of continuity a novel brings. It is however well written, clever and frequently witty; an enjoyable and easy read.
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Helpful Score: 3
The witty nature of the main character and the fast pace of the first chapter was short lived. Each following chapter was a bit worse than the previous one. The dialogue of the last chapter drove me crazy. The relationship between the protaginist and her father and brother were interesting. The end was a quick wrap up that I could have done without.
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Helpful Score: 3
You'd think I'd know better, and not be swayed by such things as a title and cover art, and you'd be thinking way too optimistically. The book started out better than it ended. I was thinking the main character might be a little more tomboyish, maybe even into hunting and fishing, but it wasn't like that. It was all the standard "Waaaah, my boyfriends don't treat me right!" stuff that you always see. The interesting twist was when the main character is affected by another book, and tries to act out the advice of a self-help book, and that was a really comical and well written part of the book. You would really be able to imagine the whole scene, without giving too much away, you have known people exactly like she is describing. I still liked the book, I still read the whole thing, and found it enjoyable about 25% of the time. There would be enough interesting things to keep me hanging on through the dull parts. Just not my style of book I guess, I don't really go for the victim-of-nonviolent-but-unsatisfying-and-unselfaware-love/lust/dating/marriages. The main characters were just a little too passive for me.
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Helpful Score: 2
Popular chick lit. I found the main character to be annoying at first but she grew on me as I read on. It was worth the time.
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Helpful Score: 1
I have to say, I'm surprised by how many people liked this book. I found it to be completely pointless and fairly stupid. Many unlikable characters, a bit inthe middle where she's still writing in e first person but as a different character and for no reason since it has no ties to the rest of the book, then a swap to third person for no reason. Awful book, I was very disappointed because I'd been looking forward to it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a bit of fluff of chick lit. The first chapter, was unfortunately, the best chapter. The book is a series of stories about Jane, an all-american girl who is trying to find Mr. Right a la Bridget Jones' Diary. Unlike Bridget Jones, the story skips around in time for no apparent reason. Also, one chapter in the middle is meant to be a flash-forward in time by about 35 years, but no explanation is provided and leaves the reader with more questions than answers. It is almost as if this chapter were transplanted form one book to another, with no rhyme or reason to it. The characters are flat and bland; the reader is not compelled to like any one of them. Indeed, the entire story is just fluff, with no real substance to tie it all together.
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I loved this book! I could so relate to stories told. Excellent read!
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I liked most of this book, but there are was a section where she moves from the first person to the third that really rankled me. I hated the detachment, which I guess was the point. Overall, this was deepchicklit, if there is such a subgenre.
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fantastic book, quick read. i couldn't put it down - i even found myself reading it while stuck in traffic, or waiting at red lights!
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A great story about friendship
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Entertaining and unusual, probably unlike anything you've read. Easy and quick, but worth every moment. Enjoy!
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I liked this book a lot. Funny, and a fast read.
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great book, not just chick lit
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Melissa Bank offers a comical tutorial on the rules of dating. A book to be enjoyed by all...single, married, dating, wanting to date. I also enjoyed reading about the locale of NYC.
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Certainly an insightful book written from the ever-enlightened-all-knowing-been-there-got-some-to-learn typical witty teenager. One of those few books that I found enjoyable to pick up now and again.
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Good "chick lit".
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Good quick read!
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This was a great book...easy reading...I enjoyed it.
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Awesome!
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Lots of fun to read. Made me feel lucky. Wasn['t about hunting or fishing though, but that's OK. It filled me in a bit on what people from cities might be like. Glad I'm a country gal. It's a whole lot less complicated.
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this was a suprisingly huge page turner for me...i sat down with it and really can't say i got up til' it was finished. the author had such real dialogue
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Great chick lit book..funny!
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I read this book on vacation and was drawn into "Jane's" life as she walked (sometimes bolted) through the rites of passage into becoming a woman.
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Series of short stories that intorduced me to chick-lit when it was first publshed in h/c. Strong character development yet not a heavy read. I absolutely loved this book and it remains one of my faves.
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Funny book about Jane and her life.
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I really enjoyed this book!
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I enjoyed this coming of age story about a girl. She's 14 when the story, set mostly in NYC, begins.
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Was slow going at first but by the end I enjoyed it.
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A wonderful read with a richly developed lead character. Loved it!
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The blurb on the back of the book was terrible. This book is not dazzling or wickedly insightful, and it does not "capture in perfect pitch what it's like to be a young woman coming of age in America today" which probably isn't really possible anyway. But, if we take away all these grand ambitions, it was a pretty fun little book. Bank has a really good sense of humour and it shows through repeatedly. For instance, after she gets fired, her boyfriend suggests that he come and work at his company:

No," he said, and he snapped his fingers.
"You'll come work for me at K----. And be
a real associate editor."
I said, "I could bring you up on charges
for that."
"What?"
"Work harassment in the sexual place."

I liked this book, and I liked Jane, who was very honest and charmingly confused about all the things girls are kind of expected to know about dating and relationships. Plus, she is genuinely funny, which is refreshing. Spending a few hours with her is like the opposite of reading an issue of Cosmopolitan.

On the down side, this book was a bit too choppy for my tastes. The narrative was broken into little segments that were sometimes only a few lines long, and I guess I prefer longer blocks of text. It felt like a first novel, but one from an author from whom I would like to read more.
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I have to admit I hadn't heard of this book until I saw the movie Suburban Girl which is based off of one of the chapters. Then I was turned off by it being short stories mixed in but I ended up really enjoying this book alot. It is narrated by a girl Jane trying to find herself and how to behave with men. The only thing I didn't like about the book is in the middle there is a chapter on her neighbors and their problems and I kept waiting for when they would meet and it never happened. Other than that I really liked this book and would recommend it to a friend.
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I loved this book!! It was cleverly written and I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it.
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Very good read.
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Funny read - especially good for before bed since the chapters are short.
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A funny book. Very entertaining.
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Funny and interestingly written.
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Funny. Fast Read. Very enjoyable.
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okay, not brillant, but solid.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's a collection of short stories interwoven. An easy book to read at bedtime because you can put it down between chapters.
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Poignant and funny. So many of us can see ourselves in Janie. I would love to know here.
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Chick lit at its best. If you liked Bridget Jones, you'll love this one.
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Chapters stand on their own almost as short stories. A moving introduction to a woman's love life.
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A quirky look about the life of a single girl. Funny in places, sad in others, a good look at life as a single woman in America.
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Jane Rosenal, the narrator of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, is wise beyond her years. Not that that's saying much--since none of her elders, with the exception of her father, is particularly wise. At the age of 14, Jane watches her brother and his new girlfriend, searching for clues for how to fall in love, but by the end of the summer she's trying to figure out how not to fail in love. At twice that age, Jane quickly internalizes How to Meet and Marry Mr. Right, even though that retro manual is ruining her chances at happiness. In the intervening years, Melissa Bank's heroine struggles at love and work. The former often seems indistinguishable from the latter, and her experiences in book publishing inspire little in the way of affection. As Jane announces in "The Worst Thing a Suburban Girl Could Imagine": "I'd been a rising star at H----- until Mimi Howlett, the new executive editor, decided I was just the lights of an airplane."
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Great book, even though it had practically nothing to do with hunting or fishing. I think she went into a fishing tackle store only to find some lures to make earrings! She was more or less comparing how getting a man was like catching a fish or hunting prey. Very good book! You must read this if you like this author..
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I really liked this collection of inter-woven short stories. We first meet Jane at 14, and grow up with her and her family. It is funny and sad, with some laugh-out-loud moments. This is a must read!
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A series of inter-related stories revolving around a young single career woman named Jane. Each story is an interesting, self-contained story on its own, but together they follow Jane's growing maturity. I loved this book, it is far above the typical "chic lit" book. Highly recommended.
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"How I missed this book the first time around, I have no idea. But, boy, am I glad I found it.
The writing was excellent, the observations actue, and each story took me one layer deeper in to the characters until I felt like I was in the room with them. The relationships are complex and Melissa Bank does an amazing job of shining a spotlight on human interaction.
Add to that her wit and subtle humor, and this is one of my favorite books this year." amazon review
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A set of related short stories about Jane Rosenal, a "twenty-something" woman who is struggling with growing up, a career, and love. The stories give us insight into Jane's world, and do so with humor as well as some very touching moments. Great for any woman who knows what it is like to find herself!
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The stroy of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expidition through the perilous terrain of sex, love and relationships, and the treacherous ways of the workplace.
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A decent tale of thirty-something life and perspectives on love. The first half to 2/3 was certainly more interesting than the latter half to 1/3.
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Simply audacious~
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This is a hidden book about girls and relationships. It may be a relationship with a family member or with men. The title is so appopriate that it is funny!
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Collection of vignettes of the life of Jane Rosenal as she navigates the waters of relationships and life as a young woman in New York trying to find happiness and love. The characters she encounters are often funny (like her boss, Mimi), charming (like older-man Archie), and downright wonderful (friend Sophie, among others). Not too deep, but not light-n-fluffy, this book manages to balance whimsy, humor, and deep issues of love and loss.
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This book is like a collection of short stories, kinda. They are sort of related as vingnette's from one woman's life, but at least two chapters seem pretty much unrelated, which rather confused me. I really liked the author's writing style, though I'm not that sure if I liked any of the main characters. It is written with a wry humor, and that is what kept me turning the pages.
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I enjoyed the book and really identified with the main character, but then the ending felt forced.
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Light, funny reading. Pleasant book.
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A New York Times best seller about contemporary relationships.
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THIS BOOK IS FUNNY!
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A cute book full of different stories/chapters about the same person as it follows her through her life. Not quite what I had expected but I really liked it. An easy and quick read.
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This is a quick read and it is quite funny. It is a coming of age book of women in America today and it is spot on.
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I know this book was very popular ! I couldn't get into it....but might try grabbing again sometime in the future.
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Read this a very long time ago - and I remember I was just eh about it.
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A really wonderful and very funny book about growing up in America from the female perspective.
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Funny, tender, coming of age story by Melissa Banks.
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This grouping of related short stories was a fun read for me. Took me back to the "good ole single days"
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Absolutely not about hunting or fishing in the usual sense of the words. It is the emotional journey of a young girl who becomes a woman. We travel with her against the backdrop of her brother and her family and later her romantic episodes as she hunts for someone meanigful in her life--and hopes to be found as someone meaningful in someone lese's life.

I have read it twice and loved it both times.
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Better and more literary than I thought it would be.
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I saw this book on my friend's bookshelf, so I decided to give it a try. It was a fast read and I enjoyed how each chapter was based around a different point in the main character Jane's life. I have to say the middle chapter about a neighbor on the floor below was confusing and broke the flow of the novel for me. Otherwise, I liked and cared about Jane and her struggle to "fish" for love and "hunt" for happiness within herself.
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Classic Chick-Lit! Great read!
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I liked it - it seemed a bit random at times, but mostly I read to be entertained and this book does that.
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Could not put it down.
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While it isn't what I thought it would be I enjoyed it. The hunting and fishing part doesn't really come in until the end and *spoiler alert* it's about hunting and fishing for men! That part of the book really changed in tone and the way it was written.

While I like it fine, the shift was just . . . big.
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A friend gave this to me. I haven't read it, but it looks interesting.
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I only am posting this because I bought myself a hardcover version; that's how much I liked it! Give it a spin.