The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing 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 w

  • Title: The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
  • Author: Melissa Bank
  • ISBN: 9780241973608
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 outJane 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 Bank s first collection has a beautiful, true arc, and all the sophistication and control her heroine could ever desire In The Floating House, Jane and her boyfriend, Jamie, visit his ex girlfriend in St Croix, and right from the start she can t stop mimicking her beautiful competitor, in a notably idiotic fashion I m like one of those animals that imitates its predators to survive, she realizes one of several thousand of Bank s ruefully funny phrases But even as Jane clowns around, desperately trying to keep up appearances, she is so hyperaware it hurts Again and again, the author explores the dichotomy between life as it happens and the rehearsed anecdote, the preferred outcome In The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, even suburban quiet has nothing to do with peace Bank s much anticipated debut merits all its buzz and, to the point, transcends it Kerry Fried

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    1. I couldn't believe the disconnect between the reviews of this book and its content.The New Yorkeractually compares it to Bridget Jones, because, you know, all books written by women with a female protagonist in her 20s are the same. I thought this read like serious literary fiction. If a guy had written this book, he'd be called the next Salinger. If an older woman had written this book her name would be Abigail Thomas and it would be a memoir titledSafekeeping . To be fair, I picked this up at [...]

    2. It is a shame that Bank's prose is categorized as chick lit, because there is real weight and substance in her writing style. Perhaps she gets lumped into that fluffy genre because of her age and her contemporaries are cranking out pop fiction instead of literary fiction.Her characters proceed with humor, but it is not cheeky or plucky. If her characters were brought to life on tv, it would be a drama, not a comedy. Like my favorite short story collection of all time, The Nick Adams Stories, the [...]

    3. 0 stars. if i wanted to spend hours hearing another female continually question her own abilities and judge herself mediocre, I could just hang out with myself.Found in Last Word trash. A good placeAlso someone edited in an extra, unrelated chapter

    4. Based on the title, I thought that this novel would have some feminist themes, encouraging women to do things that normally men do, but instead this was a book about a series of romantic affairs, none of which were particularly engaging, memorable or unique. After realizing that the book was about relationships, at a minimum, I had hoped Ms. Bank would shed some new light on the woman's struggle to find a male partner in modern AmericaInstead, I found her writing to be caddy and her plot to be s [...]

    5. This book was supposed to be what started the "chick lit" genred I don't get it. I thought it bordered on depressing. Now in all fairness, I read it between Jen Lancaster books so.but really, it had a bleak, Russian winter feel to it. Jane's relationship with Archie, the alcoholic older man, was just so sad that I wanted to beat her for even entertaining the notion of such a self-indulgent ass in her life. There was nothing fun or uplifting or even redeeming about this story line. Based on the t [...]

    6. This book drove me crazy. So many of my friends loved it and insisted I read it. I hated it. I thought I was missing something, so I read it again. Still hated it. Ugh.

    7. One of my roommate's boyfriends told me that I needed to learn something about feminine mystique. He was probably right because I have never understood many things about womenke why some take so long in the bathroom, and why every time a driver is repeatedly running into the garage wall while backing out, it turns out to be a woman (why?). Sometimes I read books such as this in an effort to find feminine mystique.Ths book is about a woman and the men she dates. The woman is on a postmodern searc [...]

    8. Ok I read this book a while ago. I saw it on our bookshelf and realized I had completely forgotten what it was about. I decided to re-read it and guess what? I cannot remember what it is about. I don't think I can go for a third time. I have to say that the cover and title seduced me. Apparently, the story didn't.

    9. “It occurred to me that the quiet in the suburbs had nothing to do with peace.”I believe it is time for another identity crisis. It has been a few years. My neurosis is making farm animals out of dust clusters in this particular corner and screaming to be taken for a walk. It’s time to lube up and face the fact that I might just be becoming one of those women that I want to kick in the shins with my doc martens and spit and spew snarky, inappropriate, gen x’er, manifesto-esque, Jenny Hol [...]

    10. My favorite story is “Advanced Beginners.” I could read a whole novel about Jane at 14. Melissa Bank really has a flair for one-liners. I love when her brother asks if she read the Norwegian philosophy book he gave her, and she says, “I spent about a month reading it one afternoon.” I love all the little details in her stories because she doesn’t beat you over the head with them. They’re sparse and significant. You don’t have to skip over long descriptions of trees and wallpaper an [...]

    11. I'll fustigate a structurally fantastic novel because its central theme is presented in an unbearably banal mode: The Girls' Guide embraces a worthy theme but devolves into national geographic narrative, rendering the text completely (in my opinion) degrading. The easy to follow jumps in time are clever and enthralling. However, if you want to address the dilemmas of modern, urban single women astutely, don't end the text with "We are just two mayflies mating on a summer night." Seriously. Don't [...]

    12. Sometimes you read the right book at the right time in your life and it just clicks. As a single, independent woman living in the big city, I can relate with Jane's journey to find out who she is and what she wants her life to be. Some reviews I've seen call this novel the first "chick lit" of the new millennium, which is both demeaning and misogynistic, putting a book written by a woman about women in a second-class category. Sure there are stories about dating, but the men are used more to ill [...]

    13. This is one of those books that you fall in love with immediately. From sentence one to the very last, it's a book that sticks with you.It's made up of short stories, snapshots of main character's life. Even though the stories were quick I felt like I got this wonderful portrait of the character Jane. We watch her grow up and coming into herself. She reminds me of a combination of my girl friends - from junior high right on up to my current gal pals - including my female friends that are my seni [...]

    14. I just finished this book and I've got to tell you I was utterly disappointed. I remember this book was out around the time that Bridget Jones' Diary was out and they were comparing the two as "great novels for single females". While Bridget Jones did the trick, this book did not satisfy me what-so-ever. I didn't really feel any connection or feel like I bonded with the main character Jane. I can't imagine dating someone 28 years older than me who also is an alcoholic no matter what people say a [...]

    15. I love this book, but gosh, do I hate the packaging. My copy is lemon yellow and girly pink and it looks like rubbish chick lit. I would just like to clarify that this book is not chick lit. It's strong and truthful and real and and and well. It makes me bristle and want to defend its honour. It's written as a series of short stories about the men in the life of a woman called Jane. (I suppose you could call them chapters, but I think of it more like Amy Bloom's short stories than a traditional [...]

    16. This book was lent to me against my will. A dear friend said it was good and I should read it; I asked whether it was just about romantic relationships, as the blurb suggested it was, and would thus not be to my taste. She said maybe, but that I should read it anyway. So I have done so, as fast as I could in order to be able to give it back. I was correct in my initial assessment. [EDITED TO ADD: My dear friend has since admitted that she lent me the book because she didn't want it! A book-based [...]

    17. This is a series of short stories about Jane. (Well one story is about her neighbors.) We first meet her at 14 during summer vacation when her older brother brings home a girl for the weekend. From there we see her grow as she searches for her place in the world and looking for love. As we read her story we relate to her frustration at work, her choices in men and her grief when her father is dies. Jane is witty and at times a bit dark. My favorite story is when she meets a man at a friends wedd [...]

    18. I found this somewhat disappointing. Not that it was a bad book - but it really meandered and it wasn't as enthralling as I had hoped. It had moments but over all not what I thought I was getting into.

    19. I kind of don't get this book, and I'm not sure how to rate it. Some of it I liked, some I didn't. The biggest thing I don't get is that I thought it was a novel. Like all the way through about the same character. And it is - it's her coming of age story, from the time she was 14 (my favorite part of the book), up until probably her 30's. And it's broken up into sections of her life and told by her. But then, just kind of randomly, there are two sections that aren't told by her and aren't about [...]

    20. I am not sure why this book received the hype it did. Does Melissa just have fabulous publishing connections? The book teaches you nothing except that love is sometimes difficult (no brainstorm there). Jane doesn't experience most of the love traumas most women do. None of the men up and leave her. None really cheat on her (there's one maybe brief moment of infidelity) or abuse her. They all seem to adore her, perhaps in their limited way, but adore her nonetheless. And she always leaves them. W [...]

    21. Every chapter of this book was different, both in writing style and quality. The weird chapter in the middle with a different perspective was not necessary, and the last chapter was just plain stupid. Some of the other chapters had me feeling things though, so all in all this book could have been great after some more editing.Oh and the title is misleading and very forced in its meaning.

    22. "After a while, though, it occurs to you that even a perfect understanding of failed love is the booby prize."

    23. This book was interconnected stories based on Jane's life dealing with love from when she is a younger girl to when she is in her later years. It had bits of humor which I enjoyed, but overall I just thought it would not stay with me in the long run.

    24. I picked up this book expecting it to be a novel and was startled to find that it was a story collection. I tried hard to convince myself it was maybe a mosaic novel, but even that's not right. Most but not all of the stories are linked, having as their central character Jane Rosenal, who's a precocious teen in the first tale, learning about relationships through watching her elder brother create and then destroy one, and who by the end is, at a guess, in her mid-thirties and beginning to think [...]

    25. Funny. Witty. Quirky. Entertaining. A joy to read. Good stuff!Just what I needed to pass the silent moments swaddled in covers attempting to get over whatever bug seems to have broken through my vitamin C barrier and given me some type of cold or flu. I hate being sick but I'm glad this was the book I happened to start before I went down for the count. It wasn't hard. I didn't have to think. Just read. Be entertained and chuckle a little. This was a short read and considering, this is going to b [...]

    26. I had heard this book was a novel satirizing novels about women fixated on catching a man and the Finding and Keeping Mr. Right type self-help books. The last chapter came the closest to fitting this description and even that was predictable and poorly done. Perhaps I had wrong information and am judging this book too harshly because it wasn't what I was expecting when it was never intended to be that. All I know is that it was a struggle for me to finish this.Overall, this read more like a coll [...]

    27. 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, but as I've ready where it was first a collection of short stories not previously intended to go together as one novel -- it makes sense.While I like it fine, the shift was just . . . big from first person language to second person towards the e [...]

    28. Ugh. In the annals of great Chick Lit (Bridget Jones' Diary, Sex and the City, et al.) this book wouldn't even be a footnote. Sporadic, pathetic, and droll- steer clear fellow readers! The only reason I gave it two stars is that the main character references some good literature- although she fails to emulate the strong female ideals she professes to enjoy. Bleh.

    29. I picked this book up on a whim from a second hand bookstore and read this before I used which is a good thing because it has polarising reviews. I think these must be some of the more honest accounts of relationships, sex and life in general that I’ve ever read. Hilariously witty and full of heart, I thought this strange narrative style worked perfectly and was a huge surprise.

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