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Girls Night Out (Red Dress Ink Novels) Paperback – Jun 2006

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A series of great short stories to make any girl smile 9 Dec. 2007
By Maggie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this collection of short stories to put in our guest room, when a girlfriend was coming over for the weekend. She loved it so much, she took it home with her and returned it with her next visit. I didn't love every story, but the great thing about short stories is that you don't have to. There are more than enough great reads contained within to make this a worthwhile purchase. There is a story for every woman.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for your next girls' night in 2 Jan. 2007
By K. Hinton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Girls' Night Out is a collaboration effort from some of the biggest names in chick lit with proceeds to benefit War Child, an organization dedicated to easing the suffering of children around the world. The editors of this book have long-since had a similar effort organized in England with many British chick lit authors contributing, and this is the second effort in the American version of the series. The previous novel, Girls' Night In, was released in 2004 and included many of the same authors.

If you like chick lit, this is your chance to get samplings from many of your favorite authors in one convenient package and to help out a good cause while you're at it.

A couple of my favorite stories in the anthology are:

A Thing of Beauty by Emily Giffin

In this story, by-the-books actuary Kate stops living her ordinary life when her numerologist/manicurist Betty suggests that she needs to make some changes. On Betty's advice, Kate cuts off her long hair, breaks up with her long-time boyfriend, and quits her respectable job as an actuary. Instead, she takes a job at a flower shop, and decides to rethink her previously well-ordered life.

I thought this story was fun and lighthearted while at the same time reminding you to take stock of your life and make sure you're living it the way you want to. Kate takes a chance, and winds up with valuable experiences that she'd never have had if she'd just kept living her ordinary life without thinking there might be something more out there for her. Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors and her books Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Baby Proof are definitely worth checking out if you have never read her work before.

A Little Bit Broken by Sarah Mlynowski

When her husband of six month confesses to her that he's had an affair, Jessie has no idea how to react. The idea that someone she trusted and thought she knew so well could treat her so badly doesn't sit well with her and she has to make a decision about whether or not she can forgive this indiscretion.

This story is probably my favorite in the entire anthology because it resonates with truth from start to finish. It's difficult to know whether or not you can put back together something that may be irreparably broken and the fact that their marriage is so new makes it especially difficult in this story. Mlynowski is also one of the editors of the book and I'd never heard of her before I picked it up. I'll be sure to check out her work in the future.

Overall, Girls' Night Out is a great way to get a little something from some of your favorite chick lit authors who might not put out work as often as you'd like them to, and also a great way to get an introduction to some new ones. Another story I really liked was by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, titled The Corruption of Father Scott, and involves a television producer who is tasked with finding the sexiest Catholic priest in the country to become the next Dr. Phil. I'd never heard of Valdes-Rodriguez before but I enjoyed the story so much I went out and bought one of her books.

Girls' Night Out has got stories that range from humorous and lighthearted to somber and thought-provoking. It would definitely be perfect for your next night in.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I never knew it existed 7 July 2009
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was actually searching for Sophie Kinsella books when this little gem popped up. Most of the stories are awesome!
Fun collection of female-centered short stories 19 May 2014
By doctor_beth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked this short story collection up at a used book sale recently after realizing that many of the authors had appeared in a similar collection that I had enjoyed, Irish Girls About Town. That collection featured mostly Irish authors, and although GIRLS' NIGHT OUT offers stories mainly set in England, there are quite a few American tales as well.

I had previously read a number of the authors included in this book, such as Marian Keyes, Lolly Winston, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus (of THE NANNY DIARIES fame), Kathleen DeMarco, and Anna Maxted. However, some of my favorite stories were from authors new to me: I really enjoyed "Reunion," "A Thing of Beauty," "What I Found," "Are You Ready Boots?," "Saving Amsterdam," and "Entranced." The offerings that I found less enjoyable were the ones with the not-so-happy endings, some of which didn't really seem to "fit" with the rest of this collection. In particular, I was not of fan of "Troublemaker," "A Blast from the Past," "Dog Lover," or "Mam with a Tan" by Anna Maxted (with who I haven't always clicked previously).

Overall, however, I found this to be a fun, enjoyable collection, and I would definitely recommend it, with a final rating of four and a half stars.
Loved it! 1 Mar. 2014
By Kayla hildenbrandt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Saw this book at our public library, and after reading it, I am now purchasing it to pass it around to all my gal pals to read. Will be also purchasing Girls' Night Out. Each story has a personality of its own and you can read a few at a time and be on your way. It was fun!
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