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Such a Girl [Paperback]

Karen V. Siplin
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (1 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743475550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743475556
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,110,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having ended a relationship with the unpromising Jack nine years earlier, New York hotel operator Kendall Stark, struggling through an affair with an unmarried man, meets Jack again and learns of his career successes, in a tale based on Jane Austen's "Persuasion.". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Persuasion it is not! 5 April 2010
`A fast-paced witty novel about lost love and the possibilities of what can happen further down the road.' - Zane.(From the front cover at the very top).



It is VERY OBVIOUS that Zane had NOT read this book!

I kept on reading this hoping that it would get better. No such luck (sigh). And the parts about the problems they were having with their apartment were pointless and did nothing to enhance the story.

Overall, a depressing read.

I have the BBC adaptation of Persuasion, and if this was (some how) supposed to be based on Persuasion then Green Eggs and Ham is based on Pride and Prejudice!
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful treatment of Jane Austen's PERSUASION 20 Mar 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Nine years ago at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Kendall Stark heeded the advice of her friends by ending her two year relationship with Jack Sullivan because everyone insisted he was a loser. Now, Kendall is a thirty-one year old single living in Brooklyn, working as a communications operator at a popular luxurious Manhattan hotel, and having a nowhere affair with a married man.
Kendall feels contented until she sees Jack, owner of New England?s very successful Sullivan Brewery who is staying at the hotel. Kendall handles herself reasonably well during the encounter, but as he leaves his look back is filled with disappointment that shakes her to the core of her essence. Kendall realizes what she lost when she stopped being Sullivan?s Ken; she decides she must try to win back his love. However, Jack not only has to forgive, he wonders if she desires him because he is a success?
As CLUELESS DID TO Jane Austen's EMMA, SUCH A GIRL provides the same delightful treatment to the author?s PERSUASION with Ken being Anne Elliot and Sullivan is retired naval officer Frederick Wentworth. The enjoyable second chance at love story line reflects a realistic social order that though the plot takes place in the twenty-first century could have easily been in the early 1800s. Sullivan is a wonderful protagonist as he wants his Ken back in his life, but doubts he can trust her with his heart. Ken regrets the error that shaped her life, but shows courage as she decides to prove she is his significant other forever. Together they make an intelligent and witty tale.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such A Girl 23 Mar 2004
By Angelique C. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Such a Girl is a reflectively told novel that will grasp the mind of any reader who has ever questioned the choices they have made and the path that they have followed to bring them to the place where they are today.
Karen Siplin gives us the story of Kendall Stark, a phone operator at posh hotel with celebrity clientele. When one of the guests turns out to be the former boyfriend she dumped years before?with the approval of her friends, who thought that he was going nowhere fast and taking her along for the ride?it brings about a lot of questions for Kendall. Aside from the love that she is struggling not to still have for a now highly successful and engaged Jack Sullivan, Kendall now struggles with thoughts of her dead end job, her relationship with a co-worker who is a married man, her purpose in life and the choices she?s made to get there. She evaluates the ?unsuccessful? lives of herself and her friends as her ex comes back to gloat before the woman he never stopped loving and her judgmental friends.
Siplin writes in blow-by-blow motion that makes no to attempt to create a world for the reader, but rather states things as-a-matter-of-factly and leaves the rest up to the reader?s imagination. Her talents are so great that she is able to do this and allow the words and motion to convey strong tensions and emotions between and within the characters. However, because of this writing style, some of the pivotal characters, namely Amy, Nick, and Gary, do not come off the page and tend to blend into one another or do not come across as uniquely as they possibly could.
Such A Girl is a moderately paced thought provoking novel as well as a subtle love story. This minimal drama story is a great alternative read from a writer with a highly distinctive and enchanting voice in fiction
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm persuaded - it's a nice adaptation. 8 April 2005
By BMAR - Published on Amazon.com
I picked up this book because of its description as being loosely based on Jane Austen's Persuasion. I happen to like Austen originals, as well as movies and books based on her works. This was no exception. "Such A Girl" is the conduit for Kendall Stark's life story. Almost a decade ago while in college, Kendall broke up with her love Jack Sullivan because her upwardly mobile college friends saw him as someone going nowhere FAST. Jack was a loafer, but one who was determined to enjoy life even if things like classes got in the way. After many breakup-to-makeup periods, Kendall walked out of his life and didn't look back.

Now she's living a life that passes as satisfying. She's a 31-year hotel telephone operator who lives with one of her aforementioned college friends, now an aspiring writer who works as a waiter. When Jack walks into her hotel one day, she's hit right in the fast with her unresolved history. Jack is now a successful owner of a beer manufacturing company. It seems that Jack is living the life that Kendall and her friends were struggling to attain years ago. Though they missed the mark, Jack is sitting pretty - with a fiancée to boot. Kendall, who is involved in an affair with a married man, must face her lingering feelings for Jack as she struggles to understand what Jack is doing in "her" hotel.

It's a nice adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion with all the social commentary on the differences in classes and love lost due to superficial reasons. I enjoyed the novel. My only criticism is that the tales of Kendall's life as an operator and her interactions with co-workers and neighbors were often too many and too detailed for me. I was particularly distracted by her ongoing conflicts with her neighbors, which distracted from the overall flow of the novel at times. It was annoying, but it didn't interfere greatly with my overall enjoyment of the story and its underlying romantic themes.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lisen to your heart 25 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is one of the best bok I have read this year.I think that every female from the age of 13-39 sould read this book.I bought this book on my to the capital trip, and let me tell you that as soon as you read the first sentence you will want to know more about characters of the story
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute, modern love story that avoids being chick-lit! 29 Dec 2005
By Kharabella - Published on Amazon.com
Kendall Stark is the lovely, underachieving heroine of the novel. Kendall is a telephone operator at a very high-end hotel in New York City, where she barely gets along with most of her coworkers, except for the cute married coworker that she sleeps with from time to time. She's single, in debt, and lives with a roommate who is also an old college friend. Then a blast from the past walks into her life - the love of her college life, Jack Sullivan. The twist: Kendall broke his heart nine years ago, when her friends persuaded her that Jack was simply a bad boy who was headed nowhere in life. Either because she believed her friends or because she was scared at the intensity of the relationship, she let Jack go. Now, she barely knows how to face him.

Years later, only one of these college friends has actually done something successful with his life, and the rest, including Kendall are broke and without any visible career. But Jack Sullivan is a millionaire. And suddenly he's staying at the hotel in which Kendall works, reconnecting with Kendall's friends from college - who never liked him when he was broke - all with the unstated and slightly benign purpose of throwing his success and wealth in their faces.

From the beginning of this cute tale to the end, I have two recurring thoughts. One: How does a college graduate wind up working as a hotel switchboard operator nine years after graduation? Just how in the world did Kendall Stark get there, and didn't she ever want to be anywhere else? And it isn't the fact that she's broke - because many, many college graduates live check-to-check and can barely afford to pay rent. But Kendall she has a college degree, and she answers phones! That just seemed crazy to me. She doesn't appear to have plans or aspirations to do anything else. My second recurring thought: Kendall Stark = K.S. = Karen Siplin. Is there an element of autobiography here, or pure coincidence?

Overall, I enjoyed the book. My confusion about Kendall's complete lack of professional ambition really blurred the comparison between Such a Girl and Jane Austen's "Persuasion." I understood how a Jane Austen heroine could have no professional ambition or a career. The part of the plot doesn't transfer to this day and age.
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