- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2111 KB
- Print Length: 206 pages
- Publisher: Dow Books (9 Jan. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N4MT8HR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jane of Manchester: an easy reading chick-lit, sure to make you laugh out loud! Kindle Edition
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She seems to have plenty of money to buy alcohol, take aways and restaurant food, didn't realise floristry paid so well. Jane has a lukewarm realationshipmwith her sister who has got on in life and is a doctor so, some jealousy there. All Janes friends seem to be in a relationship except her!!
This is a very light read, it's not a page turner, it's the kind of book that you can take on holiday with you and read on the beach. It's ideal for reading at bedtime as it's not one of those books you can't put down. I must admit I like a bit more substance in my books but it was worth a read. I did find I was always waiting for something noteworthy to happen to Jane, sadly nothing ever did.
The first-person narration is charmingly candid, punctuated by many hilarious comments and humorous situations, but it does suffer from a certain sameness and repetition. A cross between Coronation Street and the Diary of Bridget Jones (thankfully without the overweight girl angst or the overdone klutziness).
Jane is a very likeable character. She's not the brightest bulb, but she has good instincts and a kind heart. Her friends are a cross-section, from new moms to wild party-girls, whose antics wear a bit thin after a while. I really liked Will; he's a well-drawn character minus the stereotypes.
However, there is a flip side to Jane's carefree social life, and its treatment is what elevates this book above the usual chick-lit standard. Without passing any moral judgement, J.G. Dow exposes the extent of the drinking culture that has become endemic among young UK women. Apparently, “having fun” requires guzzling as much alcohol as possible before passing out or being sick. The inevitable embarrassing behaviour and next-day hangover woes are also cause for much amusement.
Readers of a similar age to Jane and her friends will identify with their predicaments and get a kick out of her sardonic humour. Even though I'm not the ideal target audience, I found many laugh-out-loud moments. For me, the ending was a little too open-ended, but it clearly leaves the door open for a sequel.
I liked the author’s style and the fact that this was told in the first person, I think it would have lost some of the feeling had it been written in any other way but what I didn’t like was how this woman that was ultimately very likeable, was all too willing to be just part of the crowd and in some instances, I didn’t much like the crowd that seemed to swallow her up but I think that was what the author was looking for from me and if that is the case then I would have to say the author nailed it!
I wanted Jane to show that there comes an age when getting completely drunk isn’t the done thing, that “having fun” isn’t a fun pastime and that the resulting aftermath can and should reinforce that and while I think the author took a great step in pouring scorn on the social epidemic of anti-social drinking that affects the young people of this country at present. Unfortunately in many towns and cities, Jane and her friends and their social antics would be the accepted norm, their “having fun” an accepted activity and that is a sad indictment of the society that we live in.
Anyway, I feel like I have been ragging a little on not just Jane but the story and I really don’t mean that to be the case, I thought the author produced a work that I would be happy to recommend, it was well written, humourous and fluid. The almost diary like prose drew me along and no matter the fact that at times I had to try and stop myself from rolling my eyes at some of the goings on, I wanted to know how Jane’s like was going to pan out.
There are other characters that you will love, namely Will, I thought he was super but there are also others that you will read about and wonder which of your friends fit that mould? I had a couple I can tell you!
I thought the ending left just enough wiggle room for a follow up, I’d like to see where she goes next!
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