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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (5 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141011513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141011516
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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Tasha, the anti-heroine of Jane Green's Straight Talking, is sassy, sexy and out for all she can get, or so she would have you believe. Straight Talking aims its arrows of truth directly at you, as its narrator, Tasha, openly discusses issues as if you were part of the world on the page and could answer back. The book is a no-holds-barred, frank take on sex, friendship and relationships for the single thirtysomething. A ladette in her 20s, sleeping around happily with a series of men, Tasha begins to retrench in her 30s and it becomes all-out open warfare to capture a man.

Will she fall for the suave, arrogant Andrew, who has females falling at his feet? Or will she fall back into a relationship with her treacherous ex-boyfriend, Simon? Or will she come to lean on nice, but not terribly sexy, Adam? Green's/Tasha's style is irreverent and self-deprecating as she points the finger at the clichés of singledom: "Of course I have cats. What self-respecting single career woman of 30 who's secretly desperately longing to give it all up for the tall, rich stranger of her dreams doesn't have cats?" She has a keen eye and a cutting tongue, which sustains the action and pace of this sharply observed and witty first novel. --Nicola Perry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I can't believe that so many women can relate to Tasha the main character. I found her lifestyle totally depressing and couldn't believe she would go to bed with a man just because he asked. I didn't particularly warm to Tasha either. I have just finished Jane Green's The Beach House which I found far more enjoyable.
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Ahh this book was awesome!!! This was the third book I read by Jane Green and I have to say Jane Green continues to impress me with her novel stories. This is the kind of book that you seriously don't want to put down. There is always something going on in the book where you find yourself dieing to know what happens next... never ever a dull moment in this novel. There wasn't a slow start-it was real easy to get into. What I loved about Straight Talking was that the main character; Tasha is very easy to relate to especially when your single and dating, you find yourself saying,"I'm just like her!" or "I would have done the same thing!" and another great thing is that if you can't seem to relate to Tasha she has 3 bestfriends that you are sure to relate to one of them. This book kept me laughing and gasping and I definitly recommend it!!!
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By A Customer on 9 Feb. 2001
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I read Jemima J and I found it great: witty, entertaining, fun. So I decided to buy all of Jane Green's books. I started reading Straight talking and WHAT A BORE!!! Dull as it can be. I forced myself to finish it, but I really felt disappointed.
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Straight Talking is rubbish in comparison to say Bookends. It was long winded and boring, with a self obsessed, self pitying, unrealistic central character who didn't win my empathy in any way at all. If you've already read any of Green's other books DO NOT bother with this one as you will only feel let down. However, if you haven't still don't bother, read Bookends instead!
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Have to agree with the reviewer who said "a self obsessed, self pitying, unrealistic central character who didn't win my empathy in any way at all". I actually wondered if this book was written by a man under a pseudonym as it seems to be a male fantasy rather than a description of any woman I've met.

I got this book for nothing and that's what it is worth, don't waste your time on it.
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By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2001
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I have mixed feelings about this book. Granted in 'Straight Talk' the gangs all here! All the 30-something themes are in (and Ms Green more or less gets it spot on), all the situations we've been in a thousand times, all chats, all the crushes, all the horribly embarassing moments when you step outside of yourself and see how ridiculous this 'love thang' really is. On that level, even though the Brigette Jonesy\Harry and Sally\biological clock is ticking so damn loud I can't hear myself think thing, has been done to death, it's a good and clever book. The problem for me was that I didn't find the central character very endearing. Cert, Tash, our heroine is a girl's girl, a loyal friend, in short one of 'us'. And sure, she's not so impossibly beautiful you'd have to kick her teeth in if you ever met her, and yes, I understand that by writing in the first person, we get to see her personal struggles and hear her pleas for understanding, but she is so hard and obtuse that it makes for a frustrating read. Dispite the sessions on the pychiatrist's couch I still ended up baffled by her behaviour and found it implausible that her Doctor thanked Tasha for teaching her so much as she made her personal journey to self revalation (yawn yawn).
Also, dispite the fact that we had had a guy that was not only unbearably sexy, intelligent, sensive but loved her without limit, it wasn't a very'romantic' read -nor was it as amusing as Jemima J. I found the morals questionable and depressing (not just the bed hopping, but the using the abusing and the general sleaziness of it all), and if it was more realistic and thoughtful than say Jemima J, it was shorter on laughs and totally drained of optimism. Ultimately I found the heroine irritating and unsympathetic..
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By A Customer on 25 Oct. 1999
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I think I must be missing something here, as I'm not of the chi-chi places to hang out in & designer clothes to be seen in school. Or maybe it's because fantasising about my wedding day & trying on wedding dresses has never even occured to me (and yes I am married before anyone accuses me of being a sad, jealous singleton).
I am staggered by the number of readers who appear to empathise with this character. I am yet to be convinced that Tasha typifies your average 90s woman, as some people claim. However, she is marginally less offensive than another of Green's charcacters, the vacuous Libby of 'Mr Maybe'. I think the dilemmas these women face are real 90s ones but they're not dealt with in a sympathetic way as the characterisation is so appalling. They are not real women, they lack depth. The storylines are also extremely predictable. Summing up, I would say these books are lacking in wit, profundity, humour & compassion - all 4 of which I consider to be essential elements in a novel of this genre. Do not waste your money.
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I found this book to be superficial, with no character development and completely lacking in humour. This book portrays women as shallow, stupid, and unable to function without a man to prop them up. An insult to women.
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