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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 11 Oct. 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: Straight Talking (Paperback)
I cannot understand what all ther fuss is about, why on earth does everyone rave so much about Jane Green? I read this book when it first came out & from reading the blurb on the back cover could instantly relate to the age old passion dilemma. Well having said that this must be the only thing to recommend this book, Tasha is a vain, shallow woman with no redeeming qualities. So I thought, give the author another chance & I read Mr Maybe when it first came out, this was even worse, the main character of that novel, Libby, is so shallow & totally impossible to like. If the author is setting out to send up women of Tasha's & Libby's ilk and their social circles (ie obsessed with designer clothes & accessories & hanging out in expensive trendy bars & restaurants) then she fulfilled her aim. If, however, the author wished to portray 90s women agonising over the dilemmas of a relationship then she failed miserably as I found it impossible to engage with either character from either book. In fact I found reading them incredibly frustrating & I think both Tasha & Libby give women in general a bad name, even though both do make the 'right' choice in the end.
Oh and talking of endings, both were extremely predictable.
I think the best author for books of this genre has got to be Marian Keyes, the characters all have far more depth, they are more rounded, the storylines and writing are far superior and more true to life than the trash Green churns out. Try Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (excellent) and her latest 'Last Chance Saloon', both hilarious as well as touching & full of pathos.
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