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A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing Book Review

Jane started out kick-ass and turned out lame.
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A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

A Girl's Guide To Hunting and Fishing introduces Jane, an independent girl in her early teens. Jane starts out an awesome heroine and turns into a doormat - I'm still trying to figure out how.

Author: Melissa Banks

Okay I think I missed a chapter or three in this book of short stories. Girls' Guide opens with the story Advanced Beginners. This story introduces Jane, an independent girl in her early teens[/kwlink]. It is about Jane's first observation of adult relationships. Her brother and his girlfriend come to visit; Jane is awed by the girlfriend and perplexed by her brother's new-found maturity. This story is awesome! I closed my eyes and related to what Jane was experiencing.


Twenties Girl

The next story jumps to Jane in her twenties. Here is the point where another chapter would have been nice, because Jane is now a paranoid girlfriend! How did that happen?! We don't know why, but she is dating a jerk. Why has our heroine morphed into a desperate doormat? As the book continues, Jane continues to turn into a man obsessed freak. As I read, I got increasingly frantic waiting for an explanation or a turnaround. I wanted to yell at her, "Jane, what are you doing? You are a smart person! Save yourself!" Then finally after about 15 years of dating jerks, Jane finally gets it right by meeting a guy, who is sooo obviously not about having a doormat-girlfriend. And what does Jane do to mess it up? She buys a book of dating rules! Argh! There is no doubt in my mind, in real life, this awesome guy would have lost patience after the first date. But he doesn't, maybe cause he's clueless too.


Finding Her Man

Finally our heroine is true to herself, finds her man and the world is well. But I am left wondering why writers feel the need to make their heroine's main plight finding a husband? Helen Fielding did it with Bridget Jones and now Melissa Banks has added to the list of books NOT to read if you are single and happy.


Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing Rating: 4


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