Jane Frank is ready to fall in love. It's been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner in her father's law firm. There's just one problem: All the guys in New York are flakes. They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation. Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood? Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew's advice and turn the game back on those who scorned her? As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize the dating life isn't as easy as she originally thought.
Lydia - 3 Star
I enjoyed this cute book. A State of Jane is all about dating in New York City, so fans of Sex and the City should enjoy. After taking a one year hiatus since breaking up with her high school sweetheart, Jane decides she’s finally ready to dive into New York City’s dating and mating scene. Unsure of the rules, and even with two friends who try and tell it like it is, Jane remains convinced she’ll find a man within a week, and becomes jaded as reality sets in and each guy she dates is worse than the last.
Although I enjoyed A State of Jane and found it an easy and amusing read, I couldn’t quite relate to Jane as much as I had hoped. It took me forever to warm to her, and then her character took a nose dive into self absorbed and entitlement land. This was the point of the novel, where Jane gets a little lost, but it still grated on me. Her character is realistic with her flaws, but I found her naivety a little odd, particularly considering she lived in New York City and had watched her friends go through dating woes for years before she had to.
I also wasn’t entirely invested in her plight of finding a man. It was the entire purpose of the novel and I would have liked to see some more development in other areas of her life instead of just her dating life. One of my favourite aspects of Sex and the City wasn’t actually the trials of the women with men. It was their friendship, their relationships and how they struggled with other aspects of their lives. And other than Jane’s dating life, there wasn’t much to grasp on to, nor was there any real interesting aspect to this. Maybe I’m just becoming tired of girls who are desperate for a man in their lives all the time and have nothing else going on. How Jane falls in love with every single man she sets her eyes on had me rolling my eyes a few times as well.
In the end, I was glad Jane figured a few things out and was pleased with the ending. Overall, A State of Jane is an easy, enjoyable read with some laughs, but I had just hoped for something I little deeper. Fans of lighter chick lit fare will definitely enjoy!
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