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See Jane Date [Mass Market Paperback]

Melissa Senate
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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April 1 2003 Red Dress Ink Novels
A Fancy Affair Bridal Salon
Forest Hills, Queens

"Did you know that one of your hips is higher than the other?" the seamstress asked me in a totally conversational tone.

"I didn't," I said. "I never knew that. But I'm glad you told me."

The seamstress had the decency to look embarrassed. She ducked her head back down and continued pinning.

Perhaps that had been the reason why Blind Dates One, Two and Three hadn't been interested. It wasn't the smoking, after all. It was my Hip Issue. And just my luck that Blind Date #4 was with a doctor, whose business it was to notice such deformities.

See Jane Date will speak to singles everywhere. At once warm and witty, this look into the life of 28-year-old assistant editor Jane Gregg, screams, "You are not alone!" Case in point: See Jane . . .

-- Endure two months of bridesmaid hell for her younger cousin's wedding
-- Brilliantly dodge being fixed up with Grammy's next-door neighbor by fibbing that she, um, already has a boyfriend
-- Date . . . like crazy to find one suitable guy to bring to said wedding

Okay, find one suitable guy to love. Was that so much to ask?


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About the Author

Thirtysomething Melissa Senate lives, writes and dates in New York, New York, a city she pays homage to in See Jane Date, her debut novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Swift Read -- And Survival Tool! Nov. 20 2003
Format:Paperback
Sometimes you're just in the mood for fluff. "See Jane Date" is a quick, fun jaunt with another city-girl tripping into the gutter of dating, and a handy companion for a day at the beach. Maybe it was because I was alone, or maybe it was my lilting laughter carrying on the wind, but "See Jane Date" seemed to make me quite approachable. Unfortunately, it first attracted the daybreak set of hairy, transplanted - (that is, both the foreign-import and hair-plug variety) - beach studs who were insistent on making conversation over that ever original, "Hey mermaid, watcha readin'?" pickup-line. Just as Jane was about to go off on some smug bridesmaid banshees, I found her quite useful in pummeling Vlady's meat hook as he attempted to pick stray lint from my navel. When Claudio interrupted Jane's anti-cheapskate rant with an offer to comb my hair with a seashell, it worked as a nice shovel to fling sand into his eyes. By the end of the book, "See Jane Date" did land me with one of my own. Content and smiling with the haze of romantic possibility, I rescued a surfer with an irrational fear of seagulls by tossing my finished book into the air like a crouton to intercept the gull's nosedive for his Quizno's meatlover hoagie. We shared his pickles, and I recommended my book to Suzy, who was feigning a nap during the second sweep of "Jogging-Speedo-Man." Overall, "See Jane Date" is a must-read for any beach babe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Story Will Seem Familiar July 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As the lead character, Jane Gregg, is pleasant and like so many of the heroines of chick-lit. She is stuck on the cusp of entry level and working to make it to the next step as an associate editor. She has worked hard for the last six years and deserves her due. Unfortunately, I didn't feel all that strongly about Jane's cause. We all have to "pay our dues" and some industries take a little longer. I would have liked to have seen some incident that we as readers could rally around this hardworking and intelligent woman who was unjustly treated. As it stood, antipathy is all I felt.
Basically, Jane needs a date for her cousins wedding at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Since her last long term boyfriend, who broke her heart and is now engaged, Jane has been on a rollercoster of dates. After a conversation with her Aunt Ida that leads to the refusal to be set-up on a blind date for the wedding, Jane makes up a boyfriend. She enlists the help of her friends of the "Flirt Night Roundtable" in finding eligible men. As the clock ticks, she finds Dr. Timothy Rommely. By this point her "boyfriend" lives in a brownstone near the park and is a doctor so how convenient that she find Timothy. Jane puts all her eggs in one basket so you can imagine what happens.
The best part of the book was Jane's relationship with her high school nemesis, Natasha Nutley...aka "Gnat." Jane's boss is out on maternity leave and she gets the chance to work with Natasha on a steamy tell-all about sleeping with an A list movie star for three weeks. Gnat turns out to be a joy to work with and not what Jane seems to remember. Jane carried with her the past from high school, which is what so many people do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Summer Read July 18 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an extremely enjoyable read. I never really read books labeled "romance novels." I've never read Bridget Jones' Diary, but I saw and adored the movie. However, the only reason I read this particular title is because ABC Family is making a movie to air in August starring two of my favorite actresses, Charisma Carpenter as Jane and Holly Marie Combs as Natasha. Since I don't read romance novels and I've never read BJD, I'll just review this book based on it's own merits.
The novel is somewhat on the predictable side, but does offer enough surprises as it is surprisingly (for me, anyway) character and plot driven. I had a hard time puting it down and found myself rereading passages, not b/c I had a hardtime comprehending, but b/c I enjoyed them so. I've never dated, nor have I ever been to New York, yet I found myself connecting to other aspects of the book and the characters. Such as I had no problem w/the author, Melissa Senate, having Jane and her friends describing people based on what celebrity they looked like. This is something that people do and the approach is effective since the story is told by Jane, not Senate.
I had a hard time believing that I was reading a romance novel as there wasn't really much in the way of romance, or at least not in the way I had expected, I guess. The heart of the book, for me, was Jane's relationship w/Natasha, who turns out to be the most layered and endearing character (I was beginning to wonder how HMC got cast as someone described to look like Nicole Kidman and realized that there are few tv actresses in her age group that would be able to pull off the many facets of what makes Natasha tick like she could, plus she has great hair.).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Summer Read July 18 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an extremely enjoyable read. I never really read books labeled "romance novels." I've never read Bridget Jones' Diary, but I saw and adored the movie. However, the only reason I read this particular title is because ABC Family is making a movie to air in August starring two of my favorite actresses, Charisma Carpenter as Jane and Holly Marie Combs as Natasha. Since I don't read romance novels and I've never read BJD, I'll just review this book based on it's own merits.
The novel is somewhat on the predictable side, but does offer enough surprises as it is surprisingly (for me, anyway) character and plot driven. I had a hard time puting it down and found myself rereading passages, not b/c I had a hardtime comprehending, but b/c I enjoyed them so. I've never dated, nor have I ever been to New York, yet I found myself connecting to other aspects of the book and the characters. Such as I had no problem w/the author, Melissa Senate, having Jane and her friends describing people based on what celebrity they looked like. This is something that people do and the approach is effective since the story is told by Jane, not Senate.
I had a hard time believing that I was reading a romance novel as there wasn't really much in the way of romance, or at least not in the way I had expected, I guess. The heart of the book, for me, was Jane's relationship w/Natasha, who turns out to be the most layered and endearing character (I was beginning to wonder how HMC got cast as someone described to look like Nicole Kidman and realized that there are few tv actresses in her age group that would be able to pull off the many facets of what makes Natasha tick like she could, plus she has great hair.). Also important are Jane's relationships w/her Aunt, her cousin, her co-workers, and her two best friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Going In Blind
Jane Gregg is a twenty-something assistant editor at Posh Publishing who gets a chance at a promotion. all she has to do is edit the memoir of Natasha Nutley. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by mereph
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick Lit at its best!
Melissa Senate has summed up the wonderful world of dating that any woman in any city anywhere in the world can relate to. Read more
Published on March 13 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
There wasn't anything out of the ordinary about it but THAT'S what I liked! The heroine was REAL and I LIKED her. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Susan Hatler
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my faviorte chick lit books
To be honest, when I bought this book I didn't think it would be very good. I mean, the premice is pretty much that a single woman is trying to prove herself to people by showing... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by "lunaphish"
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of the dateless...
Though this is ultimately chick lit in the spirit of the Red Dress Ink line, it is a delightful piece of fluff that, for me, hit home on the experience of the modern... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Mariah Mercer
2.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Review
I found the Melissa Senate's novel See Jane Date to be void of any literary greatness. The diction of the novel is informal and colloquial, which makes reading the book seem like... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by "pac2487"
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridget jones....... oh puuuleaseeeeeeee :P
I liked See Jane Date better than the Bridget Jones diary.
It took me a while to get throught BJD, Franlky i liked the movie better than the book lol. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by theresa
3.0 out of 5 stars 1/2, a decent read
This is a typical "chick lit" book, about a woman, Jane, who is trying to find a date to her cousin's wedding. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
See Jane Date is witty, fun, and oh-so-true! I'd reccomend this book to any woman or teenage girl to read. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars whiny, pity party of one
The character of Jane had some sort of personality disorder. The way she resented people (her aunt, her boss, etc.) for caring about her....She was defective. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2003
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