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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink (April 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373250274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373250271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,835,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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