A State of Jane

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Overview

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 at 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 ...

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Overview

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 at 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 that the dating life isn't as easy as she originally thought.

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Editorial Reviews

Natalie Aaron
"By turns heartbreaking and hilarious in its honesty, A State of Jane is
Chick Lit at its indisputable best. With a self-assured talent for
drawing vivid, relatable characters and a keen ear for witty dialogue,
Meredith Schorr once again delivers a richly-layered story that will
enthrall and surprise even those readers who believe they've read
everything Chick Lit has to offer."
—Natalie Aaron, Co-Author of Unscripted
Diana Spechler
"Don't pick up A State of Jane unless you're ready to pull an allnighter
and call in sick to work--this is an addictive, read-it-in-onesitting
kind of novel that you'll want to pass along to all your friends.
In her second book, Schorr proves herself as one of the funniest,
most skillful writers on the chick lit scene."
—Diana Spechler, author of Who By Fire and Skinny
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935961697
  • Publisher: Libertary Co.
  • Publication date: 9/5/2012
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After dabbling in children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing “real” chick lit for real women. When Meredith is not hard at work on her current work in progress, she spends her days as a trademark paralegal at a law firm in New York City. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. She also loves to read and is always on the lookout for her new favorite author. A State of Jane is her second novel.
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  • Posted January 21, 2013

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    The book begins with Jane, the main character, talking to her si

    The book begins with Jane, the main character, talking to her sister on the phone about wanting to get back to dating. It's been a year since she broke up with her boyfriend, Bob, and she feels as if she's ready to move on. Later on in the novel, Jane experiences horrible dates, she begins to alienate her family and friends, and she begins dating like a man, "date em and leave em". At times, Jane could come off as a little selfish, but it made me like her even more. She seemed so realistic, and I really enjoyed going through her journey with her. Overall, this was a great book, I was kind of hoping for a different ending for Jane, but I understand why she had the ending that she did, which makes me admire Jane even more and love the book also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    A year to the date after she broke up with her long-time boyfrie

    A year to the date after she broke up with her long-time boyfriend Bob, twenty-six year old Jane Frank is ready to start dating again. Jane is on a mission, she wants to be settled in a committed relationship by the time she starts law school the following year, because she'll be too busy studying to meet anyone. From online dating to the local New York bars and everything in between, Jane finds out that finding Mr. Right isn't exactly as easy as she had thought it would be. So if you can't beat em, join em ... Jane decides to date like a man ... love em and leave em! But this way of finding the right guy isn't working out either ... so come along for the ride as Jane weaves her way through the variety of New York's eligible bachelors in search of Mr. Right.




    Every now then I crave a story that will tickle my funny bone from cover to cover, and in A State of Jane, author Meredith Schorr has created a fun, laugh-out-loud, hilarious story that left me completely satisfied. Written in the first person narrative, Jane Frank takes the reader along for the ride on her journey into the crazy dating scene and the trial and tribulations that she encounters in her search for Mr. Right.




    Author Meredith Schorr weaves a realistic tale of the frustrations of being single and looking for love. Jane is a hot mess but she is real with flaws and ideals, and the variety of guys she dates will leave you laughing and shaking your head in amusement. We can all relate to what it is like to be in the dating scene, and the variety of people we meet and have to weed out in order to find that special someone. Jane's adventure is thoroughly entertaining, as I followed along on her search there were times where I was cheering her on, but there were also times when I simply wanted to smack her upside the head and say "what were you thinking?"! Throughout her search, Jane lives and learns until she finally comes full circle and listens to her heart.




    With a quirky cast of characters; witty dialogue and interactions; richly detailed description of the sights and sounds of NY and Hoboken, NJ; and a storyline that is written in a humorous and sassy style, A State of Jane is a witty true-to-life story that will not disappoint you, it is Chick Lit at it's very best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    A State Of Jane was a very good Chick Lit Novel; I enjoyed it! T

    A State Of Jane was a very good Chick Lit Novel; I enjoyed it! The main character, Jane of course, and whose POV we read from, to me, seemed like a relatable character, and I liked that. The Author wrote some great character development, including other characters in the story. Jane just seemed believable and goes through situations that some of has may have gone through. Jane just has so much on her plate, from not studying for her upcoming LSATs, to being miserable as a single woman, and when seeing guys casually doesn't work, what is she to do? Well, I believe Jane's journey of self-realization was so unpredictable, and I liked that; turning the page without a clue of what's going to happen next, for me, I liked not knowing what's going to happen, and you might see that same type of attitude in the story, just saying :) All in all, this was a well written story with enough conflict, some happy moments, kisses and... more, a lot of alcohol and just more to keep you turning that page!
    My Rating: 4.4/5I say a Strong PG-13 Rating (Some Mature Language & Mild Sexual Content) 

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a fairly qu

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a fairly quick chick lit read that I read every free chance I had. I finished this book in just over a day.

    The main character, Jane, reminded me of most twenty-something women who are still single. They want to find "the one" and will look at every date as the potential "one". We have all done that, we have all waited for "the one" to appear. That made her very relatable for this reader...and probably for most readers. Sometimes, I found Jane to be naive, childish, and rather self-absorbed but I also found her to be funny and just trying to find her path. There were times where she just rubbed me the wrong way and I wanted to yell at her to stop being so UGH! Then, there were times where I was rooting for her and wanting her to get things right. Her career path was another obstacle she had to overcome to help her find peace and happiness for herself.

    The remaining cast of characters were all great and really added to the overall story. The reader can relate to these characters as well as with Jane. Lainie was a great roommate and new friend for Jane. She was the "pot" to Jane's "kettle" in some ways. Marissa, the long time BFF, was like most best friends...even when she gets left behind, she is there for her friend when it matters the most. Their friendship is one that survives even the rockiest of patches. Andrew, Jane's officemate, was funny. Jane and Andrew were funny together and good friends. He gave her some good, and some not-so-good, advice.

    All-in-all, a good story with a good ending.
    Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was a good chick lit read.

    Will I read it again: Probably not. But Ms. Schorr is on my "must read author" list!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    Continuing my love for Meredith Schorr, I started on A State of

    Continuing my love for Meredith Schorr, I started on A State of Jane immediately after finishing Blogger Girl. I'd heard many grumblings, and heard about some not-so-nice reviews and I had to read this book - because I loved Blogger Girl and because I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

    I was not disappointed and I have to say that A State of Jane is one of my favorite books! I love that Jane is so much fun. That she is willing - no matter how many times she was trampled on - to get up, brush herself off and try again. That she had so much to learn and you could see her growth throughout the book, in very tangible ways.

    When Jane decided to take back her life, to study for the LSAT, to relax on the dating scene and to heal the rifts in her relationships with her family and friends, I was thrilled. I knew then that nothing would stop Jane and that she could and would achieve whatever she set her mind to. 

    The characters were very well done and so well developed that I knew what they were going to say and do before they did it. I love that. I love reading a book and getting to know the characters so well that it's like you have a new set of friends. And they were so realistic! Their actions, emotions, thoughts - you knew that it could happen that way. That old friends could have enough and walk away. That new friends could give you advice, but disagree with how you put their advice into practice. That family can be disappointed in your choices, but still love you.

    The ending? Well, you have to read it for yourself. But I will say that it was unequivocally the best ending I've read in a long time! Ms. Schorr did a fabulous job staying true to the character and knowing exactly what Jane needed. Well done, so very well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Chick Lit at it's best

    Very enjoyable book, a perfect beach read. I think most women will find that they can really relate to this book. Can't wait to read Meredith's next book!

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    I feel like I know Jane Frank! I also feel I could have been he

    I feel like I know Jane Frank! I also feel I could have been her once in my life! She's a likable character who, after a year long hiatus from dating, decides to get back in the game. I think we can all relate to trying too hard for a guy who isn't worth it and we see the mistakes Jane is about to make before she makes them. We cringe and hope for the best! A State of Jane is a great chick lit read and I look forward to Meredith Schorr's 3rd book!

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    Boring!

    If you want to spend your time reading about how bad Jane's dating life is spend your money. I deleted this book half way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    C BELOW AVERAGE

    long and predicrable. Has potential but not quite there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Loved loved loved this book! Could not put it down - chick lit a

    Loved loved loved this book! Could not put it down - chick lit at its finest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Too long

    Hard to follow. Way too many details that were not needed

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Right off the bat, this book started out good.  I liked Jane, th

    Right off the bat, this book started out good.  I liked Jane, the main character and her quirkiness.  After a one year hiatus from dating, she decided to have a go at it again. Unfortunately, she immediately finds all the available men in New York City to be far too eager for one thing.  And it was not the one thing Jane was seeking...love.  She traverses a series of bad dates and a few one night stands, but never actually accomplishes finding a long term boyfriend.
    As the book goes on Jane begins to lose her upbeat, quirky personality and becomes bitter and cynical in regards to dating and men in general.
    I really wanted to love this book, but it fell short for me.  The multiple men Jane dated throughout the book were hard to keep track of and were continually referred to in different parts of the story.  I also felt that Jane's bitter and cynical turn made her far less endearing as a main character.
    In saying that, I enjoyed the dialogue between Jane and her colleague, Andrew.  It was funny and at points I laughed out loud.
    I would consider this a good book and if you're looking for a funny, chick lit book then give this a try.  I'd read another book by Meredith Schorr.

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    Posted September 23, 2012

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