Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Single [NOOK Book]

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A wicked comedy about the perils of making your dreams come true

Quirky, clever, cubicle-bound Jennifer Johnson is desperate. Everyone around her is getting married, while she's still single and stuck writing ad copy about men's dress socks.

Her life hits crisis level, launching her into a humiliating and painfully hilarious quest to find Prince Charming at any cost. This includes agonizing online dates, diet-clinic cults, drag-queen fights, ...

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Overview

A wicked comedy about the perils of making your dreams come true

Quirky, clever, cubicle-bound Jennifer Johnson is desperate. Everyone around her is getting married, while she's still single and stuck writing ad copy about men's dress socks.

Her life hits crisis level, launching her into a humiliating and painfully hilarious quest to find Prince Charming at any cost. This includes agonizing online dates, diet-clinic cults, drag-queen fights, and a debilitating addiction to Cinnabon icing. When she meets handsome, wealthy Brad Keller, she wonders if he's the answer to all her dreams, or is he just too good to be true?

Darkly funny and outrageously honest, McElhatton's wit shines in this no-holds-barred cautionary tale about getting what you want—and how it can be the worst thing for you.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A heroine with Bridget Jones-like neuroses and klutziness learns the costs of scoring a glamorous life in McElhatton's delightful second novel (after Pretty Little Mistakes). Jennifer Johnson is a financially unstable copywriter toiling in the marketing department of Keller's, a family-run Minnesota department store. Jennifer learns her ex is engaged and is subjected to her younger sister's wedding preparations, horrid dates and a fire in her Hello Kitty-adorned apartment. Enter Brad Keller, the caddish heir to the Keller's department store fortune. Though at first she couldn't imagine that he'd ever be interested in her, soon enough they're dating, and a marriage proposal follows. Things, of course, aren't exactly as they appear, and Jennifer's eventually confronted with the classic dilemma: money or love. Jennifer's a wonderful narrator-honest, witty, self-deprecating and sharply observant-which more than redeems the story's familiar aspects (gay best friend, high maintenance sibling's pending nuptials, lame Internet dates). McElhatton blends just enough cynicism into the whimsical narrative, creating a fun romp through a woman's manifold insecurities. (May)

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Kirkus Reviews
The second novel from the author of Pretty Little Mistakes (2007). Jennifer Johnson is 30. She's single and has a job writing advertising copy for a middling Minneapolis department store. She recently made the existentially significant shift from a size 10 to a size 12. Both her younger sister and her ex are getting married on Valentine's Day. Jennifer would like to be a real writer. She would like to kick her addiction to Cinnabon. More than anything, she would like to not be single. She's tried online dating. She's completely ignored the obvious affection of her sweet, attentive coworker Ted. Romantically speaking, she is utterly out of ideas. Then handsome department-store heir Brad Keller walks into her life. For reasons she cannot comprehend, he asks her out on a date, and she decides to make him her own-even if that means totally redefining who she is and what she wants out of life. Jennifer is self-absorbed to the point of being totally unpleasant and McElhatton has a tendency to lavish incredible detail upon material goods while completely ignoring emotional development-although the emphasis here is on Jennifer's kitschy decor rather than, say, Chloe jeans or Christian Louboutin pumps. Most of the novel is pretty much indistinguishable from other chick-lit fare. But, by the end, there's a spectacular-and problematic-shift away from the genre's conventions. Readers who love chick lit will almost certainly be dismayed, and readers who might appreciate McElhatton's ruthlessness are unlikely to pick up her book in the first place. An odd, flawed book with no obvious audience. Author appearances in New York and Minneapolis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061874413
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 458,179
  • File size: 550 KB

Meet the Author

Heather McElhatton produced the award-winning literary series Talking Volumes. Her commentaries have been heard on This American Life, Marketplace, Weekend America, Sound Money, and The Savvy Traveler. She lives in Key West with her pug, Walter.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2009

    Horrible Ending

    Overall, great book but it has a horrible ending that is truly disappointing. It is one of those books that you read and look at afterwards thinking, "what the heck?"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Disappointing

    Not badly written but main character isn't very likable and story is ultimately disappointing. Much better chick lit out there,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    Not worth finishing

    I am sorry I finished this book. At times I thought about quitting, but it was a quick read, and I don't like to leave books unfinished. I didn't think it was funny or well-written. There are two redeeming characters I liked, Christoper, the stereotypical gay best friend, and Ted, the co-worker who has a crush on Jennifer. I live in Minnesota, and I also appreciated the local landmarks and references. That might be one reason I finished it. The ending has a tease and if followed-through might have made the rest of the book somewhat worthwhile. Alas, it was only a tease, and the real ending is more than disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    Good until the end

    I feel immediately in love with this book. Within the first two pages I was literally laughing out loud. McElhatton's writing style is deliciously simple and refreshingly blunt. Full of wit and sarcasm, I was instantly charmed with the protagonist. Jennifer was relateable to any single career oriented woman. The ending, however, was very difficult to digest and manage. I can see where McElhatton was coming from, but for a novel that was completely adorable and "real" the ending was bit of a unhappy twist. I was not prepared for it at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Hello

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    Shockingly Funny! This is not your typical chic lit--not in cont

    Shockingly Funny!
    This is not your typical chic lit--not in content or formula, so don't buy it if that's what you're looking for. This is chic lit with electro-shock therapy. If you like unpredictable, wicked wit then strap in and let Heather McElhatton take you for a ride. Jennifer Johnson is irreverent, unapolagetic, and laugh out loud funny. No canned formulas here, so be warned. But if you want pure entertainment, without political correctness and moral certitude, this is the book for you. A great, fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Literally Laughed Out Loud...

    And not just once or twice, but a lot!! Jen is a great protagonist, and by great I mean absurdly awkward, yet totally (well, ALMOST) totally relatable. She's wayyyy more dysfunctional than anyone I know, or am ever likely to meet, but that made her all the more endearing. This nook book (my first ever!) was 99 of the best cents I've ever spent, but I agree whole-heartedly with my fellow reviewers. The ending was terribleterribleterrible. The editor should have demanded an alternative ending. Otherwise, a very enjoyable read!

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A chick lit boo

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A chick lit book that didn't hit all the notes for me. The concept of girl meets boss' son and falls head over heals was great and unique and different, but the character that exudes negativity just didn't do it for me. All of the characters were funny and entertaining - they had qualities that weren't appealing either but it wasn't pure debbie downer.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    I absolutely loved this book. Couldn't hardly put it down! The ending could have been better, but a great read!

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  • Posted December 3, 2009

    Hilarious! Did not like ending

    Overall good book, did not like the ending though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2009

    Jennifer Johnson is sick of being single

    This was a very funny book. The characters were enticing and lovable. I just hated the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Laugh Out Loud Funny

    perfect beach book....VERY funny....highly reccommend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Incredibly funny & well written

    This book was funny from the start. It's so clever and funny. I actually laughed out loud and didn't care if anyone heard me. This is one of those books that you're jealous you didn't write it. Like most of the other reviews, I was a bit disappointed at the ending but the rest of the story (and the overall humor) more than makes up for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2009

    Jennifer Johnson is quite typical if your a nut case

    Kept me interested all the way, particularly the last several pages. Did NOT like the ending, oh well.

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

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    fans will enjoy this fine chick lit tale

    In Minnesota, though she dreams of being a real writer, thirty years old Jennifer Johnson works as a copywriter toiling in the marketing department of Keller's department store. She is currently going through some difficult personal times with the least being a fire in her cherished apartment. Jennifer struggles with her younger sister getting married though she is happy for her Bridezilla sibling; she even loathes more her ex who is also getting married though she does not want the Groomzilla rat back. Both are marrying others on Valentine Day's; a holiday that has betrayed her. Finally she seems to have lost the battle of the bulge accepting size 12 for the first time though she is freaking out. -------------

    Dating especially on-line has proven one disaster after another so much so she wonders if this is divine punishment. Her co-worker Ted loves Jenifer, but she ignores his kindness as being weak. Meanwhile, the store's heir Brad Keller asks her out to her shock as she cannot think of one reason why her. As they go out a lot, she changes her goals to meet what she perceives he wants; soon he proposes and she accepts, but though her new objective is not being single she has nagging doubts every time she thinks beyond her immediate goal.---------------

    Unlikable as the lead is in many ways especially with her opinionated décor attitude on life, fans will enjoy this fine chick lit tale ironically due to Jennifer, who paints an honest, often amusing and not always kind self portrait. The story line overuses acceptable chick lit devices, but overcomes the expected standard with the sarcastic at times contemptuous look at relationships. This fun frolic will surprise readers with a wonderful final spin as Jennifer understands the realism of what her Prince Charming is.---------------

    Harriet Klausner

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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