Girls' Night In

Girls' Night In

by Red Dress Ink


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ISBN-13: 9780373250745
Publisher: Red Dress Ink
Publication date: 08/25/2004
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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Girls' Night In


Red Dress Ink

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ISBN: 0373895399

To: All Employees of the New York Journal Fr: Charity Webber <> Re: Company Holiday Party Just a reminder that all departments will close at 4:30 p.m. today so that employees can get an early start on their holiday merrymaking. We hope to see all of you at Les Hautes Manger (57th and Madison) for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (not to mention entertainment by the nationally acclaimed Magical Madrigals) from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. All you need to bring is your holiday cheer!

Charity Webber New York Journal Events Coordinator

To: Charity Webber <> Fr: Natasha Roberts <> Re: Holiday Party Char — 

How in the hell did you get old "Pinchpenny" Peter Hargrave to shell out the bucks for a swank shindig at a top restaurant like Les Hautes Manger? Last year's Christmas party was in the Senior Staff Dining Room, where the refreshments consisted of nonalcoholic eggnog and pigsinablanket. Now suddenly we're having cosmos and salmon tartare someplace where ties and jackets are required? What gives?

Did you talk the guys in tech support into diverting funds from office supplies into the events budget again? Char, don't you remember what happened last time you did that? You ended up spending five Saturday nights in a row watching Robot Wars with the likes of Danny "When's the last time you updated your software" Carmichael. Do I need to remind you that Danny volunteered to marry you when you had too many rum and Diet Cokes and were bewailing the fact that there are no good men left out there? I believe he said that the two of you could live in his mother's basement in Long Island until he'd saved up enough to get his own place....

Didn't you swear to me then that you would never again exceed your departmental budget? Didn't you?

Just wondering, Nat

To: Natasha Roberts <> Fr: Charity Webber <> Re: Holiday Party Shut up! I told you never to mention the Robot Wars incident to me again. That was years ago.

Well, okay, two years ago. Still, don't you think I've learned my lesson?

Besides, sometimes I think I did the wrong thing, turning Danny down. He would have made an excellent husband. I mean, at least if I ever needed my hard drive defragmented, I'd know who to ask.

And I hear his mother is a great cook.

In any case, it wasn't "Pinchpenny" Peter Hargrave's idea to have the party at Les Hautes Manger. It was his nephew Andrew's idea. You know Andrew's taken over daytoday operations since his uncle's bypass surgery. Everybody's saying Mr. H is going to announce his retirement after New Year's, and that Andrew will be taking over as the new chief exec.

I just hope nothing goes wrong tonight. It'd be just my luck to screw up my first party under the new chief exec. I really want to make a good first impression on the new boss....

Although I don't see what was so bad with last year's party. I happen to like pigsinablanket.

Oh my gosh! An email from the soontobe new CEO himself! Gotta go — 


To: Charity Webber <> Fr: Andrew Hargrave <> Re: Tonight Just a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate the great job you've done planning this year's holiday party. I know it must have been a lot more difficult for you to set up than in previous years when the event was held in the Senior Staff Dining Room.

But I think having the party offsite will be a real morale booster for the staff, who certainly deserve it after all the hard work they've put in this year, outselling the Chronicle for the first time in the Journal"s history. Les Hautes Manger is one of the best restaurants in New York and I'm hoping the staff will appreciate it, as well.

I look forward to meeting you tonight. I've heard nothing but great things about you from my uncle, and am glad I can count on you to provide a memorable and smoothrunning event for our hardworking staff.

Andrew Hargrave

To: Natasha Roberts <> Fr: Charity Webber <> Re: Holiday Party AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! He's counting on me to provide a memorable and smoothrunning event for our hardworking staff! He's looking forward to meeting me! What if I screw it up??? What if I make a bad first impression?

Oh, God, why me????


To: Charity Webber <> Fr: Natasha Roberts <> Re: Holiday Party What could go wrong, you schmo? You've only done a million of these things since you started working in this godforsaken hellhole. So what's the problem?

And how could you make a bad first impression? You know perfectly well everybody loves you. They can't help it, you're one of those types. You know, all bubbly. What are you worried about?

Oh, wait a minute.... This doesn't have anything to do with the fact that you and Andrew Hargrave have already MET, does it? Didn't you run into him once last month, down at the newsstand? Oh my God, I remember now: You were buying Skittles, and so was he, and the two of you laughed about it, but you were too nervous to introduce yourself because he was so tall and cute and single and had a really nice butt, or something, so you ran away?

Is THAT where all this worry about making a good impression is coming from? Because you're warm for his form? Nat

To: Natasha Roberts <> Fr: Charity Webber <> Re: SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP

This has nothing to do with that. Well, not the butt part. He's just REALLY cute. And nice. And he likes Skittles! Who else do you know who likes Skittles? I mean, besides me? No one!

Oh, God, this party just HAS to go well....

I have to write him back and I want my response to sound witty and professional yet breezy and casual. But now all I can think about is his butt. Thanks a lot.



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Girls' Night In 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A collection of chick-lit short stories. Entertaining.
skinglist on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This is another book that has wandered around with me. I'm not sure when it started in my bag, but it definitely went to Rome with me. Possibly also Terezin.I have to agree with morsecode, the alien story was my favourite as well. Not surprising since I love Marian Keyes. I was somewhat surprised not to like some short stories by authors whose full length stories I enjoy (Jenny Colgan, Linda Curnyn and Sophie Kinsella, though I'm enjoying hers less of late).This was a good fluff read, about what I hoped and expected, though I think the UK editions are slightly better quality.
kikilon on LibraryThing 23 days ago
The second book of this collection of chick lit/romance writers was my introduction to the genre over a year ago. Back then, I had a very different appreciation of the works. I sold the book since, but I want it again to see whether my perspective has changed. I liked some of the stories in this collection, but most of them were shrugging 'meh'. Not bad, but not great either. Character-driven is hard when you only have 2-10 pages.
kikianika on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The second book of this collection of chick lit/romance writers was my introduction to the genre over a year ago. Back then, I had a very different appreciation of the works. I sold the book since, but I want it again to see whether my perspective has changed. I liked some of the stories in this collection, but most of them were shrugging 'meh'. Not bad, but not great either. Character-driven is hard when you only have 2-10 pages.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A collection of short stories from the best of the chick lit genre. If you read any chick lit, I would say this is worth picking up. I liked taking a break every little bit to read a short story that I could get into quick and then come to the conclusion in just a few short pages. I think I should do this more often, adds variety to my reading. Although there were some stories that I wished were full blown novels, there were some that I was glad would be ending quickly. Without going and dissecting each story, I would say that the majority were at least a little enjoyable. Pick this one up at your local library or used book store, but you may not keep it around for long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was phenomenal. The stories were funny, edgy, and entertaining. Out of the entire book, there were only about three stories I didn't care for. I definitely recommend it!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a waste. Yes, it is comprised of many great chic lit authors, but not of their best work. I liked the first couple of stories I began reading in the store and let me tell you...they just get worse. Trust me, you'd hear more interesting stories out with your girls rather than in with this book. Bottom line-there were a couple good stories, but not enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book! Had it done in a few days. Only story I didn't like was the one by Marion Keyes which was disappointing because I read all her books. Nice way to get to know other authors
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Mlynowski stand out most in this addictive chick-lit anthology. Jen's story imagines things from Bruce Guberman's perspective (always enticing to see her revisit GIB, because I loved that novel) and Sarah's tells the tale of a psychic. This is really fun and a MUST HAVE for any chick lit fan out there
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book filled with some of the funniest short stories ever for a great cause! Not just for women - men can enjoy the humor too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book on a whim because I began to read the 1st story in the store and loved it. After reading the entire book I realize that it is so so. Some of the stories are really good and then end so abruptly you just think 'Ok what happened here' Others are wonderfully written and either make you laugh or make you cry. I suggest you pick it up and push through the rough stories to find the treasures that also await.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Freat Collection of short stories. I enjoyed the first 3 the most. Pick it up. Great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it had stories from some of my favorit authors such as J. Weiner, M. Cabot, S. Mlynowski and S. Kinsella. Not only did I enjoy their stories 100%, but I was also introduced to new writers such as Emily Barr, Adele Lang and Isabell Wolff. Besides, knowing the $ was going to a great cause was wonderful as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Benefitting War Child, a charity to help kids hurt by war, this anthology brings together the queens of the chick lit world across publisher lines. Some stories play off of their author's past work, others stand alone. By turns they are funny, witty, or depressing. The best advice is to read backwards, if you want to save the best for last, Meg Cabot's entry. If you are a fan of the genre, indulge yourself and help someone doing so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because some of my favorite writers (Sophie Kinsella, Jill Davis,and Isabel Wolff) were featured. I was also introduced to other great authors such as Carole Matthews, Louise Bagshawe, and Meg Cabot. The stories are short and sweet with a different genre and tone everytime I tuned into another author. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this compilation of insight into the lives and minds of women. I am an avid fan of this genre, and would definitely recommend this book to get a sampling of each of these talented writers' stories...what a great way to learn of new authors and add them to your 'next book to buy' lists! Definitely buy this book...all proceeds go to charity, so you're not doing it for yourself - you're doing it for the children!
harstan More than 1 year ago
This twenty-one chick lit anthology is a sub-genre¿s dream as all the tales are well-written and cross the full gamut of topics from breaking up is hard to do to making up is more fun for two, etc. The locations vary from the office to the home, etc. The authors are a who¿s who with many successes on their résumés. There is even the return of heroes from previous novels.......................... This reviewer never expected to appreciate a chick lit compilation, but it seems as if the sub-genre is intended for short stories as the fit is perfect. Each tale provides enough insight into the lead protagonist so that the audience obtains strong characters dealing with life¿s foibles. Finally, as an added incentive earnings will go to War Child, a not for profit organization trying to help young victims of war. Readers will spend several delightful nights in appreciating this fine collection, demand Red Dress follow up with similar tales (such as BIG NIGHT OUT) while supporting the book¿s worthy cause.......................... Harriet Klausner