The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken

The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken

by Mari Passananti

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Zoë Clark thinks her world will implode when her fiancé dumps her on the eve of their splashy wedding. After nearly a decade with her college sweetheart, Zoë feels like a teenager about to be eaten alive by the New York dating scene. And her problems don't end there. Zoë works a less-than-ideal job, managing other people's careers while her own ambitions wither.

Enter Oscar Thornton. He's handsome, charming, attentive and rich - the perfect boyfriend. But does he harbor a dark secret? Or will Zoë torpedo her newfound happiness by indulging a far fetched suspicion?

THE HAZARDS OF HUNTING WHILE HEARTBROKEN tells the story of a young woman who sets out to find a man to solve her problems. Instead she finds herself facing her own shortcomings, testing her oldest friendships and realizing that she has the power to make herself happy.

Packed with snappy dialogue and playful wit, THE HAZARDS OF HUNTING WHILE HEARTBROKEN will strike a chord with any woman who's ever allowed herself to think, My life would be perfect, if I could just meet the right guy.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012988195
Publisher: Rutland Square Press
Publication date: 09/10/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 267
File size: 478 KB

About the Author

Mari Passananti has practiced law and worked in a major legal search firm. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Georgetown University Law Center, she lives in Boston, where she divides her time between writing and trying to keep up with her toddler. THE HAZARDS OF HUNTING WHILE HEARTBROKEN is her first novel.

Mari's upcoming second novel, THE K STREET AFFAIR, will be a Barnes & Noble book club selection for the week of January 7, 2013.

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Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
OSUCandace More than 1 year ago
The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken, by Mari Passananti, is a funny, chic, and poignant novel about a modern day woman searching for her Prince Charming. Zoë lives in New York and has a complex job that is nowhere close to what her College degree is in. Still, things seem mostly perfect in her life. She is planning the wedding of the year, lives in a terrific apartment, and has two best friends that have been with her since her freshman year in college. However, Zoë's world is turned upside down when she is dumped by her fiancé. After a good deal of wallowing in self-pity, her best friends, Angela and Kevin, are determined that Zoë put down the ice cream, take a shower, and not become the deranged Cat Lady everyone knows. Things start looking up for Zoë when she finds herself with a secret admirer. On the outside Oscar seems like the perfect man...or is he? I thoroughly enjoyed Passananti's, The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken. It is the perfect beach, vacation, or 'I need to escape reality' read. The 3-diminsional characters felt real, as did their individual situations. Passananti did a great job in weaving the lives of Angela, Kevin, and Oscar around her main character, Zoë. Ultra chic Angela has a great job in the fashion world and is on all of the up and coming lists. Smart and charming Kevin runs the mayoral campaign for a popular candidate. Oscar, Zoë's rich boyfriend, has a past he keeps hidden, an ex-wife that keeps showing up unexpectedly, and secrets that Zoë finds hard to ingnore. Top it off with Carol, Zoë's boss from Hell, and you have a hilarious, romantic, and edge of your seat read. Angela, Kevin, and Carol all went through major changes throughout the book. However, the character that went through the biggest change was Zoë. Zoë started out as a woman who found her self worth in men. She always had a significant other and did not know who she was without one. When she found herself alone, Zoë became depressed and helpless. All of the day to day chores seemed pointless and complicated. Throughout the book Zoë starts to transform into an independent women who realizes that she has to be happy with herself before she can be happy with a significant other. This is a great lesson for all women today. Passananti did a great job in creating and breathing life into her New York high society world. Everything felt real from the fashion, restaurants, clubs, parties, and even the New York landscape. Passananti was also able to create a world for Zoë and her friends to reside in that resonates with what I actually believe New York living to be like. However, my favorite parts of the book came when Zoë was at her job. I found myself laughing out loud at the situations Zoë and her colleagues found themselves in. Furthermore, there were more than a few times that I had to pick my jaw up from the floor after I read about some of Carol's antics. Passananti's, The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken is a book that I will definitely recommend to all of my girlfriends. If you are looking for a light, funny, quick read, The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken is for you! Rutland Square Press and BookPleasures has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken, for the purpose of review.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In New York, Zoe muses that no one as a child thinks of becoming a headhunter managing other people's careers while hers stagnates. However that is what has become since graduating a decade ago from Princeton with an art history degree. For almost ten years Zoe and Brendan have been an entry, but now as they plan their wedding he ends their relationship not with a bang but with a whimper. Zoe fears diving into the modern day dating scene as she has had Brendan at her side for years. She meets charming wealthy Oscar who seems perfect for her, but she has doubts as she thought Brendan was perfect for her. Instead she seeks the worst in Oscar and alienates her BFFs Angela and Kevin by doing so. Filled with twists, The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken is a warm chick lit tale starring an intelligent woman who feels like a failure in relationships and work. Zoe makes the plot work as she wears her broken heart on her sleeve while seeking a Brendan replacement as she feels all her other tsuris will go away if she finds a man. Mari Passananti provides a wonderful contemporary romance with a touch of suspense as Zoe Clark seeks her groove based on a misguided concept that a man in her life will make everything perfect; rather than she thriving with or without a male mate to make everything perfect. Harriet Klausner
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total waste of my time and money
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KelliN More than 1 year ago
I confess that the cover and title of this book did not draw me in. The summary, however; did. I couldn't help but feel badly for Zoë---can you imagine planning an entire wedding only to have your fiancé call it off at the last minute? And to add insult to injury, it's not because he doesn't love Zoë, it's for another reason entirely. I'll let you read the book for yourself to figure that out, but it makes the end of the relationship even more embarrassing and heartbreaking for Zoë. So here Zoë is, trying to figure out how she will make her rent after Brandon moves out, working in a job she doesn't love. She is a head-hunter for the legal field and has to do some pretty demeaning things to keep her clients happy. Zoë is paid on commission and worries constantly about making enough money to keep her apartment. One day, she receives a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Oscar, who works in the building across the way and has been secretly watching Zoë through the window (in a non-creepy way). She is thrilled and excited to finally have a date and they enter a whirlwind relationship. Zoë has doubts about Oscar though, but instead of listening to her good friend Kevin, pushes her doubts to the side in light of all of Oscar's good qualities. I found the beginning of The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken to be a little slow, but it picked up and got really exciting in the second half. I suspected some things about Oscar and Kevin all along, although I did not suspect the extent of what was really going on. I loved the ending, and I loved Zoë's growth throughout the book. I thought The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken was great chick lit, smart, funny, and engaging. I loved the escape into Zoë's world. I would definitely read Mari Passananti again!
nle1 More than 1 year ago
Zoe Clark wasn't having the best year. A week before her wedding her fiancé (and housemate of over 10 years) finally "comes out." Then he uses the paper they had chosen for invitations for invitations for his upcoming nuptials to: his boyfriend. Zoe works as a headhunter for possibly the most manic woman I've ever read about. Carol is nuts. Totally. It seems as though her life's mission is to take her employees into the asylum with her. But for some reason, Zoe is a favored child and, since she did triumph in getting a lawyer to sign and earn the company over 600K in signing bonuses, she is let off the hook (sort of). Then come the flowers from a secret admirer across the way who seems too good to be true. Remember what your mom always told you? This would have been a good time to listen. Still, Oscar wines and dines Zoe, goes home to meet her nutso family on Thanksgiving and proposes to her in front of them! In the background are Kevin and Angela. College best friends and confidantes. Angela is a hard working, hard loving account executive and Kevin is currently managing the campaign for the hopefully the next mayor of New York. Too bad they can't manage themselves as well! Mari Passananti has written a fabulous debut novel about love, careers in the Big Apple and secrets. The characters are well-written and very true to life. The background stories are great and I absolutely loved Carol, the manic from hell. Here's to many more Passananti tales!