From Penguin Publishing:
Hailed by critics as the debut of a major literary voice, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing has captivated readers and dominated bestseller lists. Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful, it maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, relationships, and the treacherous waters of the workplace. With an unforgettable comic touch, Bank skillfully teases out universal issues, puts a clever, new spin on the mating dance, and captures in perfect pitch what it's like to be a young woman coming of age in America today.
I had no idea this book was a collection of short stories. Which is fine, but I would have liked to have known that going in. I have a different mind set when reading short stories or novellas than I do a full length book.
The stories themselves were alright. Two of the stories didn't fit with the others, because they did not feature Rosenal. Both of these stories were very good, and one of them left me wanting more. The stories featuring Rosenal were okay. The stories revolved around the men in her life and her relationships with them: father, brother, and two boyfriends.
The last story kind of tidied everything up, and left a happy ending. A little too tidy and perfect if you ask me. The last story is titled the same as the book, "Girls' Guide..." This title is actually the title to a book Rosenal buys and follows, for a while, in order to find a man. This story did not seem to go with the rest of the book, and actually felt cliche.
The stories were a bit too choppy for me. Short, sweet, to the point. Rosenal was funny and sarcastic sometimes, but I am still not sure what I was supposed to get out of this book.
My book club was not sure either.
My Rating: 3/5
I think Bank does have promise but that her writing is just not my thing.
Challenges: My Friend Amy's Book Challenge 2009