The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner

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Jennifer Weiner's talent shines like never before in this collection of short stories, following the tender, and often hilarious, progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime. From a teenager coming to terms with her father's disappearance to a widow accepting two young women into her home, Weiner's eleven stories explore those transformative moments in our every day.

We meet Marlie Davidow, home alone with her new baby late one Friday night, when she wanders onto her ex's online wedding registry and wonders what if she had wound up with the guy not taken. We stumble on Good in Bed's Bruce Guberman, liquored-up and ready for anything on the night of his best friend's bachelor party, until stealing his girlfriend's tiny rat terrier becomes more complicated than he'd planned. We find Jessica Norton listing her beloved New York City apartment in the hope of winning her broker's heart. And we follow an unlikely friendship between two very different new mothers, and the choices that bring them together -- and pull them apart.

The Guy Not Taken demonstrates Weiner's amazing ability to create characters who "feel like they could be your best friend" (Janet Maslin) and to find hope and humor, longing and love in the hidden corners of our common experiences.

About Jennifer Weiner

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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
Published September 5, 2006 by Atria Books. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Garrison gives a fine reading of Weiner's collection of short stories about girls and women at various points in their lives (and one about a young man at a crossroads).

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Entertainment Weekly

These stories range from an old lady held hostage to a New Yorker who gives up killer real estate for a guy.

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Suite 101

A modern version of Sense and Sensibility recreated in two Austen fans, sisters, who head to Bath and find themselves, love and one another.

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USA Today

They feature two sisters whose teenage lives like Weiner's play out against the backdrop of their parents' divorce and its aftershocks.Some of the best stories and this certainly says something about Weiner's maturation as writer are the ones she wrote most recently.In "The Mother's Hour" (20...

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Gather Books

Sometimes the happy endings we’re expecting, blind us to the happy endings that are possible.

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Jennifer Weiner's collection of stories, The Guy Not Taken, serves up 11 funny, wise and entertaining short stories.

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