Review: The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

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. Penguin.com

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

My thoughts

This book is actually a collection of short stories (and not a novel) with Jane as the main protagonist in all but one of the stories where it deviates to include one of her neighbors. While reading the book you don’t realise Jane is the same main character as there is not always mention of her name or anything else that links her to any previous stories which I found a bit strange.

I would also not consider this type of book is not my normal read. A book like this, characterised as chick literature, is not the kind of book I would opt to read but I thought I would make change and try something else. I really enjoyed it and it was not as superficial as I thought it would have been. I read it over two days and was pretty much enthralled.

The first story starts when Jane is 14 and focuses on her brothers relationship through her eyes. It then moves chronologically through her life and includes stories of her various relationships which also includes the death of her father. The last chapter is the only one that actually relates to any kind of guide in the form of an awful self help book that Jane follows but that doesn’t make her happy in the least. She does end up with the love of her life though after realising that it’s better to just be herself. Everyone wants a happy ending right?

Moral of the story: There are no rules or patterns in love.

In summary, it was a great romance read but quirky and real at the same time.

A few of my favourite quotes from the book include:

  • Dante’s definition of hell: proximity without intimacy
  • The only relationships I haven’t wrecked right away were the ones that wrecked me later.
  • It scares me how fast I go from disliking to loving him, and I wonder if it’s this way for everyone.
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