Saturday, February 2, 2008

Melissa Bank - The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

Hmmm... this was an interesting book. I was a little dense at first and didn't pick up immediately that it was not a novel, but rather a collection of short stories that focused mainly on one protagonist, Jane. I just thought it was a quirky way of writing and creating chapters (like how Terry Pratchett just doesn't do any chapters at all) and I was very thrown when one of the stories featured completely new characters. While the short stories were a delight to read, I think it would have been better to have brought the various stories of Jane together as a novel. Certainly in the way it was marketed, it sure made me think it was a novel. The writing was refreshing and witty, which left me wanting more, especially with the last story that left me hanging without a proper ending. I want to know what happens to Jane; I want to see the happy ending that she deserves! Kudos to the author for creating such a delightful character, it's a shame that readers couldn't stick it out to the end with Jane due to the nature of this book.