Picks and Pans Review: Straight Talking

updated 10/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

By Jane Green

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In this witty, satisfying ode to the single-but-looking life, British author Jane Green (who wrote the 2000 bestseller Jemima J) introduces us to Tasha, a successful 30-year-old producer of a popular TV chat fest. Tasha is smart, funny and fabulously dressed, but she just can't seem to get things right in the romance department. Her three best friends also suffer from less-than-ideal love lives: Andy's the reigning queen of one-night stands, Emma is endlessly waiting for her boyfriend to propose, and Mel is trapped in a relationship with a man who treats her horribly. It may not sound like a load of laughs, but Green's breezy, chatty tone and humorous observations ("We were more or less the same height. Possibly he was even shorter, but time and memory have added a few inches. Don't they always?") make this fast-paced read as enjoyable as commiserating with real-life girlfriends.

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