|Plot Summary of What a Girl Wants|
NAL, Mar 2004, 12.95, 272 pp.
In San Francisco, no one in the office noticed for twenty-four hours or more that senior coy editor Fred Leary died in his cubicle. His work neighbor twenty something Hayley Jane Smith though Fred was impolite when he failed to respond to email and her calling his name before finally confronting him only to find a corpse. SFPD Lt. Grant Hutchinson has a hard time accepting no one noticed the odor or that Fred failed to respond to any form of communication. When he interviews Hayley four feet from where the corpse resided, she jumps him and they start making love before the word maggots from the next cubicle bring them back to earth.
On the advice of her Girlie Brunch pals, Hayley asks for the raise due her, but instead her boss fires her. Also heeding one of her pals, Hayley goes to a bar where she has a revelation about men. Now with the help of her friends she seeks employment and quality time spent with the “Big Dick”.
Though the fearsome foursome felines seem a bit ditzy, they are a fun group. Hayley is an interesting individual as she struggles with death, unemployment, and the hots. Her three mates add understanding of her and her desires so that the audience receives a fun chick lit tale that never takes anything even death seriously. Readers wanting an offbeat amusing contemporary will enjoy this maverick of a tale and look forward to what appears to be the story of another brunch member, sexy Suz.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"Haley Jane Smith is in a serious rut. She finds that her boss at work died (he smells pretty bad) and she is the only one to notice. When the detective comes to check it out she has a quick session where she goes to third base… She wants to have a real job where she is appreciated and a boyfriend.
The bulk of the story follows her as her three best friends set out to help her. In fact Andrea is assigned to help her get the raise she was promised 6 moths ago. Suz is assigned to help her get that boyfriend. Her request for a raise ends up getting her fired. Her date with the police officer, who she likes, ends up being the only time she hears from him, even though she gets knocked unconscious at a baseball game.
The friends mean well and she keeps following the advice until she decides it is not getting her anywhere. She still doesn't have a job she likes and the guy she really liked never calls her back, so she takes things in her own hands and sets out to get what she wants.
Tanya, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of What a Girl Wants|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
GROUP of women story?
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 1 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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