The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

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” dazzled and delighted readers and topped bestseller lists nationwide. Now, in anticipation of her upcoming new work of fiction, “The Wonder Spot”, Penguin is publishing Melissa Bank's bestseller in a mass-market format to reach an even wider audience.

Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful, “The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing” maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, and relationships as well as the treacherous waters of the workplace. With an unforgettable comic touch, Bank skillfully teases out issues of the heart, puts a 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. (Summary and cover courtesy of


I don’t like calling this “chick lit”; it’s more serious than that, but I do think women may enjoy it slightly more.  I also have to mention that this is a rare occasion that I actually liked a series of short stories.  I think I liked this collection of stories more than others because it’s about the same character and generally follows her experiences.  My one complaint would be – what’s with the random chapter in the middle that doesn’t relate?  Is that a different character?  I had hoped that it was future Jane. 

I wouldn’t say it was funny so much as reading through it I thought “yup, I’ve been there” over and over again.  I definitely found myself reflecting about my own life and wondering if I was in the same place.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? I think most women would enjoy giving it a read.