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The thing about Jane Spring thirty-one, he has everything a woman could ask for and seemingly everything a man could long for-great legs, brains, rising star status in the Manhattan D.A.'s office-but she just can't find a man who'll fall madly in love with her. Men are always asking her out, but for some reason no one wants a second date. So what if she's neck-breaThe thing about Jane Spring thirty-one, he has everything a woman could ask for and seemingly everything a man could long for-great legs, brains, rising star status in the Manhattan D.A.'s office-but she just can't find a man who'll fall madly in love with her. Men are always asking her out, but for some reason no one wants a second date. So what if she's neck-breakingly assertive and somewhat callous? This is the twenty-first century. Right? Maybe not. But what is it that men really want in a woman after all? One snowy night after a bottle of wine and a Doris Day marathon on cable, it hits her: Doris Day always got her man. So Jane Springs trades in her nondescript black pantsuit and clunky diver's watch for pastel pink suits with pearls and pumps, she changes her hair, stops cursing, starts wearing makeup, sweetens her mannerisms and redecorates her whole apartment. And soon her life really does begin to change: Not only does her lazy secretary start working, but everyone seems to be kinder and gentler-and she's got men lining up around the block. But can she keep her inner attack dog on hold long enough to win the most important case of her career...and the man of her dreams? Sharon Krum's magical and hilariously funny novel is a delightful romantic comedy about a driven young woman who must shed her rough exterior and embrace her inner ultrafemininity in order to truly find herself and, eventually, true love....

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The Thing About Jane Spring Reviews

  • Krystal
    2019-03-05 18:31

    This I think will become a guilty favorite. The writing isn't bad, there's nothing technically wrong with it, and its amusing if not laugh out loud funny. My love for the book comes from the girl in me that watched the Doris Day movies and longed to be so effortlessly a lady. Though the plot is implausible, and the characters turn around and realizations happen at break neck speeds, it is so reminiscent of a Doris Day Technicolor movie, it doesn't seem that off.I'm more than halfway through this book, of a hard no nonsense District attorney raised by a colonel (well, more like trained, much in a way the colonel trained in the military) becoming Doris Day to catch "the one" that will stay forever.Not only has it become a guilty favorite already, its made me plan a Doris Day marathon of all those great movies of hers that I began watching in 7th grade. Soon.Just finished reading it...I couldn't stop myself from finishing it. It really was a fun read, but I suppose that in large part, the fun comes from having been obsessed with the Doris films in my youth. I also, though, liked the character of Jane on her own. I don't think a person would enjoy the story if they started reading it from a highbrow perspective. It's campy fun, well worth the read, if you can let go and believe with a 60's kind of idealism =) best quote "This meant taking time with her hair and make-up as well as changing the polish on her nails. Jane had never realized how much time women took getting ready until she'd decided to impersonate one."

    2019-03-15 18:31

    This book cracked me up. I read it with a big, dopey grin on my face. It felt a little slow in the beginning, but once she hit the movie marathon I could not put it down. I could not wait to see what the reactions to her transformation were going to be. Most people do not see me as a conservative person, but Doris Day holds a special place in my heart. I wish I had had the idea for this book because I have had moments like Jane's, but on a much smaller scale. I am so glad my book club chose this for us to read as I don't know if I would have come across it otherwise. We had a Doris Day movie night with my family because of it and watched That Touch of Mink. Great read, and I will definitely read it again in the future.

  • Emily
    2019-03-14 15:30

    When I caught "Doris Day" on the inside jacket of this book my interest was sparked.Perhaps if you strip away the trappings of the overt physical changes and adapted to understanding the underlying positive outcome that arrives when using the Golden Rule, then maybe this book has a shot.Jane Spring is a woman who has found success in being whip-smart, systematic, censorless, pragmatic, and truthful. The struggle that women face in the business world of being seen as overbearing or "manly" when they are confident is an ugly thing. Promoting the idea that changing your looks, inspired from head to toe by a 60's icon, dulling your intelligence and personality by bowing to other people's attitudes...I can't really approve.This book has the underlying love story and coming into your own idea that I may have liked more if I didn't find the rest of it insulting.

  • Char
    2019-02-20 18:56

    Cute premise. I admired the fact that when she made up her mind about something she went all the way with it. The author did a good job of capturing Jane's coworkers and family's reactions to her dramatic change. The ending was slightly predicatble but then I would have been disappointed if it hadn't been. I would recommend this for a light read on a plane or at the beach.

  • Amarilli Settantatre
    2019-03-18 17:28

    da www.sognipensieriparole.comQui si parte da un dilemma fondamentale: esistono ancora ai nostri tempi delle icone femminili che abbiano mantenuto inalterati fascino e sicura presa sull'altro sesso?In altre parole, a chi potrebbe ispirarsi per trovare il Vero Amore una ragazza di buoni propositi ma ancora nubile, figlia di un generale e sorella di militari, cresciuta in una base e unica della famiglia ad essere stata inviata tra i famigerati "civili" (niente meno che a fare il sostituto procuratore)?Detto fatto, con caschetto cotonato (più in alto è la messa in piega, più si è vicini a Dio...) e con i tailleur coordinati della nonna, pure la terribile Jane in versione Doris Day è pronta per buttarsi nel grande gioco, anche se questo può avere influenza sul processo penale che sta seguendo.Tra avvocati della difesa con abbronzatura perenne, detective burberi ma affascinanti, e giurie confuse, si sorride, si ride e si rimane deliziati in questa commedia scritta oggi ma che strizza l'occhio agli anni '50-`60.

  • Jennie
    2019-03-10 10:48

    I found this to be the usual frothy summer reading with the usual implausible plot: entertaining enough to while away a sunny afternoon without requiring too much thought.One warning, however, and this really started to bug me about 75 pages in: the author's generalizations about growing up civilian vs. growing up on an army base were both totally inaccurate and a little offensive. If Ms. Krum bothered to get to know any real army "brats" (I hate that term), she'd see that we don't view civilian life with disgust (maybe a little envy for a lifestyle that allows you to know the same people all your life), and we don't snort "civilians!" whenever something happens that we don't understand.Jane Spring's problems aren't from growing up army, but from having been raised by a B-movie caricature of a windbag general. Considering that Ms. Krum is Australian, I wouldn't be surprised if her only experience of American military life actually came from B-movies.

  • MB (What she read)
    2019-03-20 18:45

    1st read: I enjoyed this book a lot! I thought it was a cute story and an interesting take on how Jane feels she "is" and how everyone else perceives her. I could certainly identify with her about that. Since I know nothing about Doris Day movies, I have no problem with the quotes used. (Other reviewers have mentioned this as a problem.) Overall this is a light-hearted and cute chic-lit novel! The usually tiresome "makeover" trope is used in an odd and funky way. I think this could make a cute little movie. It seems as if it would translate well visually. If you liked this book, you may want to try "The Little Lady Agency" by Hester Browne or "Elegance" by Kathleen Tessaro or even books by Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, Anna Maxted, or Marian Keyes. 2nd read: 3.5 stars. Writing is choppy, but the humorous premise is just as enjoyable as ever.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-09 15:38

    I really really liked this book! It was very easy to read, took me only a few days to finish. Jane Spring is an assistant procecuting attorney in New York City. She is in her early 30's and can't figure out why no one will ask her out on a second date. Then over a long snowed in blizzardy weekend she tries to figure out what guys want in a woman. While searching for a role model she happens to see a Doris Day marathon on tv. Then it dawns on her who her new role model will be. It is hilarious to read how she turns herself into Doris Day. I wished this book had picturesd! You'll have to read it yourself to find out what happens when she shows up in court looking like Doris Day, and to find out if she gets her man.

  • Chiara
    2019-03-09 16:29

    E’ una storia semplice quella di Jane Spring. Una donna vera, cresciuta da un generale dell’esercito, in un base militare, frequentando scuole militari. Nella sua famiglia non ci sono donne, ha perso la madre quand’era piccola, e complice l’ambiente militare non c’è posto nemmeno per sentimentalismi e debolezze. Così è cresciuta Jane, credendo per esempio che le critiche formino il carattere e migliorino le persone. Quindi sentendosi autorizzata a far notare all’amante “di turno” se la sua performance sessuale non è all’altezza o potrebbe essere migliorata in qualche modo.Recensione completa:

  • Aryn
    2019-02-26 10:37

    This, for me, was one of those books that I thought was going to be totally ridiculous but I kept reading just because I wanted to see how the author handled things, and while it was totally pie-in-the-sky, and dated as well, I liked it. You can read the jacket for the particulars, but this is so much more. Silly but thoughtful. And perhaps it is just my age group. Anyway, this is one of those books that make me wish I had another reader to discuss it with. More of a parable (not religious) than chick lit.

  • Damaskcat
    2019-03-15 14:42

    I absolutely love this book and cannot recommend it highly enough! To me this is a chick lit masterpiece. I know the scenario is unlikely but it is fun. Hot shot lawyer Jane Spring sets out to turn herself into Doris Day in order to find a man who will not be put off by her legal skills and apparently abrasive personality.The story is told with humour and a lightness of touch which makes it irresistible. Naturally Jane gets her man in the end and it is someone who has been under her nose the whole time. I have read this book at least half a dozen times and it still seems fresh.

  • Bookworm1858
    2019-03-17 11:47

    Jane Spring was raised with a military father, two older brothers, and no mother causing her to be ultra masculine and somewhat offputting to most men. In order to find love, she decides to makeover herself in the image of an effortless lady, Doris Day. Now I find the premise ridiculous and somewhat insulting but I love Doris Day movies and I think this could totally have been one. It is just adorable chick lit with some very amusing sections. Warning: you may want to have a Doris Day marathon after reading this as each chapter starts with a quote from one of her films.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-23 13:45

    Contemporary romance featuring Jane Spring, a tough-as-nails prosecutor who just can't figure out why she can never get a second date. Inspired by a Doris Day movie marathon and a trunk filled with her grandmother's old clothes, Jane transforms herself into the woman who always gets her man. Amusing in places, but I had a hard time believing that a woman as smart and successful as she was could be THAT clueless about relationships.

  • Rachel Romeo
    2019-03-16 14:45

    I loved this book. It's a great story of a normally cold & harsh lawyer trying to win a man and when she tries to figure out what it is that makes a guy tick, she turns to Doris Day. I am also a big fan of Doris Day movies so I loved the references and how she pulled out the "Doris" in this day and age and how it helped her emerge both personally and in love.

  • Laura Cee
    2019-02-20 15:52

    I absolutely loved this book! I think it was one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. I don't understand why people complain when things aren't exactly as they are in real-life: it is FICTION people. I did read that the movie rights had been purchased, but that was awhile ago. To be honest, a movie would probably just wreck it (Nanny Diaries, Something Borrowed come to mind.)

  • Carol
    2019-03-21 17:45

    This is just a fun book. I needed it before I tackle something depressing again. It's about a woman lawyer who cannot understand why men won't go out with her more than once or twice. She decides to make a huge change in her life. It's very funny. I loved it. If you want a funny quick read, you'll love this one.

  • Sandy Pothier
    2019-03-15 18:57

    This was a fun book to read. At times I laughed out loud . Oh, what we do for love....

  • Caryn
    2019-03-09 14:36

    This was another one of those fun books. It was a nice break from some tricky reading.

  • Vivianne
    2019-02-24 14:41

    I loved this book. It was an easy and fun read. I saved it for a rainy Sunday, and could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Looking forward to more from Sharon Krum.

  • Ali
    2019-03-09 14:45

    Este libro recuerdo que lo compré hace años porque estaba muy barato y la portada me pareció linda, so: "venga el líquido". La primera vez que lo leí me gustó bastante y lo releí varias veces, principalmente porque antes mi biblioteca no era tan abundante y no tenía mucho de dónde elegir (en realidad creo que al menos durante un año y medio o dos esta fue la única comedia romántica que tenía en mi biblioteca). Pero desde que empecé a leer más y, en concecuencia, comprarme más libros, no lo volví a tocar, así que ahora, al agarrarlo después de tanto tiempo, hubieron cosas que me sorprendieron, no por dar un giro particular a la historia, sino por haberlas pasado por alto las veces anteriores. La historia en general es muy simple: Jean es una mujer criada por un padre militar que, al morir su madre cuando ella apenas tenía 3 años, la crió a ella y a sus hermanos como pequeños soldados. Por lo que Jean, al haberse formado en ese ambiente, y hasta empezar la universidad no tener contacto con gente fuera de él, le cuesta mucho desenvolverse entre "los civiles" (como ella llama a todos los no militares). Jean, luego de repetidos fracasos en su vida amorosa, se ve forzada a considerar que hay algo que está haciendo mal, por lo que decide buscar un referente, un modelo que haya triunfado en el ámbito sentimental y al cual ella pueda imitar. Luego de pensar mucho en quién podría ser esa persona, da con una maratón de películas clásicas de los 60 en la televisión, cuya protagonista en todas ellas es la actriz Doris Day, y decide que ésta es la ideónea para tomar como ejemplo en el campo del amor (por cierto, esta actriz es un ser completamente opuesto a a ella), por lo que todo el mundo cree que Jean se volvió loca cuando empieza a ctuar como Doris 24x7 y empiezan a armar diversas teorías al respecto.Hubieron, en esta ocasión, varias cosas que, como dije, me sorprendieron y más que nada me molestaron (recuerdo que algunas sí las había notado anteriormente pero, muchas otras no). Hubieron, durante la historia variedad de comentarios homofóbicos, sexistas, machistas que me hicieron gritarle al libro y a la autara bastantes veces. Algunas las dejé pasar por alto puesto que venían a ser descripsiones de como pensaban determinados personajes como el general (papá de Jane) o la propia Jane, que son entendibles debido al ambiente del que provienen, es decir, sería "normal" que pensaran de ese modo, pero hubieron otra gran cantidad de comentarios de este tipo que vinieron directamente de la autora que fueron inexcusables. También algunas cosas en la trama me parecieron muy poco creíbles, por ejemplo que los jurados del caso en el que estaba trabajando Jane hayan estado más pendientes de ella que del caso en sí (ESTABAN TRATANDO UN ASESINATO!!! KÉ LES PASA?! ME VUELVO LOKA!!!), o el argumento final del abogado defensor, entre otras. Pero bueno, ante lo anterior creo que ya ni ganas tenía de prestarle mucha atención a eso.Una de las cosas que más me molestó, al punto de querer tirar el libro por el balcón, fue la siguiente: "[...] Aunque Jane jamás justificaría su cimen, no dejaba de envidiar la pasión de esa mujer. Esto es amor auténtico, pensó. Sentirlo tan ferozmente que una estaba dispuesta a matar antes de dejar que algien se lo arrebatara. Yo quiero sentir eso, quiero que alguien me ame hasta ese punto." ¡NO, NO Y NO! Eso NO ES AMOR y me parece HORRIBLE romantizar la VIOLENCIA de ese modo. Me parece que éste es el mensaje más detestable y equivocado de todo el libro. Me acuerdo y me pongo a gritar de indignación OTRA VEZ.Otros comentarios que me molestaron muchísimo fueron que se insinuara que la gente empezó a querer y a tratar mejor a la protagonista porque se volvió más "femenina" o empezó a "actuar como una mujer" (HABER SI ME MUERO!!!!). A ver, la gente empezó a tratar mejor a Jean porque ella empezó a tratarlos mejor, no por ser más "femenina". Al principio del libro se nos presenta a una Jean altanera, soberbia, mandona y desconsiderada con todo el mundo. Ella era una persona realmente difícil de tratar: odiosa y apenas tolerable. Claro que no era puro defectos: era responsable en todos los aspectos de su vida y tenía una ética intachable, era honesta y sincera, pero su forma de relacionarse con los demás dejaba mucho que desear aunque por supuesto ella no se daba cuenta de eso para nada. Al encarnar a Doris Day, esto se resuelve. Jane se vuelve infinitamente más considerada, aprende a pedir en vez de ordenar, a prestar atención a los demás y a interesarse en ellos sinceramente y, principalmente, se vuelve muchísimo más tolerante, por lo que es de esperar que el resto del mundo responda de manera positiva a esos cambios, no tenía nada que ver con que ahora usara vestido y maquillaje ¿ok?Hubo, además de estas, varias otras cosas que me molestaron, como el hecho de ver a las personas como objetos al hacer comentarios del tipo "¿Quién no desea pertenecer a alguien?" O ese concepto de "robar" el marido a otra persona (hamiga a menos que te lo hayan secuestrado, nadie lo robó, se fue solito, aunque no te guste aceptarlo, no le obligaron a nada, es más, capaz hasta lo buscó), pero estaría una semana intentando recordar todo lo que me pareció mal en este libro, así que lo dejo ahí.Por otro lado, tampoco fue todo malo en esta historia, dejando de lado lo anterior, hubieron cosas que me causaron bastante gracia y otras que hasta llegué a disfrutar. Jean me gustó mucho como protagonista (una vez superado su desastrozo comienzo, claro). Me gustó su evolución y como de a poco fue rompiendo con muchos de sus prejuicios y lo valiente que fue al enfrentarse a lo que todo el mundo pudiera creer o pensar de ella, para conseguir su objetivo. Aunque no estaba muy de acuerdo con la importancia esa que le dió a "conseguirse un hombre", me gustó que al final eso haya pasado a segundo plano para ella, porque descubrió que le gustaba arreglarse para sí misma, no para el resto; descubrió que había cosas, que antes juzgaba como superficiales o egoístas, que realmente la hacían sentir bien y que disfrutaba haciendo (como mimarse a sí misma tomando un baño largo o maquillándose o ir de compras y eligir regalos para su papá y sus hermanos). Ese autodescubrimiento de la protagonista me pareció bastante positivo. También me gustó la narración en general, era ligera y la historia abanzaba a buen ritmo, además me gustó el hecho de que esté narrado en tercera persona y que no se concentre en un solo personaje, sino que podamos conocer los puntos de vista de casi todos. En fin, anteriormente le había puesto 3.5 estrellas a este libro, pero con las cosas que noté en esta lectura, tengo que bajar ese puntaje al menos un punto, o sea, le daré 2,5 ☆☆ (dos estrellas y media) ya que no deja de ser entretenido en general y divertido en ciertas partes, pero para mi gusto habría que sacarle muchas cosas que están mal para poder disfrutarlo completamente (o sea estuve gritando de indignación en varios capítulos y casi que lo tiro por la ventana en una parte, así que evidentemente podría ser muchísimo mejor de lo que es).Fin♡.

  • Amberle
    2019-02-26 11:41

    Chick lit sì, ma... decisamente divertente! E poi in qualche modo una piccola parte di me riconosce quella povera anima di Jane... carino, carino, carino! Ma non fatelo leggere ad un uomo, alla seconda perfetta descrizione dell'abbigliamento di lei si suiciderebbe... :D

  • Suzanne
    2019-02-27 14:52

    very fun read! fast and great for between the serious books! 😄

  • Candida Ihnen
    2019-03-09 12:29

    I read this a long time ago, but it was a fun story. It still makes me laugh. Definitely a worthwhile, easy read.

  • Bette
    2019-03-08 13:49

    Great entertainment! Fun to read.

  • Leticia
    2019-03-18 16:50

    I loved the character and narrative, and hated how sexist and mean it all sounded. It won.

  • Jen
    2019-03-17 10:52

    hysterically funny! A female district attorney raised on military bases decides to make over herself as Doris Day. She sets the NY law community on its ear.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-28 15:31

    This month’s ChickLitPlus challenge is The Thing About Jane Spring.Thirty-one year old Jane Spring is a rising star in the Manhattan DA’s office. She’s smart, driven, has great legs- all in all, she should be a great catch. But no matter the first date, there’s never a second. Jane can’t understand why. It certainly can’t be her self confidence and acerbic assertiveness, or can it?After spending a night snowed in with a bottle of wine and a Doris Day movie marathon, Jane realizes that Doris Day always got her man. Jane decides to become more like a Doris Day character and see what happens- can being ultra-feminine really make life that much better for Jane and find her true love in the process?I liked this story, but at the same time, I struggle with some of its message. I hate to think that being anything other than ourselves is truly the way to find happiness. Yet at the same time, I get the point of the story. I’m the only woman working in my office. We talk football and technology. And cars. Well, the guys talk cars. Me, not so much. We don’t really talk about shoes unless we’re talking about Metro Jeff’s latest finds. Unless I’m seeing clients, I usually wear jeans to the office. Throughout my day, when I leave my office, I’m relatively unnoticed, just going about my business.But on the days that I wear a skirt to the office, I notice that I get noticed more when we go to lunch or if I go downstairs to get my coffee. So whether or not I want to admit it, I think there is something to Sharon Krum’s point. Now, I’m not sure any of us would go to the full extent of being Doris Day that Jane Spring does; she really goes all out. But it is an easy to read story that does make you think about how putting your best self forward may impact your life in completely unexpected ways.

  • Zury
    2019-03-15 11:32

    This actually deserves a 2.5 instead of 2 stars. Cute story and it was an interesting but quick read. I liked it and I admit that I laughed in some parts but I got annoyed with Jane Spring at times because of how pathetically clueless she was. I get that she was raised by a drilling sergeant from the army and with no mother as a role model but can anyone really be that clueless to the relationship of others? She was astonished to discover on her own that you get better results with complimenting as opposed to insults. And she doesn't have the slightest idea as to why men cannot tolerate her? I found the concept of the book interesting and different but the author might have taken it too far on things. Her main character went to the extreme in everything and I just wanted to slap some sense into this woman. The ending was predictable too. Anyway, the book is about a lawyer who was raised on the military base with her father, whom she calls Sir, along with her brothers and has no real sense of what it's like being a real woman. Her mentality is focused on goals and she will cut you dry to the bone with her tough attitude and harsh tongue if you get in her way, especially in the courtroom. Unfortunately because of the way she is, she cannot seem to catch a break with guys. As soon as they realize that this beautiful and sexy blonde is critical of everything and doesn't hold back her tongue for anyone, the men scramble towards the door. So she decides to make a change and follow a 60s actress as a role model to see if she will catch the guy like in the movies. Will she be able to pull it off and completely change her persona? Will it jeopardize her important trial? Read and find out.

  • Adrienne
    2019-02-20 14:29

    THE THING ABOUT JANE SPRINGPyramid Review----------------------------------6--I liked it until the end.5--All those pages and then...4--She just gives up;3--(view spoiler)[ Lets him in.(hide spoiler)]2--Just okay.1--End.(As a side note, I have never, ever met or known any military personnel who acted like the protagonist's father or anyone who had such a view of "civilians." That whole part of the plot read like caricature (whichJennie describes better than I in her review .) I decided to just ignore it, as without some reason for Jane to act like such a jerk to everyone, very few readers would have tolerated her long enough to read to the end.)Even though this book may have contained a few minor errors and problems, it was on track for me to rate it three stars (or, as GoodReads says, "I liked it") until the protagonist waffled at the end. Her waffling made me question whether she really had found herself or would just change her personality (and whatever else) every time she wants a man to love her.

  • Charity
    2019-03-07 14:53

    The Thing About Jane Spring by Sharon Krum is a rather funny chick lit novel about an all-business lawyer who’s approach to life is very militant and brash. After she realizes that her approach is more of a turn off than a turn on that sends most men running for cover, Jane decided that she needed to find a perfect model to emulate that always got her man - who better than Doris Day? And, from that point, she executes a plan that is ridiculous or brilliant, perhaps both, but definitely humorous.I enjoyed reading this book because it was funny and quirky. You may not quite relate to Jane herself, but you can relate to Jane’s feelings of “what’s wrong with me? what is it that I do/say/don’t know that drives men in the opposite direction?” Now, it may sound as if the solution is to change entirely into someone else, or to fake it til you make it, but I think the moral of the story is not that one is inadequate on her own, but that certain adjustments need to be made when one approach isn’t yielding the result you desire.