Jane Green's debut novel finally makes it across the pond, and her American fans will jump at the chance to read the book that started her successful chick lit career. Tasha is a 30-year-old television talk show producer who still isn't over cheating cad Simon but longs for a perfect relationship. Will she have a perfect relationship with someone she lusts after? Or with someone she's always thought of as just as friend?

Not your typical first-person point-of-view novel, Tasha talks directly to readers, who will feel like they're chatting over coffee or talking on the phone. She shares intimate details about her many failed romantic relationships, her upbringing, her therapy and her three best girlfriends, each of whom has experienced her own share of relationship misery.

STRAIGHT TALKING is fast-paced and frank but not as engaging as some of Green's other books. Still, if you're a fan, this is a must-read. (Sep., 304 pp., $11.95)

Reviewed by: 
Samantha J. Gust