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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (810 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Almond, Julianna Baggott Narrator: Kirby Heyborne, Renée Raudman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781470800581
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Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Jane’s lusty encounter at a friend’s wedding isn’t really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters.

What follows is a series of traded confessions—of their messy histories, their past errors, their big loves, their flaws, and their passions. Each love affair, confessed as honestly as possible, reveals the ways in which Jane and John have grown and changed (or not changed) over the years—the people they’ve hurt, the ones still bruised, the ones who bruised them. Where all of this soul-baring will take them is the burning question behind every letter—a question that can only be answered when they meet again, finally, in the flesh.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The constant mix of sweet and sour, of heart-swelling romance and smart-ass banter is the official language of Modern Urban Singledom. The bestselling author duo make fine use of the epistolary form—with a few funny postal mishaps lending a hip meta-touch. Their couple’s distinct voices and push-pull dynamic are terrifically engaging.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Sharp humor and insights into the modern psyche pervade the book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The writing is piercing, funny, and emotional. Baggott and Almond’s collaboration makes for a delightful and robust work that readers will not be able to put down as they savor every messy confession. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is a surprisingly poignant and meaningful read.”

    Booklist

  • “All’s well that doesn’t end after all, and the contented reader anticipates (what both Jane and John would have wittily, mercilessly mocked) something very like a future for these two bright, screwed-up, engaging oddballs. Keen insights into sex, love, and coming to terms with one’s own unruly imperfections. A winner.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ciara | 1/26/2014

    " i didn't really care for this book. it was co-written by steve almond & julianne baggott (i think that's her name) & it's about a man & a woman who meet one another at the wedding of some mutual friends. there's a spark, they make out in the coat room, & then they have a weird long-distance pseudo-romance that involves an exchange of confessional epsitles regarding their romantic histories. i guess the idea is that they will air their dirty laundry & if they are still interested in one another when they know all the terrible things in each other's romantic/sexual lives, they will meet in person again & consummate the romance. which is pretty much exactly how it goes down. of course they are into each other & they meet at some random train station in new jersey or something & do the deed. there is supposed to be some suspense around whether or not it's all going to work out, but it's like...it's a book. the book wouldn't be much of a book if it didn't culminate in these people getting what they wanted in the end. & all the stories of previous relationships gone off the rails is just kind of squicky & not fun to read, in much the same manner as you wouldn't really want all the nitty gritty details of your own partner's past relationships, because it will just make you feel insecure & maybe you'll think less of your partner somehow for either treating people in questionable ways or having the bad taste to choose dates that treat your partner in questionable ways. & plus, steve almond's dude character was way too dudely to me. i have found this to be a consistent problem in all of steve almond's writing (& i have read a surprising amount of it, but no more!). he's just too dudely & lacks subtlety. i mean, maybe he is not a subtle person in real life...which is another problem with this book. i have big issues reading about romantic/sexual problems in novels because i always wonder how much of the writing is actual autobiographical or reflects truths held dear by the actual author. i find it distracting & somewhat distasteful. thank goodness i just picked this up at the library & didn't actually spend money on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alim | 1/24/2014

    " This a juicy book of confessions between two people, and I believe 2 authors (Steve Almond and a woman wrote it). It's very interesting and entertaining. Perfect for the fellow voyeur! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/20/2014

    " A little unrealiastic, but I guess most relationships are. Side effect- I now feel the need to confess things to random people... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Blueboo | 1/16/2014

    " Inability to understand context "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/13/2014

    " I thought this was a laughriot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/6/2014

    " Loved it -- what a cool idea. Thanks for the loan, Jen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea | 1/5/2014

    " This was recommended by Linda Holmes on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. From the first few pages, I can see why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/4/2014

    " I thought it was the American version of One Day by Nichols, but wasn't quite as good. Went long in the middle as John overconfessed,but the ending was strong. Jane is fantastic, a book character I woud like to be friends with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/27/2013

    " I read it to rest my brain, like Sara! I like the construct, and I liked the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/27/2013

    " I love epistolary novels more than anything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PMP | 9/16/2013

    " One of those book titles and covers you're embarrassed to have people see. But then -- unexpectedly "filthy and lovely and true", like the backblurb promised. More, please. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julpin | 2/21/2013

    " honest look at trying to find someone who "gets" you by confessing details of your romantic past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/9/2013

    " Great writing, and a vulnerable story... love with all the messiness in... loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rebecca | 9/18/2012

    " This is a mostly-epistelary story that is as emotionally deep and realistically damaged as anything I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 8/27/2012

    " I liked the fact that the whole thing is written in letters, confessions at that. But it does start to lag, and the immaturity of the protagonists actually started to bother me a lot. Sort of fun to read, but not really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/21/2012

    " Kinda of chick - litty but really funny and creative with two different authors playing the two different characters establishing a relationship solely through letters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marek | 2/9/2012

    " I don't want to share this book with anybody. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 7/28/2011

    " I found it rather funny, though occasionally uncomfortable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adele | 3/31/2011

    " I loved the epistolary format, the writing was beautiful, but the end didn't thrill me. The individual characters were more compelling apart than together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/12/2011

    " An easy, enjoyable read. Bring it to the beach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 1/19/2011

    " The writing is great, but I got a little tired of reading about the struggles of the vaguely dissatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadie | 1/5/2011

    " I love epistolary novels more than anything! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/28/2010

    " Loved it -- what a cool idea. Thanks for the loan, Jen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/9/2010

    " A little unrealiastic, but I guess most relationships are. Side effect- I now feel the need to confess things to random people... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/5/2010

    " I read it to rest my brain, like Sara! I like the construct, and I liked the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 6/13/2010

    " It was like candy, but im not a big candy fan so it was like a good beer, i wanted another when i was done. read it on a deck in the woods in the mountains of california. it was a vacation. "

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About the Author
Author Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of the bestselling Candyfreak and two story collections. He is a commentator on the NPR affiliate WBUR in Boston.

About the Narrators

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.