Getting Over Jack Wagner
Eliza is looking to date a rock star--though she uses the term loosely. None of her boyfriends have been famous. Most have unbearable habits and overbearing mothers. A few only played show tunes. Still, they're intense. Pierced. Tragically stubbled. With a predilection for dressing in black. Eliza finds them deep--in theory, anyway. But in reality, none comes close to the object of her original rock-star crush: actor/crooner Jack Wagner. When her latest catch turns out to be another mama's boy, Eliza begins to realize love is nothing like her favorite '80s song.
"A fine, smart, funny newcomer brings a bit of Bridget Jones, a touch of High Fidelity , a high pop-cultural IQ, and a refreshing emotional take to her debut outing. . . . [C]lever structure, swift pacing, emotional insight, and an ultimately charming voice make this one a standout."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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"Juska's voice--fresh, clever, and sometimes hilarious--pulls you through swiftly to a refreshingly atypical ending."
"Juska's first novel is as light and winning as a 1980s love song--and in its own way, as earnest. . . A funny and endearing addition to the 'single girl in the city' genre."
"Juska's wryly imagined story--which happily ends up being more about Eliza than Eliza's needing a guy--is a highly entertaining trip back to the good old days."
"It's a very funny book--and I'm flattered to be in it!"
"Juska perfectly captures the child of the 80s who's all grown up. . . With an ending that's unconventional but satisfying."
"[F]un and funny . . . brilliantly offsetting the more serious and difficult themes of self-understanding and adjustment."
All About Romance
"In this High Fidelity for women, the author details her character's disasters in romance with a sense of humor."
Washington City Paper
"This novel really talks about more than just one girl's habits with dating. It gives insight into the psyche of the female mind."
The New Hampshire
"Hilarious and heartbreaking."
The Current Online
"A fun look at the romantic life of a late-blooming twenty-something."
Philadelphia Daily News
"Smartly funny, fresh . . . delves into the hard truths about self, love and relationships."
Romance Reviews Today
Selected as "Hot Fiction Paperback" and recommended "Summer Reading" by Powell's
A Borders Recommendation for Women's Fiction
"With a poignant, touching debut, Juska will have you laughing one minute, shaking your head in agreement the next, and near tears at other times . . . a true winner."
The Word on Romance
"Getting Over Jack Wagner is a welcome change of pace. It may be, in fact, 'all you need.'"
The Romance Reader