Getting Over Jack Wagner

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Downtown Press, May 1, 2005 - Fiction - 326 pages
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Where are all the real rock stars?

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 be another mama's boy, Eliza begins to realize love is nothing like her favorite '80s song.

Is she ready to face the music?

Just as Eliza is planning her next move, she's dealt an emotional triple-whammy involving her sister, her best friend, and a horrific blind date. That's when she realizes that only by taking a good look at her past -- and her tape collection -- will she ever be able to hear a different kind of song and live a different kind of life.

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Almost agonizingly honest, Getting over Jack Wagner reads like an intimate diary of a woman's foray from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. The silly crushes, the passionate misplaced love ... Read full review

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Not a bad read. I did laugh out loud a couple of times, especially when Eliza locks herself up in her apartment for 2 weeks and invents a boyfriend. It was a quick easy book - the kind I like to call ... Read full review


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Elise Juska's short stories have appeared in many magazines, including the Harvard Review, Salmagundi, Black Warrior Review, The Seattle Review, and The Hudson Review. She teaches writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. This is her first book.

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