Review of “Where Have All the Boys Gone?” By Jenny Colgan

Katie Watson and her other single women friends in London are dismayed over the dating situation. The 2001 census in London showed that women outnumbered men by 180,000, confirming their own perceptions that finding a good date was nearly impossible. Katie’s alienation is increased after she is mugged on the way home from one of their bar nights. She decided leaving town was the answer to her problems. She applied for a PR job in the Scottish Highlands with the Fairlish Forestry Commission to help fight the destruction of the forest by a company planning a golf course. After an appalling meeting with the curmudgeonly man in charge, Harry Barr, she turned down the position. Then to her consternation, her boss in her London PR firm sent her back to take on Harry as a client. Katie’s roommate Louise, suffering from heartache after a man she liked was stolen by Katie’s sister, insisted on accompanying her, and off they went.

The resulting culture clash, eventual acculturation, and romantic entanglements (Fairlish was replete with men and suffered a dearth of women) eventually wins over the girls. Their hearts get captured as well, although from unexpected directions.

Evaluation: In many ways this was a predictable “chick lit” book, but the send-ups of stereotypes of Londoners versus Highlanders, satire, and dialogue had me roaring with laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed this diverting novel.

Rating: 3.5/5

Republished in the U.S. by William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2020 (first published 2005)

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7 Responses to Review of “Where Have All the Boys Gone?” By Jenny Colgan

  1. Marg says:

    I do enjoy Jenny Colgan’s books! There’s a comfortableness is reading her books

  2. kaysreadinglife says:

    This one sounds like fun! I think I’ll see if my library has it. Fun in any form is a good thing right now and a book that would make me laugh – yep, I’m there.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Yes to fun. I’ve not paid any attention to the name Jenny Colgan before reading your review.

  4. My dad’s been tearing through all of Jenny Colgan’s books lately, and I’m thinking I need to try them too. This one seems like a perfect starting place!

  5. stacybuckeye says:

    It’s a good thing when a book can make you laugh out loud.

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