Book Review: The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken by Mari Passananti

Zoë Clark thinks her world will implode when her fiancé dumps her on the eve of their splashy wedding. After nearly a decade with her college sweetheart, Zoë feels like a teenager about to be eaten alive by the New York dating scene. And her problems don't end there. Zoë works a less-than-ideal job, managing other people's careers while her own ambitions wither.

Enter Oscar Thornton. He's handsome, charming, attentive and rich - the perfect boyfriend. But does he harbor a dark secret? Or will Zoë torpedo her newfound happiness by indulging a far fetched suspicion?

THE HAZARDS OF HUNTING WHILE HEARTBROKEN tells the story of a young woman who sets out to find a man to solve her problems. Instead she finds herself facing her own shortcomings, testing her oldest friendships and realizing that she has the power to make herself happy.

Packed with snappy dialogue and playful wit,
THE HAZARDS OF HUNTING WHILE HEARTBROKEN will strike a chord with any woman who's ever allowed herself to think, My life would be perfect, if I could just meet the right guy.

Release Date: July 9, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Publisher: Rutland Square Press
Source: Review copy from publisher

I confess that the cover and title of this book did not draw me in.  The summary, however; did.  I couldn't help but feel badly for Zoë---can you imagine planning an entire wedding only to have your fiancé call it off at the last minute?  And to add insult to injury, it's not because he doesn't love Zoë, it's for another reason entirely.  I'll let you read the book for yourself to figure that out, but it makes the end of the relationship even more embarrassing and heartbreaking for Zoë.  

So here Zoë is, trying to figure out how she will make her rent after Brandon moves out, working in a job she doesn't love.  She is a head-hunter for the legal field and has to do some pretty demeaning things to keep her clients happy.  Zoë is paid on commission and worries constantly about making enough money to keep her apartment.  

One day, she receives a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Oscar, who works in the building across the way and has been secretly watching
Zoë through the window (in a non-creepy way).  She is thrilled and excited to finally have a date and they enter a whirlwind relationship.  Zoë has doubts about Oscar though, but instead of listening to her good friend Kevin, pushes her doubts to the side in light of all of Oscar's good qualities.  

I found the beginning of The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken to be a little slow, but it picked up and got really exciting in the second half.  I suspected some things about Oscar and Kevin all along, although I did not suspect the extent of what was really going on.  I loved the ending, and I loved Zoë's growth throughout the book.  

I thought The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken was great chick lit, smart, funny, and engaging.  I loved the escape into Zoë's world. I would definitely read Mari Passananti again!


  1. Sounds like a really cute story! There aren't that many smart chick-lit stories out there. I definitely know some people who loved this book so thanks for the recommendation, Kelli. :)

  2. Not sure its for me but I dug your review :)

  3. I don't read enough chick-lit but from your review this sounds like something that I would like.


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