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“The overall quality of the work is remarkable; Friedman allows his writers immense latitude in style and substance while keeping his theme front and center.  The collection has something for everyone, laughs on just about every page, and an ultimately uplifting spirit.” Publishers Weekly

For the mass amount of denial found here, Rejected is surprisingly lighthearted and inspiring. There’s something satisfying in unearthing seriously cringe-worthy work or memories of some of the best and the brightest in comedy. School Library Journal

‘Rejected’ is the Das Kapital of schadenfreude.” Dennis Miller

“Hilarious stories about thwarted romance, on-the-job disasters and other doomed but worthy pursuits.” Oprah Magazine

‘Rejected’ makes you feel a whole lot better.” The Today Show

‘Rejected’ provides hope in collective loserdom.” NY Times

“Painfully funny tales that will resonate with anyone who’s suffered humiliation.” Elle

The Sound of Young America
Jon Friedman Interview – August 23, 2009

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‘Howard 100 News: The Howard Stern Show’ Sirius Radio – February 11, 2009

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‘The Dennis Miller Show’ Westwood One (National) – April 7, 2009

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New York Times ‘Spare Times’ – February 13, 2009

New York Post ‘Spend V-Day with a Bunch of Rejects’ – February 13, 2009

New York Post ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ – February 1, 2009

Elle.com ‘Rejection Letters‘ – February 2, 2009

Penthouse Magazine ‘Rejected’ – February 2009

New York Press ‘Revenge of the Rejects’ – February 3, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle ‘We’re All Rejects Now’ – February 18, 2009

Time Out New York ‘Rejected From Rejected’ – March 19, 2009

Time Out New York ‘Just Say No’ – January 22, 2009

Oprah Magazine ‘Rejected: Tales of the Failed Dumped & Canceled’ – February 2009

Publishers Weekly Review ‘Rejected: Tales of the Failed Dumped & Canceled’ – January 12, 2009

School Library Journal ‘Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, & Canceled’ – May 1, 2009

Huffington Post ‘Been Rejected Recently?  Jon Friedman Knows How to Cope’- January 27, 2009

Flavorwire ‘Jon Friedman Gathers Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled’ – January 27, 2009

Backstage Magazine ‘Jon Friedman Celebrates Rejection
‘ – January 26, 2009

Jon Friedman on ‘The Today Show’

In this comic anthology of short essays, rejection veteran Friedman (creator of popular New York reading series “The Rejection Show”) brings together a double-handful of writers and comics (David Wain, Michael Ian Black, Neal Pollack, Mandy Stadtmiller, David Rees, Tom McCaffrey, Kristen Schaal) to share rejected work and their thoughts on it. The criterion for entry is an unpublished piece that has been rejected at least once; rejecting parties range from the New Yorker to television’s Saturday Night Live to the perfect boyfriend to the suddenly silent agent. Entries include sketches abandoned by members of TV’s The State to spectacular bachelor party failures to small, triumphant moments of rejection rejection (for one actress, hope makes a comeback at the local Pottery Barn).The overall quality of the work is remarkable; Friedman allows his writers immense latitude in style and substance while keeping his theme front and center. Though a bit New York-centric, the collection has something for everyone, laughs on just about every page, and an ultimately uplifting spirit; if every rejection is an opportunity, then the chance to be a part of this fine, funny collaboration was probably worth it—especially for readers. (Jan.) Publishers Weekly Review – Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled

Reveling in failure is the order of the day in this collection of essays. Some pieces are about relationships, as in Sarah Schaefer’s “Jared,” which describes a love affair and traumatizing breakup, conducted strictly via 11th-grade note writing. Others involve poor career choices, such as Kristen Schaal’s account of time spent as a lackluster pink-haired, pink-sunglasses-wearing Miss Peppermint Twist in the F.A.O. Schwartz Sweet Shop. And many of the contributors describe creative endeavors that for one reason or another didn’t quite make the cut. These are the meat of the collection, as a who’s who in comedy share the work they forced themselves to do to make ends meet, thought they could pull off for easy cash, wasn’t timely enough, or wasn’t funny. Members of The Kids in the Hall get booed off stage and fistfight on, and writers from SNL’s Weekend Update, The State, and The Onion, among many others, share snicker-inducing bits that perished in production or under an editor’s red pen. For the mass amount of denial found here, Rejected is surprisingly lighthearted and inspiring. There’s something satisfying in unearthing seriously cringe-worthy work or memories of some of the best and the brightest in comedy. There’s also relief in realizing that some quality endeavors were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Teens will check out this one for its star contributors and their humor, and appreciate it for its realism and sincerity.—Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA
-School Library Journal