It's been almost thirteen years since we last saw Cannie Shapiro, the heroine of Good in Bed, whose journey towards happy-ever-after made millions of women the world over laugh, cry and recognise themselves. The last decade of Cannie's life has brought some surprises. Her life story, in fictional form, became an unexpected bestseller, and Cannie has since retreated from fame's fallout, writing science-fiction under a pen name and praying that all her daughter inherited from her father, Cannie's ex-boyfriend Bruce Guberman, are her curls and her eye-colour, and not his predilection for smoking pot. Meanwhile Cannie's best friend, Samantha, is looking for love in all the wrong places, and Cannie's husband, Peter, has decided that he'd like to have a baby, and the family's first choice for a surrogate is none other than Cannie's flamboyant kid sister ...
Every time I get into a Weiner novel, I think that I'm not really going to enjoy it, but then I end up loving them! So far everything I have read of hers has been fantastic "chick-lit" wise. I would have to say however, my least favorite would be Goodnight Nobody.
A continuation of Jennifer Weiner's "Good in Bed", this book follows the relationship between mother and daughter, what it's like to be a deaf teenager and to have a 'fat' mother. Daughter Joy finds school and friendships difficult because of her hearing impediment, and mother Cannie doesn't understand why her thin, beautiful daughter has problems. I recommend reading the first book in the series to understand Cannie's story, and her struggles with her weight, dating, getting knocked up and dumped, and finally writing a best selling novel about her experiences that nips her in the butt when curious Joy reads her mother's book to piece together her past. And gets it all wrong.
Warning, do not read this book in public! I finished the book on the bus and was completely sobbing! Be prepared to cry, and if you are a terrible blubberer like me, best lock yourself in a room. Funny, heartbreaking and real, this is yet another book I recommend you add to your summer reading list. If a book can make me laugh and cry it definitely gets my vote.
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