Sunday, June 9, 2013

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Listeners fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the smart, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Good in Bed. Now Cannie's back. After her debut novel -- a fictionalized (and highly sexualized) version of her life -- became an overnight bestseller, she dropped out of the public eye and turned to writing science fiction under a pseudonym. She's happily married and has settled into a life that's wonderfully predictable. As preparations for her daughter Joy's bat mitzvah begin, everything seems right in Cannie's world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own conception -- the story her mother hid from her all her life. When Cannie's husband surprises her by saying he wants to have a baby, the family is forced to reconsider their history, their future, and what it means to be truly happy. Radiantly funny and tender, with Weiner's whip-smart dialogue and sharp observations of modern life, Certain Girls is an unforgettable story about love, loss, and the enduring bonds of family. (from Goodreads) 
Flo's Review
I really enjoyed this book! Of course, I shouldn't be surprised -- I pretty much really enjoy anything Jennifer Weiner writes. But, this is a "Part 2, Several Years Later" type book and those can sometimes not live up to the first one. 
This did. I really enjoyed Cannie's voice -- laughing with her wit, sympathizing with her doubts. We got to see the journey that she took from the end of Good In Bed, and it was great to really explore the, "This is happily ever what?" 
Joy was great as well. She is wise and loving and your typical preteen girl. I could not even imagine having to learn all the things Joy learns about her family when I was her age! She reacts like any preteen girl might, but ends up coming out of everything with such a grace about her. Cannie and Joy really are a great pair.
Random note: I really need to stop listening to audiobooks that make me cry! It's kinda hard to drive when I'm an emotional wreck. LOL.
Short and sweet: If you loved Good in Bed, you'll love Certain Girls!

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