I really enjoyed this audiobook. The details were extensive but amazingly didn't seem to be too much but instead gave an intimate knowing of the characters and what they were feeling and going through.
Well written, sad, funny, touching, an overall enjoyalble book. Touches on the stories we hear in the news of Politicians cheating on their wives, and the women and families behind the cameras. A story of love and forgiveness, and really just getting back in touch with one another after a lifetime of chasing careers and living the American dream.
The narration of this book kept me listening, but I feel like the story missed a lot. Not a great wrap up on the characters at the end, and a lot of wishy washy naïveté in the women characters. Selma was the best of the bunch.
And the sex scenes were weirdly placed considering how vanilla the rest of the book was. They didn't bother me, but they felt like an after thought to try and liven up what was ultimately a pretty boring book.
I generally like Jennifer Weiner because I know what I am going to get. It's a light, easy listen, and normal chick-lit. Nothing out of the ordinary, no surprises here.
There is a politician married to the typical politician's wife. The politician cheats with a younger girl. There are two daughters, one an ER doctor with a boring husband, who is having an affair himself, and then a daughter who is a recovering drug addict and the black sheep of the family. Oh, and there is grandma with a lot of opinions. The mom and two daughters end up getting together and bond over their problems and then they have thanksgiving dinner and everybody lives happily ever after.
a smidge under 4 stars
I actually enjoyed this book despite the cheating, which i usually won't read.
Cheating leaves me nauseous.
I like a story about women who "find themselves" and I was proud of Sylvie
for doing just that.
However, her decisions in the end left me disappointed and unsatisfied.
In my chronological journey through Jennifer Weiner's novels, I've come to sympathize with her characters less and less. Something about how the characters develop from lack of self-awareness to understanding the big picture that is a bit off, I can't really explain it. Having said that (as vaguely as possible), again, the story was strong enough that I wanted to stick with it and discover how it all shook out. There were strong plot elements - a senator's wife playing the role until she discovers he cheated on her, the type A daughter with the perfect career as a doctor, perfect home and family - who is also a cheater, and the recovering addict daughter, struggling to lead a normal life. All these make for a great story, if only I found the characters a little less irritating.
I loved the difference between all of the characters. It really helped the storyline and the interactions between the characters. I also loved the setting once the wife got to the summer home. It made me want to be there with her.
The Thanksgiving dinner scene was very interesting - lots of different emotions involved.
I didn't have any extreme reactions. I felt that the book was slow and somewhat repetitive.
I liked the reader and the different voices she used.