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Certain Girls | [Jennifer Weiner]

Certain Girls

The last decade of Cannie's life has brought some surprises. Her life story, in fictional form, became an unexpected best-seller, and Cannie has since choosen to retreat from fame's fallout, writing science fiction under a pen name. Her daughter, Joy, has descended into the throes of moody adolescence, just in time for her bat mitzvah.
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Publisher's Summary

"My mother", Joy Shapiro Krushelevansky writes in her diary late one night, "is the most embarrassing person to have ever been born."

It's been almost 13 years since we've last seen Cannie Shapiro, the heroine of Good in Bed, whose journey toward happily-ever-after, and peace with her fractured family and plus-size body, made millions of women the world over laugh, cry, and see themselves on the page.

The last decade of Cannie's life has brought some surprises. Her life story, in fictional form, became an unexpected best-seller, and Cannie has since choosen to retreat from fame's fallout, writing science fiction under a pen name. Her daughter, Joy, has descended into the throes of moody adolescence, just in time for her bat mitzvah. Her best friend, Samantha, is looking for love in all the wrong places (specifically, an online dating site called AJew4U.com). Her 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.

Just when things can't get any worse - or weirder - Cannie's long-lost (and largely unlamented) father shows up at her doorstep, and Joy swipes her mother's credit card and heads West in pursuit of the grandfather she's only seen once.

Funny and tender, with memorable characters and Weiner's trademark whip-smart dialogue and sharp observations about modern life, Certain Girls is a story about family (biological and chosen), love, loss, and the enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands, and wives.

©2008 Jennifer Weiner, Inc.; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Heartfelt and funny...a touching examination of both the comic and tragic moments that mark the mother-daughter relationship." (Kirkus)
"Hilarious....Weiner offers her signature snappy observations and spot-on insights into human nature, with a few twists thrown in for good measure." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Liked not loved this book."

    I love Jennifer Weiner and anxiously awaited this work. I liked the book, but did not fall in love the same way I did with Good In Bed. Jen is still one of my favorite authors and this book is NOT a miss. It's not a dead on hit either. I laughed. I cried. I was thrilled to find out what happened to everyone. It's just that this book had a certain almost melancholy tone that didn't really sit well with me.

    I'll keep reading JW and i'm glad that I read this book.

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    J. Busconi VT, USA 10-08-08
    J. Busconi VT, USA 10-08-08 Member Since 2014

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    Having been a fan in the past of this authors books, I was excited to listen to this one however-it turned out to be pretty dull and boring. I would skip it if I were you.

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