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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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    David and Shoshana Cooper Brooklyn, NY USA 05-02-08
    David and Shoshana Cooper Brooklyn, NY USA 05-02-08 Member Since 2006

    This account mainly belongs to Shoshana Cooper, but as Audible has forced us to combine our account with our Amazon account, it has placed my loving husband's name on my reviews.

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    "Not nearly as good as first book"

    I loved "Good in Bed," and I could not wait for the sequel. While it was fun to find out what happened to Cannie and Joy, "Certain Girls" was a disappointment. This new book was not nearly as engaging and the plot did not move as smoothly, nor was it particularly original.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Abilene, TX, USA 04-21-09
    Dana Abilene, TX, USA 04-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Sequel!"

    I loved the book! Jennifer Weiner has such a good sense of humor and the book definitely conveyed that. The change in narrators was wonderful and assisted the story more than someone doing voices. It was not predictable which was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susanne LONGMONT, CO, United States 10-29-11
    Susanne LONGMONT, CO, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Something a little different"

    Quick and not what I expected, actually a little better than I expected. I listen to a lot of mysteries and I wanted something a little different for inbetween on a long drive.

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    Kitti oakland park, FL, USA 08-02-09
    Kitti oakland park, FL, USA 08-02-09
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    "Good in bed."

    Certain girls was worth listening to. I didnt realize it til half way through that this book picks up 13 yrs later from Good in bed, my fav by JW. I recommend you listen tothis, but listen to Good in bed first.

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    Jason San marcos, CA, USA 08-01-09
    Jason San marcos, CA, USA 08-01-09
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    "Great mom/daughter story"

    At first I wasn't sure how much Iwould really enjoy this story but it was a beautiful story.

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    Valerie Boise, ID, USA 05-21-09
    Valerie Boise, ID, USA 05-21-09
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    "Good, not great"

    I adore Weiner's style. This was a good story line. Just not as powerful as her first book.

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    Bonny Glenwood, AR, USA 08-31-08
    Bonny Glenwood, AR, USA 08-31-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A Must of Mothers of Teenage Daughters"

    Reading "Good in Bed" is a must to understand the character relationships, "Certain Girls" picks up at a wonder time in the characters lives. The book is for women and daughters who live life to the fullest and believe life goes on no matter what happens. It reminds us to look at life from different angles and that growing up is not easy at any age whether you are the parent or the child life is not easy on either side. The readers voices really work with the flow of the book making it easy to listen to as you drive or work around the house. In my opinion it is a book I will listen to often.

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    Janice E. Amherst , NY, USA 07-10-08
    Janice E. Amherst , NY, USA 07-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Certain Girls"

    An excellent sequel to Good In Bed. I especially enjoyed Joy's narration. It was well written and perfectly read. I highly recommend this to mother's of young teen-agers, but read Good In Bed first.

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    Suzanne Bend, OR, USA 05-22-08
    Suzanne Bend, OR, USA 05-22-08
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    "Another good one"

    I've never been disappointed with Jennifer's writings and this one didn't let me down either.

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    Kelster076 05-10-08
    Kelster076 05-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I Liked it"

    Not great, but not bad...Overall, I liked it.

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