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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly-awaited follow-up to Jennifer Weiner's blockbuster best seller, Good in Bed

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.

©2008 Jennifer Weiner (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Hilarious. Weiner offer her signature snappy observations and spot-on insights into human nature." (Publishers Weekly)
"Heartfelt and funny...A touching examination of both the comic and tragic moments that mark the mother-daughter relationship." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Readers will laugh and cry. Weiner is a talented writer who consistently delivers the goods. Clear your calendar and prepare to read: Cannie Shapiro is back!" (Library Journal)

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Way too long, not enough action ...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have read/listened to a lot of Jennifer Weiner's books and she is an amazing talent, but after so many books her themes start to get a little repetitive: the Jewish mother, Philadelphia, fat girls, girls with some kind of deformity, Princeton, etc. I know this was supposed to be a sequel to "Good in Bed" and while the characters were well-rounded, the plot was so slow it took a lot of patience to make it to the last third of the book when something finally happens.

What was most disappointing about Jennifer Weiner’s story?

A weak plot with too much character development and background and not enough action. Jennifer Weiner loves to delve into the life story of all of her characters, and that can get tedious sometimes. This book moves painfully slow, like a long trip in the car.

Which character – as performed by Julie Dretzin and Rachel Botchan – was your favorite?

I didn't love either character. Joy was probably more fun in terms of her misadventures but she also had a lot of behavior and wisdom not believable for a 13 year old. And Cannie was annoyingly stiff and conservative considering where she came from. You would think she'd be able to meet her daughter halfway without having her run away from home before she conceded to buying her a damn dress.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I do love Jennifer Weiner's writing but after listening to a few of her more recent books, they're starting to all sound the same with themes obviously borrowed from Weiner's own life being used over and over again.

Any additional comments?

Maybe try the abridged version...?

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  • Valerie
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 01-12-14

i was disappointed!!!

Im not sure how I feel about this book. I loved the first book Good in Bed and I love all the other books written by Jennifer Weiner but this one seemed a little..hmmmm..not sure the twist at the end seemed unnecessary. I really didnt like it.. I was trying to love it but didnt. The tragedy almost seemed to try to make the book interesting. I think i loved the first book because it didnt seem so much like the "big girl" whining book. But this one was so....boring...everyone in the book seemed annoying and just kind of thrown in. I was very disappointed I just wish I wouldve read it because some times the sequel makes you hate the entire series.

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  • Melissa
  • new port richey, FL, USA
  • 04-09-13

Well Good in Bed sequel

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Well let me say this was not worth a credit at all. The story is long and dull. I can understand the child wanting to know about the book her mother wrote. But wow going from the past to the future to many times. I would stop listing and turn it back on and wonder if i missed anything. This audio will be finished, if i purchased i will listen no matter how bad it is. My day just lagged on and keeping my eyes open just so hard.<br/><br/>With this book being a sequel to the first Good in Bed I thought it would be just as good.<br/><br/><br/>Sighhh, I really dont like giving bad reviews but i wasted a credit on this and feel i should get my credit back.<br/><br/><br/>

Has Certain Girls turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Oh yes both of them could of went the extra mile.

Was Certain Girls worth the listening time?

NO

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Great narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

What other book might you compare Certain Girls to and why?

Good in Bed. Because it was the sequel.

Have you listened to any of Julie Dretzin and Rachel Botchan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to any of their performances before

Any additional comments?

At first I was a little put off with Julie's narration, but only because I had listened to the previous book with a different narrator. As I listened I found myself liking her narration better than the previous book. I found both narrators to be very believable. I enjoyed the book tremendously.

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  • EJA
  • BENTON HARBOR, MI, United States
  • 11-03-11

Begins as chic-lit but has a depressing end.

This book, based on the title and cover promotes itself as a fun chic-lit book that will leave you feeling good, Sadly, this is not the case. The book takes a depressing turn in the last quarter which left me feeling sad and unsatisfied at the end. I think that story would have been much better without this turn and would have lived up to my expectation of a chic-lit novel. If you are like me, sometimes you just want a book that does not require a lot of thinking and leaves you in a good mood when it is all said and done. This is not that book. However, if you can handle some sorrow along with your girly drama then this may be the book for you!

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Jennifer Weiner is AMAZING!!!

I've read all her books and loved every single one of them! This is another great read by a great author! Don't ever stop writing JW! I live in Philadelphia and love all of the references to our city!

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she does it again

tried and true. jennifer weiner delivers. the narrarator was perfect for this part and i easily fell into the story and couldnt stop listening. it was good enough that i didnt even mind grouting the bathroom tile because it gave the opportunity to keep listening. highly recommend.

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It is a great book...

My only problem is that living in the area done of the pronunciations were off, and it drove me a little batty. Loved it though.

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Jennifer Weiner Never disappoints

I enjoyed this book. It was a great follow up to see what was next for Cannie. I actually enjoyed Good In Bed better, but this was also a great audiobook.

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depth of character

I find Jennifer Weiner always develops interesting dimensional characters and I enjoy getting to know them.