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Publisher's Summary

Cannie Shapiro never wanted to be famous. The smart, sharp, plus-sized pop culture reporter was perfectly content writitng about other people's lives in the pages of the Philadlphia Examiner. But the day she opened up a national women's magazine to find out that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their ex-sex life is the day her life changes forever.

Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world, Bruce has written. And Cannie - who never knew that Bruce saw her as a larger woman, or thought that loving her was an act of courage - is plunged into misery, and into the most amazing year of her life.

Radiant with wit, bursting with surprises, and written with bite and bittersweet humor, Jennifer Weiner reaches beyond Cannie's story and into the heart of every woman. Gut-level real and laugh-out-loud funny, Good in Bed celebrates the courage of the human spirit and features an unbelievably funny cast of supporting characters, the strangest dog you'll ever encounter, and a heroine you'll never forget.

©2001 Jennifer Weiner (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Funny, zippy, and unflinchingly honest, Good In Bed is a powerhouse debut for Jennifer Weiner. I consumed this extra-large portion of a book in one sitting, rooting for Cannie the heroine and willing horrible atrocities on her ex-boyfriend. Some big surprises kept the pages flying; I grinned the whole way through. Good In Bed can only be described as deeply satisfying." (Valerie Frankel Author of Smart vs. Pretty)
"[Good in Bed's] Cannie emerges as one of the most engaging realistic female characters in years...Weiner's smoothly written novel is stuffed with dialogue that rings with humor and truth." (Entertainment Weekly)

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Absolutely Great

What did you love best about Good in Bed?

I liked that she was fine in her own skin - that she was a real sounding person with the unreal happening around her.

What other book might you compare Good in Bed to and why?

Something Borrowed - because it was on the same vein as Good in Bed (to me)

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene in the bathroom - when she met Maxi Rider for the first time.<br/>and <br/>When she met her celebrity crush and he lends her the car <br/>and <br/>The ladies at the weight-loss program were the funniest<br/>and <br/>when she tells the man that she is lost and he tells her "Get Found."

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wanted to punch Bruce (whinny brat) - I wanted to punch his girlfriend and I got really mad that he NEVER went to see his daughter - prat. <br/><br/>I loved that she had a great support system - Her Mom, her spetmom, brother and sister, Bestfriends Samantha and Maxie and of course Peter. So many laughing parts with them. <br/><br/>But he father is where I really had a reaction - Bruce was a brat, but her father was a heel. "Forget that family after I screwed up those kids, let me go get some more." Jackass.

Any additional comments?

I was a good read and it was great for her first book. Going to read Certain Girls soon.

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  • Ayala
  • oakland, CA, United States
  • 05-13-13

Terrible, self pitting, depressing

Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Weiner again?

Not after this. It would have moments where I would think it was getting better before dropping back into more self hating drawl.

What character would you cut from Good in Bed?

Cannie, the main charachter. I kept wanting to like her but ahead disliked herself so much it was impossible.

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Depressing at times

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

Yes, it was good and entertaining, but at times depressing. The beginning of the book was light and funny but then as it went on it got heavier.

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  • Lisa
  • Pottstown, PA, United States
  • 01-31-13

Fun fun and fun!

Where does Good in Bed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is very high, it was a fun book and not though provoking but just plan fun!

What other book might you compare Good in Bed to and why?

The next best thing on my list, smashed, point of retreat

What about Laura Hicks’s performance did you like?

She did a great job, I do have to say she has a voice that sounds much older than 27. In the beginning I had to keep reminding myself she was younger than she sounded.

If you could take any character from Good in Bed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The dr. I wanted to see him and know him better. He seemed like a great guys.

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Role Model

Good In Bed is an inspiration to all women who have every struggled with body image, abandonment, a career or a break up! Weiner creates Candice Shapiro, Canny for short, to be a strong independent woman living in the city. Canny recalls her life as she experiences new thrills and struggles. I love that Weiner doesn't portray Canny to be a dependent women like so many other authors have created.

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Amusing, sympathetic and instructive

Would you listen to Good in Bed again? Why?

I have listened to this book and its sequel, "A Certain Girl" twice now. I love the character Cannie and the sympathetic approach to large women Jennifer Weiner provides. The instruction for me is the description of Jewish traditions in a very understandable way.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Now, this is hard. Cannie would be my favorite with close behind Maxie and Peter.

What does Laura Hicks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does the different voices clear so you know who is speaking but not distracting. Great narrator for this book and its sequel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Definitely

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Good listen, but took some getting used to.

What did you love best about Good in Bed?

I loved the funny parts :D

What was one of the most memorable moments of Good in Bed?

I don't want to spoil it, so I will leave it at I loved the twists and turns.. kept you on your toes

Have you listened to any of Laura Hicks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't. My only complaints about her, however, was not about her performance. She does a good job at doing different characters. The only real issue I had was that the character is supposed to be in her late twenties but this reader sounded a bit older (I would guess late thirties to early forties). It sort of put me off a little, because when the character talked about her recent college/ post bacc. years, it felt unbelievable.. but she is a great reader.

If you could take any character from Good in Bed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Definitely Canny, she seems like she would be a great friend to have, funny and candid.

Any additional comments?

I like the story, but the slow plot/character development took some getting used to. Overall, recommended!

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Amazing!

Any additional comments?

This was my fist audio book ever and it was such a pleasant surprise! I'm dutch speaking so English is not my mother tongue. But I had no problem to understand at all because the narrator speaks so clearly. I loved the story as well. There are a few unexpected turns in it, which I like. But then again maybe I'm a little prejudiced because Jeniffer Weiner is one of my favourite authors.

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Loved it

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

I really enjoyed this book! The narrator was really good. I felt everything, as if I was part of every scene...I laughed, I cried, I lived the moments.....

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Omg

this book was annoying AF.
if I ever meet Cannie in the street I'd slap some sense into her. I gave this author another chance and she blew it. Either that or it was the woman narrating who was annoying AF too.
Hated it.

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