|Good in Bed, by Jennifer Weiner
||[Jun. 13th, 2005|01:39 pm]
Title: Good in Bed|
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Genre: chick lit
Summary: It's about Cannie, the usual 20-something in these types of books, and pretty much everything about her is typical chick lit stuff. Overweight: check. Works in the journalism field: check. Weird/overbearing mother and the slew of best friends who get her through stuff: check. So yeah, it was pretty typical, until, like, half-way through where it takes all these weird turns...by the end of the book I was almost in tears. I don't want to spoil anyone in case they want to read it, but the last 100 pages have so many climaxes it feels like a roller coaster. The basic premise for the book (which you can read from the back) is that Cannie's ex wrote a column about her in some magazine called "Loving a Larger Woman." You can probably guess it wasn't very flattering. This is the catalyst for a bunch of events to take place.
Opinions: So I really liked it, and it was a good book to get your mind off of school and academia. It's no great piece of literature, but most of the things I read aren't. It's a good piece of fluff, one of the better chick lit books I've read. One of my favorite poems was even in it...Philip Larkin. Anyway, I picked up another one of her books, just because it was on sale at the bookstore. And of course this other book is being made into a movie with someone icky like Cameron Diaz. Fast read, good writing style, and funny at times, but not laugh-out-loud really. I found myself doing that thing you do when you encounter a big jerk...my mouth drops open and I say "Uh!" Anyway, I also almost cried a few times, which is rare for me and books. Sometimes the main character got on my nerves, but then again her being all dependent on this jerk guy, and looking needy and vulnerable was not very typical of these books. It was a little more realistic...although I would never want to see this guy that she was all obsessed with, but that's just me. I don't think the author was trying to portray women as just needing a man, because if you read the book you'll find out why, but the fact that her main character wasn't all "I'm every woman!" a-la Chaka Khan was interesting and different. Anyway, highly recommended if you need a break from cerebral stuff...