Certain Girls

Certain Girls Readers Fell In Love With Cannie Shapiro, The Smart, Sharp Tongued, Bighearted Heroine Of Good In Bed Who Found Her Happy Ending After Her Mother Came Out Of The Closet, Her Father Fell Out Of Her Life, And Her Ex Boyfriend Started Chronicling Their Ex Sex Life In The Pages Of A National Magazine 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 To The Tall, Charming Diet Doctor Peter Krushelevansky And Has Settled Into A Life That She Finds Wonderfully Predictable Knitting In The Front Row Of Her Daughter Joy S Drama Rehearsals, Volunteering At The Library, And Taking Over Forty Yoga Classes With Her Best Friend Samantha As Preparations For 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 Peter Surprises His Wife By Saying He Wants To Have A Baby, The Family Is Forced To Reconsider Its History, Its Future, And What It Means To Be Truly Happy Radiantly Funny And Disarmingly 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

Jennifer Weiner is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs Everything A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

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  • ebook
  • 384 pages
  • Certain Girls
  • Jennifer Weiner
  • English
  • 22 January 2017
  • 9781416561279

10 thoughts on “Certain Girls

  1. says:

    First off, let me start off by saying I m a big Jennifer Weiner fan Her books are the perfect in between books You know, those books that are light and fluffy reads and that are perfect to read in between serious books That s what describes Jennifer Weiner s books.Now, Certain Girls is a sequel to Weiner s hit novel Good in Bed In my opinion, there are three types of sequels The first type are those certain sequels that are great They are even better than the original novel and it tends to make them look better The second type are those that don t really make much of a difference to the original novel These are loose sequels They have some of the original novel s backstory, but not so much where it s absolutely necessary to read the first novel They can be read as stand alone novels Lastly, there are those sequels that are better in theory The ones that make the original novel worse Certain Girls , unfortunately, falls under the third category.I loved Good In Bed I thought it was a gem Certain Girls not so much First off, Cannie Shapiro the heroine of the first novel did a complete 180 It seemed like she went from three steps forward in the first novel and two steps back in the second She became this smothering, obsessive, character What happened to the witty, sharp tounged heroine from the first novel And Joy, her daughter, was obnoxious and bratty I know she s only twelve, but she was overly bratty It went to the point where I wanted to skip the chapters she narrated I didn t, but boy, did I ever want to And don t even get me started on the ending I m not going to say it, so that I don t spoil the book But the ending was majorly depressing and completely unnecessary.So, if you loved Good In Bed , do not read Certain Girls It will change you perceptions of the first novel and not in a good way Good In Bed should not have been messed with in this way Which is why I rate this two stars.

  2. says:

    I was very excited to finally read the sequel to Jennifer Weiner s best selling novel Good in Bed Weiner writes fantastic stories that are both funny and heart wrenching Not sure you ve heard of her In Her Shoes is another highly popular Weiner novel Good in Bed is the story of feisty Cannie Shapiro and her journey through weight issues, boyfriend problems, father daughter issues, dealing with her lesbian mother and single parenting Certain Girls is the story of Cannie Shapiro, than a dozen years later, told in alternating chapters from her POV as well as her daughter s POV Cannie is now happily married to a doctor, she is a successful author and very proud mother to her almost teenage daughter, Joy Her problems start about the same time she begins planning Joy s bat mitzvah party and her husband, Dr Peter K., decides he wants to have a baby Cannie struggles with the idea of using a surrogate Joy discovers the popular book her mother wrote ten years prior, a sensationalized version of her mother s life, and is traumatized after she reads it on the sly Enter the teen rebellion years and all of the horrors that come with it Things quickly slide downhill as the author throws a mish mash of new and old conflicts into the plot The first half of this book was delightful I laughed I cried I thoroughly enjoyed it and was able to relate to the characters I liked learning about the various traditions and planning that goes into bat and bar mitzvahs My heart ached for Joy when she made the decision to connect with her estranged maternal grandfather Like I said, Weiner is a terrific storyteller But the last 50 pages stunk on ice What is this author s aversion to giving Cannie a happy ending Count me in as another reader who is pissed off about the contrived ending of this book I have a bone to pick with Publisher s Weekly review of this one as a hilarious sequel.

  3. says:

    I procured an advanced reader copy of this title in a couple of days, being so excited for the sequel to one of my favorite books ever Cannie is a great heroine and I couldn t wait to revisit her 13 years after the birth of her daughter, Joy.While initially I was a bit disappointed, Certain Girls is a fast read, and anyone looking for a continuing story of Cannie, Joy, Peter and the rest won t be sorry While I don t want to give up any spoilers, I sobbed like crazy through my last half hour of reading, proving there s a lot of emotional connection to Jennifer Weiner s characters.I highly recommend Certain Girls to anyone who enjoys an excellent story, and encourage you to get to know Cannie first in Good In Bed.

  4. says:

    There are certain characters you never forget about For me some of those are Holden Caufield, Bridget Jones and Cannie Shapiro I read Good in Bed in college when it first came out along with my Good in Bed t shirt that eventually got so faded it looked like it said ood in Be but I digress I d loved the strong female message in the book and loved the idea of revenge on an evil ex However as I got older, the book started to mean and to me I read Good in Bed last week in preperation for Certain Girls and now being pregnant and married, the book had even of an impact Certain Girls was wonderful I flew through it in record time up until a twist three quarters of the way through that left me sobbing hey, I m pregnant and emotional and SPOILER ALERT begging my husband to please not die until after our baby is born He s perfectly healthy by the way The relationship between Cannie and Joy really resonated with me, I ve had a best friend relationship with my mom my entire life, but my mom and sister remind me of Joy and Cannie There were certain parts that I read that left me with a physical ache in my chest, because they were so familiar they were fights I had heard a thousand times Jennifer Weiner writes with such truth and love, it s impossible not to get swept up in one of her stories and find yourself comparing it to your own life.

  5. says:

    I actually did not finish this book I have been reading it for 5 days now and should be finished with it by now but am only on page 71 It is so slow, that I cant even get excited about reading it I will read the last couple of chapters to see how it ends Even if it is a book that I like, I can read the end and then go back and finish it.I have read other Jennifer Weiner books and really liked them, but I cant recommend this one.Okay I tried to read the last few chapters Then I came to the tragedy that others have mentioned in their reviews and that was it I put the book down and didnt even want to look at it again You see, I went through that same event two years ago and didnt want to read aobut someone else going through it.

  6. says:

    Good in Bed was such a toothsome piece of chick lit that I was very much looking forward to reading about Cannie However, Certain Girls is quite pallid by comparison Much of the earthy energy of the first book is missing, and instead this is an almost mediocre mom and teenage daughter story I say almost because Weiner is an entertaining writer who often throws a surprising insight or a fabulous one liner into the mix just as things are getting tiresome.Actually, the fabulous one liners themselves got a little tiresome after a while Folks were spouting them who had no right yes, we know this is one of Cannie s charms, but most folks aren t so clever with a bon mot, and so this novel often had a movie feel to it You know, the kind in which 13 year old musical loving boys make quips about fashion accessories yes, that happens, and it just feels so false.Despite the fact that Joy, Cannie s almost 13 year old daughter, is a fairly interesting character she tells her own story in alternating chapters with Cannie s , the elements of this novel the looming bat mitzvah, the troubles with fathers, infertility and surrogate pregnancy, mother daughter estrangement feel tired Fans of Good in Bed should read this, but they should set their expectations at a modest level.

  7. says:

    The novel Certain Girls continues the story of Cannie Shapiro, who we first met a decade ago in Good In Bed Cannie is now married to Peter and is the over protective mother of thirteen year old Joy The novel is alternatively narrated by Cannie and Joy I found this confusing because it isn t clear who is narrating the chapter until you get a few paragraphs into it The plot was predictable but the story was still enjoyable Although, this book isn t as good as Good In Bed I hated the ending It was extremely gloomy and depressing It seemed cruel and horrible to bring Cannie back and take away her happy ending like that 2.5 stars

  8. says:

    Wellwhat s to say about this book it s no different than any other book Jennifer Weiner has written Fat chick whining about being fat The first Jennifer book I read was In Her Shoes I read it because I saw the movie adaption because I love the actress who plays the older sister Being an only child I was totally enthralled by the relationship between the sisters in the book and the grandmother they didn t know I loved watching how both sisters transformed and became different women And I loved that the main character was a normal sized juicey woman like myself Smart, sassy, bold just like me So then I picked up Little Earthquakes Yeah, not bad Again, I don t have kids so it was really interesting to read the stories of four completely different women and how they handled becoming mothers By then I was totally sucked into Jennifer s world I picked up Good Night, Nobody next I was digging the whole city woman moving to the boring suburbs having to deal with all the prissy SAHMs who are the extreme opposite of our heroine women who feed their children only organic food and keep themselves dressed in the latest trends from Talbots and Anne Taylor I could totally commiserate with the heroine mom laid back in jeans and a t shirt, let s her kids drink juice boxes and have snacks with sugar in them And it was a fun book a mystery of sorts too But then I read Good in Bed and by this time I was really tired of reading the whining that all of Jennifer s fat chick character do about their fatness I m overweight myself, but I hope to God I don t complain like these women do Five books of reading about women complaining about their weight It gets annoying and old Really, really old.I completely skipped The Guy Not Taken I surely didn t want to read another book about a fat woman and her woes of being fat, and oh by the way here is the real plot of the book thrown in for spice This brings me right up to Certain Girls I needed some light summer reading after reading The Emperor s Children and Escape and parts of Stephen Kings Lisey s Story I figured what could be fluffy and light than a Jennifer Weiner book Plus I hadn t read one of her books in over two years, so why not give it a chance Right off the bat the complaining begins I know that book is a continuation of Good in Bed so I shouldn t have been shocked, but I wish Jennifer would get another schtick I like that her female characters are realistic women They re not super heroes, they re not skin and bones working for some ad agency or working for a TV program or working for some magazine literary giant who s a bit bitch Just normal women Yeah, we re all self concious about our weight But every chapter included Cannie s self conciousness about her weight and her daughter s self conciousness about having a mother who is over weight Great Who wants to read about that yet again By the end of the book even I was paranoid about my weight Am I that ugly Is the salesperson ignoring me because I m fatter than the clothes they sell Am I not as intelligent as that skinny girl over there The book was supposed to be entertaining But it wasn t So why did I finish it I enjoyed reading about Joy, the daughter when she wasn t complaining about her mom s weight Her complaining about her mom in general was fine what girl didn t complain or feel embarrassed about her mom when we were Joy s age 12 going on 22 Something that makes me chuckle I love the Jewish community in the book How all the kids go to a Jewish school, how they all attend each other s bar and bat mitzvah s How Jennifer throws in some yiddish here and there I like reading about that because it s not the life I have It s fun.Overall it s okay Don t buy the book, get it from your library.

  9. says:

    Dear Ms Weiner,Actually can I call you Jennifer How about Jen See Jen here s the thing I was really enjoying this book My daughter just turned 12 and every day I see the increase of the eye roll huff nothing s wrong I m fine So I was really quite delighted with the first part of the book Dee lighted And well I could identify with so much of it Which was great.Then you hit a bit of a mid book slump I don t want to lie I was a little worried But sure enough you picked it back up and moved it right along By the way, thanks for the heads up I will NEVER leave a credit card unattended or with an available balance in case my daughter decides it s time to take up traveling It was all going so well So wonderfully well and then..You just had to do it didn t you Jen You couldn t help yourself That horrible, awful thing that you did I was sure that if I just read a few pages there would be some punchline, a joke SOMEthing But it never came I wondered if this was it for us Could I go on with what you d done Let s be honest I m a tad compulsive about finishing books so it was going to happen of course I did And you, you wrapped this story in a beautiful bow and ended it in the most lovely, hopeful way imaginable I guess this means we re good.

  10. says:

    Our book club featured this book and when it was selected, I didn t care one way or the other, so went along with it After reading it though, I HATED it If you DO read it, don t read the ending It s lazy and a terrible shame that the author did what she did, the conclusion adds nothing to the story and drags the events out for dramatic effect If it were a movie, the audience would say a collective, oh come on What I felt was a C book used an F ending.To be sure skip the ending BUT I would recommend not reading the book at all The story flip flops point of view between two protagonists the mother and the teenage daughter The daughter s point of view is so rude and disrespectful that I wonder what the author thinks of teenagers in general It comes across as contrived and forced There s a passage where the daughter describes her mother, who is sitting cross legged, as having her boobs in her lap and it s comments like these throughout the book that would make the most normal of women self conscious about weight, with her constant retorts about her fat mother It s also very heavy with Jewish coming of age procedures which was a little weird for me as a non Jewish person, because a lot of the language was foreign and not explained and I didn t understand the relevance of the events Probably cool for a Jewish reader, but for those not familiar with terminology, it s one thing that makes the book difficult to become engaged in All in all, I found the hype to be undeserved, and I wish I had spent my time reading something else.

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