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In Her Shoes: A Novel Paperback – July 8, 2003
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Jennifer Weiner has a gift for creating characters who's greatest weaknesses are also what makes them so charming and likeable. In this particular book, the focus is on sisters, Maggie and Rose. Rose is the heavy set, intelligent, highly succesful one. Maggie, two years younger, is beautiful, outgoing, but not school or book smart (at first) and jumping from one job failure to the next.
The relationship between Maggie and Rose is at the crux of this book -- complex because of a difficult past shadowed by a family tragedy. Jealousy threatens to tear these two apart, particularly through an act of deceipt. However, these two sisters find out that the ties that bind them are stronger than anything threatening to tear them apart.
More than a Bridget Jones type story, this book will tug at your heartstrings, make you cheer for these likeable, perfectly imperfect girls all the way. Also parallel to the story is a Grandmother who links them to their past, and draws them toward a happy future. If you like happy endings, funny anecdotes, and great characters, this book is for you.
Weiner does such a great job of writing about human, likeable characters that I was completely caught up in their lives. As quickly as I read the book, and as anxious as I was to see how it all turned out, I dreaded turning the final page because I didn't want to let go of these characters either. To me, that is how I judge a good book. If the characters show up in my dreams or if I just find myself wondering about what happened to them weeks after I finished the book, then it is a winner on my list.
Good job Weiner! Can't wait for the next one...
Rose Feller is a 30-year old lawyer living and working in Philadelphia. Rose got the brains in the family (Princeton undergrad and University of Pennsylvania Law School), but not the looks (she's very large and very unstylish). Her entire life, Rose has had to look after her wayward sister. Maggie is very thin, actress pretty and very fashion conscious. But she also suffers from dyslexia. She is a user, and each scrape she gets herself into is more outrageous than the previous one. Rose is always the one responsible for picking up the pieces after each episode. It will take a major crisis for them to discover how much they love and need each other, and how well they compliment each other. Despite so many differences, both girls are looking for love, respect and a sense of self-worth.
There is enough high-drama in In Her Shoes for a soap opera. Rose and Maggie's mother committed suicide when they were young. Their passive father remarries a horrid, domineering woman they call the step-monster. Their father severed all contact with their maternal grandmother, and the girls are rudderless without nurturing, maternal guidance.
Jennifer Weiner is an extremely witty and talented writer. Even when situations are serious, her characters are able to find the humor in things. Weiner is especially good at self-deprecation. When one character starts getting cold feet about asking someone on a date, she writes "He'd been in a war; he'd survived a wife, he'd watched his son become a Republican with a Rush Limbaugh bumper sticker on the back of his minivan.Read more ›
Rose is the ugly-duckling who grew into a swan but doesn't quite realize it, while her younger sister, Maggie, has been the beautiful girl all her life who struggles with a learning disability and uses men to get by. The book takes such a personal look at the depth of two people that society fits into two typecasts: the older heavyweight, responsible woman in Rose versus the beautiful, spontaneous child-like qualities in Maggie. The themes can be recognized in every woman's life. We all know the girl who gets everything because she's beautiful but has deep rooted fears, or the woman who doesn't recognize her own spirit and beauty because she's grown up with poor self-esteem.
Rose and Maggie grow considerably throughout the book. I flipped through each page, rooting that each would find their way and become that better person that we all try to see in ourselves. I couldn't put the book down. This is the first time I have ever read a Jennifer Weiner novel, and this surely will not be my last.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Rose is a lawyer, she wants to exercise and loves romance books.
Maggie sings in a band and dreams her own dreams. Read more
I enjoyed this author's story and especially her writing about the Jewish culture. It was a fun read and entertaining. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Delilah
A wonderful story about sisters, family, life and love. Well written and executed by Jennifer Weiner, I definitely recommend it.Published 5 months ago by H. O'neill
Although I saw the movie, I really enjoyed the intimacy of the book. I highly recommend it.Published 7 months ago by leelee
I started out liking this book and thinking it would be good. However, the last quarter or so of the book fell flat for me. Disappointing.Published 7 months ago by Hawkshoe
I had seen the movie so it was predictable, the movie was better, still it was good.Published 7 months ago by Lauren M. Carollo
The sister relationship between the two girls is very much like myself and my sister. The characters are well developed and so real. A great read. Now I've got to see the movie!Published 9 months ago by Deborah Wynn-Saber