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Good in Bed Paperback – April 2, 2002
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"A delight...a contemporary Cinderella tale told with intelligence, wit, and style." —New York Times bestselling author Susan Isaacs
"A crackling debut...Cannie emerges as one of the most engaging, realistic female characters in years." —Entertainment Weekly, Grade: A
"This season's beach-book Queen for a Day." —Janet Maslin, New York Times
About the Author
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
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However, it is not a story about the character(s) getting more confident in bed or being wanted, but about weight and physical appearance.I assume the title here was just a provocative teaser to get people to look at the goods, er, book.I read it in one go being sick at home all day, and I enjoyed it overall.
Finally, I can relate to some comments that Cannie is not a very likable character. For one thing, I wonder how a book character ends up with such a terrible (nick)name, what's wrong with Candace? Just joking. Still. For another, there's a bitterness underlying the great humor that I found a little disturbing. Voila. I read a couple of other Jennifer Weiner books, and my favorite probably is still "Then came you".
Cannie's weight -- what can I say? I read the shortened excerpt in Mode Magazine -- so I obviously related to the 'body-image' aspect of Cannie's hang-ups. My favorite part of the book was when she stood up and did her tirade at the nurse in the fat clinic -- I absolutely cracked up and called a friend to read it aloud.
At the beginning of the second half of the book, I was slightly annoyed at the very unrealistic turn of events (meeting Maxie, selling a screenplay, hobnobbing with stars, the whole Dr. K thing doesn't actually happen to many of us and I related so much better to the first part of the book) but -- isn't that the point? I mean, the book was entertaining, funny, sweet, tender and yes, a fantasy. It wouldn't have been nearly as interesting if Cannie went on like she was, pining for Bruce as he humiliated her in public on a monthly basis, becoming something of an overaged college-girl-never-reaching-her-potential with a funny dog. She grew up, 'came of age', whatever you want call it and in the end, got the sweetest revenge of all -- happiness and success.
Thank you Jennifer, for writing this book, I will eagerly await your next novel. As one of the reviewers mentioned was possible, I did stay up 'til exactly 2 a.m. this morning to finish it. Now, tired with puffy eyes (I cried a lot at the end) I'd better get to work.
I hope you don't change when you become wildly famous and successful -- you're a fabulous writer and judging from your wonderful sense of humor, I bet a fun person to know.