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Good in Bed Paperback – April 2, 2002
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A thing that aggravates me about reviews of this book is that many claim it's better than Bridget Jones because the character is heavier, a "real fat woman." I found Bridget a lot more likeable, regardless of her weight, because you got to see her standing by her friends. Cannie seems to have friends who treat her a lot better than she treats them, or herself. While I'm sure that the author saw Cannie as very kind, the glimpses of a loving Cannie are few and far between her monologues of self-loathing.Read more ›
Cannie is in her twenties, an averagely-successful journalist on a city paper, just taking a breathing-space from a three-year relationship with Bruce... and is fat. Which, she claims, does not bother her, though we, the readers, suspect that this isn't the case. Then the bombshell strikes: Bruce has just got a column with a popular national women's magazine, and his first column is entitled 'Loving a Larger Woman'. And guess what? It's about him and Cannie, to whom he refers as his ex.
Cannie has never thought of herself as a larger woman until this point. And the article is crueller still: it begins 'I will never forget the day I discovered that my girlfriend weighs more than me.' And finishes: 'Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in the modern world'.
Naturally, she is humiliated, and the relationship is now completely over. Too late, she reads the full article, only to discover that it wasn't cruel after all, that Bruce understood her insecurities and hang-ups only too well all along, and that he loved her regardless of them. Her weight was an issue with her, not with him, and his reference to loving her being an act of courage meant that she, not him, made it difficult for them to be together because she could never quite convince herself that he loved her.
This is an extraordinary article, written with sensitivity and feeling. So here's my first problem with the book: we're supposed to believe that Bruce is an insensitive, uncaring loser. Huh? The guy who wrote that article?Read more ›
Oh wait, as the author keeps telling us she's "funny" and fun to be around, although bitter would be a more accurate description of many of Cannie's not so funny one-liners. Cannie goes from being a promising character to a boring, self-involved, narcissistic, grating, selfish jerk. The author has the main character making so many one-liners it was hard to empathize with or get any real feeling of the character. When she was describing her relationship with her father all I could think was "okay, whatever." We are supposed to feel sorry for her because her father "forced" her to go to Princeton, and made her pay for some of her tuition. Cry me a river! She does a poor me story about her time at Princeton even though she got to write for the school paper and accomplished her goals.Read more ›
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The book was recommended by my cousin and I really enjoyed it. I couldn't put it down!!Published 6 days ago by Carol
I would say that this book is a solid 2.5 - 3 stars. It starts off pretty good--the background of the character is well-developed and the breakup feelings she experiences are... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Has all the elements of a good book. Great characters and humor and sadness and surprise. Enjoy and look forward to a movie or tv show ?Published 21 days ago by mama rock
After reading All Fall Down, which was excellent, I was excited to read another book from Weiner. However, I was doubtful after the first few pages that I would enjoy this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BB
Loved this book! I can relate to the characters and couldn't wait to read about what happened next.Published 1 month ago by Carrie
Good In Bed is the debut novel by Jennifer Weiner. It also started the trend in Women’s Fiction known as Chick Lit. I only recently read this novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Writer's Corner