I so enjoy Jennifer Weiner's novels. She makes me laugh as well as feel sad with the twists and turns she weaves into her stories. Her main characters are interesting and multidimensional and always learn something from the lives they lead. I can hardley wait to receive my next novel by her!
This was the first book I've read by Jennifer Weiner. I enjoyed it immensely. It was refreshing for the main character to be an ordinary woman with weight and self-esteem issues. I will definitely read more by this author.
I picked up this book at a half price bookstore and brought it along on a cruise. The cover read "great beach read" and so I thought I'd throw it in the bag for something "light" to switch to if my current book-club book got boring.
I couldn't put it down! I loved getting to know Cannie, the plus-sized main character in this book. She is smart, and funny, and like many of us, doesn't recognize her own value at first. As women, we put so much value on what size we wear that we often down-play and minimize how wonderful we truly are.
As a BBW myself, I was right there with Cannie, feeling shame about my body and feeling that perhaps I should settle for a man simply because he gave me attention. I laughed out loud at her comments in "fat class" to the skinny know-it-all nurse, and got misty as I read her realization that she wanted to keep her baby, with or without a man in her life.
A surprisingly thought-provoking, great read that would be fun to read with a group of girlfriends and discuss how society, media and our own idea of what is acceptable from our own family upbringing, shapes how women feel about our bodies and ourselves as a whole.
The beginning of the book is ok but drags to the point it makes it difficult to get into. Then it goes to a dark, unhappy place and stays there for too long. However the ending makes up for it and the end result is a relatively decent read. Good for the beach or poolside as it is easy to pick up and put down as needed.
Great book! This was my first Jennifer Weiner book I read and she is now one of my favorite authors. I really felt for Cannie while reading this book. It was refreshing to read about a normal woman with normal weight and body issues that most women face everyday. A great read!
This book had me from the very beginning. I had never read anything by this author and wasn't sure how I would relate to this book. Thing is, had this main character been about a man I would have swore she had writtne it with me in mind. I could so relate to this book.
The whole premise of the book is about the main character, Cannie, and her old flame Bruce, and how she asks him to step back for a moment in their relationship to regroup, only to have him leave and end it. This was her soulmate, the man she had always wanted, though he had his faults. She never realized just what he thought of her until the day she opens a magazine and sees an article by him titled "Loving A Large Woman". Needless to say, she is devastated. Thus begins her journey into discovering who she really is, and where she is heading. Along the way you get to meet her mom who has come out of the closet, a sister who can't decide what she wants in life, a doctor of a "fat clinic" who befriends her......and he is just her caring doctor, right? It is a humorous and wonderful story of betrayal, of self-reflections, and of Cannie self-analyzing herself and her life and growing because of it. Of a self-discovery of a person that she didn't know was there and what her selfworth truly is. A great story, a book that I highly reccomend!
It took a short while to get into, but glad that I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the book, and the different perspectives it showed of a larger individual's life. She showed a great sense of humor, which was refreshing. One of those books that once started had to finish pretty quickly. So give it a 4 stars!!!
Karen S. reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 3
Although I was initially put off by the title and cover photo to the book, I am really glad I ordered it. I listened to this on CD and thought it was a great read. The narrator has a really nice voice, the story is interesting, very poignant at times, quite humorous and it was easy to relate to the main character. I passed it on to my niece who loved it, too.
Amanda M. (amandamc) reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 3
Is NOT a dirty book, even though it sounds like it. Good self-esteem builder for the "larger" woman. I couldn't put it down. Strong story line that makes you feel like the main character is your best friend.
Sexy romp? Not at all. This is a story about the hard facts of life and how one woman handled what she was dealt. Inspiring, sad, uplifting, wonderful story. I relished the trip to and from work just to hear another chapter in Cannie's life. What a splendid book. Highly recommended.
Being a size 16 myself, I can really relate to Cannie Shapiro. I loved to read about her life and feelings. She is a dynamic character and her story, while not a fairy tale, is a very good story about life, loss and love. Very good book!
I really enjoyed this book. While not the most challenging read, it is certainly entertaining. The main character Cannie is very funny and sarcastic and even though some of what happened to her during the book was not super-realistic, a lot of it was true to life. It was great to see her really grow up throughout the book. A great quick read.
I am not Jewish nor am I overweight... Yet I found this novel fairly relateable and pretty interesting/entertaining. Extremely well-written, with fully fleshed-out characters. I did find ALL of the Hollywood storyline completely unrealistic, however. But overall, a good escape and a great insight from a talented writer.
This book was a super fast read. Very sweet story about a fat girl coming to terms with her body, her family, her career, her relationships, herself. Well written and inspiring, characters were relatable and funny. It is not rocket science, more like a beach read but good book overall.
While I was reading this book it was very humorous for me to be carrying around a very brightly-colored book titled, "Good in Bed". The title is rather misleading if you aren't reading the book, which brought about many curious questions to my tastes in literature.
I really enjoyed this book, mostly because Cannie was the perfect leading character to me. I've never related to a fictional character as much as I relate to Cannie and it was a very refreshing thing to see an author be so candid and honest about a plus-sized woman and her day-to-day struggles. Now, of course, we don't all have the luck that Cannie has when she meets and befriends a famous actress, sells her screenplay, and meets a financially stable Doctor that adores her...but it's still enjoyable enough for me to look past that and enjoy the book.
As a man, I like to read chick books, to help me understand a woman's perspective. I'll admit it, the "Good in Bed" caught me eye too. The author's plot has some surprising good twists & turns. It really helped me to understand how an overweight woman can struggle with her body, & how her body affects her self-image as well as how others respond to her & see her. I think other guy's would also appreciate a good story about a young overweight woman's struggles & joys in her relationships with others.
The Q & A section at the end was good to see who Weiner based her main characters on & why she chose some elements of the plot.
Overall: a good read.
Melissa M. (mamaguns) reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 2
This book was an inspiration to any woman who has felt less than amazing because of her physical state or her strange background! I laughed, cried, and felt like the author was writing about MY life in several places throughout the book. It was such a refreshing read - to remind ourselves that life isn't always sunny, but eventually the clouds give way and there's blue sky again! I've read this book at least three or four times now. I'm waiting on the second book with the character Cannie Shapiro now. Can't wait to read it and see where life has taken her now!!
I am somewhat surprised that I really liked this book. At first it seemed like a typical chick-lit: a girl crying over her ex-boyfriend and so forth. Towards the end, however, the book took a sudden turn and became an almost a self-help guide on how to re-discover the little things that makes us happy. The whole "you can't change the things that affect your life, you can only change how you react to them" would be something that you'd hear in a therapy session, but presented in this book, in its format, felt more like it was said to you by a very close friend.
I couldn't put this one down! Kept my attention and I could relate at times to Cannie. Not just for overweight women..but for anyone who has issues with self-esteem and want to know you can do whatever you want if you want it that badly!! I just ordered two other by this author since I liked her writing style as well.
I loved this book. I'm a huge Weiner fan, and for a debut novel for any author her talent for writing shines through. Weiner does a wonderful job of taking you into the mind of a larger girl and makes you laugh all the way through. It is definitely an escapist book with a little substance.
This was the first book that I read by Jennifer Weiner and it was really good. The title is catchy and the plot is even better ... I literally laughed out loud or chuckled to myself several times. It's a great fast and light read and it's really nice to have a heroine that doesn't fit into society's description of what is "norm" ...
I did not enjoy this book. I read it upon a recommendation from a friend, but I just couldn't get in to it! However, I was pleased with the ending. I will give the author another chance as I hope to see better novels from her in the future!
I really liked this audiobook. The story is plausible, the main character totally likable. And is very well written. I could totally relate to the protagonist, and sympathize with her. All in all, I really enjoyed this story.
I loved this entire story. There wasn't a point where I felt the author was just writing to keep the story going. I was completely drawn in by the main character, Cannie. You sympathized for her, you were honestly embarassed for her, and you genuinely felt protective over her. A great mix of heart, laughter, and tears.
I loved this book. I've never read this author before but now I would again. Cannie Shapiro is overweight, but has recently broken up with a man who writes an article basically about her and everyone who knows him and her, knows its about her. Its funny.
Heather C. reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
This is one of my all time favorite books ever. Sure, its chick-lit. But I felt the main character was someone I could be friends with and I just loved the story. In fact, I have enjoyed all of this authors books.
Katie J. (read4escape) - , reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
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This was the first book by Jennifer Weiner that I read. I laughed so hard at some points in the book that I cried (my family considered calling the paramedics). It is wonderful "chick-lit" that shows one woman's transformation from a lost little girl to a strong woman (with a killer sense of humor).
Audra G. (Audge) reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
Couldn't put it down. Jennifer has a real knack for character development and describing human relationships. Highly recommend this book along with it's sequal which I will post here when I am done reading!
Great story! The main character in the book, Cannie, is a plus-sized gal who has regrets about her leaving her boyfriend. An exciting change of events unfolds as she goes through life trying to deal with her loss, her weight, her career. Very intriguing read; I really felt for the her throughout the book.
Lyn - reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
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Good in Bed is the story of Cannie Shapiro an over-weight feisty and humorous reporter. After she initiates a break with her boyfriend of 3 years she reads an article by him in a national magazine about loving a larger woman. The article becomes the catalyst for Cannie to lose weight and get her old boyfriend back. Cannie has many funny and insightful moments which makes her story a pleasure to read.
I liked most of the book. I liked the plot, and most of the characters in the story... I just kind of felt that the main character did many stupid things that a normal person would have thought twice about (like sleeping with her jerk of an ex), and Cannie is so caught up in herself and the bad things that were happening to her at the end of the book I kept thinking that she was going to have a complete breakdown, and one of her friends should have put a stop to it sooner. It was frustrating to read as she kept spiraling down further and further in self pitty.
Maybe I'm missing something here, or a lot of somethings, but honestly I didn't find this one to be nearly what it's cracked up to be. I read it expecting...Well, y'know, a couple of feel-good archetypes smooshed together, with plot twists to crash into and cry over, but clear up in the face of Cannie's indomitable spirit, and obstacles that I could imagine throwing myself at with determination and good cheer aplenty.
It's like the skeleton of the story, the one that's never as important as the gist -or, perhaps, soul- were put in place with that notion, but with an undertone that I couldn't help comparing to something like She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
Everyone follows the motions, with a -somewhat- happy ending, but I was left with the same feeling of vague misery and slight repulsion. Nothing concrete enough to put my finger on, but enough to twist my mood a little whenever I think about it.
Maybe this is just my reaction to 'real' stories in general, and I'm better off sticking to unlikely and delightful, but I'm convinced that, somewhere, there's a middle ground that doesn't make me feel a little queasy.
Your personal life spread eagle for the whole world to read in GQ,,, your worst nightmare come true!
This is a funny-make-you-laugh-out-loud book that will keep you going from cover to cover. The star of the novel is a normal girl who leads a normal life. Until one day she finds her sex life public fooder for the entire magazine reading world to see. The culprint? Her ex, now an author for said magazine.
Add to the plot a newly "out of the closet" mother and you have one crazy story!
Enjoy it! I know I did and I read it in less then a weekend!
You'll think this is going to be a quick, easy travel or weekend read, but that is not the case. You can't help but be completely sucked into this one from the first page to the last, and in the end, you'll be wishing there was an immediate sequel, you'll be so in love with Cannie. If you are perfectly flawless, you won't relate to this book. The rest of us will most definitely find ourselves hidden somewhere in the pages.
I don't think this book lived up to all the hype that it received. As a plus-sized girl myself, the main character just annoyed me with how much she complained about her size and blamed her problems on it.
A wonderful story if your boyfriend ever made you feel bad about your body. It really gets deep into what defines a beautiful woman and makes you appreciate yourself for who and what you are, NoT what size your jeans are. I loved it.
Great book! It was really down to earth and believable. I was laughing and crying thru the book, it became something I didn't want to put down. I would recommend it to anyone who is unhappy with their body, or has ever been in a crappy relationship!
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I picked it up mostly because I kept seeing the author's name and so felt obligated to read at least one; I was quite rewarded. Weiner's writing is very clever and snappy, yet it doesn't insult the reader. She makes you care very much for her heroine; Cannie feels very real in her personality and in how she reacts to her situations. Unfortunately, those situations are cliched - not many surprises here - and the supporting characters are quite two-dimensional (the good guys are really good, the bad sympathetic yet unredeeming) and some of Cannie's adventures read more as a daydream than a realistic experience (what you'd want to have happen vs. what would). Give Weiner a truly-experienced story and I'll bet she'd knock it out of the park. Regardless of the minuses, however, I recommend "Good In Bed", a very enjoyable read.
This book was so awesome! For anyone who has ever struggled with their weight, this is a wake up call. I identified so closely with this character that I actually cried while reading this book( something I never do). READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is such an endearing book! I loved it! I could not put it down! I cannot wait to read the others she has written. Jennifer is the every woman who is not a perfect size 4, 6 or even 10! I loved it. the story basically starts off with Cannie separating from her boyfriend of 3 years. She finds out that he has written an article about her and its title is no less then "Loving a Larger Woman" can you imagine what life is like after someone actually writes about you like that? Its not enough she has dealt with her size on her own, but to see it in print and have her intimate details out for the world to see! She begins a remarkable journey that doesn't end in the perfect ever after, but still good enough that we can wake up tommorrow encouraged by the fact that it is another day and a new adventure awaits... Its up to you to make it a good or a bad day...
This book was flat-out wonderful. I loved watching Cannie deal with her demons - her absentee father, her cad of an ex, her weight issues, her arch enemy in the newsroom, her well-meaning but quirky friends - and to handle them with real, honest-to-God humanity. This is not a plastic character who bounces back from mistakes like she can handle anything. How refreshing! This is a character who is so REAL, I wished I had her phone number.
As a larger woman, I thought that because of size alone, I would relate to Cannie. Truth is, I think any woman can relate to Cannie. Her ups, her downs, her view of her body and her life - she is pieced together by all the women in the world. Her journey, from heartbreak to job success and back again, sweeps you up and refuses to let go until the very end. This book is one of the best I read this year, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Cannie is a 28-year-old Philadelphia Examiner reporter preoccupied with her weight and men, but able to see the humor in even the most unpleasant of life's broadsides. Even she is floored, however, when she reads "Good in Bed," a new women's magazine column penned by her ex-boyfriend, pothead grad student Bruce Guberman. Three months earlier, Cannie suggested they take a break apparently, Bruce thought they were through and set about making such proclamations as, "Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world." Devastated by this public humiliation, Cannie takes comfort in tequila and her beloved dog, Nifkin. Bruce has let her down like another man in her life: Cannie's sadistic, plastic surgeon father emotionally abused her as a young girl, and eventually abandoned his wife and family, leaving no forwarding address. Somehow, Cannie stays strong for family and friends, joining a weight-loss group, selling her screenplay and gaining the maturity to ask for help when she faces something bigger than her fears. Weiner's witty, original, fast-moving debut features a lovable heroine, a solid cast, snappy dialogue and a poignant take on life's priorities. This is a must-read for any woman who struggles with body image, or for anyone who cares about someone who does. ~ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
I have fallen in love with Jennifer Weiners style. I saw so much of Cannie in myself it was almost uncanny (no pun intended) at times! I too am a larger woman and this book taught me that larger women are indeed capable and deserving of love and the good things in life. I related to these characters and this story. Extraordinary things happen to Cannie, all of them of her own making and because she always has the power, even when things go wrong, to look on the bright side and revel in the love of her family and friends. Despite the fact that this review sounds like a gushing teenie-bopper drama, the book is anything but and is a must-read for any woman who has ever had self-esteem doubts.
I have to say that this book was a pleasant surprise! Several of my younger friends had read this book over the summer, and I just didn't expect to like it that much. I didn't expect to really like the main character, Cannie, so very much. It's a wonderful story about learning to love who you are no matter what your size. And some of the writing is just down right, raucously FUN!! I laughed out loud on several occasions loud enough that my coworkers were peeking around the corner of my cube to see what got me so tickled! Treat yourself to this book!
This book is better than I expected. I thought it would be a nice, fluff read. Although it was indeed an easy read, it is actually a well-written, insightful and extremely funny book. There is quite a bit about sex -- as is suggested by the title -- but I believe the title is misleading, as the book is more substantive than the title would have one believe. I would say that the book is more about a funny, intelligent girl with a weight problem, who has her share of neuroses and is trying to make her way in this crazy world that we live in.
I have not read a book in quite some time that I enjoyed as much as this one. I literally read it in 3 sittings. All 375 pages. I laughed and cried throughout the entire book. It is a book that most of us can identify with. I can't wait to read more of Jennifer's books.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I took it with me for a four hour flight and couldn't put it down the entire time. I actually was mad when the plane landed because I was so close to finishing.
I absolutely loved this book. The main character Cannie was such a breath of fresh air. It was nice to see the main character be a woman who was not perfect looking and had issues with her appearance. I think that most women could relate to her. She was real, honest, and someone that if she was a real person, I would want to meet. This book made me cry, laugh and just get angry, just like Cannie did. I think that anyone who reads this book will enjoy it just as much as I did.
This has got to be one of my all-time favorite books. I could read it over and over again... there are times when you cry with Cannie, some times when you want to shake her, and times when you laugh with her. It's an easy read with a hilarious story and tender moments, I love it!
This was one of the first chick lit books I read and my sister told me I'd laugh my way through it. Sadly, I didn't -- perhaps because I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and that scene in the bathroom hit perilously close to home.
I love the idea of finding yourself the victim of someone's column, and the book was fun, but I found it cliched in places where it really didn't need to be.
Danielle reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
This is such a great book. I'm a new reader of Jennifer Weiner, and I'm already hooked on her characters. The characters really come alive in her story and you feel connected to them. I highly recommend it.
LOL and cried as well in several spots. Being a large woman this book touched many personal awful scenarios for me. Wish I'd read it when I was a young woman so relevant. Now at 72 I can only wish I'd had this example when I was younger.
Well written and other than being embarrassed by the title and not wanting to carry it with me, I found the book was an enjoyable read. Highly recommend, especially if you want light reading.
I loved this book! Quick read. At first I thought Cannie was a ... uh ... you know ... the B word, but as I got to know her and her family (can you say Dr. Phil Show dysfunctional?), I understood where she was coming from. Good palate cleansing.
I really enjoyed this book and the story about a woman who is not a six 6, or even size 10. Getting over a jerk of an ex and going on to be successful and find happiness even through a very difficult time was inspiring and interesting reading. Couldn't wait to see what happens next. This is a great chick book and a good, entertaining read. Loved it.
This book was so great! It really kept my interest the whole time. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. I wish I actually knew someone like Cannie. She was so smart and witty! Loved her sense of humor!!
My only problem with this story that I kept asking myself was "Why does she love this Bruce guy?" He was obviously a pot smoking loser. I just didn't see why she wanted to be with him so much. He wrote such nasty things about her in his magazine column and he obviously didn't love her back. Just never got that aspect of the story. Other than just being insecure about her self and her low self-image and having daddy issues. I just couldn't relate, I guess.
Other than that, I thought it was a wonderful story about a insecure woman who had had some terrible bad luck and some tough decisions to make about her life. I loved how it ended and I would highly recommend this book to any of my friends.
Good in Bed is the first book I finished by Weiner. It was a little slow starting for me. I finally got into it and I actually liked the book. I found it weird that this woman kept calling herself fat. Maybe I miss understood, but I thought she said she was a size 16. I don't think that is fat. I am smaller than a 16, so maybe I don't get it. Other than that, I thought the book was good.
Wildly funny and surprisingly tender. Overflowing with colorful characters, from Cannie's bitchy co-worker to her late in life lesbian mother to her rat terrier dog named after an unmentionable body part. And of course there is Cannie herself-a very real woman whom you'll cheer for right up to the last page.
I love this book. Candice Shapiro is every plus sized woman's hero! Her sharp wit and sense of humor make this book one good read. Jennifer Weiner is an excellent writer and has inspired me to take writing classes. Thanks Jennifer, yet again, for another great book!
Hands down my favorite Jennifer Weiner book. I love everything about Cannie Shapiro; it feels like Jennifer poured her heart and soul into Cannie's character. I have read this book at least 5 times and I love it even more each time. I think it's awesome that Cannie is the kind of woman who takes life on the chin and keeps going. She's an inspiration to me!
Camilla D. (cammied) reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
Fantastic book! Made me laugh and made me cry. Could not put this book down! Almost hate... No really hate the idea of reposting this book but it has to be shared. It's that good. As a former larger woman I could absolutely relate to her main character but I believe any man or woman can feel a relation to her pain and joy and enjoy this book!
I love, love, loved this book. It was refreshing to see a heroine who was reflective of my life and experience, and who wasn't a waif. Her problems were those that I have had and struggled with as well, for the most part. This book was wonderful. I laughed and I cried. I look forward to reading more from this amazing author.
This book is fantastic! I laughed out loud, I cried, and I smiled through my tears. A must read for any women that has ever felt fat or left out. For anyone who has ever dumped a guy then then worried they'd never find another. For anyone who just wants a great book to read!
This is about getting through life's ups and downs, learning to ask for help when you need it, and learning to love yourself exactly as you are. Not a self-help or preachy kind of book. Good in Bed just tells the first person account of "Larger Women" and how she gets on with her life.
Starting to think that Jennifer Weiner simply cannot write a bad book. Love this one! Can't wait for my copy of Certain Girls (Cannie Shapiro, Book 2) to arrive in the mail. I started Good In Bed and was completely hooked. Stayed up until 2:30 in the morning to finish it. Great Book! Bring the tissues...
I thought this would be a light, fun, chic-lit book, but it turned out to have a lot more going on.The main character has some issues and there's quite a bit of exposition on them before we get to the happy ending we know is there. Pretty fun to read, though, overall.
I did not expect to like this book but I adored it. It's so much fun to read that when I finished reading it, I got my mom and my sister hooked on Jennifer Weiner. You'll like this even if chic-lit isn't your cup of tea.
Fun, descriptive, insightful. Some implausible scenarios, but overall a good read. I did skip a chunk in the middle and caught up with no trouble later. Interesting thoughts about being "a larger woman". Now I want to go to Philadelphia for the good restaurants!!!
I really liked this book...I actually like everything Weiner writes. Her stories are non-fiction, but at the same time they are stories people can relate to. I found Kat (the main character in this book) to be likeable and very realistic. She is flawed, but still beautiful. Her story made me laugh and cry. This book was great!
Great book about a young woman who finally comes to terms with not only her size, but her self-worth. Will re-read, and have given copies to my sisters. It is not about the character's size or weight, but the fact that she realizes that she is worth morethan previously thought, even though the people that she holds most dear may not realize it.
After several chapters, I could have sworn I'd read this before. I don't know if I had started it once and put it aside or maybe it's the predictability of the plot, but there's a lot of familiar story lines and some pretty unbelievable twists. Unbelievable in that no one's life is that lucky. Guess that's the beauty of fiction! Great for those lazy summer days when you just want to read without thinking much about it.
Mandy D. reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
I made the mistake of trying get through this in audiobook format. Not my best choice. I would bet that this book is easier to get through if you are actually reading a hard copy. However, the narrator in the audio version is so whiny that it made it difficult to listen to. I don't often listen to books on cd because of that very reason. I hope that others have a better experience of this one than I did!
I liked this book a lot. I have read most of her books, and I really like the way she describes characters. This book is funny and real. I think anyone could relate to the feeling of not being wanted and the feeling of not being in control and just flying by the seat of your pants.
At first, I cringed at Cannie's behavior with her ex, her insecurity, her desperation for approval from her father, and was a little put off because I had this notion that a heroine in a novel should be, well...heroic! Better behaved and wiser than myself in ways I aspire to. Then I realized the reason Cannie is so relatable is that she is an everywoman, who makes the same mistakes and thinks the same thoughts as everyone else does. I ended up rooting for her and was sorry the story had to end, although I'm not sure I liked it as well as In Her Shoes. Regardless, a great story by an author who seems to "get it."
Gosh, not quite sure what to say about this book. It took me forever to get into it. The book went on and on about how miserable Cannie is as a "fat" woman. After just 10 or so pages, I was tired of hearing about her being fat. I forged on and ended up finishing the book. By the end, I had a little more sympthy for Cannie and was impressed by her willingness to search for happiness and eventually find it. She was likable By the end of the book.
I have the second book in this set, "certain girls", but hve chosen not to read it. I have listed it on this site and another reader has requested it, so out of my house it goes. This is the first author I've read in a while that I won't be reading any more of her books.
Sandra B. (sandramb) reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
This was an amazingly written story about a wonderful 'plus' sized woman who goes through a lot. It was a really well written; i cried, i laughed, got pissed, i got happy! All in all I am super happy that I choose this to add to my bookshelf. I just picked up the second on "Certain Girls" and I am already deeply emerged within it's chapters.
This was a pretty good book, but I just couldn't get into it. I can't really pinpoint what it was but there was nothing to keep me from putting the book down. Usually, if a book is good, I can't stop reading it, so in 2-3 days max, I'm done. This book couldn't keep my interest and it took about 2 weeks to finish and even then I was forcing myself.
This book wasn't a total loss and it made me laugh once or twice. I give the book 3 stars because it was decent, but not one I would ever remember to recommend to anyone.
On a seperate note, having this book in my living room when company came over raised a few eyebrows. The title was a great conversation piece.
This book is definitely chick-lit, but it wasn't all light and fluffy like I thought it would be; instead it got pretty deep towards the end, tackling some serious issues. I wish I could tell you what those issues are, but that would seriously spoil the whole thing for you should you decide to read it.
Cannie Shapiro is an overweight journalist struggling to get over her ex-boyfriend. Along the way she joins a weight loss study, meets celebrities (as part of her job), travels to Hollywood to sell a manuscript, still struggles to get over the ex-boyfriend, tries to make sense of her father's abandonment, and then some bigger things happen. Remember the issues I can't tell you about? Well, it's big and serious, and executed excellently.
Weiner is a great writer. And I don't just mean in the "good descriptions and character development" way, though she does that well, too. More importantly, Weiner knows how to write a humorous novel while simultaneously tackling a serious woman's issue and have the ending wrap up in a satisfying, not cliché way. In case you haven't guessed, I was very impressed with the way Weiner took a traditional chick-lit topic and used it to tackle a more serious plot.
The book is almost ten years old (omg, where did this last decade go!?) so the references are outdated, but it was fun to look back at them. Overall, I'm glad to have finally read this!
Good story. I enjoyed listening to Paula Cale. Cannie was annoying at first, but if I was in her shoes I would probably have acted the same way. She developed into a stronger woman as the story went on, and I am happy to report that it ended just as I had hoped it would. :)
For the record, this is the abridged version. I am glad I read the book first. The person who narrated the story has the most irritating nasally voice. UGH. I almost stopped listening to it half way through, but I love the book and wanted to hear the ending.
I would recommend reading the book. NOT listening to it.
My least favorite Weiner book. Though it does deal well with women off different sizes and our self-consciousness, a lot of the characters were unbelievable and distracting. Entertaining, none-the-less.
This is one of my most favorite books I've "read" lately. I will say that I didn't love some of the way it was read, but the story is so worth it. I was listening in the bath and it got so good that I had to stay up until 3 a.m. to see how it ended!
Much different storyline than I first suspected. Author kept me listening and interested. A bitter woman starved for her Father's love and attention. I related to her. I can't say I enjoyed her story but it was so well written and full of interesting characters. The story built up to a satisfying ending.
I've read this book twice before - and it's a fast chick lit read. The ending part with The Pusher gets me every time, though, overall, it is not a book worthy of deep emotions. It is rather implausible and the main character is, well, selfish and just doesn't seem like that good of a person, though she is supposed to be - or maybe it's just that I shouldn't have read this book more than twice because I am nit-picking now. I know I really adored it the first time I read it... and I am still looking forward to the sequel...
LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I identified with the main character and found myself rooting for her the whole time. I thought it was funny and sweet. I also liked the other characters in the book. I thought the story was interesting pretty much the whole way through.
I find Jennifer Weiner's book fun and easy to read. I become involved with the characters and want to know what's going to happen next. This one kept me going to the end. It's not the kind of book you can't put down, for that you need to read "Water for Elephants" but it is worth reading for something light and fun.
I have read a lot of good things about this author, so I decided to read this book. It started off extremely slow and at point I thought "I just don't want to read this anymore". It was so boring!!! Once I hit chapter 9 and then on after, I couldn't put it down!! It was such a great story from chapter 9 until the end. I wanted to scream, I cried, I got mad, I was happy. It was incredible writing, it was like 2 different people wrote the book because it got amazingly great at the end. That's why I never put a book down no matter how bad I may think it is, it always surprises me how good it can actually get.
a must read if you like her boks...this is the first, so if you like following novels...start! This is about a twentysomething overweight woman dealing w/ boyfriend issues and career cjoices...but it all works out somehow for Cannie!
Anonymous reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
I couldn't stop reading this! I love Jennifer Weiner and this was no exception. Her characters are so likeable, flaws and all, I always feel like they could be a friend I know. Can't wait to read the sequel.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! I loved it. There were parts that made me laugh and parts that made my cry. This author really knows how to write a good book that pulls you in from the first chapter!
What I liked
1-It was entertaining.
2-Quite often, I found myself rooting for her.
What I didnt like
1-I couldnt relate to Cannie (main character). She seemed juvenile based on how I was at the same age.
2-I couldnt suspend my disbelief for some of the events. They seemed to good/bad to be believed.
Its not terribly complex so I would recomend it to those that just want to 'go away' for awhile.
I loved this story! Being someone of NOT the supermodel build... Cannie's journey was so true. I know how she felt as I have been there too. Wonderfully written and a good paced book. I so recommend it.
not at all what the title would suggest, this book is about relationships, maturity, and success as the best revenge. Cannie, the main character, has an ex boyfriend who writes a column called "good in bed". after she breaks up with him he begins writing columns about her starting with one about what it's like to have a fat girlfriend. she's humiliated as her friends and associates recognize the subject as her. loved it. highly recommend.
This book reminds me of an easy, beach book. However, Jennifer Weiner is not just a fluff writer. Her characters are very in depth. The story takes many wonderful twists and turns. I found myself laughing, smiling, and crying. This book is a fantastic book and what a way for her to begin her great writing career.
This was by far the best book I had read in a long time! I enjoyed the frankness of the struggles the character went through with family, weight, her age, etc....I read this over 5 yrs ago and have been searching for a book as good since!!@!!
This is another good one from Weiner. I don't think it is her beat but very enjoyable none the less. Cannie is funny and sweet and I found her to be entertaining enough to hardly put the book down. A fun read for sure!
This is my first Jennifer Weiner read and I'm hooked! I hope there is a sequel to this book, because I love the main character Cannie. She is SO real. There is a bit of her in all of us. You will not be disappointed.
This is a fun book. A light easy read and I would definately suggest reading the follow-up, Certain Girls. There are lots of twists and turns that keep your interest peeked and keeps you thinking about your next chance to sit and read for a while.
This book is exceptionally cute and is a great read for anyone who is interested in chic-lit. I picked the book up not knowing anything about the author and am really happy that I did, it keeps your interested and entertained the whole way through. As a matter of fact we now have a kitten named from the book due to my husbands sense of humor. I am sure it will be enjoyed.
This was a great read for anyone who has ever struggled with weight issues...it deals with real life feelings of Cannie Shapiro. Weiner does a great job incorporating laughter, tears, and true feelings in this wonderful tale of a Philadelphia writer.
A great book from the perspective of a larger woman in "real" terms of life. I've been through a lot of what she went through and I felt I could relate to her - it made reading the book quick! A great book.
From Publishers Weekly
It is temping at first but unwise to assume Candace Shapiro is yet another Bridget Jones. Feisty, funny and less self-hating than her predecessor, Cannie is a 28-year-old Philadelphia Examiner reporter preoccupied with her weight and men, but able to see the humor in even the most unpleasant of life's broadsides. Even she is floored, however, when she reads "Good in Bed," a new women's magazine column penned by her ex-boyfriend, pothead grad student Bruce Guberman. Three months earlier, Cannie suggested they take a break apparently, Bruce thought they were through and set about making such proclamations as, "Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world." Devastated by this public humiliation, Cannie takes comfort in tequila and her beloved dog, Nifkin. Bruce has let her down like another man in her life: Cannie's sadistic, plastic surgeon father emotionally abused her as a young girl, and eventually abandoned his wife and family, leaving no forwarding address. Cannie's siblings suffer, especially the youngest, Lucy, who has tried everything from phone sex to striptease. Their tough-as-nails mother managed to find love again with a woman, Tanya, the gravel-voiced owner of a two-ton loom. Somehow, Cannie stays strong for family and friends, joining a weight-loss group, selling her screenplay and gaining the maturity to ask for help when she faces something bigger than her fears. Weiner's witty, original, fast-moving debut features a lovable heroine, a solid cast, snappy dialogue and a poignant take on life's priorities. This is a must-read for any woman who struggles with body image, or for anyone who cares about someone who does.
This light-hearted book takes us on a journey through the love life (or lack thereof)of a reporter with screenplay ambitions. The book is written in first person as Candice shares her inner-most thoughts about her ex-boyfriend, Bruce, who is also a writer. Bruce decides to write about their past relationship to all his readers, beginning with an article titled "Loving a Larger Woman". Candice's sense of humor helps to balance many obstacles that arrise. If you want a quick read with a chuckle along the way, this book fits the bill.
First novel with only a few tiny uneven spots such as the dialog between superstar actress Maxie and Cannie the main character. Gives you enough action without shorting readers on the description. Is really a good romance that has you thinking about how people's childhood experiences affect them forever. Cannie ends up with the good guy in the end but not how you expected it to happen. Highly recommend. You will laugh out loud AND cry.
This book I started to read but it got off so slow that I handed it off to a friend to borrow. After a while I asked if she was actually reading it and she said "Omg you should have kept reading right after the slow part it got so good!" and so I snatched it back and finished reading it. Yes it was good. So much drama in this young lady's (main char.) life it's sad but in the end... well I can't tell you what happens in the end haha!
I got this book after my Mother's Group recommended it and I am glad I did - fun and fast read, Weiner is a likable and realistic character (though her story of success is not typical - though I won't give away what it is!)
I couldn't put this book down...b/c it's wishlisted and I wanted to pass it on and get a credit! Despite the hype I was very disappointed. It was refreshing to read about a "heavy set" heroine, but the story as a whole was over the top and not believable.
I tend not to read the synopsis on the back cover before diving into a book b/c it often contains too much of a spoiler for my liking. Instead, I take a peak after reading the first third or so of the book. True to form, the synopsis speaks of her trip to Hollywood and back - something that doesn't take place until well into the second half of the book.
This was a fantastic story! My only complaint was how often the narrative would suddenly cut to something that happened in Cannie's past. They were important parts to know, but the transitions weren't always the best.
It was an all right book. I thought I would laugh more than I did, which I don't think was at all. There were quite a few parts in Cannie's life that I could relate to, so I was in tears for a few parts. Overall a good book
This was a great book. The only thing that bothered me about it was that....well, actually I can't say it w/out ruining it. So...anyways...it was a really great read. There was just one unexpected thing that was not written on the outside of the book that I wasn't looking forward to but it's ok. LOL
For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as a pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. Shes even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.
But the day she opens up a national womens magazine and see the words Loving a Larger Woman above her ex-boyfriends byline, Cannie is plunged into miseryand the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and what she can become.
A great book, I highly recomend. The day Cannie Shapiro opens up a national womens's magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend's byline, Cannie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life.
I loved this book. Cannie Shapiro who is a little heavy and her boyfriend decide to take a break in their relationship, but she sees a column in a major magazine written by him saying "Loving a Larger Woman". From that moment on it is Cannie's desire to not only get even with this old boy friend, but to lose weiight and make him jealous because she will be so model skinny! But wait - there is a bun in the oven. How does she handle this?
I really enjoyed this book. I have read other books by Jennifer Weiner and liked them, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The story did not go where I thought it was headed, and it kept me reading to find out more.
OH MY GOODNESS! I am so emtionally connected to this book, I do not really want to give it up! It is a story written with such wit and hubris. Cannie Shapiro is the main character, but she could so easily be any young woman trying to make a life for herself. I connected to this character in so many ways. I did not want to put it down and was sad when it was over. I am ready to read all of Jennifer Weiner's books!
Weiner's NYT best-selling novel is about a "plus-size" reporter who finds that her ex-boyfriend [also a reporter] is publishing a widely-circulated monthly column about his relationship with a "Larger Woman". Besides the fact that from the first page I was just as outraged as she, some of her ways of thinking and interacting resonated with me and yes, I fell deep into a beach-read. I was skeptical mid-way through, but somewhere along the way I learned to love this book, though that was in no small part because the title freaked my father out.
While this book is a tad bit more racy than the books I normally read, the back story totally makes up for it. In this book you will find a character that every woman can identify with. A wonderful read.
Predictable or no, this book did something to me. As a fat chick who's been a fat chick for 35 years, this book told me that it's ok to accept myself for who I am regardless of what anyone or everyone else thinks of me. I'd recommend this book for anyone who has trouble with self acceptance.
Cannie (yes, Cannie) Shapiro has made a sort-of peace with her plus-size body, until the day she opens up a national women's magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend's byline. Cannie is plunged into misery, yet it's the most amazing year of her life. She plots her revenge, faces her past and looks forward to the future.
This was a great book, funny yet easy to relate to as well.
Cannie opens a national women's magazine and sees a story called "Loving a Larger Woman". The story is by her boyfriend! (Well, okay, they were "on a break") Enjoyable story, some parts are a bit over the top... the pusher... for example.
Great book! I was sucked in from the first page, and finished it pretty quickly. Cannie is a relatable lead character, because she is very human, not your average cookie-cutter picture of perfection. This was Jennifer Weiner's first novel, but you wouldn't know it from reading it! She's great at engaging a reader from the very start.
This was a wonderful story. Funny, dramatic and one every girl can relate to even if you aren't necessarily a "larger woman." We've all had our hearts broken and Cannie shows us it really all can be wonderful in the end!
Books rarely bring me to cry. This is the second book I've ever read which brought me not only to tears, but heartfelt sobs. Any book that can evoke that type of emotion in me gets my highest rating. A+++++ ! The end was the killer -- about the time the main character was raw and R E A L. The author has definitly walked in these shoes.
My first Jennifer Weiner and I had no expectations except to think this was a common Chik-Lit novel in the same vein of Jane Green or similar. But what I found instead was a very very good, thoughtful read. It is so much more than Chik-Lit. I really enjoyed this and am glad to have read it. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
L W. (xquisite) reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
This was a very quick read. Some parts are unrealistic and some minor repetitive details took away from the book but overall, it was a humorous and entertaining book. In terms of movies, this is your basic run of the mill romantic comedy.
I've heard alot about Jennifer Weiner's work, including the second novel of her's that was made into a movie called In Her Shoes. This book Good In Bed has as the heroine a true life woman who is "larger than life." It is refreshing to read a good story with a real woman as the center.
I was slow to like this book, but it is highly enjoyable. The character is believable even in light of some unbelievalbe events. If you are a woman who has ever been unsure of yourself, you will really like this book.
This is my first book by this author. Definately a good one. Not an easy beach read, very thought provoking. I silently cheered for the character when things were good, I cried when they were not. I hoped for her to get the things she so desperately needed.
This book deeply moved me and made me love myself a little bit more.
Title is deceiving..but it is an EXCELLENT book. Cammie and her family deal with complex issues and Cammie's struggle to deal with her plus size body is an excellent reflection of our culture's idolization of the model skin thiness. Fantastic book, especially for anyone that has struggled with trying to fit into the media hype of the perfect body!! And its a great funny read also..:) Warm, loving people.
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner begins with the main issue of body image. It gets sidetracked with a lot of other happenings like family changes, career changes, and personal changes. That initial focus on women dealing with body image get lost within a main character who sounds self-indulgent at times and a Hollywood plot that is a little too over the top. Perhaps, I over analyze, but this was not the book for me.
Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/10/good-in-bed.html.
Reviewed based on a publisher's galley received through NetGalley.
Well written & intelligent, but for at least the first half I was annoyed by Cannie's pining for Mr. So Very Wrong. Then I laughed, cried, and laughed some more, so by the end I really liked this book.
From Publishers Weekly
It is tempting at first but unwise to assume Candace Shapiro is yet another Bridget Jones. Feisty, funny and less self-hating than her predecessor, Cannie is a 28-year-old Philadelphia Examiner reporter preoccupied with her weight and men, but able to see the humor in even the most unpleasant of life's broadsides. Even she is floored, however, when she reads "Good in Bed," a new women's magazine column penned by her ex-boyfriend, pothead grad student Bruce Guberman. Three months earlier, Cannie suggested they take a break apparently, Bruce thought they were through and set about making such proclamations as, "Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world." Devastated by this public humiliation, Cannie takes comfort in tequila and her beloved dog, Nifkin. Bruce has let her down like another man in her life: Cannie's sadistic, plastic surgeon father emotionally abused her as a young girl, and eventually abandoned his wife and family, leaving no forwarding address. Cannie's siblings suffer, especially the youngest, Lucy, who has tried everything from phone sex to striptease. Their tough-as-nails mother managed to find love again with a woman, Tanya, the gravel-voiced owner of a two-ton loom. Somehow, Cannie stays strong for family and friends, joining a weight-loss group, selling her screenplay and gaining the maturity to ask for help when she faces something bigger than her fears. Weiner's witty, original, fast-moving debut features a lovable heroine, a solid cast, snappy dialogue and a poignant take on life's priorities. This is a must-read for any woman who struggles with body image, or for anyone who cares about someone who does.
For twenty-eight years, thinngs have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rate terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for the Philadelphia Examiner. She's even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. But the day she opens up a national women's magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend's byline, Canie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollwood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.
Sam D. (BookShopGal) reviewed Good In Bed (Cannie Shapiro, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
I'm going against the tide here, I though this book was horrible and couldn't even finish it. Too cliche and way too predictible for me.I was yearning for a main character that was a "real curvy woman", but this character jsut annoyed me.
Candace Shapiro, Cannie, who recently dumped her ex-boyfriend, Bruce, discovers, to her horror, that she is the star of his monthly Moxie magazine column, 'Good in Bed,' in which he writes, in detail, what it was like 'Loving a Larger Woman.' After reading the article, Cannie begins to feel that dumping Bruce was a big mistake and she desperately wants him back. A brief reunion with Bruce after his father's death changes her life forever. Cannie moves on with help from her family and friends. She enrolls in a weight management program, where she meets the wonderful Dr. K, befriends Maxi, a famous actress, sells her screenplay, and, eventually, gets over Bruce. This was another enjoyable book by Jennifer Weiner with great supporting characters, family, friends, and, of course, the dog Nifkin. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy happy endings!
Cannie Shapiro feels like she is coping pretty well with life. Sure, she isn't currently dating anyone, and she can't stand her mother's lesbian life-partner, and her father deserted the family and never looked back ... but she has a good job writing for the Philadelphia Examiner, good friends, a dog ... then one day she opens up a women's magazine and sees an article titled "Loving a Larger Woman" written by her ex-boyfriend. Cannie is devastated and humiliated. This is the story of Cannie's life starting from this point forward. It made me laugh and it made me cry - perfect "chic lit"! I liked that fact that Cannie has her ups and downs like a real human being, but she endures.