Book Reviews of Wifey

Wifey
Wifey
Author: Judy Blume
ISBN-13: 9780399152375
ISBN-10: 0399152377
Publication Date: 11/4/2004
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 51 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
The best part of Wifey was that it created a portrait of the typical 50's wife, trapped by a husband of the time period. Her situation was written so vividly, I could feel her angst. The husband's character is developed by the comments he makes to her which just made me sick. If you want to know why we had Women's lib...read this book to see what it was like in the 50's.
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Helpful Score: 4
If you like Judy Blume you will enjoy this book
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Helpful Score: 4
I am a huge fan of Judy Blume. This was the first of her "adult" novels I read when I was about 18 and I'll always be a fan.
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Helpful Score: 4
Strange book. I flew through it pretty darn quick. I didn't come to like the characters, didn't like what they did, didn't feel that all of those situations would come together like that at the same time... It was just weird.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a fairly racy book, but it has a great overall message! It's a fast read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the first Judy Blume book I've read so I'm not familiar with her other stories or writing style..
That said, I overall enjoyed the book. It was a quick & silly little read! Some explicit stuff but nothing too crazy.
I was a little annoyed with the ending but hopeful for Sondra as a character..
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Helpful Score: 2
There is something about this book that I just love. The main character, Sandy is endearing snd infuriating. The story is funny, yet heartbreaking. One of Judy Blumes best adult books.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wifey is about a woman who is tired of the same old routine that marriages sometimes fall in. This is a fast reading book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book. It was a bit spicey and provocative, but so very fun. The right blend of humor and sadness. Judy Blume at her best!
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Helpful Score: 1
Judy Blume is mostly famous for writing kids books. She is always a touch risque so 6th graders love her books. Are you there God? It's me, Margaret is a favorite one with girls.

Wifey is hilarious. It's not a children's book. Blume is Obviously making a little fun about the role of being a wife. You can read this in two hours.
This book is not intellectual; it's just enjoyable.
Sincerely,
Susan
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Helpful Score: 1
Incredibly lame. I don't know, maybe it was my frame of mind, but I could NOT get into it... lame, lame, lame... as for me I would say PASSSSSS, :(((
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed reading this book. Sandy is a very likable heroine...a nice upper-middle class housewife-with a dirty mind..put where children won't find it! Funny with the feel of real life-in the 60's
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This was one of the wort books I have ever read. So strange! The main character is in her 30 somethings but her inner dialogue is that of a 12 year old.Just plain weird and very preteen-ish. It was like reading a very sexual novel intended for a child to read. Gave me the creeps to be honest.
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Sandy Pressman-a very nice wife whose boredom is getting the best of her-became the touchstone for a whole generation, and the story of how she trades in her conventional wifely duties for her wildest secret fantasies is unforgettable.

A book that in the 1980s every eight grade girls was begging to get their hands on. A read this again recently and I can't believe I read it then. It is timeless and holds different meaning to ladies of all ages.
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Second time reading it and it was even better than the first! Highly recommended!
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought this book would be better this time...I'd read it years ago and re-read it. It just wasn't as good...times have changed.
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This was a very fast read. It was a pretty good book, a lot of sex though.
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I always enjoy a good Judy Blume book and this is no exception. It is a steamy adult book.
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I have read this book more than once. It's great!
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Written in the 70's about a woman unhappy with her marriage and searching for herselfand the definition of a good "wifey".
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A bit old school, but still an entertaining read.
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Nice easy read about the some of the realities of marriage
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Great novel for a bit of female empowerment
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Sandi is a very likable character. A good read, but a little dissapointed at the end.
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Remember the kid your mom didn't want you to associate you with because she had such fun stories about sex?

Well, Judy Blume grew up & she's still got great stories told in a fall down laughing style.
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provocative and exciting!!!
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I could barely put this book down. It took me less than three days to finish it. Judy Blume really says what alot of people deny they are thinking. I was, however, a little let down by the very end. I thought it left room for possibility but kind of came to an abrupt stop. Very good though.
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I thought this book was going to be a bust becasue of the cover (it was a little dated) but it was awesome. I really liked the way that Judy Blume writes. I have never read her but I will continue to read her work. Good book!
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Maybe I'm the wrong person to review this book. It was obviously written for people like its protagonist: young, married, suburban, upper-class, emotionally stifled, stay-at-home white/Jewish mothers who feel trapped in loveless marriages. I, on the other hand, am male, 48, lower-middle-class but content with that, and with no ambitions of "social status," and reasonably healthy emotionally and in my relationships. I may also be reviewing this book in the wrong time. Wifey was published in 1978, and in its day maybe it was seen as potent social commentary, even enlightening and liberating for some people. Certianly its language and sexual prose must have been much more shocking then than now.

But to quote an old philosopher, I yam what I yam, and from my point of view, Wifey is an astonishingly bad book. I've never read anything else by Blume, but she has a glowing reputation with teenage girls and their parents. Based on that, I was expecting at least competent writing. But Wifey reads more like a 16-year-old's first effort at telling stories, using language effectively, and exploring adult feelings and sexual fantasies. That would be fine if the author *was* a 16-year-old, but this is Judy Blume, the acclaimed author.

Wifey almost completely lacks tension, foreshadowing, and the other literary qualities that turn narrative into drama. Little plot devices are introduced -- the motorcycle-helmeted visitor and the anonymous phone caller -- but never resolved or woven into the story so as to advance it in any way; they dangle loose in the void. Blume keeps reminding us that most of her characters are Jewish, but as with her plot devices, that fact just hangs in void, irrelevant to the story. Wifey's characters are so flatly drawn, so devoid of any real love or caring for anything but their own tiny concerns, that I had a hard time caring what happened to any of them. And perhaps worst of all for a writer, Blume's command of language is weak: she uses "phlegmatic" as a slur strong enough to induce tears, when as far as I know it is merely descriptive or at worst unflattering; and her attempt at introducing an artificial word (ductla) just doesn't work.

If Wifey is a fair sample of Blume's work, then I am mystified as to how she achieved such high regard as a writer.
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Fun Summer read!
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I enjoyed it, kind of strange, though.
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Nothing like a naughty housewife;) I couldnt put the book down once I picked it up. Judy Blume at her best.
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Loved it! I love all of Judy Blume's books, she is such a wonderful writer.
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I loved Judy Blume\'s writing style even as a kid. These books that she wrote for adults had me just as drawn in. This one is about a housewife with a very dirty mind and I couldn\'t put the book down. Read it in one sitting.
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What a book!!! Hard to put down once you start it!!
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Way Out there for me
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i absolutely loved this book. the things she got herself into! the way judy blume told the story was perfect. it was raw, real, and shocking at times but still great!
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Sexually graphic and dated to the 70's.
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This book was a good read, a little far fetched but still good.
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The "wifey" in this book is so annoying and makes the most asinine decisions that you just want to shake her. Since you can't actually do this, you may want to just throw the book across the room.

That being said, this fluff of a book is a fine summer read.

But if you want a truly great Judy Blume, get 'Summer Sisters' instead.

Happy reading!
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Funny yet raunchy.
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Wifey is a refreshing view of marriage in the 60's. Sandy's (the main character) view on the choices she has made and how she will change the course of her life now that she has made those choices is very funny and realistic. Even today it's a good idea to look back on how you got where you are today and where you will continue for tomorrow.
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This is not the Judy Blume of my childhood, but still very good.
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Another beach read :)
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This is definitely an adult book. Not to be read by children. Very hard to put down after I started to read it.
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Light reading, good book and a good summer read.
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A classic, somewhat smutty, and really funny.
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Judy Blume's first "adult" novel is the story of the perfect, obedient, wife with children. Sandy feels like her life is passing her by while she's carpooling, sleeping a separate bed from her husband, having sex on Saturday night & chicken every Wednesday. Frustrated, she fantasizes about the naked motorcyclist that drove by her house. Could he liven up her life; could anything ? Read it & see.
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This book is definately not for kids and is not the Judy Blume we are so familiar with! Sexy and rated R, but good!
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a very awesome read judy blume writes great adult books.. her childrens books are good too.. but this is a adult novel.. over 3 million in copy...
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Not for children! Not a typical Judy Blume book.
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I love it when Judy Blume writes adult novels. Sassy, sexy, and sensational.
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Another peek into a life like "Diary of a Mad Housewife"
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I enjoyed reading Judy Blume again. She has great teen books and this book is very good.
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Wifey is tired of chicken on Wednesdays and sex on Saturdays.
This morning the mysterious motorcycle flasher revealed himself to Wifey and brought her frustrations into rigid focus!

Wifey sees her wildest fantasies taking flight, and Wifey has an itchy--and uncontrollable--urge to catch up to them!
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I really enjoyed reading this adult Judy Blume book
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Wifey is tired of chicken on wednesdays and sex on saturdays. This morning the mysterious motorcycle flasher revealed himself to her and brought her frustrations into rigid focus!
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This is an adult book - don't let the author's name fool you.
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In one word - Crap!
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A great read!
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this book will take your breath away at some of the things done in here for it is so bold and daring. the characters are definitely on the adventurous side sexually.
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Judy Blume always delivers, just not like she did in children's books!
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4-stars. Overall a pretty good book. Should make for good discussion at the next book club meeting.
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Not what I expected, but interesting.
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This book was out there, yes but not the ending I wanted. Blume captivated me with her writing as always but I thought it was going to be a more exciting story. I could definitely relate as a housewife though lol
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A different kind of chick-lit. One of the more adult set. Wifey is Sandy, an extremely unhappy housewife whose kids no longer need her, whose husband works all day, but then expects dinner ready when he walks in the door and that is just the beginning of her issues. She feels unloved, not listened too and she has lost her way. Very much a coming of age story, one that happens in your early 30's not in your teens. I had to keep reminding myself that the story was set in the early 70's. That most husbands and wives have different expectations of each other in this day and age. At times it was hard to read, hard to relate to Sandy and even harder to grasp the ending.
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Great book, very suspenceful. I loved it.
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I tried to read this book twice and i still might but its very depressing to me...thought I'd graciously pass it on if you want to read it!
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Wifey is tired of chicken on Wednesdays & sex on Saturdays.
This morning the mysterious motorcycle flasher revealed himself to Wifey and brough her frustrations into rigid focus!
Wifey sees her wildest fantasies taking flight and Wifey has an itch - and uncontrollable urge to catch up with them!
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From the back cover: (By the way, this is definitely a LIGHT READ - great for a plane trip)
"WIFEY is tired of chicken on Wednesdays and sex on Saturdays. This morning the mysterious motorcycle flasher revealedhimself to WIFEY and brought her frustrations into rigid focus! WIFEY sees her wildest fantasies taking flight, and WIFEY has an itchy-and uncontrollable-urge to catch up with them"
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Great condition.