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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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"