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Joan Benjamin, a plain and uptight secretary on Long Island, New York, is suffering an identity crisis brought on by a very bad week. Her ex-fiancéjust married someone else;she's lost her cushy overpaid job;and she's been kicked out of her apartment. All because of women named Jennifer! So when Joan learns that her parents almost named her Jennifer, she decides to transform herself into the ...
Joan Benjamin, a plain and uptight secretary on Long Island, New York, is suffering an identity crisis brought on by a very bad week. Her ex-fiancéjust married someone else;she's lost her cushy overpaid job;and she's been kicked out of her apartment. All because of women named Jennifer! So when Joan learns that her parents almost named her Jennifer, she decides to transform herself into the Jennifer she might have been. . .
It's Either Everything. . .
Armed with all the pop psychology she can get her hands on--and with the help of a dear friend who can recite Cosmo-style stats by heart--Joan sets out to cultivate her inner Jennifer: a sexy, successful belle-of-the-ball who's completely in charge of her professional and private lives.
Or Nothing At All.
But "Project Jennifer" is not a rousing success right out of the gate--apparently, even Jennifers can have bad dates and wardrobe malfunctions--but soon Joan begins to feel transformed by her new self. In fact, her Jennifer persona might end up teaching her a few unexpected lessons about life: like how to say "yes" to things you want and "no" to things you don't, and that just being yourself is enough. Even if that self is named Joan. . .
A clever, fun new twist on a story of a modern woman grappling with the very nature of who she is and why, Project Jennifer explores whether having the right name can really take you places. . .
Jill Amy Rosenblatt lives on Long Island, New York. Project Jennifer is her first novel.
Project Jennifer caught my interest since it is a story about my name and the sterotypes that are attached to it. After losing her fiancé, job and apartment to a Jennifer, Joan decides to transform herself into a "Jennifer"- the always in charge, confidant, successful woman who guys all want. Along the way, Joan learns that having the right name doesn't make you have it all. Through her Jennifer persona, she learns lessons about life, about herself and builds the confidance she needs to go after what SHE really wants in life. Her "inner Jennifer" character brought moments of humor. Overall, a great chick lit read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Joan knows Nietzsche the late nineteenth century philosopher is at fault that her former fiancé Michael, whose relationship skills are shallower than a wading pool, married the 'Jennifer', super person taking what she wants from the weak and meek. On top of losing Michael to a stronger predator, Joan¿s boss Fred Lutz, who attended the infamous wedding, fires her as she got the cushy job as a favor to Michael he needs to give the job to a friend of Jennifer. Finally affirming bad things come in three, her landlord Christine kicks her out of the apartment because she needs it for her recently married niece. --- Joan is sick of being kicked to the curb. She vows to become Nietzsche¿s superwoman a Jennifer. However as she asserts herself, her friends and her widow mom thinks she is turning into an aggressive bitch. After interviews with Attila the Hun, Felix Unger and Madam Van Winkle, she obtains a new personal assistant position to Tim Wells while Project Jennifer succeeds. --- This is an engaging chick lit tale with a deep message of ¿to thine own self be true¿, which fascinatingly mirrors the tale the heroine is at her most interesting as confused, flawed but likable Joan and at her least when she becomes a Jennifer clone. The support cast is solid especially her ex, her two best friends, her mom, and of course her image of the Jennifer. Although the tale loses some steam when Joan becomes superwoman Jennifer, fans will enjoy her metamorphosis while wondering will she revert back to being Joan who everyone admires. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2010
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Posted August 27, 2012
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