Certain Girls

Certain Girls

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Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner, Michele Pawk, Zoe Kazan

Readers fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the smart, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Good in Bed who found her happy ending after her mother came out of the closet, her father fell out of her life, and her ex-boyfriend started chronicling their ex-sex life in the pages of a national magazine.

Now Cannie's back. After her debut novel -- a fictionalized (and highly sexualized) version of her life -- became an overnight bestseller, she dropped out of the public eye and turned to writing science fiction under a pseudonym. She's happily married to the tall, charming diet doctor Peter Krushelevansky and has settled into a life that she finds wonderfully predictable -- knitting in the front row of her daughter Joy's drama rehearsals, volunteering at the library, and taking over-forty yoga classes with her best friend Samantha.

As preparations for Joy's bat mitzvah begin, everything seems right in Cannie's world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own conception -- the story her mother hid from her all her life. When Peter surprises his wife by saying he wants to have a baby, the family is forced to reconsider its history, its future, and what it means to be truly happy.

Radiantly funny and disarmingly tender, with Weiner's whip-smart dialogue and sharp observations of modern life, Certain Girls is an unforgettable story about love, loss, and the enduring bonds of family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743569866
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Series: Cannie Shapiro Series
Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
Pages: 5
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 1.10(h) x 5.40(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

Zoe Kazan's film and television credits include Revolutionary Road, August, In the Valley of Elah, The Savages, Fracture, and Medium. On Broadway she has been seen in Come Back, Little Sheba, and Off-Broadway in Things We Want, 100 Saints You Should Know, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Hometown:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth:

March 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

De Ridder, Louisiana

Education:

B.A., Princeton University, 1991

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Burtnee06 More than 1 year ago
I adored "Good in Bed" and was excited to see a sequel. I have never been more disappointed in a book. Not only does she ruin everything I loved about the original she goes and ruins Cannie's happy ending. Good in bed left Cannie on a happy note new baby, a good job, and a new love. This book does the opposite. I don't want to spoil anyone but for those who have read it know what I mean. I still love the writer and look forward to her books but who ever told her this book was a good idea needs to be slapped.
GardenerGal More than 1 year ago
I've read two other of her prior novels, (it feels like forever), and about 200 pages into this one kept wondering if I've completely made too much hype for myself. I do give Weiner credit for taking me back through Joy's frustrations with an overprotective mother...but otherwise if it wasn't for a certain "event" in this book I'm thinking I'd give it less credit. I didn't expect the ending from a PINK book. I guess I expected a certain Elle Woods Blonde "Perfect Day" kind of story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister loved this book. My mom can't wait to read it.. She was laughing out loud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I struggled to get through a book that I was waiting to read - loved 'Good in Bed', but found this book disappointing. I found the characters undeveloped, whiny, judgemental, self-pitying, unrelatable and, with the exception of Peter, unlikable. It wasn't a 'beach read' unless you go to the beach to get depressed. Maxi who could have been a good character, wasn't developed in this book and I kept having to look back to remember who Samantha was. The book was disjointed, didn't flow well and, while being told from two different perspectives - one would have been too much. Obviously, some of the reviewers found something in there that I didn't - but no way would I recommend you buying this book unless you want to wallow in self pity. Take something lighter to the beach so you can have a good time!
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I loved Good in Bed but had a difficult time with this book. As I walked through Cannie's relationship wtith her daughter I saw myself and could relate to the strains of a mother daughter relationship. This story seemed to lack the substance the first one had and even though these characters are Ms. Weiner's I wish she would have been more sensitive to Cannie's character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Good in Bed and was anxious to read about more if Cannie's adventures. It took everything I had to finish this book. It was sad. And exhausting. The last third was brutal; I have to wonder if the author even likes her main character. Cannie deserved better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me up a few nights... my only regret was not getting enough sleep.
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Although I didnt get into it right away, once I did I really enjoyed it. I never read any of her other books before so I had no basis for comparision. Sad, unexpected ending, but you felt for her, how could you not? Also, I enjoyed the turn around that Joy made. I really liked this book. Thank you!
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Slim20 More than 1 year ago
I was happy that there was a sequel to Good in Bed, but I was kind of disappointed with it. The ending was too abrupt and the characters just didn't work for me this time. Something was definitely lost in translation. The last couple of chapters were so damn depressing and I barely got through them. Readers fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the smart, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Good in Bed who found her happy ending after her mother came out of the closet, her father fell out of her life, and her ex-boyfriend started chronicling their ex-sex life in the pages of a national magazine. Now Cannie's back. After her debut novel -- a fictionalized (and highly sexualized) version of her life -- became an overnight bestseller, she dropped out of the public eye and turned to writing science fiction under a pseudonym. She's happily married to the tall, charming diet doctor Peter Krushelevansky and has settled into a life that she finds wonderfully predictable -- knitting in the front row of her daughter Joy's drama rehearsals, volunteering at the library, and taking over-forty yoga classes with her best friend Samantha. As preparations for Joy's bat mitzvah begin, everything seems right in Cannie's world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own conception -- the story her mother hid from her all her life. When Peter surprises his wife by saying he wants to have a baby, the family is forced to reconsider its history, its future, and what it means to be truly happy. Radiantly funny and disarmingly tender, with Weiner's whip-smart dialogue and sharp observations of modern life, Certain Girls is an unforgettable story about love, loss, and the enduring bonds of family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome as usual
L_Ana72 More than 1 year ago
I skimmed through enough to know to put it down. I had read spoilers from other reviewers so I was prepared for certain events. I was not interested in investing too much time into the book. The back and forth between the daughter's (Joy) narration and mother (cannie) I did not enjoy. If felt like Joy was just rehashing what Cannie had gone through in "Good in Bed". Loved that book and how it ended. The author should have just stopped there. I'm glad i didn't fully read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny!
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After reading "Good In Bed" I was excited to find the next chapter in Cannie's life...but sad to say, this was disappointing. Made myself finish but the unexpected turn toward the end didnt even make me bat an eye. Really not a fan of this one.