Sweet Jiminy: A Novel
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In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Jiminy abruptly quits law school and flees Chicago for her grandmother Willa's farm in rural Mississippi. In search of respite, Jiminy instead stumbles upon more trouble and turmoil than she ever knew existed.

Jiminy is shocked to discover there was once another Jiminy—the daughter of her grandmother's longtime housekeeper, Lyn—who w...more
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Published April 26th 2011 by Tantor Media (first published May 22nd 2010)
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Suzanne Moore
This was a random book that I picked up after judging the cover (very pretty). I didn't recognize the author and didn't realize this was her third novel. The name Kristin Gore made me think of a former professor I had who happened to be Al Gore's aunt. After reading the book I discovered that Kristin was Al and Tipper's daughter. I guess if your mom's name is Tipper you might come up with a character named Jiminy.

Jiminy is a young law school drop-out who goes to spend sometime with her grandmot...more
Joanne
This is the second book that I have read in the last couple of months that takes place in Mississippi and deals with racial prejudice issues. This novel brings us pretty close to the subject as characters are discriminated against today and others are dealing with crimes of discrimination from years ago.

Although Jiminy is the main character of the novel she isn't necessarily the narrator. We seem to learn the most about Jiminy and her life as she takes it upon herself to look into an unsolved cr...more
Trish
Kristin Gore sold me a Blackberry. When I read Sammy's House I wanted a Blackberry more than anything else: Blackberry was the word in connectedness, front-line communication, and edginess. You could even use it to extend your lovemaking! Washington never looked so interesting.

Sweet Jiminy is a different type of book altogether. Although Washington doesn't feature prominently, the main character is training to be a lawyer, and the person of interest in her love life is training to be a doctor. B...more
Aryelle
I really liked this book because I absolutely love Jiminy. Jiminy is one of those characters who changes thoroughly throughout the book, but she doesn't change over night. The change happens a little bit each page and it just sort of sneaks up on you. :)


Sweet Jiminy deals with a lot of controversial issues, racism being one of them. This book mostly takes place in the south, Mississippi, to be exact. From history we all know that there were some harsh feelings and in this book, those feelings h...more
Emma
Doing some research on this author and novel, I came across the fact that Kristen Gore is the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore. I didn't know that at all going into this novel. It's a stirring tale of the continuing racism that can still occur in our supposedly "equalized" country.
Jiminy is an instantly relatable and real character. She breathes life and purpose into this novel. She has flaws - like a fear of cows. She seems to be the catalyst for all of the events that happen. My favo...more
Jennie
I love Southern Fiction as a genre but add in a murder mystery and I am sold! This novel really took me back in time - even though it was not set in the past. The racial tension, and ethnic tension too, was so thick and alive – I was heartbroken and disgusted. I realize places like this still exist in the United States but I hate it!


I loved Jiminy’s character – lost, confused but also desperate to find herself. She didn’t run from law school because she gave up hope but more because she needed t...more
Psalm
The writing was average but I think it was sincere. A bunch of the same old characters you would find in any novel about race relations. Like most of the white people are "evil" and dumb & the blacks are morally superior "good" people. I just feel there is more to people then that but it's so hard to throw in shades of gray when your talking about racism. I feel the writer does have potential though. My biggest beef was the main woman Jiminy. Her personality was SO annoying and WAY more youn...more
Molly
When I was finished, I felt like I should be higher on this book than I was. Gore's writing is elegant and evocative, with a very clear sense of place. But she's telling a story most of us (most of us in the South, certainly) have heard before, and while she tells it very well, she didn't have anything new to say about it. I liked the book fine, but I spent the entire time expecting it to pivot in some interesting new direction... and then it never did. Gore hits every beat you would expect to b...more
C.C. Thomas
Jiminy Davis's life is spinning out of control. She decides to drop out of the rat race of her present reality and back into a familiar past--her grandmother's home in Mississippi where she spent a summer as a child. However, the past isn't quite as sweet as she remembered it.

While Jiminy is trying to take a break from the stresses of life, she uncovers a 40-year old secret concerning a namesake she didn't even know existed. She latches on to the mystery like a pit bull and won't let go, hoping...more
Sandra
This is my third Kristin Gore book and I very much enjoyed it.

Unlike Sammy's Hill and Sammy's House there isn't so much humour in this book but Gore still creates characters that it's easy to like. Although the story takes place in the present day in a small town in Mississippi the story is based on two murders in 1966 which remain unsolved.

Jiminy Davis needs a break from her life in Chicago and on a whim decideds to visit her grandmother in Fayeville. There she meets Bo Waters, the nephew of he...more
Amy
I have really struggled with rating this one. It's more of a 3 1/2 than a 4 but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and rated it a 4.

This was a nice little book with a bit of mystery and a bit of romance. This appears to be Kristin Gore's effort to move away from the more 'fluffy' writing of her earlier book. This one is much more serious and really focuses on social issues.

Overall, I think this was a nice little book. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I really liked the main character, Jiminy. She was...more
Cathy
I absolutely loved the writing of Kristin Gore's first two books and not even three pages into her latest, Sweet Jiminy, I was hooked on a different subgenre of chick lit for her, one that tackled a murder mystery set in a little Southern town in the US. In a very rural town in the South, although much time has passed, the culture and prejudices of the people of Fayeville has stayed pretty much the same as if it were forty years ago. Jiminy, a young woman trying to find her way in the world has...more
Charlotte
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I really did enjoy Sweet Jiminy. Jiminy's idealistic sweetness did really radiate through the pages and made her a very likable character. I thought her reactions to the attitudes she encountered was very genuine. And aided her in growing up just a little. She was forced to face harsh realities when she realized that people in Fayeville really HATED her for who she was spending her time with. At the same time though, with her working so hard to solve the m...more
Elizabeth
This story is about a 25 year old woman who is wanting to change her life. She visits her Grandma Willa's house and there discovers an interesting/frightening story of two murders that were never investigated. Having occurred back in the 60s to a black family it was considered unimportant and forgotten about. As Willa is as-close-as-family to the surviving wife/mother of those murdered Jiminy is very intrigued as to what really occurred that horrible night. Jiminy struggles in her search because...more
Sarah
Sweet Jiminy is Kristin Gore's third novel and is entirely different from her humorous Capitol Hill novels featuring heroine Sammy Joyce -- as it addresses matters of civil rights in our own beloved rural Mississippi.

Jiminy Davis is twenty-five years old, but already feels the strain of her law school studies that seem to be cramping her lifestyle. Seeking a break and a change of pace, Jiminy flees law school to visit her grandmother in Mississippi for the summer. Shortly after her arrival, she...more
Hind
Sweet is in the title, and the book sure is sweet. The storyline is a little fantastical (seems like the author wanted to throw in every trope out there about race, racism, immigration and the American south to make a point, rather than let her story organically emerge), but the characters are believable. The story revolves around the 1960s murder of a black father and daughter in Mississippi and the present-day inhabitants of the sleepy Mississippi town, including former Klansmen, new Mexican i...more
Melissa Rochelle
This is a story about a town in the Deep South and how the world can change, but it doesn't mean the people do. Jiminy and Bo each find themselves back in Fayeville, both in their twenties, looking for themselves. Lyn, Bo's aunt, works for Willa, Jiminy's grandmother. We meet them and then we find out a lot more about how intertwined their families really are (because of course there's a mystery!). The story is unfolded slowly, but I was never bored reading.

(Again, I'm in readalike mode) I real...more
Kari
I think what really drew me into this tale were the characters themselves. Jiminy Davis is 25 and not really sure she likes the direction that her life has taken. She goes home to Mississippi to try to figure out what to do next. There she uncovers a mystery that has been hidden by the town for years. In her determination to find out what really happened, she finds that she is stronger and more courageous than she ever thought she could be. Jiminy is a realistic and relatable character. She has...more
Jenny
A quick and enjoyable summer read. This novel centers around a young woman reopening a cold-case whodunit for two murders in Civil-Rights Era rural Mississippi. Written by Kristin Gore, daughter of Al Gore, the book has its slightly contrived feeling moments--from turns of phrase and convenient plot twists to flawed character development (main character Jiminy's naivety about race relations is particularly irksome). However, the story is compelling enough that I was able to suspend my occasional...more
Continualknowledge
This book was ok. Not upset that I read it but I could have done without reading it as well. I'm trying to decide what it is about the book that wasn't really jiving for me because there was something. I think I was upset because we have this white chick that comes in and saves the day for some ailing black folks. I guess I'm upset at her savior complex and how she just went about opening up a case that affected someone else's life and in a periphery way affected her life. I guess it wasn't her...more
Rebecca
I read Gore' previous books and LOVED them and nearly fell over when I read that she wrote another book that isn't part of her previous series. Seriously, her books are like some of my favorite chick-lit. Highly recommended. This book, not so much. She departs from her previous writing and takes a more serious note in this book, to a small southern town with still simmering race relations. Meh. I just can't relate as I have really never been to the south. And especially after reading The Help, I...more
Erin
I took a break from all-things-romance to read this book... and found myself loving everything about it!

Sweet Jiminy is filled with wonderful, complex, haunted characters who are all players in an equally wonderful, complex, and haunted story.

Even though the Whodunit was fairly obvious from the beginning, I still enjoyed the "unsolved crime" element and couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see how it would all be resolved in the end.

I was mesmerized by Kristin Gore's writing and will definite...more
Doug Gillan
I've liked Kristin Gore's comic novels (e.g., Sammy's Hill). This was a more serious novel, so a bit of a stretch. She is a talented writer, but this seemed like a sketch rather than a full novel. The characters and events needed to be fleshed out. I think that she will be better next time out. I look forward to her next novel.
Jami
This is nothing like her Capitol Hill books, and I miss the humor that is present in her first books. I liked this story as I am interested in Civil Rights issues, but I didn't love it. If I had read this book first, I may not have ventured into her "Sammy" stories, so I'm definitely glad that I read them first! It was a short read, so at least the story wasn't dragged out. Not sure if I would recommend it or not, which sums up my ambivalent feelings about the book - didn't love it, didn't disli...more
Lisa Gricius
I had not read anything by Kristin Gore and was skeptical of starting. I also feel that I have recently been inundated with civil-rights-era literature and was unsure if I wanted to go there again. The injustices that African Americans suffered in the south saddens me and I just didn't know if I was ready so soon after seeing "The Help". This is so much more than a civil rights novel! Ms. Gore is not just another celebrity writer and I'm glad that I gave her a chance! I found Sweet Jiminy to be...more
Kristina Klausser
I read Kristin Gore's other books years ago and loved them so I was thrilled to hear about her newest novel. This book is about as far away from "Sammy's Hill" and "Sammy's House" as you can get but I really enjoyed it. I started reading this book in the morning and finished it the same night. I liked the fact that the book delved right into the mystery of the book early on. I liked the characters and the plot was interesting. The only reason I didn't give this one 5 stars is that I wish the end...more
JC
I knew this book would be a departure from Gore's delightful Sammy novels and I read with as open a mind as possible, both pleased and disappointed that she was taking her writing in a new direction. As I have come to expect from her, the story was interesting and some of the characters were great (I'm particularly fond of Jean) but it wasn't a novel. I felt as though this was a fleshed out screenplay. In fact, it would make quite a good film - perhaps better than it makes a book - and I have ha...more
Anna
I felt like the book was as messy as the plot. The love story and the mystery along with the characters all lacked a depth. The story bored me with predictability. I do like the name Jiminy; it is what made me choose the book.
Susan
Jiminy Davis quits her legal internship in Chicago and flees to her grandmother's house in small-town Mississippi. Aimless and bored, she explores the nooks and crannies of the old farmhouse and finds traces of family secrets, involving the husband and daugher, also named Jiminy, of the housekeeper, Lyn Waters. Lyn's handsome nephew Bo is also on hand, and his friendship with Jiminy ruffles the sensitivities of the town, Jiminy recruits a crusading journalist to help probe with happened to Edwar...more
Stacy Thompson Schuck
Kristin Gore’s Sweet Jiminy is the story of a self-professed coward and law school drop-out. Jiminy ends up hiding out from the real world at her grandmother’s house by pure chance (a sighting of a t-shirt sends her there). As Jiminy looks for ways to occupy her time she stumbles across her grandfather’s diary and a cryptic entry that sends her on a quest that uncovers the perpetrators of a horrific crime in 1966 at the height of the civil rights movement. Along the way she discovers herself. Th...more
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