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Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro #1)

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For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She's even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.


Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published 2001)
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Jan 03, 2008 Tabitha rated it really liked it
Sometimes a person needs a light read. A fun read. A pick it up and put it down (finished in a day) read. This book is all of these things, but it also carries an important message in an accessible format. We meet many people in our lives and love many be eternal or fleeting. Regardless of the time that love is shared, or held on to, the depth, the intensity, the interwoven sense of purpose can vary. We may not always love the person that we love now. We may not always remain with the person tha ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Kimmay rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
Well by reading some of the reviews below, I guess I am the only one that really did NOT like this book. I thought it was quite IRONIC That Violet loved the screenplay because the lead character didn't need to be rescued... unlike Cannie.
She seems so winey and down on not only herself but everyone else. To me this was NOT an uplifting book, It was actually rather depressing and I only finished it because it was the book selected for my book club so i felt obligated to finish it. It was a chore
Jan 11, 2008 Camie rated it it was ok
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Jan 25, 2016 Danielle rated it did not like it
this book had a lot of things going on---none of it was interesting.

it starts off with this ross-and-rachel-"break" situation and a (semi) harsh column about dating a 'large' woman, and then it turns into a soap opera (i expected an evil twin to appear!) it was just bad. real bad.

also: she was a size 16 at 5'10 with big boobs!! lord. really. cry me a river.
Jul 11, 2007 Carmela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This was so good that when it ended I felt like I had lost a friend. I got so attached to Canny, that I just wanted to call her and chat with her about her life. I would read this book again and fact, I have.
Feb 13, 2009 SmarterLilac rated it it was ok
The third worst book I have ever read. I just cannot stand main characters who portray themselves as perpetually victimized, while refusing to take any responsibility for removing themselves from the victim-state. It didn't help that I felt the author intentionally 'crafted' her characters to be as pathetic as possible, then framed the story in such a way as to imply the reader has no right to condemn any of them for their decisions. Insultingly bad, even for a genre (I refuse to call this anyth ...more
Feb 18, 2008 Janet rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
Blah. What is up with these 20-something books? The I-don't-like-my-job, I-can't-find-a-mate, I'm-almost-30 angst books? They are all written in the EXACT same voice, and even hit the same highlights (in both this book and Girls are Weird, a father's funeral results in a hook up with an ex--I guess I really dodged a bullet there).

In the interview after the book, the author seems very proud of herself that she wrote an anti-fairy tale, meaning the protagonist does not end the book skinny (this is
Feb 09, 2009 Marie rated it liked it
My first grader can sound out words and takes great interest in what I'm reading. He didn't understand the title of the book, so I told him that it was about someone who sleeps all night and never gets up to get in their parents' bed.

My husband wanted to know if it was fiction. He was hoping not.

I liked this book because I liked the character and cared about her. She's likable and funny and she means well. My major criticism about this book, however, is that the unrealistic twists and turns riva
Nicole P
Oct 20, 2007 Nicole P rated it liked it
I am rating this as an OK, based only on the fact that the plot was intricate and well thought out. The book itself was very well written and easy to follow. However, it will not go on my list of favorite books. Basically it was about a plus sized 28 yr old woman, Cannie Shapiro (she was decribed as a size 16, I thought that plus didn't start until size 18, but what do I know??) She was a reporter, had friends, an apartment, a dog, etc. She had recently asked her boyfriend of 3 years for a break ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
This book made me second guess my judgmental stance on "chick lit." It's a genre I usually avoid, mostly because I tend to be a pretentious asshole. But I really, really enjoyed this book. Weiner is smart, witty, and insightful. I laughed outloud. Much to my surprise, I couldn't put this one down.
At one point in my life I felt gung-ho to read the work of the woman who bravely stood up to Jonathan Franzen's derision. Then I read this book. Then I read a little bit more about Jennifer Weiner's various online and in-print literary spats.

With the disclaimer that one book is in no way representative of a writer's oeuvre -- particularly not the first book of a roughly 15 year publishing career -- I think Good in Bed is an easy target for criticism. It may not be fair to criticize a single boo
Lisa Kay
I have to be honest and say that this book is not my cup-of-tea. So, consider that when you see the one star rating. I don't like reading a book with what feels like a lump in my throat the whole time. I like a release from the pressure at least every once in awhile. I didn't particularly like Cannie and yet I disliked what happened to her. I ended taking this book to work and putting it in the 'free if you want pile'. Someone I worked with picked it up, read it, and gave it a few more stars tha ...more
Dec 04, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, 2003, fiction
I am haunted by this book. There is a scene in it that I think about all the time. I don't know if the writing was that good or if something about it just resonated with me - Either way I seriously think about it alot. Has it really been almost 6 years since I read this?
Feb 04, 2009 Ashley rated it did not like it
This book hurt my soul. I found that I couldn't put it down... It's not well written, completely mindless and the story is nonsense.
Apr 19, 2012 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 07, 2012 Aoibhínn rated it really liked it
I picked up this book expecting a nice bit of easy reading chick lit but got so much more than that. The prose is flawless, and it reads at a 'serious novel' pace giving an analogous level of satisfaction, as opposed to the complacent, irrelevant, weakly written 'chick lit' reads that you get from lousy, second-rate authors looking to cash in on the chick lit genre. It is highly intelligent, with a successful heroine Cannie Shapiro, who is almost painfully believable at times. It is an intellige ...more
Abeer Hoque
Apr 05, 2015 Abeer Hoque rated it did not like it
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner is a total beach read. It’s got a sassy protagonist Cannie, her tell all ex-boyfriend, her hot lawyer bestie, her newly lesbian mom, her underhanded co-worker, and so on. The writing is sharp and funny and the characters drawn with broad easy strokes. Philadelphia (one of my favourite cities) is painted deliciously, and the woes of the larger woman are something I am most sympathetic to. The world is not nice to fat people of either gender, and it’s apparently stil ...more
Feb 25, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
So I don't forget it, I have to share a super funny line:

"He'd had a few turn-downs in high school, when he'd had really bad skin, and before he'd discovered that pot and a ponytail could reliably attracted a certain kind of girl."

I'm kinda struggling with this one. I had high hopes, but it's not quite what I expected from the blurb on the back. I'm getting distracted by her LENGTHY flashbacks of her life, which are meant to give background and context to the current issue, but is instead drawin
Toni Aleo
Feb 25, 2010 Toni Aleo rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Okay, so I liked the book and I hated the book. I liked the book because Cannie was HIGHlarious, but I hated it because she was a whinny sorry excuse for a women. I be damn if I'm not going to beat the crap out of some chick that pushes me into a sink and almost kills my baby, I'll be damn if some dude is going to write crap about me and get away with it. Maybe I am just a vindictive person or a hateful one because oh my Cannie was such a push over. It drove me crazy! I am a big girl, and I am c ...more
Whiny and self-indulgent wish fulfillment. This book left a bad taste in my mouth. I should've just reread Bridget Jones's Diary.
Sep 06, 2015 Zlatko rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
Good in Bed is misleading. It is not either good or set in a bed. Had someone told me this, I probably would have not read this 370 page book.

I digress. The book's style really got old soon. It was like a diary of a mad woman. I did this, I did that, I went to lunch, I picked up my mail, little details that the reader could care less about. All this time spent on talking about the small things could have been spent describing the environment and characters with more light.

Anyway, the main charac
Aug 03, 2012 Miranda rated it it was ok
Shelves: carbohydrates
this book is that girl in high school you knew and didn't really like. although you didn't Hate her or anything, you just thought she was sort of uninteresting. and she was a little fat, so you would talk to her way more often than if she'd been thin or "normal" or whatever, because you didn't want her weight to have anything to do with you not liking her, so you'd suffer through talking to her in the halls and at lunches, but by god, the more you talked to her, the duller she became. like: she ...more
Jan 19, 2011 Kimberly rated it did not like it

I'd rather watch a Komodo dragon hunt and kill a water buffalo - and then have it come after me - than set sight on this book again.

If you like these types of books (vapid, boring books that I believe Helen Fielding could take a crap, take a photo of it, and put it on Twitter and that would STILL be more interesting), that's fine.

I hated it.

The end.
Jessica Savage
Feb 19, 2008 Jessica Savage rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody! I would recommend to NOT read it
Recommended to Jessica by: I wish I could blame someone. lol...
All I can say about this book is WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!! One star is one star too many. The only reason I even finished it is because I can't stand to not finish a book I start. The story was not interesting at all, and the ending was absolutely ridiculous. This book was so disappointing that I will never read another book by Weiner again.
Dec 27, 2008 Lightreads rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
Snarky, plus-sized heroin deals with life and love and all that. There's a fair amount to criticize here -- the vast over reliance
on coincidence as a literary device, the unevenness of an author who started out to write a funny book and then realized halfway through that she had more
here to work with so maybe she should get a little serious. But that's just the thing, there's more here to work with. The endnotes to this book explained
a lot of my more spectacular eye roll moments; this is a first
D. VonThaer
Jul 10, 2012 D. VonThaer rated it it was ok
I only gave the two stars because I feel like she spelled everything properly and her editing team is fabulous.

In my opinion, this book was supposed to be: fun, anti-skinny, anti-establishment, overweight but smart and witty girl finds herself in a low place and does some shady things to boost her self-confidence. In the meantime, she digs herself into a hole and pulls herself right out of it with wit, charm, and a little bit of good luck. She is the heroine to her own story! Yeah! Girl-power!

Mar 08, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
I started this book thinking I was reading Chick Lit or its older sister Women's Fiction. It soon became clear to me that Good In Bed is literary fiction. Jennifer Weiner has been very vocally involved in a discussion lately about how women writers are treated by reviewers, and now I can see why this is an issue for her.

Cannie Shapiro, Weiener's protagonist in this book, is wrestling with relationship and family issues, much like male characters in novels written by men. Cannie also has body im
Mar 29, 2015 Kandice rated it liked it
This not the sort of book I would have picked up on my own, but a friend at work suggested it, I saw it in the library a week later and thought I'd give it a shot. It was pretty good!

Funny enough, my name is Kandice (no one calls me Kannie, though), I'm 5'10" and at the moment a larger size than I would like to be. I wouldn't say I was that big, I mean 14 isn't 10, but it's not huge! Cannie is my height and a size 16, but still, that's NOT huge. Once I was able to let go of my outrage about that
Nov 21, 2007 Annalisa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: good vacation book
Recommended to Annalisa by: Lucy
The first 100 pages seemed to be the manual for what every fat girl wants to say instead of a story. I also had a hard time visualizing a personality for Cannie, she seemed more an alter ego for the author. When I have to be told she is funny, she is a good person, and I'm not reading these qualities, that is never a good sign.

But then we delved into the character's childhood and I started relating to her, and then she did start to be funny and lovable. The quirky actress never seemed real and
Cintya Larasinta
Baiklah…Setelah membaca Good in Bed ini, hampir sepanjang bab isinya selalu menceritakan Bruce seperti halnya ciri khas dia, kebiasannya, gayanya, bendanya, kegemarannya hingga aku benar-benar bosan mendengar tentang Bruce mulu rasanya hampir saja aku pengen bersesudahan dan tidak ingin menyelesaikan namun, aku tidak bisa menahan betapa penasaran si Cannie, gadis yang memiliki tubuh besar selalu dikerundungi kemalangan, harga dirinya runtuh, bahkan dia mencoba diet, membuatku kasihan terhadap Ca ...more
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and WHO DO YOU LOVE, published on August 11, 2015. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
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