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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.

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Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published 2001)
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Tabitha
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
Kimmay
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...more
Camie
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Carmela
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 again...in fact, I have.
Danielle
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.
Marie
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...more
SmarterLilac
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
Janet
Feb 18, 2008 Janet rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Nicole P
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
Leslie
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.
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
Jennifer
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?
Ashley
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.
Laura
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...more
Alison
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Carol
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...more
Annalisa
Nov 21, 2007 Annalisa rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Ellie
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
Jessica Savage
Feb 19, 2008 Jessica Savage rated it 1 of 5 stars
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.
Ellen
Whiny and self-indulgent wish fulfillment. This book left a bad taste in my mouth. I should've just reread Bridget Jones's Diary.
Lightreads
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...more
Elizabeth
Aug 09, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick lit readers
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Katie
Shelves: chick-lit
This is the third book I have read by Jennifer Weiner. I first read Goodnight Nobody, which I really enjoyed, and then Little Earthquakes, which was also really good. This was good too, but in a different way...I wouldn't say I enjoyed it as much as those, but it was still a great story and I am happy to have read it.

While I adored Cannie in so many ways (her wonderful sense of humor, loyalty to her family and friends, and her ambition) I also found myself perturbed by her, at times, as well as...more
Zlatko
Feb 01, 2010 Zlatko rated it 1 of 5 stars
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 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 character,...more
Gail
The title of this book is a little deceptive. It does have some sexual scenes in it, but that is not what the book is about. The main character breaks up with her long time boyfriend. She is a plus size girl. He writes in a magazine about how it is to “love a larger women.” She is devastated by this, justifiably so, and thus begins a path to learn to love herself. She is a great character with a great sense of humor. She has had a rough life. Her father leaves the family early on and before he l...more
Toni Aleo
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
Brenda
This was typical "pink lit" and I wasn't overly impressed. From reading the authors bio you learn that admittedly it is a based on her life, except it's a highly unlikely fantasy she once had when a boyfriend broke up with her. And it does read like self-indulgent wank, that is until the part where she goes crazy. That was a bit interesting, though it was self-indulgent wank on the characters part there.

It was a decent, quick mindless read on a hot day if you feel the need to read a romance pack...more
scribes23
(I won't be gving you summary of this, tons of reviews are there to supply you that, anyway)

This, how so I explain this, isn't light or uplifting for me. Again this is my honest opinion of it.

I didn't connect well with the heroine, she's very depressing to read and she's always down.

And ps. It's not right to leave a guys because He told you It's not a date. You can hang out with him and enjoy.

I know, this probably sucks more for me cause I expected more. Oh well! Still read it and maybe you'll...more
Kristyn
What is it with wanting the one who doesn't want you anymore? If you were ever unsure of a relationship, broke it off, and then changed your mind, only to find out he's not interested anymore... only makes you want him more?
This is exactly how Cannie felt when she broke it off with her boyfriend Bruce. She found out the hard way that you should always listen to both your mind and your heart, oh and your best friends! Add daddy problems to the situation and you've got yourself a good book. They a...more
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Antes que nada, debo decir que por lo general me baso en la sinopsis de los libros para escogerlos, y cuando me topo con uno, en el que la sinopsis es mas bien una minireseña , no me dan ganas de leerlo, porque siento que el editor me dice: Ojito ojito! este libro es bueno!!! no te lo vayas a perder... entonces que es lo malo??? pues que el editor me dice todo esto con una cara de ansiedad y un tonito de desesperacion que me tocan los nervios.

Y porque por lo general suelo leer Chick lit...more
Miranda
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
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
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