Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro #1)
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.
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
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.
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
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
"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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
It was a decent, quick mindless read on a hot day if you feel the need to read a romance pack...more
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