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.
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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.
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
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
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
"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
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 ...more
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.
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
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!
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
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 ...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
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