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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  133,407 ratings  ·  2,222 reviews
Meet Rose Feller. She's thirty years old and a high-powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her that she's beautiful. She also dreams of getting her fantastically screwed-up little sister to get her life together.Meet Rose's sister, Maggie. Twenty-eight years old, drop-dead ...more
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Amanda
***Some mild spoilers ahead***

Typically, this isn't my kind of book and, if the rating system allowed for half stars, I would have more accurately given it a 2 1/2. This is one of those it was the right book for the right time scenarios. I had just finished reading Nineteen Eighty-Four and Fahrenheit 451 and, suffering a dystopian hangover, needed something light that didn't involve too much thinking. This certainly fit the bill.

From the get-go we have a stereotypical plot: two sisters (one pre
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Karen
This book was surprisingly enjoyable - a lot better than some of the other chick lit shit I've read. I would have given it another star, but the movie (which I've seen many more times than I should probably admit) did a much better job of building a story arc and tying up the various plot lines. To the point where it's like, that's so perfect and obvious, how did Jennifer Weiner not think of doing that herself? But still, thumbs up for the book.
Erin
Jul 03, 2007 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of chick flicks
Shelves: adultfiction
It's hard to believe that Rose and Maggie are sisters - it seems the only thing they have in common is their shoe size. Rose is the responsible sister; at age thirty, she's a lawyer at a successful firm, and she's finally found herself a good boyfriend. Maggie is twenty-eight; she is the attractive sister. Despite her looks, she has not held a job for very long at all. Flighty and irresponsible, she detests Rose's approach to life.

Unfortunately for the sisters, Maggie is forced to move in with R
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Alison Looney
Jennifer Weiner can write funny passages. There's the 80-something woman who uses her new computer to print fake parking permits. The fussy pug that prefers more elegant surroundings. Maggie's attempt to get into the MTV VJ auditions. I did grin a few times while reading this book.

But glimmers of situational humor aren't enough to overcome the bigger problems with this novel. It's formulaic, even for chick lit. Two sisters don't get along - one's chubby and bookish, the other a wild party girl.
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Tree
It seems Weiner must have had a terrible jerk for a father and stuck up leech for a sister, because all her books seem to dance around this.

I read Weiner hoping to find a new stronger "Good In Bed" but never do. This book was entertaining but not good. I refused to watch the movie because the main character should be at lest a tad fat. Instead, in typical Hollywood fashiong, they just made a thin girl homely.
Kolleen

This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I'm gonna be honest, I was a little skeptical of it. I am not one to really get into girly books: books about shopping, and dating, and partying. I usually like the more dramatic fiction, but I fell in love with this one!


The story is ultimately about two sisters: the free spirit, partying, beautiful sister, and the uptight, chunky, plain sister. The only thing these sisters have in common is the death of their mother and shoes. So begins the st

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Annalisa
Jan 18, 2008 Annalisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone with a long flight
Recommended to Annalisa by: Laralee
Maybe there was too much sex or scandal, but I didn't find myself endeared to the characters. The story and writing are alright, about appreciating your sisters, but the inconsistencies of character, plot holes, and shock value ruined it for me. It did have good perspectives into the mind of the smart "fat" girl and the attractive "stupid" girl and how they clash. Plus, Weiner's formula for plot seem to follow to same consistent lines: fat girl who is funny and smart, incredulous twist of fate, ...more
Stephanie
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Candace
Ok ~ Well I almost burned the book! I was half way through it and one of the most despicable things happened and I felt like it was the last straw! I didn't burn it, even though the rage was definitely there! I just can't do that.
I decided to give the book 1 more chance after I read a few reviews on it proclaiming that it was all going to get resolved... among other things ~ yes there were a few spoilers out there, but they helped me to come back to the book, so I was grateful.
After starting th
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Jackie
This story is about two sisters , Maggie and Rose, who lost their mother when they were young and grew up with a cantankerous wicked stepmother . Their father broke all ties toward their mothers side of the family after her car accident but eventually the girls are reunited with their grandmother in the course of the book . It was supposed to be a tearjerker which is why I thought to read it , but it didn't affect me that way .I liked following Maggie , the younger of the two who was more of a r ...more
Michelle
I was prepared to hate this book. I hadn't heard anything about it, but I had seen the movie trailers, and it looked like some kind of silly romance story. Someone told me they loved it, and while I don't remember who it was, it is someone who's opinion I respect, so I figured I would give it a try, just to say I tried. The first few pages made me believe that I was probably going to be right, but I plodded on, figuring I would just "get through it". Well, the farther I got into it, the better i ...more
Alicia
This book was about 400 pages too long. They could have made it cute and fun. It never went anywhere ... it was totally predictable and I kept waiting for some twist. BORING.

I love girl books but this one took way to long and the book ended about half way through.
Jeanne
Many good moments and interesting thoughts, sadly coupled with questionable drivel. The humour sometimes bordered on offensive, as seems too often the case with today's chick lit/comedy fiction.

It's the story of three women. Rose Feller is a plain, conservative, bright thirty-year-old lawyer in Philadelphia. Her younger sister Maggie is a learning-disabled, shallow, irresponsible young woman who loses one job after another and keeps a string of boyfriends. Ella Hirsh is an old widow in Florida w
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Devin Mercer
We all grow up with the weight of history on us. This family just had a lot more than most of us do, throughout life. I think this book is good for just about anyone. Even though it's kind of a chick flick in the beginning.It teaches you a lot about family. We all have family problems and this is a great way to understand a different point of view, of one of your family members.

The aspects I liked about this book were, in the beginning you thought it would be just about how messed up one of th
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Jessica Lawlor
In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner tells the story of sisters who couldn’t be more different. Rose is a successful Philadelphia lawyer while Maggie is between jobs, apartments and boyfriends. When Rose walks in on Maggie and Jim, the man Rose dreamed of marrying, Rose has had enough.

Sick of taking care of her little sister, Rose throws Maggie out, quits her job at the law firm and unexpectedly starts a dog care business. Maggie, with nowhere to go runs to the one place she never thought she’d fit i
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Louise
I was disappointed to say the least. I suppose I'd heard so much hype about this book that I had higher expectations and was sadly let down. However, I appreciate the opportunity I've had to read this for myself.

"Meet Rose Feller. She's thirty years old and a high powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She has an exercise regime she's going to start next week, and she dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her that she's beautiful. She al
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Rebekkila
The story of two sisters, Rose, is a successful but dowdy lawyer and Maggie her irresponsible but beautiful younger sister. My favorite parts of the book were the sections with the sisters' Grandmother, Ella, and her friend Mrs. Lefkowicz; and the parts with Sydelle, the evil stepmother. Ella lives in a retirement village in Forida and writes for the local paper. She has a male friend who is interested in her romantically and leads a pretty full life. Her friend Mrs. Lefkowicz is a straight to t ...more
Nereia
Ero indecisa se regalare a questo libro due stelle oppure essere più generosa e dargliene tre. Alla fine, considerato il fatto che non è stato scritto (o tradotto) peggio di altri libri, ho optato per tre stelline. Innanzi tutto partiamo dal numero di pagine. In questa edizione sono 459. Troppe, decisamente troppe e inutili al fine dello sviluppo della trama. Prendendo un'altra edizione sono sicuramente meno, ma sarebbero tante comunque. La trama non possiede di certo elementi considerati genial ...more
Kater Cheek
I read GOOD IN BED, which I think is an earlier novel by this author, and I enjoyed it, so I expected this to be even better. Alas, it took a small step back.

Like GOOD IN BED Weiner has a plump protagonist, which I approve of. This, perhaps, is why her work is denigrated as "women's fiction." Rose is a lawyer who has the misfortune of falling in love with one of her firm's partners. Her messed-up sister Maggie comes to visit and basically throws a hand-grenade into Rose's life. Maggie moves out,
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Linette Akuffo
I'm not a fan of chick lit and wasn't particularly enthusiastic about reading this book. There were some funny moments during the book such as Maggie surviving at Princeton and Rose and Simon breaking in to visit Petunia. I also liked the romance that blossomed with Ella and her fulfillment in getting a relationship back with her lost grandchildren. However, the book lacked substance and was quite superficial in the main. I think the way it was written helped you to quickly form biased opinions ...more
Sydne
Jennifer Weiner's novel, In Her Shoes, is a very engaging and well-written book that I read in one marathon sitting. As soon as one chapter ended, I immediately needed to know what would happen next in the lives of Rose and Maggie Feller, two constantly-warring sisters who, though different in personality and appearance, realize that their lives would be empty without each other. Though the book followed a somewhat-predictable path with no real plot twists, In Her Shoes still sucked me into the ...more
Antof9
If I listed the Jennifer Weiner books in order of preference, I'd say "Good in Bed", then "Little Earthquakes", and then this. But the movie of this! WOW. So good.

My notes from BookCrossing: Another fun book by Jennifer Weiner. Not quite as humorous as Good in Bed, a little deeper and a little more introspective, this one is good, but not as good as GIB. Maybe the author was trying too hard to write a more serious book? It's a fascinating story of 2 sisters trying to navigate through life withou
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Tiah
The tendency to slap the label "chick-lit" on to a book then assume that equals "fluffy air-head girly read" does disservices to the women writers whose works are genuine quality reads. Yes, Weiner is writing for a primarily female audience - should she have to apologize for it?

Her book tackles many serious underlying social issues and delve into the complex landscape of family ties and secrets. It is well written, funny and an enjoyable read.

Yes, it is chick-lit - but it is "chick-lit for a b
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J. E.  Hewitt
When I was in hospital with pneumonia I was given this one, probably from the hospital gift shop - and I was interested to read it because it was written by Jennifer Weiner who sometimes writes for the NY times amongst other things. Well, what did I expect? Beach reading! Not taxing to the brain at all (which, while I was sick, was A-OK). Happy ending, not believable. Movie script material...but, I thought, maybe that's why she wrote it, and her other ones are better (because, if not, how did sh ...more
Stephanie
I love that the sisters forgive and love in the end. I love that sisterhood is celebrated in this novel. I think I love this book more than Good in Bed.

I would love to see more development, (either in this novel, or in some other novel, whether it be by Weiner or any other author), of the fallout from a learning disability. So many times, modifications are made for a student with disabilities, but when students leave school and go to university, or off into the world, what happens to them? How
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Andrea
She shouldn't have forgive her skunk sister. Being "messed up" doesn't excuse being a selfish ass.

I guess I cared enough about the characters to dislike them, both.

Overall, I didn't like this. I never like books that are popular among the ladies. Too cheesy and too predictable. Men aren't like they are in these books. They're not huge heartless assholes or pathetic doting cheesewads. And I don't want to imagine them that way.
Carmen8094
Avrei voluto cominciare con: "Brutto, brutto, brutto!", poi il personaggio di una simpatica vecchina ha risollevato le sorti del romanzo.
Vicino, sempre più vicino della stessa autrice, mi era piaciuto molto, e speravo che la cosa si ripetesse con A letto con Maggie. Purtroppo, però, così non è stato: la storia è prevedibilissima sin dalle prime righe, costruita male, noiosa. Non l'ho lasciata perdere solo perché non avevo nient'altro da leggere...
Si tenta di dare un qualche spessore ai personagg
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Gen
A wonderful read with rich and evocative characterizations. Written so well that I felt like Rose's and Maggie's personal journeys were mine as well. I don't have a sister, but this is how i'd imagine having a sister would be like.
Karalee
This book is about two incredibly different sisters both trying to find their way in the world. I have often secretly planned to quit my job as a lawyer and become a dog walker so I laughed out loud when Rose did just that in this book. I clearly related more to Rose of the two sisters although both were interesting and complex.
Henni
Nogle bøger har den dejlige effekt at man lige kigger ud af vinduet (eller hvad der nu lige er i nærheden) og smiler inden man skynder sig at læse videre... denne bog har denne egenskab.
Historien som sådan er måske ikke så usædvanlig, men den er bare rigtigt godt skrevet.
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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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