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The Seven Year Bitch

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From the bestselling author of High Maintenance and Going Down comes a witty, heartfelt comic novel about marriage, motherhood, and discovering that the life you have is exactly the one you want.

What’s a fabulous New York City girl supposed to do when she finds herself fantasizing about the Grim Reaper more than she fantasizes about her husband? When she can’t help but gi...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published 2010)
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Donna
Another one of my wins on Goodreads and this one blew me away. Can I give it 4.5 stars??? I really think that they picked me on purpose because i have never connected with a book in my life. I never even read books like this. This is strictly a woman's book and I would truly have passed it in a bookstore or anywhere for that matter and I can't tell you how happy I was to read this.

First, I kept looking at the cover wondering where my name was. I must have wrote this book or have helped in somewa...more
Teechbiz
I really needed this book. I laughed out loud. It was hard to put this book down
Jody
Feeling trapped in an unhappy marriage, Isolde Brilliant’s world is turned upside down when she’s laid off from her job as a successful hedge fund manager. With a good severance package and a new baby at home she decides to take some time off to be a stay-at-home mother, but finds if difficult to let go of who she was. As Izzy struggles with her marriage and finds new ways to fill her time, she finally learns to love her life for what it is.

The Seven Year Bitch is a funny and true-to-life story...more
melissa


So hard to rate a book that I enjoyed what I read, but did not finish. I really enjoyed the humor in the book. It is the type of humor where you go, oh, yeah, I can so relate to that. And I think this book IS relatable. You don’t have to be a married new mother in New York to understand the characters. I relate to it just on the merit that I am married and have a lot to juggle (like everyone these days). DH and I laugh, and joked that it could be bad for the marriage for the person READING the b...more
Sarah
The Seven-Year Bitch is the fifth novel by one of my favorite all-time authors, Jennifer Belle. I fell in love with Jennifer Belle while reading High Maintenance after its release in 2001 and that particular novel still resides in my permanent collection. It bothers me that Belle is not more widely known because her writing is absolutely brilliant, witty, and hilarious -- more so than novels by MaryJanice Davidson, Charlaine Harris, or whoever else is considered funny these days by the mass publ...more
Charlie
East Coast, more specifically upper-class New Yorker humor that relates closely to the dialogue from the Housewives of Manhattan. The keeping up with ‘class’ way of living is ridiculously funny, but sadly true, which makes some moments hysterical.

Frankly, despite my similarities to economics, marriage, working and raising children I could not relate to the main character. I had a hard time with Izzy’s eternal struggle of doing things just because others (in her friend circle) where doing them. M...more
Tracy Holder
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Georgiann Hennelly
Easily read chick lit- Great story line. All about not wishing for what you don't have.Isolde is married has a child 'and is very wealthy. She feels she is missing something in her life.After she loses her job she questions her existence and dreams about other men and different alternatives. It has humorand had me laughing out loud at times. While your dreams may not always come true the nightmare you think your living maybe isn,t so bad after all
Jay
I wasn't a fan of this. I didn't find hardly anything in the book funny - if anything the majority of the conversations were just bizarre. I never grew to care about Izzy or anyone else. This is the second book by Jennifer Belle that I haven't really enjoyed so I suspect there's something about her characters that don't resonate with me.
Marty
I knew from the title this would be fun and I was right. I really liked it and for anyone who is/was married, you can relate. I found my self laughing out loud at times, and I was never boarded of thought there was any filler. The story moved along and had a nice ending. I will seek out and read her other books.
Cherie
Wow. This was really disappointing. I LOVE some of Jennifer Belle's other novels but this one I mostly skimmed. (Library Journal was correct in their very negative review.) It was boring, the main character annoyed me and I couldn't understand her motivation.
Christy Stewart
I guessed this would be middle-aged chick lit, and it is.

Belle's humor and pov is not universal. You have to be "there" to get it and "there" isn't even on my map.
Little Gold Pixel
Let's get this out of the way right now: I do not identify with Isolde. A woman without a job who hires a nanny is so far from my frame of reference that I can't even comment on it.

Anyway, the book is full of dark wit, sharp around the edges that sometimes feel like a slap in the face. Isolde is the kind of narrator that tells it exactly like she sees it, and she is pretty judgmental and preoccupied with her own sense of importance.

She's the female version of Seinfeld, maybe, the way she nitpick...more
Dj
I received this book as a winner of the First Reads giveaway. Let me start by saying that the author did a great job painting the female characters. I could see bits of myself and my friends represented throughout the book. The male characters felt more like cartoon outlines without detail or life. The plot meandered without keeping me hooked into the storyline. It was more of a day to day diary spiced up by the humorous inner dialog of Isolde. I appreciated the exploration of every person as th...more
Sarah
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed another book by Jennifer Belle. In this book she looks at life from the perspective of a New York woman who has lost her job and is now 'supposed' to be staying home with her son and husband. It goes through her journey of looking for a nanny and then becoming friends and bonding with the nanny by trying to solve her (the nanny's) infertility problems. The best part is when Isolde (the main character) takes on the job of judging mail in contests. She gets to read...more
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Jennifer Belle in The Seven Year Bitch paints a brilliant portrait of a mother and a recently unemployed hedge fund manager whose nanny-seeking, divorce-contemplating, baby poop-loving, and essay contest reading adventures helped create the new face of the woman who doesn’t have it all of the twenty-first century.

Isolde is unhappily married to Russell, an ex-lawyer turned literary agent who impulsively quit his job aft...more
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
When we become wives and mothers, we end up turn into the one thing we want to avoid - a nagging shrew. That is what has happened to Izzy. She's a woman who has everything until she is laid off. Now she is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. It doesn't help that her good friend just recently announced that she's getting divorced and is suggesting that Izzy does the same. Izzy is not happy with her marriage but is divorce really the answer? The Seven Year Bitch is a relatable...more
Brenda
I really liked this book! It was about a woman that wanted a family, baby or babies, work, husband, and she does get it all. The book has some laugh out loud moments as she finds you should be careful what you wish for, you may get it! She goes through life with husband, baby and then another baby and has many ups and downs, and she has a friend who is getting divorced. She even sees a physiciatrist or doctor (I think that is where she got this idea) who says there are different levels (for lack...more
Jenn Ravey
You know how sometimes you have a friend who has a real asshole for a husband? You know you do. Maybe they're not always an ass, but for much of the time you've known them, the husband does crazy things? And you know how you can't really say anything because when your friend makes up with her husband everything is all honey and manna? This. Book.

Isolde is an ex-hedge fund manager, and she has a small son. Her husband has been attempting to start up a small publishing company for a while. And, we...more
Rebecca
Typical New York annoyances. This book totally did not make me want to get married at all. It seemed like all the Girl did in this book was scream at her husband. Why he put up with it, is beyond me. They seemed more like brother and sister in that regards then anything. Why would anyone voluntarily stay with someone who screamed at them all the time unless they had too?? Lordy. Women gets fired from her job, but apparently they have tons of money still, because she still goes and hires a nanny...more
Sara Strand
If you are married and have not quite made the seven year mark I will tell you it's real and it's scary. A good friend of mine told me once that if you can weather the seven year itch you can take on the world. Maybe not the case with me since Matt and I aren't the best team ever, but I do feel like we've hit a milestone of sorts and already being a few days beyond our seven year wedding anniversary... it feels different.

What I absolutely loved about this book is that I could absolutely relate....more
Talini
The Seven Year Bitch by Jennifer Belle spoke to me in a myriad of way.
I initially picked up the book because it reminded me of the Candace Bushnell series, but written with a bit more sophistication and wit. It seemed to speak to me- a woman approaching her 7th year of marriage completely discontent and frustrated. This is who I would have become of me.
The protagonist, Izzy, is reflective, ambitious, and nostalgic. She struggles with the idea of cheating while trying to have a 2nd child with her...more
Laura de Leon
I almost gave up on this book several times before getting to the halfway point, but it picked up for me after that.

I think I was (once again) having trouble with the wealthy New York setting. It's so foreign to me, but it doesn't look like it should be. The rules of life aren't what I'm expecting, and it throws me.

The characters are more outspoken, with much harsher language than I'd expect. And yes, the protagonist is a bit of a bitch. And a snob. And even given than I don't really understand...more
Jennifer
It hurts my heart to write this review, but sometimes you have to do what's right to keep yourself healthy, no matter how sad it makes you. And thus, I must reluctantly say that I am breaking up with Jennifer Belle.

Belle's first two novels, Going Down and High Maintenance, are two of my favorite reads ever. I'm talking an I-want-them-with-me-if-trapped-on-a-desert-island level of love. I adore the quirky characters, their unorthodox reactions to wacky only-in-NYC characters, and their roll-with-...more
Laura
Isolde Brilliant is a New Yorker with a baby, husband, and a successful job as a hedge fund manager. One day she loses her job and soon her grip on sanity as she tries to navigate the difficult world of being a mother and a wife. Isolde finds herself growing enraged at her husband over everything, fantasizing about every man except her husband, and looking forward to time out alone without having to take care of her husband or son.

As Isolde’s recently divorced friend Joy tells her about her husb...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Say you have friends who seem, to you, to have an awful marriage and are terrible parents, but since it's none of your business, you can't really say anything about their staying together and having more kids. Well, that's a bit what reading this novel is like.

Actually, this book had two feels, really. On one hand, this felt a bit chick lit-y, as if Bridget Jones finally got married and had to face turning 40; on the other hand, this had the kind of quirky tone I associate with Aimee Bender or L...more
Lisa
This was an easy read and I enjoyed turning the pages, unlike the other two library books I got that I'm returning without even reading. But I had several issues with this book. Isolde is dissatisfied with her marriage, but I didn't get enough of a sense of why or how she fell in love with Russell in the first place. A sense of the good times with him or the early stages of their marriage would have made the story more complete. She also has a best friend who makes occasional appearances with a...more
Daniela
You want to laugh out loud? Shake your head and think "Wait. What did she just say?" Nod your head in agreement? Think to yourself, "OMG, she's in my head"? Well, then this is the book for you. I have to be honest and say that what drew me to this book, was the title on the front. I just laughed out loud at it, as I was passing it by and then I stopped to pick it up, so I could read the back.

Not only does this book have you laughing the instant that you start reading it, but it also fills you w...more
Beth
So good! I think it's a shame that her books are clearly marketed to "chick-lit" customers (see the cover of High Maintenance - another very good book, and the lame title of this one) b/c Jennifer Belle's work is so much smarter, funnier and less predictable than most so-called chick-lit. I think bad covers and titles scare off loads of women who would never dream of reading a Sophie Kinsella or a Jennifer Weiner book. Not there is necessarily anything wrong with those - I read everything that J...more
Karen
Oct 05, 2010 Karen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Instead of the light, funny read that I thought this would be by the cute book title, I found that the book title is accurate in a completely unexpected way - a woman bitching about her life for what felt like seven years. The main character seems unhappy with all aspects of her life. When she's with her baby, she wishes she were working. When she's working she wishes she was with her baby. Her husband is not good enough, the restaurants aren't good enough, and she has a weird obsession about he...more
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An American novelist, based in New York City.

She attended Bronx High School of Science and dropped out of college. She has also written columns for Ms. magazine. In 2002, she married entertainment lawyer Andrew Krents, after they were introduced by fellow novelist Amy Sohn.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, London’s The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s...more
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“I loved Duncan and I loved being his mother but I wasn't sure I was prepared to be only his mother. Before we were even married, when Russell and I had gotten our dog, Humbert, I had walked him early one morning, and as I stood on a line for coffee, someone had offered him a dog treat. "I always ask the mommy first," she said, looking at him expectantly. "Oh, I'm not his mother," I said, "I'm just his...friend," and she looked at me with complete contempt. "You're his mother," she had scolded, "Poor dog.” 2 likes
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