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Certe ragazze (Cannie Shapiro #2)

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"Mia madre - scrive nel suo diario la quasi tredicenne Joy Shapiro - è la persona più imbarazzante mai nata sulla terra." Destinataria inconsapevole del commento, Cannie Shapiro cerca da sempre di bilanciare le esigenze della propria vita privata con quelle della carriera. Poco dopo essere diventata una scrittrice di successo, ha rinunciato alla fama e alla luce dei riflet...more
Paperback, Piemme Pocket, 494 pages
Published 2009 by Piemme (first published 2008)
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Alisha Marie
First off, let me start off by saying I'm a big Jennifer Weiner fan. Her books are the perfect in-between books. You know, those books that are light and fluffy reads and that are perfect to read in-between serious books? That's what describes Jennifer Weiner's books.

Now, "Certain Girls" is a sequel to Weiner's hit novel "Good in Bed". In my opinion, there are three types of sequels. The first type are those certain sequels that are great. They are even better than the original novel and it tend...more
Naomi
I procured an advanced reader copy of this title in a couple of days, being so excited for the sequel to one of my favorite books ever. Cannie is a great heroine and I couldn't wait to revisit her 13 years after the birth of her daughter, Joy.

While initially I was a bit disappointed, "Certain Girls" is a fast read, and anyone looking for a continuing story of Cannie, Joy, Peter and the rest won't be sorry. While I don't want to give up any spoilers, I sobbed like crazy through my last half hour...more
Rebecca
May 05, 2008 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mothers and daughters everywhere, anyone with a heart
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Tammy
I was very excited to finally read the sequel to Jennifer Weiner's best-selling novel Good in Bed. Weiner writes fantastic stories that are both funny and heart-wrenching. (Not sure you've heard of her? In Her Shoes is another highly popular Weiner novel.) Good in Bed is the story of feisty Cannie Shapiro and her journey through weight issues, boyfriend problems, father/daughter issues, dealing with her lesbian mother and single parenting.

Certain Girls is the story of Cannie Shapiro, more than...more
Linda
I actually did not finish this book. I have been reading it for 5 days now and should be finished with it by now but am only on page 71. It is so slow, that I cant even get excited about reading it.
I will read the last couple of chapters to see how it ends. Even if it is a book that I like, I can read the end and then go back and finish it.

I have read other Jennifer Weiner books and really liked them, but I cant recommend this one.


Okay I tried to read the last few chapters. Then I came to the t...more
Ellie
The novel Certain Girls continues the story of Cannie Shapiro, who we first met a decade ago in Good In Bed. Cannie is now married to Peter and is the over-protective mother of thirteen-year-old Joy.

The novel is alternatively narrated by Cannie and Joy. I found this confusing because it isn't clear who is narrating the chapter until you get a few paragraphs into it. The plot was predictable but the story was still enjoyable. Although, this book isn't as good as Good In Bed.

I hated the ending....more
Eva Mitnick
"Good in Bed" was such a toothsome piece of chick lit that I was very much looking forward to reading more about Cannie. However, Certain Girls is quite pallid by comparison. Much of the earthy energy of the first book is missing, and instead this is an almost mediocre mom-and-teenage-daughter story. I say "almost" because Weiner is an entertaining writer who often throws a surprising insight or a fabulous one-liner into the mix just as things are getting tiresome.

Actually, the fabulous one-line...more
Wendi
Well...what's to say about this book; it's no different than any other book Jennifer Weiner has written. Fat chick whining about being fat.

The first Jennifer book I read was "In Her Shoes". I read it because I saw the movie adaption because I love the actress who plays the older sister. Being an only child I was totally enthralled by the relationship between the sisters in the book and the grandmother they didn't know. I loved watching how both sisters transformed and became different women. An...more
Whitney
I, of course, loved this book because I think I would love anything Jennifer Weiner writes. I am a little surprised that people disliked the book because of the overwhelmingly sad occurance at the end of the book. Did you all think Good in Bed was light hearted and breezy? Because, compared to this, I would say it was much less fantasy. The reason her books touch so many of us profoundly is because she writes about things that many of us endure, but aren't necessarily socially acceptable to disc...more
Ellenjsmellen
Got this from the library and really enjoyed it. It's where Cannie Shapiro from Good in Bed left off plus another 12 years later. Mother/daughter story told from each point of view in alternating chapters. Break out your tissues towards the end.
Min
I was excited about this book since it was a return to Cannie Shapiro's world. We met Cannie in Good In Bed, where Cannie (like author Weiner) lives in Philadelphia. This book picked up twelve years after where GiB left off.

Joy is preparing for her bat mitzvah, and Cannie is figuring out how to navigate being a wife, a mother of an adolescent, and a good Jewish mother all at once. The last she needs is for Joy to read the semi-autobiographical book Cannie wrote right after Joy's birth detailing...more
Barbara
“Good in Bed” is one of my Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time. It’s funny, it’s all about various relationships and there are even lesbians in it. Over the years, I’ve wondered whatever happened to Cannie Shapiro and Joy?

Well, Cannie turned into a scaredy cat housewife/closet writer and Joy turned into a typical teenager.

“Certain Girls” takes place 13 years after the end of “Good in Bed.” Cannie is married to Dr. K and Joy is in middle school, preparing for her bat mitzvah. We find out in flas...more
Katherine
I have this feeling that I like Jennifer Weiner. Not necessarily her books, but her. And so I keep reading her books, and sort of enjoy them, and am always sort of disappointed. She has promise on which she doesn't completely deliver. Her plots are fairly conventional. I nearly gave up reading this, as I began to find the format (switching chapter between and mother and a really annoying daughter) to be tedious. For some reason I persevered and found that it improved. And yet... still, I apparen...more
Laura
Our book club featured this book and when it was selected, I didn't care one way or the other, so went along with it. After reading it though, I HATED it. If you DO read it, don't read the ending. It's lazy and a terrible shame that the author did what she did, the conclusion adds nothing to the story and drags the events out for "dramatic effect." If it were a movie, the audience would say a collective, "oh come on." What I felt was a C- book used an F ending.

To be sure: skip the ending. BUT -...more
Grace
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liz
Okay, so Jennifer Weiner's oeuvre is not one that I'm a huge huge fan of, although I do appreciate how she gave lots of women a voice (while also regretting how some people assume her characters speak for all women). So I figured this would be pretty run-of-the-mill chick-lit, and turned out to be oddly disappointed, at least at first, by its emphasis on mother-daughter relationships. But I found myself extremely interested in the characters, especially the mother, so the book turned out to be d...more
bookczuk
I picked this up for bumma to read while taking her radiation therapy, but even light reading became too much for her. While sorting through her books for her, I found this again and decided to give it a go. It continues the story of full woman sized Cannie, whom I met in Good in Bed. Interesting examination of women on the cusp of milestones: motherhood, bat mitzpha, job changes etc. It had some moments that were very hard to me to read in my current situation with my own mom (who is dying from...more
Keris
I couldn't decide whether to re-read Jennifer Weiner's debut novel, Good in Bed, before reading the long-awaited follow-up, Certain Girls, but in the end I chose not to. I thought I could remember enough about Good in Bed that it wouldn't be necessary and, at the same time, I wanted to see if Certain Girls could stand on its own.

Well, it turns out that I didn't remember Good In Bed as well as I thought, but Certain Girls certainly stands on its own. I think (but, you know, I can't be sure) that...more
Stephanie
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Coco
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Li
3.5 stars
I wish I could have given this book a higher rating but I found myself extremely frustrated with both Cannie and Joy.
Joy should have been slapped and grounded somewhere around page 25.
Cannie needed someone (Samantha!) to grab her by the shoulders and shake her into reality.
What happened to my strong heroine of "Good in Bed"?
Where did the neurotic, coddling-her-child-too-much, insecure woman of "Certain Girls" come from? We get some answers toward the middle of the book but it still did...more
Lauren
Aug 05, 2008 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the gals
There is just something about Jennifer Weiner that I love. It could be that she is less than skinny, sort of Jewish, and from Philly (remind you of anyone?). Maybe I am vain, but I like books that I can relate to (at least a little bit) and that remind me of things that I know...like growing up Jewish, struggling with weight and then learning to love yourself, crazy hair, and of course all of the wonders of Philadelphia. And then of course there are things that I can't relate to in this book...l...more
Kaarin
After every Jennifer Weiner book I seriously contemplate a move to Philadelphia. I was there a few years ago on a business trip and experienced the town that is always a background character in each of Weiner's novels. She allows the city to breathe, and rather than squash its idiosyncrasies she summons them forward to set the stage for poignant scenes within her work. Certain Girls employs the subjects that Weiner is best at creating - relationships between mothers, daughters, and sisters. She...more
Amanda Lyons
I love Jennifer Weiner's books precisely because they are so close to home (I am an insecure plus size who shares many of the self doubting thoughts and self deprecating sense of humor her characters often have)and so very well written! Her books and short stories have level of personal detail I admire very much and in many ways I feel I learn from as a writer simply by taking them in. They're also very cathartic in many ways that any other "chicklit" (honestly I don't think the moniker suits he...more
Lauren
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Fanficfan44
I found this book at Booktrader of Hamilton and since I had read Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro #1), I thought I would give it a try.

I have to say that I while I was able to suspend my disbelief for many things, I had issues with the ending of Good in Bed…most significantly, why the “pusher” was not arrested and why Cannie’s family didn’t seem concerned about that. (If you read Good in Bed you will know what I mean.) That leads me to another warning, if you didn’t read Good in Bed, most of this boo...more
Carmen
Weiner is back to her old form in this funny, insightful novel. This book revisits the characters in Good in Bed 13 years later. It is imperative to read that book first. Chapters are alternating between Cannie Shapiro (the heroine of Good in Bed) and her now 13-year-old daughter Joy. Cannie is struggling with Joy, who has developed a real attitude problem, and her husband, who wants a child with her via surrogate. Joy is struggling with fitting in a school (she wears hearing aids) and figuring...more
Jessica
In this follow-up to Good In Bed, Jennifer Weiner brings us back to the life of Cannie Shapiro, who is now a lot happier in her skin -- her husband, Peter, is still delightful and loving, she's enjoying writing sci-fi/fantasy novels under a pseudonym, and her daughter, Joy, while clearly going through adolescent angst, is preparing for her bat mitzvah. Not so fast, though -- Weiner lets Joy speak for herself in alternating chapters, and it may not just be hormones that are making her snappish an...more
Offbalance
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Charlotte
I really wish that I could have given this book 3.5 stars. Like all of Weiner's books, it was very well written and engaging. A follow up to her first book Good In Bed, this story shoots us ahead 13 years as Cannie prepares for her daughter Joy's bat mitzvah. I had a few problems with the book... First, in this book Cannie has written a story about a portion of her life and is dealing with the repercussions of this. This gets a bit confusing when she starts talking about the things that she wrot...more
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