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Margo and B.B. are divorced mothers, living in sun-washed Colorado. They cope with it all--careers, loneliness, crises, new lovers, old lovers--their own and their children's.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by G.P.putnam's Sons (first published 1978)
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there could be spoilers, i don't know... i have been drinking....

so, this is my first foray into the bodice rippers group's reading list. i don't know, it wasn't as bad as either of the two romance novels i had to read for my readers' advisory class, but then again it also wasn't as unintentionally funny as either of them. it was actually quite sad. a sad book about reaching out with a vagina in order to find love.

it chronicles the great american dream for women of the recent past - find a nice...more
Rbrs #5

Whoa, Judy Blume!

This is mos-def (just realized I picked this abbr. up from Ceridwen - thanks!) NOT a Romance (romance group, we've lost our way! let's get back to the cheese and giggling!). Other than aitch-ee-double hockeysticks, I can only describe this book as a situation that would create a Romance reader. I know, there are probably well-balanced, happy women out there who gulp down the Romances...but there are also probably extremely unhappy women who would substitute fantastical an...more
Wifey is the anti-romance. No sympathetic characters, no personal growth, no love, no happy ending.

A common theme of romance novels is individuals helping one another to heal emotional wounds. These may result from childhood trauma or abuse, oppression by family members or society in general on the basis of gender, appearance, reputation, etc, or experiences of violence, grief, or betrayal. If this were a romance, Sandy would come to grips with her unhappiness, the shallowness of her existence,...more

The naked man in full erection who arrives on Sandy’s lawn, like the Ghost of Christmas Future, does indeed “point” the way, as his actions are both metaphoric and prophetic. From her bedroom window, Sandy watches the man, who discards the sheet initially draped over him, masturbates, and then leaves on a motorcycle. He knows she is watching, and she knows he knows. Though the scene is charged with sexual tension, it is at a remove and both inexplicable and random.

It’s hard to know what Judy Bl...more
This book is the outtakes from every David Lynch movie. Not the blooper reel, but the scenes that Lynch cut to shave some minutes or just because they were unnecessary and boring. It is, in that way, a found-art piece of all the scraps of daily life and all the momentous decisions people make to be boring.

To me, Blume got the inner life of this cowardly woman, Sandy, all wrong. And I can understand why that would happen. I think women, especially married women, but actually most of us, learn to...more
Aug 10, 2010 Caris rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Caris by: rbrs
Shelves: romance, 2010
Now, there are going to be some spoilers here, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. If you’re sitting there in front of your computer, looking over reviews and trying to decide what book you’d like to pick up from the library this afternoon, it may seem like the words that come later will ruin the plot of the story. But, I swear to you, if you have half a brain (like our protagonist), you’ll figure out how this story ends within ten pages.

The most supremely sad part of this book is up fo...more
While I was reading this book, I started indulging in little fantasies. Mine were a bit different from the protagonist, Sandy's, whose bad-porn-like daydreams (fucking the plumber! classic!) are her only escape from her stultifying marriage to New Jersey dry cleaning magnate Norman Pressman. (Ooh, sneaky pun there, Judy.) For example:

Sandy was staring out the window when Norman came back from walking the dog. "He did three sticks...or maybe four. I don't remember."

"Norman, are you feeling all ri
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Wifey tries hard to be The Awakening. It tries and it fails. Where The Awakening had a somewhat sympathetic protagonist, Wifey's main protagonist is just annoying and dare I say it, ignorant. Where in The Awkening Edna came off as being a mature, insightful character, Wifey's Sandy, in contrast, seems more like a never-satisfied child.

It is impossible to feel for Sandy or have any type of sympathy for this character at all. Throughout the book, Sandy comes across as being completely wrong. Hol...more
I was feeling a bit of nostalgia when I picked this one up. I read this when I was 12-13 and the only thing I could remember was the motorcyclist who jacks-off in her back yard. I was hoping reading it as an adult would resonate more than when I was a child. I can't say that it did.

It was hard to relate to the time period and their upper-middle class world. Wifey was raised to believe that to be a good wife you had to: "Make his interests your interests. Make his friends, your friends. When he'...more
an adult novel by judy blume indeed. did you write tales of a fourth grade nothing with that typewriter, judy? damn! this 1978 story of a bored new jersey housewife was mostly depressing, though that's probably the point. as a novel for grown-ups, this book has more sex and awkwardly racist characters, sure, but judy b. definitely has a lot more heart to her novels when she's writing for kids and teens. i mean, margaret grew up in suburban new jersey too and she--and her parents--had a lot more...more
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♥ Marlene♥
November 20 2013: Hmm after my first time reading a Judy Blume novel (in this case Summer Sisters) I had expected a lot of her cause that book was awesome.

I am not so sure of this book. I do not know when this and Summer Sisters was published, I thought these were older books, but boy does she love to talk about sex. Refreshing in Summer Sisters although I am not so sure with this book.

I have read about 1/5th now and I can't say I am really loving it. it feels a bit weird but that can also be b...more
I was curious about Wifey as I had read & enjoyed her YA (young adult) novels several decades ago when I was a teenager. Reading Wifey today, I have to say this book is not particularly memorable.
The blurb "Over 3 million copies sold" on the cover makes one wonder why it would sell in those numbers. It's my guess that back in 1978 when the novel came out, the story of a sexually & emotionally frustrated suburban housewife introduced to us on page one as a woman stirred to action by the...more
May 28, 2012 nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
A 1970s suburban housewife's sexual awakening while her kids are away at summer camp.

Everyone in my office is talking about 50 Shades of Grey. There is literally at least a half-hour conversation about it every day. I have been on the hold list for our e-book copy for months at this point, having been number three hundred something when I first joined. One of my coworkers was absolutely aghast that I would even think of reading it without first reading this Judy Blume classic. (Particularly sinc...more
Erica Jong for teenagers. I read this when I was in high school. The woman who told me about periods and wet dreams now told me about...Flashing! Masturbating on someone's lawn! Fucking! Multiple partners!! Including one's in-law!!! And extramarital affairs! All in one book!

Tame for an adult, but it had some great imagery that stuck with me. The book begins with a masked man in a cape riding a motorcycle into Wifey's backyard, tossing up his cape, and...well, tossing off, leaving his "stuff" on...more
Kimz Zahour
Judy Blume's first book geared towards adults. I hated it! I wish I could give it negative stars here. It's such a shame since I remember really liking her books as a child and recommending her to my own girls.
I loathed every character in this book (who were poorly introduced by the way, and left me wondering if I missed something "Who ARE these people?"). The husband is a complete @$$. There are the types of meddlesome parents/in-laws that complain about the names given to their new grandchildr...more
Reannon Peterson
Sep 21, 2007 Reannon Peterson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: other women
Wifey looks at marriage, motherhood, and sex through the eyes of a sexually-frustrated housewife in the 1970s. Her husband is emotionally-absent, only does it missionary style, and just doesn't get it. "Wifey" spends much of her time day-dreaming about sleeping with other men and has a pretty explicit mind. I was shocked by the ending, and it actually made me cry which was very unexpected for a book like this. Overall, it's an interesting story about self-realization and relationships. The writi...more
Michelle Atkinson
A reread from my teen years. I can't imagine reading this book as a teenager! A little out of my league! But I really enjoyed it this time around as well. I really enjoy reading steaming sexy stories. I look at the dog-eared paperback rack at the library often, but am too embarrassed to check one out. They just look too trashy. If anyone has any suggestions about books that are normal with trash sprinkled in.....send them my way!
Judy Blume never disappoints & can be very filthy while doing so. Sandy is sexually repressed and very unhappy in her role as a wifey. But for someone as repressed as her she sure finds herself in some strange sexual encounters. I read this one in one sitting Christmas night. The book may not end how you want it to but I liked the message: That you don't necessarily need to be single in order to find yourself.
I went into this book with the wrong expectations, thinking it would be a humorous telling of a woman in a midlife crisis kind of time in her life. While it did have some humorous parts, it was rather depressing. The main character is treated poorly by her husband, mentally not physically, and the family's dog is almost treated to have more intelligence by him than his wife. It is set in a time where woman were becoming more independent and fighting to be recognized as mental equals with men, wh...more
David Jay
I read this book, for the first time, when it came out in the late 70s. I was in junior high school and loved all of Judy Blume's books aimed at kids my age. This was her first book for adults and when my mother finished it, I gobbled up her copy. One of the other mother's at school saw that I was reading it and made a comment to my mother, that it was inappropriate for someone my age to be reading "Wifey." My mother replied that if I could understand it, she thought it was ok for me to read it....more
I read this for last book club. I read it in a day and a half. It was a quick read. A quick smutty read. But through all that smut was a fairly good story- one that exposed the hypocrisy of the "family values" era of the late 60's. While Leave it to Beaver was on TV.. everybody was screwing their neighbors wives.

So, I guess it was one "good girl"'s realization that she was trapped in a loveless marriage for the sake of security and appearances while she realized all of highly repressed sexualit...more
Erin ♥ (Paperback Stash)
You won't enjoy this one if you don't take it as a form of humor, and you have to remember that not much is really going to happen action wise. Like most of Blumes stuff it's completely character-focused rather than plot-filled. Sandy is a likeable character and funny...I think I would read and enjoy ANY book Blume wrote because I just dig her style that much. This one was a light, demented read. I have to be clear it wasn't a masterpiece like most of her younger stuff.

Her husband is a nagging,...more
Plot Summary: Sandy Pressman is the wife of Norman, a successful but dull businessman, has two children and after 12 years of marriage, is utterly bored with her 1970's New Jersey suburban housewife role. She idolizes Jackie Kennedy, has fantasies about the guy who drives by on a motorcycle and wonders what ever happened to her exciting high school boyfriend, Shep.

When her kids are away at summer camp she decides to explore the possibilities for an extra-marital affair. She starts by looking up...more
I remember my Mom telling me that I couldn't read this book (which was so tantalizing perched on a high shelf in our living room) until I was older, and now I see why! This book is almost straight erotica, if it weren't for the all-too-sympathetic story of a New Jersey housewife, married to a depressingly average and sometimes mean-spirited man, who feels smothered by her oppressively comfortable environment at home and in their posh social scene.

I quite liked this book; as a young, unemployed...more
This cute story of an unhappy suburban housewife felt like reading Are You There God, It's Me Margaret, or Forever but as an adult. It was racy, often sexy, and dealt with sex and Sandy's sexual frustration in ways that felt as taboo as the subjects broached in Blume's YA books did at the time when I read them.
I thought the characters were well-developed; I felt like I got to know Sandy pretty well, and came to dislike Norman, quickly. However, the characters were also multi-faceted, and my feel...more
Wifey is another book from one of my favorite author Judy Blume but I was a little disappointed at this one. I usually love to read all her books but I got bored reading Wifey maybe because the protagonist, Sandy has a very repetitive and boring life. She married her husband at a young age and has two children but she starts to feel unsatisfied with her marriage and their sex life. She thinks that her husband is not romantic and doesn’t understand what she wants. She starts having affairs with c...more
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I am not lying when I say I read this book when it came out. My mom had the dirtiest books an eight year old could get her hands on at the time. Perhaps I even brought it to school and read it to my classmates during lunch.
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