Another lovely collection of short stories about women coping with family, loving, dating, and life. My only sticking point is that Weiner always seemAnother lovely collection of short stories about women coping with family, loving, dating, and life. My only sticking point is that Weiner always seems to write about the same characters: plus-size women with low self-esteem, absent fathers, willing to screw themselves in pursuit of love (which never works the way they think). While I enjoy her writing and can relate well to her characters, several stories about the same problems got a little annoying after a while. While I still have not read 3 of her novels, I have a pretty good idea of what to expect....more
I will be honest and say that it has been a while since I read this book. That is because I have tried to go back and I just can't do it. The writersI will be honest and say that it has been a while since I read this book. That is because I have tried to go back and I just can't do it. The writers made one of the biggest literary mistakes possible: They made the main character unlikable. The nanny endures a remarkable amount of crap from her roommate, her employer and others around her without actually doing anything about it. She let the world walk all over her and I never understood why. I could not relate to her in the least because I would have called my roommate and my boss on the crap well before page 100. I know I was supposed to hate her crazy, over-privileged boss but I couldn't help but feel that Nan deserved part of what she got. If I want to like this book and the characters but just can't, then the writers did something seriously wrong. And I don't like the book or its characters. ...more
This ended up being a pleasant surprise. I tend to find chick lit rather predictable and vapid. There is plenty of well written chick lit out there buThis ended up being a pleasant surprise. I tend to find chick lit rather predictable and vapid. There is plenty of well written chick lit out there but you have to dig through a lot of other stuff to find it. The endings are usually the same (girl tries to find guy, drama/hilarity ensue, girl gets guy) and the journey getting there is rarely that original. Most of what I saw from the outside of this book screamed “Chick Lit” and after having read it I will say that still holds true. However, it is not a typical woman in her twenties or thirties trying to find Mr. Right. It’s about a widowed woman raising her ten-year-old son and working as a personal assistant to the stars.
I enjoyed going along on this ride with Corki as she tried to navigate parenting demanding and often sordid stars and her ‘lively’ young son. I also got to see her deal with a bank robbery, car accident, and sort-of sting operation. It was fun, funny, and great escape from the ordinariness of my own life. I also liked the message at the end. Rather than happiness being with a guy, it was with Corki finding her own self-respect and happiness in life. Absolutely worth the read ...more
This is an excellent follow up to Something Borrowed. It picks up from when Darcy catches Dex at Rachel's apartment and follows her tumultuous relatioThis is an excellent follow up to Something Borrowed. It picks up from when Darcy catches Dex at Rachel's apartment and follows her tumultuous relationship with Marcus and the challenges of maturing, finding new relationships, and pregnancy. I really loved watching Darcy's character change so radically from Giffin's first book to the end of this book. It was a very compelling read....more
**spoiler alert** I am not a big chick lit fan. I generally find the genre to be insipid, predictable and largely uniteresting. I read this book based**spoiler alert** I am not a big chick lit fan. I generally find the genre to be insipid, predictable and largely uniteresting. I read this book based on a friend's recommendation and started off disappointed. Genie has bee na dutiful girlfriend for four years helping her British writer boyfriend get his novel off the ground. Once his success hits, he proposes to his great love on Barbara Walters. There's only on problem; it's not Genie.
Devastated, Genie and her loyal friend Patty decide to fake her engagement. Engaged women are treated and rewarded differently in our society so why not reap the benefits after paying her dues for four years? I liked the premise despite the recipe for disaster because I'm all for revenge on lousy boyfriends. It's also a coming of age story in a way becasue Genie realizes she's been putting her life on hold waiting around for Hugh (the boyfriend) to get it together. In one short summer she fakes an engagement and jumps out of her comfort zone and turns into a independent, risk-taking (by comparison) fulfilled woman.
This book was one of the better chick lit reads I have encountered because in the end, the solution isn't all about a man. It encourages risk-taking independence with or without a man. If you like chick lit, I absolutely say go for it but if you already don't like the genre, this won't convert you....more
When Cathy realizes her life is a complete mess and nothing is going right. She doesn’t know where to begin to fix it. When she makes a list of thingsWhen Cathy realizes her life is a complete mess and nothing is going right. She doesn’t know where to begin to fix it. When she makes a list of things she wants to be different, she realizes that with a little bit of editing, her desires could read like a magazine article. So she figured she had nothing left to lose by using a series of magazines to try and better her life. In this fun and funny romp, we follow Cathy as the tries to throw the perfect dinner party, rid herself of unwanted fat, blow his mind in bed (who he ends up being is a pleasant surprise rarely found in real life).
I enjoyed this book because it doesn’t gloss over the reality of the fact that life is hard, messy and difficult to get right. While not always a perfect heroine, Cathy is very relatable and almost always funny and insightful. I think any woman (and some men) should give this book a try. ...more
I am a fan of Emily Giffin in that she writes chick lit with greater substance. It’s not just about finding a man to make you happy but about resolvinI am a fan of Emily Giffin in that she writes chick lit with greater substance. It’s not just about finding a man to make you happy but about resolving issues within yourself. This usually involves a man but it is still chick lit. I really liked the premise of this novel in that it was the woman who didn’t want children and had to struggle as her marriage came to terms with irreconcilable differences. I also liked the additional family dynamic as her sisters’ struggle with their own marriages and families and her friend’s tumultuous relationships. Claudia has to learn to come to terms with not wanting children, losing her husband, moving forward, and looking back. The novel did an excellent job of showcasing different kinds of struggles, dramas, personal conflict, and growing in the struggles of Claudia, her infertile sister, her sister who is married to a cheating husband, her melodramatic mother, and her loyal but oft self-destructive best friend.
I will ruin the ending right now and say I felt it was a bit of a cop out. Claudia doesn’t want children. She doesn’t want to be a mother. How much of this is a personal preference and how much is unresolved issues is never really clear but in the end she is willing to make a lifetime commitment to something just to get her husband back. I didn’t like that if only because if you really don’t want something that huge, doing it for another person will most likely come back to bite you in the butt. I have never believed that love conquers all and it is definitely not all you need. I found that romantic but incredibly naïve. If love conquers all, the divorce rate wouldn’t be what it is.
The ending also never properly dealt with the core issue of the matter. They loved each other and got back together and each was willing to sacrifice for the other but how long can it last before the problem comes back? Unlike the other two books I have read by her, this ending felt wholly incomplete. It was good but the fact that everyone but Claudia resolved their issues cost it major points....more
This book is only semi-serious where other (e.g. Mars & Venus) are all serious. It was actually good to read something that had wit as well as wisThis book is only semi-serious where other (e.g. Mars & Venus) are all serious. It was actually good to read something that had wit as well as wisdom. It’s mostly things I already knew but may or may not pass along to future SOs. It also helps give women some insight into men and what men may have dealt with in the past (e.g. jealous, crazy, and other behaviors seen on Melrose Place).
I agreed with most of it but one thing I absolutely did not agree with is the ‘boxers only’ rule. I am against tighty whiteys because they are remarkably unsexy but boxer briefs are my favorites and I know many other women who agree. Overall, it’s fun and worth the read and men may want to take this at least semi-seriously....more
I normally don’t like chick lit because it’s all the same. This one was similar but different enough for me to lose myself in it. It centers on threeI normally don’t like chick lit because it’s all the same. This one was similar but different enough for me to lose myself in it. It centers on three friends who each want something different out of life: the soon-to-be-married Nicole wants to work again, Seema is in love with her best male friend but can’t work up the courage to do anything about it, and Melissa wants her boyfriend of six years to finally propose. Nicole wrigs a cake pull so that each girl will pull a charm that should give her the fortune she most desires. When things don’t go as planned, the girls realize that what you want and what you need may not be the same thing after all…
It’s rare for me to really like and be engaged in chick lit. This novel went deeper than girl-must-get-guy since Nicole had to come to terms with being a wife and stepmother, Melissa had to swallow a very bitter pill, and Seema has to choose what path she must take with regard to the man she loves. I found myself drawn into the changing perspectives and stories and wanting to find out what happens which is rare in general. It’s still light and fluffy but is deeper than your average pastel covered chick lit without losing the fun. ...more