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Wifey by Judy Blume
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Aug 11, 2011

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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.

At that time, this book was shocking, and shockingly sexual. I read it again and again, in the way that adolescents do. I probably memorized parts of it without realizing it.

I came across it recently, on a table for a dollar and picked it up, with nothing but fond memories. I was so disappointed once I started reading it. Its the story of Sandy, a suburban wife and mother, living in New Jersey, dealing with an unfulfilling marriage. Sad to say but it just isn't that interesting, isn't very well written, and isn't that sexy either. The sexual situations are silly and the characters are underwritten. If I had no past affiliation with the book, I'd give it two stars. But being that it was such an important book in my childhood, I'll bump it up to three. But not a happy three...
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