Kristen's Reviews > Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans

Jemima J by Jane Green
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Aug 17, 2008

really liked it
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Read in August, 2008

** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed reading this book. I started it kind of thinking that it would be a shallow quick light read, something to read when I don't want to think too much.

Like any "chick lit" book, it was all of those things but it was a good story, too. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions a lot, and I identified with Jemima a lot.

Also, at the end of the book I was very pleased to see that she didn't maintain her tiny figure but let herself go to a comfortable size 10, where she was slimmer but not killing herself to be slim. I was glad for that because Jemima was obviously never meant to be teeny tiny, and I'm glad that she still attained all her wildest dreams and she didn't HAVE to be super thin to do it. :)

I do have some complaints, though.

1. I didn't like how the book kept switching point of view's. Some people probably enjoyed just got on my nerves. This book would have been fine written entirely in the third person.

2. It was a bit predictable. I hate to say it, I really do. There was a great plot twist with the bit about Brad & Jenny and the "larger ladies" porno, but even *that* was a bit predictable. There was the whole thing with Jenny disliking Jemima and her "protectiveness" of Brad and then Brad's late meetings and not coming home...I mean, you knew something was up and it wasn't too hard to put two and two together. I wasn't expecting the bit about the pr0n, though!

3. I didn't like how it was all "too good to be true." Why do all chick lit books seem to end like that!? Everything seemed to work out too well. She got 3 months off to go to London, she just suddenly became obsessed with exercise and eating right, thanks to talking to Brad online. She gets revenge on her snotty roomies. She moves in with Brad. She finds a British single girl in LA who she *loves* and is just like her. She has a rich best friend to make her over and who is savvy and wonderful.

4. I didn't like that Jemima was practically anorexic and that was okay.

Overall, a good read. I'd recommend it for a quick light read (like on an airplane or while waiting for an appointment) or if you enjoy girly feminine books. Good writing but a tad predictable.

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