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Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
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Oct 07, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: chick-lit
Read in July, 2008

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 tends to make them look better. The second type are those that don't really make much of a difference to the original novel. These are loose sequels. They have some of the original novel's backstory, but not so much where it's absolutely necessary to read the first novel. They can be read as stand-alone novels. Lastly, there are those sequels that are better in theory. The ones that make the original novel worse. "Certain Girls", unfortunately, falls under the third category.

I loved "Good In Bed". I thought it was a gem. "Certain Girls"...not so much. First off, Cannie Shapiro (the heroine of the first novel) did a complete 180. It seemed like she went from three steps forward (in the first novel) and two steps back (in the second). She became this smothering, obsessive, character. What happened to the witty, sharp-tounged heroine from the first novel? And Joy, her daughter, was obnoxious and bratty. I know she's only twelve, but she was overly bratty. It went to the point where I wanted to skip the chapters she narrated (I didn't, but boy, did I ever want to!). And don't even get me started on the ending. I'm not going to say it, so that I don't spoil the book. But the ending was majorly depressing and completely unnecessary.

So, if you loved "Good In Bed", do not read "Certain Girls". It will change you perceptions of the first novel and not in a good way. "Good In Bed" should not have been messed with in this way. Which is why I rate this two stars.
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Cris i'm not done reading yet, but so far, i think your review is spot on..

Nmck I just finished reading this book, and your review is very accurate. This is my first disappointment from Weiner. I would rather have left Cannie's life to my imagination than read this!

Janet right on wrote a review I wish I could have written...

Marcie I totally agree with you, as well.

Laura (LauraZReads) I absolutely agree with you. After I found out that Certain Girls was a sequel to Good In Bed I couldn't wait to read it...but when I did I was SOOOOO disappointed! I love Jennifer Weiner but this book made me so upset. I actually was yelling at it while I was reading lol

message 6: by Kat (new) - rated it 2 stars

Kat I absolutely agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The ending was so completely unnecessary!!! I was thinking why??? what difference would that have made???? But i guess it was so anti-climatic that she had to throw something in there to throw you off... But seriously I couldn't agree more!!!! Except that I felt the urge to skip over the Cannie narrated parts... she annoyed me to no end in this one!!!

message 7: by Alisha Marie (last edited Dec 07, 2009 09:05AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Alisha Marie The whole book was unnecessary. Good in Bed is an absolute gem, which was a bit debunked by this so-called "sequel". I don't get what's so bad about the stand-alone novel. Not everything needs to become a sequel and then a trilogy and so on and so forth.

Jessica I just bought Certain Girls today and did not realize until now that it was the sequel to Good in Bed, which I have not read, yet. Hopefully, I will enjoy it since I don't have Good in Bed to compare it to...

Bethany Andrews I'm 300 pages in, and your review describes my thoughts, feelings and opinions quite accurately. So disappointed.

Chelsea 100% accurate

message 11: by MrsJoseph (new)

MrsJoseph Thank you! I was about to buy this and I LOVED Good In Bed. I'd hate to have that book ruined for me.

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Ainsley Latwaitis You are right on with this review. I thought it might just be me, but after talking with a friend, and reading this, I know it's the book LOL. So disappointing. And I normally LOVE her stuff!! Not sure I'll bother finishing it...

Ellon Definitely a spot-on review!

message 14: by Teresa (new) - added it

Teresa i am only 85 pages in and you said everything i was already thinking! Cannies personality is nothing like she was before....

message 15: by Erika (new)

Erika I'm not very far into this book but the daughter drives me crazy! What a rotten brat. I might have to dump it. Thanks for your input.

message 16: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa McCord I got to page 125 and shut it. I gave up. It's horrible.

message 17: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa McCord I got to page 125 and shut it. I gave up. It's horrible.

message 18: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Ha! I picked this up in the free bin at the thrift store yesterday and I'm already to the end almost, because I did in fact skip nearly all of Joys chapters. I got to the twist this morning and said to the air "Well that was unnecessarily dark." I feel like it takes away from Good In Bed,knowing how it "turns out".
I hate needless secrecy and drama, just tell the girl her grandfather is an asshole who threatened to take her. Problem solved. People don't act like that in real life.

message 19: by Sharon (new)

Sharon It's almost like she was saying to her publisher that if they were going to push for another book, she would give them one about her fictional self being pushed to produce another book though. Kind of like an eff you.

Susan I listened to audio book first 5 cd's and quit, but then wondered about the conclusion and listened to last cd. BIG mistake! I agree with your review 100%.

Ashley Itaya Spot on! It's like you took the words right out of my brain and wrote them way better than I could have expressed. I was so disappointed and felt like I had wasted time and ruined the first book for myself.

message 22: by Jamie (new)

Jamie thank you for this!!! I just finished Good In Bed and was looking into reading this one. I'll skip it and stick with the happy feeling I have from Good In Bed!!

message 23: by Melijane (new)

Melijane hi, can i read certain girls first than good in bed?

Alisha Marie Melijane wrote: "hi, can i read certain girls first than good in bed?"

Hmmm, I think so. It takes place about a decade after Good in Bed, so you can. However, I recommend you just read Good in Bed and not bother with this one.

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