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Something New

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  22 reviews
If you stop trying new things, you might as well just stop.

Ellen Ivers has it all: a nice house, great kids, and a husband who loves her no matter how much she’s let herself go. There’s just one problem: Ellen is completely, utterly bored. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just time to make a change. Ellen starts taking care of herself and decides to start tryin
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley
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Samantha Bailey
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Something New" by Janis Thomas is one of the best books I've read in 2013. And I read a lot! Hilarious, extremely well-written and so relatable, "Something New" captures the feelings, thoughts and desires of a 40 something year old woman on the cusp of major change. Having kids, being a wife and trying to figure out the next stage of our lives is something most moms think about, and I tore through this book dying to see what Ellen would do (and write) next. I absolutely loved this book and woul ...more
Julie Valerie
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Okay, um. WOW. Definitely a five star book. I'm at a loss for words because I really loved this book and am so excited to discover a hot new writer in the world of Contemporary Women's Fiction. This created a bit of anxiety at first because I knew I'd have to wait to read book #2 and I was afraid that might take a while - but low and behold, great news! Janis has another book, Sweet Nothings coming out July 2013 so I only have to wait five months. And, okay. I couldn't help myself - ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From an outsider's perspective, Ellen Ivers has the ideal life. But as she's approaching her forty third birthday, she's realizing that her life has become a bit stale. Yes, she has a husband and kids who love her but she craves more. She decides that a personal reinvention is necessary. She starts watching what she eats, exercising more and even doing things she never thought she would. When her cousin convinces her to enter a blog contest, Ellen was hesitant at first, but thought … what the he ...more
R J Mckay
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Something New” by Janis Thomas is the story of a bored house wife who decides that it is time to make a few changes in her life. Ellen goes on a diet, begins to exercise, and give more attention to her appearance. Quite by chance, Ellen’s cousin tells her about a blog competition. The idea grows on Ellen, who had put her writing on hold to raise her three kids, and she reluctantly decides to enter.
While on a visit to her cousin’s house, Jill meets the next door neighbor, handsome detective Ben
What a fun, thought-provoking, and intriguing book this turned out to be. It's a beautifully well written novel that captures the reader's attention. The characters in the novel are so genuine, every facet so authentic, almost as though I was privy to someone's personal and private thoughts written in a diary. I highly recommend every married woman out there (especially those in their 40's), with or without kids, read this novel.

By the way, I love the book cover. What a beautiful shoe. :)
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Book. Had Never Read Anything By Her. Love It. Highly Recommend.
Charlotte Lynn
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
It appears Ellen Ivers has everything. A great house, wonderful kids, and an amazing husband. But Ellen is bored with her life. She starts working out losing weight and feeling good about herself. Her cousin, Jill, tells her she has to do something for herself and tempts her to start writing again and enter a blog competition.
Ellen’s self confidence grows as the hits of her blog post grow and as Ben Campbell, a married detective gives her attention. That attention leads her down a dangerous path
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More and more authors seem to be writing about women’s mid life crises as opposed to the men and it isn’t pretty. All of a sudden their families and spouses aren’t enough. It’s all about them and what they need and want.

Something New seemed to delve deeply into this theme and showed us how weak Ellen was. She didn’t care about her family or who she would hurt although her life as she told it didn’t seem so b
Sandy (WI girl at heart)
Just finished "Something New" by Janis Thomas. Not a whole lot more that I can say but "READ IT"!

There is a something for everyone in this book. It was funny, hilarious and down right rib tickling. Yes it is from a woman's point of view but even a guy would enjoy this book.

From start to finish the main character (author) has you REALLY walking in her shoes. It is from the day to day living through this character that you can actually see yourself at time, at least I could. I felt that there were
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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A woman who has been married for a long time with three kids and realizes that her life recently has revolved around her husband and the kids and through a stranger she realizes that she needs something for herself.

Although, I am not at this place in life, I could relate to the character and was able to really take away some things and reflect. With such an honest set of characters, it was interesting to see where the author would take them and how
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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I'd have preferred to give this 2.5 stars. I loved the premise of the book, especially since I'm a 40-something stay-at-home Mom who often finds herself bored.

But, I didn't love the characters. And the blog posts were condescending, and I didn't feel that they went along with Ellen's personality.

Michele Blanchard
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how absorbed I got into this book. I started off with 3 stars, but as I kept thinking about this book after finishing it, I realized it deserved 4. Would recommend to my mom friends and want to read more by this author.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So funny. Loved her writing and can't wait to read more of her.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun beach read. Humorous writing. She often hits the nail on the head, but it doesn't go too deep.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Very poor writing but cute story. The author basically was writing her thoughts from stream of consciousness throughout the book. The subject was about life as a SAHM...
Becky Selby
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book!!! Can't wait for her next one!
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Randy Briggs
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Witty, charming, and smart. It was also highly relatable. I cannot wait to hear more from this author.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First book of hers I've read.......thoroughly enjoyed it and will look for more!
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