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Good in Bed

(Cannie Shapiro #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  279,483 ratings  ·  5,939 reviews
Weiner's witty, original, fast-moving debut features a lovable heroine, a solid cast, snappy dialogue and a poignant take on life's priorities.

For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terr
Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published 2001)
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Veronica I feel as if this is a book I would have snuck into my moms room and read at 13, but wouldn't have been able to understand the context of it. It is ce…moreI feel as if this is a book I would have snuck into my moms room and read at 13, but wouldn't have been able to understand the context of it. It is certainly a book written for adults, but there are themes present in the book that should definitely be discussed with a 13 year old. Such as healthy relationships, how to feel comfortable within your body, and how to handle not knowing how you fit into this world.(less)
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Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a person needs a light read. A fun read. A pick it up and put it down (finished in a day) read. This book is all of these things, but it also carries an important message in an accessible format. We meet many people in our lives and love many be eternal or fleeting. Regardless of the time that love is shared, or held on to, the depth, the intensity, the interwoven sense of purpose can vary. We may not always love the person that we love now. We may not always remain with the person tha ...more
Nov 29, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
Well, by reading some of the reviews below, I guess I am the only one that really did NOT like this book. I thought it was quite IRONIC That Violet loved the screenplay because the lead character didn't need to be rescued... unlike Cannie.
She seems so whiney and down on not only herself but everyone else. To me this was NOT an uplifting book, It was actually rather depressing and I only finished it because it was the book selected for my book club so i felt obligated to finish it. It was a cho
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
this book had a lot of things going on---none of it was interesting.

it starts off with this ross-and-rachel-"break" situation and a (semi) harsh column about dating a 'large' woman, and then it turns into a soap opera (i expected an evil twin to appear!) it was just bad. real bad.

also: she was a size 16 at 5'10 with big boobs!! lord. really. cry me a river.
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
The third worst book I have ever read. I just cannot stand main characters who portray themselves as perpetually victimized, while refusing to take any responsibility for removing themselves from the victim-state. It didn't help that I felt the author intentionally 'crafted' her characters to be as pathetic as possible, then framed the story in such a way as to imply the reader has no right to condemn any of them for their decisions. Insultingly bad, even for a genre (I refuse to call this anyth ...more
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Jul 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This was so good that when it ended I felt like I had lost a friend. I got so attached to Canny, that I just wanted to call her and chat with her about her life. I would read this book again and fact, I have.
At one point in my life I felt gung-ho to read the work of the woman who bravely stood up to Jonathan Franzen's derision. Then I read this book. Then I read a little bit more about Jennifer Weiner's various online and in-print literary spats.

With the disclaimer that one book is in no way representative of a writer's oeuvre -- particularly not the first book of a roughly 15 year publishing career -- I think Good in Bed is an easy target for criticism. It may not be fair to criticize a single boo
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
Blah. What is up with these 20-something books? The I-don't-like-my-job, I-can't-find-a-mate, I'm-almost-30 angst books? They are all written in the EXACT same voice, and even hit the same highlights (in both this book and Girls are Weird, a father's funeral results in a hook up with an ex--I guess I really dodged a bullet there).

In the interview after the book, the author seems very proud of herself that she wrote an anti-fairy tale, meaning the protagonist does not end the book skinny (this is
Feb 09, 2009 rated it liked it
My first grader can sound out words and takes great interest in what I'm reading. He didn't understand the title of the book, so I told him that it was about someone who sleeps all night and never gets up to get in their parents' bed.

My husband wanted to know if it was fiction. He was hoping not.

I liked this book because I liked the character and cared about her. She's likable and funny and she means well. My major criticism about this book, however, is that the unrealistic twists and turns riva
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Twenty eight year old Cannie Shapiro had just taken a break in her relationship with her boyfriend when he was heading towards wanting marriage and she wasn't quite sure what she wanted. But when she sees the headline in a magazine Loving a Larger Woman she is immediately furious when she sees her ex's name in the byline.

Now Cannie is trying to get her life in order and her weight under control. She always knew she was plus size but the humiliation of seeing it in a national magazine has her qu
Sep 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book made me second guess my judgmental stance on "chick lit." It's a genre I usually avoid, mostly because I tend to be a pretentious asshole. But I really, really enjoyed this book. Weiner is smart, witty, and insightful. I laughed outloud. Much to my surprise, I couldn't put this one down.
Some days, all I want is good chick-lit. I want no-brainer fluff with a good heroine and a hero who isn't an asshole. While there is ample chick-lit in the market, there isn't too much in the category I prefer. What I wanted was a cotton-candy romance with teasing and banter, great sex, some misunderstandings, leading to an overall happy ending. What I got instead, was Good in Bed. It was definitely not something I was in the mood for, at the moment, so perhaps, that could be the cause of my bad ...more
Nicole P
Aug 16, 2007 rated it liked it
I am rating this as an OK, based only on the fact that the plot was intricate and well thought out. The book itself was very well written and easy to follow. However, it will not go on my list of favorite books. Basically it was about a plus sized 28 yr old woman, Cannie Shapiro (she was decribed as a size 16, I thought that plus didn't start until size 18, but what do I know??) She was a reporter, had friends, an apartment, a dog, etc. She had recently asked her boyfriend of 3 years for a break ...more
I'm kind of all over the place with this book. I definitely had a love/hate relationship.

Maybe it has to deal with the MC Cannie Shapiro or maybe it's how it was written...

Cannie just got out of a relationship with her boyfriend. He wanted a marriage and she didn't want that? maybe? Then there's the whole weight thing - which I don't care what the MC looks like how much she weighs. It's a character people! However, Cannie doesn't like she sees her ex-boyfriends name on a magazine called Loving a
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I was having a bit of reading ennui after finishing Gone with the Wind, but found this in my Audible library leftover from some BOGO sale I'm sure. This is from the 21st century but the characters write each other real letters to share important news (like in the mail!) and use their "portable phones" to call experts for advice. So yeah, a bit dated, but an early attempt to have a non thin character create her own life.

Warnings for Daddy issues and difficult pregnancies.
Lisa Kay
I have to be honest and say that this book is not my cup-of-tea. So, consider that when you see the one star rating. I don't like reading a book with what feels like a lump in my throat the whole time. I like a release from the pressure at least every once in awhile. I didn't particularly like Cannie and yet I disliked what happened to her. I ended taking this book to work and putting it in the 'free if you want pile'. Someone I worked with picked it up, read it, and gave it a few more stars tha ...more

Pretty good for chick lit. The situations were often (but not always) unrealistic, but the character's emotions were genuine, which helped to make the heroine likable and impressive. The second half of the book was pretty strong and I devoured it quickly.

I liked that Cannie's weight loss obsession took a backseat when other more important issues were happening in her life. I was glad that the book wasn't just a huge diatribe of weight loss woes. Overall worth a read.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict:
Abeer Hoque
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner is a total beach read. It’s got a sassy protagonist Cannie, her tell all ex-boyfriend, her hot lawyer bestie, her newly lesbian mom, her underhanded co-worker, and so on. The writing is sharp and funny and the characters drawn with broad easy strokes. Philadelphia (one of my favourite cities) is painted deliciously, and the woes of the larger woman are something I am most sympathetic to. The world is not nice to fat people of either gender, and it’s apparently stil ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book hurt my soul. I found that I couldn't put it down... It's not well written, completely mindless and the story is nonsense.
D. VonThaer
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I only gave the two stars because I feel like she spelled everything properly and her editing team is fabulous.

In my opinion, this book was supposed to be: fun, anti-skinny, anti-establishment, overweight but smart and witty girl finds herself in a low place and does some shady things to boost her self-confidence. In the meantime, she digs herself into a hole and pulls herself right out of it with wit, charm, and a little bit of good luck. She is the heroine to her own story! Yeah! Girl-power!

Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, chicklit, 2003
I am haunted by this book. There is a scene in it that I think about all the time. I don't know if the writing was that good or if something about it just resonated with me - Either way I seriously think about it alot. Has it really been almost 6 years since I read this?
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a fun and funny first novel from Jennifer Weiner. I picked it up after reading Weiner's memoir, Hungry Heart, in which she discussed her inspiration for the story and how it came to be published.

The story is that a reporter, Cannie Shapiro, has recently broken up with her boyfriend when she discovers that he's started writing a column about their relationship for a men's magazine. Cannie is angry, humiliated and also heartbroken. The novel is about how Cannie deals with the mess, and ev
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book expecting a nice bit of easy reading chick lit but got so much more than that. The prose is flawless, and it reads at a 'serious novel' pace giving an analogous level of satisfaction, as opposed to the complacent, irrelevant, weakly written 'chick lit' reads that you get from lousy, second-rate authors looking to cash in on the chick lit genre. It is highly intelligent, with a successful heroine Cannie Shapiro, who is almost painfully believable at times. It is an intellige ...more
Whiny and self-indulgent wish fulfillment. This book left a bad taste in my mouth. I should've just reread Bridget Jones's Diary.
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
Good in Bed is misleading. It is not either good or set in a bed. Had someone told me this, I probably would have not read this 370 page book.

I digress. The book's style really got old soon. It was like a diary of a mad woman. I did this, I did that, I went to lunch, I picked up my mail, little details that the reader could care less about. All this time spent on talking about the small things could have been spent describing the environment and characters with more light.

Anyway, the main charac
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I started this book thinking I was reading Chick Lit or its older sister Women's Fiction. It soon became clear to me that Good In Bed is literary fiction. Jennifer Weiner has been very vocally involved in a discussion lately about how women writers are treated by reviewers, and now I can see why this is an issue for her.

Cannie Shapiro, Weiener's protagonist in this book, is wrestling with relationship and family issues, much like male characters in novels written by men. Cannie also has body im
Toni Aleo
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Okay, so I liked the book and I hated the book. I liked the book because Cannie was HIGHlarious, but I hated it because she was a whinny sorry excuse for a women. I be damn if I'm not going to beat the crap out of some chick that pushes me into a sink and almost kills my baby, I'll be damn if some dude is going to write crap about me and get away with it. Maybe I am just a vindictive person or a hateful one because oh my Cannie was such a push over. It drove me crazy! I am a big girl, and I am c ...more
Feb 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
So I don't forget it, I have to share a super funny line:

"He'd had a few turn-downs in high school, when he'd had really bad skin, and before he'd discovered that pot and a ponytail could reliably attracted a certain kind of girl."

I'm kinda struggling with this one. I had high hopes, but it's not quite what I expected from the blurb on the back. I'm getting distracted by her LENGTHY flashbacks of her life, which are meant to give background and context to the current issue, but is instead drawin
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: carbohydrates
this book is that girl in high school you knew and didn't really like. although you didn't Hate her or anything, you just thought she was sort of uninteresting. and she was a little fat, so you would talk to her way more often than if she'd been thin or "normal" or whatever, because you didn't want her weight to have anything to do with you not liking her, so you'd suffer through talking to her in the halls and at lunches, but by god, the more you talked to her, the duller she became. like: she ...more
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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