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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  12,632 ratings  ·  883 reviews
With more than four million copies sold, Wifey is Judy Blume's hilarious, moving tale of a woman who trades in her conventional wifely duties for her wildest fantasies—and learns a lot about life along the way.

Sandy Pressman is a nice suburban wife whose boredom is getting the best of her. She could be making friends at the club, like her husband keeps encouraging her to
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Berkley (first published 1978)
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there could be spoilers, i don't know... i have been drinking....

so, this is my first foray into the bodice rippers group's reading list. i don't know, it wasn't as bad as either of the two romance novels i had to read for my readers' advisory class, but then again it also wasn't as unintentionally funny as either of them. it was actually quite sad. a sad book about reaching out with a vagina in order to find love.

it chronicles the great american dream for women of the recent past - find a nice
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Wifey is the anti-romance. No sympathetic characters, no personal growth, no love, no happy ending.

A common theme of romance novels is individuals helping one another to heal emotional wounds. These may result from childhood trauma or abuse, oppression by family members or society in general on the basis of gender, appearance, reputation, etc, or experiences of violence, grief, or betrayal. If this were a romance, Sandy would come to grips with her unhappiness, the shallowness of her existence,
Rbrs #5

Whoa, Judy Blume!

This is mos-def (just realized I picked this abbr. up from Ceridwen - thanks!) NOT a Romance (romance group, we've lost our way! let's get back to the cheese and giggling!). Other than aitch-ee-double hockeysticks, I can only describe this book as a situation that would create a Romance reader. I know, there are probably well-balanced, happy women out there who gulp down the Romances...but there are also probably extremely unhappy women who would substitute fantastical an
Nov 14, 2009 rated it did not like it

The naked man in full erection who arrives on Sandy’s lawn, like the Ghost of Christmas Future, does indeed “point” the way, as his actions are both metaphoric and prophetic. From her bedroom window, Sandy watches the man, who discards the sheet initially draped over him, masturbates, and then leaves on a motorcycle. He knows she is watching, and she knows he knows. Though the scene is charged with sexual tension, it is at a remove and both inexplicable and random.

It’s hard to know what Judy Bl
Meredith Holley
This book is the outtakes from every David Lynch movie. Not the blooper reel, but the scenes that Lynch cut to shave some minutes or just because they were unnecessary and boring. It is, in that way, a found-art piece of all the scraps of daily life and all the momentous decisions people make to be boring.

To me, Blume got the inner life of this cowardly woman, Sandy, all wrong. And I can understand why that would happen. I think women, especially married women, but actually most of us, learn to
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, american-lit
While I was reading this book, I started indulging in little fantasies. Mine were a bit different from the protagonist, Sandy's, whose bad-porn-like daydreams (fucking the plumber! classic!) are her only escape from her stultifying marriage to New Jersey dry cleaning magnate Norman Pressman. (Ooh, sneaky pun there, Judy.) For example:

Sandy was staring out the window when Norman came back from walking the dog. "He did three sticks...or maybe four. I don't remember."

"Norman, are you feeling all ri
May 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, readalready
Wifey tries hard to be The Awakening. It tries and it fails. Where The Awakening had a somewhat sympathetic protagonist, Wifey's main protagonist is just annoying and dare I say it, ignorant. Where in The Awkening Edna came off as being a mature, insightful character, Wifey's Sandy, in contrast, seems more like a never-satisfied child.

It is impossible to feel for Sandy or have any type of sympathy for this character at all. Throughout the book, Sandy comes across as being completely wrong. Hol
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A 1970s suburban housewife's sexual awakening while her kids are away at summer camp.

Everyone in my office is talking about 50 Shades of Grey. There is literally at least a half-hour conversation about it every day. I have been on the hold list for our e-book copy for months at this point, having been number three hundred something when I first joined. One of my coworkers was absolutely aghast that I would even think of reading it without first reading this Judy Blume classic. (Particularly sinc
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
an adult novel by judy blume indeed. did you write tales of a fourth grade nothing with that typewriter, judy? damn! this 1978 story of a bored new jersey housewife was mostly depressing, though that's probably the point. as a novel for grown-ups, this book has more sex and awkwardly racist characters, sure, but judy b. definitely has a lot more heart to her novels when she's writing for kids and teens. i mean, margaret grew up in suburban new jersey too and she--and her parents--had a lot more ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, fiction
Oh, sweet heaven baby crocus, where do I start? Well, let's start here. I'm not really leaving anything on the table for this one, so buyer beware. I'm going to spoil this good.

I finished this book this afternoon and disappointed to say the least. My hunch is that this book had it's heyday when it was released and wasn't meant to really stand the test of time.

Sandy Pressman is a wife and a mother of two, circa 1970. The expectations of her life is what you'd expect of white suburbia at this ti
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, fiction
I was feeling a bit of nostalgia when I picked this one up. I read this when I was 12-13 and the only thing I could remember was the motorcyclist who jacks-off in her back yard. I was hoping reading it as an adult would resonate more than when I was a child. I can't say that it did.

It was hard to relate to the time period and their upper-middle class world. Wifey was raised to believe that to be a good wife you had to: "Make his interests your interests. Make his friends, your friends. When he'
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
You won't enjoy this one if you don't take it as a form of humor, and you have to remember that not much is really going to happen action wise. Like most of Blumes stuff it's completely character-focused rather than plot-filled. Sandy is a likeable character and funny...I think I would read and enjoy ANY book Blume wrote because I just dig her style that much. This one was a light, demented read. I have to be clear it wasn't a masterpiece like most of her younger stuff.

Her husband is a nagging,
Sep 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I managed to get through this book -I have read straight porn that had more of a story than this book did.

I get that this takes place during the Women's Lib era, but this had nothing to do with women's lib and everything to do with seeing Sandy get her ya-ya's on.

She's bored so she cheats -and let me tell Sandy getting Gonorrhea was perfect!
Don't bother with this book- I can name at least 3 or more books and some that are true classic's that could get this point across and not l
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Plot Summary: Sandy Pressman is the wife of Norman, a successful but dull businessman, has two children and after 12 years of marriage, is utterly bored with her 1970's New Jersey suburban housewife role. She idolizes Jackie Kennedy, has fantasies about the guy who drives by on a motorcycle and wonders what ever happened to her exciting high school boyfriend, Shep.

When her kids are away at summer camp she decides to explore the possibilities for an extra-marital affair. She starts by looking up
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Erica Jong for teenagers. I read this when I was in high school. The woman who told me about periods and wet dreams now told me about...Flashing! Masturbating on someone's lawn! Fucking! Multiple partners!! Including one's in-law!!! And extramarital affairs! All in one book!

Tame for an adult, but it had some great imagery that stuck with me. The book begins with a masked man in a cape riding a motorcycle into Wifey's backyard, tossing up his cape, and...well, tossing off, leaving his "stuff" on
Reannon Peterson
Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: other women
Wifey looks at marriage, motherhood, and sex through the eyes of a sexually-frustrated housewife in the 1970s. Her husband is emotionally-absent, only does it missionary style, and just doesn't get it. "Wifey" spends much of her time day-dreaming about sleeping with other men and has a pretty explicit mind. I was shocked by the ending, and it actually made me cry which was very unexpected for a book like this. Overall, it's an interesting story about self-realization and relationships. The writi ...more
Jan 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: u-s-a, bookcrossing
I was curious about Wifey as I had read & enjoyed her YA (young adult) novels several decades ago when I was a teenager. Reading Wifey today, I have to say this book is not particularly memorable.
The blurb "Over 3 million copies sold" on the cover makes one wonder why it would sell in those numbers. It's my guess that back in 1978 when the novel came out, the story of a sexually & emotionally frustrated suburban housewife introduced to us on page one as a woman stirred to action by the sight of
♥ Marlene♥
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle
November 20 2013: Hmm after my first time reading a Judy Blume novel (in this case Summer Sisters) I had expected a lot of her cause that book was awesome.

I am not so sure of this book. I do not know when this and Summer Sisters was published, I thought these were older books, but boy does she love to talk about sex. Refreshing in Summer Sisters although I am not so sure with this book.

I have read about 1/5th now and I can't say I am really loving it. it feels a bit weird but that can also be b
Oct 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Maybe I'm being unfair. My thoughts on this book are irretrievably bound up with the time period I read it in. Although it had been out for several years, my friends and I discovered in 8th or 9th grade that Judy Blume had a "new" book written for adults that was said to be dirty dirty DIRTY. I can still remember my friend Carla breathlessly reading aloud from the back of the library book about how the title character grew tired of "chicken on Wednesdays and sex on Saturdays." I grew up on a die ...more
Mar 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
Judy Blume's first book geared towards adults. I hated it! I wish I could give it negative stars here. It's such a shame since I remember really liking her books as a child and recommending her to my own girls.
I loathed every character in this book (who were poorly introduced by the way, and left me wondering if I missed something "Who ARE these people?"). The husband is a complete @$$. There are the types of meddlesome parents/in-laws that complain about the names given to their new grandchildr
Dec 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Judy Blume never disappoints & can be very filthy while doing so. Sandy is sexually repressed and very unhappy in her role as a wifey. But for someone as repressed as her she sure finds herself in some strange sexual encounters. I read this one in one sitting Christmas night. The book may not end how you want it to but I liked the message: That you don't necessarily need to be single in order to find yourself. ...more
Michelle Atkinson
Feb 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic
A reread from my teen years. I can't imagine reading this book as a teenager! A little out of my league! But I really enjoyed it this time around as well. I really enjoy reading steaming sexy stories. I look at the dog-eared paperback rack at the library often, but am too embarrassed to check one out. They just look too trashy. If anyone has any suggestions about books that are normal with trash sprinkled in.....send them my way!
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still remember the first time I picked up WIFEY. I was at an age where all the Judy Blume books were on my shelf - my favorite was Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great - but I knew this one was FOR ADULTS and so I should KEEP AWAY. But one day, at the library, I just HAPPENED to be passing by a shelf ...

I remember scanning the first page and being utterly baffled. I had no idea what was going on. I mean, not an inkling. Here is that passage which confounded me (trust me, it contains no spoilers
Kaethe Douglas
Both my parents were readers (well, with my dad, it was more that he acquired books) and they never said much about what I read. Neither suggesting nor un-suggesting, they just subscribed to magazines on my behalf, shelled out for Scholastic fliers, and took me to the library when I asked, and gave me a generous allowance that permitted me to purchase a fair number of paperbacks off drug store spinner racks. So it was that I was thirteen with this paperback sitting face-up on my bedside table. M ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wild-card
Hmmm! I will have to think about this. Alright, here it goes.

After Sandy sends her two children off to camp for the first time she is left with little to do. Her husband Norm is a successful dry cleaner and a prominent member of the local New Jersey social club. He enrolls Sandy in tennis and golf lessons at the club in an attempt to keep Sandy entertained. However, Sandy hates the club and lessons so she finds other entertainment.

She fantasizes about her first love, Shep, as she doubts her dec
David Jay
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. ...more
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this for last book club. I read it in a day and a half. It was a quick read. A quick smutty read. But through all that smut was a fairly good story- one that exposed the hypocrisy of the "family values" era of the late 60's. While Leave it to Beaver was on TV.. everybody was screwing their neighbors wives.

So, I guess it was one "good girl"'s realization that she was trapped in a loveless marriage for the sake of security and appearances while she realized all of highly repressed sexualit
This was painful to read- tedious descriptions of a tepid housewife's seedy sexual fantasies, with lots of gratuitous use of "other" vocabulary. I liked Judy Blume books as a kid, but this, her "adult" novel, lacked any of the depth, characterization, or plot that I would expect from a book supposedly meant for grownups. I revile the main character, who is shallow and dull, as is the characterization of her and all of the supporting characters. I also revile the plot (or lack there-of). I found ...more
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wifey is another book from one of my favorite author Judy Blume but I was a little disappointed at this one. I usually love to read all her books but I got bored reading Wifey maybe because the protagonist, Sandy has a very repetitive and boring life. She married her husband at a young age and has two children but she starts to feel unsatisfied with her marriage and their sex life. She thinks that her husband is not romantic and doesn’t understand what she wants. She starts having affairs with c ...more
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