I'm Fine and Neither Are You
Honesty is the best policy…except maybe when it comes to marriage in this brilliant novel about the high price of perfection from bestselling author Camille Pagán.
Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s...more
Penelope Ruiz-Kar is the glue holding her family together. She's the breadwinner, working in the development office of a medical school. But much to her chagrin, she's also the disciplinarian of her two children, and often the cook, cleaner, and organizer, despite the fact that her husband Sanjay is a stay-at-home dad while picking up some freelance writing jobs.
All too often she's frustrated with everything and ...more
I actually just skimmed through to the end of this one. I chose this, my mistake, as my Amazon First Reads for March. I assume I am not the "target" audience, although I'm growing weary of authors writing specifically for a "target" audience. While certainly not every genre is for every person when you start writing specifically for a select group of people something is just "off." Of course that's also just me being cranky, never the less, it still is a sign of a lack of talent. I ...more
This was an overall disappointment. It started interesting enough, but the whole story felt like it was leading somewhere and nothing. When you read what this book is about it doesn't really say. I thought it would be about a murder cover up, an affair, a ghost, what?!
Nothing! It's about nothing. Pen complains the whole time about her husband and when they talk and is agreeing with her she backtrack and "feels" bad. The story makes you think there something with the ...more
I’ve listen to ‘too much’
of this one.
I have the kindle ebook/ sync. The last 30% I switched to the written words. But by that time - I just didn’t care.
Amy’s voice was irritating, and annoying.
This was the first time I’ve ever listen to a book by Camille Pagan and was ‘totally’ turned off by the voice narration.
Each book I’ve read has gradually gone downhill. The book I enjoyed best was “Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties”.
And honestly- I wasn’t crazy about ...more
It's about a mom trying to do it and feeling like she's failing. On top of that, her best friend makes it all look easy. For best friends, their home lives are night and day different from each other.
Then, tragedy strikes, and the best friend's veneer is shattered. There's absolutely nothing perfect underneath.
In reaction, Penelope, the main character, decides she and her husband should write ...more
As life has it, we will find out that Jenny's life was not so perfect and in fact Penny doesn't have it all that bad. ...more
Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a ...more
I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán is a witty, but moving look at what it's like to be a wife and mother while also holding down a full-time job.
What it's about: Penelope Ruiz-Kar is married with 2 little kids and while she is out working 50+ hours a week and barely holding it together as the main breadwinner, her husband is at home with the kids, 'working on his writing,' and going to practice with his band. Meanwhile, her best friend Jenny Sweet seems like she doesn't have a ...more
I’m Fine and Neither Are You is better than 3 stars, but nowhere close to 4 stars. I would say this novel falls into the “domestic angst” genre. Penelope hits a crisis point in her life when her best friend dies, and she realizes that she may not want to stay married to the father of her two young demanding children. Penelope’s feelings are a somewhat typical trope in contemporary domestic fiction. The twist if that she is the breadwinner and her husband is at home. Also Penelope’s ...more
Penelope is faced with some harsh realities when her best friend, who seemed perfect, is gone. Her best friend had a lifestyle blog, ...more
Penny is desperately trying to keep it all together, and watching her ...more
A suspense/thriller junky, I often find myself feeling a little less than inspired as I read the same tired story lines over and over and over again. Today, I needed a break.
Having read several other Camille Pagán novels in the past couple years, and loving every one, I was so excited to dive into I'm Fine and Neither Are You this morning. Yes, I said this morning. I read the entire book in just a few hours. I couldn't put it down.
If it's action and intense ...more
Penny and her husband Sanjay ...more
The book starts out strong and had me giggling in the first scene. A good sign. The book remains a fairly light read even though it handles some darker issues involving family, life lessons and a few side stories. Unfortunately, these issues are only touched on and readers aren't given enough time to get to ...more
I tend to read my books like how I watch my TV shows, by screaming, hollering, crying, smiling, when appropriate, and this book simply had me tearing my hair out. Penelope is one of the most volatile, whiny, petulant, pouty, boring, selfish, self-assuming characters I have ever read. I hated her so much that I found myself honestly skimming until I got to some dialogue that was between two characters and not just her inner monologue. What a chore of a book to read, her constant ...more
I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this book through Netgalley and the author herself, Camille Pagan, who I have never read even though I have two of her other books on my kindle, in exchange for an honest review.
The covers of her books have always caught my eye with their clean, bright, colorful graphics with a hinting at a heartfelt and whimsical tone that, in this case at least, is consistent with the story telling. This is what I'd call contemporary women's fiction - some ...more
Penelope is married to Sanjay and they have two children. What started as a hot love affair has now cooled due to the everyday stresses of marriage and raising kids. She works ...more
In another life, I was a health editor at Real Simple and Fitness magazines; these days, I write for publications like ...more