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Mrs. Everything

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  79,890 ratings  ·  7,678 reviews
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Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, femi
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Published June 11th 2019 by Atria Books
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Jt O'Neill Along this same line, when they are doing the high school production of South Pacific and, at rehearsal, Bethie is singing about how the corn is as hi…moreAlong this same line, when they are doing the high school production of South Pacific and, at rehearsal, Bethie is singing about how the corn is as high as elephant's eye -- HELLO???? That's not South Pacific. That's Oklahoma. No editor caught that?(less)
Kathleen Jennifer Weiner answers this question in "A word from the author" at the end of the book. She called them "my own version of Louisa May Alcott's siste…moreJennifer Weiner answers this question in "A word from the author" at the end of the book. She called them "my own version of Louisa May Alcott's sisters..." (less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
"Please, God, or whoever's up there, please just give me enough time to make it right."

For me, this was a 3 star read with a 5 star message, so I went with a 4 star rating. It's the type of book that you want to say so much about and also nothing at all. You want to say so much, because it's a very timely message and is being published at the most opportune moment. In a world in the midst of the #metoo movement and feminism on the rise, it's the type of book that women can rally behind and promo
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Maybe I am different. Being different isn’t the worst thing.”

Ms. Everything is just that—she’s everything and every woman. She’s the collective voice of you, me, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. She’s the gamut of emotions, triumphs, sacrifices, and heartbreak that feed into the way we view the world. She’s a piece of fiction that hits home with the notion that self-discovery is a continuous journey for each one of us.

In a story that spans gen
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-read-list
3.5 rounded up 4 in the name of bellybuttons, sack dresses, obladi oblada life goes bra la la how the life goes on stars!

I’m going back and forth between 3 and 4 so much time, normally I’m not defined as decisive person but at least 150 pages should be edited, I lose my objectivity when I’m reading a women power story so I turned into a generous grader! That’s my weakness!

This book might be dedicated all the women out there! Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts,grandmas ! It’s one of the g
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“She wondered whether they would ever not try to have it all and do it all and do all of it flawlessly. Would the day ever come when simply doing your best would be enough?”

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, aunt, caretaker, career women: Mrs. Everything attempts to cover it all.
Spanning decades and told through the alternating narrative of two sisters, Jo and Bethie, who grew up in Detroit in the 1950s, Weiner explores the complex relationship between women, while at the same time,
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Melissa review
Addendum (6-26-2020): This book ended up as my #1 read of 2019.

All the feelings, all the stars!

Ms. Jennifer Weiner, I have emerged from under a rock and now know you are a superb writer. I have been meaning to read a Jennifer Weiner book for years, but never got around to it until now. Wow, apparently I have been missing some great reading.

This book really resonated with me. It is the story of two sisters, Bethie and Jo, that takes place from 1950 to 2022. I connected immediately with Jo,(view
Elyse  Walters
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
The Beach boys, the Beatles, Bob Dylan....
The Baby Boomers
and Bell Bottoms.....

We journey through the 50s and 60s right up to 2016... with sisters - (night & day opposites) - Jo and Bethie Kaufman.

Sexual inappropriateness/family molestation, sexual -graphic experimentation between two women
(a detailed-graphic sex scene was much more explicit than all the ‘sex-chatter’ combined in
“City Girls”, by Elizabeth Gilbert), — which by the way, in my opinion, the author’s strongest scene - as it was the
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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5 stars and a high-five to quite possibly the most memorable book I’ve read this year! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Jennifer Weiner…I’ve been reading her books for close to twenty years. I first read Little Earthquakes, but it was In Her Shoes that I fell for most and had to read all of her backlist. And that movie? Loved it!

In my mind, Jennifer Weiner gets better and better, and this book? Mrs. Everything? It’s right at the pinnacle, tippy-top of what she’s accomplished! And that said? I’m already ready fo
Jul 22, 2019 added it
Read for BN Book Club so no rating!
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received an advanced copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I've read almost everything by this author, and even traveled 5 hours one-way to meet her at a talk/book-signing event. I was excited to read this, but I really did not like this book. The problem for me was that most of the book seemed very cliched and it dealt with every type of serious issue you can think of under the sun. For me it was just too much. I would rather have seen this author have written several books, each one dea ...more
Larry H
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Josette (Jo) and Elisabeth (Bethie) Kaufman were sisters who came of age in 1950s Detroit. Jo is a tomboy, more comfortable in old clothes and running around playing sports, while young Bethie was content with being the pretty, talented one, the center of attention. Not much changed as the two approached their teenage years, much to their mother's chagrin. Jo became more outspoken in trying to understand civil rights and social justice, while Bethie starts understanding that her beauty gives her ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.25 Stars

“Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner speaks to the masses. In this day and age, it is both timely and full of heart! It’s a story about connections. Women who are mothers, sisters, wives, lovers, friends, supporters, heroes and oh so much more.

Jo and Bethie are sisters and “Mrs. Everything” is their story. It takes place over the course of decades. There are trials and tribulations as each woman struggles and tries to be everything to everyone, including each other. As sisters, the re
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mrs. Everything is a story about sisters, Jo and Bethie, a world that’s constantly changing, and their search to find their places in it.

It begins in Detroit in the 1950s, where each sister faces different struggles, socially, and in their relationships with family and with others. Jo and Bethie find themselves drawn together to overcome challenges then drifting apart in their contrasting views. The story follows the pair from childhood to college, to their early adult years, then beyond, as th
Berit Talks Books
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc-physical
This book was EVERYTHING! So powerful, so emotional, so beautiful, so absorbing. I was completely invested from page 1 in these character’s lives, I did not want the book to end. This book spans five decades as we watch sisters Jo and Bethie figure themselves and the world out. From Detroit to Atlanta, from the 50s to the 2000s we watch these sisters and those they love navigate their way through this thing we call life. We see them succeed and fail, grow and stumble, love and lose, laugh and cr ...more
4.5 for bellbottoms and Beatles--but oh so much more!!

What a great surprise! I thought I was signing up for some nice-and-light chick lit, but oh, was I ever wrong! We follow two sisters, Jo and Bethie, from childhood to seniorhood. Their lives are anything but nice and light, and I got pulled in immediately. There’s drama coming out their ears, yet it’s not gratuitious, overdone, or unrealistic. Weiner, who I’ve always thought was a good writer but definitely on the light side, created a more s
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Emotive, all-embracing, & a sweeping saga!

MRS. EVERYTHING by JENNIFER WEINER is a timely, rich, emotional, gripping, and thought-provoking saga that spans decades between two sisters, Jo and Bethie. We get an intimate look into each of these character’s lives as we follow along their story. MRS. EVERYTHING gives us a realistic and true to life story about women that well deals with everything. This was definitely an eye-opening reading experience for me as it delves deep into their everyday stru
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

Mrs. Everything is the story of two sister's lives from the 1950's to the present day. The book showcases the sister's different personalities, their similarities, their struggles, how they both changed over time, how they responded to their mother, how they responded to each other, how they came together, what drove them apart, their loved ones and their hopes and dreams. This is their journey through the times in which they lived, through their family, through their individual experie
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Two sisters spanning decades -- this is the story of their lives.

Bethie & Jo grow up in the 60s in Detroit. Where they are raised in a home where their father worked while their mother took care of the house. We follow these sisters through each decade and all that comes with growing up. Times with rage, happiness and riddled with disappointments. You wonder if these characters will ever survive and be happy.

It has been said that Weiner poured everything she had into her newest book. This has b
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Atria for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.

Man, I love Little Women. Hmm, what’s that? This isn’t Little Women. Well, you could have fooled me. This book read almost exactly like Little Women but not in a bad way. It wasn’t as though this was an exact copy. It was more like Jennifer Weiner took the framework and themes that made Little Women amazing and made it her own. I just love being immersed i
Katie B
4.5 stars

I've read 4 or 5 books by this author and this one is my favorite. I loved how the story took place over the course of decades as it followed the lives of both sisters. I think that is such an effective storytelling method as it allows you to really understand the characters better as they experience the highs and lows of what life has to offer.

Normally I write a bit of synopsis in my reviews but you truly don't need to know much going in. The story kicks off with sisters Jo and Bethie
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

“We lose ourselves. But we find our way back.”

Here we go again. Even Shelby who has zero time to read snarfed this one right up and loved it. And then there’s me . . . . .

Before you get your rotten tomatoes ready for throwing at me, let me say I totally get why this book worked for everyone else. (Christine wrote the most excellent review ever and I wish I would have liked this more if for no other reason than I don’t like tha
Cathrine ☯️
3 ★
Mrs. Everything has just about every right or wrong anything that could happen to two sisters unfolding through 462 pages and it took me 8 days to get through all the drama. It was faster paced in the beginning, then overtaxed and bored me. If you came of age during the 60s there is some wonderful nostalgia going on.
For me it was just too long and too Lifetime movie-like with a been here, done this before vibe. I liked it enough to finish and would probably have really liked it at a younger a
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2019
I tried this author many years ago and thought I just didn't like her books. I was a wrong reader way back then too.
So I saw this book starting to pop up and people were liking it. I'm a total peer pressure caver and requested it. Then realized I didn't like this author. Then realized I was stupid. Then I started reading it anyways.
………...and it blew my dress up.

I REALLY liked this book.
It tells the life story of two sisters. Jo and Bethie Kaufman. It starts in the 1950's and takes you through th
This was a gorgeous story about love, motherhood, sisters, and feminism. This story follows two sisters: Jo and Bethie, from their childhood in the 1950's through the rest of their lives. Jo is a struggling-to-be-accepted lesbian, wanna-be writer, and a strong activist when it comes to equal rights for females. Bethie is a strong, beautiful young girl who should've been famous.

This book is so great because of its diversity with a lesbian lead character, and lgbt relationships as well as interrac
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner is a historical women’s fiction novel that takes place over more than half of a century. After a brief glimpse in a more current time of 2015 the book then takes readers back to the 1950s to begin following the lives of two sisters, Jo and Bethie Kaufman, by changing the point of view between them with each chapter.

Jo and Bethie’s story begins in 1951 in Detroit as their family of four are moving into a better neighborhood and you immediately see just how diffe
Theresa Alan
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, which focused on two sisters. Jo, the older sister who’s great at sports and hates dresses, and Bethie, who is constantly dieting so she can be the lead in school musicals. From the fifties through the sixties up until modern times, their lives don’t go in the way you might have predicted when you first met them as kids.

Some of this was hard to read. There is sexual abuse that isn’t described explicitly (at least not the rape), but how it impacts the character and the other
Women had made progress — Jo only had to look as far as the television set to see it — but she wondered whether they would ever not try to have it all and do it all and do it all flawlessly. Would the day ever come when simply doing your best would be enough?

I'm sure the quote above will be used in many other reviews, but I felt like it summarized the underlying theme the best. As the title (and above quote) suggests, this is a story of two sisters, Joe and Bethie, who are battling the ever cha
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A high 4 stars!

Wow! I really didn’t expect to like Mrs. Everything as much as I did. I’ve read some of Jennifer Weiner’s novels in the past, and I think of them as entertaining but generally quite light. This felt different. The story spanned four generations, covering what felt like complex situations while delivering real emotions. I found myself fully engaged and was oh so grateful to have a leisurely Saturday to plough through most of the book — and grateful for a few tissues too. The story
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 STARS: Sisterhood has a large scope in meaning and importance: from powerful and pleasantly enduring to fractured and inconsequential. Mrs Everything is a multigenerational novel that delves into the sisterhood of the two main characters as well as the various roles of womanhood. In this character driven novel, their relationship is both profound and heart warming. But...

There are a multitude of topics covered; too many in my opinion, showcased throughout. The reader will encounter plot devi
"You make the wrong choices, you make mistakes, you disappear for a decade, you marry the wrong man. You get hurt. You lose sight of who you are, or who you want to be, and then you remember, and if you're lucky you have sisters or friends who remind you when you forget your best intentions. You come back to yourself, again and again. You try, and fail, and try again, and fail again."
Take a journey through the decades and bare witness to women's rights, civil rights, sexuality, gend
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading Mrs. Everything on 5/30/2019 and finished it on 6/3/2019. This book is an excellent read! A wholesome story from childhood to adult life, growing up and having children to finally having grandchildren; multi-generational. Bethie’s middle and high school seems so bright with her success in acting and singing, I just couldn’t believe the choices she made starting first year in college. Jo’s high school and college seems tough being different but I’m also really surprised how she ...more
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, That Summer. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

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