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From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes, comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and her ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Expected publication: June 11th 2019 by Atria Books
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Melissa
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 gener
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Meredith
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“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, ex
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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
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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
Esil
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
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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
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Jamie
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Weiner, you have truly outdone yourself with this one.

Having read every single one of Weiner's books, it's safe to say that I was reallllllllllly waiting impatiently for her to release new fiction (it's been four years since Who Do You Love was released). Well, I can truly say it was worth the wait.

Mrs. Everything is the story of Jo and Bethie, over their entire lifetime - sisters who are as different as they come but the most important person in the world to the other. This is the st
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Debbie
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Women baby boomers, you MUST read this book! Weiner has the 70s down pat; I was transported! Thought this would be a light read but I was wrong. Loved it! Review to follow.
Erin Clemence
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Jennifer Wiener’s newest novel, “Mrs. Everything” is more socially relevant today than any other novel I’ve read this year.

Jo and her sister, Beth, grow up in a world of bell bottoms and mind-altering drugs, a society where women are the primary caregivers and homemakers, and the men are the breadwinners. As they grow together throughout changing decades, Beth and
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Melissa
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I learned the premise of Jennifer Weiner's latest novel, I was intrigued, but also skeptical as to whether this would be a good fit for me. However, as soon as I started it, I knew I would love it. And I was right! Mrs. Everything is a powerful story that I think women (and possibly even men) of all ages will appreciate.

I liked the nostalgic feel of this novel and it gave me insight to what it was like for my mom growing up. Jo and Bethie were relatable, even when we had nothing in common
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FMABookReviews
A story which spans decades, Mrs. Everything closely explores women's roles in society, homosexuality, ethnicity, race, sexual assault, and family relationships. It is a well-written, character-driven, fast and easy read.


I was provided a review copy by Atria; this did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.


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Allison
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be sent an early copy, and this book was truly wonderful. Rich, complex characters with plot-driven narratives that kept the pages turning, coupled with stellar writing. For sure my favorite Weiner book to date. Proudly feminist without being preachy. Look for it in June - it's excellent.
Neanderthal
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MRS. EVERYTHING follows the Kaufman sisters, Jo (6) and Bethie (4) from their move in 1951 into a single-family home in a new Detroit neighborhood, “the American Dream,” as their dad calls it, into the intense friendships and experiences of their teenage years, to the University of Michigan, communes, rock concerts, protests, drugs, adulthood, second and first marriages, motherhood (or not), entrepreneurship, etc.—in other words, Everything, good and not-so-good, the changes that have allowed wo ...more
Melissa
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immense thanks to Netgalley, Jennifer Weiner and the publisher for providing me an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. I have read several books by Ms. Weiner in the past and almost always loved every story told. I didn't hesitate to download this novel knowing that my previous experiences always provided much enjoyment.

From the very beginning, Ms Weiner makes her own vulnerability known to readers. She openly discusses her desire to write a lengthy epic novel spanning many de
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Tiffany Foskey
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG this is one of the best books I have read this yr and I read ALOT!!!!!!! I found myself pausing in my reading because I didn't want it to end. I totally see a book hangover for the rest of the day from this book. You fall right into the characters lives and feel like you know them. I felt myself triumphing for them, my heart hurting with them, feeling their happiness. I don't think I've gotten this in tune with characters in a long time. Probably 6 years since Jennifer Weiner's last book lol ...more
Caroline Bertaud
This tale for the outcasts—the Jews, the “Negros”, the interracial couples, the homosexual couples and, yes, women—gives a real sense of the life in the 60s and throughout the 80s with the protests, the raising of awareness and differences and injustices, the rigid roles that women were expected to conform to, and the evolving world toward the end of the 2010s. Great characters, carefully drawn and breathing their struggles across the pages, round out this well-written story filled with historic ...more
lovebooks
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mrs Everything is about how life is for two steps Jo and Bethie. How America changes from the 50s to today for women. Very interesting and heartfelt book. I love Jennifer Weiner’s Boos and this is of no exception.
Marisa
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book struck me in the hesrt from the author letter! I loved it.

Jennifer Weiner is a wonderful story teller. She creates relatable women characters who you fall in love with. I could tell thst this story was personal and real and it made it that much better.

From the hard relationships between mothers and daughters, to the bond of sisters and then the societal pressures woman place on themselves and have placed on them this book covered it all.

There were some funny moments and many moments th
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Becky
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Jennifer Weiner book & it was a good one!!

This was a story of 2 sisters, started in the 50's until present time.

They were very different from each other, loved each other. Their mom was tough but I think part of her "way" had to do with the times & how people worried about appearances, etc. She especially had problems with her older daughter, Jo. Jo had a clumsy nature, liked sports, didn't like to dress up & dad seemed to try his best & then the younger sister,
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Andrea
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a magnificent book! Spanning from the 1950's to present, Weiner tells the story of women. Mothers and Daughters, Daughters and their Friends, Lovers, Spouses and the next generation of daughters. Her writing is, as always, perfection. She is a natural storyteller. This book goes deeper than her others into very serious topics of sexual abuse, sexual identity, grief and ultimately love and the forms it can take. Bravo on a masterpiece of a novel.
Nancy
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"We lose ourselves...but we find our way back." from Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner is an emotional roller coaster about Baby Boomer sisters Jo and Bethie. Pop culture and political landmarks set the novel in specific times and places, beginning in 1950s Detroit. When their father suddenly dies, their mother Sarah struggles on her own, finding affordable housing and a job at Hudson's.

Jo was the rebel, resisting girly dress and activities and early becoming
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Carla
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book's title is aptly chosen. How many of my generation, and now having read this book obviously other generations, thinks they had to do it all? Be all? I don't now, but so many years of stressful living had me making poor decisions because of that belief.
This is a generational book of two sisters growing up in Detroit, their formative years, and their own adult years. Roads they took, and didn't. Their relationship with each other, their Mother, and their children.
Page-wise, the length
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Kati Berman
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mrs Everything
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jennifer Weiner is one of my favorite writers, I have read all her books, so I was excited to get this advanced copy. I was not disappointed. The book covers over 60 years of the life of two sisters Jo and Beth. They grew up exactly the same time as I did, and dealt with the same issues, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s , becoming adults, wives and mothers in the 70’s and 80’s. The novel addresses all the importa
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Karen
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jo and Bethie are two sisters growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the 1950’s. A typical Jewish middle class family living in the suburbs; mom cleans and cooks, dinner on the table at 5 every night. Jello for dessert. The American dream. Jo and Bethie are nothing alike as youngsters and even more different as adults but their sisterly bond is deep and true. Exploring race, sexual identity and the women’s liberation movement throughout the sixties and seventies, best selling author Jennifer Wei ...more
Lisa
I inhaled this book in and could not exhale until I finished it. Really one of the best books I've read all year easily. It could have been 1,000 pages and I would have enjoyed it.
Meg
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Jennifer Weiner when my college roommate lent me Good in Bed, so I’ve been reading Weiner for a long time now. Ok, so I didn’t love the musical-theater interlude in All Fall Down, but in general, these are great character-driven, culturally Jewish fiction, about developed characters doing their best in the face of setbacks.

Her next novel, Mrs. Everything, is a family saga, beginning with two sisters in 1950s Detroit. (But did it really begin with them, or with, Sarah, their mo
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Michele
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 - 4.5 Stars
Review to follow...
Pat
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: misc-fiction
I started out underwhelmed by yet another story of repressed women keeping family secrets in the unenlightened '50s and '60s. But in the last hundred pages I felt this story came to life more realistically and emotionally as we reached the modern era, and so it ended in a satisfying and insightful way. However her lack of attention to historical details was annoying -- couldn't she have asked someone a bit older to help get the dates and fads and expressions right?
Andrea Nourse
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I even begin? This book had my attention and heart from the first words in the author’s note.

Mrs. Everything follows Jo and Bethie, two Jewish sisters growing up in Detroit in the 1950s. The book tells each of their stories as they grow up, leave home, get married, have kids (or not) and find (or hide) themselves.

Jennifer Weiner’s books have always been among my favorites and her books are pretty much auto buys for me. The instant I saw she had a new one coming out, I preordered it. Wh
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Brei
Disclaimer, this book may have triggers for some readers.

I am going to preface this review by saying I love Jennifer Weiner and her previous books. She is one of my go to. Auto buy authors. The writing on this book was excellent and the characters were very well developed. The story was researched and fleshed out.

This book opened my eyes to many of the complex issues women have faced through the years. It touched on a little bit of everything that could happen to a woman. There is drugs, sex, r
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, coming this June, Mrs. Everything. 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 JenniferWeiner.com.