by Jennifer Weiner
This is the sequel to Good In Bed 12 years later. I picked it up from the library on audio to listen on my drive to work. It was ok. I think I would have enjoyed reading it more. I feel like I miss so much when I am listening. However, I really liked the readers, they did a fantastic job conveying Weiner’s wry wit and humor and were also great because the POV changes with each chapter between Cannie and her daughter Joy. In the book there is nothing marking the change and because the library wanted the audio back before I finished, I picked up the book to zoom through the last 5 discs worth of book. I kept getting confused who was talking until the context slapped me into understanding! I missed the audio. Oh well. I have been contrary these days wanting what I don’t have.
Anyway, it is mainly a story about Joy growing up and her mom not wanting her to. Joy is 12 and about to have her bat mitzvah, she is trying to change her image a little, be more popular and get some space from her mother. There are funny and painful parts and everyone learns something. So that was satisfying. However, I really sided with Joy most of the time. Probably because I don’t have kids and can’t understand Cannie as well as another mother could. But I was super annoyed with Cannie because she was such an ostrich about so many things, which I find really weird because I completely loved her character in Good in Bed and she had some of those same qualities then too. She is still funny and spunky and self-deprecating but in this book she seemed so fragile, which isn’t something I thought she was.
Cannie is an author and I thought it was a little unreal the money she made from her one big book. She was able to buy a house with her very first book’s advance. Pretty sweet but, really?
It is a coming of age story for Joy and well done. The end event shocked the heck out of me. I don’t know where that came from or why. It was out of the blue and sad. I didn’t really like that part or understand why it had to happen and it felt like I had switched to a different book, but it did make Cannie and Joy go where they needed to go in their relationship. Life is all about curveballs and surviving them and Weiner threw a big one at her characters.
I can’t seem to get myself too horribly excited about this book, it was enjoyable and time passed quickly while I was reading/listening and it did make me laugh. It is cute and well-written, I give it 3 stars.