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Enjoyable and engrossing story. Felt a little like Forest Gump in that it touched on every single social trend of recent decades - that felt a tad distracting to me, but overall, enjoyed this saga over time of two sisters and their varying life experiences.
was up to 2 am reading this book. A few editorial errors, but the basis of the book was fantastic
This story touches on three generations of women in a family, with the main story line centering around two sisters. Jo and Bethie are cut from different cloth and occasionally their relationship suffers for it, but the bonds of sisterhood keep pulling them back to each other as we follow their lives throughout the decades. The author did a great job with the characters and the sense of time and place was wonderful. It was an immersive and enjoyable read.
I have been reading her books for 20 years , read all of them, but this one is the best!!!
This was one of my favourite books, a wonderful saga of two sisters through trials and tribulations and decades. A wonderful depiction of being a mother, a sister, a daughter, a woman. It was my first book by this author but I loved her ability to make you feel like you lived in that decade with her descriptions of her surroundings . Having grown up through this same timeframe I could identify with her feelings of the time. Worth a read.
I am also a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner and have enjoyed every one of her novels until this one. Mrs. Everything started off well but became tough to connect with the characters by page 150. My complaint was the same as others in that the story tries to hit every social issue affecting women from the 50"s. I quit reading at page 230
I agree with comments posted earlier by wmtlady, including this:
"the author thought that if she could hit all the bases on topics it would make up for blah writing. NOT. "
This book is good! Love jennifers writing.
Sometimes it was a little slow but really good, keeps you on your toes!
First thing I've read by this author. Enjoyed the book but like others felt the beginning of the book held more grit and story than the ending. Still an enjoyable read.
This book was quite the page turner! A very heart felt page turner. The tale between the sisters is both heart warming and relatable to anyone. Their struggles are real and reflect the era in which they grew up in and are still on going today. A great read that makes you feel and want to meet these two.
I did really enjoy the book until the last few chapters. The story was developing well but the ending was very rushed.
this struck me as a book written with attention to details, sincerity, and good intentions. where it was somewhat lacking for me was in authenticity despite the story checking the boxes for various 'women's issues'
I'm a few years younger than the sisters in this book. The author clearly wants to examine challenges facing people who don't fit within the constraints of society's expectations on relationships.
Sadly, she didn't do sufficient research to credibly develop her characters and plot lines.
I absolutely loved this book (my first by Weiner) ! Two sisters growing up during the 50s, 60s and 70s when all girls were supposed to want to get married to a man and have children. Neither of the sisters follow this pattern. We see how they deal with issues and expectations and navigate to find their way in society. Spot - on descriptions of life in that Era.
I bought into the promo on this book because I'm also in my 70's and went through all the history and cultural waves that the lead sisters did. It turns out that the author thought that if she could hit all the bases on topics it would make up for blah writing. NOT.
For the hundreds still in line to read this, don't waste your time. There are many very good books of historical fiction out there, and if that doesn't appeal, read "Where the Crawdads Sing" --even for a second or third time.
Really enjoyed this book. Full disclosure, I am a fan of Jennifer Weiner and have read all her books, but that said, I think this one is one of her best. Characters are interesting, relatable and likable. I like the subtext of this story being about how others expectations influence our life choices and whether that leads to a happy and fulfilled life. My one issue, that may be a positive for another reader, is that the book has a sort of Forest Gump quality, where these characters seem to experience every touchstone moment of their generation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found I couldn't put it down. I was a young girl myself during that same period time so related to many parts of it. Also very enlightening.
This is my first Jennifer Weiner book, and I loved it. Good writing and important topics are addressed. I was hesitant to start it at first because I've grown tired of reading / hearing / seeing stories from an American perspective, but I am glad that I did. Many of the issues the characters face are "of their time", but transcend nationalist differences.
Have loved every single one of Jennifer Weiner’s other books, this one not so much. Got to page 150 and gave up. The beginning moved along okay, but then it got too wordy. Maybe did not give it a chance, but was disappointed.
It took a little effort to get into this book, then I couldn't put it down, and read it in one afternoon and evening. The book sisters and my real life oldest sisters are the same age. Chapters alternate the first person point of view between sisters. It's well written, parts are laugh out loud funny, SPOILER! has happy endings.
I just finished this one on audio a few days back. My first intro into Jennifer Weiner's writing, and boy am I happy that I listened to it. I found myself really relating to the story, maybe it has something to do with the fact that I have two younger sisters myself and some of the stuff in the book, is almost like Jennifer reading my and my sister's minds and creating a story out of it? I don't know. But it was so touching in so many ways and just reminded me of what my mother has said many times, that after she goes, the only family the 3 of us are going to have, are each other.
Could not put this book down! Having lived during the years of the story, it was very well written and I felt like I was there as a witness. The story takes us along the lives of a family dealing with trauma on so many levels. Following the growth of modern feminism, women's expectations at home and in work, this story helps us to feel what it was like to be a women during the 1950's through today. Weiner is really a wonderful storyteller.
I normally love Jennifer Weiner's books, but this one just left me cold. Couldn't get into the characters at all, and that's usually a strong point for her. Very disappointed.
I was so exited to read Jennifer Weiner's new novel and was thrilled that it was a Peak Pick. I was disappointed to discover what a big, rambling mess it is. The story was scattered and not cohesive as a reader would have enjoyed. I also found this book very shallow, simplistic, hard to connect with and nonsensical in some parts. The # Me Too stuff at the end seemed rushed and tacked on.
I read a lot of reviews that raved about this book. I am glad that others enjoyed it.