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Certain Girls [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Weiner
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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"Heartfelt and funny...A touching examination of both the comic and tragic moments that mark the mother-daughter relationship."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

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It's been almost thirteen years since we last saw Cannie Shapiro, the heroine of Good in Bed, whose journey towards happy-ever-after made millions of women the world over laugh, cry and recognise themselves. The last decade of Cannie's life has brought some surprises. Her life story, in fictional form, became an unexpected bestseller, and Cannie has since retreated from fame's fallout, writing science-fiction under a pen name and praying that all her daughter inherited from her father, Cannie's ex-boyfriend Bruce Guberman, are her curls and her eye-colour, and not his predilection for smoking pot. Meanwhile Cannie's best friend, Samantha, is looking for love in all the wrong places, and Cannie's husband, Peter, has decided that he'd like to have a baby, and the family's first choice for a surrogate is none other than Cannie's flamboyant kid sister ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743294254
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI99V4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow going, but a nice story. 14 July 2009
By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE
I wasn't aware when I first started reading Certain Girls that it's actually a sequel. The first book, Good in Bed is now on my hit-list, and from what I gather, was critically acclaimed. Unfortunately, at this stage I can't compare the two so will have to leave that until a later date. However, this book works very well as a standalone novel, hence my not noticing anything amiss when I began reading it.

Certain Girls is the (follow-up) story of Cannie Shapiro, who, many years ago published a book. It was written at a time when she was young, vulnerable and angry - and it all came out in the text. It was a big hit, but unfortunately only with readers, not Cannie's family and friends. They found it difficult to believe that there was any fiction involved in her writing and that everything in the book was true. It had a detrimental effect on Cannie's life and she was all too happy to simply forget about it and settle into a quiet life of motherhood.

This book deals with what happens when the book resurfaces in Cannie's life. Everything seems to be catching up with her, the book, her parents, her teenage daughter... things are just not going well for Cannie. And on top of it all, her husband Peter announces that he would like them to have a baby. Never mind that Cannie had problems whilst giving birth to Joy and had a hysterectomy! Cannie feels like she's on a downward spiral with no way of knowing where it's going to end. Joy, meanwhile, thinks her mother is a complete idiot and can't see why she's making so much fuss about Joy growing up. After all, according to her mother's book she wasn't much older than Joy when she began having sex...

Certain Girls was slow to begin with and I struggled to get into it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So Disappointing! 19 Jun. 2010
By Emma
If you were a fan of Good in Bed then don't, don't, don't read this book!! Good in Bed is one of my favourite books, and is the only chick lit novel which has retained a firm place on my bookshelf since I first read it. When I saw there was a sequel, I was so excited. But this book, although well written, spoils the first book irrevocably. Good in Bed was feel-good through and through, even in the poignant parts. Certain girls has very little feel-good, and tramples all over the fairytale ending. As others have written, there is very little of Cannie and her wry humour in this book, and very little of fabulous supporting cast, so to speak, from the first novel. Don't spoil Good in Bed by delving into Cannie's future with this one - it is too disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certain Girls 9 July 2010
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner continues the story of Cannie Shapiro, who we first met 8 years ago in Good in Bed. Cannie is now married to Peter and living an anonymous life writing scifi under a pseudonym. Her daughter Joy is struggling with barmitzvah pressure and hearing aids, and the brand new knowledge that her mums bestselling fiction book might actually be the real story of her own life...

I enjoyed Certain Girls so much more than I expected to. Good in Bed I remember as being great fun, but Certain Girls has definately grown up, and whilst there is some fun and laughter, this is not your typical chicklit tale of shoes and happily ever after with some cocktails and sex thrown in for good measure. It hits home hard on some very sensitive and emotional issues, and the ending is a real punch to the stomach. I loved it, and look forward to reading the rest of the impressive backlist from Jennifer soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Certain Girls 18 April 2009
I had seen the Author of this book on morning t.v and ordered a copy of, Certain Girls. I found it a very easy read (am not into brain straining). You could in many ways relate to the main character Cannie Shapiro. I found this to be a funny and at times moving tale of the difficulties of being a parent and dealing with teenage angst. An enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise 21 Dec. 2012
By DubaiReader VINE VOICE
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I borrowed an abridged copy of this audiobook to listen to while driving, expecting a fairly fluffy chick-lit story. I was very surprised to find that this was an excellent listen and I was left thinking that at some point in the future I might well read the full book.

I haven't read Good in Bed, the first book, where Cannie Shapiro was introduced to readers, but it didn't seem to matter as the back story was explained where necessary. In this sequel, Cannie is married to Peter and raising her daughter, Joy, (from a previous relationship) with him. Joy is in the midst of the difficult teenage years and approaching her bar mitzvah, when Peter decides he'd like a baby of his own. Cannie is unable to bear children following a hysterectomy, so a surrogate is needed. (I noticed in the precis of the book, that it mentions that Cannie's younger sister is approached as a possible surrogate mother for Cannie and Peter's baby - this was not in my version, what else did I miss??).
Joy is now old enough to read the book her mother wrote thirteen years ago and it seems awfully close to the truth. Is this a book about her mother's life and her own conception, or has it been elaborated? An awkward question when you're not even talking to your mother.

An excellent blend of humour and trauma, teenage angst and mother/daughter stress. This book has it all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on good in bed
I loved Good in Bed, which this is the follow up book.

I supposed time changes and matures us. But the main character (Cannie) has changed beyond recognition. Read more
Published 19 months ago by mrskindle
5.0 out of 5 stars a great follow on
A must read, but read the first one, first.
I will buy more jennifer weiner books, after having read 2.
Published on 9 Sept. 2011 by H. Proud
5.0 out of 5 stars Weiner does it again!
I love Jennifer Weiner's books. They are all fun and intelligent; a great combination for any book.
This one is easy to read and thought-provoking. Read more
Published on 2 Sept. 2009 by Amelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and mature
This book was a totally satisfying read and I loved it. At the end I felt as if I'd been on a real journey with Cannie and Joy. It wasn't like 'Good in Bed' - it was better. Read more
Published on 17 May 2009 by SJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's cover
As some of the other reviewers have commented, the cover for this book is no guide to the contents, the girl on the front is too old to be Joy and too young to be Cannie, and the... Read more
Published on 17 Mar. 2009 by Stellastar
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing and disappointing.
I was looking forward to reading this book, after enjoying "Good in Bed" many years ago.

Having read this sequel, though, I wish I hadn't. Read more
Published on 18 Jan. 2009 by Nel Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing !!
I am so disapointed with this sequel, "Good In Bed" is without a doubt one of my favourite books ever, one of the most appealing things about Cannie is her fantastic observational... Read more
Published on 3 July 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars worth sticking with
After reading Good In Bed, I was thrilled to see a sequel. Quite a few times in the approx the first half of the book, I was tempted to call it a day. Read more
Published on 1 Jun. 2008 by Denhunt
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