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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; First Edition edition (6 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140276904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140276909
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cleverly probes the world of a very smart, very funny, very fat reporter . . .Americans will enjoy this confection and appreciate how Green renders a certain humor-impaired California earnestness about health, happiness, and love." "USA Today""A brilliantly funny novel about something close to every woman's heart her stomach." "Woman's Own" "The kind of novel you'll gobble up at a single sitting." "Cosmopolitan""

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Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the "Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself-as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails-no small feat.
With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, "Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman's quest to become the woman she's always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 21 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
It would be nice for once if Jane Green could provide us with a positive female role model instead of these vacuous women who obsess about their appearances, weight, designer wardrobes, have nothing of interest to say for themselves & on this basis are able to get their dream man. What sort of message is this coveying to women out there?
This book was insulting - office dog's body and friendless, ridiculed, sad singleton transformed to Ms Career & Relationship Success of the decade after having lost a few stone and dyed her hair blonde. What is the message here? That we should all be aspiring size 10s and blonde?
Contemporary novels should be challenging the beauty myth & not perpetuating it. It saddens and infuriates me that people actually enjoy reading this superficial nonsense.
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By A Customer on 25 Aug. 1999
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A dull, patronising book with a main character who ends up being so self-righteous that you want to slap her face and throw the book out of the window. No-body likes Fat Jemima, everyone loves thin Jemima. Fat Jemima is a failure, thin Jemima is a success. To add to the stereotype, the hero is hardly even 'friends' with Fat Jemima but 'in love' with Thin Jemima
This short-story plot was dragged (under protest) into novel-size in a writing-by-numbers manner that leaves the reader assured of the ending by Chapter 2. No surprises, no revelations and patronising at best.
Leave it on the shelf.
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By A Customer on 4 Dec. 1998
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I was disappointed with the whole book, though it was a reasonably enjoyable read, somehow the plot and characters just didn't gel at all, Jemima moves from being fat and unloved to skinny and desired in a matter of 3 months!. Though this may be the fantasy of many women out there, I just couldn't swallow the timespan. Again with the characters who seem to form bonds,that most people make over a few years, in the space of a month! The saddest point about the whole book though, was if the author was trying to make a comment about self image etc, it doesn't seem to accross at all well - in fact quite the opposite, because Jemima J only gets her confidence, friends, man, life - once she has completely changed herself to the accepted image that made her so miserable beforhand (ie skinny people) Not a fantasy tale just completely unreal.
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By A Customer on 30 July 1999
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At the beginning it seemed great - but as an overweight woman I totally resented the premise that in order to be happy you have to lose weight, dye your hair and become a stereotypical vision of beauty. I am about 7 stone overweight, yet am a succesful character actress, have a wonderful gorgeous husband and am fed up of prejudice against big women - SOME OF US don't mind our weight and i really wish this book hadn't taken this turn - a BIG BIG disappointment.
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First thing: no matter how you interpret its message, it's undeniably compelling reading. Upon buying my copy, I abandoned my shopping mission and read until the bus left, ignored the motion sickness to read it on the journey home, and finished it that day. The eventual outcome may be obvious, but you want to know how it's reached all the same.
A lot of the plot twists are unlikely: the first person you meet on the Internet being someone you fall in love with, the Brad and Jenny explanation, losing seven stone in two months with only a sentence suggesting the possible damage caused to health. Still, it's fiction, so the rules are bendable up to a point. Because, at the same time, it's incredibly real. It might not be politically correct, but people do make judgements based on weight, and although Jemima feels she can only return to a normal size once she's got what she wanted (spoiling the ending? Moi?), she learns to love herself and doesn't feel that life has no meaning unless she's a size eight.
When I finished the book, I had some cake. Anything that compels one to do this can't be bad.
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I know that some people think this book was good but I'm afraid the reality is that it was awful. The author continually switches between the 1st and 3rd person narrative - this can work if the book is written well, however, here it didn't work. It's all a bit far fetched but I can let Jane Green away with that, after all the book is supposed to be fiction. What she cannot be allowed to get away with is the continual references (every second paragraph) to how thin and hard JJ has become. It's dull and suggests that Jane Green is also obsessed with her weight. Women losing and gaining weight is not an interesting subject and that is really what the whole book is about. Apart from that the characters are 2 dimensional, I never started to care for any of them, in fact I even started to wish Jane would kill some of them off. Yes this book would have worked well with a mass suicide in the last chapter. Anyway, although I could go on for pages about how awful this book was, I shan't.
Instead words of advice - DON'T READ THIS BOOK !
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I wanted to like Jemima J. Having been told by a British friend that it was very "Bridget Jones," I decided to check it out. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. This book has an interesting premise, but I wasn't able to get around the almost pathologically irritating omniscient narrator POV that Green kept slipping into. I finally had to put the book down because I kept rolling my eyes too much to read it. The POV switches are jarring and, from what I could tell, unnecessary. The omniscient narrator was the literary equivilent of the black moustached cartoon villain - she kept telling and not showing. As a result, I didn't get involved with any of the characters. Geraldine and Ben (who, as it turns out, we are supposed to end up liking), are both unsympathetic characters (despite Ms. Green's insistence that we learn how perfect the whole 'tall and slim' Williams family is though their photos in Ben's room <groan>). I found wild POV switches like this switch to 2nd person completely jarring: "Your steps become slower as you approach the diner, and with each step the picture of bacon sandwiches, rashes of greasy bacon, awash with fat, oozing out of thick white sliced, becomes so vivid you can almost taste it." And then we were supposed to jump right back into 3rd person. All in all, I ended up wanting to smack Jemima, or at least have her smack Ben and all the other characters who only found her worth talking to after she slimmed down. But more than the irritating message it never seemed to get around to saying...
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