Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

April 12, 2008 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Ah Jennifer Weiner . . . another one of my favorite authors. I was excited and nervous to read Certain Girls, which picks up the story of Cammie Shapiro, 12 years after we last saw her in Good in Bed. Cannie is now married and dealing with a 12 (almost 13)-year-old daughter, Joy. The family is preparing for Joy’s bat mitzvah. Cannie is now married to Peter (Dr. K from Good in Bed) although we find it wasn’t the smoothest path to marriage.

I was excited because Good in Bed is one of my favorite books, and nervous because lately the sequels I’ve been reading haven’t measured up to the original. This book allayed my fears and is definitely a worthy sequel.

Basically this is the story behind the happy ending we think Cannie is heading towards at the end of Good In Bed.  In the past 12 years, Cannie has written a bestselling book, and dropped out of the public eye to pen sci-fi books under a pseudonym. However, once Joy discovers her mom’s book she has to deal with what’s real and what’s fiction.

Interestingly, the story alternates perspectives from Cannie to Joy. This keeps the story fresh and allows us to see Cannie from a different perspective. All in all it’s a great, fresh read.

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