Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
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Readers fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the smart, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Good in Bed who found her happy ending after her mother came out of the closet, her father fell out of her life, and her ex-boyfriend started chronicling their ex-sex life in the pages of a national magazine.

Now Cannie's back. After her debut novel -- a fictionalized (and highly sexualized) version of her life -- became an overnight bestseller, she dropped out of the public eye and turned to writing science fiction under a pseudonym. She's happily married to the tall, charming diet doctor Peter Krushelevansky and has settled into a life that she finds wonderfully predictable -- knitting in the front row of her daughter Joy's drama rehearsals, volunteering at the library, and taking over-forty yoga classes with her best friend Samantha.

As preparations for Joy's bat mitzvah begin, everything seems right in Cannie's world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own conception -- the story her mother hid from her all her life. When Peter surprises his wife by saying he wants to have a baby, the family is forced to reconsider its history, its future, and what it means to be truly happy.

Radiantly funny and disarmingly tender, with Weiner's whip-smart dialogue and sharp observations of modern life, Certain Girls is an unforgettable story about love, loss, and the enduring bonds of family.
 

About Jennifer Weiner

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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
 
Published April 8, 2008 by Atria Books. 404 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Above all, Candace tries to protect Joy and herself from her painful past, very publicly chronicled in her accidental bestseller, Big Girls Don’t Cry, a highly sexualized fictional account of Candace’s life.

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I love all things Jennifer Weiner. I am Jewish, in my early 40s, lived much of my adult life in Phil...

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Although I’m not one for much chick lit (I get my fill of the fluff pretty quickly), I have always had an affinity for Jennifer Weiner, particularly in regards to her character Cannie Shapiro, introduced in Weiner's 2001 Good in Bed as a funny, smart and real woman who struggled with real issues ...

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As Joy nears her bat mitzvah she discovers her mother's novel, cannot separate fact from fiction, and goes on her personal mission to discover her identity while at the same time Peter decides he wants to have another baby with the uterus-free Cannie.

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Book Reporter

Peter rocks Cannie's world further when he announces that, in spite of Cannie's hysterectomy after Joy's birth, he believes they should find a surrogate mother and have a baby of their own.

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Entertainment Weekly

But Cannie's 12-year-old daughter, Joy — who narrates the comparatively weak alternating chapters — worships her glamorous aunt.

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Long, 3:30 am in the morning tears, I cried for Cannie and Joy and even harder for myself as I thought of the flaming wreck of mess I would be if the end to Certain Girls were ever to happen to me (knock very hard on wood!).

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USA Today

It's this quality that has elevated the former journalist into the upper echelons of femme fiction.In the case of her first success, 2001's Good in Bed, the upshot was immensely gratifying as her 28-year-old zaftig quipster, Cannie Shapiro, survived a heel of an ex-beau, a cold-hearted father, a ...

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Weiner's latest effort is sure to please her fans.ProsWeiner's characters are largely relatable and likeableWeiner has a deft hand with scenes and dialogue, so 'Certain Girls' is a fast readConsThat same deft hand makes certain parts seem cliched or like Weiner isn't making an effort'Certain Girl...

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Young women authors shouldn’t have to agree to the pink covers slapped on their books for marketing purposes — god knows, young male authors don’t — but if means your book is winding up in the hands of real live readers, maybe that’s the price you have to pay.

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The book is called “My Seven Years In Captivity” and it’s a great read for anyone interested in the crazy “zoo life”.

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