Jemima J by Jane Green
A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans

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Though the concept is clever and nicely handled, the broad humor lacks true comic brio . . . Green does, however, capture the nuances and neuroses of the singles scene with a gimlet eye and an uninhibited voice.
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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.


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About Jane Green

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Bestselling author Jane Green has partnered with Bioré®  for the short story "A Walk in the Park,"  about Olivia Adamson, a 20-something whose life is suddenly filled with surprises. But one thing that doesn’t have to be  unpredictable is your complexion. Bioré® knows that  every 20-something needs at least one thing she can depend on: clear, beautiful skin. In the time you read this short story, you could be on your way to healthy-looking skin by removing build-up, dirt and oil with Bioré® Pore Strips. So go ahead, grab a big comfy blanket, a Bioré® Pore Strip and your eReader. You’ll be ready to face anything. Jane Green is the author of twelve bestselling novels, dealing with real women, real life, and all the things in-between, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth. She contributes to various publications, both online and print, including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, and assorted Anthologies. Passionate about both food and the home, most weekends see her cooking up a storm in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives by the beach with her husband and their many children. Both Jane Green & Biore are active on Facebook.
 
Published June 13, 2000 by Broadway Books. 386 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 29 2008

Though the concept is clever and nicely handled, the broad humor lacks true comic brio . . . Green does, however, capture the nuances and neuroses of the singles scene with a gimlet eye and an uninhibited voice.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Amy Reither on Dec 06 2012

Amusing, frothy, quirky albeit sometimes vaguely frustrating, ‘Jemina J,’ is still a captivating, and pleasing read.

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Helium

Below average
Reviewed by Essexgirl on Jul 03 2009

In summation I really cannot recommend this book, even to die-hard chick-lit fans

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Writers News Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Amanda Linsmeier on Nov 25 2008

Jemima J is a fast-paced and incredible novel about love, addiction and attraction.

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