As the story unfolds Cannie must face her demons with her ex, her father and her plus size body. From Hollywood, to hospital, we follow Cannie on a rollercoaster journey that must end with her own self-acceptance.
I think Jennifer Weiner is a terrific writer and uses words very cleverly in this novel – befitting for our heroine who is a writer and uses words for humour, self-depreciation and as a defence mechanism.
I loved the opening of this book – as Cannie discovers her ex has ‘fat-shamed’ her in a popular men’s magazine. I found it a gripping introduction to the character and seriously cringed on Cannie’s behalf.
It was a clever means by Weiner of aligning the reader’s empathies with our heroine. Candace Shapiro is a Philadelphia-based journalist progressing in her career from wedding write-ups to entertainment-reporting as the book moves along.
She’s a likable, relatable character we can identify with largely through her battles with her weight and drop-kick of an ex. Cannie has a fantastic sense of humour and some of the most hilarious scenes take place at the weight-loss clinic.
I’m amazed to see this book got a handful negative reviews on Amazon. Totally ignore them – it’s a fantastic read! I tore through this lovely book at a rate of knots before guzzling down the sequel too.
I was somewhat surprised halfway through this novel when Cannie befriends a major movie star during an interview, then goes on to sell her screen play to Hollywood. I totally did not expect the book to spin off in such a fanciful direction, and I loved it.
To anyone criticising ‘unbelievable’ plotlines, my personal belief is fiction is for fun – so why not indulge in fantastic storylines where dreams can come true. (I am something of a romantic in case you couldn’t tell!)
Weiner later crashes the story back down to earth as Cannie hits hard times, but I won’t ruin the plot. Overall, a sparkling and touching read peppered with massive highs and heart-breaking lows that will keep you guessing until the end.
A highly recommended warm-hearted and touching story of love and self-discovery.
“The hair at the back of my neck stood up. My hands felt icy. I could hear the blood roaring in my eras as I read the first line of the article: “I’ll never forget the day I found out my girlfriend weighed more than I did.” Jennifer Weiner, Good in Bed.
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