#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner brings to life an irresistibly funny and relatable heroine in the novel The Boston Globe called “funny, fanciful, extremely poignant, and rich with insight.”
For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.
But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.
This book isn't a Romantic Comedy. If that is what you are looking for, read something by Catherine Bybee or if you want something really light-hearted, Janet Evanovich. Both of those authors are great and write wonderful characters with happily-ever-afters and drama that wraps up nicely. This book isn't quite like that. The characters are realistic and possibly too realistic for some audiences who are looking for lighter women's lit. They aren't perfect. Sometimes they are a little whiney. Sometimes they are a little selfish. And all the time they are very real. The story mostly follows Cannie through her struggles the year following the break-up of a serious relationship. The story hits all of the plot points of a romance novel, but the story also gets a lot more real and a lot grittier than many readers are used to. This is one of the reasons I loved this book but I feel like I need to warn off possible readers who will not love this book for the same reasons. I get it. Sometimes I want to read fluff because real life sucks and I don't need to read about other girls who lives suck too. I think this book is worth it because the story is great, the character is complex, and the message it leaves you with will stick with you well after you finish the book.
OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com