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IN HER SHOES - JENNIFER WEINER
This is the book which sparked off the 2005 movie of the same name that I've yet to see.
It's about two sisters who couldn't be any more different to each other, in looks and in personalities! Their mother died when they were very young and their dad remarried a right bitch of a stepmother, Sydelle.
Rose Feller is 30, a successful lawyer with a nice apartment, she isn't exactly Miss Slim, and wears rather dowdy clothes and has no real sense of fashion, except when it comes to her rather extensive shoe collection! She has never really been all that popular with guys until she meets Jim, a partner at her law firm is he going to turn out to be her Mr Right?
Maggie is her younger (28), drop dead gorgeous slim sister who attracts attention from all guys, mostly the wrong types though, Maggie flits from one job to another, mainly because she is dyslexic and can't bear people to think she is stupid so she leaves when the going gets tough instead of toughing it out. She is always horrible to Rose who is always bailing her out of trouble.
Maggie has lost her apartment and so ask Rose if she can stay a few nights, Rose reluctantly agrees as Sydelle has told Maggie that she cannot stay with her father and her any more either. Maggie treats Rose's home like a halfway house, making a mess, eating her food, wearing her brand new shoes that she hadn't even opened out of boxes without paying any money towards rent! Rose is trying to encourage Maggie to get a job and start paying her way a bit, but Maggie wants to be an actress and so doesn't want just any job.
Things go from bad to worse for them when Maggie goes way over the line one day and does something which is totally unforgivable, Rose arrives home and goes mad. She can't believe her own sister would do something so terrible, and so throws her out in the street.
We follow the lives of Maggie and Rose and all who come into contact them including another estranged family member who we learn about as the book progresses .
I like the way this book has been written, there are 60 chapters in the book and each one is quite short which allows for easy reading and means you can put it down if you're tired and be able to come back at the next chapter easily.
Each chapter is usually dedicated to either Maggie or Rose or the third family member. We learn about there past, what happened to them in high school, what's going on at the present time and it all makes for a good read.
You can't help but like Rose who always helps her sister but then you also want to shout at her for allowing herself to be a doormat.
I have mixed feelings about Maggie as she comes across as a really spoilt selfish little bitch at times, but then when you look at what she's been through in her life then it kind of makes you feel empathy towards her too.
No this is not a dvd review but this book does have a couple of extras which has made it even better in my opinion,
At the end of the book there is a page dedicated to acknowledgements, this is usually at the front so was nice to see it tucked in after the book as it meant I actually read it, instead of skimming.
After that is 13 pages dedicated to "A conversation with Jennifer Weiner" this is questions thrown at the author with some very good answers, we learn how the book became a movie, how the author relates to the characters and how she even had a walk on role in the movie herself ..all of this is a very interesting part of the book.
There is also an excerpt, a whole chapter from another of Jennifer Weiner's books, "Goodnight Nobody" which looks interesting too.
This is simply chick lit at it's best. I have yet to see the movie but sometimes I think if you see a movie after reading the book, the movie is usually a let down, and vice versa if you see the movie first.
Jennifer Agnes Weiner was born in 1970 in Louisiana , she moved to New Jersey when she's two years old, with her parents and sister, her brothers join them later.
She attends Princeton university where she majors in English, she graduated in 1991 summa cum laude (with highest honors or praise) and then went on to work as an education reporter for a small newspaper in Pennsylvania, she continued to work in journalism whilst writing her novels. In October 2001 she married Adam Bonin, and 3 months later gave up journalism to write fiction full time.
Her books to date are:
Good In Bed (2001)
In Her Shoes (hardcover 2002) (paperback 2003)
Little Earthquakes (2004)
Goodnight Nobody (2005)
I bought my copy from Amazon for only £3.99 brand new!
It's a paperback and as I said before has 60 chapters and is a stonking 521 pages long.
RRP is £6.99
First published by Pocket books in 2003
This issue in 2005
The photo Dooyoo has placed is different from the cover of my book, the one I have is a picture of Toni Collete and Cameron Diaz sitting on a sofa.
Thanks for reading