A weekly post in which I reminisce over a backlist favorite.
This week’s backlist shoutout goes to Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner. This book was my introduction to women’s fiction, or “chick lit” as I prefer to call it, and it’s a book I still regularly recommend. I couldn’t get enough of the fact that Weiner had written a character that sounded like me, like an everyday gal just trying to get through life. And she was sassy. And she was funny. And she was smart. And she had curves! Cannie was my girl!
My infatuation with this book quickly led to my infatuation with all things Jennifer Weiner and her status on my “All-Time Favorite Authors” list. She gained 1-click status in my world. And meeting her was added to my bucket list. It took about 14 years (I stumbled upon and read GIB back in 2002), but I finally met Jennifer Weiner in Milwaukee in October, 2016. I was the epitome of a bumbling, emotional fangirl, but that night when down in history and will never be forgotten.
So if you ask me for a list of my favorite authors, it’s always going to include Jennifer Weiner. And if you ask me for a list of my favorite books, it’s always going to include Good In Bed. (And yes, I do have a purse made out of the book (thanks to my bff for that insanely amazing birthday gift!) which I had JW sign. Because when you’re fangirling the rule is simple: #gobigorgohome.)
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.