Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: A free digital copy of this book was received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
QUICK REVIEW DONE AT THE TIME I FINISHED THE BOOK
I loved the beginning of this book! I had high hopes and was completely enthralled with this witty, sexual female that just saw happened to be heavier than average… then this woman failed me. I think that I was more disappointed in the character than the writing style. Honestly, I like the way the book was written but I just hate what it was written about. Three things that bugged me: there was a severe lack of diversity, there were scenes that were placed for shock value but weren’t given a realistic portrayal, and there was a lot of prejudice and judgmental undertones set in the writing (for example, the main characters feelings towards non-hetero sexuality). Because of these things, I wouldn’t recommend it to my friends or family, but I do see why other people may have liked it.
PROCEED FOR FULL, MORE IN DEPTH REVIEW
First things first, this is not the typical type of novel I look for when I’m browsing the aisles of Barnes & Noble or scrolling through the daily specials on ThriftBooks, but I simply couldn’t resist a tale surrounding a fat girl and her sex life. As many of you do not know, I am a woman of above-average weight and slightly average height, so, of course, Baxter (my mind) leapt with joy at the sight of such a relatable read! Step aside supernatural YA lit – Arielle is delving into the world of bonafide adult fiction (or maybe slightly adult fiction)!
I read this ebook in a day. And that statement, in itself, is a declaration in the name of all that is holy in literature. I have no complaints about the author. I believe the writing was done very well and in line with the type of story that was being told. The one-liners, the sarcastic set ups, the portrayal of being a food lover, were all things I genuinely enjoyed. It was an easy read and flowed nicely without too much flowery text which I thought was perfect.
Our main female lead, Cannie (short for Candace), had a really believable and vibrant personality. She was quick-witted and completely unfiltered. Whether she was dealing with nosy co-workers or unflappable friends, she most definitely had a response to every tidbit and had no qualms about offering her opinion on the subjects at hand. I knew I liked her from the moment she pronounced (not too subtly, I might add) that she was going to commit a murder and needed to know the Pennsylvania penal laws in the middle of the day while at work.
Bruce. *sigh* Bruce is… I, honestly, do not know. He did some really atrocious things, but he did some really sweet things, too. Mainly, I found him immature and appealingly opportunistic, but overall, I just don’t think I got much of a feel for his raw character, as everything about this man was provided through the lense of the main character and completely unreliable.
The friends… while great people, weren’t really there with enough backstory or plot to develop much of an opinion.
The love interest! I love him. Make me one of him. I like him a lot and I wish there was more build up of his character or maybe some backstory and insight into his thoughts, because even though he has such a large role, I don’t feel like I got to bond with his character as much as I would’ve liked to.
Alas, dear readers. This is where my decreased ratings start to make sense. The themes in this book really irked me to the point where I would physically cringe and shut my eyes just so I wouldn’t have to read the end of what I knew was going to be a very disappointing sentence. The indirect homophobia, lack of cultural diversity, and plethora of dependency motifs made me severely uncomfortable. I wish I could reach through the page and try to talk to the character. It made me curious if these traits were directly related to where the character was from or if it was a trickle down from the author’s own feelings – which again, made me uncomfortable… These things may not make another person uncomfortable and I don’t think that it affected the writing too much, which is why I included my negative comments towards the end of my review. I look for strong female characters, cultural diversity and non-prejudice premises which is probably why I spotted these things right away. It may not be something that bothers other people, and these may be points that another reader and gloss over – which is fine but I could not finish my review without highlighting the reason for a 3-star review and why I will not be continuing the series.
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