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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (April 2 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743418174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743418171
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 4 2003
Format: Paperback
Like others who hated this book, I really wanted to enjoy it. Like the main character, I'm a fat word-lover, often too smart and sarcastic for my own good, who considered the Pink Rose Bakery in Philadelphia a second home. Unfortunately, I spent most of my time screaming at this book, and when I was finally finished I threw it against my wall. On the one hand, I admire the author for presenting a full-figured, flawed character. However, Cannie, the heroine, remains self-centered, self-pitying, immature, judgmental, condesceding, elitist, and cruel throughout the whole book, and is repeatedly indulged by friends, loved ones, and worst of all the author, Jennifer Weiner. Weiner allows Cannie to dance through life without having to take responsibility for herself, and the "redemption" she experiences rings false. Worse, the book is littered with cliches, including, most offensively, a lesbian with two cats named Gertrude and Alice, who is reviled by Cannie and her siblings even though it may be the closest her mother has come to a partner in her life. I pity the lesbian reader who reads this book and encounters such a one-dimensional, snide rendering of a stereotype.
A thing that aggravates me about reviews of this book is that many claim it's better than Bridget Jones because the character is heavier, a "real fat woman." I found Bridget a lot more likeable, regardless of her weight, because you got to see her standing by her friends. Cannie seems to have friends who treat her a lot better than she treats them, or herself. While I'm sure that the author saw Cannie as very kind, the glimpses of a loving Cannie are few and far between her monologues of self-loathing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Thompason on Aug. 3 2005
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It can be difficult to read books that are as painfully truthful as Jennifer Weiner's first novel. However, "Good In Bed", while painful at times, is also fun and touching.
In the book, we meet Cannie (a thouroughly modern woman struggling with life's complexities). Cannie's biggest problem is a BIG problem, she is overweight. The book is Cannie's journey to come to terms with how others see her and more importantly how she sees herself. There are definatley road bumps along the way. Large road bumps along the way. Cannie's ex writes a tell all article for a rival magazine about "loving a larger woman".
Any woman will appreciate Cannie's sense of humor as she deals with all of the implications of Bruce's betrayal and as she struggles to make the right choices.
In the end, the reader will appreciate the ending as much as they appreciate the path to get there. I purchased this book through Amazon.com right after another great purchase, THE LOSERS' CLUB: Complete Restored Edition by Richard Perez, about a writer addicted to the personals. Both are fun, recommended books. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noreen Jameison on July 11 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having been a fan of Jennifer Weiner's column in the "Philadelphia Inquirer", I was not surprised to become a fan of her first novel, "Good in Bed". Every single woman can identify with some part of the main character, Cannie, who is an amazing person yet has been rendered insecure by a bumpy family history, poor male influences and a society that has bought into the beauty before substance equals worth equation. But Cannie perseveres, as we all do, and carves out a path through a series of positives and negatives all the while offering a bitingly sarcastic commentary of the people and world around her. Even in this work of fiction, women who don't fit the "Sex and the City" mold can see that they are not alone. After finishing this book, I felt inspired - to do what I'm not sure, but it's still a great feeling to have. I highly recommend this book and hope that Jennifer will continue writing for all women.
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A great book, a talented author. Read everything she writes - funny, well paced, poignant without being a weepy lifetime movie
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By htsandors on Aug. 23 2013
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If you are new to Jennifer Weiner, start with this book! I could not put it down! When I finally did finish, I had to visit amazon again and buy a few more Jennifer Weiner books.
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After I caught a friend of mine reading and very much enjoying this book - I ran out and picked it up. All I can say is - it was fun! I really enjoyed the charachter and her thinking in this book. It's an easy read and a great book to bring to the pool or beach with you.
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This book is great for both men and women. For women, to see a character that lives day-to-day with the multitude of societal pressures that we all face, particularly in the area of body image. Yet, the main character is not pathetic, but actually funny and vulnerable, all at the same time. I actually hope they make this into a movie, since it distresses me how "trained" we are in this country that in order to be beautiful, we have to be blond, blue-eyed and size 2-6. It puts beauty, and what it means to be a beautiful woman, in an entirely different light.
For men - if you want to understand a little bit of what it feels like to be a woman, especially in the US, this is the book for you. It gets you "inside" a woman's head a bit, particularly in the area of body image and mixed feelings and messages between women and men.
I loved it! Some parts made me laugh out loud. Others made me feel great empathy for her. And hey - it has a happy ending!!!
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