Do you remember the scene from Troop Beverly Hills when Cheech Marin says to Mary Gross: "Annie Herman, boy yoy yoing!?" Well, that's how I felt reading Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed. I loved it. Why would I read "Chick Lit" you ask? I was just doing my book blogger's duty. When I asked what everybody's favorite book was, Meredith said Good in Bed. Although I'm not averse to reading books that are geared to women (you can either call me flexible or a wuss), I had never seriously considered reading Weiner. So when I saw Meredith's choice I thought: "What the heck?" I figured it would be a nice little diversion from "serious books." I couldn't have been more wrong. In fact, the book itself (written in 2001) is misleading. On the cover, Janet Maslin of the New York Times says: "This season's beach-book Queen for a Day." Actually, I think it is too well-written to be downgraded to the beach. This book has a lot of heart and soul and is definitely not a lightweight. As my mother-in-law said right after the movie Election ended (while we cringed because of the language and sexual innuendo), "That was delightful!" I feel the same way.
Cannie (Candace) Shapiro is a plus-size 28-year old pop culture reporter for the Philadelphia Examiner. When the book opens, Cannie has just learned that her newly ex-boyfriend has written an article for Moxie magazine entitled "Loving a Larger Woman." She is devastated, especially since it was her idea to "take a break" after being together for 3 years. She was obviously just kidding (my son, Josh, used to trip his 2.5 year-younger sister, Meredith, and say "just kidding" - he wasn't, but Cannie was). Even though she is referred to in the article as "C," she imagines that everybody knows that it's her. What follows is a very heartfelt and very funny look at how Cannie handles the fallout from the article and the finality of the break-up. It's about self-discovery and introspection. Beach-Book my a__.
I want to emphasize how funny this book is. There are a number of authors that make me laugh. David Rosenfelt (Andy Carpenter series) is a very funny guy. Brian Haig (Sean Drummond series) is also a funny guy. Even Christopher Buckley has his humorous moments. But I don't think I've ever laughed reading a book as much as I laughed with this one. We've all heard expressions related to something being very obvious - such as "does a bear s__t in the woods?" But in Good in Bed, Weiner says: "Does the pope wear a big hat?" I actually laughed out loud. She also refers to the "pedicure police" at one point. Really clever stuff.
I'm strongly recommending this book. Will the Flynn-sters and Silva-ites like it? Questionable. Will most women like it? Most assuredly. Will men who are not just into Mitch Rapp and Gabriel Allon like it? I say yes. You e-readers of e-readers, download a chapter or 2. Make up your own minds.
PERSONAL NOTE: At the end of the book, there is a Q and A with Jennifer Weiner. One of her answers resonated with me. She said that her friends are like family to her. I definitely feel that way. If any of my friends read this, know that I'm talking about you.