For Kate Klein, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. So when a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch. She launches an unofficial investigation with the help of two friends and discovers the secrets and lies behind the town's placid picket-fence facade - and the choices and compromises all modern women make as they navigate between independence and obligation, small towns and big cities, being a mother and having a life of one's own.
©2006 Jennifer Weiner (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Hilarious . . . begs to be read in one sitting." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Weiner's got a brilliant eye for social stratum, character sketches, and rendering of suburban atmospherics." (The Washington Post Book World)
"A Peyton Place for the 21st century, only more modern, hip, and funny than the original." (The Boston Globe)
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"Excellent Guilty Pleasure"
Great Chick Lit. Light, funny, well read. Perfect summer diversion. I have enjoyed all her books this one included.
"Great Book! Very funny!"
I found this book very entertaining. It kept my interest, I wanted to keep listening. I thought I had the bad guy figured out two or three times and I was wrong. It was very funny, I laughed out loud a few times and chuckled a lot. I loved all the characters. I want to be bff's with Janie!
This is a marvelous book -- a spot on satire of motherhood in suburbia -- laugh out loud funny -- and a great story about friendship, husband/wife and mother/daughter relationships. There's even a mystery. All in all, you can't go wrong with this book. Thank you Amazon for having the unabridged version.
"Awesome characters and story! Doesn't disappoint!"
I wasn't expecting Weiner's "mystery" story to be as good as the others, but this one is my favorite so far. The characters are extremely likeable and I sense some strong undertones of Samantha Jones from SATC in Janie, whom I loved. Ending was superb and "appropriately" plotted.
I'm finding it hard to get through this book. It starts out funny, but in her effort to jump into the "whodunnit" genre, Weiner loses much of her charm. Part of me is mildly curious about how the story ends, but the other part thinks, "who cares?" and "don't I have more important and more interesting things to do, like watching paint dry?"
"I think I read this book before"
This was a typical Weiner book, and if you like her books, you will like this, but not as well as Good in Bed or In her shoes. Kate is her stock character and Janey is there to keep the excitement. I think I have read this book before in her others. . . it's kind of like Nicholas Sparks books. . . how many times can you hear the same story (or in this case have the same characters)?
"Loved it but ending left things unresolved"
easy listen and I sped right thru it. it wasn't predictable to me. very entertaining. but ending left things unresolved and I like a tidy ending. still glad I chose it.
The character development was kind of lacking and predictable.
No, probably not. The plot really isn't all that interesting. Though I listened to the whole book, it was not very intriguing.
The non existent relationship with Evan and the boring marriage made me feel badly for the main character. The ending was not what I expected, but it was still not all that interesting.
"great balance of humor and mystery"
this author ususlly writes humorous general fiction, and I love it. However, I am a diehard mystery/suspense fan. this book could fall under that category. It had a great story line that kept me entertained and humor too. great read/listen. wish she had more in this genre
"It was a little disapponting"
I wasn't a fan of Kate's relationships with men. The way she treated her husband and the way she viewed Ethan- I didn't understand why she had feelings for Ethan, that part wasn't really fleshed out.
Fleshed out the Ethan character, more information about why Kate was still attracted to him.
No, though I would like to know how/who Kate ended up with.
While the story was enjoyable, I would have liked more fleshed out characters. Kate's feelings and actions seemed arbitrary and selfish sometimes where some more insight into her character would have made me like her more, or at least understand why she did what she did.
It seemed to vacillate between chick lit and classic detective styles without doing either very convincingly. Also it was hard to stick with a book where characters were underdeveloped or simply not likeable. However there were enough moments of wit and good writing for me to make it to the end.
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