Book Review for MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner
MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A powerful and intensely smart story about women filled with emotion, humor, and authentic voices.
Having read almost every book Jennifer Weiner has written, I can honestly tell you that MRS. EVERYTHING is by far her most eloquent, emotional, and timely novel. The author uses the span of the two sisters’ lives to talk about sexuality, race, and complicated family relationships with passion as well as honesty.
What I love so much about this book is that you get an entire picture of the lives of Jo and Bethie Kaufman. We travel through time with them as they live their lives together as well as apart. What these two women go through have their highs and lows, but not once did I not believe the story. There is a truth within the narrative that transcends your usual fictional tale.
Weiner brings it all with MRS EVERYTHING. She deals with feminist ideals, interracial relationships, sexual identity, abuse, and illness. However, with all the underlining issues, I never felt that the author was preaching or trying to teach me something. She delivered prose with a powerful message and made it thoroughly enjoyable.
Bravo Jennifer! Until your next book…
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, I did buy the digital version of this book.
From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world.
Do we change or does the world change us?
Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.
Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.
But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?
In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?
About the Author: Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia.
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (June 11, 2019)
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