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Not my cup of tea. I had a really hard time relating to the theme of the book but I kept going because, well I bought it and it was my book club’s book of the month. Jennifer spends a lot of time on the development of her characters with the exception of the second protagonist (or many antagonist) — anyway, this woman gets some details but not enough and then when the plot twist happens it’s almost as if Jennifer was on a super short deadline. Daphne figuring everything out happens in a couple of pages which doesn’t seem likely. Overall I would pass on this one.
I consider myself a JW fan having read most of her books. This book is a lazy work that her far superior novels Mrs Everything and In Her Shoes run circles around. Here we are served her oft-repeated plot devices (also found in her many other books like Good In Bed) but now applied to uninteresting characters ... the victimized overweight girl, the maligned and vilified thin attractive girl, the fixation on wealth and fame, the unexpected suitor as redemption device. And small nit but this is not the JW first book where the central character has some dog she claims to adore but clearly neglects. This story reads very shallow and vapid, despite its attempts to keep you guessing, as none of the characters are likable or anyone you would want to know. I found myself not caring where the story went but finished it anyway due to pandemic boredom.
This was like two different books jammed together and the marriage did not work.
The first half was big-hearted, fun, engaging, well-written. Nicely drawn characters and an entertaining story kept me turning the pages. Then, the half way mark came and ugh! The story went in an awful, murder mystery direction that made no sense. The writing suffered---rushed, not as snappy and colorful. An overall drab narrative. I found myself speed-skimming pages just to get to the end because it became a slog. I got the sense the author didn't believe in this plot turn (the change in her story telling was that obvious).
USA Today called it a "sexy read" ...just no. Not even close. This is my first book by this author. I see other reader/reviewers say this is not her best work. Because of that, I may try another one of her books, but I'll wait for it to go on sale.
This book was a very easy read, It almost felt like a teen read, very predictable, and all the pieces of the story came together unrealistically . The main character just randomly thought and came up with all the answers. Predictable. With that said, I thought the most captivating part was her relationship with her grandmother.
I love most of JW’s books. In fact, I liked the first half of this book but then it turned into a ridiculous murder mystery. So.far.fetched.... if you insist on reading it get it at the library. Not worth the $15.... hope her next one is better.
Are usually like this author, but I read the first third of the book which was engaging…then wound up skipping ahead and reading one page in ten just to see what was going on. From what other reviewer say I seem not to be alone in this experience. I definitely recommend getting this from the library instead of buying it. It’s almost like after the first third of the book the story completely lost steam.
I found this book poorly written, all over the place. What was it about? The internet, being overweight, high school travails playing out over the years, fancy clothes, sex, a murder? Just an excuse to talk about being an "influencer" , beautiful clothes, food, the lives of the rich and famous! All over the place with this plausible plot. When I was finished, I felt sorry I tased my money when there are so many other good books out there.
I wanted just a good novel to read and this book was a pick of the week in one of my magazines. It seems the author couldnt decide what kind of story this was -- a testimony about being overweight and society's views ; the ills of the internet; or a whodunnit. Trying to weave all 3 didnt work. And the end was predictable and just sort of withered.