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Like most of Jennifer Weiner's fiction, this book had a wonderful roll call of characters who seemed very believable, particularly in the way they relate to each other. Just like real life.
I've often felt indignant myself when footballers' or politicians' wives stand by an erring husband, but in the case of Sylvie I totally got it. What happens to her afterwards felt a little less believable. It was as if she was liberated from a life of tight clothes, dieting and supporting her husband's causes just to discover cooking and being a traditional stay-at-home mother to adult daughters who should have been standing on their own two feet.
I consumed it in big gulps because Weiner's writing pulls you in and you want to know what happens.
But the ending, which was a little sweet and sickly, left me with a few unanswered questions.
This was a real page turner. It's a story of a family who has secrets and tells how they resolve their issues. I loved the characters. I started reading my friend's copy of the book when I was on holiday at her house. I couldn't finish it there and I had to buy my own copy as I was so taken up with the story.
There isn't one of Jennifer Weiner's books I haven't enjoyed, and this one was well up to standard. It examines several themes (media hype, infidelity, identity) from different viewpoints. Highly recommended.
Hochqualitatives, sprachlich herausragendes, unterhaltsames Buch mit Weiner-gewohntem Witz und Tiefgang. Viel Erzähl-Dynamik, sehr glaubwürdige Charaktäre, lebhaft-sinnliche Beschreibungen, die gewohnten unterschiedlichen Blickwinkel, Rhythmus und keine einzige Länge. Ein Mustread für Weinerfans und eine echte Empfehlung für Neulinge!
Wer Chick-Lit mit Niveau schätzt (wie es sie nur im Englischen und niemals im Deutschen gibt), sollte hier zugreifen.
PS: Enthält die witzigste mir bekannte Sexszene der Literatur!