Certain Girls : Cannie Shapiro

  • by Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by Julie Dretzin, Rachel Botchan
  • Series: Cannie Shapiro
  • 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The eagerly-awaited follow-up to Jennifer Weiner's blockbuster best seller, Good in Bed
Listeners fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the smart, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Good in Bed. Now Cannie's back. After her debut novel - a fictionalized (and highly sexualized) version of her life - became an overnight bestseller, she dropped out of the public eye and turned to writing science fiction under a pseudonym. She's happily married and has settled into a life that's wonderfully predictable.
As preparations for her daughter Joy's bat mitzvah begin, everything seems right in Cannie's world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own conception - the story her mother hid from her all her life. When Cannie's husband surprises her by saying he wants to have a baby, the family is forced to reconsider their history, their future, and what it means to be truly happy.
Radiantly funny and tender, with Weiner's whip-smart dialogue and sharp observations of modern life, Certain Girls is an unforgettable story about love, loss, and the enduring bonds of family.


What the Critics Say

"Hilarious. Weiner offer her signature snappy observations and spot-on insights into human nature." (Publishers Weekly)
"Heartfelt and funny...A touching examination of both the comic and tragic moments that mark the mother-daughter relationship." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Readers will laugh and cry. Weiner is a talented writer who consistently delivers the goods. Clear your calendar and prepare to read: Cannie Shapiro is back!" (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Way too long, not enough action ...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have read/listened to a lot of Jennifer Weiner's books and she is an amazing talent, but after so many books her themes start to get a little repetitive: the Jewish mother, Philadelphia, fat girls, girls with some kind of deformity, Princeton, etc. I know this was supposed to be a sequel to "Good in Bed" and while the characters were well-rounded, the plot was so slow it took a lot of patience to make it to the last third of the book when something finally happens.

What was most disappointing about Jennifer Weiner’s story?

A weak plot with too much character development and background and not enough action. Jennifer Weiner loves to delve into the life story of all of her characters, and that can get tedious sometimes. This book moves painfully slow, like a long trip in the car.

Which character – as performed by Julie Dretzin and Rachel Botchan – was your favorite?

I didn't love either character. Joy was probably more fun in terms of her misadventures but she also had a lot of behavior and wisdom not believable for a 13 year old. And Cannie was annoyingly stiff and conservative considering where she came from. You would think she'd be able to meet her daughter halfway without having her run away from home before she conceded to buying her a damn dress.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I do love Jennifer Weiner's writing but after listening to a few of her more recent books, they're starting to all sound the same with themes obviously borrowed from Weiner's own life being used over and over again.

Any additional comments?

Maybe try the abridged version...?

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- Alison

i was disappointed!!!

Im not sure how I feel about this book. I loved the first book Good in Bed and I love all the other books written by Jennifer Weiner but this one seemed a little..hmmmm..not sure the twist at the end seemed unnecessary. I really didnt like it.. I was trying to love it but didnt. The tragedy almost seemed to try to make the book interesting. I think i loved the first book because it didnt seem so much like the "big girl" whining book. But this one was so....boring...everyone in the book seemed annoying and just kind of thrown in. I was very disappointed I just wish I wouldve read it because some times the sequel makes you hate the entire series.
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- Valerie "I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol.."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio