Sunday, May 13, 2007

Good In Bed

Good In Bed is Jennifer Weiner's debut novel. Like many great bands/musicians their first album is often considered their magnum opus. A friend once told me that a band's first album is always their best. Perhaps it's because they've had a lifetime (till that point) to create that debut.

Although it is true that some bands will never top their debut releases, I believe that the majority of bands evolve, grow and eventually out do their debut albums. Case and point- Radiohead, U2, Public Enemy, Beck, Wilco, and Prince (just off the top of my head) have made impressive debuts but went on to create classic albums.

Such is the case with Jennifer Weiner's Good In Bed. My expectations were high considering that Weiner is one of the major reasons I wanted to become a writer. She's witty, she's smart, and she's laugh-out-loud funny. Good in Bed is also one of RW's favorite books, and one that she has a special affinity for. So I was intrigued...

Good In Bed didn't grab me initially like I thought it would. I guess I expected it to be witty and funny right off the bat (like her blog and like she is in person). But the story has to build and gain momentum before it really takes off. Cannie, the heroine of the story is a 28 year old plus size woman, dealing with all the issues that come with being a professional women, fighting the battle of the bulge, family issues, men, yadayadayada.

Comparisons to Bridget Jones are inevitable, but Weiner's character holds her own and this debut novel only hints at the greatness that followed. Not the best I've ever had, but not Bed. B-

"I have an intense desire to return to the womb. Anybody's."
-Woody Allen

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