Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review: Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Mrs. Everything
by Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and her story—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

Kritters Thoughts:  Let me start by saying I was counting down the days for this book so my expectations were beyond belief, it had been a while since a Jennifer Weiner book and I was ready.  I am sad to say that it didn't meet all my expectations, but was overall a good read.

Two sisters from childhood to adulthood weave in and out of each other's lives and with a very uncaring mother, they basically are each other's real true family.  Jo and Bethie are sisters, but they are two very different individuals.  They may have grown up in the same house, but they react completely different to the ups and downs that happened to them when they are young and it affects the adults they become.  

This book spans quite the years, so the reader gets to see a lot of these girls lives.  I would say this was one thing that I didn't love.  There were moments where the pacing of the book just slowed down and I thought we could have not included that moment to instead keep the book moving.  I wanted a few less peak ins in these girls lives so that we see the big moments that really shape them.  

The big thing for me when I read a Jennifer Weiner book are the characters.  Although these characters were full and easy to picture, they were just missing some of the spark that Jennifer Weiner has put into her characters in others books.  There were moments were they felt flat and caricature instead of women that I could know.  This was the most distracting and frustrating part of the read, I live for Jennifer Weiner's characters no matter what situation she puts them in.

I am excited to see her back and writing adult fiction and hope that she has a few more up her sleeve!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 22 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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