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Book Reviews of Mrs. Everything (Audio CD) (Unabridged)

Mrs. Everything (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Mrs Everything - Audio CD - Unabridged
Author: Jennifer Weiner, Ari Graynor (Narrator), Beth Malone (Narrator)
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ISBN-13: 9781508251798
ISBN-10: 1508251797
Publication Date: 6/11/2019
Edition: Unabridged
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
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marcijo28 avatar reviewed Mrs. Everything (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 280 more book reviews
My first Jennifer Weiner read and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Beautifully written, great characters. It made me laugh, it made me sad and I cried at the end. I will definitely be reading more of her books.
Readnmachine avatar reviewed Mrs. Everything (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 1439 more book reviews
Weiner returns to the sisters theme she has used before, but covers a much wider timespan -- moving from the 1950s through contemporary times, focusing on the changes and challenges in the world of American women during those decades.

It's a meaty book most readers will enjoy. There is a lesbian theme, so anyone who objects to that idea should take a pass.
khami6cr avatar reviewed Mrs. Everything (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 124 more book reviews
Jo and Bethie, sisters growing up in 1950s Detroit, are leading rather rigid lives. Jo is the troubled and angry older sister--the "different" one, while Bethie is the adored, perfect younger sister. Jo feels completely misunderstood by their mother, Sarah, but at least she has their father to act as a go-between. But, as the sisters grow up and move out, they somehow find their roles and lives changing. Bethie becomes the free spirit: the one unable to settle down and please their mother. Meanwhile, Jo marries and leads a picture-perfect life with her husband and children. Yet, deep down, neither sister is truly happy. Is it too late for either Jo or Bethie to find the life they really want?

This is a really wonderful novel from Jennifer Weiner. In the beginning, she states that she always wanted to write about a woman like her mom, who was born in the 40s, came of age in the 60s, married and had children, but then divorced and ended up falling in love with a woman. By then, times had changed and she could live a very different life than when she was born. Framing the story in this way makes perfect sense, and I think Weiner has more than fulfilled her goal. She's written a gorgeous and sweeping epic novel, starting with Jo and Bethie as children and continuing throughout the majority of their lives.

The novel, as mentioned, starts with Jo and Bethie as kids, moving into a new house in Michigan. Each is hopeful for a new start to their small kid-sized lives. Already Jo is feeling different. The book is told from both Jo and Bethie's perspectives, and Weiner does a wonderful job of not only capturing each of their own unique voices, but telling the story from their perspective at that particular time period.

"But maybe, in this new place, she could make a fresh start. Maybe here, she could be a good girl."

From the beginning, we clearly see how much trouble Jo is to her mother, and how she struggles with her feelings of being different. She's a tomboy who hates dresses and loves sports. She doesn't want to date the boys that her other classmates fawn over. I had no idea that the book was going to cover Jo's sexuality in this way, and it was such a pleasant surprise. It's so well-done. I loved the unexpected storyline about this intelligent and strong girl/woman struggling with her sexual orientation during a time period where it not at all accepted: it was very poignant and touching.

"I am going to leave here, she thought. I am going to read, and I am going to write. I am going to find a girl who is brave enough to love me, and I am going to have the kind of life I want."

So this book touches on a lot of tough subjects--racism, immigration, feminism, sexual orientation, religion, sexual assault, and more. It offers a discussion on womanhood, motherhood, marriage, and the options available to women (or not). Perhaps in the hands of a lesser author, this would all be too much, but through Weiner's deft writing, it's really truly beautifully done. The book spans a huge time period, but it never feels rushed or as if too much is crammed in. Once you get into Jo and Bethie's story, you're there: you are part of the family. And truly, this is a story of family at its core. A bitter family, perhaps, at times. It's a story of how certain moments can change the course of your life. But it's also a story of love and sisterhood, in all its many forms.

"'You think I ruined your life? Well I think you ruined mine.'"

Overall, this is a really lovely book. It's heartbreaking at times, for sure, and I cried at the end, but it's a testament to how much I fell for these two sisters. Its story of strength and love is a wonderful theme. It's a book for and about women, with some excellent messaging about women and society. (Wow, so much has changed and yet so little, it seems.) I certainly recommend this one. 4.5 stars.

I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley and Atria Books in return for an unbiased review.
njmom3 avatar reviewed Mrs. Everything (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 1361 more book reviews
I appreciate the premise of Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner. Yet, I end up not the reader for this book mostly because I find it over dramatized. To me, the need to include a little bit of everything that could face a woman in the book diminishes the challenges that the title of "Mrs. Everything" poses. There are challenges enough in daily life without reaching out for extremes. The extremes leave the lasting impression rather than the strength of the women navigating the challenges.

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Reviewed for NetGalley.
VolunteerVal avatar reviewed Mrs. Everything (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 591 more book reviews
[Trigger Warnings: disordered eating, rape, abortion, drug use, infidelity, war injuries, etc.]

This novel attempts to be a modern-day saga, tracing the significant events in the lives of two sisters, from childhood through advanced age, while tracing women's fashion and world events from the 1950s until 2022. Some sections were far more interesting than others; I listened to the audiobook and would have likely DNFd a print book.