Mrs. Everything

Mrs Everything From Jennifer Weiner the 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

  • Title: Mrs. Everything
  • Author: Jennifer Weiner
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  • Page: 204
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  • 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 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 herstory as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.Do we change or does the world change us Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect Dick and Jane house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world fair Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything except settling down Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question How should a woman be in the world Get A Copy DEOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound ebook, 416 pages Published June 11th 2019 by Atria Books More Details Edition Language English Other Editions 14 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Mrs Everything, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is it a coincidence that Jo and Beth are characters of similar description disposition in Louisa May Alcotts Little Women 7 likeslike 3 months ago See all 6 answers Kathleen Keenan Jennifer Weiner answers this question in A word from the author at the end of the book She called them my own version of Louisa May Alcott s Jennifer Weiner answers this question in A word from the author at the end of the book She called them my own version of Louisa May Alcott s sisters less flag When the author writes about fashion culture in the 1962 section of the book, she describes young women wearing bell bottoms, caftans, patchouli, going barefoot, etc the black young men sporting Afros and dashikis and a rampant drug culture on college campuses My question is this In my part of the U.S all of these would have occurred later in the 60s than 1962 What do others think about this 2 likeslike 26 days ago See all 7 answers Margaret Mason I just started Part 2 of the book about 10 minutes ago and I had to stop reading and check here to see if the inaccurate historical references were I just started Part 2 of the book about 10 minutes ago and I had to stop reading and check here to see if the inaccurate historical references were bothering anyone else I kept looking to see if it said 1962 or 1972 I like Jennifer Weiner and I was enjoying the book, but this kind of stuff is just sloppy I can t believe no editor caught this less flag See all 9 questions about Mrs Everything Lists with This Book 2019 What Women Born In The 1970s Have Read So Far This Year 4,592 books 487 voters Best books of 2019 445 books 682 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.90 Rating details 19,733 ratings 2,817 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 2772 More filters Sort order Apr 25, 2019 Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves womens fiction, emotional, 2019 Maybe I am different Being different isn t the worst thing Ms Everything is just that she s everything and every woman She s the collective voice of you, me, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, neighbors and acquaintances She s the gamut of emotions, triumphs, sacrifices, and heartbreak that feed into the way we view the world She s a piece of fiction that hits home with the notion that self discovery is a continuous journey for each one of us.In a story that spans gener Maybe I am different Being different isn t the worst thing Ms Everything is just that she s everything and every woman She s the collective voice of you, me, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, neighbors and acquaintances She s the gamut of emotions, triumphs, sacrifices, and heartbreak that feed into the way we view the world She s a piece of fiction that hits home with the notion that self discovery is a continuous journey for each one of us.In a story that spans generations, Jennifer Weiner taps into the heart of life From the expectations we set for ourselves to the varying degrees of reality that often take shape instead.On the longer side, this novel follows two sisters Jo and Bethie for the entirety of their existence From childhood to the trying times of adolescence and the woes of adulthood, their dueling storylines bring forth topics likely to resonate with women from all backgrounds The beauty of the extensive timeline is witnessing the influence of an ever changing society on the hopes and dreams of the two sisters Jennifer Weiner is an author that hits the high notes when it comes to relatability From the characters she presents on the page, to the topics that formulate, her words speak the language of everyday women Chances are, we ve all faced challenges similar to Jo and Bethie or know someone who has There are those times when we read to breathe in a different life than our own And others when we seek out novels like Mrs Everything, an experience that offers a sense of solidarity and sisterhood A HUGE thanks to Atria for providing a copy in exchange for my honest thoughts flag 345 likesLike see review View all 62 comments May 01, 2019 Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves bookstagram made me do it, from publisher Please, God, or whoever s up there, please just give me enough time to make it right For me, this was a 3 star read with a 5 star message, so I went with a 4 star rating It s the type of book that you want to say so much about and also nothing at all You want to say so much, because it s a very timely message and is being published at the most opportune moment In a world in the midst of the metoo movement and feminism on the rise, it s the type of book that women can rally behind and promo Please, God, or whoever s up there, please just give me enough time to make it right For me, this was a 3 star read with a 5 star message, so I went with a 4 star rating It s the type of book that you want to say so much about and also nothing at all You want to say so much, because it s a very timely message and is being published at the most opportune moment In a world in the midst of the metoo movement and feminism on the rise, it s the type of book that women can rally behind and promote with ease It s also a book that I m struggling to talk about, because it s an epic, sweeping saga of sisters, mothers, and daughters, and to divulge any details would be to take away from your own reading experience In the forward of my arc, Jennifer Weiner writes a preface that describes where the inspiration for this story came from Her own mother was born in the 1940 s, married a man and had children, divorced him and ended up falling in love with a woman I think the vulnerability and raw appeal to this novel is the fact that it covers a lifetime, not just a year or two, and the choice to delve into something deeper and a little serious was an excellent choice for the author You ll laugh, you ll cry, but you won t forget Mrs Everything after you finish it Highly recommended for those looking for a relevant historical fiction that expresses the journey of what it means to be female, past and present Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. flag 269 likesLike see review View all 26 comments May 05, 2019 Meredith rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley She wondered whether they would ever not try to have it all and do it all and do all of it flawlessly Would the day ever come when simply doing your best would be enough Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, aunt, caretaker, career women Mrs Everything attempts to cover it all Spanning decades and told through the alternating narrative of two sisters, Jo and Bethie, who grew up in Detroit in the 1950s, Weiner explores the complex relationship between women, while at the same time, ex She wondered whether they would ever not try to have it all and do it all and do all of it flawlessly Would the day ever come when simply doing your best would be enough Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, aunt, caretaker, career women Mrs Everything attempts to cover it all Spanning decades and told through the alternating narrative of two sisters, Jo and Bethie, who grew up in Detroit in the 1950s, Weiner explores the complex relationship between women, while at the same time, examining and subverting gender norms Mrs Everything tries to be everything family saga, drama, women s fiction, and a feminist manifesto At times, Mrs Everything struggles to find its place, but there is an ease about the narrative that draws the reader into Jo and Bethie s lives Both sisters stories are equally interesting The lengthy timeline allows the reader to watch Jo and Bethie struggle with finding fulfillment It s a long journey towards self acceptance Mrs Everything serves as a tribute to the brave women who try to do it all and think that they have to do it all In the end, it had me ugly crying as I reached the final pages and said goodbye to Jo and Bethie I want to be brave like that I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for an honest review flag 182 likesLike see review View all 66 comments Jul 22, 2019 Regan added it Read for BN Book Club so no rating flag 159 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 11, 2019 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it it was amazing 5 stars and a high five to quite possibly the most memorable book I ve read this year Jennifer Weiner I ve been reading her books for close to twenty years I first read Little Earthquakes, but it was In Her Shoes that I fell for most and had to read all of her backlist And that movie Loved it In my mind, Jennifer Weiner gets better and better, and this book Mrs Everything It s right at the pinnacle, tippy top of what she s accomplished And that said I m already ready for her 5 stars and a high five to quite possibly the most memorable book I ve read this year Jennifer Weiner I ve been reading her books for close to twenty years I first read Little Earthquakes, but it was In Her Shoes that I fell for most and had to read all of her backlist And that movie Loved it In my mind, Jennifer Weiner gets better and better, and this book Mrs Everything It s right at the pinnacle, tippy top of what she s accomplished And that said I m already ready for her top herself next time because I know she can Regardless of me already dreaming of her next book, Mrs Everything is an enormous treasure of a read It s technically historical fiction, taking place in 1950s Detroit Two sisters with differing personalities grow up in the same family and experience many of the same traumas and unique family dynamics only to have vastly different experiences isn t that the way so often with families Bethie and Jo s personalities could not be different Jo, the older sister, lives her early life without abandon while Bethie plays it safe with paper dolls Then, later, they switch roles, and Bethie becomes the wild child during the 60s, while Jo takes the safer route to a traditional life in Connecticut as a young mom Neither sister is happy, and each is seeking the happy life The storytelling in Mrs Everything is so rich, so all enveloping, it s like a warm hug when you fall into this story of these two sisters There s some darkness here, too, and traumas these sisters live through The way it s written with honesty makes it all so relatable.Mrs Everything is epic in proportions, too, as it follows Bethie and Jo throughout their lives Everything they experience is something any reader could have experienced I can t stress enough how innately human these characters are Mrs Everything accomplishes much than the average book It felt me feeling affirmed and hopeful In other words, it left me feeling understood Thank you, Jennifer Weiner, for this masterfully drawn warm hug and a big high five, too I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 129 likesLike see review View all 36 comments Jun 22, 2019 Elyse Walters rated it liked it The Beach boys, the Beatles, Bob Dylan.The Baby Boomers and Bell BottomsWe journey through the 50s and 60s right up to 2016 with sisters night day opposites Jo and Bethie Kaufman Sexual inappropriateness family molestation, sexual graphic experimentation between two women a detailed graphic sex scene was much explicit than all the sex chatter combined in City Girls , by Elizabeth Gilbert , which by the way, in my opinion, the author s strongest scene as it was The Beach boys, the Beatles, Bob Dylan.The Baby Boomers and Bell BottomsWe journey through the 50s and 60s right up to 2016 with sisters night day opposites Jo and Bethie Kaufman Sexual inappropriateness family molestation, sexual graphic experimentation between two women a detailed graphic sex scene was much explicit than all the sex chatter combined in City Girls , by Elizabeth Gilbert , which by the way, in my opinion, the author s strongest scene as it was the most bold and fearless scene of the entire almost 500 page bookJews, Christians, religion, heritage, immigration, whites, blacks, betrayal, diets, weight gain weight loss , class, race, beliefs, opinions, fears, family death, single mother, relationships of all kinds, description upon descriptions of fashion clothes, shoes, handbags, hair, home designs, and trends, smoking, drugs, war, music, art, politics TIMES WERE CHANGINGTHE SISTERS WERE CHANGING.I found most of this book a little dull, simplistic, and predictable It s a tale that s been done many times There wasn t anything particularly new or unique A better book with family psychodrama tragic comedy and our self righteousness about our obsessive societyis The Nix , by Nathan Hill Both books begin in Chicago Both books enter the pop culturebut where Nathan Hill s novel felt fresh creative and nostalgic Mrs Everything felt stale 150 pages could have easily been cut This is another one of those books where I can understand a wide range of ratings I get that many readers found this novel alluring I get it I can understand the appeal.But I had 1 foot in and 1 foot out in the yes no enjoyment not , camps My cynical mind had an inner voice speaking to me My curious mind was interested enough to finish, 3 stars the middle rating I didn t hate this bookbut I wouldn t call great either This was my first book by Jennifer Weiner flag 127 likesLike see review View all 41 comments May 08, 2019 Larry H rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Josette Jo and Elisabeth Bethie Kaufman were sisters who came of age in 1950s Detroit Jo is a tomboy, comfortable in old clothes and running around playing sports, while young Bethie was content with being the pretty, talented one, the center of attention Not much changed as the two approached their teenage years, much to their mother s chagrin Jo became outspoken in trying to understand civil rights and social justice, while Bethie starts understanding that her beauty gives her Josette Jo and Elisabeth Bethie Kaufman were sisters who came of age in 1950s Detroit Jo is a tomboy, comfortable in old clothes and running around playing sports, while young Bethie was content with being the pretty, talented one, the center of attention Not much changed as the two approached their teenage years, much to their mother s chagrin Jo became outspoken in trying to understand civil rights and social justice, while Bethie starts understanding that her beauty gives her an interesting form of power.But a family tragedy leads to a traumatic incident for one sister and self discovery for the other, and both impact their lives and their relationships As time moves on, Bethie becomes a free spirit, traveling the world, never putting roots down in one place, immersing herself in the counterculture and embracing the idea that women should have whatever they want Jo, on the other hand, becomes a traditional housewife in Connecticut, raising two daughters and wondering how she wound up living the life she is Both are content in their own ways but aren t truly happy, but at the same time, aren t sure they are willing to shake things up enough to make change happen Mrs Everything follows Jo and Bethie to the present day, chronicling the journey of these two women as they struggle for happiness, love, and fulfillment, even when they believe they can t have all three simultaneously They have triumphs and deal with tragedies, they turn toward each other and turn away, and try to be true to themselves and who they are It s a novel that has an almost epic feel to it We lose ourselves, she repeated, forming each word with care, but we find our way back Wasn t that the story of her life Wasn t that the story of Bethie s You make the wrong choices, you make mistakes, you disappear for a decade, you marry the wrong man You get hurt You lose sight of who you are, or of who you want to be, and then you remember, and if you re lucky you have sisters or friends who remind you when you forget your best intentions You come back to yourself, again and again You try, and fail, and try again, and fail again I ve never read anything that Jennifer Weiner has written, so when I was offered the opportunity to read Mrs Everything I jumped at it Weiner says in a note that appears at the start of my advance copy that she was inspired by Michael Cunningham s A Home at the End of the World and Susan Isaacs Almost Paradise two books I loved to write a book that followed its main characters all the way through their lives She also said she wanted to write about a character like her mother, whose life moved in unexpected and unbelievable ways.The arcs that Weiner s characters lives follow are very believable These are women whose stories have been told so many times yet they need to be told many times This is a fascinating exploration of the roles women play within their families, within their marriages and relationships, and within society There isn t necessarily anything surprising in this book but that doesn t matter it s still a powerful book with strong messages.I really enjoyed the way Weiner writes and felt completely immersed in the story I felt like things dragged a bit at times, but real life isn t always exciting either I do read a fair amount of so called women s fiction, but this is one book that I d imagine will resonate with women than it did with me, although I still felt moved by it.NetGalley and Atria Books provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it available This book will be published June 11, 2019 See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at flag 124 likesLike see review View all 19 comments May 26, 2019 Susanne Strong rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 4.25 Stars Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner speaks to the masses In this day and age, it is both timely and full of heart It s a story about connections Women who are mothers, sisters, wives, lovers, friends, supporters, heroes and oh so much Jo and Bethie are sisters and Mrs Everything is their story It takes place over the course of decades There are trials and tribulations as each woman struggles and tries to be everything to everyone, including each other As sisters, the re 4.25 Stars Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner speaks to the masses In this day and age, it is both timely and full of heart It s a story about connections Women who are mothers, sisters, wives, lovers, friends, supporters, heroes and oh so much Jo and Bethie are sisters and Mrs Everything is their story It takes place over the course of decades There are trials and tribulations as each woman struggles and tries to be everything to everyone, including each other As sisters, the relationship between Jo and Bethie is real and true When experiencing hardship, the pain Jo and Bethie feel is palpable, as is their joy There were times when I raised my fist in a yes, you go girl moment and times when my eyes were filling with tears and I just cried my little heart out As someone whose only sibling is a sister, this story resonated with me My sister and I are four years apart and are very different, thus we were treated very differently by our parents, just like Jo and Bethie Though I am the younger sister, I resonated with certain parts of Jo, the tomboy, the girl who loves jeans and who is hard working, no nonsense and serious I am equally sure that my sister would relate to Bethie, beautiful, popular and successful I will be sure to send my sister a copy of this book upon its release to find out for sure That s the thing Mrs Everything is relatable to everyone, especially here and now with what is going on these days This is a story that will make you feel intensely and is one that makes you think about what others are going through and how you can help I very much enjoyed reading this novel as I loved the story of Jo and Bethie Mrs Everything is on the longer side and is therefore a slower read, thus it is one to be savored This is now the third book that I ve read by Jennifer Weiner and it is my favorite by far Thank you to Ariele Friedman at Atria Books for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on NetGalley and on 5.26.19.Will be published on and Twitter on 6.11.19 flag 105 likesLike see review View all 56 comments Jul 02, 2019 Nilufer Ozmekik rated it really liked it Shelves on my read list 3.5 rounded up 4 in the name of bellybuttons, sack dresses, obladi oblada life goes bra la la how the life goes on stars I m going back and forth between 3 and 4 so much time, normally I m not defined as decisive person but at least 150 pages should be edited, I lose my objectivity when I m reading a women power story so I turned into a generous grader That s my weakness This book might be dedicated all the women out there Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts,grandmas It s one of the g 3.5 rounded up 4 in the name of bellybuttons, sack dresses, obladi oblada life goes bra la la how the life goes on stars I m going back and forth between 3 and 4 so much time, normally I m not defined as decisive person but at least 150 pages should be edited, I lose my objectivity when I m reading a women power story so I turned into a generous grader That s my weakness This book might be dedicated all the women out there Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts,grandmas It s one of the good manifestation for uprising women history Lately starting from City Girls, Summer of 69, I m so blessed to make another beautiful time travel, this time I found myself on 50 s and move back to 2016 This book was angsty by telling us so many emotional traumas from rape, abandonment, betrayal, problems of same sex marriage but mostly it s about the importance of CHANGE Two sister, one is popular, beautiful, the other is tomboy, smart, their differences and their parents treatment to them differently caused so many deep emotional barriers between them.But as the years pass, they had so much harsh experiences what made them mature, tormented and also strong I enjoyed sisterhood parts, the history lesson sometimes it was a little bit excessive as like a full package of information bombardment but it is well crafted story telling The book was too long and slow reading, sometimes edgy, angsty, dramatic parts could be a little exaggerated but it was still a great woman fiction and summer reading I could give three stars to this one but my conscious didn t let me do it I have a sister and I felt the same differences as soon as I started this book My empathizing about characters and soft, capturing parts of the story changed my decision This book s message is embracing the change and learning to accept differences and make peace with your loved ones and your past I got the message and I m determined to apply on my own life flag 98 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jun 14, 2019 Norma Traveling Sister rated it really liked it Shelves review requests Emotive, all embracing, a sweeping saga MRS EVERYTHING by JENNIFER WEINER is a timely, rich, emotional, gripping, and thought provoking saga that spans decades between two sisters, Jo and Bethie We get an intimate look into each of these character s lives as we follow along their story MRS EVERYTHING gives us a realistic and true to life story about women that well deals with everything This was definitely an eye opening reading experience for me as it delves deep into their everyday Emotive, all embracing, a sweeping saga MRS EVERYTHING by JENNIFER WEINER is a timely, rich, emotional, gripping, and thought provoking saga that spans decades between two sisters, Jo and Bethie We get an intimate look into each of these character s lives as we follow along their story MRS EVERYTHING gives us a realistic and true to life story about women that well deals with everything This was definitely an eye opening reading experience for me as it delves deep into their everyday struggles as well as giving a voice to all women in a much broader stance JENNIFER WEINER delivers an interesting, engaging and beautifully written story here that was easily one of the most important, entertaining, and memorable books that I will ever read This being my very first JENNIFER WEINER novel I was thoroughly impressed with how easily she was able to instill such an important message in her storytelling I felt that the novel at times was quite deep but so worth spending the time with these two sisters It was definitely a heartfelt story that was so heartwarming and felt perfectly complete in the end Norma s Stats Cover I love the look and feel to this cover and think that it is such a bold, striking, meaningful and fitting representation to storyline Title Intriguing, thought provoking, relevant, and a fabulous representation to storyline Writing Prose Engaging, effective, effortless, readable, beautiful, and well written Plot Steadily paced, relatable, interesting, thought provoking, touching, hopeful, heartfelt and powerful Ending An impactful and bittersweet ending that moved me and left me feeling that I read something really special here.Overall This was not a quick and easy book for me to read as it was quite deep, emotional, and raw It is one to savour Would recommend Thank you so much to Simon Schuster Canada and Jennifer Weiner for my complimentary copy.Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog flag 90 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Jun 13, 2019 Berit rated it it was amazing Shelves arc physical, 2019 This book was EVERYTHING So powerful, so emotional, so beautiful, so absorbing I was completely invested from page 1 in these character s lives, I did not want the book to end This book spans five decades as we watch sisters Jo and Bethie figure themselves and the world out From Detroit to Atlanta, from the 50s to the 2000s we watch these sisters and those they love navigate their way through this thing we call life We see them succeed and fail, grow and stumble, love and lose, laugh and cr This book was EVERYTHING So powerful, so emotional, so beautiful, so absorbing I was completely invested from page 1 in these character s lives, I did not want the book to end This book spans five decades as we watch sisters Jo and Bethie figure themselves and the world out From Detroit to Atlanta, from the 50s to the 2000s we watch these sisters and those they love navigate their way through this thing we call life We see them succeed and fail, grow and stumble, love and lose, laugh and cry Jennifer Weiner evoked every possible emotion in me with her words I laughed, I cried, I smiled, and I shook my head Life is hard and it is complicated Neither Jo or Bethie had it easy, but they fought and loved their way to their best lives This was an unforgettable book that left me with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye I wrote the above last night and I was going to add to it today, but I don t think I need to But I will say this being pride month I think this book really did a wonderful job with Jo s struggle to truly accept herself Of course this became easier as the country became tolerant, but still can you imagine having to repress your true self for years and years and years And I m sure this was much common than we know I hope that one day everyone will be accepting of who people choose to love This book really brought home how far we have come, but we still have so far to go OK I will stop preaching Just do yourself a favor pick this book up and read it, it is quite fabulous Big thanks to Atria for my copy of this book flag 86 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jun 27, 2019 Debra rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 3.5 starsMrs Everything is the story of two sister s lives from the 1950 s to the present day The book showcases the sister s different personalities, their similarities, their struggles, how they both changed over time, how they responded to their mother, how they responded to each other, how they came together, what drove them apart, their loved ones and their hopes and dreams This is their journey through the times in which they lived, through their family, through their individual experie 3.5 starsMrs Everything is the story of two sister s lives from the 1950 s to the present day The book showcases the sister s different personalities, their similarities, their struggles, how they both changed over time, how they responded to their mother, how they responded to each other, how they came together, what drove them apart, their loved ones and their hopes and dreams This is their journey through the times in which they lived, through their family, through their individual experiences and how those experiences shaped their lives Fans of Jennifer Weiner will not be disappointed I have read many of her books and enjoyed this one as well It had me thinking of my relationship with my sister, who is also my only sibling We had different roles in our family, each other s lives and the paths we have taken.I thought this book could have done with some editing but overall found it to be thought provoking, relate able, insightful and moving.Thank you to Atria books and NetGalley who provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own flag 79 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 21, 2019 Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction, lgbt, family drama, netgalley, sibling love and hate, 2019 best reads 4.5 for bellbottoms and Beatles but oh so much What a great surprise I thought I was signing up for some nice and light chick lit, but oh, was I ever wrong We follow two sisters, Jo and Bethie, from childhood to seniorhood Their lives are anything but nice and light, and I got pulled in immediately There s drama coming out their ears, yet it s not gratuitious, overdone, or unrealistic Weiner, who I ve always thought was a good writer but definitely on the light side, created a s 4.5 for bellbottoms and Beatles but oh so much What a great surprise I thought I was signing up for some nice and light chick lit, but oh, was I ever wrong We follow two sisters, Jo and Bethie, from childhood to seniorhood Their lives are anything but nice and light, and I got pulled in immediately There s drama coming out their ears, yet it s not gratuitious, overdone, or unrealistic Weiner, who I ve always thought was a good writer but definitely on the light side, created a serious and expansive story here which was her plan, as she says in the Intro Her storytelling chops are on full display The plot is well paced and nearly flawless And it s juicily unpredictable I loved having no idea what was going to happen next and getting slapped in the face with some dramatic, unexpected turn of events The characters are complex and vivid, and they pressed my emote button I even cried once and I m not a crying kind of reader Although the language isn t jazzy, I liked how clear and smooth it is not pretentious or convoluted And her descriptions, they re something else Women baby boomers, you MUST read this book Down memory lane we go And if you were in the counter culture especially if were wild and crazy , you will really get your mind blown Weiner has the 1960s and 1970s down pat I was transported Remember putting your pajamas under the pillow when you made the bed Remember the deep pink indentations that your garter do hickies made on your thighs Does Metrecal ring a bell All these images and hundreds from a long ago past are apparently stored on the hard drive inside my skull, and it was a kick to make them dance I had no idea they were still up there in the old noggin , just waiting to be reactivated And of course, the images stirred up memories and that was when I d daydream for a bit, taking little side trips of my own Maybe some of our senior ADD happens because we get distracted by our memories Weiner really did her homework she s not a baby boomer herself You d think she was, based on how well she understands that time period I m betting her mom was the key source, as Weiner mentions her in the Intro and it seems that the story is loosely based on her life.So yes, the descriptions are out of this world I usually whine relentlessly about writers detail itis, but here, I m not poo pahing it one bit I was glued to the page I couldn t take my eyes off any of it the clothes, the rooms, the colors, all the spot on pop culture references Weiner is one of those excellent writers who makes you feel like you re watching a movie Usually, a writer talking about the color of bellbottoms would annoy the hell out of me Here, I appreciated being able to see the movie in technicolor I d love it if they took this story to the big screen They ve made one of Weiner s books, In Her Shoes, into a blockbuster movie, so maybe it will happen again So it was the first third of the book, where Jo and Bethie were kids and teens in the 60s and 70s, that made me crazy happy I was hopping around on my pogo stick while wearing my bellbottoms and holding a transistor radio blasting the Beatles We All Live in a Yellow Submarine Pretty impressive that I can hold a radio while hopping on the pogo stick, huh I couldn t stop talking about the book it was magical I give that part of the book 10 stars, hands down Don t worry, I m not saying that the rest of the book was bigtime inferior it just wasn t as intense, and I didn t have the memory game going so much I still loved it But there was one thing that kept me from giving the book 5 stars, and it s that the women s lib part was too pushy I don t think the book needs an agenda Sexual abuse was a topic, and Weiner handled those scenes expertly and they got my dander up like they were supposed to But there was a consciousness raising scene in the early part of the book that I found embarrassing way too cliched I know Weiner was going for authentic, and authentic it was women really did attend official consciousness raising meetings I just was bored and annoyed reading it She could have left out the dialogue, which in its rhetoric seemed sophomoric Later in the book, there s sexual politics, and it felt a little male bashy not terribly so, but I didn t like it.It was so exciting to take this long journey with the two sisters and to watch their internal turmoil I liked how realistic the book was, and I enjoyed their complex and intense relationship Some of their choices made me cringe, others made me sad oh please don t do THAT Do you really think that s a good idea Don t you see you re messing up Only a great writer can make me get so wound up about characters in a book They re not real people, Debbie, take it easy She also made me shut my mouth and not rail against angsty teens You won t hear a peep from me this time, even though there was ample angst Maybe it s because she made Jo and Bethie so likeable And their angst seemed so real and justified and understandable.There s probably something in the book that every female can relate to I found several things, including living with a hyper critical mom And of course, I identified with some of the unsavory choices made during the hippie days And the kind of bizarro scenes that you re thrown into, and which catch you off guard and leave you speechless and sometimes traumatized There was at least one harrowing scene that had me by the throat and will stay with me a long time It reminded me of the trouble you can get in when you make bad decisions in your early 20s before your prefrontal cortex is fully developed.There were a couple of super minor things that should have been resolved and a couple things that didn t ring true For example, a character paid their bills when they went bankrupt, even though bankruptcy means you don t have to pay your bills Oh, and I ran across a joke that I recently heard Jay Leno make The writer should have referenced it as a public joke instead, I felt Weiner was trying to pass it off as an original funny But we re talking picky picky picky here This was one satisfying read.I m surprised that this book isn t touted as an LGBT book, as Jo is gay The beginning of the book chronicles her trying to come to terms with her budding sexuality it was so well done and very intense I really got a feel for how insanely difficult being a lesbian in the 60s and 70s would have been.Also depicted life in a Jewish family, sexual abuse and its aftermath , weight issues, drugs, the good and bad of the free love days It made me think about the death of dreams, what people want versus what they settle for, the wandering lost souls of the young, the price of bad decisions, the loss of innocence, longing, discontent, internal conflicts.What a book I m still reeling and it has been a while since I finished it Definitely a favorite book of 2019 Grab it when it is published in June.Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy flag 75 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Jun 05, 2019 Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves direct from publisher, netgalley approved, june 2019 reads Women had made progress Jo only had to look as far as the television set to see it but she wondered whether they would ever not try to have it all and do it all and do it all flawlessly Would the day ever come when simply doing your best would be enough I m sure the quote above will be used in many other reviews, but I felt like it summarized the underlying theme the best As the title and above quote suggests, this is a story of two sisters, Joe and Bethie, who are battling the ever cha Women had made progress Jo only had to look as far as the television set to see it but she wondered whether they would ever not try to have it all and do it all and do it all flawlessly Would the day ever come when simply doing your best would be enough I m sure the quote above will be used in many other reviews, but I felt like it summarized the underlying theme the best As the title and above quote suggests, this is a story of two sisters, Joe and Bethie, who are battling the ever changing landscape of what it means to be a woman Told over the span of 70 years, the girls go through the Eisenhower era, the Civil Rights movement, free love and expression of the 60s, which could be three separate books in itself , through various women s rights movements all the way up to the 2016 election While this book does seem a little long at times, taking a look back at the scope of everything these characters went through, Jennifer Weiner masterfully brings it all together and I do not think it could have been done better To me, this is the book on how complicated and wonderful it is to be a woman and should be required reading for us all Every emotion possible is experienced, while learning something about yourself too I think Ms Weiner set the tone of the book up perfectly with her author s note She mentions she always wanted to write a sweeping saga of a lifetime and she absolutely accomplished that here One common theme I ve seen among reviews is how relatable this book is You might not connect with one particular plot point or attribute of a certain character but give it time and you ll find something I think if anything, the message that spoke the most to me is how ridiculously tough we all are on ourselves and to each other I think we all need to cut ourselves some much deserved slack and reach out and support others if we see someone struggling At some point, we all have and will Ultimately, reading is an escape from our daily lives, and if we are lucky, we come away with the experience of walking in someone else s shoes I know I m a better person for reading this book and I will try in future situations to look past my emotions and work to resolve conflicts with other women with patience, understanding and compassion Isn t that what we all deserve Thank you to Ariele Fredman at Atria Books, Netgalley and Jennifer Weiner for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.Special shout out to my friend Susanne for doing exactly what this book preaches Being kind She went out of her way to help me when she didn t have to.Review Date 6 6 19Publication Date 6 11 19 flag 57 likesLike see review View all 32 comments May 07, 2019 Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing I enjoyed this book, which focused on two sisters Jo, the older sister who s great at sports and hates dresses, and Bethie, who is constantly dieting so she can be the lead in school musicals From the fifties through the sixties up until modern times, their lives don t go in the way you might have predicted when you first met them as kids Some of this was hard to read There is sexual abuse that isn t described explicitly at least not the rape , but how it impacts the character and the other I enjoyed this book, which focused on two sisters Jo, the older sister who s great at sports and hates dresses, and Bethie, who is constantly dieting so she can be the lead in school musicals From the fifties through the sixties up until modern times, their lives don t go in the way you might have predicted when you first met them as kids Some of this was hard to read There is sexual abuse that isn t described explicitly at least not the rape , but how it impacts the character and the other characters is not easy reading Weiner never goes for the easy happy ending, but pointing out that religion, gender, sexual orientation, and race ensure that there is no such thing as an easy life with easy choices So why I can t say this is a super fun summer read, it is a good one that will keep you turning pages to find out what happens Recommend Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel, which RELEASES JUNE 11, 2019.For reviews please visit flag 58 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 29, 2019 Britany rated it liked it Shelves netgalley, people mag rec, 2019 Two sisters spanning decades this is the story of their lives.Bethie Jo grow up in the 60s in Detroit Where they are raised in a home where their father worked while their mother took care of the house We follow these sisters through each decade and all that comes with growing up Times with rage, happiness and riddled with disappointments You wonder if these characters will ever survive and be happy It has been said that Weiner poured everything she had into her newest book This h Two sisters spanning decades this is the story of their lives.Bethie Jo grow up in the 60s in Detroit Where they are raised in a home where their father worked while their mother took care of the house We follow these sisters through each decade and all that comes with growing up Times with rage, happiness and riddled with disappointments You wonder if these characters will ever survive and be happy It has been said that Weiner poured everything she had into her newest book This has been touted as her most ambitious and timely work yet I believe it unfortunately, I don t think it landed She created compelling characters but spent too much time weaving so many hardships that none of them worked effectively I dare you to come up with a plot device that wasn t used in this book I get it, I get that our lives are messy and rarely pain free I just find it a bit of a crutch to use to generate emotions from the reader I think it could have been stronger if she focused on a couple of major plot devices and spent the time making these compelling so that they would have really hit home It was distracting having SO many pieces I can certainly appreciate Weiner s approach and writing about some tough topics I appreciate the research she did and the storyline that she drew I think this could be a great pick for many readers especially those that are fans of Weiner s writing, but it just wasn t for me Thank you to Atria Books for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. flag 56 likesLike see review View all 22 comments May 20, 2019 Esil rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley A high 4 stars Wow I really didn t expect to like Mrs Everything as much as I did I ve read some of Jennifer Weiner s novels in the past, and I think of them as entertaining but generally quite light This felt different The story spanned four generations, covering what felt like complex situations while delivering real emotions I found myself fully engaged and was oh so grateful to have a leisurely Saturday to plough through most of the book and grateful for a few tissues too The story A high 4 stars Wow I really didn t expect to like Mrs Everything as much as I did I ve read some of Jennifer Weiner s novels in the past, and I think of them as entertaining but generally quite light This felt different The story spanned four generations, covering what felt like complex situations while delivering real emotions I found myself fully engaged and was oh so grateful to have a leisurely Saturday to plough through most of the book and grateful for a few tissues too The story focuses on sisters Jo and Bethie I hadn t made the Little Women connection until now starting in the 1950s when they are children At first, it feels like Weiner is portraying Jo and Bethie as overly recognizable types Jo is boyish and at odds with her mother and the world, while Bethie is pretty, feminine and popular But things turn out to be way complicated And the complications reverberate through the generations I don t want to say too much to avoid spoilers, but I will say that I loved how Weiner wove in political issues about women s roles, sexual politics and race relations without letting politics make her characters unidimensional The only thing that kept me from giving this novel 5 whole stars were a couple of coincidences that irked me, but these were minor flaws Overall, this was a powerful contemporary tableau of women in the 20th and 21st centuries I ll definitely be on board to read Weiner s next novel Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy flag 53 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Feb 26, 2019 Tucker rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to Tucker by Atria Books Shelves made me gasp or mutter, owned physical, arc physical, historical fiction, made me laugh, reviewed, chick lit Many thanks to Atria for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review They tried to bury us They didn t know we were seeds Man, I love Little Women Hmm, what s that This isn t Little Women Well, you could have fooled me This book read almost exactly like Little Women but not in a bad way It wasn t as though this was an exact copy It was like Jennifer Weiner took the framework and themes that made Little Women amazing and made it her own I just love being immersed in someon Many thanks to Atria for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review They tried to bury us They didn t know we were seeds Man, I love Little Women Hmm, what s that This isn t Little Women Well, you could have fooled me This book read almost exactly like Little Women but not in a bad way It wasn t as though this was an exact copy It was like Jennifer Weiner took the framework and themes that made Little Women amazing and made it her own I just love being immersed in someone s life It s so enthralling to watch a character grow and change throughout their life Who needs children when you have books like this Jo Jo is just your average white girl She grows up in a middle class home Even though she was not at all that unique of a person compared to some of the other characters I ve read about, I still really enjoyed following her journey As I mentioned earlier, the author expertly plunges the reader into this family s story I also really loved seeing Jo explore her sexuality Bethie From a young age, Bethie was always broken After being sexually abused by her uncle, she develops an undiagnosed eating disorder It truly broke my heart to see a girl, albeit fictional, hurting so bad It s stories like these that are the reason that I am so passionate about mental illness and its treatment But all hope is not lost As she gets older, Bethie gets stronger and makes a good life for herself I loved her character arc It was so inspiring to see a young woman pick herself up out of the lowest of lows and, step by step, start to get better and stronger.Family I think the biggest and most important theme in this whole novel was the idea of family The idea that we are born with supporters The moment we cross the vaginal threshold into the world, we already have people waiting to help us To clean our cuts, wipe our tears and encourage us Yes, as we get older, we do fight I have yelled at my parents and them at me times then I can count But we always come back We always forgive each other Now, I know that certain situations don t always allow this Throughout the novel, Bethie and Jo are constantly switching back and forth between being in deep sh t One is in trouble and the other picks them up It s both heartbreaking and inspiring Lifetime I ve only read one other book like this one, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna The basic idea is that, in one book, the reader is shown an entire lifetime From birth until death As with Stella Fortuna, it s always very weird to live an entire life on the page when I m only a little over 14% done my own Assuming I live to 100 Who knows Maybe a Scythe like future is coming But this time, we get to read two lives Switching POVs between Bethie and Jo made for a very entertaining, quick and superbly captivating novel On the note of lifetimes, I loved getting the feel of both historical fiction and contemporary I believe the book started in the 1950s and ended in 2016 It felt as though I was time traveling, different eras and cultures flying past my eyes at breakneck speed You don t need to worry about being bored as all of the above mentioned techniques will keep you glued to your seat not wanting to stop reading even for food or water.This book also covers a lot of heavy topics Early in the book, as I mentioned earlier, Bethie is molested by her uncle at a young age which leads to an eating disorder We also see Jo exploring her sexuality and why she feels differently about boys than other girls her age As she begins to embrace her feelings, she is looked at differently by her friends and, worst of all, her mother who should be supporting her I don t want to share any of the other heavy themes so as to avoid spoilers but damn this book will hit you right where it hurts the most.It s not all bad, though There were quite a few scenes that legitimately made me giggle out loud Yes, this book is very heavy but have no fear It will balance that heaviness with a good dose of humor This writing style will keep you constantly switching back and forth between laughing, crying and everything else in between Overall, this book definitely is not your average historical fiction or chick lit Whatever you re in the mood for, comedy, historical fiction, or drama, this book will most certainly deliver Don t read if you don t want your heart to be shattered, pieced back together and all over again.Bottom Line 4.5 Stars TW Rape, Suicide, Racism Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia, Death, Sexual Abuse yeah, there s a lot Characters 5 5 Plot 4 5 Cover 4 5 Audio 4 5 Genre Chick Lit Historical FictionPublication Date June 11th, 2019Publisher Atria Books Blog Twitch Pinterest flag 48 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jun 26, 2019 Jennifer rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read 2019, historical fiction, listened to audiobook, lgbtq, womens fiction chicklit, stand alone novel, absolute favorites You make the wrong choices, you make mistakes, you disappear for a decade, you marry the wrong man You get hurt You lose sight of who you are, or who you want to be, and then you remember, and if you re lucky you have sisters or friends who remind you when you forget your best intentions You come back to yourself, again and again You try, and fail, and try again, and fail again Take a journey through the decades and bare witness to women s rights, civil rights, sexuality, gender roles You make the wrong choices, you make mistakes, you disappear for a decade, you marry the wrong man You get hurt You lose sight of who you are, or who you want to be, and then you remember, and if you re lucky you have sisters or friends who remind you when you forget your best intentions You come back to yourself, again and again You try, and fail, and try again, and fail again Take a journey through the decades and bare witness to women s rights, civil rights, sexuality, gender roles, and the lives of two sisters as they evolve in a dysfunctional world Each sister has her own very layered story which allows multiple issues to shine This is my favorite Jennifer Weiner novel to date Check it out.My favorite quote Imagine knowing that if you walk in that store, you re going to be followed and watched and treated like a thief Imagine seeing your father and your brothers getting pulled over, getting arrested, getting locked up for nothing, trying to find jobs, trying to hold jobs, with everyone assuming they are criminals Imagine every day you go to a school where the building s run down and the textbooks are outdated and there s forty kids in every class, and you put your hand over your heart for the pledge one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all but you know it s a lie, and there s no liberty for you, no justice for you Audiobook narrated by Ari Graynor and Beth Malone flag 50 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jun 12, 2019 Gabby rated it really liked it Shelves adult, contemporary, favorites, historical fiction, liked it, 4 star books, literary fiction, favorite female characters, forbidden romance, lgbt romance This was a gorgeous story about love, motherhood, sisters, and feminism This story follows two sisters Jo and Bethie, from their childhood in the 1950 s through the rest of their lives Jo is a struggling to be accepted lesbian, wanna be writer, and a strong activist when it comes to equal rights for females Bethie is a strong, beautiful young girl who should ve been famous.This book is so great because of its diversity with a lesbian lead character, and lgbt relationships as well as interrac This was a gorgeous story about love, motherhood, sisters, and feminism This story follows two sisters Jo and Bethie, from their childhood in the 1950 s through the rest of their lives Jo is a struggling to be accepted lesbian, wanna be writer, and a strong activist when it comes to equal rights for females Bethie is a strong, beautiful young girl who should ve been famous.This book is so great because of its diversity with a lesbian lead character, and lgbt relationships as well as interracial relationships in this book But this book is also tough to read at times because of so many trigger warnings for things like homophobia, rape, sexual abuse mental and physical , sexism, eating disorders, etc It covers a whole lot of important topics in this book Jo actually reminded me a lot of myself with her desire to be a writer but failing to make it happen, and her wanting to do everything she can to make the world a better place and putting all her thoughts and energy into making sure females have equal rights but not really knowing where to start.I felt so much for Bethie and Jo in this novel, and all the hardships they faced in this book I feel like every woman out there can relate to some aspect of this book This book really displays the struggles of being a woman, especially in the older days and how we always had to fight to prove we were equals This book especially shines a light specifically on mother daughter relationships and how complicated and complex those can be, especially when mothers set false expectations for their daughters It was just a really great story about two incredibly strong and brave sisters, and it s probably one of the most feminist stories I ve ever read and it made me feel a whole lot flag 47 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 11, 2019 Meredith B readingwithmere rated it really liked it review of another edition 4 Stars Maybe I am different Being different isn t the worst thing. I feel like I went into this book with different expectations I was expecting of a light chick lit, per other books by Jennifer Weiner, however this book dives DEEP into women s issues whether you are a mom, sister, daughter, wife, etc Although my expectations were different, I m glad they were as it was a pleasant surprise Jo and Bethie are sisters They grew up in a typical home in the 1950 s Bethie was a beauty quee 4 Stars Maybe I am different Being different isn t the worst thing. I feel like I went into this book with different expectations I was expecting of a light chick lit, per other books by Jennifer Weiner, however this book dives DEEP into women s issues whether you are a mom, sister, daughter, wife, etc Although my expectations were different, I m glad they were as it was a pleasant surprise Jo and Bethie are sisters They grew up in a typical home in the 1950 s Bethie was a beauty queen and was the perfect child and Jo was of a tomboy trying to find her way during childhood Their Dad worked and their Mom stayed at home Jo didn t get along with Mom and Mom loved Bethie Both girls were definitely daddy s girls One day, their Dad dies unexpectedly and they need to find their way as three girls They all get to work and start to find their ways.Due to the unexpected family member passing, Jo and Bethie start to explore outside sources of love and their personalities start to change Jo becomes confident in who she is and Bethie stops putting pressure on herself and becomes of a hippie These personality changes don t come without hardships Both girls explore their sexuality, happiness, family life, etc as they go through their adult lives They always seem to take care of each other and they truly do try to be everythingAs I stated before, this book was so much than what I was expecting It explored what life was like for women in the 1950 s all the way through present day and boy has it changed It explored what it meant to try to be yourself in the 50 s and how women were expected to be a certain way It also showed how far women have come when standing up for themselves Back when the main characters were little girls, they were expected to do whatever men wanted them to and be the perfect housewives Nowadays things have changed and some women are head of households.For me, the content of this book was so strong I think it covered almost every topic that women struggle with on a daily basis Sexuality, family life, being taken advantage of, eating issues, drug issues, depression anxiety, etc I felt that Weiner touched on each bit just enough that it was realistic but didn t dive so deep that it triggers anything, at least for me The only thing I wish was different was the book length This is a hefty read 460 pages and I think it could have been about 100 pages less There are times it draws out a little bit and I think that could make some readers disinterested depending on what kind of reader they are Nonetheless, it s definitely 5 star content This one published today and I highly recommend you pick it up if you love reading about women s issues over time Thank you to Atria books for my ARC flag 47 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Jun 03, 2019 Jasmine from How Useful It Is rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves contemporary, from publisher I started reading Mrs Everything on 5 30 2019 and finished it on 6 3 2019 This book is an excellent read A wholesome story from childhood to adult life, growing up and having children to finally having grandchildren multi generational Bethie s middle and high school seems so bright with her success in acting and singing, I just couldn t believe the choices she made starting first year in college Jo s high school and college seems tough being different but I m also really surprised how she I started reading Mrs Everything on 5 30 2019 and finished it on 6 3 2019 This book is an excellent read A wholesome story from childhood to adult life, growing up and having children to finally having grandchildren multi generational Bethie s middle and high school seems so bright with her success in acting and singing, I just couldn t believe the choices she made starting first year in college Jo s high school and college seems tough being different but I m also really surprised how she ended up being a housewife with children I do like the unexpected twists and turns of events for Bethie and Jo throughout their life because I couldn t have guessed it I like that Bethie reunite with her high school fellow actor later and the unforeseen success that came to her in later years.This book is told in the third person point of view following Josette Jo Jo has a wife and 3 daughters Jo has been cancer free for 5 years, but now she s receiving a call from her doctor about a lump on her other breast She wants time to fix everything and worry that this cancer thing will prevent her from doing them This book started out in year 2015 and then divided into different parts starting with part 1 in year 1951, part 2 in year 1962, part 3 in year 1974, part 4 in 1987, part 5 in 1993, part 6 in 2006, and part 7 in 2016 The second view is Elizabeth Bethie , Jo s younger sister Each chapter Jo and Bethie, both are Jews, grow older and experience anything life throw their way inequalities, biracial marriage, unexpected external forces, unplanned personal decisions, etc Jo and Bethie were forced to grow up quicker when an unexpected event takes place.Mrs Everything is well written and very detailed At times I find myself getting tired of reading about Jo and Bethie s lives because of how in depth it was Each area of their lives are well carved out and same goes with their kids In general, that should make this book a good read but I feel it just drags on Besides that, I love seeing how one decision affects another and how a future could be lost based on an impulse decision I love that Jo has a family of her own but I also wanted her to have that life that she planned for in college I like learning where Jo went wrong with her youngest It s interesting how Bethie drift around for a decade and still her life doesn t turn out too bad, though there are sacrifices This book on family should be read at least once and I highly recommend everyone to read it.Pro multi generational family, growing up, timeline starting 1951, perspectives from a Jewish familyCon detailed therefore the length of this novelI rate it 4.5 stars Disclaimer Many thanks to Atria Books for the opportunity to read and review Please be assured that my opinions are honest.xoxo,Jasmine at howusefulitis.wordpress for details flag 44 likesLike see review May 19, 2019 Erin Clemence rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves first reads, kindle Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review Jennifer Wiener s newest novel, Mrs Everything is socially relevant today than any other novel I ve read this year Jo and her sister, Beth, grow up in a world of bell bottoms and mind altering drugs, a society where women are the primary caregivers and homemakers, and the men are the breadwinners As they grow together throughout changing decades, Beth and Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review Jennifer Wiener s newest novel, Mrs Everything is socially relevant today than any other novel I ve read this year Jo and her sister, Beth, grow up in a world of bell bottoms and mind altering drugs, a society where women are the primary caregivers and homemakers, and the men are the breadwinners As they grow together throughout changing decades, Beth and Jo begin to see the changes in society, but also the parts of life that have not changed that much, at least for women Wiener has touched on a very politically charged topic in Mrs Everything , while still tugging on heart strings with her depiction of the relationship between two very different sisters, over the course of many decades Both Jo and Beth face entirely separate struggles, but they are both strong and powerful characters, full of likable characteristics Their relationship with each other is honest and real, turning to each other no matter what has happened between them, when the world around them caves in Mrs Everything is entertaining, heart warming, emotional and powerful, with memorable characters and a bittersweet ending I enjoyed the ups and downs of the sibling relationship, and the struggles and challenges faced by Jo and Beth and their mother, Sarah, as well as Jo s daughters and this kept me engaged in the novel Although I do not claim to be ignorant of the issues in today s society, I tend to shy away from novels with any form of political message, not because I wish to bury my head in the sand but because novels are my form of escape from the outside world of chaos and insanity A well written novel with well developed characters and a powerful message, Mrs Everything has something that every female will connect with It is surely a novel that will resonate with the feminine side of any reader, and will definitely leave you cheering and determined to make everyone stand up and listen flag 42 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Jul 13, 2019 Cathrine rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves group challenge 3 Mrs Everything has just about every right or wrong anything that could happen to two sisters unfolding through 462 pages and it took me 8 days to get through all the drama It was faster paced in the beginning, then overtaxed and bored me If you came of age during the 60s there is some wonderful nostalgia going on.For me it was just too long and too Lifetime movie like with a been here, done this before vibe I liked it enough to finish and would probably have really liked it at a younger a 3 Mrs Everything has just about every right or wrong anything that could happen to two sisters unfolding through 462 pages and it took me 8 days to get through all the drama It was faster paced in the beginning, then overtaxed and bored me If you came of age during the 60s there is some wonderful nostalgia going on.For me it was just too long and too Lifetime movie like with a been here, done this before vibe I liked it enough to finish and would probably have really liked it at a younger age flag 47 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Mar 18, 2019 Jamie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Jennifer Weiner, you have truly outdone yourself with this one Having read every single one of Weiner s books, it s safe to say that I was reallllllllllly waiting impatiently for her to release new fiction it s been four years since Who Do You Love was released Well, I can truly say it was worth the wait Mrs Everything is the story of Jo and Bethie, over their entire lifetime sisters who are as different as they come but the most important person in the world to the other This is the st Jennifer Weiner, you have truly outdone yourself with this one Having read every single one of Weiner s books, it s safe to say that I was reallllllllllly waiting impatiently for her to release new fiction it s been four years since Who Do You Love was released Well, I can truly say it was worth the wait Mrs Everything is the story of Jo and Bethie, over their entire lifetime sisters who are as different as they come but the most important person in the world to the other This is the story of the lives of two Jewish women who grew up in a confusing time as descendants of immigrants in Philadelphia This is the story of love, family, self discovery, exploration, friendship, relationships and what it means to be yourself I cannot recommend this book enough, Bravo, Jennifer Weiner.Thank you to Atria for an advance copy All opinions are my own flag 35 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jun 09, 2019 Kate Olson rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves advanced reader copies, adult reads free review copy I ve been a career long fan of Jennifer Weiner, so this one was at the very tippy top of my most anticipated list for this summer.d I liked it I really did It was compelling and addresses so many women s issues I ll be thinking of it for quite awhileDid I LOVE it Well, not passionately I honestly like contemporaries best, and if I m going to read hist fic I want it to be WWII and earlier This one starts in 1950, so I was immediately set up to have clear that hur free review copy I ve been a career long fan of Jennifer Weiner, so this one was at the very tippy top of my most anticipated list for this summer.d I liked it I really did It was compelling and addresses so many women s issues I ll be thinking of it for quite awhileDid I LOVE it Well, not passionately I honestly like contemporaries best, and if I m going to read hist fic I want it to be WWII and earlier This one starts in 1950, so I was immediately set up to have clear that hurdle And I did, but reluctantly Again, this is personal preference, so I m not knocking the book or the author for the setting.Should you read it Sure If you re a patient reader who wants to confront everything from religion to race to rape and the essence of womanhood from 1950 2015, through the eyes of two Jewish sisters from Detroit Know what you re getting into I do think this book is full of book club discussion opportunities If I m going to pull from the big guys and choose from Buy, Borrow or Skip, I d say BorrowCan t wait to hear other thoughts on this one And to see what Weiner writes next flag 33 likesLike see review Jun 06, 2019 Kristy rated it really liked it Shelves ebook, netgalley, arc, women s fiction, read in 2019, atria, literary fiction 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 Meanw 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 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 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 thank you it is available everywhere as of 06 11 2019 flag 33 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Apr 14, 2019 Katie rated it did not like it I received an advanced copy of this book as a giveaway I ve read almost everything by this author, and even traveled 5 hours one way to meet her at a talk book signing event I was excited to read this, but I really did not like this book The problem for me was that most of the book seemed very cliched and it dealt with every type of serious issue you can think of under the sun For me it was just too much I would rather have seen this author have written several books, each one dea I received an advanced copy of this book as a giveaway I ve read almost everything by this author, and even traveled 5 hours one way to meet her at a talk book signing event I was excited to read this, but I really did not like this book The problem for me was that most of the book seemed very cliched and it dealt with every type of serious issue you can think of under the sun For me it was just too much I would rather have seen this author have written several books, each one dealing with one or two of these topics, as I think it would ve been an opportunity to discuss them in depth But when 5 or 6 things happen to one or two characters all within the first part of the book, it left me feeling skeptical, and I never developed an interest or attachment to any of the characters I felt bored most of the time I was reading it, and I wouldn t have finished it, but I felt I needed to give an honest review in exchange for receiving the book and wouldn t have felt right writing the review unless I read the whole thing Believe it or not, I am a huge Jennifer Weiner fan, and I never thought I d give one of her books a 1 star raring which I ve only given to one book before, despite reading several books a week This book just didn t do it for me flag 35 likesLike see review View all 8 comments May 26, 2019 Martie Nees Record rated it liked it Genre Literary Fiction Women s FictionPublisher Atria Book Simon Schuster Pub Date June 11, 2019 This multigenerational novel spans the 1940s to the present The weight of the novel is devoted to how women s roles in society have changed and yet remained the same over the decades The author states in her prologue that after the 2016 election she wanted to write about a woman like her mother A woman, who married, had children, divorced, fell in love with another woman and married her Genre Literary Fiction Women s FictionPublisher Atria Book Simon Schuster Pub Date June 11, 2019 This multigenerational novel spans the 1940s to the present The weight of the novel is devoted to how women s roles in society have changed and yet remained the same over the decades The author states in her prologue that after the 2016 election she wanted to write about a woman like her mother A woman, who married, had children, divorced, fell in love with another woman and married her This reviewer applauds Weiner for her honesty and ambitious effort The novel takes on many issues ethnicity, race, bias, class, religion, sexual assault Most of all, the relationships between mothers, daughters, and sisters shades of Little Women The reader will go through the civil rights movement to the MeToo movement Fittingly, Weiner tries to work everything into Mrs Everything, but the result often feels bloated with detail and explanation Overkill The novel is narrated by two sisters, Jo and Bethie The reader will follow them from their childhoods until they are senior citizens Jo is a tomboy She prefers playing sports rather than with dolls Her choice of clothing is masculine Bethie is content with being pretty, loving all things girlie, and being her mother s favorite The family is Jewish, and the parents immigration, due to persecution in Europe, plays a large role in the novel The religious and cultural parts of their lives did not read like overkill Weiner manages to show their heritage, rather than telling it Meaning it doesn t feel jammed in If all 500 pages were written in this manner, the book may have become a classic as well as a probable bestseller Sometimes Weiner seems to struggle with making her characters arcs believable, or how the story s developments can feel forced, at times, by the author s desire to subvert expectations Spoiler In the early 1970s, Beth will find drugs in college, drops out, and worst of all, for her mother, Beth gets fat Since Joe marries and has children she now becomes the apple of her mother s eye This is hard to swallow because the mother is cringe worthy cruel towards Jo as she was growing up The mom always guessed Jo s sexuality and couldn t make peace with it.Oddly, with so much packed into the story, it is still a fast read The novel is marketed as Literary Fiction Women s Fiction It is really Women s Fiction good women s fiction, well researched If you enjoy the genre you may feel this critique is too hard on the author Indeed, there are parts in this sweeping saga where Weiner nails women s personal struggles spot on She especially shines when writing about sexual assault or how hard it can be for females to like their bodies or simply like themselves for who they are Her book has a very important message If you can get through the information overload, it is worth the read I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at flag 28 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 26, 2019 Constantine rated it really liked it Shelves x 4 star, z2019 05, giveaway read, netgalley Rating 4.0 5.0 We lose ourselves, but we find our way back Mrs Everything is the story of two sisters from their childhood until their old age We follow Josette Jo Elizabeth Bethie through their lives, their happiness, hardships, and sadness The time frame ranges from the 1950s until 2022 Pros The book tackles many important issues concerning minorities like race, religion and sexual orientation How family should stand with support sexual harassment victims Be warned the Rating 4.0 5.0 We lose ourselves, but we find our way back Mrs Everything is the story of two sisters from their childhood until their old age We follow Josette Jo Elizabeth Bethie through their lives, their happiness, hardships, and sadness The time frame ranges from the 1950s until 2022 Pros The book tackles many important issues concerning minorities like race, religion and sexual orientation How family should stand with support sexual harassment victims Be warned there is also rape drug use I loved the relationship between the two sisters and how they were there for each other The two girls women were always in a balance situation When one of them was down the other was up and ready to pull her out from the slump The tale spans over a long period the author did a great job in showing how the characters matured over time There is no good or bad here, no hero or villain, just normal people who screw up their own lives and then try to fix things up themselves or by the help of others.Cons I felt that there was not much balance between the narration and dialogue The narration was a lot longer and even when there is a dialogue you will find a big narration paragraph between two lines of dialogue, that takes your mind out of it I feel this was excessive a bit It made me focus less when there was an important dialogue between the different characters Final Thought Mrs Everything is an excellent book that has both enjoyment and substance as well I give it a solid four stars out of five Grab it when it is out on June 11th 2019.Many thanks to NetGalley the publisher for providing an ARC copy of the book and this is my honest unbiased review flag 23 likesLike see review View all 4 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Big Historical Inaccuracies 7 101 Aug 24, 2019 09 02PM YA Buddy Readers Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner Starting August 23rd 2019 1 15 Jul 21, 2019 11 05AM IBIS Read and Review Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner 1 16 Jul 08, 2019 07 19PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed

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    1. Jennifer Weiner

      Jennifer Weiner is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs Everything A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.

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    1. Maybe I am different Being different isn t the worst thing Ms Everything is just that she s everything and every woman She s the collective voice of you, me, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, neighbors and acquaintances She s the gamut of emotions, triumphs, sacrifices, and heartbreak that feed into the way we view the world She s a piece of fiction that hits home with the notion that self discovery is a continuous journey for each one of us.In a story that span [...]


    2. Please, God, or whoever s up there, please just give me enough time to make it right For me, this was a 3 star read with a 5 star message, so I went with a 4 star rating It s the type of book that you want to say so much about and also nothing at all You want to say so much, because it s a very timely message and is being published at the most opportune moment In a world in the midst of the metoo movement and feminism on the rise, it s the type of book that women can rally behind and pro [...]


    3. She wondered whether they would ever not try to have it all and do it all and do all of it flawlessly Would the day ever come when simply doing your best would be enough Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, aunt, caretaker, career women Mrs Everything attempts to cover it all Spanning decades and told through the alternating narrative of two sisters, Jo and Bethie, who grew up in Detroit in the 1950s, Weiner explores the complex relationship between women, while at the same time, ex [...]



    4. 5 stars and a high five to quite possibly the most memorable book I ve read this year Jennifer Weiner I ve been reading her books for close to twenty years I first read Little Earthquakes, but it was In Her Shoes that I fell for most and had to read all of her backlist And that movie Loved it In my mind, Jennifer Weiner gets better and better, and this book Mrs Everything It s right at the pinnacle, tippy top of what she s accomplished And that said I m already ready for her 5 stars and a high f [...]


    5. The Beach boys, the Beatles, Bob Dylan.The Baby Boomers and Bell BottomsWe journey through the 50s and 60s right up to 2016 with sisters night day opposites Jo and Bethie Kaufman Sexual inappropriateness family molestation, sexual graphic experimentation between two women a detailed graphic sex scene was much explicit than all the sex chatter combined in City Girls , by Elizabeth Gilbert , which by the way, in my opinion, the author s strongest scene as it was The Beach boys, the Beatles, Bob D [...]


    6. Josette Jo and Elisabeth Bethie Kaufman were sisters who came of age in 1950s Detroit Jo is a tomboy, comfortable in old clothes and running around playing sports, while young Bethie was content with being the pretty, talented one, the center of attention Not much changed as the two approached their teenage years, much to their mother s chagrin Jo became outspoken in trying to understand civil rights and social justice, while Bethie starts understanding that her beauty gives her Josette Jo and [...]


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