17 hours ago
Monday, January 31, 2011
Certain Girls By Jennifer Weiner
BEWARE FOR SPOILERS (If you're going to stop reading here, thanks for stopping by! :) )
However, as I was desperately trying to blow through Certain Girls so that I could mark off my last book of 2010 on GoodReads, all of a sudden everything changed! Cannie's beloved husband dies of a heart attack out of NO WHERE. This was just the turning point I needed to get myself hauling through the remaining chapters last night.
I cried.... I cried a lot. I actually don't think I would have been so emotionally affected had I not just experienced something similar this past year. At the start of the chapter when Peter dies, Cannie is describing how nice of a day it is - she is gardening, it's baking outside... a typical summer afternoon in the Motherland. Up until she receives the dreadful phone call, life for Cannie is normal. (Well, as "normal" as normal can be these days.)
I actually remember this same description of a day in April 2010... it was a beautiful Spring day in Maryland. Joel and I were just coming home to my apartment after working hard at his house. The sun was shining, the windows were down in the car.. and then suddenly I received a phone call you couldn't possibly think would ever happen on what appeared to be such a glorious day. And life as you know it will forever be changed. You will always remember what life was like before the accident, then after the accident. I imagine that is exactly how Cannie felt as she visited her deceased husband in the hospital that afternoon. It brings tears to my eyes just writing about it and reliving it mentally. A heartbreaking, yet hopeful, ending to the story was that Cannie and Peter were actually in the process of conceiving a child via surrogate. At the time of Peter's death, they did not know the status of the pregnancy. However, just a few short weeks pass and Cannie learns that the surrogate is pregnant with a boy. Can you just imagine? I'm speechless.
I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. It did have a suspenseful ending, but overall I was still not impressed. But Jennifer, you've written a lot of books that I really enjoyed so I won't give up hope with this one!
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