Book: Mrs Everything
Author: Jennifer Weiner
A heartfelt story with approachable female characters, Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner was released in early June.
I was really excited to read it, but I am left divided in my opinion towards the novel.
On one hand it is a poignant reminder of the strides women have made since the 50s and a stark reminder of the barriers still in place today, complete with a heartfelt storyline and approachable female characters.
It is, however, also a little over the top with the constant drama that sees anything and everything bad happening to this one family.
I also feel that the characters could have had much more original names that couldn’t be identified with a classic book such as Little Women.
The two protagonists in Mrs Everything are called Jo and Bethie, and to the Little Women fans out there it will likely make you identify with those characters and therefore prevent you from being absorbed by this book, as it did me.
Mrs Everything is told in the style of a fictional memoir that focuses on the lives of the two baby boomer sisters.
These two women who are complete opposites, personality wise, often alternate between bitter rivals and close friends, as is common with siblings over time.
As the book progresses through their lives, neither one of them is living the life they had hoped.
The author is a great writer, which helped me get to the end of the book, but it was very predictable and a little disappointing that Weiner seemed to try and cram so many issues into one group of characters and storyline.
Mrs Everything is worth a read but not a book I am overly excited about.
You can download a copy on all major ebook sites including www.amazon.com and www.kobo.com.