Jennifer Weiner’s book Mrs. Everything is a story centered around a multidimensional character named Jo (Josette) Kaufman. It tells a tale of women’s woes and all the struggles that she and her sister, her mother, and her daughters entail in decades of generations. Now first off, Weiner does say in the beginning that this is her longest book ever. Being a fan of her previous works, I was excited to dig in and become engrossed. Instead, I found myself counting the pages until I was finished. The beginning started out well and explores Jo’s childhood and her place in her family with her father, Ken, her mother, Sarah, and her sister, Bethie. Her adventures and the relationships she has are interesting and dynamic. The chapters are alternate points of view in the third person between Jo and Bethie, but I found Jo’s story to be much more interesting that Bethie’s since Bethie runs off and becomes a sort of druggie wild child. The middle of the story is where I started drifting off. It became a little boring and I had to reread some of what happened. Then the story picks up again at the end with a wonderful, heartwarming, and satisfying ending. I would love to see this book be condensed. Also, although I realize the author is trying to get the point of women’s rights across and point out how far women have come, I found the insertion of Hillary Clinton’s name into the book two or three times was unnecessary as well.
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