Mrs. Everythingby Published 11 Jun 2019
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.
Mrs. Everything Reviews
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.
“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.
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.
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Jennifer Wiener’s newest novel, “Mrs. Everything” is more 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.
“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 more.
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 Goodreads on 5.26.19.
Will be published on Amazon and Twitter on 6.11.19