Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans

by Jane Green | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: 0767905180 Global Overview for this book
Registered by editorgrrl of New Haven, Connecticut USA on 6/6/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by editorgrrl from New Haven, Connecticut USA on Monday, June 06, 2005
Trade paperback bought at the thrift store. I hated this book almost as much as Confessions of a Shopaholic. Jemima is less annoying than Becky Bloomwood, but the narration waffles between first- and third-person, and the latter includes preachy bits along the lines of "Are you sure about that, Jemima?"

From Kirkus Reviews
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green’s American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance.Jemima spends many secret hours pouring over fashion magazines, whose cheeky, “how to improve your [fill in the blank]” tone the novel echoes. It’s a depressing activity, since Jemima—a good hundred pounds over the limit for contemporary beauty—looks nothing like the supermodels who cavort through those glossy pages. Her job writing the household hints column for a London newspaper bums her out too, as does the fact that gorgeous Ben, the man of her dreams, adores her as a friend but nothing more. When Jemima gets on the Internet for the first time, she realizes that in cyberspace a little extra fat doesn't matter if it isn't mentioned. So she begins an online flirtation with Brad from L.A., who sends a picture and turns out to be a real hunk. Thanks to a computer-enhanced photo of herself (thinner all over), Brad wants Jemima to fly to California for a rendezvous. So she loses weight, dyes her hair blond, and dons the wardrobe of a sophisticated ‘somebody.’ Now known as J.J., Jemima gets to California and is so shocked that a man like Brad would be interested in her that she wills herself to fall in love. But something is wrong: sweet Ben never leaves her mind. Sure, Brad is good-looking, but what else? Has Jemima met Mr. Perfect? Or should she hold out for Ben—that is, if she ever sees him again? (Readers should not spend a lot of time worrying about this last question.) Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood.

Released 13 yrs ago (6/29/2005 UTC) at editorgrrl's new box in LaughAtlantis's Chick Lit Bookbox, Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 3 by editorgrrl from New Haven, Connecticut USA on Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Sorry, released this into the wrong box.

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I'm using this book to restart LaughAtlantis's Chicklit Bookbox 2, which was supposed to restart LaughAtlantis's stalled Chick Lit Bookbox. Unfortunately, my v. 1st box stalled with the v. 1st person.

Journal Entry 5 by your-book-fairy from South Orange, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I originally thought this was my in my chick lit box, finally making its way home to me. But after journaling a few books, I realized I was sent one of editorgrrl's boxes that had been stalled with the same person my box was stalled with. So the good news is that at least one of our boxes is accounted for... we'll see where this box travels next.

Journal Entry 6 by Morgail from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Saturday, January 28, 2006
Pulled from the chick lit bookbox (LaughAtlantis's Chick Lit Bookbox - editorgrrl's third try).

Journal Entry 7 by Morgail from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Monday, March 06, 2006
This was an ok book in my opinion. It was entertaining, but felt dated. And I guess I was annoyed by the author's shifting from third person narration to first person throughout the book. It was a decent read, but I think I expected more from it.

Journal Entry 8 by Morgail at RABCK in to fellow bookcrosser, post office -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 06, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (3/6/2006 UTC) at RABCK in to fellow bookcrosser, post office -- Controlled Releases

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Image hosting by Photobucket Releasing as part of Guinavere's Keep Them Moving Challenge 2006 - this is release #4.

Sending this one to GuinevereII for her BookCrossing presentation.

Journal Entry 9 by GuinevereII from Bronx, New York USA on Monday, March 20, 2006
Yay, another great chick lit RABCK! Thanks so much Morgail.

Reserved for my Knight Court next week.

Journal Entry 10 by GuinevereII at Fordham University in Bronx, New York USA on Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (3/28/2006 UTC) at Fordham University in Bronx, New York USA

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Queen's Court, Bishop's Lounge. I'm creating a temporary little BookCrossing Zone for my Knight Court on Tuesday night.

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