Wifey

by Judy Blume | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0671693816 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HunterRyu of West Norriton, Pennsylvania USA on 7/21/2008
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by HunterRyu from West Norriton, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, July 21, 2008
This book is being passed along as part of a bookray.

Participating members:
HunterRyu (USA)
Supertayla (South Korea)
BOKWORMY (Portugal)
madnad (Spain)
solskinn (Austria)
okyrhoe (Greece)
PussInBooks (UK)
Vekiki (UK)
Lizzy-stardust (UK) --*Book is here*

When this is done, just wild release it or donate to an OBCZ. Nobody seems to be enjoying this story much at all :(

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Journal Entry 2 by HunterRyu at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, September 05, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (9/5/2008 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed off to the first person on the bookray list!

As a side note, I just realized the cover on the book is different than the one shown here. I think our book is an older original print instead of a newer reprinting.

Journal Entry 3 by Supertalya on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
That was fast! I just received this on. Thanks for the bookmark!

Update 26th of September: Poor Sandy! I really enjoyed the book and it was interesting to read something set in the suburbs in the late 60's, especially from a housewife's point of view.

Journal Entry 4 by Supertalya at Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, October 02, 2008

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It's all packed up and ready to move on.

Journal Entry 5 by BOKWORMY on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thanks all for making this book reach me. I received this book a few days ago and didn't have a change to register it!

In the meantime I've read it already... I nice easy quick read!

Pming next person on the list!


Journal Entry 6 by BOKWORMY at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, October 24, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (10/24/2008 UTC) at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal

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On the way to madnad in Spain!

Journal Entry 7 by madnad from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Thursday, October 30, 2008
Received today with many thanks! As I just finished a book this morning, I'll start with this one straight away and just hope the "don't judge a book by its cover" applies...;o)

Journal Entry 8 by madnad from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Sunday, November 02, 2008
I cannot believe I signed up for this book... Sorry but it just reminds me of the sort of book that housewives who are bored to death and who look for a bit of something tacky in books would read. Rubbish.

Journal Entry 9 by madnad from Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain on Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sent to solskinn today!

Journal Entry 10 by wolkenklang on Monday, December 01, 2008
Thank you for sending the book, madnad!

What an awful cover ... I'm curious whether I'll like the story better.

Journal Entry 11 by wolkenklang on Monday, December 15, 2008
"Never judge a book by its cover"... I know, I know. But until today I haven't felt the need to read a word of this, and since the holidays are coming up and I won't get to read so much during that time I decided to pass the book on to the next participiant unread.
The latest review didn't make me feel so good about this book either, especially since the reviewer has books on her having read-list and on her wishlist that I've read and enjoyed.
Maybe I'm doing "Wifey" wrong. Who knows. I actually like Judy Blume's writing, at least when it comes to children's/young adult's books. But given this book is only her first novel for adults and dates back to 1978, I don't think it's what I like to read.

Journal Entry 12 by wolkenklang at Controlled Release, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, December 15, 2008

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Off to Greece!

Journal Entry 13 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Arrived today. Thanks HunterRyu for including me in the ring & solskinn for posting the book to me.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Journal Entry 14 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, January 08, 2009
I was curious about Wifey as I had read & enjoyed her YA (young adult) novels several decades ago when I was a teenager. Reading Wifey today, I have to say this book is not particularly memorable.
The blurb "Over 3 million copies sold" on the cover makes one wonder why it would sell in those numbers. It's my guess that back in 1978 when the novel came out, the story of a sexually & emotionally frustrated suburban housewife introduced to us on page one as a woman stirred to action by the sight of a naked man pleasuring himself outside her window was more likely to cause a sensation amongst the female reading public than in today's Sex and the City-satiated times.
Overall the novel is lightweight and superficial, and a far cry from the complexity of Erica Jong's 1973 ground-breaking Fear of Flying. Sandy the 31-year-old protagonist is described by her husband as possessing half a brain, and sometimes it feels as if Wifey is written for a younger (than Sandy) audience, or for women who fit Sandy's IQ description. That's what bothered me in the end; Wifey doesn't challenge the reader in any intelligent way. The situations come off as formulaic and Sandy is quite stereotypical in her marital malaise.
I also got the impression that J. Blume is trying to play both sides of the fence, delivering the goods to readers expecting a modicum of titillation, and at the same time avoiding the complexity of Jong's writings & other texts coming out of the women's lib movement during that decade.
After saying all this, there is a part of me that wonders if I'm being too criticial of Blume's writing, in the light of her committment to stand up against censorship.

Journal Entry 15 by PussInBooks from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Monday, January 12, 2009
Received today, thanks! Judging by the other reviews I'm probably not going to be impressed, but I'll give it a go!

Journal Entry 16 by PussInBooks from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Friday, January 16, 2009
After reading the first few chapters I could tell this was going to be a stereotypical 'frustrated housewife bonkbuster' and started skipping and skim-reading just to get to the end. Totally formulaic, tedious and irritating. I can see how women in 1978 might have sympathised with Sandy's boredom and lousy marriage to a horrible man, but nowadays it just doesn't wash. Norman is a vile caricature of the male chauvinist pig and you can't understand why any woman would put up with him for a second. The sex scenes are, as others have commented, fairly tame by today's standards but you can see how at the time the book deliberately set out to shock. But I think it's exactly that which rankles - Judy Blume obviously set out just to create a shamelessly attention-catching book rather than a decent piece of writing, which disappoints me when she has written so many other good books. I guess I expected better from her! Going onto Veikki now...

Journal Entry 17 by Vekiki from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, January 23, 2009
Recieved today in the post...
Other reviews here arent exactly inspiring, but I'll try to be open minded goin into it

Journal Entry 18 by Vekiki from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 07, 2009
Hm... I did try to go into this with an open-mind, but to be honest I agree with most of the comments here. I tought this was really pedestrian, the charecters were really badly drawn stereotypes, the plot was poor to non-existant. And even the sex scenes were boring - maybe these were seen as a little racier situations when the book was published, but frankly they were so badly written I cant imagine anyone actually enjoying them!!
I'm really sorry to have to write such hard comments after HunterRyu kindly included me in this ring, but thats just what I felt.
A real let down, especially as I loved Judy Blume books as a young teenager

Ready to post onto next reader as soon as I get an address
:)

Journal Entry 19 by Vekiki at A non-bookcrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Posted on to Lizzy stardust today

Journal Entry 20 by Lizzy-stardust from Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Friday, February 20, 2009
Book arrived today! Thank you for sharing, HunterRyu, and Vekiki, thank you for being so patient and tenacious abouyt getting the book to me, in spite of my malfunctioning PMs. Will start reading this when I finish my current read.

Journal Entry 21 by Lizzy-stardust from Salford, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Thursday, February 26, 2009
I started this, but it felt quite amateur. Even though Judy Blume is better known for her young adult writing than adult writing, she is a talented writer and I expected better from her. Anyway, after giving it about 25 pages, I decided this book just wasn't for me, so will be contacthing the next person for their address. Thanks for sharing anyway, HunterRyu!

Journal Entry 22 by Lizzy-stardust at -- In giro per la città in Venezia, Veneto Italy on Saturday, May 23, 2009

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