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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 28mm | 322g
- Publication date: 6 August 1998
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140276904
- ISBN 13: 9780140276909
- Sales rank: 35,661
Number one best-seller Jane Green - author of "Babyville" and "Straight Talking" - explores reinvention and self-discovery in "Jemima J." Jemima Jones is overweight. About seven stone overweight. Treated like a slave by her thin and bitchy flatmates, lorded over at the Kilburn Herald by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented, but better paid), her only consolation is food. What with that and her passion for her charming, sexy colleague Ben, she knows her life needs changing. But can Jemima reinvent herself? And should she? "Jemima J." is a brilliantly funny, honest novel about ugly ducklings and swans, attraction, addiction and the meaning of true love. "Green writes with acerbic wit about the law of the dating jungle". ("Sunday Express"). "The kind of novel you'll gobble up in a single sitting". ("Cosmopolitan"). "The ultimate makeover novel". ("Sunday Times"). Bestselling author Jane Green has captured the imaginations of readers in the UK and the US with her frank and funny approach to those day-to-day issues that affect women everywhere. Other titles also published by Penguin include "The Other Woman", "The Love Verb" (published as "Promises to Keep in the USA"), "Girl Friday" ("Dune Road"), "Life Swap" ("Swapping Lives"), "The Patchwork Marriage" ("Another Piece of My Heart"), "Spellbound" ("To Have and to Hold"), "The Beach House", "Second Chance", "Mr. Maybe", and "Bookends".
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Jane Green is a former journalist who gave up her job on the Daily Express to write a real woman's account of being single in the city. That account became Jane's first novel, Straight Talking. A huge success, Straight Talking was followed by ten more bestselling novels: Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, the Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House and Girl Friday. Jane lives with her husband and children in Connecticut.
"Cleverly probes the world of a very smart, very funny, very fat reporter . . .Americans will enjoy this confection and appreciate how Green renders a certain humor-impaired California earnestness about health, happiness, and love."-"USA Today""A brilliantly funny novel about something close to every woman's heart -her stomach." -"Woman's Own""The kind of novel you'll gobble up at a single sitting."--"Cosmopolitan""From the Trade Paperback edition."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Greens 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. Its a depressing activity, since Jemimaa good hundred pounds over the limit for contemporary beautylooks 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 Benthat 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. (Kirkus Reviews)