Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

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 her...

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Mrs. Everything Reviews

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Jennifer Weiner…I’ve been reading her books for close to twenty years. I first read Little Earthquakes, but it was In Her Shoes that I fell for most and had to read all of her backlist. And that movie? Loved it!

    In my mind, Jennifer Weiner gets better and better, and this book? Mrs. Everything? It’s right at the pinnacle, tippy-top of what she’s accomplished! And that said? I’m already ready for her

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Jennifer Weiner…I’ve been reading her books for close to twenty years. I first read Little Earthquakes, but it was In Her Shoes that I fell for most and had to read all of her backlist. And that movie? Loved it!

    In my mind, Jennifer Weiner gets better and better, and this book? Mrs. Everything? It’s right at the pinnacle, tippy-top of what she’s accomplished! And that said? I’m already ready for her top herself next time because I know she can.

    Regardless of me already dreaming of her next book, Mrs. Everything is an enormous treasure of a read. It’s technically historical fiction, taking place in 1950s Detroit. Two sisters with differing personalities grow up in the same family and experience many of the same traumas and unique family dynamics only to have vastly different experiences (isn’t that the way so often with families?).

    Bethie and Jo’s personalities could not be more different. Jo, the older sister, lives her early life without abandon while Bethie plays it safe with paper dolls. Then, later, they switch roles, and Bethie becomes the wild child during the 60s, while Jo takes the safer route to a traditional life in Connecticut as a young mom. Neither sister is happy, and each is seeking the happy life.

    The storytelling in Mrs. Everything is so rich, so all enveloping, it’s like a warm hug when you fall into this story of these two sisters. There’s some darkness here, too, and traumas these sisters live through. The way it’s written with honesty makes it all so relatable.

    Mrs. Everything is epic in proportions, too, as it follows Bethie and Jo throughout their lives. Everything they experience is something any reader could have experienced. I can’t stress enough how innately human these characters are.

    Mrs. Everything accomplishes much more than the average book. It felt me feeling affirmed and hopeful. In other words, it left me feeling understood.

    Thank you, Jennifer Weiner, for this masterfully drawn warm hug (and a big high five, too).

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Christine

    All the feelings, all the stars!

    Ms. Jennifer Weiner, I have emerged from under a rock and now know you are a superb writer. I have been meaning to read a Jennifer Weiner book for years, but never got around to it until now. Wow, apparently I have been missing some great reading.

    This book really resonated with me. It is the story of two sisters, Bethie and Jo, that takes place from 1950 to 2022. I connected immediately with Jo, maybe because like Jo, I grew up gay in the dark ages—Jo in the 1950

    All the feelings, all the stars!

    Ms. Jennifer Weiner, I have emerged from under a rock and now know you are a superb writer. I have been meaning to read a Jennifer Weiner book for years, but never got around to it until now. Wow, apparently I have been missing some great reading.

    This book really resonated with me. It is the story of two sisters, Bethie and Jo, that takes place from 1950 to 2022. I connected immediately with Jo, maybe because like Jo, I grew up gay in the dark ages—Jo in the 1950s and ‘60s and me in the 60s and 70s. Back then, that was a really big deal with few to turn to and little resources. But this book is so much more than that. Jo had her struggles on many fronts, and I felt for her and cheered her on as the years slipped by. Bethie started off as a golden child, but eventually hit the skids and also went through much hardship. The sisters had an off and on relationship, not only with each other, but with their own selves and sets of values. I loved the personal growth these characters experienced.

    The writing is outstanding, the themes are complex, the reading is for the most part intense. Other reviewers have thought the book too long, but I was thoroughly engaged and even before the 50% mark was hoping it would never end. I was that riveted. I felt sad as I approached the final chapters. I had tears at the end. I will miss these characters, especially Jo.

    Mrs. Everything is one of the 5 best books (out of 50) that I have read this year. It will stay with me for a very long time. I strongly recommend it for all looking for a beautifully constructed, highly memorable story.

  • Melissa

    is just that—she’s

    and

    woman. She’s the collective voice of you, me, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. She’s the gamut of emotions, triumphs, sacrifices, and heartbreak that feed into the way we view the world. She’s a piece of fiction that hits home with the notion that

    for each one of us.

    In a story that spans gener

    is just that—she’s

    and

    woman. She’s the collective voice of you, me, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. She’s the gamut of emotions, triumphs, sacrifices, and heartbreak that feed into the way we view the world. She’s a piece of fiction that hits home with the notion that

    for each one of us.

    In a story that spans generations,

    taps into the heart of life. From the expectations we set for ourselves to the varying degrees of reality that often take shape instead.

    On the longer side, this novel follows two sisters—Jo and Bethie—for the entirety of their existence. From childhood to the trying times of adolescence and the woes of adulthood, their dueling storylines bring forth topics likely to resonate with women from all backgrounds. The beauty of the extensive timeline is witnessing the influence of an ever-changing society on the hopes and dreams of the two sisters.

    is an author that hits the high notes when it comes to relatability. From the characters she presents on the page, to the topics that formulate, her words speak the language of everyday women. Chances are, we’ve all faced challenges similar to Jo and Bethie or know someone who has.

    There are those times when we read to breathe in a different life than our own. And others when we seek out novels like

    , an experience that offers a sense of solidarity and sisterhood.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    For me, this was a 3 star read with a 5 star message, so I went with a 4 star rating. It's the type of book that you want to say so much about and also nothing at all. You want to say so much, because it's a very timely message and is being published at the most opportune moment. In a world in the midst of the #metoo movement and feminism on the rise, it's the type of book that women can rally behind and promo

    For me, this was a 3 star read with a 5 star message, so I went with a 4 star rating. It's the type of book that you want to say so much about and also nothing at all. You want to say so much, because it's a very timely message and is being published at the most opportune moment. In a world in the midst of the #metoo movement and feminism on the rise, it's the type of book that women can rally behind and promote with ease. It's also a book that I'm struggling to talk about, because it's an epic, sweeping saga of sisters, mothers, and daughters, and to divulge any details would be to take away from your own reading experience.

    In the forward of my arc, Jennifer Weiner writes a preface that describes where the inspiration for this story came from. Her own mother was born in the 1940's, married a man and had children, divorced him and ended up falling in love with a woman. I think the vulnerability and raw appeal to this novel is the fact that it covers a lifetime, not just a year or two, and the choice to delve into something deeper and a little more serious was an excellent choice for the author. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you won't forget

    after you finish it. Highly recommended for those looking for a relevant historical fiction that expresses the journey of what it means to be female, past and present.

  • Meredith

    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, ex

    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.

    tries to be everything: family saga, drama, women’s fiction, and a feminist manifesto. At times,

    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.

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.

  • Susanne  Strong

    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 re

    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.

    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

  • Larry H

    Josette (Jo) and Elisabeth (Bethie) Kaufman were sisters who came of age in 1950s Detroit. Jo is a tomboy, more comfortable in old clothes and running around playing sports, while young Bethie was content with being the pretty, talented one, the center of attention. Not much changed as the two approached their teenage years, much to their mother's chagrin. Jo became more outspoken in trying to understand civil rights and social justice, while Bethie starts understanding that her beauty gives her

    Josette (Jo) and Elisabeth (Bethie) Kaufman were sisters who came of age in 1950s Detroit. Jo is a tomboy, more comfortable in old clothes and running around playing sports, while young Bethie was content with being the pretty, talented one, the center of attention. Not much changed as the two approached their teenage years, much to their mother's chagrin. Jo became more outspoken in trying to understand civil rights and social justice, while Bethie starts understanding that her beauty gives her an interesting form of power.

    But a family tragedy leads to a traumatic incident for one sister and self-discovery for the other, and both impact their lives and their relationships. As time moves on, Bethie becomes a free spirit, traveling the world, never putting roots down in one place, immersing herself in the counterculture and embracing the idea that women should have whatever they want. Jo, on the other hand, becomes a traditional housewife in Connecticut, raising two daughters and wondering how she wound up living the life she is. Both are content in their own ways but aren't truly happy, but at the same time, aren't sure they are willing to shake things up enough to make change happen.

    follows Jo and Bethie to the present day, chronicling the journey of these two women as they struggle for happiness, love, and fulfillment, even when they believe they can't have all three simultaneously. They have triumphs and deal with tragedies, they turn toward each other and turn away, and try to be true to themselves and who they are. It's a novel that has an almost epic feel to it.

    "'We lose ourselves,' she repeated, forming each word with care, 'but we find our way back.' Wasn't that the story of her life? Wasn't that the story of Bethie's? You make the wrong choices, you make mistakes, you disappear for a decade, you marry the wrong man. You get hurt. You lose sight of who you are, or of who you want to be, and then you remember, and if you're lucky you have sisters or friends who remind you when you forget your best intentions. You come back to yourself, again and again. You try, and fail, and try again, and fail again."

    I've never read anything that Jennifer Weiner has written, so when I was offered the opportunity to read

    I jumped at it. Weiner says in a note that appears at the start of my advance copy that she was inspired by Michael Cunningham's

    and Susan Isaacs'

    (two books I loved) to write a book that followed its main characters all the way through their lives. She also said she wanted to write about a character like her mother, whose life moved in unexpected and unbelievable ways.

    The arcs that Weiner's characters' lives follow are very believable. These are women whose stories have been told so many times yet they need to be told many times more. This is a fascinating exploration of the roles women play within their families, within their marriages and relationships, and within society. There isn't necessarily anything surprising in this book but that doesn't matter; it's still a powerful book with strong messages.

    I really enjoyed the way Weiner writes and felt completely immersed in the story. I felt like things dragged a bit at times, but real life isn't always exciting either. I do read a fair amount of so-called "women's fiction," but this is one book that I'd imagine will resonate more with women than it did with me, although I still felt moved by it.

    NetGalley and Atria Books provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!

    This book will be published June 11, 2019.

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  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    3.5 rounded up 4 in the name of bellybuttons, sack dresses, obladi oblada life goes bra la la how the life goes on stars!

    I’m going back and forth between 3 and 4 so much time, normally I’m not defined as decisive person but at least 150 pages should be edited, I lose my objectivity when I’m reading a women power story so I turned into a generous grader! That’s my weakness!

    This book might be dedicated all the women out there! Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts,grandmas ! It’s one of the g

    3.5 rounded up 4 in the name of bellybuttons, sack dresses, obladi oblada life goes bra la la how the life goes on stars!

    I’m going back and forth between 3 and 4 so much time, normally I’m not defined as decisive person but at least 150 pages should be edited, I lose my objectivity when I’m reading a women power story so I turned into a generous grader! That’s my weakness!

    This book might be dedicated all the women out there! Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts,grandmas ! It’s one of the good manifestation for uprising women history!

    Lately starting from City Girls, Summer of 69, I’m so blessed to make another beautiful time travel, this time I found myself on 50’s and move back to 2016!

    This book was angsty by telling us so many emotional traumas from rape, abandonment, betrayal, problems of same sex marriage but mostly it’s about the importance of CHANGE!

    Two sister, one is popular, beautiful, the other is tomboy, smart, their differences and their parents’ treatment to them differently caused so many deep emotional barriers between them.

    But as the years pass, they had so much harsh experiences what made them more mature, tormented and also strong!

    I enjoyed sisterhood parts, the history lesson( sometimes it was a little bit excessive as like a full package of information bombardment but it is well crafted story telling)

    The book was too long and slow reading, sometimes edgy, angsty, dramatic parts could be a little exaggerated but it was still a great woman fiction and summer reading!

    I could give three stars to this one but my conscious didn’t let me do it! I have a sister and I felt the same differences as soon as I started this book! My empathizing about characters and soft, capturing parts of the story changed my decision!

    This book’s message is embracing the change and learning to accept differences and make peace with your loved ones and your past!

    I got the message and I’m determined to apply on my own life!

  • Elyse Walters

    The Beach boys, the Beatles, Bob Dylan....

    The Baby Boomers

    and Bell Bottoms.....

    We journey through the 50s and 60s right up to 2016... with sisters - (night & day opposites) - Jo and Bethie Kaufman.

    Sexual inappropriateness/family molestation, sexual -graphic experimentation between two women

    (a detailed-graphic sex scene was much more explicit than all the ‘sex-chatter’ combined in

    “City Girls”, by Elizabeth Gilbert), — which by the way, in my opinion, the author’s strongest scene - as it was

    The Beach boys, the Beatles, Bob Dylan....

    The Baby Boomers

    and Bell Bottoms.....

    We journey through the 50s and 60s right up to 2016... with sisters - (night & day opposites) - Jo and Bethie Kaufman.

    Sexual inappropriateness/family molestation, sexual -graphic experimentation between two women

    (a detailed-graphic sex scene was much more explicit than all the ‘sex-chatter’ combined in

    “City Girls”, by Elizabeth Gilbert), — which by the way, in my opinion, the author’s strongest scene - as it was the most bold and fearless scene of the entire - almost 500 page book.

    ....Jews, Christians, religion, heritage, immigration, whites, blacks, betrayal, diets, ( weight gain & weight loss), class, race, beliefs, opinions, fears, family death, single mother, relationships of all kinds,

    description upon descriptions of fashion .. (clothes, shoes, handbags, hair, home designs, and trends, ( smoking, drugs, war, music, art, politics)...

    TIMES WERE CHANGING...

    THE SISTERS WERE CHANGING....

    I found most of this book a little dull, simplistic, and predictable. It’s a tale that’s been done many times. There wasn’t anything particularly new or unique.

    A better book with family psychodrama - tragic comedy and our self-righteousness about our obsessive society

    ...is “The Nix”, by Nathan Hill.

    Both books begin in Chicago.

    Both books enter the pop culture..but where Nathan Hill’s novel felt fresh- creative and nostalgic...”Mrs Everything” felt stale.

    150 pages could have easily been cut.

    This is another one of those books where I can understand a wide range of ratings.

    I get that many readers found this novel alluring.

    I get it. I can understand the appeal.

    But... I had 1 foot in and 1 foot out in the ‘yes/no’ ‘enjoyment/ not’, camps.

    My cynical mind had an inner voice speaking to me My curious mind - was interested enough to finish,

    3 stars... ( the middle rating)

    I didn’t hate this book...

    but I wouldn’t call great either.

    This was my first book by Jennifer Weiner.

  • Regan

    Read for BN Book Club so no rating!

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