I was having a hard time deciding which book to feature first for Literette. I wanted to use a book that nearly everyone would love. Something that would be appealing to women from all walks of life, and would solidify my status as an expert book critic (ha!) After pondering this for a while, I came up with one of my favorite books of all time, Jemima J by Jane Green.
Jane Green is one of the Fab Five, the queens of Chick-Lit. She has written over ten women’s fiction novels, and Jemima J is her best to date. The book follows 20-something Jemima, who struggles with her weight, and of course, with men. Something all of us ladies can relate to, right?
After being constantly teased at work and by her roommates, and lusting after Ben, the hearthrob at her Newspaper office, Jemima decides it is time to make a change. She meets gorgeous Californian, Brad, over an internet chat site, where she paints herself to be a beautiful stick thin confident girl. The two quickly fall for each other, and Brad finally does what Jemima never thought she would have to worry about. He asks her to come and visit him, face-to-face, in L.A.
As Jemima prepares herself to turn into the supermodel she has always wanted to be, she begins to ask herself a question…is being beautiful all it’s cracked up to be?
Jemima J is a heartwarming, easy read that will leave you wishing you had her determination and love for life. The book has several twists that I never saw coming, and it makes for an interesting read you never want to put down. The ending turns out…well, I’ll let you see for yourself!