Book review: “Jemima J” by Jane Green

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I love reading. When I begin a good book, I devour it – only setting it down when I absolutely have to. So I knew when I started this blog that book reviews were 100% going to be part of it. My first review is going to be over Jemima J by Jane Green. This is actually my second time reading this book (my first was in high school) but I thought it’d be interesting to see how I’d connect with the characters as an adult. So I picked it off my bookcase, dusted off the cover, and started reading.

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Super short summary:

  • The book follows Jemima J, an overweight journalist who is unhappy with her life. She ends up reinventing herself on the internet and decides to lose weight and meet the man she’s been talking to online IRL. But she soon finds that her new smaller size won’t automatically turn her life into the perfect one she’s always dreamed about.

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Overall rating: 3.75/5 stars

What did I like?

  • The writing is well done and the characters and scenes are all well-developed. It’s very apparent that Green is a talented writer and amazing at what she does. I could easily picture everything in my mind as it was happening.
  • Jemima J is a wonderful main character. She’s smart, talented, quick-witted and throughout the book gains the self-confidence needed to put herself out there and do what makes her happy.
  • It’s a quick and entertaining read – the perfect book to settle down with after a long and stressful day at work. I spent a good portion of my high school and college years analyzing everything I read, so it’s nice to just let the words and the story wash over you.
  • The ending leaves you feeling good. I’m not saying that every book ever needs to leave you feeling like this (and more often they won’t) but it’s nice to be able to put it down and feel like you’re ready to take on the world and do what you want to do.

What could have made this a 5 star book?

  • At times it really dragged on. There’s a LOT of people “just missing each other” over and over and over. Not really necessary and it ruins the flow.
  • I had to look at what year the book was copywritten (1999) because it is dated. A large part of the plot is her office first installing the internet to use and her learning how to go into chat rooms and meet people. At one point they explained what LOL meant. Obviously while writing it Green had no idea what the internet was going to turn into, but omg I could not handle a couple of scenes.
  • Jemima does border dangerously close to an eating disorder throughout a large portion of the book and it is just kind of glazed over. While I’m ALL for losing weight in order to gain confidence or become a healthier you, she does not do it in a healthy way (basically only eating enough to sustain her workouts – not good!). She also binge eats a lot during stressful times and that as well is never addressed or discussed.
  • This isn’t a huge thing but keep in mind that this is an easy-to-read romantic comedy so the ending is pretty predictable. Do not expect a Gone Girl plot twist to be coming your way. I still enjoyed it though 😉

So there you have it, my review of Jemima J! This is my first book review so please let me know in the comments below if you liked the format I used or if you feel like something could be changed! I love to hear feedback.

And let me know if you’ve read Jemima J or if you want to start reading it! I’d love to have a discussion about it!

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