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Jemima J
Jemima J
Author: Jane Green
Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleagu...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780767905183
ISBN-10: 0767905180
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 1079 ratings
Publisher: Broadway
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Jemima J on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 20
So I don't normally get into this kind of read... I in fact, typically hate this kind of read. Furthermore I'm a sci-fi reading goth girl who likes to poke fun (all in good fun, I swear!!(-=) at this kind of read and it's readers....However this time around it worked for a few reasons...

1) I'm fat.
2) It sort of turns into a "Hey bitchy skinny girl, now that I've lost the weight, they want ME! You're actually rather vapid! HA!" kind of novel and that is very 'me'.
3) I enjoyed the unrealistic descriptions of what she ate and how she lost the weight.... because I got into the ridiculousness of it all.

So if you're a hardcore girl-book fan... and not too picky, this would be a good book. Or if you're kinda like me you'll enjoy it too.... Just don't read it expecting a long and lucious romance because you just won't get it.

Who cares if a fitness centre's owner's wife is fat anyways...???
staceid avatar reviewed Jemima J on + 65 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
I picked up this book because most of the reviews said it was great. I continued reading it because several of the reviews said it would pick up after 150 pages or so.

It did indeed pick up, but the writing style continued to grate on my nerves until the very last page. The way the story jumps continually from first to third person made it read more like a play manuscript than a novel.

I also had issues with the description of the main character both when she was "fat" and "skinny". Being told at one point that a size 10 "is no longer skinny" sealed the deal on my dislike.
dbs avatar reviewed Jemima J on + 329 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
Basic plot if fat girl loves handsome guy, who only sees her as a friend. Of course, she loses all the weight, gets a make-over, and the guy friend falls for her---although conveniently, he realizes it's the inner her he loves. Um-hmmm. But as ever, Green's writing is fresh and amusing, the repartee is snappy, and you can't help but root for the hapless Jemima as she falls from one crazy situation into another.
tygerlily avatar reviewed Jemima J on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I really enjoyed this book. It was slow in the beginning, but once it started moving, I didn't want the story to end. I found myself thinking about the characters after the book was done!
reviewed Jemima J on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This book was a little slow at first and I actually started it and then put it away for a while and then came back to it. Once I got in to it, I couldn't put it down. All in all it is a good book. I love Jane Green!
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reviewed Jemima J on + 30 more book reviews
Not quite what I thought it would be. It was a good book but at time I was frustrated by it.
reviewed Jemima J on + 636 more book reviews
A fluffy, chick lit book in the same vein as _Bridget Jones' Diary_ (right down to the last name!) about love, weight and all the rest. All in all, it was fun, but in an odd writing style, switching from first, to second, to third person P.O.V. willy-nilly.
belover821 avatar reviewed Jemima J on + 4 more book reviews
What a fun and uplifting read. Great for the girl who needs a pick me up and a great love story all in one!
reviewed Jemima J on + 13 more book reviews
Enjoyable chick lit. It was better than Jane Green's Bookends or To Have and To Hold, but not as good as Mr. Maybe.
nysbikergirl avatar reviewed Jemima J on + 97 more book reviews
By the looks of the reviews here, you will either love it or hate it. I am in the Love It catagory. There is just something very personal, charming, and endearing about this book, I could almost read it a second time, which is saying something for me,'s a rarity I do so. Yes, it is unrealistic to think of someone shrinking as fast as Jemima does with weight loss here..but hey,'s fiction people. It's entertaining, not as predictable as mentioned or expected, and a very full, funny read.
susanadele avatar reviewed Jemima J on + 4 more book reviews
A very good read. Get inside the mind of a young woman, who is overweight. Feel her pain and anguish and then her determination to overcome. Wonderful insight, great outcome. You will love the journey.
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Jemima was a treat. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. My only criticism (and it's a small one) is that the ending felt like it dragged a little and then just stopped suddenly; I probably only feel this way because I REALLY wanted to know what happened at the end, but at the same time I didn't want the story to end because I liked it so much!

This is a fun, relatively quick read.
reviewed Jemima J on + 49 more book reviews
I love this story it kept me wrapped up. I love the ugly duckling into beauty story. Take the time to read it.
mandyf-ctrs avatar reviewed Jemima J on + 23 more book reviews
I hava personal rule that if I start reading a book I must finish matter what! Well, good things rules are meant to be broken, because I could absolutely not get into this book. I am a big fan of chick-lit but did not get into this one at all.