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GUEST REVIEW: Wifey

Wifey by Judy Blume – reviewed by Nic

Wifey by Judy Blume was first published in 1978. Is is currently available in paperback format from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The paperback available today, published by Berkley Trade in 2005, is 304 pages.

THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR A YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE. While the author has written many children’s books this is not for children. And while the cover makes this book appear to be a chick-lit novel, it is not.

Description from Amazon:

Wifey is Judy Blume’s hilarious, moving tale of a woman who trades in her conventional wifely duties for her wildest fantasies-and learns a lot about life along the way.

Sandy Pressman is a nice suburban wife whose boredom is getting the best of her. She could be making friends at the club, like her husband keeps encouraging her to do.

Or working on her golf game.
Or getting her hair done.

But for some reason, these things don’t interest her as much as the naked man on the motorcycle…

Nic’s review:

Although this book was written in the 70s – I’ve just read it now. I only know Judy Blume from her children’s books… And now I’ve read one of her adult books – and it couldn’t be more different.

Wifey is a story of Sandy, a 32 year old suburban housewife that’s tired of her routine life. Meals are scheduled for certain nights of the week – “I count on chicken on Wednesdays, the way I count on pot roast on Thursdays and some sort of chopped meat on Tuesdays.” Even sex is routine – Saturday nights, missionary style for 3-4 minutes.

After 12 years of this “marriage” and 2 kids, Sandy has had enough. She doesn’t know how she got here and she wants a change. Her raging hormones get the best of her. She has sex in different positions and on different days and even makes chicken on Monday!

This super quick read is fun and pretty hot. Sandy’s deepest thoughts are shared with us (as is her dirty laundry and that of her friends and family). She’s a great character to learn about from her point of view. You cheer for her and want to smack her throughout. Go Sandy!

A note from Fiktshun009:

As mentioned above this is not a book for young adults or children. The opinion and review of this book are from my guest reviewer Nic and do not necessarily reflect my views.

Written in the 1970s and set in 1970 it is about a woman who had been raised to lead a 1950s lifestyle putting your husband and children first but who discovers she wants to find her identity. However, she goes about this through sexual discovery rather than any real self-discovery. The ideas in the book, which were very real at the time, may not be as relevant today.

The cover, as also previously mentioned, is misleading and gives the feeling of a very light, fun and flirty read, but this story is a bit more steamy. This is not the original cover for the book.

While I have read this book awhile back, it was strictly an accidental read and so I cannot, in fairness, chime in with my viewpoint. (I read it when I was 10, thinking it was a children’s book by the author, which it most certainly was not. I can only reiterate that it is definitely not appropriate for someone of that age.)

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