Jemima J

Jemima J

A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans

Book - 1999
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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 colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself–as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails–no small feat.
With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman's quest to become the woman she's always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.

Baker & Taylor
Plus-sized Jemina Jones struggles with weight, dating, and work issues as she navigates a treacherous world dominated by thinner women.

& Taylor

Plus-sized Jemima Jones struggles with weight, dating, and work issues as she navigates a treacherous world dominated by thinner women, in the U.S. debut of a best-selling British novelist. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767905183
Branch Call Number: FICTION GREEN
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 22 cm


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vvc129 Dec 07, 2013

This book was way too long and i kept losing interest. The plot was interesting, an overweight lady who wanted to be noticed beyond her appearance. Although this book is mature and not really suitable for young adults, i think this is a book young adults could read. We are constantly being judged by appearance, and i don't blame society for looking at appearance because that is the first thing people will see. However, i do blame society for making people who aren't stick thin to feel bad about themselves and encourage girls to become unhealthy to be skinny. Let's face it, if a guy really wants you, they'll like you for who you are.
Jemima did lose weight, and really fast as well (just saying), in order for Ben to notice her, but throughout the book, there were so many hints that those two were going to end up for each other.
What i found a little messed up was the fact that Jenny and Brad were together. I mean, if i were Jenny i would not have been able to let my man sleep with another girl. I know Jenny was giving a cold shoulder to Jemima, which kind of gave it away that Jenny and Brad had something going on, but still, my man is my man, i can't share him with anyone. I honestly don't understand why Brad and Jenny were keeping it a secret anyways, if Brad really did love Jenny, he doesn't need to hide that he's with Jenny, who by the way isn't gorgeous and thin but on the chubby side. Adults confuse me sometimes.
I kind of wanted Ben and Jemima to be, i don't know, sweeter? The way they ended up together wasn't romantic or heart warming at all. If it was i would have loved the story.


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