Why Can't I Be You

Why Can't I Be You

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"When Jenny Shaw hears someone shout 'Jessie!' across a hotel lobby, she impulsively answers. All her life, Jenny has toed the line, but something propels her to seize the opportunity to become Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. Lonely in her own life, Jenny is embraced by Jessie's warm circle of friends, and finds unexpected romance. But when she delves into Jessie's past, Jenny discovers a secret that spurs her to take another leap into the unknown"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York City, New York : Penguin Group, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781624901218
Characteristics: 297 pages ;,21 cm.

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CL_kcls
Apr 27, 2019

I expected 'Why Can't I Be You' to be 'chick lit' and/or a romantic comedy and while there are flashes of both, it is neither. I would actually call it a coming of age novel, because you can do so at any age

There is a depth to 'Why Can't I Be You', an immense sadness to the back stories of the characters, a frenzy to their joy, a sense they are trying to work out who they are now after finally acknowledging from where they came and how hard it was to come through.

The one big thing that impressed me with 'Why Can't I Be You' is that I could not figure out how it could possible end, let alone, end well. I saw no way out for any of the characters, yet they managed to come through on hope and possibility.

4.75 stars!

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hellonwheels
Jan 01, 2015

This was a great easy read. I enjoyed the premise of the book. Will be reading " Stay " next...hoping it is a good book!

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annekim9
Jun 20, 2013

A fun read about Jenny, a woman who impulsively pretends to be someone else after she's mistaken for a woman named Jessie at a high school reunion. How will Jenny later confess to all Jessie's old friends, including Jessie's ex whom she's attracted to, that she's not Jessie? And where is the real Jessie? If you can go along with the improbable premise (I doubt this could happen but who cares?), you will enjoy this.

books_oh_my Apr 01, 2013

I liked this book way better than her previous novel, "Stay"

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