Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough

Ruth Pennebaker / Apr 05, 2020
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough Joanie s ex husband is having a baby with his new girlfriend Joanie won t be having babies since she s decided never to have sex again But she still has her teenaged daughter Caroline to care for And
  • Title: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough
  • Author: Ruth Pennebaker
  • ISBN: 9780425238561
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Joanie s ex husband is having a baby with his new girlfriend Joanie won t be having babies, since she s decided never to have sex again But she still has her teenaged daughter Caroline to care for And thanks to the recession, her elderly mother Ivy as well Her daughter can t seem to exist without texting, and her mother brags about goggling, while Joanie, back iJoanie s ex husband is having a baby with his new girlfriend Joanie won t be having babies, since she s decided never to have sex again But she still has her teenaged daughter Caroline to care for And thanks to the recession, her elderly mother Ivy as well Her daughter can t seem to exist without texting, and her mother brags about goggling, while Joanie, back in the workforce, is still trying to figure out her office computer And how to fend off the advances of her coworker Bruce Joanie, Caroline, and Ivy are stuck under the same roof, and it isn t easy But sometimes they surprise each other and themselves And through their differences they learn that it is possible to undo the mistakes of the past.
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    1. I wish I could go back in time a few weeks and ask myself what appealed to me about this book, because once I started reading it there wasn t really much in it that I enjoyed What was I thinking This novel centers around three women, each with their own set of problems The reader gets an up close and personal play by play of everything each of them thinks about things from sex to illegal aliens None of these women came across as sympathetic to me, especially since their problems are so trivial c [...]


    2. I found myself uncannily motivated by Pennebaker s title alone Frankly, it describes me and many others in my circle of family and friends to a T I suspect if you re dealing with either raising kids or handling eldercare drama or both the title probably describes your life too.Based on her other writing, I knew I could count on Pennebaker for a respite from and a laugh about real life I ve had a hard time reading lately because I m so distracted, so if a book can hold MY attention, that s saying [...]


    3. Joanie Pilcher is about to turn fifty and has recently been left by her husband If that s not enough to make her feel overwhelmed, her eighty year old mother is also living with her and her sullen teenage daughter When Joanie gets a call from her ex husband letting her know he s gotten his new twenty nine year old girlfriend pregnant, Joanie begins to fall off the precipice of good mental health Trapped in an ad exec job she hates and a divorce support group that can sometimes be judgemental, Jo [...]


    4. mariesbookgarden I picked up this book at the library on the new shelf and decided to read it, mostly based on the recommendation of Sarah Bird, a talented Texas writer Ruth Pennebaker is another writer from Texas According to the book jacket she is a commentator for an NPR facilitator and keeps a blog which looks much better than her novel Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is about a trio of generations living under the same roof Joanie is mom to Caroline and daughter to Ivy, and the [...]


    5. Joanie and Richard are divorced and Joanie has taken a life long vow to celibacy Richard is living with, BJ, a girl half is age who is now pregnant and they are getting married Joanie, almost fifty years old is in a divorcee support group and only talks to her best friend Mary Margaret outside the group.Fifteen year old daughter, Caroline, is a secretive, manipulative, unhappy teenager whose best friend, Sondra, just introduced her to marijuana Ivy, Joanie s mother, lives with her and Caroline a [...]


    6. I am struggling to put my thoughts on this book into words Overall, it was just OK The three main characters, Joanie, Ivy, and Caroline, seem like they re the exact same person just at different stages in life They re all extremely dissatisfied, extremely lonely, and extremely desperate They all find some way to work through those feelings, Joanie being the only one who seems to go about that in a somewhat healthy manner.I felt like this book was way too negative, and like it dragged on I wanted [...]


    7. I was looking for a light, after the holidays type book and came across this one It s premise is three women a 15 year old daughter, 50 year old mom, and a grandmother living under one roof The mom went through a divorce and her ex husband is getting married to a young girl who happens to be pregnant The grandmother had to give up her house due to the economy and crash of the stock market The young daughter is having a hard time socially in high school Lots of realistic challenges going on but t [...]


    8. I finished this book last night The author artfully tells a tale from three perspectives and generations Each perspective is realistic, and even though all of the women in the book are deeply flawed and neurotic, they are also wonderfully likable An irreverent sense of humor runs through the book Some of the lines are classic and memorable and I found myself wanting to read with a highlighter One scene toward the end of the book made me laugh so hard the dog jumped off the bed This is a great bo [...]


    9. A boring tale about a mother, a daughter, and a grandmother There s some good, insightful stuff about teenagers, but the plot is perfectly predictable, and the prose is bad.



    10. Why this book doesn t have higher ratings is beyond me It was downright hilarious I loved how it took 3 different women in different phases of their lives and created a personal story that intertwines the characters At times reading what could be my life, I loved this down to earth comical book



    11. WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKTHROUGH return by Ruth Pennabaker return Berkley Trade return January 4, 2011 return 978 0425238561 return 320 pp, 15.00 return return Synopsis from Berkley Books return return Description return Joanie s ex husband is having a baby with his new girlfriend Joanie won t be having babies, since she s decided never to have sex again return return But she still has her teenaged daughter Caroline to care for And thanks to the recession, her elderly mother Ivy as [...]


    12. 3.5 out of 5When 3 generation of women who cannot stand each other have to live under the same roof, you can definitely expect some entertainment That s exactly what we get in Women on the verge of a nervous breakthrough For a minute I thought this would be a self help book, but not really It s a story about 3 completely different women and how they go through their almost nervous breakdowns and subsequent breakthrough s.Joanie is in her late 40 s and has just gone through a divorce with her lon [...]


    13. iwriteinbooks.wordpress 20It s a drag getting old, everyone knows that Ivy didn t think that her faith in God or devotion to her family would ever let age have her against the ropes Yet, here she is, watching her fifty year old daughter let a nice marriage die and a her teenaged granddaughter join gangs or cults or whatever it is that young people have found to get into, now a days She wishes for a simpler time as she continually shakes her head and sighs.Joanie didn t exactly let a good marriag [...]


    14. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is a story about three generation of women living under the same roof trying to cope with each other and with life Joanie, Ivy and Caroline are each going through changes in their life that they are finding difficult to handle Joanie is a soon to be 50 divorcee Her husband is living with a woman half his age and just announced that they are having a baby Ivy is a widow whose savings has quickly dwindled thanks to the bad economy She can no longer affo [...]


    15. Hell was three generations of women living under the same roof Joanie Roxanne Pilcher is a divorcee who has found out that her ex is going to be a daddy with the young woman he is living with and her new boss, Zoe, thinks she is a charity case From Joanie What was worst of all to Joanie was that Zoe hadn t seen anything special in her She had instead glommed on to Joanie as some kind of sad clich A shopworn, middle aged housewife whose husband had dumped her A feminist cause to be championed A l [...]


    16. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Ruth Pennebaker takes a unique perspective on a family of three generations living together Joanie, the woman in the middle generation and the bread winner, is dealing with her ex husband who s having a baby with his girlfriend, her mother who s moved in with her for financial reasons, her daughter who s experiencing her horrible teen years, and a co worker who s putting the moves on her.The tale is often funny, sometimes rather heart breaking, and [...]


    17. Three female members of a family at different stages of their lives are trying to coexist.Sandwiched between her seventy six year old mother, Ivy, and her fifteen year old daughter, Caroline, Joanie Pilcher approaching fifty feels overwhelmed at times, emotionally bankrupt, and definitely misunderstood She is so done with men that she has vowed never to have sex again Caroline is at a point of fearing that she will never find anyone to love her, much less to have sex with her And Ivy is flailing [...]


    18. I avoided it as long as it was humanly possible for a reader writer to avoid Yes, that s right Three days before it closed forever, I went and feasted on the dead body that was Borders I bought this book I am sad to tell the author that I bought it for 80% off, but I am glad to tell the author that it is worth Well, maybe not the full cover price, because if people were willing to pay full cover price, then Borders would not be wormsmeat today But if I knew about the book, and the author, and h [...]


    19. Painful, funny as all get out, honest, well written so much about this book to love Likely each of us who reads it identifies with the woman closest in age and experience, and yet the hurt under the striking out done by all of them, the 15 year old teenager, the suddenly aged 50 single mom, and the almost 80 matriarch who is forced by economics to come live with them, is so real that we all know what it must be or is like to be there, feel that They are all three scorned, but the cute guy in Spa [...]


    20. I will admit straight off that this title kind of had me at hello Don t you love it Add to that this adorable cover, which makes a whole lot of sense once you ve read the book, and it s all kinds of fun.Aside from that, this was a very entertaining look at the generally ordinary lives of these women living in Texas It s the kind of scenario I d never really thought about being a middle aged woman with both your mother and teenage daughter living with you I don t have any children of my own at th [...]


    21. When I first started this book, I was pretty sure I wasn t going to like it Another older woman left by her husband for someone younger Sigh But, then I realized this was about the sandwich generation she is living with her mother and her teenage daughter And they are not getting along It grew on me The reader gets the perspective of each woman depending on the situation and I think it truly says a lot about how we only see things through one lens and maybe we shouldn t A great book about how li [...]


    22. I hate to say I wasn t as happy with this book as I thought I would be At first, I hated it I wondered why I was still reading it if I wasn t obliged to But as I continued to read it, I enjoyed it a little Still, the ending was too, as my friend Gino would say, floppy and didn t particularly feel like an ending I know Pennebaker was getting at a message having all four girls together but all the same, I couldn t help but feel like it wasn t a proper ending As a matter of fact, the story hardly [...]


    23. When Ruth Pennebaker places three generations of women under one roof, sparks fly This novel is about learning to appreciate family members, a subject many of us can relate to Reading Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough is like drinking fine champagne the bubbles tickle as you drain your glass The dialogue sparkles The characters feel real I loved the author s dry wit and especially appreciated the description of the relationship between Joanie and her elderly mom Ivy, since I took care [...]


    24. gave it four stars instead of three and a half for it s amusemnet factor three generations under the same roof women and their trials and tribulations somewhat amusing.Joanie Pilcher is about to turn fifty and has recently been left by her husband If that s not enough to make her feel overwhelmed, her eighty year old mother is also living with her and her sullen teenage daughter When Joanie gets a call from her ex husband letting her know he s gotten his new twenty nine year old girlfriend pregn [...]


    25. This is an easy to read book about people who you ll recognize Although it dealt with weighty issues, it never became a heavy book It managed to maintain its light feel while still touching you My only disappointment was that the end seemed to just peter out It really needed of a conclusion, or if you are going by the title, a breakthrough It was still a very enjoyable bookere s on my blog stacybuckeye.wordpress 201


    26. Was a quick and easy read Liked the switching between characters It helped to show the different perspectives these 3 women had One was able to hear from a teen, a middle aged woman, and a senior citizen They each had their own issues to deal with and I didn t feel like they were resolved at the end, but each character was on her way to deal with them I really liked Joanie, the middle aged mom in my opinion, she ended up being the strongest character in the book Kudos to her Might check out some [...]


    27. A sad but realistic view of life.1 Woman whose husband left her She is working, has a daughter and her mom has come to live with her.2 Daughter Dad is getting married because his current girl friend of 3 month is pregnant Each partner told her a secret which she didn t want to know She is experimenting with cigs and pot.3 Widowed older mom finally came to the realization daughter are the ones who take care of you, even when you ve always favored your son Not financially able to cope Depressed an [...]


    28. Great book three generations of women struggling to live together in the same house Teenager didn t WE struggle in those years , recently divorced mom who is trying to find her sea legs in an advertising job, and the grandmother who has had to move in since the stock market collapse ate through her retirement savings Very good read, highly recommended P.S Austin author her first adult book, was writing for young adult audience.


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