Wifey by Judy Blume

It is the early 1970s and Sandy Pressman is bored with her life. Her children are away at camp for the summer and her busy life is suddenly not so busy. It all starts with a naked man on a motorcycle… and yes, I am being literal here. The book Wifey is about a woman who suddenly wonders if there’s more to life than what she’s getting and maybe she’s tired of being a good girl.

I will tell you this. I hated this book. Which makes me sad because I’ve always loved Judy Blume. About the only thing good that this book did for me was to make me appreciate the relationship that I have with my husband.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, let alone Sandy, who I found to be, I’m sorry, kind of skanky, dumb and immature. Maybe it’s because of the year the book was set in but a woman who is in an unhappy marriage, sleeping around and constantly daydreaming about sex with random men just doesn’t seem RIGHT. Her husband, Norman, is a total jerk who basically just wants her to be the “good little wifey” and do everything right so as not to look bad in front of their friends at the Club and all of her female friends are just as screwed up. I feel like this novel is incredibly dated and maybe that’s why I didn’t like it. But I’ve read other books from this era and haven’t had that problem.

The only reason I won’t give this book a total F is because I did finish it. But honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. And I’m pretty disappointed in Judy Blume.



  1. says

    Ummm… I LOVED this book

    Okay, but you have to know the background. I was in about the 7th grade and had loved Are You There God It's Me Margaret, Blubber, something about a boy peeping in on his neighbor… I had no idea Wifey was going to be an adult book. AND MY MOTHER DIDN'T KNOW EITHER!!

    I think I read it about 10 times. I thought about how cool it would be to be a grown up and wear slinky dresses. I still remember that line about his 'cock dancing' and the thing about wearing a tampon if youre not wearing underwear.

    Of course as a happily married woman I can't condone anything she does, but I remember it playing an important part of my adolescence. Well, maybe not so important. But it was the first (only?) "dirty book" I ever read :)

  2. says

    Agreed. I didn't finish it either. I felt like she was trying she was just trying to be provacative.

    I did really love Summer Sisters which she wrote sometime in the 90's. I've read it about 5 times.

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