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I'm Fine and Neither Are You

Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Summary

Honesty is the best policy…except maybe when it comes to marriage in this brilliant, funny novel about the high price of perfection from bestselling author Camille Pagán.

Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all - and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.

Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship. So she comes up with a radical proposal for Sanjay: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make - then commit to complete and total honesty.

What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets. As Penelope stares down the possible implosion of her marriage, she must ask herself: When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?

©2019 Camille Pagán. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“A poignant novel that explores truthfulness and boundaries in friendship, marriage, and more. With relatable characters and a realistic plot, this character-driven novel will have readers wondering if honesty really is the best policy.” --Booklist

“A tale of friendship, this novel offers insight into the complexities of women’s lives and how one woman learns to deal with it through the pain of loss and heartache and come out on top.” --New York Journal of Books

“Camille Pagán’s novels are compulsively readable, and her latest may just be her ultimate page-turner. Smart, witty, and exacting, I’m Fine and Neither Are You examines the high price of perfection and the rewards of getting real - even when doing so jeopardizes your most important relationships. I loved it.” --Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author

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  • Karissa
  • 06-04-19

A Sad but Meaningful Story

While I found this story to be a bit sadder than I had bargained for, overall I enjoyed it. I think there was a lot of heart to it and while difficult to read, it dealt with compelling and eye-opening topics.

I wish that the protagonist had led with a bit more empathy, at least by the end of the novel. Honesty often came at the expense of her friends and families' feelings which became difficult to read as the story went on.

Amy McFadden did a wonderful job performing this story. She does such a fantastic job of conveying the characters' emotions and nuances. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators!

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  • C. Jones
  • 09-04-19

Whining about everything

I got half way through chapter 2 and had to stop. Constant complaints about everything! UGH!

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  • Debra Jo
  • 04-04-19

An entertaining self help fiction novel

4.5 Stars(almost 5 except the protagonist was a tad bit "too" much at times and worked my nerves)

This is not a book that I would normally read, as I would have considered it "too realistic" for me; however, it was selected for our book club and I stepped out of my comfort zone. I normally don't read books about real life problems because I have my own, I read to escape reality. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of what I already knew. You can never possibly know everything that is going on in people's lives and minds. If you didn't already know there were problems in your relationships, reading this book will surely tell you there are many. I actually realized I do some of the same things as Penny and sabotage things because I think the are going too well. Or, I except things the way they are because I am afraid of conflict or hurting someone. The core characters of this story experience the same things most of us have and it helps to see others struggle through it. I am not saying its good to see others struggle, it just shows you that you are not alone in the struggle.

This is a work of fiction but could easily be an entertaining self help book. I highly recommend this to anyone (male or female) that has ever been in a relationship (not just a romantic one), had a stressful job, experiences the struggle with the balance of life, experienced the loss of a loved one, or an absentee parent.

I had a digital copy as well as the audio version. The Audible narrator, Amy McFadden, was great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-19

A great read!

Relatable to any married couple, with or without children. Really makes one think about how we portray who we are to others and how we cherish the ones we love!

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  • Bob
  • 22-04-19

It was okay

I agree with the other reviewers that the protagonist is kinda annoying. She does come across whiny at times. I disliked the narration of the male characters.

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 19-04-19

Missed the mark again..especially with a sensitive problem

The issues behind opioid abuse are so important..I've been through it with my son, he was addicted to heroin and through the years I've seen tragedy after another. But Penelope, the POV narrative is not the right character for this book. No spoilers but Jenny is Penelopes best friend, you don't hear from her, only her husband, basically because of her ’accidentally overdose’ Penelope pretty much has a nervous breakdown which effects her marriage, children & Jennys husband. They are no longer a foursome. But the biggest thing the author Camille Pagan does NOT DO is bring insight to addiction, at that point I was truly disappointed‼️

If the POV by Penelope had taken this real problem in all forms, we the reader would have had insight into this real problem‼️

I felt as if Penelope couldn't get past, by any means WHY, OR HOW her best friend did this to her, NOT Jenny, NOT Jenny's husband or her children‼️In fact, at one too many times, Penelope questioned Jennys husband ON THE WHY’S & she wasn't taking into consideration HIS FEELINGS..it was a book of selfish means with everyone because Penelope couldn't get past what Jenny did to her⁉️ Gosh that pissed me off‼️

And here's what the book is supposed to be about: a storyline of a marriage gone stale..sorry but this is the third book I've listened/read by Camille Pagen, her writing is great, but ALL of them seem to lose what they're supposed to be about⁉️ I really, really wanted to like, this book, and I did finish it, always finish books even if you don't like or agree with them..any author needs the feedback. Yet again, I couldn't give it more than a few stars..Hint: Stop making the POV a victim or the typical same 5-minute ending ”and everything worked out fine” Sorry this book and ending needed more than a chapter written, and lastly..wasn't this supposed to be about a fixing a relationship⁉️ I can honestly tell you, wonderful readers, I had to reread the last 3 chapters 4X because I kept asking myself ”There has to be something I missed..didn't i..i feel like I watched can movie...OH FYI: I truly love Any McFadden as the narrator she's a bit sing-song, but I do like her..no complaints with her ❤️

Overall 3 stars..very painful and not enough for the reader

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-19

It was so-so..

I think the idea of the storyline was great. It didn't have too many moments within it though that kept me "on the edge of my seat" interested. I mean, it was good. But, not superb by any means. Also, I really didn't care for the narrator - but that's personal preference really.

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  • Yanina Del Cid
  • 17-04-19

Loved this book

This book is an eye opener for any Woman who is struggling through life. It is about the discovery of gratitude and that happiness is present even in the small things.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-19

Loved it!!!

This book was so good! Once I started it I couldn't stop reading til I was done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-19

Loved this one!

Narrator enjoyable to listen to... like a smart friend on the room relating all too relatable struggles