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2.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 52.88 out of 5 2.88 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Belle Narrator: Maggie Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781101147580
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From the bestselling author of High Maintenance comes a witty, heartfelt comic novel about marriage, motherhood, and discovering that the life you have is exactly the one you want.

Isolde Brilliant used to have a life she recognized. She was working in finance, she had a devoted, if neurotic, husband, and a perfectly acceptable apartment in downtown Manhattan. But once Izzy’s wish to become a mother finally comes true, she is laid off from her job, and her old world falls by the wayside. Although she's surprised with motherhood’s hidden pleasures—jaunts to the park, bickering with other mothers, and the sense of accomplishment she feels in having made it through her son's first year—her marriage is on shaky ground and she feels lost. She just can’t quite get a grip on what to do now that she has all—or most—of the things she’s ever wanted.

As Izzy ponders her next move, her best friend announces that she is leaving her husband. Balancing the demands of marriage and motherhood for seven years has made her feel like a nag, a shrew, a…you-know-what, and she’s determined that the only way out is too leave. Izzy tries to avoid a similar fate, but as new challenges and temptations arise for her, she begins to wonder if there might be some inescapable grain of truth in her friend’s outlandish theory.

Full of the poignancy and hilarity that readers have come to expect from Jennifer Belle, The Seven Year Bitch is a smart and provocative novel about learning how to love what you have, and finding out that it's both the hardest thing you've ever done and not so hard after all. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgiann Hennelly | 2/10/2014

    " Easily read chick lit- Great story line. All about not wishing for what you don't have.Isolde is married has a child 'and is very wealthy. She feels she is missing something in her life.After she loses her job she questions her existence and dreams about other men and different alternatives. It has humorand had me laughing out loud at times. While your dreams may not always come true the nightmare you think your living maybe isn,t so bad after all "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/10/2014

    " This was an easy read and I enjoyed turning the pages, unlike the other two library books I got that I'm returning without even reading. But I had several issues with this book. Isolde is dissatisfied with her marriage, but I didn't get enough of a sense of why or how she fell in love with Russell in the first place. A sense of the good times with him or the early stages of their marriage would have made the story more complete. She also has a best friend who makes occasional appearances with a rather bizarre plot. Isolde keeps spending all this money on her nanny to help her try to conceive, yet she discovers that her (illegal immigrant) nanny has a home with very expensive stuff. That was weird. So was a discovery Isolde made about her husband that was pretty much dropped. Basically, Isolde is a woman with a young child who is experiencing the seven year itch (it has turned her into a - well, you see the title), and she has no real friends. There are parts that many women can relate to. I'd give it 2.5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi Bumpus | 1/15/2014

    " I could relate to some of the situations and feelings in this book, but I more often found the protagonist somewhat unsympathetic and unrelatable, even as I was cheering for a happy ending. Still pretty entertaining, although by midbook I found myself wondering why they still had so much income. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 12/29/2013

    " Had some great laughs with this book. Anyone who is married and has children can relate to this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun) | 12/29/2013

    " When we become wives and mothers, we end up turn into the one thing we want to avoid - a nagging shrew. That is what has happened to Izzy. She's a woman who has everything until she is laid off. Now she is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. It doesn't help that her good friend just recently announced that she's getting divorced and is suggesting that Izzy does the same. Izzy is not happy with her marriage but is divorce really the answer? The Seven Year Bitch is a relatable story even though the average person can't relate to Izzy's lifestyle. Even though she was recently laid off and her husband decided to quit his career as a lawyer and become a publisher, they are still living a very privileged life. The one thing that bothered me was Izzy's obsession with finding a new nanny. She couldn't decide if she wanted to be a SAHM or if she wanted to find a new job. Either way, until you make that decision, there is no reason for her to hire a new nanny. And when she does hire a nanny, she becomes inappropriately entrenched in this woman's life. The line between employer and employee is crossed and blurred. Although I could relate to Izzy's plight as a woman who's marriage is on the rocks and her trying to figure out what is her next move, I found it difficult to find Izzy likable. She was shrill, annoying, and unhappy with life in general. Even though her marriage wasn't perfect and she was laid off, her life was still pretty damn good. I couldn't understand why she would want to stay with Russell because I didn't feel like she truly liked or even loved her husband. Why stay and be miserable? It made me wonder what did they see in each other in the beginning to make the decision to get married. Did they ever love each other? The Seven Year Bitch could have been a more relatable, funny story if the protagonist wasn't so unlikable. I didn't like or agree with much of what Izzy did in this book. I could say more but it would be a spoiler and I won't do that. Maybe if I lived the life of an upper-classed New York career woman, I would have been able to better understand why Izzy was such a selfish, bitter Betty. But alas, that is not the life I live and I can't believe that Izzy was so unhappy in hers, especially when she had the means to do something about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess Riley | 12/18/2013

    " Jennifer Belle is one of the few writers I can rely on to make me laugh out loud more than once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne Urbanski | 12/16/2013

    " This book didn't hold up to Belle's other more literary works (Going Down and High Maintenance.) It had her well crafted sense of humor but little in terms of meaningful insight and character development. A fun read, albeit a mostly mindless one. Glad her sense of humor still has a bite at least. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 12/3/2013

    " I got to the point where I was wondering why I was still reading this book. I kept hoping it would get better. The last page and a half was good but I would not recommend spending your time on this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 11/19/2013

    " it lived up to my expectation of being a chick lit beach book. Although the characters were a bit one-dimensional even for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cj | 8/17/2013

    " This was interestingly written as the story takes place over time, but can't say it was a great book. Not bad, but I'm not putting Jennifer Belle on my must read list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 4/18/2013

    " Most likely a book for women. It was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/12/2013

    " The main character wasn't very likeable but I still found myself laughing and unable to put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia E | 2/6/2013

    " Instead of a funny, light beach read, this book was a load of petty boring arguments between the new mom and her husband. Totally vague plot line, vague motivations, and bad ending. Waste of time instead of a good laugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracee Brandt | 10/29/2012

    " Don't remember much of the story, but it kept me from being bored one weekend at the pool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/14/2012

    " At first I thought I wasn't going to like the book because of the main character, but she wasn't as snobby as she started out to be. I really liked it and I really hope there are a lot more bitches out there. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/27/2011

    " This was a fun read. I think Ms.Bell captured the insanity of today's parenting. I saw a lot of truth in the absurd situations. This is a must read if you want to have a good time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Earthwatchaddict | 5/12/2011

    " I won a copy of this. Can't wait to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 3/7/2011

    " it lived up to my expectation of being a chick lit beach book. Although the characters were a bit one-dimensional even for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/5/2011

    " An easy light read...though sometimes unrealistic, often funny, and overall enjoyable, especially for any newer mom/wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara | 12/31/2010

    " funny in parts, but the main character was pretty unlikeable, like Becky Bloomwood in the Shopaholic series but with much less likeable characteristics! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/12/2010

    " This book didn't hold up to Belle's other more literary works (Going Down and High Maintenance.) It had her well crafted sense of humor but little in terms of meaningful insight and character development. A fun read, albeit a mostly mindless one. Glad her sense of humor still has a bite at least. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 9/16/2010

    " Most likely a book for women. It was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracee | 9/13/2010

    " Don't remember much of the story, but it kept me from being bored one weekend at the pool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 9/8/2010

    " Cute story, had some humorous points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/4/2010

    " At first I thought I wasn't going to like the book because of the main character, but she wasn't as snobby as she started out to be. I really liked it and I really hope there are a lot more bitches out there. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jenu | 7/10/2010

    " Great easily read chick-lit, perfect for a beach read....all about not wishing for what you don't have....letting go of the wishing...and finding you love what you have. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Belle

Jennifer Belle is the author of two critically acclaimed, widely translated novels: Going Down, for which she was named best debut novelist of the year by Entertainment Weekly, and High Maintenance, a national bestseller. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Independent Magazine, Ms., Harper’s Bazaar, Black Book, and many anthologies. She lives in New York City.