In Her Shoes

Billed as a story about two sisters whose only common trait is their shoe size, this story is basically one long Sisterly Rivalry between Rose and Maggie Feller. Along the way, they learn valuable life lessons about family, grief, betrayal, love, and self-worth. The novel was written in 2002 by Jennifer Weiner and adapted into a film in 2005 starring Cameron Diaz.

This book and film show examples of:

  • All Women Love Shoes: Rose has an impressive collection of designer shoes, from which Maggie loves to borrow without permission.
  • Alliterative Name: Simon Stein.
  • The Brainless Beauty: Maggie
  • Chekhov's Dog: Honey Bun, as well as Honey Bun II.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Most of Maggie's journey from Philadelphia to Florida from the book disappears, with much of her coming-of-age story getting condensed and/or relocated.
  • Dawson Casting / Playing Gertrude: Cameron Diaz, playing the younger sister, is actually older than Toni Collete.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rose, Rose's best friend Amy, and Sydelle, the Evil Stepmother.
  • Driven to Suicide: Caroline. Ella thought she was the only one who knew, but it turns out Rose had figured it out.
  • Evil Stepmother: Sydelle.
  • Film of the Book
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Rose is the former, Maggie is the latter.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Rose finds out Maggie broke the heel of one of her shoes, she's both furious and mortified, while Simon tries to assure her no one at the wedding they're going to will notice; cut to the bride, who asks, "Oh my god; what happened to your heel?"
  • I Just Like Saying The Word: Rose is happily telling Amy about her life, consisting of walking the dogs, running errands, and cooking "for my boyfriend". Amy reminds Rose of Simon's name, and Rose admits she loves saying "my boyfriend", and is going to do it as often as possible.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    Rose: You live here? In an old folks home?
    Maggie: It's a retirement community for active seniors.
  • Missing Mom: As well as missing grandmother.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: Simon thinks Rose is pregnant, not realizing it was a ruse cooked up by Maggie and Ella's friends to get the two of them to reconcile.
  • Shout-Out: When Rose sees Ella dancing with Lewis, she asks, "So who's Fred Astaire?"
    • Maggie comes back from work to find Ella, Lewis and Mrs. Leftkowitz watching Sex and the City.
    • Rose runs up the same stairs (with her dogs) that Rocky does.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Maggie does this to Rose, when they're at a diner after having a night on the town and they've bonded over their mutual dislike for their stepmother (or so Maggie thinks), only for Rose to break the mood by asking on behalf of Maggie if the diner is hiring. Maggie thinks Rose is just trying to get rid of her.
    • Rose herself does this to her father when she finds out about the existence of Ella, which her father kept from her and Maggie.