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She's as perfect as it gets, the tabloids blare, but suddenly, Eden, the heroine of Kargman's fun and flashy if not exactly groundbreaking latest, is staring at middle age, a dead-end relationship, and regrets about the one who got away. Still, the biggest downer for the downtown arts-scene beauty is her upcoming 40th birthday. So she does what any tasty piece of arm candy does—finds a rich, charming, 28-year-old hunk of her own. Don't be afraid to cougar out, best friend Allison urges. Not everyone is happy with the choice, least of all art-king Otto, who still needs the leggy beauty for his muse. But when young Chase falls hard for Eden, she finds herself thinking more and more about her first, perfect love, Wes. The ending is a foregone conclusion, but Kargman's quick wit and fast-moving story bounce along agreeably, assisted by the amusing quotes that kick off each chapter (Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician). Kargman (The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund) gets it, even if her heroine doesn't. (May)
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Eden is the gorgeous, glamorous muse and lover of abstract painter Otto, who is much older than her. Twenty years ago, she was a struggling model, and she broke her own heart by choosing money and security over her doting boyfriend. Though Otto and Eden have been together since then and have a son, they never married, and Eden turns a blind eye to Otto’s dalliances in exchange for wealth and ease. Now that she is nearly 40, the arrangement doesn’t seem so appealing, and she leaves Otto. Not long after, she meets Chase Lydon, as blue-blooded a New Yorker as they come—and 11 years her junior. She loves the whirlwind new life, but just as their relationship blossoms, Eden’s first love comes back into her life. Eden isn’t sure if it’s her age or her ego, but she knows she is on the cusp of an important choice. Kargman’s third novel is a romance for anyone who has felt that age is just a number. --Hilary Hatton
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First edition. edition (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951599
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, Travel + Leisure, Elle, Elle Décor, and a bunch of British magazines you've never seen. She went to Yale where she did not study writing and has three children who keep her young. And exhausted.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Kane on June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The story kept me reading, but honestly, the word obsessed is used...obsessivley, and I have yet to encounter anyone who actually speaks the way the female characters do, at least not while maintaining a straight face. I get that one of the main themes of the book is aging, but attempting to speak as though you are still in middle school does not make one young, just embarrassing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sennie on June 28, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm sorry, I wanted to like this book but I was disappointed from the first page. This reads more like a young adult romance novel, or a book written by a young adult. I read the first 40 pages in 15 minutes - like reading a children's book with large writing. The storyline so far has no depth or anything that really hooks in the reader. The dialogue between the characters are equally sophomoric and insipid. I even wondered how this book got published at one point.

I really can't understand how the other reviewers gave this book 5 stars. It really isn't a 5 star book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
There are some voice performers whose name on a cover attracts just as the names of authors do. For this listener multiple award winning narrator Joyce Bean is one of those. Just as Will Rogers never met a man he didn't like I've never heard a Joyce Bean reading that I didn't like. She's an Audie Award winner, brought home several Earphone Awards and a Listen Up Award from Publisher's Weekly. She's tops again with ARM CANDY.

Who says romance can't be fun? Certainly not Kill Kargman who injects healthy doses of her trademark humor in this story of 39-year-old Eden Clyde who thought at one time that she'd made the best bargain possible, but did she?

Blessed with stop traffic good looks Eden had once been a model trying to make her way in a tough business. When Otto Clyde, a wealthy abstract painter, offered security and every creature comfort she made her choice - although he was much older at the time it really wasn't any contest - she chose Otto rather than her steadfast boyfriend.

Almost 20 years have passed. Eden and Otto have a son; she has the life she thought she wanted, and chooses to overlook Otto's other women. But, it seems enough is too much - she leaves Otto and begins a new life cheered on by some of the most fun-loving, appealing girlfriends to be found. She meets and begins a love affair with man-about-town Chase Lydon who is a decade her junior. Then, as fate and the author would have it, Eden's former love resurfaces. Once again, she must make a choice.

ARM CANDY is aptly named - an enjoyable treat sugar coated with wit and spun with imagination.

- Gail Cooke
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather A. Teysko VINE VOICE on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book. Really, I did. The idea of a woman who'd always been arm candy dealing with aging and coming into her own really appealed to me. But I just couldn't like it. As others have said, it really did read like a young adult book, and I just couldn't get behind these characters who were fighting mother nature so hard. Also, the dialog was so strained. And it was everywhere. There was very little description or narration. We mostly got the story not through a narrator's voice, but the voices of the characters. And they were not good voices, that's all I can say about that.

Listen, it's a good beach read. It's a good fun-sit-by-the-pool-and-don't-exert-yourself-too-much read. But it really shouldn't count as reading. It's like candy - sugary with no nutritional content whatsoever, and you'd be wise not to ingest too much of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NYM on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thought it was fairly well written, but I realized at the end of the book I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters. Not the main ones, not even any of the minor ones. In fact, I found I disliked most of the characters from both categories. Everyone just seemed so superficial and snobby. Just my take.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Duchamp on September 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrible book, full of dunderheaded sentences like (I'm paraphrasing): "'Please don't go,' she said, not wanting him to go."

It's also full of clumsy, predictable, dunderheaded plotting. For example, once the heroine Eden decides she misses her long-ago ex Wes and dumps her current flame Chase, Chase manages to find the love of his life in about two pages, seducing a young, pretty travel agent who happens to be available and interested. Really? That's how you take care of a loose end, Ms. Kargman?

It doesn't get any better. Every character either has a heart of gold or a heart of steel. Everyone is either a hero(ine) or a villain(ess). Ugh. Everyone says and does exactly what one would expect them to. No depth. When a hero does something sort of shocking like cheat on his girlfriend by kissing another woman, the girlfriend sleeps with another man so even that one bad deed gets canceled out by greater badness.

And there are no inconveniences to prevent the dream couple from getting back together after twenty years apart like, um... children living at home, a spouse or even an ex-spouse, jealousy, bitterness, illness, career, family, or anything else resembling real life.

An eight-year-old child could have invented a better story than this simply making it up on the spot.

I guess if one is going for "beach reading" and doesn't want to think then "Arm Candy" might be okay but if you really want a slice of New York society intrigue, read Tom Wolf's "The Bonfire of the Vanities" or rent Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan". They're both a lot more fun.
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