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Chasing Harry Winston: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Weisberger
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing returns with the story of three best friends who vow to change their entire lives...and change them fast.

Emmy is newly single, and not by choice. She was this close to the ring and the baby she's wanted her whole life when her boyfriend left her for his twenty-three-year-old personal trainer -- whose fees are paid by Emmy. With her plans for the perfect white wedding in the trash, Emmy is now ordering takeout for one. Her friends insist an around-the-world sex-fueled adventure will solve all her problems -- could they be right?

Leigh, a young star in the publishing business, is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy. And to top it all off, she has just purchased her dream apartment. Only when Leigh begins to edit the enfant terrible of the literary world, the brilliant and brooding Jesse Chapman, does she start to notice some cracks in her perfect life...

Adriana is the drop-dead-gorgeous daughter of a famous supermodel. She possesses the kind of feminine wiles made only in Brazil, and she never hesitates to use them. But she's about to turn thirty and -- as her mother keeps reminding her -- she won't have her pick of the men forever. Everyone knows beauty is ephemeral and there's always someone younger and prettier right around the corner. Suddenly she's wondering...does Mother know best?

These three very different girls have been best friends for a decade in the greatest city on earth. As they near thirty, they're looking toward their future...but despite all they've earned -- first-class travel, career promotions, invites to all the right parties, and luxuries small and large -- they're not quite sure they like what they see...

One Saturday night at the Waverly Inn, Adriana and Emmy make a pact: within a single year, each will drastically change her life. Leigh watches from the sidelines, not making any promises, but she'll soon discover she has the most to lose. Their friendship is forever, but everything else is on the table. Three best friends. Two resolutions. One year to pull it off.


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Lily Rabe throws herself enthusiastically into her narration; she sounds like she's having a ball, and listeners will, too. Rabe especially has fun with over-the-top Brazilian sexpot Adriana, making melodramatic pronouncements and calling everyone querida in a sexy, throaty exotic accent. She's also great as Emmy, the marriage-and-family–obsessed member of the trio: Rabe's sobbing, outraged delivery of Emmy's rant about her boyfriend dumping her for his personal trainer is simultaneously touching and hilarious. Leigh is the straight man of the group, but Rabe's performance conveys her doubts about her engagement realistically and sympathetically. This fun audio brings out the best in the novel. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 7). (June)
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PRAISE FOR THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (HB): 'This little gem mixes Sex and the City charm with dry New York wit.' REAL 'Sassy, insightful and sooo Sex and The City, you'll be rushing to the bookshop for your copy like it's a half price Prada sale.' COMPANY 'The most fun we've had in ages.' HEAT 'Delicious...a great insight into the world of magazines and fashion.' RED

Product Details

  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BKP4J1A
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEVVLK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible! June 24, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Do not waste your money, time, or effort on this piece of trash. I enjoyed Devil Wears Prada immensely and thought Everyone Worth Knowing was a decent effort as well. But this third novel by Lauren Weisberger had me groaning in agony. The characters are vapid and selfish, the story line thin to non-existent, and the writing is totally disjointed. There were points in the story where I thought I was missing pages in my books because, apparently, Weisberger and her editor forgot the meaning of the word "transition."

I also take issue with the fact that the three main female characters, who are approaching thirty, seem to be more jealous and catty than they are happy and excited when something goes well for one of them. Of course we all feel pangs of jealousy from time to time, but these young women did not one iota of emotional substance keeping them together. Nor did they have any friends besides each other. I guess that makes sense -- Who else would want to spend time with them?! I certainly wouldn't.

There is more I can say but most of it would be a repeat of what the other 1- and 2-star reviewers have already written. I am not even going to bother keeping this book around. I will donate it to a used book shop or the Salvation Army as soon as you can say "This book stinks!"
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and empty June 17, 2008
By A. Shum
Format:Hardcover
This is probably one of the worst books I've ever read. The plot, if you can call it that, went nowhere and the book just dragged on and on and on. I kept hoping it would get better but it never did. The characters were boring and so cliche. The story lacked any kind of depth or emotion and was just filled with superficial material. I've never written a review for a book, but it was so terrible I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and misses June 4, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Having read so many bad reviews, I was surprised by Chasing Harry Winston. It's actually much better than I expected it to be.

After being dumped by her boyfriend of five years, baby-obsessed Emmy (a restaurateur) decides that she'll sleep with as many random men as possible. Tired of sleeping with many men in succession, ultra-glamorous, Brazilian Adriana decides to enter into a monogamous relationship and possibly get engaged. Leigh, a book editor, is tired of her life, despite a job she loves and a (seemingly) perfect boyfriend. One evening over dinner, two of the three decide to change their lives dramatically within the space of a year.

In Chasing Harry Winston, Weisberger dumps the format she adopted for her first two novels. In some ways, this is good, and gives Weisberger the chance to branch out a bit. This is no outsider-looking-in tale told from a whiney first-person perspective. There's no hellish boss, no glamorous fashion or PR industry. The characters in this novel are surprisingly more unique than those in Weisberger's other two books; with the exception of the perfect boyfriend, I definitely found myself relating to Leigh a little bit. However, the author doesn't seem to be able to create anything new--it seems like this plot has been seen before, most notably in Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City.

The characters, disturbingly, define themselves primarily by their relationships with men; their careers and the other parts of their personal lives repeatedly take backseats to boyfriends and fiancées. Adriana, despite her "tricks" for getting men to chase her, is really the one doing the chasing. It was tough, too, for me to believe the Leigh-Russell relationship.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 15, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I was very disappointed with this book. My review will probably echo what a lot other reviewers have said, but here it is anyway -

I found this book to be incredibly shallow and severely lacking in plot. In fact, I just finished it last night and already I can barely remember the main plot points. I did laugh in a few spots and very occasionally found that I was able to identify with a particular character or situation.

One of my biggest peeves about this book was Emmy's resolution. I literally cringed every time I read the phrase "Tour de Whore" and references to Emmy wanting to "prostitute myself out." Am I the only one who was bothered by this? If you want to write a book about a women's journey to sexual freedom or whatever, then great, I'm all for it. But does she have to refer to herself as a prostitute and whore throughout it? Also, it was clear throughout her "affairs" that she was not comfortable with what she was doing. Apparently it's not okay for a woman to want to know someone on a deeper level before sleeping with them...

Another big problem that I had with this book was the fact that the characters were entirely unoriginal. Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, anyone?

I also felt like there was a serious lack of organization and flow. There were also characters who appeared to be important and then pretty much disappeared (the hairdresser, Emmy's sister and her family,) situations that never got resolved or explained. The narrative was often confusing and jumped from present to flashback to internal monologue and back again with little to no transition.

The ending was ridiculous and boring at the same time. I also don't really understand the title, it really doesn't fit the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This was one of the worst books I've ever read
This was one of the worst books I've ever read. The characters were vapid, catty and resembled a subpar stand up comedian's caricature of women much more than they resembled actual... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Rachel D.
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous!!
I bought this book in 2008 and loved it but somehow I lost my copy over the years so when it came up on my recommendations list I knew I had to buy it again.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle McConnell
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish It....
I was turned off by chapter two and couldn't finish it. The profanity and hatred the characters exuded in just the first chapter was a turn off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Look at a Race to The Altar!
If you a fan of chick lit and like Lauren Weisberger's other books you will like this story of three close friends and their race to the altar.
Published 3 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME
Published 3 months ago by C V
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time
like others have said, the book is terrible. The girls are catty, immature and don't seem to live in the real world. One of my issues is the sloppy editing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by heather40
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
This is my second time reading it and I still loved it as much as the first time! Just wish it didn't end so soon
Published 7 months ago by Carrie
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Couldn't finish this. Written with little skill. Seems to be, sad but true, just a bad product from a writer with better talent. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Umba
1.0 out of 5 stars If you need to sleep, read this
Read it if you just love cliches and predictable books. I couldn't even finish the book. I expected more since I used to live The Devil wears Prada. I was just underwhelmed.
Published 7 months ago by Chantel
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Good book lots of drama and twists i really liked the characters. I really related to their stories. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephanie Barber
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More About the Author

Lauren Weisberger is the author of The Devil Wears Prada, which spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. The film version, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, won a Golden Globe Award and grossed over $300 million worldwide. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was also a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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