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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345468597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345468598
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,572,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Thecoauthors of The Botox Diaries reprise their flighty, feel-good formula for women's fiction with their second novel, about affluent divorced women friends living in a Westchester-style suburb of New York City. Sara, a caterer in her early 40s whose first husband, James, ran off to Patagonia eight years ago, has moved into her fiancé Bradford's house in Hadley Farms with her young son, Dylan. Sara's best friend, Kate, a fancy Manhattan dermatologist, is having an affair with a wealthy married man, Owen, while their other friend Berni, pregnant with twins, has relocated from the West Coast, having left her job as a successful Hollywood agent to embrace motherhood. Complications ensue for all: Bradford's snide ex-wife drops in, and their rude 14-year-old daughter, Skylar, makes hell for Sara, just when James reappears to win Sara back. However, Sara's catering career takes off after a cable TV appearance, while Owen decides to leave his blond trophy wife. Predictably, Sara and Skylar become friends, Bradford and Sara prove a lasting match and even Kate makes a sage decision regarding Owen. "Getting older and smarter and more confident isn't that bad," the ladies collectively decide. This is a cotton-candy read—sweet, if a bit stale—for a day at the beach.
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Praise for The Botox Diaries

“[A] MIDLIFE-CRISIS BONBON . . . should be sold with fuzzy slippers and a tube of cucumber eye gel.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“THIS SUMMER’S MUST-HAVE BEACH READ!”
–ABC’s The View

“WARNING! READING THIS BOOK COULD CAUSE LAUGH LINES! It may also lead to sleep deprivation–since once you start, you won’t be able to stop. I loved it.”
–Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada

“A SEXY ROMP . . . which leads charmingly back to the basics of being best friends.”
–Elle

“FAST-PACED AND WITH ZINGERS ON EVERY PAGE.”
–The Washington Post

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Predictable plot line at best.
C. Martin
It felt like the authors were just trying too hard to be witty and urbane without being either.
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I enjoyed this book it is a noteworthy read for the beach or on a rainy day.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Reader on June 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm not the target audience for a book like this; I'm a middle-aged man. (So arrest me.) But when women's fiction (okay, what's often called "chick lit") is done this well, I love it. (I enjoyed Bridget Jones, "The Devil Wears Prada," "Four Blondes.") But I remembered how much I enjoyed "The Botox Diaries," by these same authors, so I picked up this one, too -- and once again found myself laughing, nodding in recognition (the authors get so much about New York and its environs so very right), and looking forward to reading the next chapter. I tell myself it will help me to understand my wife better, but it's really beause a book this good, this funny, and this insightful (yes, it's that, too) is such a pleasure to come across. No matter what genre it falls into. A real pleasure from start to finish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RK on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book has it all...snippy teenagers, sniping ex-es, a hilarious scene with Billy Crystal at a ballgame and three women who are great friends. I loved,loved, loved it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Martin on July 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Mine Are Spectacular is an OK book if you want to read about every product that can be endorsed under the sun. I really felt like I was reading an advertisement. Predictable plot line at best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on June 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this fast-paced book through in just one day. Divorced mom, Sara Turner's, enviable, plush NY suburban life with her lovable son and handsome fiance, Bradford, starts to unravel at age 41. Complications arise from the reappearance of her ex-husband, James, from the wilds of Patagonia, and the machinations of Bradford's ex-wife, determined to oust Sara.

Throw in a rebellious soon-to-be step-daughter, a best friend expecting twins, and another best friend embroiled in an illicit relationship with a real estate mogul. Oops, almost forgot the TV cooking show, and the hunky soap opera star taking an interest in Sara. Let's just say this book is packed with interesting characters and situations and witty dialogue.

The three women's lives intertwine with all on the brink of new beginnings and sorting out their options at mid-life. I can't wait to try The Botox Diaries by the same authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Larrabee on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A lot of name-dropping goes on throughout this novel, both people and products. Sara Turner and her eight year old son live with her fiancé Bradford in a wealthy cul-de-sac of Hadley Farms. Her two close friends Berni Davis, a retired Hollywood agent and Kate Steele, a Park Avenue dermatologist make life exciting for Sara. She stumbles on the job of a lifetime, having a cooking show, with a hunky co-star on the Food Network. To complicate matters both her ex-husband James, and Bradford's ex-wife Mimi try their hardest to get their spouses back. The narrative sometimes goes overboard in presenting the lives of the rich and famous but it is a fun glimpse.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By beach reader on August 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"I brought two books along on vacation, "The Kite Runner" and "Mine Are Spectacular!" Guiltily, I admit that I picked up "Mine Are Spectacular!" first and I couldn't put it down, I read it straight through. The authors get it, they understand that life doesn't end at forty, it's just beginning,and they make their point hilariously. I loved their first book, "The Botox Diaries," but this one is even better."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lynn Schnurnberger and Janice Kaplan cornered the market on fortysomething chick-lit with "The Botox Diaries." While they don't exactly have a sophomore slump in "Mine Are Sepectacular!," a flaccid fiancee subplot keeps this novel from being so entertaining.

Sara's first husband left her pregnant years ago. Now she's successful, engaged to hunky and wealthy Bradford, and on the verge of success in showbiz. She's also assisting her pals Berni and Kate: One is pregnant with twins at forty-three, while the other is having an affair with a married man, and refuses to admit that it's a bad idea.

As if these weren't problems enough, Sara's ex turns up, as does Bradford's snotty, possessive ex-wife Mimi (who lives up to her name) and hostile teenage daughter. With her future starting to crumble, Sara has to figure out if they can blend their clashing families into one, and whether Bradford can handle her new glamorous profession.

Kaplan and Schnurnberger have a talent for juggling multiple storylines, especially the ones applicable to fortysomething ladies: Second marriages, blended families, last-minute families, and winning over your new man's sullen teen. And, I might add, staying even somewhat sexy in the presence of constantly flirting soap hunks.

And in this book, the most fascinating stories are that of Berni and Kate. Berni is a mom for the first time, after a massively successful career. Kate is STILL successful, but time has not given her wisdom, or hardened her sense of romance. Her romance with a Donald-Trump-like mogul is a disaster-in-the-making, one can tell.

The problem, however, is Bradford. It's hard to imagine why Sara stays with this prissy twit, or why she puts up with his weird jealousies and hypocrises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bearette24 VINE VOICE on September 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I thought from the title of this that it would be about plastic surgery, and I also worried that the co-authors might give the novel a fractured voice. I was wrong on both counts. The "Mine are spectacular!" reference only pops up once, as an exercise in self-affirmation, and the voice is smooth throughout. Sara does have a friend Kate who's a plastic surgeon, but it's not central to the story.

This is the story of Sara, a 41-year-old divorcee who is navigating her way through middle age in Hadley Farms, a gated community north of New York City - though most of the story takes place in Manhattan. Oddly, Sara's connections with the entertainment world and plastic surgery industry make the setting seem more like L.A. Regis Philbin, Woody Allen, and Billy Crystal all make appearances in the text.

I liked the writing style here, which is full of fun, snappy observations: "It used to be that skinny women waltzed through parties nibbling a celery stalk or the occasional carrot stick. Now the bar's higher. To be truly admired, you have to be a size two while still wolfing down everything but the custom drapes." However, others miss the mark: "I always think drinking cranberry juice in public takes a brave woman. Either she really can't live without the taste or she has a urinary tract infection." I love cranberry juice, and judging from the popularity of the Cosmo, I'm not alone!

The plot is a little meandering, but it's entertaining as it deals with the sudden reappearance of Sara's ex-husband, who's the father of her child; Kate's affair with a married real estate mogul, who seems to be loosely modeled on Donald Trump; Sara's sometimes rocky relationship with her fiancé, Bradford; and Bradford's conniving ex-wife.

Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of light hen lit. It doesn't have much depth, but it's a quick, enjoyable beach read.
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