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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed edition (July 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684867532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684867533
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Amy Sohn lives in New York, where she writes a raunchy column for the New York Press called "Female Trouble." Her first novel features a young woman named Ariel Steiner, who lives in New York and writes a raunchy column called "Run Catch Kiss" for City Week. Any other similarities between author and creation are, no doubt, purely accidental. We first meet Ariel the summer after her graduation from college when she returns to the city, ready to resume the acting career she had as a child. Unfortunately, college not only enlarged Ariel's mind--it had a broadening effect on her body as well. "I can't send you out for any ingenue parts until you lose fifteen pounds," her agent tells her. Ariel is sure this won't take long and indulges in an optimistic fantasy about the fame and fortune that will soon come her way once she's lost the weight--an appearance in a George C. Wolfe production; a walk-on in a George Clooney film; an Oscar-winning performance in a Woody Allen movie, complete with requisite Oscar fantasy: "I'd bring my father as my date, and when Jack Palance opened the envelope and announced me as the winner, I'd run up to the stage in a strapless Chanel and they'd cut to a shot of my dad drowning in a sea of his own mucus." But until the day when Ariel Steiner becomes the third part of a Hollywood girl-triumvirate comprised of herself, Gwyneth, and Winona, a girl's got to eat; and so begins a ribaldly picaresque journey from actress wannabe to infamous New York sex columnist--"the Hester Prynne of downtown."

Run Catch Kiss is a novel that will appeal to a very specific audience--fans of Amy Sohn; young college graduates who'd like to imagine it's really this easy to achieve notoriety in a city like New York; and readers who enjoy lots of name-dropping, club-hopping, and frank descriptions of sex and other bodily functions. Sohn includes several of Ariel's columns ("Stench of a Woman," for example, or "Smutlife") as well as the letters she gets in response. In between, Ariel and her cronies and assorted one-night stands hang out in places with names like BarF and BarBarella, and drop pop references to Gen-X movies and music. Sohn delivers it all up with moxie, making up for the novel's literary weaknesses by sheer full-frontal outrageousness. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Life imitates art for a 22-year-old downtown Manhattan sex columnist in Sohn's raunchy, scathing and slippery debut. Ariel Steiner, an aspiring actress, sexpot and self-described failure, retreats to her parents' Brooklyn Heights home the summer after graduating from Brown. Scrambling in vain for a glamorous career and boyfriend, she settles for a temp secretary job to a woman she calls "Corposhit," using lunch hour to audition for "fat-girl" parts (she never lost her "freshman fifteen" pounds). The heroine has chutzpah, though, a quality that wins her the title role in a tacky musical, Lolita: Rock On, and humiliating dates with unsavory men. Fed up with the "overall suck quotient" of her summer, she submits a blow-by-blow account of her sexual frustrations to a downtown weekly paper and is instantly offered a column, entitled "Run Catch Kiss"Aa kind of "perils of Pauline from a slacker slut perspective." The newspaper is modeled on the actual New York Press, for which Sohn writes a similar column, and this novel retreads much of that material. Ariel enjoys a kind of creepy, thrilling notoriety, replete with fan and hate mail, until she begins embellishing her stories to compensate for her real-life love doldrums and runs into trouble with the newspaper's management. Sohn's writing, with its graphic sex, can be smug or comical, but she's best when imperious snugglebunny Ariel lets her guard down and confronts her humiliations with honesty and pluck. The portrait of Ariel's parents is sympathetic, even witty, in contrast to her mostly narcissistic goofball boyfriends. Sohn's take on the Gen-X dating scene mirrors her skewering of showbiz and journalism, and while readers may not believe that deep down Ariel is just a nice Jewish girl looking for love and success, many will agree that she's brash, smart, fearless and funny. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Amy Sohn's new novel, The Actress, will be published by Simon & Schuster on July 1, 2014. She is also the author four other novels, including Prospect Park West and Run Catch Kiss. She has been a columnist at New York, the New York Post, the New York Press, and Grazia. She co-created a television show for Oxygen entitled "Avenue Amy." She has written for Harper's Bazaar, Premiere, Playboy, Elle, The New York Times, and Details. As a pundit on popular culture, she has appeared on such networks as VH1, MTV, Fox News, CNN, Lifetime, MSNBC, and PBS. She has a brother, five years younger. Her favorite writers are Laurie Colwin, Hilma Wolitzer, Charles Bukowski, Nathanael West, Mary Gaitskill, and Bruce Jay Friedman. As a child she was taken to the films Heartland, Splash, Heart Like a Wheel, The Magical Mystery Tour, and Mr. Hulot's Holiday. If she could switch careers she would be a Broadway musical theater producer or a sommelier. She dresses to the left. She believes that when it comes to hair highlights, cheap is expensive. Her favorite candy is York Peppermint Patties and she always has a knot in the same section of her hair when she wakes up. A native New Yorker, she still lives there today.
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Customer Reviews

The sex scenes were boring.
Ms Diva
I kept thinking that the book would get better but it didn't, it was also too long because the character doesn't change or grow.
Vanessa184
Not a huge waste of money, but, don't get excited, either.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read great reviews and read this book in a couple of days, but was somewhat disappointed, expecting something more...the premise was promising, but I couldn't work up much feeling for the character. Talk about self-absorbed, imagining the whole city was aghast over her column? I think not! Unerotic pointless sex scenes, over and over...let me tell you, if you want to read a good book about a single Jewish gal yearning for love and marriage, go to the library and get out "Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York City". A wonderful funny touching novel about a young woman in a New York that is no more, but much better written (not to be confused with a horrible movie by the same name). "Run Catch Kiss" confirms two things, a) that men can put their you know whats in anything and its no more than a sneeze, and b) I am so very glad I'm not a young woman living in New York.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
There's nothing wrong with novels about twentysomething and thirtysomething dating mores -- in fact, there can be a lot right. Whether it's a boy's life -- see Nick Hornby's High Fidelity -- or a girlie scene -- Hunting and Fishing -- there is a wealth of potential material to be mined, whether for humor and insight.
Not here, however. And not in this book. It's not just that it's a shallow, boring book. It's a lazy book. Sohn probably received a huge advance for a novel, and she basically just sends in a hodge podge of her columns -- dumbing them down in the process. I would have rather she saved the effort and just released an anthology of her New York Press columns, which, though shallow, at least didn't aspire to any kind of deep insight. But in the current form, this novel is -- well, embarrassing. Women talking with pottymouth had its day of novelty five years ago -- when Sex and the City the column first hit, when Liz Phair received critic's plaudits for singing about "$%#^ and Run." Now, it feels forced -- aiming to shock -- aiming to titillate -- and succeeding in neither. Let Sohn wind up in her eventual inevitable destination -- a talking head on "relationships," perhaps post on a late night cable version of The View -- and let fiction remain in the hands of the pros.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Cavanagh on May 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's bad.
Is she trying to be Bridget Jones? Don't know. She should have tried to put together a decent story.
I got it as a gift, so I didn't lose any money. But, I'll never get my time back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Vacuous, poorly written, and self-indulgent. Don't waste your time or money on this truly stupid book. I'm from New York and I disliked it so much, it's the first book I've ever thrown away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm afraid that in my opinion (only one person, admittedly) what works wonderfully in a magazine column makes poor book fodder. Though I wanted to look deeper, there was no surface to scratch....because underneath the brash, glitzy exterior of this novel is another surface: It is like a plastic onion in revealing lingerie. Those of you mining for nuggets of hard-won wisdom will probably go without. Some laughs, to be fair, several good ones.... but mostly sighs of boredom. Perhaps this is just the book the author had to get out the way before she could write something more worthy of her talents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm all for fluffy books about 20 somethings and their dating disasters, and can accept trashy novels for what they are: fun. But this book is so poorly written, the characters so one dimensional, the plot development similar to that of a 1st graders book report. I couldn't stop reading it because I couldn't believe that such junk had managed to get published. The upside is I'm convinced that I could get my own bad novel published if I really try hard enough. This book is just terrible, no other words to describe it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Please, oh please, do not waste your time on this book, (I won't even call it a novel). I have read bad books, but this one...not a smile, not one laugh, not one tear, not ANYTHING!!! This book has no emotion at all...I fear she (author) was trying to be oh-so-urban-bitch-of-the-nineties!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am so sick of twenty something females being portrayed as desperate sluts. Enough already! Amy Sohn is so concerned with staus that every single character in the novel went to an ivy league school. Give me a break!
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