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Sex and the City Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 1997
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For the most part, the book does revolve around Carrie Bradshaw (a thinly-disguised alter-ego for Bushnell, with even the same initials), a thirty-something columnist in New York. Miranda Hobbes does show up a few times during the first half of the book, though she's not a lawyer. Samantha Jones is not a PR agent nor such a nymphomaniac as she was in the show. And Charlotte is a British woman, whose TV counterpart appeared at the beginning of the series' pilot episode. Stanford Blatch, Carrie's successful homosexual friend, is the only character who remains virtually the same, though here he's a screenwriter. Many of the same situations presented throughout the show pop up in the book, such as Stanford's obsession with his model "protege," the torment of the baby shower, and "modelizers." And those who loved Chris Noth's Mr. Big needn't worry.Read more ›
Overall, I found the writing excellent and witty, but the format rather disjointing. It's a fun read with colorful characters. There is no depth to them, but shallow seems to be the key theme in Bushnell's examination of the Manhatten single scene. If you are looking for love in the Big Apple, you may find this book either a) full of helpful hints or b) so depressing you want to run home to Connecticut. I enjoyed it, but it's easy to put down and forget about.
The thing that struck me most was how *empty* the book felt. Whereas the characters on the TV series have some very close friends, the book doesn't really have that dimension. Sure, people go out with their fabulous acquaintances, but there never really seems to be a true connection among them. Lonliness is nearly a constant with the characters in this book. It left me feeling pretty sad, as well. Yes, it was comical, but it also had a fairly serious side.
For fans of the series, this book is *not* told solely through the eyes of Carrie. The narrator is someone else, a "friend" of Carrie's and the other characters, who does indeed write a newspaper column. Most of the characters in the TV series are in the book by name only -- for example, Charlotte makes an appearance as a journalist with a completely different personality thank Charlotte in the series. And whereas I think most people genuinely like at least one person from the series, I think I finished this book disliking every single character. What did surprise me is that the first episode of the series is nearly verbatim from the book.
What I liked about this book were the vivid scenes and the ability to create a feeling. I think Bushnell did a great job and making her audience feel what the characters feel. While it's not the series, it's certainly worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book and being able to read it on my electronic device!Published 13 days ago by Kinsey Hilton
I've read many of Bushnell's books and thought I might enjoy this for one of those leisurely reads. Unfortunately, maybe because it's kind of dated, I just can't get through it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Linda Scaccia
Really liked this read. Felt it should have had more excitement, but not sure if that's a result of the book or the series. Great read for those that love the show.Published 1 month ago by Liddy
Well of course this is what it is. However King certainly had good material to work from and heaven knows we were certainly all entertained!Published 3 months ago by Derryn
I was hoping for the writing talent of the writers of the show. That group is far wittier. This was a bit of a let down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
About what I expected...Preferred the show that is based on the book and gives credit to the book.Published 5 months ago by Andy