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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758208553
  • ASIN: B005Q635UU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,563,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An entertaining story of friendship, love and romance." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Joanne Skerrett was born in Roseau, Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. She moved with her family to the United States as a teenager. She has worked on various news desks for several newspapers, including the Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune. She is the author of She Who Shops, Sugar vs. Spice and Letting Loose, published by Kensington Publishing Corp. She is also the author of My Best White Friend and Abraham's Treasure, recently released as eBooks on Kindle. She lives in Boston.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on July 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Six months after her lover Michael, of five years, leaves her claiming he's too young to settle down, Weslee moves from Chicago to Boston to finish her MBA. She wants to put distance between her and Michael and give her heart a chance to heal. Among her new classmates is Lana, a wealthy young woman who loves to party. There are things about Lana that Weslee doesn't particularly care for, such as her sharp tongue and her snobbishness, but Lana introduces her to a whole new world that includes friends and up-scale parties on Martha's Vineyard. Lana also introduces Weslee to upscale dressing and shows her how to buy expensive, name brand clothing. As a result, Weslee becomes addicted to shopping.

Weslee meets several handsome men and one of them is Lana's cousin, Duncan. She also meets William, a friend of Lana's, and finds him attractive as well, but puts him on hold in favor of Duncan's charm, grace and good looks. In a very short time, she's head over heels in love and she begins to spend more and more money on clothes and shoes. Her carefully planned school budget takes a huge hit.

Joanne Skerrett has written a wonderfully suspenseful love story about a young woman who has a tendency to rush into relationships before she really gets to know the man. In addition, when things begin to go sour, she doesn't hesitate to blame herself. SHE WHO SHOPS is stunningly realistic and all of us have known someone like Weslee, or have even behaved this way ourselves. It is a book that can entice anyone who likes finger biting suspense.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathie Reeds on June 22, 2005
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Not many authors write about Boston in a way that gives you its full flavor--from Copley Square to the heart of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan, you come away from this book with both an intimate knowledge of its central characters and of the diversity of Boston's communities.

This novel is fun and engaging but don't let the "chiclet" packaging fool you. There's some serious themes in there as well and the main character ends up having to take a break from shopping designer labels and do some deep soul searching about who she is, what she wants out of life, and who she wants to spend her life with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ESQ on December 5, 2005
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Overall I found the book to be an interesting read. The story flowed well, however I found it to be a bit too cliche. Its the typical story about someone who gets caught up in a whirldwind and then must realize what things in life are really important. There are already a million stories out there along this vein and this is not unique in any way. The main twist is that this book attempts to delve further into the lives of the black upper middle class. I do question the author's actual experiences with the black upper class. she chose to develop the character of Lana along the lines of the typical rich, spoiled brat. While there are members of the black upper class that are like this, the author seems to have missed the ones who are equally as ambitious as the main character Weslee. I feel that the author;s unfair critique of the black upper class detracted some from the book which is why I gave it only three stars. Perhaps next time the author will come up with a more unique storyline besides what is already tried, tired, and true.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 31, 2005
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Watching the journey of Weslee Dunster - a no-nonsense, pay-your-own-way Chicago girl who crashes headlong into Boston's black upper crust - is an intimate portrait of metamorphosis. You're rooting for Weslee as she explores a new path that allows her access to a fast-paced but often brutal social scene, and at the same time you're watching her unravel emotionally even as her savings account dwindles. Will she morally bankrupt herself to satisfy her new lifestyle? Or will she find the courage to rescue herself, listen to her instinct, and follow her own path?

It's a vividly told story every woman who's ever tried to make it on her own - on her own terms - can relate to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rose on June 15, 2005
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I really loved reading this book. I didn't want to put it down because I was so interested in learning what happens to Weslee and her friends. It's a book about life situations that I'm sure many can relate to: being single and trying to make it on your own in a city, finding a good job, and having healthy relationships. But it's also about experiences that are less talked about: prejudice, classism, and racism. The writer, Joanne Skerrett, manages to weave these more serious topics into a story that is enthralling. (Plus, if you've ever visited Boston, you'll get a kick out of the many references to places in the area.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Diaz on May 26, 2005
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Anyone who has ever moved to a new city and struggled to make friends and "fit in" would enjoy this new novel by Joanne Skerrett. Meet Weslee Dunster, an athletic and wickedly smart newcomer to Boston where she has decided to pursue her MBA at Boston University and begin a new life after a relationship falls apart. The conservative but down-to-earth Chicago/Caribbean girl befriends a high-strung, light-skinned wealthy spoiled classmate named Lana who introduces her to the in-crowd of Boston's upperly black social scene. The closer friends the pair become, the more Weslee starts spending her hard-earned savings on the latest Prada and chi-chi designer clothes at Boston's Newbury Street shops. Lana gives Weslee a much needed makeover, and in turn, changes Weslee for the better - or perhaps, worse. Skerrett beautifully weaves the history and charm of Boston's diverse neighborhoods and takes the reader to Martha's Vineyard for some social hobknobbing as well as Chicago's working-class immigrant neighborhoods. Lively, fun characters such as local reporter Sherry help anchor Weslee -spiritually and morally - and bring her back down from her compuslive out-of-control shop-a-thons to her homey, middle-class, Gap-clothes wearing roots. A fresh voice and fluid writing-style, this is a great debut by a new author.
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