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The Washingtonienne Paperback – May 31, 2006
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"Washingtons Sex and the City . . . lively, funny, and agreeably in-your-face." -- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
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Jacqueline is a New York party girl, smart and sexy, but somewhat spoiled as well. So when her betrayed boyfriend throws her out of their Manhattan apartment, Jacqueline ends up crashing with a pal in Washington. Her goal? Get a fluff job so she can dress nicely and party. But with her sexy appeal on the fore, she gets a lot more than that.
In an "ugly" city with a lot of middle-aged men, Jacqueline finds that she is a much-desired commodity. She has a series of flings with powerful men who will pay her way, and chronicles her naughty adventures in an online blog. Starting to sound familiar? It gets even more so when she is finally busted, fired, and becomes the center of a media storm.
The sad thing about "The Washingtonienne" is that it could have easily been great. It could have been a naughty sleaze-romp, or a wicked satire about men, women and politics. Instead, it reads like a sex-mad little girl's diary, both immature and obnoxiously self-satisfied. "The lesson I learned was: You can get whatever you want for free by lying and cheating, and there are never any consequences," Jacqueline leers. Well, that about sums up the depth of the entire novel.
Cutler's writing ability is about average for a chick-lit writer, with a lot of lame witticisms and thin characters. Unfortunately, she shows a complete lack of actual inspiration by using her blog and life for the book, but not adding anything to it. We all know how it's going to end, and Cutler doesn't give it any twists to surprise us.Read more ›
Alternately presenting herself as a victum of self-destructive circumstances and a self-assured woman making her own choices about what to do with her body and mind, it's hard to pinpoint whether this story will come to the screen as a total comedy movie or slightly-comedic, self-discovery drama.
Please, don't misinterpret this speculation on how it will be show on screen as a slight. The story is told seemlessly-and whether it's to be taken as pure fiction or questionable nonfiction, or somewhere in between it's an interesting tale none the less.
One thing to bear in mind though, the main character is by no stretch of the imagination a role model. She's barely a sympathetic character at all, but the feeling of honesty this creates heightens the believability of the narrative.
If I was comparing this fictionalized autobiography to Neil Simon's brilliant works in the genre, it would barely merit a single star, but compared apples to apples against guilty-pleasure, scandal novels, it holds its own and then some - even if it does end with a slight note of self-discovery pontification.
All in all, if you've ever found yourself enjoying the guilty pleasure of Valley of the Dolls, Desperate Housewives or anything by Danielle Steele, this is one supposedly non-fiction tale that lives up to these fictional standards.
At the end of the book, Jacqueline's therapist asks her, "Why is it easier for you to believe that you're crazy than it is for you to admit you've done something wrong?"
(This after she has accepted money for sex, cheated on multiple partners--some married, spent nearly all her time in Washington drunk and/or high, and kept a blog mocking all her lovers which leaked to the public).
Jacqueline comes to this conclusion: "The lesson I learned was: You can get whatever you want for free by lying and cheating, and there are never any consequences."
So as you sit there reading, feeling both a thrill at her crazy adventures (sex across a conference room table is only the beginning) and disgust for the manner in which she's portrayed the female mind to the public, you can't help but ask YOURSELF: Is the author right? She's now rich, famous, published, and we all know she's not so far off from the character. And on an entertainment level, you've had a blast reading her book.
On the flip side, it's blatantly obvious that as messed up as Jacqueline is, all she really wants, deep down, is love. She's just so completely cynical that none of those poor guys ever had a chance, because she never gives anyone a chance. So while that cynicism did lead to a form of success, I'd bet a lot of money that the deeper she goes believing her own philosophy, the more and more true love will elude her.
And in the meantime, she can keep us entertained. You won't want to put The Washingtonienne down. After all, it's just a book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not amazing writing or anything noble to read, but that's not the intent or why anyone would pick this up is it?
I enjoyed the salacious story and the setting. Read more
This book was totally cool! Very capturing and realistic. Of course, it tells you that it is based on true events anyway.Published 21 months ago by TheWritingRoom
I loved this book for the simple fact that Cutler did the obvious in a very conservative city: ate off the fat of the land by using men in powerful places. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by blacknerd
if you loved sex and the city, this book is for you. if you are easily offended by sex and drugs and cheating -- pass.Published on June 25, 2013 by Lindsay S. Nixon
I loved this saucy, semi-realistic memoir. Having worked in a City Hall for a number of years, I WISH I collected such tales of personal exploits to one day inappropriately share... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Heather Collaco
This book is a must read! I had a hard time putting this one down. If you like smut with a good story line this one is for u.Published on January 12, 2013 by Alison Monaghan
With this years election, this book opened my eyes as to how corrupt Washington really is! Couldn't help but feel bad for Jacqueline even though she seemed at times clueless...Published on October 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I suppose if I was going to muster up something positive to say about this novel it would be that it was short, and easy to read. That is where my positive feedback ends. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by vcatania
Jessica Cutler worked for Senator Mike DeWine (yes, from my state). During her time on The Hill, she spent a lot of time in clubs, taking drugs, having sex and barely eating. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Angela Risner The Sassy Orange