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Cutler, the lowly Senate staffer who rocked the Capital last year with her salacious online diary, rehashes her ride into infamy in a tart, shallow tell-all that begs off as fiction. Smart but spoiled Jacqueline heads for the Hill after a broken engagement in New York. Soon this party girl is cavorting through the Capitol, where shameless flirting and sex appeal take her a long way. In Jacqueline's opinion, government is "Hollywood for the Ugly," and she coasts on her looks to score a fluffy job in a senator's office and effortlessly entice politicos on the prowl. She mines her dizzying array of casual sexploits, dished in callous, raunchy detail, for a blog to keep her friends in the loop ("I was a bitchy slut and so were all of my friends. Why not put it out there?"). Jacqueline winds up on D.C. gossip site Blogette—prompting her abrupt dismissal, an underdeveloped bit of soul-searching and lots of media attention. The flimsy garb of fiction makes for one coy striptease: just how much of Jessica emerges in Jacqueline? Who are the real-life counterparts to her paramours? For those who can conjure last summer's scandal, the reprise will liven up this year's beach batch. Agents, Michael Carlisle and Pilar Queen. (June)
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". . . perhaps the Beltway bunch should be grateful for this lewd, unpretentious valentine to their city." -- New York Times

"Washington’s Sex and the City . . . lively, funny, and agreeably in-your-face." -- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401308473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401308476
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jessica Cutler shocked the world with her sexy blog, detailing her not-so-nice antics as a Senate staffer. Apparently she's not one to let her fifteen minutes simply tick by -- now she has penned "The Washingtonienne," a sleazy and shallow roman a clef.

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.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. on May 13, 2005
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Imagine watching a train wreck, not being able to turn away, while still finding in it the underlying humor of the whole event. That's what it's like to listen to this brilliantly narrated audiobook.

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on August 28, 2005
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I really think this one should be titled, "Confessions of a Shameless Hussy." I bought it last week after reading a favorable review in a journal. Now that I'm finished, I must relay to prospective readers what a surprising joy it was. The author goes by Jacqueline in the novel, but it is undoubtedly her life described in these pages. In the beginning, I never thought I would like it as the author is a shallow, materialistic, alcoholic, whore; however, she openly admits to being all of these things which is exactly why the tale is strangely enjoyable. There is no self-righteousness in her. She denies nothing. These are ugly, masochistic events and we are blessed with a narrator who shouts "it's me! it's me!" rather than one who mutters "the horror." Cutler stands athwart the modern "I'm never bad; I'm never responsible" characters who are painfully all to familiar to us. I felt empathy for Jacqueline as it was refreshing to encounter a young lady who refuses to congratulate herself for the terrible choices that (she alone) has made. Gratefully, she never pretends her selfish drives are a smaller part of a fictional political struggle effecting all women.

As far as the sex is concerned, it's all quite matter-of-fact. This is no Penthouse Letters. Some of it is rather unusual, however. Cutler seems to have been an anal sex specialist who allowed her devotion to drugs to result in threesomes, and also in unique two person ways in which to inhale cocaine.

The best reason to admire The Washingtonienne is that it profoundly offends our politically correct sensibilities. Here is the sistahood, and guess what, it doesn't actually exist. These girls are not friends with one another; they are competitors who sabotage their peers whenever they can. There is no gloss or propaganda present.
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