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Trading Up Hardcover – July 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
On the positive side, Candace Bushnell obviously knows the Manhattan social scene well and at times you feel that the descriptions are depressingly accurate. I say depressing because it comes across as being such a shallow and superficial world that I am happy to be well removed from it. It's kind of fun to guess at the inspiration behind some of the characters - Gwyneth Paltrow, Rupert Everett, Anna Wintour, Aerin Lauder...
I continued with this book hoping it would get better. It didn't. It's not the worst book that I've read, but I still wouldn't recommend it.
This is not confined to only her. Most of Busnell's characters in this book are shallow and one dimensional, and even the characters with whom the reader should symphatize are depicted as pitifully weak and naive and deserve no symphaty for their utter stupidity.
Throughout the book I kept hoping that I would come across some reedeming quality that would make me at least sympathetic towards her but was sorely disappointed. The only reason why I finished the book was because I didn't want to waste the $13 that I had paid for the book.
I would not recommend this book to anybody unless they are looking for a book to feed to the shredder.
I found that although the overall story about improving ones life through social connections could have been fun this one just really fell short of the mark. IF on the other hand you like shallow, self involved characters then this is the book for you.
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