- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (May 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061669180
- ISBN-13: 978-0061669187
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,642,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A struggling journalist covering the L.A. party circuit ponders her price while writing a feature about a high-class hooker in David's misfired follow-up to Party Girl. Emma Swanson, hungry for a promotion at Substance—a local glam rag—is young, ambitious and frustrated with her lowly beat. While researching a potential cover story on yuppie hooking, she meets gorgeous if bitchy call girl Jessica Davis, who introduces Emma to her contemporary version of the world's oldest profession. As Emma's story looks like it might come together (and Jessica showers Emma with expensive gifts), one of Jessica's friends offers Emma the editor-in-chief spot at a magazine he's about to launch. The catch: she's got to give him the hooker story. What follows is a moralizing journey of self-discovery, replete with a Michael Toms–assisted epiphany. David sets up some interesting parallels between selling your soul and selling your body, but the narrative comes off too lightweight and hokily insidery (Ron Burkle is name-checked) to really deliver on them. (May)
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Emma Swanson is a frustrated Los Angeles writer working as a party reporter for Substance magazine, which means she lines up outside red-carpet events and tries to get celebrities to give her quotes. She spots an exotic woman at various events and soon learns that Jessica is a professional escort who gets paid in clothes, jewelry, and rent payments. Fascinated by this career choice, and curious about what would make a woman become a professional escort, Emma thinks this would be a spectacular story for Substance. When her pitch is accepted, Emma works on ingratiating herself with Jessica. Jessica is more than willing to help Emma with her story and they become friends as Jessica tells Emma about the escort business and Emma learns how to be bolder and get what she wants. But Jessica won’t do anything without getting something in return, and Emma has to decide exactly how much she’s willing to do for a story and a friendship. David presents a glitzy, glamorous, gossipy novel. --Hilary Hatton
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Bought in this novel is the acquisition of a woman for the evening. The city is Hollywood, the acquisition is high-priced and bought for a variety of reasons. Some men want sex and variety that their wives will not give them. Some men do not want commitment. Some men want kinky sex. Some men want more than one woman at a time. And, on and on.
Emma is a young woman from a small town near LA. She has dreams of being a journalist and works for a magazine providing quotes from celebrities as they walk the line to a major event. It is boring and unsatisfying work and Emma wants more. She would be considered a beautiful woman anywhere but Hollywood. Here, she is just one of many and does not stand out. Like many, Emma brings family issues into her life. Her younger sister is the epitome of beauty and brains and Emma's family has always favored her.
Emma befriends several other would be journalist s and one introduces her to a bevy of beautiful women who show up at parties with a different man each time. Emma learns these women are women of the evening and instead of charging money they are given jewelry, clothes or their Amex card is paid off each month. Emma is fascinated by them and starts conversations with them. She realizes she has a big story here. One of her journalist friends introduces her to Jessica, the most beautiful of them all. Jessica opens up and tells Emma she will introduce her to the business.
Emma has entered a world she is unprepared for, sex, drugs and rock and roll. What she finds is not what she thought. She delves in deeper and her relationship with Jessica takes an interesting turn. The life of the rich and beautiful is not all it seems. Emma realizes she has come to a turn in the road and it is up to her which direction she takes.
'Bought' is an interesting journey through the life of those who take, An inside look into the world of money and a lifestyle we all think we want. This is a simplistic look at these lives, but it is well written and informative. Emma is a young woman with idealism on her side, is it enough?
Recommended. prisrob 05-30-09
Emma's younger sister is engaged to Spanish royalty, and this fact is rubbed in her face by her mother. Presumably because of the material status such a union will bring. At the same time Emma is shadowing Jessica, a high-end call-girl, whose clients include royalty. Both Jessica and Emma's sister are spreading their legs for royalty, but Jessica's motives are the one's questioned by society.
Emma's friends are all educated, but they willing fall into the traditional roles of housewife, and mother to a successful man's children. Emma is attracted to a nice guy who works at Whole Foods, but she won't allow herself to be happy with him due to the external societal pressures from other women.
These are familiar themes from Anna David that I hope she continues to explore in her writing in the future.
"Bought" is skillfully written. David's biting sense of humor allows the reader to enter some dark territory that other writers would gleefully torture their readers with. David shows us everything, but she leaves judgment up to her readers. The story is told from a mid-level Hollywood insider's point of view. Emma Swanson understands what is going on around her, but hasn't been completely enveloped by the "industry". "Bought" plays out like a Greek tragedy, but reads like, well, Anna David.
Without spoiling the end, I will say that one thing I appreciate about David's writing is that she excels at open-ended conclusions - that is, while all major plot points get resolved, she doesn't wrap everything up in a bow and create a perfectly happy ending (much as things tend to go in life) - again, defying the trope of many books I would consider chick-lit.
Bought is a fast, funny, thought-provoking read and I'd recommend it to anyone.
It is a good story. There is a lot of drama in this book. It was a page-turner. The book was well written; I like the prose. I scratch my head thinking - do some women think like this?
It is a good book.
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