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Chasing Harry Winston: A Novel Hardcover – May 27, 2008
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Lily Rabe throws herself enthusiastically into her narration; she sounds like she's having a ball, and listeners will, too. Rabe especially has fun with over-the-top Brazilian sexpot Adriana, making melodramatic pronouncements and calling everyone querida in a sexy, throaty exotic accent. She's also great as Emmy, the marriage-and-family–obsessed member of the trio: Rabe's sobbing, outraged delivery of Emmy's rant about her boyfriend dumping her for his personal trainer is simultaneously touching and hilarious. Leigh is the straight man of the group, but Rabe's performance conveys her doubts about her engagement realistically and sympathetically. This fun audio brings out the best in the novel. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 7). (June)
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About the Author
Lauren Weisberger is the author of The Devil Wears Prada, which spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. The film version, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, won a Golden Globe Award and grossed over $300 million worldwide. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was also a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York City with her husband.
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The plot centers on three single NYC women approaching 30. One is a restaurant manager who has just experienced a major breakup, one is an editor who has just gotten engaged but is unsure she wants to go through with the marriage, and one is a gorgeous female 'player' who's parents are pushing her to settle down, but who isn't at all sure she wants to. The book covers one year of their lives, as they each make a vow to in some way change their current patterns. These are 'Cosmo', Sex-in-the-City type women, open about sex and to having one night stands, so if that offends your moral sensibilities, this isn't the book for you. The model-player character practically makes a living out of manipulating men, so you can draw your own conclusions as to whether that makes her liberated or sexist.
I liked all of the characters, and their struggles, and didn't find them at all whiney, as some reviewers have complained. It's chicklit for crying out loud! Keep you expectations in alignment with that, and you will probably enjoy this book.
Emmy is now single because her boyfriend Duncan left her for the trainer she herself had paid for him... talk about irony!!
She was this close to the ring and the baby she's wanted her whole life but now she is ordering take out for one and is looking to find herself a man but her friends tell her she should sleep around a bit and forget about dreaming of Mr. Right. She will embark in the adventure and will do her best to forget her prim and proper attitude and begin her tour de whore.
Adriana is a famous drop dead gorgeous supermodel who has been born in Brazil and raised in the USA by her rich parents who are always paying her bills.
She is also about to turn 30 and is considering her mother's advice about men... beauty is ephemeral, there's always someone younger and prettier right around the corner to steal your man so it's better to pick one soon and to settle with him.
And finally there's Leigh, a young star in the publishing business who is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy... or maybe Russell isn't really her dream guy but he is the dream guy of every other woman she knows. To top it all off Leigh is chosen to edit the well known Jesse Chapman "enfant terrible of the literary world" who is brilliant and brooding and a genius and who has her go to his house in the Hamptons to work with him since he doesn't like to work anywhere else!! As you can imagine on one of those trips to the Hamptons to work on Jesse's new book they end up under the sheets and Leigh experiences the best lovemaking of her entire life.
Emmy will have to sleep around, Adriana will have to have a serious and monogamous relationship for the very first time in her life and Leigh, well Leigh appears to have it all and her life appears to be perfect... but do you really think this is so?
Read on and check out what happens...
To me, Lauren W is a author that you have to warm up to. The first few pages of The Devil Wears Prada, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. But I gave it a fair shake- and wound up really enjoying it.
This is not a terrible book- in fact if you go into reading this with the right attitude, I believe that you will find that this book can be enjoyable. It is something of a "beach read" but to me, you don't even have to be at the beach to enjoy it. It's light, fluffy, and not too serious. Really just a way to take your mind off the day to day stresses. Yes- these girls in this book are kind of silly, maybe even over the top; but they do have funny moments and are real in "a reality-show" type of way.
If you're looking for a book that will make you think, or one that will impress your friends- then by all means pass this book by. But if on the off chance, you are looking for a book that will make you laugh some, and take your mind of the daily stressors- then give this book a try.