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This crazed black romantic comedy from journalist and author Kennedy (Bling) charts the rocky course of Sydney Zamora, a very angry single. The Cachet magazine writer decides, at 33, that she's got to get married before her eggs sour. So her rich sister hires Mitzi Berman, a successful Manhattan matchmaker, to find Sydney's Mr. Right. Mitzi's challenge, as she sees it, is transforming fierce feminista Sydney into a dress-wearing girly girl (says Mitzi: If you don't make some radical changes in your behavior, you will die alone). Catching Sydney's eye is the fabulous Max Cooper, the spoiled playboy heir of a department store fortune, but can her politics mix with his background? Truly, their path to connubial bliss is barbed with obstacles, charted with sarcastic glee by Kennedy, a pioneer of chick lit's naughty stepsister—bitch lit. (Sept.)
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"Every successful woman with an 'S' for single on her chest (and a target on her back) can relate as Sydney struggles with wanting to ‘be the girl’ and be in constant control. The great thing about this hilarious novel is that Erica Kennedy makes us wonder if that's possible while also questioning whether it's necessary."  --Helena Andrews, author of Bitch Is The New Black

"Feminista is smart, hilarious, and totally of the moment. Every feminist fashionista will find herself on these pages, as Erica Kennedy uses wit and verve to take a look at some of the tough decisions women have to make on the road to having it all. One of the most enjoyable reads of the year."-- Rebecca Walker, author of Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence.

"Why can't all women's fiction be as funny, smart and witty as Feminista?"--Anna David, author of Bought and Party Girl

“Kennedy tweaks the template to create a beautiful, biracial, brainy heroine, far hipper than chick-lit is used to.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Feminista is a love story for women, like Sydney, who aren’t quite sure they still believe in love. A feminist page-turner that will have readers laughing in recognition of the twists and turns of the dating jungle." --Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Fast Girls

“A story of two people that may be perfect for each other despite their differences set amid the flash of New York City.”—News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, WV)

“Feminista  [boasts an] unapologetically ballsy protagonist, Sydney, a writer who finds love almost despite herself.”—www.thefrisky.com

“In turn uplifting, funny, a little sad and always, always entertaining.”—www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

“Erica Kennedy's Feminista is funny, charming, and just possibly too close to home…Sydney is hardly a typical heroine.”—www.opednews.com

“Kennedy jazzes up the chick-lit formula with a cast of colorful characters and plots inspired by TMZ and Page Six…readers will enjoy Kennedy’s humor (she’s a master of the well-aimed zinger) and the fictionalized real-life dramas she inserts in the story.”--Newsday



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312650612
  • ASIN: B006Z35T52
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,841,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
So, i keep hearing this book described as "bitch lit," a title I appreciate and welcome, like "dick flick," for its evocative and tongue in cheek twist on a popular phrase. But I didn't actually think the main character Sydney was a bitch. She was certainly more... prickly than your average romantic novel heroine, but imho it wasn't as simple as that.

Sydney is trying to work out her politics in a messy world which doesn't always cooperate with her, and rather than branding her a bitch I found myself empathizing with that aspect of her personality. Given the title and blurbage of the book, I expected a successful, fashionable heroine with strong feelings about independence and feminism, who does not want to shape herself according to male expectation; sure enough Sydney shows herself to be a woman who has internalized and identified with her politics, feels like the world is not entirely on her side, and has never found a man with whom she could let her guard down.

Her search for such a man forms the crux of the story, and as the book chronicles her steps and stumbles I think it totally works as light romantic lit - the people are beautiful, well-off, successful, and inhabit a world of glamor gossip and high fashion. There are fancy expensive restaurants, designer shoes, the occasional heiress. Therapists, celebrity matchmakers, and fabulous parties.

But there's more here, too. And what makes it refreshing is the main character's nontraditional - even borderline resentful - relationship with these typical ingredients, as well as the other things her prickly personality bring to the table.
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Why I Decided To Read It: I loved Erica Kennedy's first novel, the hip-hop roman a clef, BLING, and I've basically been waiting for her to write another novel for over four years now.
What's It About: It's about a writer, trying to find the perfect mate.I know what you're thinking: Isn't all chicklit about a writer trying to find the perfect mate? Same ole. Same ole. But in this case you're wrong. See below.

What Makes It Different: The main character, Sydney Zamora, has an extremely strong personality. She's also smart and (gasp!) a feminist. Also, the love interest is complicated in a way that you'd expect a scion to be complicated in real life -- but they're rarely depicted this way in other chick lit and women's fiction.

What I Loved: I can't remember the last time I read something romantic with a main character that described herself as a feminist. How refreshing. I also like that she was a complicated feminist and seemed to live by her own rulebook for Feminism. Plus, she's mean. I love mean women. Also, the book is laugh-out-loud funny and really readable to the point where I had trouble putting it down. I really hope that Ms. Kennedy doesn't make us wait another four years for her next novel.

What I Didn't Like: Well, I found Sydney Zamora unlikeable, b/c she didn't seem to like anybody else. She had a problem with every single woman and man she came in contact with and was incredibly judgmental. Usually that would stop me reading, BUT in this case the character was so complex, and the writing was so good, that I kept on turning pages to the end. All in all, I would say that Sydney Zamora is extremely compelling if not immensely likeable.
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FEMINISTA by Erica Kennedy is the second book by this author, but if you are expecting the same type of read as Bling, it is not to be, as this book is not only different, she has an entire community that is discussing FEMINISTA and feminist issues on Twitter, Facebook and her own blogspot. In fact, I told the author I was about to read this while on Twitter and she told me the book is described as "Bitch-Lit" but I didn't see it.

While Sydney Zamora is independent, aggressive and handles her business, "bitchy" is not what comes to mind for me as I read her story. After chasing a career for 12 years, she's ready to find the man who can deal with her independent spirit. She is ready to be a wife, mother and raise a family AND still continue to have her career. So, in order to do that, she enlists her sister Liz to help, who talks to her better half about the plan. She does not agree to help, in case she doesn't like the guy, the plan won't backfire. With that Liz, hires Mitzi Berman, a professional matchmaker, to help Sydney find Mr. Right. It was the best story line for me, because of the interaction between them as Mitzi sizes up and "reads" Sydney and Sydney..well you'll see. Along the way, you meet funny characters some who had me "laughing out loud" with antics that were over the top, yet I could visualize them and they were down right entertaining.

Thanks Ms. Kennedy for a fun book that gives us what I most like in a book, great characters that I can escape with for a few hours and who leave a lasting impression and allows for a GREAT discussion.

Reviewed by Linda Chavis
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