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Headhunters Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001
From Publishers Weekly
Four middle-aged friends from New Jersey decide to spice up their lackluster lives by vacationing in Monte Carlo and posing as four of the wealthiest women in the world in this slight but stylish romantic caper. Darlene, Eleanor, Irene and Carla are hunting for wealthy bachelors and a little excitement. Decked out in rented designer costumes and borrowed jewels, they enter the stomping grounds of the rich and famous and are immediately accosted by a quartet of handsome, suave men bearing white caviar and expensive champagne. The setup is perfect, too perfect; the men, who claim to be filthy rich, are really imposters themselves. Love is inevitable between the duly-matched couples, but less predictable is what will happen when the truth is finally laid bare. Bass overstuffs his narrative with lavish descriptions of upper-crust living but leaves little room for character development or for credible relationships to bloom. And as if four romances weren't enough, Bass complicates matters further by weaving in two more romantic threads and a side story involving three attempted jewelry thefts. Although readers may be overwhelmed by the novel's feverish pace and dismayed by the author's tendency to draw his characters through exposition rather than action, this is an admirable and amusing first attempt. (June 5)Forecast: Deborah Schindler, the producer for Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got her Groove Back, has already purchased the book's film rights for Fox 2000, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ron Bass (My Best Friend's Wedding) will write the screenplay. Despite the novel's flaws, it will translate nicely into film and sell exceptionally well once the movie is released.
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Top customer reviews
The notion certainly enticed Darlene, Eleanor, Irene and Carla. These four middle class American women, tired of their humdrum, nine to five workdays contrive a method of madness to leave behind their drab and uneventful lives for a vacation to remember.
But, what happens when they arrive in Monte Carlo and each is unexpectedly greeted with a private limousine and a grand suite at the finest hotel in the Principality? Enter Maurice Gerard, Trevor Weymouth, Julio Benvenuti and Jean-Jaques Lacoste, four tanned, handsome and very eligible men of the world.
True, the stories in this novel have more strands than a plate of spaghetti. And, yes, the characters probably could have been more fully developed. But dog gone it, sometimes it's nice to be entertained just for the fun of it. Jules Bass has written a delightful piece that can be read in one or two sittings. It's light-hearted and fun. It made this reviewer laugh out loud. Everyone deserves that sort of escape every now and then.
Better to read the novel than wait for Dolly Parton, Cher, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler to show up in the movie version.
And almost every other thing about this book was also irritating to me. The way Bass begins the book with four female friends in a coffee shop for their "support group" meeting. This makes them sound jaded and weak but Bass doesn't stop there. Maybe Bass was trying a writing technique that flew over my head or something but the way that he never specified who exactly was speaking in a conversation between more than one person made me want to burn the book. If this is a writing technique, it's the worse I've ever seen, it causes his characters to have very little personality of their own. In my opinion, even though the female characters are very different with interesting personalities, Bass didn't write well enough to display their differences so they were underdeveloped.
An example of the characters' nonexistent individual personalities is that not one character objected to the ridiculous -- and I mean outrageously RIDICULOUS -- plot even though their personalities seemed more practical than to agree to a lifetime of paying off debt. Technically, this is exactly the plot. Four women who are "headhunting" for rich husbands in Monte Carlo, ordinary women if you can call women in their mid to late forties who commit fraud to obtain wealthy husbands ordinary. I know the book is meant to be over the top but I still think that Bass would have pulled this off better if the men weren't a bit past their prime and the women were about ten or fifteen years younger.
One thing that I agree with other reviewers is that it is witty and original, as well as humorous -- but still so are a lot of books and then some. I don't highly recommend it but if it still sounds appealing, everything worth a chance.
But--even that can't excuse this book. I don't believe the author poured his heart and soul into this one--it read like he slammed it out in a weekend; like it didn't take him any longer to write it than it does to read it. It's awful. I'm sorry.
Having said that, I believe the author CAN write--he just needs a better story. His style was great, the story was terrible. I may even pick up his next book--but only after reading the first chapter to see if it's more of the same.
This is a weekend read. It has a few gems, some good spots that will keep you turning the page in hopes the next chapter will be good too. Sadly, your hope will fizzle--the story becomes predictable (one character speaks with the woman she's impersonating and learns that even the rich and famous have problems), yet in the same breath, it's so unbelievable you want to choke. Come'on..these gals run up bills beyond belief, they use and abuse men who use and abuse them back, they are guilty of fraud, the men try to rip them off blind--yet in the end they all end up happy with their bills paid (through the lucky chance of their professional jewel thief turning 'good'), and they all get married and live happily ever after.
Immature was a great way to describe the storyline. The previous one-star reviews were absolutely correct. Check this book out of the library if you must read it. Save your money---you'll be happy you did.
Most recent customer reviews
It was really, really boring.Read more
It was really, really boring.Read more