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Hot Property: A Novel Hardcover – September 13, 2011
From the Back Cover
In their irresistible novel, Hot Property, Michele, Samantha, and Sabrina Kleier—the stars of HGTV’s hit real estate reality show Selling New York—bring readers past the doormen and into the glitz, gilding, and gossip of Manhattan society.
Elizabeth Chase and her daughters, Kate and Isabel, are the leading ladies of New York City real estate. At Chase Residential, their family-run firm, they spend their days walking the city’s highest society through the most luxurious properties in the most fashionable neighborhoods.
Though the town houses have marble floors and the co-ops park views, life behind closed doors isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. From the enigmatic Countess who just won’t make an offer to the billionaire mogul seeking more than an apartment from his lovely realtor, from backstabbing brokers to cutthroat bidding wars, the Chases’ work keeps them on their toes. But life is about to become even more complicated. Just as Isabel and her boyfriend decide to take the next step, Kate finds herself with a broken heart and an uncertain future. And when Chase Residential’s very existence is threatened by a terrible betrayal, the family comes together to save the business that is at the center of each of their lives.
Hot Property gives readers a peek inside the white-glove-protected doors of New York’s most exclusive enclaves—from the Upper East Side to Tribeca and back up to Central Park—while telling a story of family, loyalty, and all the other things money can’t buy.
About the Author
Michele Kleier is the president and chairman of Gumley Haft Kleier, one of Manhattan’s premier real estate brokerages. The mother of three children—Samantha, Sabrina, and Jonathan—she lives on Park Avenue with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their three Maltese, Lola, Roxy, and Dolly.
Before entering real estate, Samantha Kleier was the youngest vice president in the history of the entertainment public relations firm Susan Blond Inc. She lives around the corner from her mother, with her husband, JP, and their children, Chase and Caroline.
Sabrina Kleier began her career at NBC’s Access Hollywood, where she created and produced “Hot Spots,” a segment covering what’s hot in New York. She lives a couple of blocks away from her mother and sister, with her husband, Robert; their son, Cooper; and their shih tzu, Dixie. Samantha and Sabrina—now executive vice presidents at GHK—are both graduates of the Horace Mann School and the University of Pennsylvania. The Kleiers are costars of HGTV’s hit reality series Selling New York.
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How did this ever get published? Merely because the authors, upon whose lives the book is not so loosely based, are the stars of a marginally rated reality show on a second tier cable network? Many reality stars "write" books, and some of those books are actually worthwhile, because smart and savvy editors and ghost writers usually do the heavy lifting in making sure the end product is at least readable. A monkey with a Neiman Marcus catalog, a restaurant guide and a Manhattan real estate directory could have done a better job.
I can't believe I even took the time to finish this "book," but I kept thinking, "surely something interesting will happen...of course a plot will develop eventually...I know that any page now one of the characters will face a trial more significant than an unflushed toilet during a showing. As it happens, we're subjected to the accounts of two vacuous, materialistic 20-somethings and their domineering mother as they shop, visit salons and spas, eat candy, text and deal with clients and co-workers whose unremarkable stories seldom have resolutions. Apparently the three never argue, fail, screw up, experience self-doubt, break a nail or even have a period. And the girls' equally cartoonish boyfriends, both stunningly handsome, of course, seem to have no problem affording lavish weekend getaways, expensive meals and garish jewelery, despite the fact that one is a fledgling actor and the other is a slacker journalist. The Chase girls are the types of women who dress their purse dogs in rain hats and boots, run down New York sidewalks in Manolos, never exercise yet remain size two and deride clients who commit unforgivable sins like bringing a friend to a showing or trying to shake their hand! How inexcusably gauche!
To say the storyline, characters and descriptions are one dimensional gives them a dimension too many. One star is actually excessive, but it's impossible to give fewer. Don't waste your time or money. It's more cloying than the three-day-old wash back at the bottom of a Coke can, and the reaction to inadvertently coming in contact with it is equally nauseating.
Written by the stars of the HGTV show "Selling New York", this book is nothing but a tool to promote their business and engage in a whole lot of wishful thinking. (The mother a cross between Sophia Loren and Mary Tyler Moore?? She WISHES!!)
The book is so filled with OBVIOUS parallels to the authors' real lives, I can't decide if they simply lack any creativity or are overt braggarts. Either way, I'm only 45 pages in (and only because I was so offended that I kept reading just to see how much more "braggy" they could actually get) but I'm done. Life is too short for this drivel. As Ivy League grads, the two Kleir daughters should have known better. I guess when it comes to college educations...and book-buying...you don't always get what you pay for.
There is not a paragraph that doesn't have a cell phone conversation mentioned. And most of the calls are between the three of them. I've never heard of a mother and daughters who are so much in love they talk on the phone dozens of times a day- first thing in the morning, last thing at night. Isabel even calls her mother as she boards a plane with her boy friend, just to chat and tell her about the two day get-away they are having. The daughter Kate is moping around because her boyfriend wants to "take a break" from their relationship. He is probably fed up with all those phone calls to her mother and sister. Once Elizabeth is in the middle of a root canal when Kate calls, and Elizabeth stops the procedure to chat on her cell. I guess we are supposed to think "isn't that sweet? How they love each other !". Actually it is a little creepy - we mothers love our children, but this is too much over the top. The 2 stars is for the half of the book I read, because it has an attractive cover. The rest is a waste of time.
The prose is awkward. The book is full of name dropping of restaurants, celebrities they have sold homes to and the jewelry they like to wear.
On Selling New York they are interesting - here they are not.
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