- Audio CD
- Publisher: Tantor Audio; Library - Unabridged CD edition (September 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400143462
- ISBN-13: 978-1400143467
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,924,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prospect Park West: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Amy Sohn is the New York Times bestselling author of Run Catch Kiss, My Old Man, and Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell.
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The main characters are written in an overwrought & shallow way that makes them completely unpleasant to read about, the name dropping gets tedious after about the 3 thousandth time, the only characters of color (Black men) are badly caricatured criminals, and Park Slope, while ripe for some good natured ribbing, comes across as a crunchy granola haven of neurotic lunatics. Who is this Amy Sohn chick & how the hell did this book get published?!
Look, I'm all for light, trashy reading. People magazine and Bossip.com are among my guilty pleasures. However, I expect my trash to be fun, witty, and well written. This book is none of those things & I was so disgusted after only a few paragraphs that I deleted it from my Kindle. Don't waste your time folks!
PS I live in Park Slope and was hoping for an honest representation of the area and people.
The schools, 51, 107, 321, BC, among others, are about the only concern of the moms that makes sense. Otherwise, many or most of the moms - and the dads - are insufferable. These neighbors deserve each other enclaved in this way, in the only village in NYC where drug-addicts and schizophrenics are still welcome, last time I checked, to open doors to ATMs.
I loved the detail and hated ALL of the characters, which is exactly what I think Sohn intended. Park Slope and Cobble Hill used to be nice places to live; now it's pretty much a mirror image of this book right down to the so-hip-it-hurts Park Slope Food Co-op, paranoid helicopter parents who get nervous if their kid isn't born speaking 4 languages and has an Ivy League pre-approval, and the real estate worship (note: I live in Queens now for a reason). You want to reach into the pages, tell each and every figure that they're self-absorbed wastes of skin, and yet you can't put it down.
If you live in NYC and want a laugh/cry experience, pick up this book. It's so true to life that if you fled the area a long time ago, this book will make you glad that you DID.
The writing was all over the place and not very easy to follow which I think is the only thing that makes it not chick lit; you have to pay attention, and not in a good way. There are so many characters that when Sohn goes off on tangents (they're convieniently italicized so that you recognize them) it just adds to the confusion and adds little if anything to the story.
As far as the characters themselves... their stories were shallow and plain ridiculous. They all make very bad and selfish decisions and really are a bunch of well financed complainers. There's no resolution in any of the stories. At all. As far as the celebrities in the book... the placements were just a plain corney. But it got their attention so I guess that's a win for Sohn.
The racial tension in the book isn't really even tension. It's more white people making gross stereotypes and assumptions about black people. For some of the situations it's almost like the book was completely written and she thought "I need more racism" and added a bunch of scenes that are honestly disconnected from the stories. And some of the statements she has the characters make are downright insulting and a little TOO well thought out if you ask me. If I were to meet Amy Sohn it would definitely be with one eyebrow raised. I'm can already forsee myself unconciously eyeing people suspiciously next time I stroll through Park Slope wondering what they think about me; and that's not a good feeling.