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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, September 30, 2011
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I was really looking forward to reading this book. I am just about the biggest SATC fan on earth, so I figured I would fall in love with Lipstick Jungle as well. I thought there was no way I wouldn't like anything that involved girlfriends, shopping, cocktails, & fun (like SATC).. Some of my most loved things!
The book is a good read, well written, etc. But I was VERY disappointed in the general message. I find it extremely sad that Candace Bushnell views motherhood & marriage as such low priorities. Throughout this entire book I was waiting for the characters to finally realize that family & especially CHILDREN are always more important than financial success & "power". Unfortunately it never happened. These women are completely self-absorbed & shallow.
I quite admire women who can balance work & motherhood. In this book however, there is no balance. ALL these women care about are power, esteem, & money. Their husbands/boyfriends & children are of no importance.
I had a successful career before I became a mother, which I gladly postponed to stay home with my babies. I would NEVER in a million years consider my own power & ego more important than raising my beautiful children. Kids need to be raised by their parents, not by nannies & daycares.
Being a full-time mother absolutely does NOT mean a woman is a "failure" or inferior, as this book implies. Quite the opposite in fact, especially in the eyes of the ones who matter most.
Pretty disappointing for this SATC fan!!!
When I gave my husband my thoughts on this book, here was his reply.. "Sounds like it was written by a lonely, bitter woman who envies women who have what she doesn't. So she puts it down to make herself feel better." Maybe???
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2014, 7:56:35 AM PST
Book Person says:
"Kids need to be raised by their parents, not by nannies and daycares."
F.Y.I.-
Most mothers nowadays have no choice in the matter. Most are not wealthy enough to just quit working, like you did. Since our country offers only 3 months maternity leave, people simply have to work. If your point is that these particular characters had the money to quit their careers, then stick to analyzing the book's characters and lay off the generalized statements.
By the way- I doubt Candace Bushnell is a lonely bitter woman who envies you. I suspect she's doing just fine. I suspect you're projecting.
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