Release Date: September 1997
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Author Website: http://www.candacebushnell.com
Format Read: Paperback
Rating: One flower of love-did not finish this one
In this chronicle of the mating habits of New York's cultural elite, Bushnell infiltrates celebrity affairs, sex clubs, and posh suburbs to introduce us to "bicycle boys," "modelizers," and "toxic bachelors" — powerful and successful men who bed single and married women as if it were a contest. Often funny and occasionally bleak, this is an inside account of the quintessential '90s romance and the never-ending search for the perfect marriage partner in high society.
This was the first book that I’ve read by Candace Bushnell and I did not love it. I can’t say that the book was a total waste of time because some parts were funny and it included some very interesting opinions on sex and relationships.
Although the story started out promising, somewhere along the way, I got lost in the randomness and just lost interest. Thus the one flower rating.
I had all intentions of getting into the original story without comparing it to the show, but it just didn’t happen. I guess I just kept looking for Carrie’s point of view and all the craziness of her three besties. I was not prepared for the “real” Carrie, who turned out to be very forgettable because she was a drunken hot mess. Big was not all that grand either so there was no epic love to get engrossed in. The other characters were just as forgettable because they changed every other paragraph. I tried my best to latch onto a character or two, but it just didn’t work for me.
Overall, it wasn’t that bad. Like I said, I loved the in your face dialogue from the characters, but in the end, it just wasn’t enough. Perhaps if I had read the book before seeing the show, my review would have been more favorable. Despite my less than fabulous review, I still have a few of the author’s books on my TBR and can’t wait to read them.
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