Monday, November 03, 2008

Product Review - One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell

One Fifth Avenue

This is middle-aged Sex in the City without the hot sexy, interesting people.

There is a bevy of writers, actors and old socialites living at One Fifth Avenue. When an old socialite dies, everyone wants her apartment, and why not, it is one of the most luxurious apartments in Manhattan.

If you are a fan of Candace Bushnell and her writing style you will not be disappointed. All the characters are under 1 swanky roof in the heart of Manhattan.

This is middle-aged Sex in the City. There is a bevy of writers, actors and old socialites living at One Fifth Avenue. Sex and the City dealt with Manolo Blahnik's, while this book deals with real estate.

I wasn’t interested in many of the characters and there were tons of them, too many to keep track of in the beginning. I had to keep going back to see who I was reading about until I learned all their names. I couldn’t wait to read about the character, writer Philip Oakland and the 20ish year old Lola. I found myself bored until their storylines. I found the characters very shallow, boring, materialistic and without morals but then again I am not a socialite from a big city. This is everyday life for some high society folks.

There is your fair share of cat fights, old money, new money, gold digging, bloggers (love that), bullies, and such. Hey, this is about Manhattan, what do you expect? If you liked Lipstick Jungle, you will love this book. There are tons of NYC references to keep the reader interested.

My only suggestion is to have a note book handy to keep track of all the names.

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