Trading Up (Abridged)
With a brilliant comic voice as well as Jane Austen's penchant for social satire, Candace Bushnell, who with Sex and the City changed forever how we view New York City, female friendships, and the love of a good pair of Manolos, now brings us a sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining latter day comedy of manners.
Modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox is a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp, and whose new-found success has gone to her head. As we follow Janey's adventures, Bushnell draws us into a seemingly glamorous world of $100,000 cars, hunky polo players and media moguls, Fifth Avenue apartments, and relationships whose hidden agendas are detectable only by the socially astute.
But just as Janey enters this world of too much money and too few morals, unseen forces conspire to bring her down, forcing her to reexamine her values about love and friendship--and how far she's really willing to go to realize her dreams.
Entertaining? Yes! Uplifting? No!
Candace Bushnell will keep you hooked with this read and you will fall into the messed up world she creates, but you never sympathise with the characters. Everyone in the book (exept for maybe one character) has major character flaws. If you're looking for an uplifting modern fairly tale...keep looking! In short, cynical yet entertaining.
This book is a little more cynical than I was expecting. It is my first Candace Bushnell book. I liked it in the way that it kept my interest. But, the main character is so calculating and messed up, you almost get disgusted with her. I don't know if that was Bushnell's intent. It is a interesting look into the social games that I hope I never play.
Mira Sorvino has the most amazing soothing voice. I loved the book. Its a different perspective when you don't know to love or hate the main character