Friday, October 8, 2010
Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
Chasing Harry Winston is best-selling chick-lit author Lauren Weisberger's third novel and tells the story of three women on the brink of turning thirty who make a pact to change their lives for the better.
Although these women are successful, rich and beautiful, for some reason they feel the need to experience some life-changing, epiphanal (I know that's not a word, but I like the sound of it) moments while in the midst of their apparent pathetic and lowest moments.
We have Adriana -- a Brazilian goddess and debutante who is so inhumanly beautiful she can get any man she wants, Emmy -- a successful chef who gets dumped by her boyfriend for a younger cheerleader-type, and Leigh -- a publisher and editor with the perfect fiance but instead pines for her new client, a handsome best-selling author.
Adriana tries to focus on settling down with one man as opposed to several being the whore she is, while Emmy trades in her innocent, virginal persona for a slutty one after being dumped by her boyfriend and begins to sleep with every man in sight. Leigh faces her immediate future as she deals with preparing for a marriage to the man she doesn't truly love.
Of all three women, Leigh is the person I relate to the most because her story is the most realistic. The characters Adriana and Emmy are so comically written; not in a funny way, but in a ridiculous, fake, far-fetched fictional way. Yes, yes, I know Chasing Harry Winston is a work of fiction, but the characters were too silly to truly enjoy reading about.
Usually chick-lit novels are so incredibly fun that I fly through them, but this particular novel took me two weeks to drudge through! I seemed irritated with it each time I picked it up -- not good any time you read a book. However, my dedication and satisfaction with The Devil Wears Prada (2003) and Everyone Worth Knowing (2005) kept me going on to the end.
1) Adriana's flirting tips
2) Leigh's thoughts on being repulsed by her boyfriend
3) Chemistry between Jesse Chapman and Leigh
1) Reading about Emmy
2) Reading about Emmy's obsession with her ex-boyfriend
3) Reading about Emmy's slutty adventures
4) Seeing the word "querida" in all of Adriana's sentences
Not every book by an amazing author can always be perfect, so I forgive Lauren Weisberger for Chasing Harry Winston. I've already got Last Night at Chateau Marmont (2010) on my wish list.
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