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review 2016-08-27 15:57
Lipstick Jungle - Candace Bushnell

I watched the TV show and I loved it and I thought It would be interesting to read the book too but even though there is a little bit of differences between the book and the show it was still so boring and I didn't enjoy reading it at all.

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review 2016-02-08 05:16
Good Story
Killing Monica - Candace Bushnell

Pandy is a famous writer . She wrote about a young woman going to Manhattan . Her books were very popular and made into movies . The woman’s name in the books is Monica . Pandy wants to try something different . But everyone wants her to stay writing Nonica novels, even her husband instead of giving his support .

This was a good story . Funny in a lot of places . But it did irritate me that her husband did not stand behind Pandy in wanting to go in a different direction . But that is just how I feel . Anyway story , plot , and characters were good . I recommend .

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review .

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review 2015-11-15 15:59
Summer in the City/Candace Bushnell
Summer and the City - Candace Bushnell

Summer and the City brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow"—as Samantha Jones dubs her—to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City's most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

 

This was a fun and bubbly read about Carrie discovering NYC.

 

I really loved that this was set in the 80s. Reading this was different than reading about other stories about girls trying to make it in the city because it lacked the technology that so often colours it all. Getting the little cultural tidbits was just so much fun, from the very beginning.

 

Seeing Carrie struggle through her writing process felt very real, and at the same time her confidence was highly entertaining to see. She knows that she can be a brilliant writer and isn't afraid to brag about it, but she has several pegs knocked down over the course of the book.

 

I loved the relationship she gets involved in. Or rather, I hated it, but I loved hating it and seeing how it developed and how Carrie and her friends viewed it was so much fun to read.

 

This could definitely be classified as new adult, but lacks the tropes NA is usually guilty of, and I highly recommend it for all older fans of YA.

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review 2015-11-15 15:54
The Carrie Diaries/Candace Bushnell
The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell

The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She's ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend's betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

 

This book was perfect for those who love books set in high school and books with very strong characters.

 

Carrie's experience writing for the school newspaper was quite amusing. I loved that the teacher thought she was going to be just another senior needing something on their college applications,

 

The eighties setting was a lot of fun. Their college application process was so different and I was highly entertained by the way Carrie ended up spending a lot of time waiting by the landline for boys to call.

 

I'd read this before but could barely remember it; as such, it was a lot of fun to read again. Definitely recommend for lovers of chick fic.

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review 2015-11-15 15:50
Killing Monica/Candace Bushnell
Killing Monica - Candace Bushnell

Pandy "PJ" Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt something different: a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy's publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica—as does her greedy husband, Jonny, who's gone deeply in debt to finance his new restaurant in Las Vegas.
When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself. But to do so, she will have to reconcile with her ex-best friend and former partner in crime, SondraBeth Schnowzer, who plays Monica on the big screen—and who may have her own reasons to derail Pandy's startling change of plan.
In KILLING MONICA, Candace Bushnell spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and the meaning of identity. With her trademark humor and style, this is Bushnell's sharpest, funniest book to date.

 

This was much more complex than I was expecting it to be, but not in a bad way.

This features the New York City life that Bushnell's fantastic at writing but in a new perspective, with more of a mystery set on top,

 

The timing of this book was a little confusing, starting in the present, then going to the past, catching up, and continuing from there, but it worked to get me hooked into the book and even more curious as to what would happen once we did catch up.

 

The ending, however. Oh dear. The ending. I think the ending ultimately detracted from the book because it was a little too ambiguous so though I'm pretty sure I know what happened, I'm not entirely sure. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting, though it was definitely something I hope will pop up in more books. (Though perhaps not in such a sudden form.)

 

This raised some interesting questions about who a character really belongs to and the role that the public has in its formation, and I loved the behind the scenes literary perspective that came along with it.

 

This isn't Bushnell's best work, but it was definitely worth the read and the chaos added to the chick flick feel of this book.

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