Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger was the perfect escape read for me since I was feeling stressed about a lot of things in real life. This one was light and funny, even though the situations were ridiculous and I really did not like the characters.
**I'm very confused because I was looking at the synopsis for this on BN.com. The names of the girls are different and the storyline is almost exact but still just a little different. Like maybe that was the original one she submitted prior to actually writing the book or something?? I don't know, but in this case, don't pay attention to that one.**
This book is about 3 girls living in New York City who are about to turn 30. Emmy is the girl who wants to marry and have children but is in a serious relationship that is going south. Leigh, who appeared to be the main character, or the "Carrie" if this were Sex and the City, is living the perfect life working for a publisher as a book editor. She has the perfect celebrity boyfriend that everyone else wants (but does she?) And Adriana is the Brazilian, slight accented, wild party girl who loves sleeping around. They all realize one day that their current situations aren't working and they need to change it up since they're officially going to be old soon. Adriana makes a deal to find ONE guy and settle down with him, while Emmy decides to take on "Tour de Whore" and sleep with a guy from every continent. Leigh doesn't really make a deal but just tries to find herself and what she really wants.
This book got a lot of bad reviews. Many of the complaints were about the characters and the lack of plot. Let me comment on that. The characters... I did not like them. I didn't read any of those reviews until I was done reading this. But during the reading I thought to myself that I really did not like specific characters in this book. Some of the men that the reader was supposed to swoon over I really despised. And Adriana drove me crazy. She was so ridiculous about sleeping with so many men and just her attitude about everything. And the fact she didn't work. I think she was maybe supposed to be endearing, but she really irritated me. And the lack of moral thing doesn't bother me... this is just a book. I thought the whole "tour de whore" thing was hilarious, but still just something about Adriana's attitude bothered me. Then the problem with Emmy and Leigh was that I couldn't really tell them apart. It must be a very difficult balance to create differences with your characters and still not make them too stereotypical or caricature-like, but in this case I had trouble separating the two characters. As for the lack of plot, it was fairly stale. There wasn't a twist or any major climax. It just was.
What was good about this read was that it was a fast read. It was fun reading about 3 late 20-something women living in New York. I adore New York and the thought of living there, so that is what I enjoyed about this book. Like I said earlier, it was a nice escape.
Apparently they're making this into a movie too. I'll admit I'm curious to see what they change in the movie adaptation. This might be one case in which the movie is better than the book (which by the way I'm going to post about again because I've had a lot of new thoughts aobut that since my last post). But anyway, that's that. If you like reading about single girls in New York and their relationship woes and need a light escape, this may be for you. Otherwise, maybe not.