Chasing Harry Winston

Sunday, March 28, 2010

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 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.


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I think in order to make a movie all you need is a plot like a few single girls in New York and it can come out fun.
You should try Prospect Park West. That was a good new york fun silly read, with more moms but still fiesty women.!

Jenny said...

LOL, Michelle, that's very true!
Thanks for the recommendation.. I'll check that one out!

Juju at Tales of said...

Thanks for the honest review. I look forward to what they do with it with the film.

Missy B. said...

I love books that take place in NYC too! :) Thanks for visiting my blog.....have a great week!

Jenn-ay said...

I wanted to read this book, but I'm in no hurry to read it. Maybe if I have spare time (or when I visit my sister because her mother-in-law has it). I didn't know they were making this into a movie, but I'm sure the movie will be more fun to watch.

Great review & thanks for the honesty : )

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Jenny, I had similar reactions when I read this one, and I think I only gave it three stars. But I also added that it was a fun, light read.

It will be interesting to see what the movie is like.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Okay, I had to come back and comment again...earlier, I was thinking about it, but I wasn't sure...this is the author who wrote The Devil Wears Prada!

So I'm thinking the movie could be a lot of fun.

Connie said...

I'm halfway through this right now. I keep it on my shelf for when I need to read something absolutely mindless--but never stupid.

Great review!

Nikola said...

I wasn't really impressed with The Devil Wears Prada but this looks better.

Zibilee said...

I am a bit torn about this book. On the one hand, it sounds like a light and frothy read, but on the other, I usually have to like some of my characters in order for me to have a good time. I will be thinking about this book and keeping your review in mind. Thanks for your honesty on this book, I really appreciate it!

Jenny said...

Juju -- yeah I think I'll actually like the movie.

Missy -- do you love the city too? I've only been there once but I LOVED it!

Jenn-ay -- I think the movie will probably be good!

Laurel -- I was thinking it would be good too b/c some people didn't like the Devil Wears Prada book either but most people I know liked the movie.

Connie -- haha, yeah, sometimes it's nice to read something lighter!

Nikola -- I actually didn't read that book! So I can't compare the two.

Zibilee -- I know what you mean. I didn't want to dislike Adriana, but she just really bothered me, haha.

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