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Chasing Harry Winston: A Novel [Paperback]

Lauren Weisberger
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May 5 2009

Now in paperback—from the bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing—a "glitzy Manhattan romp" (People) about a trio of best friends who vow to dramatically change their entire lives within one calendar year.

Meet Emmy, Leigh, and Adriana. Best friends since college, each has seen her share of career foils and romantic foibles over the past decade. Now, as they approach thirty, they’re looking toward their future...but despite all the success and luxuries they’ve attained—they’re not quite sure they like what they see.

When they are each alone for one reason or another on Valentine’s Day, the trio makes a pact. Within one year, each woman will change the thing that most challenges her. For Emmy, whose boyfriend of five years just left her for a personal trainer, it will be to find romance—or a fling—in every foreign country she visits. For Leigh, a book editor with a dream boyfriend and dream apartment, no change seems necessary—until she starts to notice a brilliant and brooding man named Jesse. And for commitment-phobic, drop-dead-gorgeous Adriana, her goal is to have an engagement ring and a house in Scarsdale. Each woman starts the first day of the year with the best of intentions—which is exactly why the pact goes immediately, and exceptionally, awry.

Filled with delicious insider details, Chasing Harry Winston whisks readers into the heart of an elite world, where friendships will be tested to the point of breaking, and showcases Weisberger’s best storytelling efforts to date.


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PRAISE FOR THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (HB): 'This little gem mixes Sex and the City charm with dry New York wit.' REAL 'Sassy, insightful and sooo Sex and The City, you'll be rushing to the bookshop for your copy like it's a half price Prada sale.' COMPANY 'The most fun we've had in ages.' HEAT 'Delicious...a great insight into the world of magazines and fashion.' RED

About the Author

Lauren Weisberger’s first novel, The Devil Wears Prada, spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. The film version, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, won a Golden Globe Award and grossed more than $300 million worldwide. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was also a New York Times bestseller.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this....but just couldn't! June 8 2008
Format:Hardcover
I am an avid reader, but I have never felt the need to post a review until I read this book. I am currently living abroad, and with a long journey ahead of me a few days ago, I was delighted to come accross this book in the very limited English language book section of my local train station. Having enjoyed Lauren Weisberger's last 2 books, I was certain my train trip would fly by...I couldn't have been more wrong. This book was so disappointing! I am no expert, but considering the fact that she has already published 2 bestselling books, I would have expected Ms. Weisberger to have the ability to draw me in to her writing, characters, and storyline much better than she did. The book just did not flow! Frequently I had to keep turning back a page to make sure that I hadn't accidently skipped a page or missed a paragraph. It felt as if scenes were just thrown in because the author or someone she knows had once experienced them and she felt they would be funny to recreate. However, they seemed to just abruptly end without advancing or supporting the plot leaving me rather confused (i.e. the trip to Curaco/Bonaire the main characters embark on). I could never really sympathize or relate to the characters even though we are in the same stage of life, and I felt there was nothing to really motivate them through their journey. I was simply left with a ''who cares'' kind of feeling. Although I did finish the book, it was simply because I was hoping that it would get better, and the other alternative involved staring out the train window for 5 hours. Although this review probably won't discourage diehard fans of 'The Devil Wears Prada'' or ''Everyone Worth Knowing'', I really hope that Lauren Weisberger's next offering is a step up from this one. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brutally bad July 10 2008
Format:Hardcover
Others have outlined the plot, so I just have to add my agreement that it was weak, the characters two-dimensional and not really likeable, and the editing was pretty brutal. I'm glad I got it from the library. For good chick lit, check out Marian Keyes, Emily Giffin, some of Wendy Holden's, Sheila O'Flanagan, and of course Sophie Kinsella.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I kept waiting ..... June 20 2008
Format:Hardcover
I really wanted to enjoy this novel. No matter how far I read, it just never got off the ground. The story lines were weak as were the characters. There was no depth to this novel in any form. A good beach read....maybe. I could not reccommend this novel to others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Real Hoot Sept. 10 2009
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Anyone that reads chick-lit, Lauren Weisberger has to be on top of your list. She definitely shows a real talent in captivating her audience by drawing original and interesting sagas in the lives of her female characters.

This latest is centered on Leigh, Emma and Adriana, three single women in their late 20's living in Manhattan. The novel focuses on each individual as the girls self analyze themselves expressing their need for constant validation for their good looks and sex appeal. They are determined to catch eligible prospects at any cost. No holds barred.

This novel can't be taken too seriously; I found it to be a hoot at times, terribly funny. The characters are depicted in a very narcissistic way, superficial and immature, highlighting the worst of the female stereotypical characteristic in each of them.
The feminists may feel offended by some of the ways the women are perceived. I found their adventures hilarious.

This is a fast, an easy read, a real soap opera script one that may tickle your fancy...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FUN AND FUMBLES IN THE SEARCH FOR TRUE LOVE June 3 2008
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Chick lit fans probably know all the anticipated plots; they may have seen them all and read them all. But, they definitely haven't heard them all until they give a listen to Lily Rabe's delicious reading of Chasing Harry Winston by The Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger.

A seasoned stage, televison and film actress Rabe gives added verve to this story of three glam New Yorkers approaching thirty and none too happy about it. Accomplished actress that she is Rabe easily shifts from voicing Emmy to Leigh to Adriana. Each of our heroines has distinctly different personalities, which are revealed by this actress's subtle switches in modulation and tone.

Despite dissimilarities in character this trio of women have remained steadfast friends since college days. But now as the inevitable 30 looms each decides it is time for a dramatic change and is determined to see it through.

Amiable and amenable Emmy is the culinary artist of the group. She'd make a perfect wife and mom but despite these obvious qualifications she has been dropped by Duncan whom she envisioned meeting at the altar. So, Emmy decides since faithfulness hadn't gotten her anywhere she'd play the field - a large field and have sex with a number of men until she finds the perfect one.

Leigh is the bookish type, a book editor who likes what she does and loves the man of her dreams, sportscaster Russell. However, when Leigh is assigned to edit the latest by the very attractive young married Jesse Chapman she finds that more than punctuation is involved.

Adriana is the predictable bombshell, daughter of wealthy Brazilian parents. She's been more than out and about, and thinks that perhaps the perfect man for her is a famous movie director.
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