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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press; Reprint edition (May 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743290127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743290128
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #399,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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 By reader abroad on 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 By C. Watson on 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 By J. Gallant on 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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By J. Scully TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10 2010
Format: Paperback
Chasing Harry Winston focuses on a year in the life of Leigh, Emmy and Adrianna, three best friends living in New York and nearing their 30th birthdays. When faced with some serious disappointments in their lives, the ladies decide it's time for a major change. The ladies vow to undergo this challenge together, making a pact to each change one major thing in their own lives, while helping to keep each other on track.

The dialogue in the many conversations between the girls felt natural and there were a few chuckles along the way, but the characters were extremely stereotypical. There's the beautiful trust-funded socialite, the serious workaholic, and the timid mouse; and each of them has exactly the type of relationship you'd expect (torrid affairs, solid and stable, and the doormat). The story moves back and forth between each of the three girls lives and I found this made it feel a bit jumpy at times. It was also very predictable and took a frustratingly long time to get to exactly where you knew it was going. Then the story ends rather abruptly without really showing us the better lives the girls had built for themselves.

As you may have guessed, I didn't exactly love Chasing Harry Winston. I almost didn't finish this one, but I thought there would be some payoff at the end. There really wasn't enough of one to warrant recommending this.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 10 2009
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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