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The Botox Diaries [Hardcover]

Janice Kaplan , Lynn Schnurnberger
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June 1 2004
In a world where plastic surgery is as popular as a pair of sexy Manolo Blahniks, suburban single mom Jessica Taylor is trying to make it past forty with nothing more than moisturizer and a swipe of mascara. Her glamorous best friend, TV producer Lucy Baldor, has a different idea of aging gracefully. “My body is a temple,” Lucy explains. “I just don’t want it to crumble like St. John the Divine.”
Jess and Lucy’s friendship has weathered the trials of marriage, the births of children, and the transition from itty-bitty bikinis to “Kindest Cut” one-piece suits. Now the women are discovering that midlife crises aren’t just for men—they’re equal-opportunity dilemmas.
To Jess’s dismay, Lucy announces that she’s taken a lover. A very famous lover. Her husband, Dan, is bound to find out (especially after a picture of the amorous duo appears on Page Six of the New York Post), but Lucy’s too wrapped up in the joys of expensive lingerie and romantic retreats to care. Jess finds herself in the midst of her own romantic predicament when, after ten years of silence, her sexy French ex-husband, Jacques, ends up back in her life—and in her bed.

Whether navigating bake sales, bicoastal affairs, or bagels-and-Botox parties, these wise and witty women know that their friendship will remain the one true thing they can count on. Well, that and a good push-up bra, of course. And their bond withstands everything—from an orgy in Willie Nelson’s trailer to a reality TV-show bachelor named Boulder.
Funny, brazen, and often poignant, this irresistible novel offers an unexpected and entertaining look at two women’s midlife adventures. From Thai massage to tantric sex, who would have thought forty could be so much fun?

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Moneyed suburban moms are the belles of this midlife romantic comedy. Divorced Jess Taylor saw the back side of 40 a few years ago, but doesn't much care. She's got her bubbly 10-year-old daughter, Jen, a house in New York City suburb Pine Hills and a fulfilling job at the Arts Council for Kids. She's also got a similarly equipped best friend—except Lucy has a glamorous TV producer gig, loving husband Dan, and now, suddenly, a famous TV show host lover. Jess is appalled, but secretly she wonders if she's not missing out. Enter Jacques, long-ago ex-husband, who's just as unsuitable—and sexy—as ever. Sprightly Jen is determined to get her mom hitched, up to and including booking her on a reality dating show. Meanwhile, Jess has to get New York City's wealthy and aptly named Alpha Moms together to cast their children alongside project kids in a small-scale benefit production of My Fair Lady, which somehow ends up taking place at Lincoln Center. This amiable, good-natured comedy will put the reader in mind of her favorite flannel pajamas—not sexy, exactly, but comfortable and fun.
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Best friends Jess and Lucy have seen each other through everything: Jess' divorce from her sexy French husband and the adoption of her daughter, Jen; Lucy's marriage to the perfect suburban father, Dan, and her tenacious clawing to the top of the television show production heap. Now they face their forties and must get through what appears to be a second childhood. Glamorous and flighty Lucy is having a hot affair with one of Hollywood's most beloved stars, dependable Dan is nursing a crush on his wife's best friend, and suburban single-mom Jess is herding a flock of bored young Park Avenue mothers determined to stage a charity production featuring ghetto kids and their own offspring. Only the strength of the women's friendship can get them through an hour of Thai massage, an orgy in Willie Nelson's trailer, and snobby PTA meetings. With snappy dialogue, hilarious and lovable characters, and enough tension to keep the pages turning, this first-time collaboration will be a great beach read. Kaite Mediatore
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3.0 out of 5 stars Injecting diaries Dec 1 2004
It's no secret that most chick-lit books are for the twentysomething crowd -- a few are for thirtysomethings. But Janice Kaplan and Lynn Schnurnberger aim a bit higher in "The Botox Diaries," an entertaining but flawed look at the lives of New York's fortysomething mothers and wives.

Single mom Jessica Taylor is trying to keep up with the deranged supermoms, while her flighty producer pal Lucy fixes her up on disastrous dates with horny plastic surgeons. And then Jessica realizes that Lucy is cheating on her lovable husband Dan, with a boorish TV host. Now Jessica is stuck between her two friends, as Lucy takes resort trips and tantric sex lessons with her new lover. What makes it even worse is that Lucy's "what he doesn't know won't hurt him" attitude is exactly like that of Jessica's ex-husband, Jacques.

Coincidentally, Jacques then reappears in Jessica's life, and seems to be trying to win her back. She allows herself to be swept along, but wonders what it is really up -- and if Jacques can learn to be faithful. Between reluctantly dating a gay surfer and attending a Botox party, Jessica struggles to fix both her own life and Lucy's disintegrating marriage.

Few books take a look at the female midlife crisis -- let's face it, women can panic as easily as men about turning forty. Even so, it's a bit hard not to cringe as Lucy blithely cheats on her husband, assuming that her side nookie won't be uncovered. At one point, the wit falls away in favor of drama, when it looks like Lucy's marriage is over forever.

But the book is about more than just midlife crises -- Kaplan and Schnurnberger also look at experienced romance, aging (and Botox), motherhood, and the pressure to keep up with deranged supermoms.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Letdown July 19 2004
Not that I was expecting "the next biggest thing" but I had hoped for a fun, light summer read. What I got what a dull book that I had to force myself to finish. Every now and then I like reading a "beach read".. something that's fun and flirty like The Devil Wears Prada or anything by Sophie Kinsella. This book is terrible. It drags on and I really didn't find there to be too much of an story to it. Pass on this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Botox Diaries July 11 2004
It's a cute story ... it just felt like the authors were trying TOO hard to be funny. Nice summer reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the laugh lines June 27 2004
The Botox Diaries is a romp through midlife. Jessica Taylor is a single mother on the fringe of the "beautiful people". Jess's best friend Lucy Baldor, is a TV producer and Jess's work with the Art Council for Kids has her rubbing shoulders with the city's elite. Of course she also has her 11 year old daughter,Lily to keep up with. Lilly has decided her mom needs to marry again,and has taken steps to bring that man right to her doorstep. Jess might have been more aware of Lily's plotting except Lucy has announced she has taken a lover,Hunter Green, the game show host. Jess cannot believe that her best
friend is willing to risk her marriage to Dan, the too good to be true husband and father. Lucy seems oblivious to the risk, diving headfirst into tantricsex, botox and unbelievable lingerie. Jess can only watch and hope the resulting disaster doesn't destroy their friendship. Oh, her former husband, Jacques is pleading with her to join him in Dubai. Will Jess
find true love, or even, just a nonscarring date? Will she be able to talk Lucy into recognizing the treasure of a husband she has at home? What about the impending visit from Cosmo's hunk of the month? And the Arts Council is about to present My Fair Lady on Broadway with a grade school age cast. This is a delightful romp through the perils of the over 40's crowd. You'll either laugh or wince, but you'll never be bored. A great summer read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer read June 21 2004
Just finished The Botox Diaries! It was one of those books that I couldn't put down. Thank you for delivering a light, humorous read for the start of my summer!
The Botox Diaries was perfect for a mom on the move like me (and Jess and Lucy!). I could read a chapter, change the baby, read some more while he played in the sandbox,...pick up the mess, grab the girls from school, a little as I prepared dinner...bathe the kids, and then relax while reading in bed. I loved the characters and the humor. I found myself chuckling out loud and getting looks from my husband!
As I approach forty, and I look at the wrinkles forming around my eyes and my hands aging, I can't help wondering if I'd ever do botox! I think not. Like Jess, I'm a bit more "au naturelle".
Bravo to the authors! I'm passing the book along to my girlfriend, and telling all about it. I might even get my (60+)Mom to read it! This is a great beach or vacation book. I was very entertained!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wrinkle-Free and Thoroughly Enjoyable June 20 2004
With the current flood of Chick Lit books filling the bookstores today, THE BOTOX DIARIES has found a way of riding in on the wave and yet setting itself apart from the pack. Instead of dealing with the sometimes cliché obstacles of being a 20-something woman living in the city, searching for love and a career, we have two 40-something women searching for meaning in their lives while battling the issue of age.
Fans of Chick Lit novels can see what happens ten years later, when the character has become more established in her career and now has a husband, a child, or is divorced. Jessica Taylor, the central character in THE BOTOX DIARIES, has had all three. Jessica has been divorced for more than ten years from an extremely exotic French man who has recently resurfaced in her life. She is also the adoptive mother of a wonderfully precocious daughter, Jen, who is working as a matchmaker for her single mother. Through it all she has the eccentric and carefree best friend, Lucy Balder. Lucy has the perfect husband, the perfect children, the perfect career and the perfect lover.
Jessica and Lucy are polar opposites, and that may be why they work so well as friends. While Jessica is a Target-shopping, Dove soap-using PTA mom, Lucy is the jet-setting TV producer with a standing appointment at her dermatologist for frequent Botox injections. Together they commiserate about the issues of aging, being a good parent, and finding time for passion in their lives. Lucy seems to have found passion, but not with her perfect husband. Instead she is cavorting with a hunky and charismatic television game show host, Hunter Green. Jessica is appalled by her friend's actions and is sympathetic towards the trusting and loving husband.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun and insightful
Delightful! Rare that you can find a novel that makes you laugh out loud-but that also has intelligence and wisdom behind it. Read more
Published on June 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite This Summer!!
Everything about this book is terrific--it's funny and fast and filled with loveable characters. I laughed out loud and was also moved by the very real emotions and situations. Read more
Published on June 15 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I read the same book as other reviewers?
O.K., so maybe I didn't finish the book, but I really tried. I wanted to like it because I spent my hard-earned money on it and it seemed right up my shallow-book-reading alley. Read more
Published on June 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beach Book Of The Summer
The Botox Diaries is a fabulous book about two women in their forties, Jess and Lucy, which is breezy, fun and more. Read more
Published on June 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Chick Lit
The Botox Diaries is a cut above even the best chick lit.
When I think of chick lit I think of improbable people in improbable situations. Read more
Published on June 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Put it Down!!
I picked up a copy of "The Botox Diaries" and read it practically straight through, it is that funny! Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Dr. BJK
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Anytime Read!
Definitely take this book with you to the beach this summer or wherever you may be, because its one of those books you cannot put down.
Funny, delightful, romantic... Read more
Published on June 3 2004
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