- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (April 20 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554681235
- ISBN-13: 978-1554681235
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Customer Reviews: 37 customer ratings
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- #80728 in Literary Fiction (Books)
J'adore New York Paperback – April 20 2010
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About the Author
ISABELLE LAFLÈCHE worked for more than ten years as a corporate attorney in New York City, Montreal and Toronto. She now writes on culture, books and fashion for the Quebec fashion magazine Clin d’oeil. J’adore Paris is the sequel to her bestselling debut novel, J’adore New York. She lives in Montreal.
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The short scenes made this novel fly and I felt gave it an authentic feel of the fast paced life of a lawyer. I loved that this story focused on Catherine's work instead of her searching for love and fashion, although the both were still prominent in the novel. I found the twist on moving to a new city as a career move refreshing and loved that the heroine was French which was also a nice change of pace.
I loved Catherine, and although couldn't completely relate to her, I could understand her motivations and confusion surrounding her new life and desire to remain true to herself throughout the turmoil. I adored her assistant, Rikash, who brought a flamboyant and humourous element to this novel and laughed at every scene he was in. I felt all the characters were well drawn and couldn't wait to see how Catherine's trials and tribulations at the office would turn out.
This novel didn't go overboard on detail to the point that I got bogged down and bored. It was just the opposite and LaFleche's ability to make legalese readable with technical terms turned into easy to understand English made this novel much more interesting to read.
I found J'adore New York a highly entertaining debut and can't wait to see what Isabelle Lafleche has in store for us next!
What Catherine is not counting on is the fact that New York will be far more challenging that she initially anticipated. Catherine is under constant pressure to meet her billable hours quota, and her bosses aren't afraid to put more work on her desk. She thinks that she may be developing a friendship with someone in the office, but then she finds out that he is transferring to the Paris office. A client crosses a line with her and yet she is blamed for the fact that he can't keep her hands to himself. Catherine is just about ready to give up when she meets Jeffrey Richardson, a handsome and powerful client who is smitten with her. Suddenly her visions of what New York would be like are coming true: candlelit dinners and weekends away with a sexy man. But things seem a little too good to be true, and they are. Jeffrey makes a request of Catherine that complying with would go against every ethical fibre in her being, and she must decide how badly she wants to succeed in New York.
"J'adore New York" is the debut novel from Isabelle Lafleche, and I look forward to reading more from her. The story flowed, and she kept it interesting even when explaining technical laws. It probably helped that Lafleche was a lawyer in Quebec and she used her prior experience to explain the trickier terms to those of us knowing little about the law. Despite its length of 390 pages, there's lots going on and before I realized it, I was at the end.
I loved Catherine, the main character. She brings to New York her optimism and enthusiasm, and even when New York shows its true colours, Catherine tries to hold on these qualities in herself. She spends some time soul-searching, to discover what it is that she really stands for, and those parts of the book quickly became my favourites. The underlying message was that our future is not set in stone, but is rather a result of the choices that we make. Another stand-out character was the flamboyant and funny Rikash, Catherine's secretary in New York. Although he is a secondary character, he manages to keep things light, and I enjoyed the scenes he appeared in.
"J'adore New York" takes a serious topic- shady deals and corporate corruption- and manages to make it both fresh and fun. The result is the perfect beach read- light and easy to read, yet containing enough substance to make things interesting. It provides an insiders look into what really happens inside the walls of a prestigious law firm.
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The story is about Catherine, a young professional French lawyer with a natural flair for fashion who moves from Paris to the New York devision of her firm to persue partnership.
The book for me had all the perfect elements of chick-lit, including love, romance, betrayal, fun and fashion. I really liked the strong charaters in the book and had a really good picture of them all in my head which helped the story come alive.
The elements that made the book stand out for me were the fact that the heroine was an intelligent professional, and as a career woman myself, I enjoyed following her day to day working pattern and the stresses she had to deal with. I also instantly fell in love with her assistant Rikash who is a fabulous character. Catherine had class and dealt with her situations in a realistic and sensible way which really made me root for her - often when reading chick-lit the scenarios can become unrealistic or ridiculous but this was certainly not the case with J'adore New York.
This book was a real page turner and I would recommend it to young professional women with a love of fashion.
I have no objection to this plot, hackneyed though it is -- but the writing is so dull, the characters so lifeless and the constant harping on consumer products so dreary that this book is best avoided. There are lots of similar, brighter versions of the same story out there.