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The bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing returns with the story of three best friends who vow to change their entire lives...and change them fast.

Emmy is newly single, and not by choice. She was this close to the ring and the baby she's wanted her whole life when her boyfriend left her for his twenty-three-year-old personal trainer — whose fees are paid by Emmy. With her plans for the perfect white wedding in the trash, Emmy is now ordering takeout for one. Her friends insist an around-the-world sex-fueled adventure will solve all her problems — could they be right?

Leigh, a young star in the publishing business, is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy. And to top it all off, she has just purchased her dream apartment. Only when Leigh begins to edit the enfant terrible of the literary world, the brilliant and brooding Jesse Chapman, does she start to notice some cracks in her perfect life...

Adriana is the drop-dead-gorgeous daughter of a famous supermodel. She possesses the kind of feminine wiles made only in Brazil, and she never hesitates to use them. But she's about to turn thirty and — as her mother keeps reminding her — she won't have her pick of the men forever. Everyone knows beauty is ephemeral and there's always someone younger and prettier right around the corner. Suddenly she's wondering...does Mother know best?

These three very different girls have been best friends for a decade in the greatest city on earth. As they near thirty, they're looking toward their future...but despite all they've earned — first-class travel, career promotions, invites to all the right parties, and luxuries small and large — they're not quite sure they like what they see...

One Saturday night at the Waverly Inn, Adriana and Emmy make a pact: within a single year, each will drastically change her life. Leigh watches from the sidelines, not making any promises, but she'll soon discover she has the most to lose. Their friendship is forever, but everything else is on the table. Three best friends. Two resolutions. One year to pull it off.

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"Weisberger's third effort, with the requisite girls' nights out and disappointing men, has some well-observed passages — and Adriana is a hoot — but it's nothing we haven't seen before, many times." Kirkus Reviews

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"While this book lacks the outsider-looking-in social critique that made Weisberger's best-selling The Devil Wears Prada so entertaining, don't underestimate the number of readers who enjoy following characters willing to spend $8000 on a 'makeover' for a parrot." Library Journal

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"Weisberger has a genial writing style and wonderfully captures the unconditional friendship between the women." Chicago Sun-Times

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The bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing is back with a delicious new novel about a trio of best girlfriends in Manhattan who make a dramatic pact to change each woman's life in one year.

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Lauren Weisberger is the author of The Devil Wears Prada, which 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 over $300 million worldwide. Her second novel, Everyone Worth Knowing, was also a New York Times bestseller. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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titianlibrarian, October 23, 2008 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
You'd think that after a smart novel like The Devil Wears Prada, one that made millions of dollars for everyone involved, the publishers would vigilantly edit whatever Weisberger came out with next. I can only imagine that either her publishers lazily retreated and let her reputation sell the book, or that her ego stood in the way of the editing process. Either way, somebody dropped the ball.

Weisberger's tale involves three women seeking love and husbands as they approach their 30th birthdays. One is too promiscuous, one is too monogamous, and the third doesn't love the man she's with. Like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, one's too hot, one too cold and so on...

The book is too long, too shallow, and it's crowded with too many plotlines, men and inexplicable plot meanderings--such as these beauties...

p. 196-197: Two characters argue for 2 whole pages about one character's penchant for popular chick lit, detailing such works as Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Bridget Jones's Diary and The Nanny Diaries.

p. 247: One character leaves her OB-GYN exam (which has NOTHING to do with the plot):
"After dressing, Emmy jumped on the 4 train to Union Square. She figured on a brisk walk directly home to shower--something she always felt compelled to do after the K-Y-heavy exams--but as she exited the subway at Fourteenth and Broadway she found herself heading directly toward Leigh and Adriana's building. With Leigh's breakup only a week old and Adriana's newfound commitment to work, she figured at least one of them had to be home, sulking or writing or both, but the doorman shook his head [...] By the time she reached her building and trudged up the five flights of stairs, she was drenched from head to toe: her hair from the freezing rain, her feet from the filthy slush, and her ladyparts from the overzealous application of medical-grade lube."
Isn't it terrible?-- the overuse of the word "directly," the fact that this does nothing to advance the plot and finally, it's not even well-written!
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jcalla, April 19, 2008 (view all comments by jcalla)
I usually shy away from this kind of book, but Chasing Harry Winston is not, as the name suggests, about women eager to get married to rich men. It is, instead, about women finding themselves and relishing in their friendships. A kind of Sex and the City for the late twenty/early thirty year old crowd, the trio of female friends in Weisberger's book are a fantastic addition to the canon of the single girl in the city. Not only are these three women struggling against what is expected of them, but they are also struggling to find themselves; a task that seems to be coming around later and later these days. It is fun but does not assume that the reader is a moron. It has the tropes of all the recent Candace Bushnell knock-offs, but none of the condescending treatment of women as nothing more than vapid, money hungry cougars in designer clothes. A fantastic summer read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743290111
Author:
Weisberger, Lauren
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Manhattan (new york, n.y.)
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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Product details 280 pages Simon and Schuster - English 9780743290111 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Weisberger's third effort, with the requisite girls' nights out and disappointing men, has some well-observed passages — and Adriana is a hoot — but it's nothing we haven't seen before, many times."
"Review" by , "While this book lacks the outsider-looking-in social critique that made Weisberger's best-selling The Devil Wears Prada so entertaining, don't underestimate the number of readers who enjoy following characters willing to spend $8000 on a 'makeover' for a parrot."
"Review" by , "Weisberger has a genial writing style and wonderfully captures the unconditional friendship between the women."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing is back with a delicious new novel about a trio of best girlfriends in Manhattan who make a dramatic pact to change each woman's life in one year.
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