I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected, considering I'm male, and yes, straight. I like the way it's chopped up in bit size pieces. It's a good pick up for 10 minutes and then move back to another book kind of novel. Enjoy.
Finding love in Manhattan seems to be a cruel and impossible thing. As Carrie says: "It takes a lot of energy to be this superficial." At times I found it funny, at other times I found myself disappointed in the foibles and failings of human nature, the characters are engaging and I liked the book better than the TV series.
Oh ick. Boring, boring book. In spite of being a big fan of the HBO series of the same name, I found Bushnell's writing to be dull and uninspiring. How they ever created a funny series out of this is beyond me.
I was really dissapointed that this book was really NOTHING like the series. It shouldn't even be called "Sex & The City" cause it really has no comparison to the series. I think the only things that were similar were the names used (but personalities were different) and people's sexual orientation. Also some scenerios in this book were episodes, but very different in a lot of ways. I just didn't care for this book. I am a HUGE fan of the series, but NOT this book.
I know a lot of people say they love Candace Bushnell, but if this is how she writes her other books, I won't be a fan, but will give another book of hers a try.
Considering the fact that I absolutely loved the show on HBO and the movie, I figured the book would would be just as good. Boy was I wrong! If the show was anything like the book, I probably wouldn't have watched it. I didn't even finish reading this book.
Are people really like this? I guess living out in Wyoming and Colorado my whole life, I really have never encountered people like the ones in this book. They all seem sad to me. Oh, and forget the TV show when you read this book, there are some similar names and some of the characters are the same but even more shallow.
I had to force myself to get through this book, kept setting it aside, skimmed through most of it toward the end. Some of the stories were amusing, but it was just not at all what I expected. I was very disappointed. I've seen every episode of Sex and the City and I was surprised to find that the HBO series was so loosely based on the book. The show was much better, loved it!
I enjoyed the t.v. show much more than the book. I was pretty disappointed with the book. The characters seemed to fall flat to me and it jumped around so much it was hard to follow. Maybe I was expecting it to match up with the characters I was picturing in my head; maybe I just thought it would be funnier.
But to be honest, I really didn't find it funny at all.
I have read another one of Candace Bushnell's books (Trading Up), and liked that much better.
Please note: I have never watched the series or the movie. I was expecting chick lit. It's not chick lit... It's so much darker and cynical than I expected. Sure, it's New York, but I found no silver-lining. I stopped reading it about halfway through book because I just couldn't plow through it anymore, and life is too short for crappy books. It's extremely egotistical, empty and depressing. To me, anyway. I'm sure some will see it as empowering, but to me, it's all sex and money with no substance.
if you love the show sex and the city as much as I do, then you will LOVE this book! its a very fun read that puts you into carrie's mind. she can tell it like it is about sex, love, relationships and men.
This is a fun romp in New York City with the author's characters.
From reading the many reviews of this book here it seems many are dissapointed because the book is not exactly the same as the tv show. But the tv show took liberties with the book .
If you keep in mind that the book stands on it's own even though there are differences to the show then it is a fun read.
As a long time fan of the hit television series, I must admit I was dissapointed by the disconnect between the show and the book. Perhaps had I read the book first and watched the show after that my opinion would be different. I kept reading looking for the characteristics and personalities of my favorite characters to show, but never really found them. I would recommend this book to anyone who has not watched and fallen in love with the television series, as it is still a good read.
I read this book after watching the series so many time I can recite the script with the actors. I would not have been disappointed if the book followed the series exactly (or should I say series follow the book). I really liked finding out some of the back stories but was upset that the character traits of some of my beloved characters were actually based off other people in the book. Some were combined with others. Carrie was not the sweet introspective girl just trying to find love but a crazy party girl trying to have a good time and pretty sloppy most of the time. I am glad the series writers changed the characters as they did. I would recommend this book even though it is so different, I know it is almost impossible at this point to read the book first and in this case I don't think this is even that important.
this is the first book i read by candace bushnell. i was hoping for the book to be something like the series, and it totally wasnt. the only thing in common was that it was about women in new york. it was ok, but dont go into it thinking its going to be like the tv series. youll be disappointed.
Since I am a huge fan of the show, I expected the book to be more like the articles that Carrie writes, but it was more or less a gossip column of unmarried New York women. The characters in the show were also in the book, but they weren't quite the same. There's not really much of a storyline, climax or anything like that.
From Publishers Weekly
"We're leading sensory saturated lives," announces jetsetting photographer and playboy Peter Beard in a roundtable discussion of menages a trois, setting the tone of opulent debasement that suffuses this collection of Bushnell's punchy, archly knowing and sharply observed sex columns from the New York Observer. Prowling the modish clubs, party circuit and weekend getaways of rich and trendy New York society (most of whose denizens are identified by pseudonyms), Bushnell offers a brash, radically unromantic perspective. She visits a sex club and dates a Bicycle Boy ("the literary romantic subspecies" whose patron saints are George Plimpton and Murray Kempton). But in most chapters she keeps to the sidelines, deploying instead her alter-ego Carrie (like the author, a blonde writer from Connecticut in her mid-30s), whose sweet if feckless romance with Mr. Big?a nondescript power player?serves as a foil for the hilarious, unsentimentalized misadventures of her peers. These include model-chasers like Barkley, 25, a painter with the face of a Botticelli angel whose parents pay for his SoHo junior loft, and Tom Peri, the "emotional Mayflower," who ferries newly dumped women to higher emotional ground and is then invariably dumped. The effect is that of an Armistead Maupin-like canvas tinged with a liberal smattering of Judith Krantz. Collected in one volume, Bushnell's characters grow generic, but in small doses these essays are brain candy that will appeal equally to urban romantics and anti-romantics.
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The "Sex and the City" columnist for the New York Observer documents the social scene of modern-day Manhattan. The reader gets an introduction to "Modelizers," the men who only have eyes for models, as well as a more common species, the "Toxic Bachelor." Reading like a society novel gone downtown and askew, Sex and the City is a comically sordid look at status and ambition and the many characters consumed by the sexual politics of the '90s.
I want to thamk you for this book it came fast and in perfect condition. Cant wait to read it. This is Scotts daughter sometimes I just use his account to swap books. I also wanted to know if anyone could write us and tell us if Sex in the City goes in order or is there a series? If you have any info on Candace Bushnells' books please let us know. Greatly appreciated. Sarah-Scotts' Daughter
Well the back cover and last few pages are a bit bent....I'm not going to lie its in ok condition. However I received it this way from a used bookstore. I had to look forever to find this book used! For sex and the city fans, this is a must have. I loved the show loads more but am glad I finally read the inspiration behind it!