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Buzz Book Club: Four Blondes

Hello Buzz Book Club readers! First of all, happy Friday! Now, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a little emotionally spent from several Buzz Book Club books in a row that dragged us through the emotional ringer (Revolutionary Road, The Life Before Her Eyes).

Given that and the fact that it's Springtime, I thought I'd pick a light and frothy book for my May selection: Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell (author of Sex and the City).

It also seems appropriate, since we've had Bushnell's Lipstick Jungle on the small screen this year, and the Sex and the City movie is on the way to the big screen. So we might as well get into the spirit of the sassy, high-powered woman by reading Four Blondes.

For those of you new to my book club format, here's how it works:
I'll announce a new book each month. Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in May). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few discussion-provoking questions for you to respond to in the comments section.

To find out what Four Blondes is all about and to get the first assignment,


The synopsis for Four Blondes reads:
"In Four Blondes, [Candace Bushnell] returns with a quartet of novellas on her favorite subject — the mating habits of wealthy sex-, status-, and media-obsessed New Yorkers. These are people for whom a million or two does not make one rich, and who consider Louis Vuitton and Prada bare necessities. Janey Wilcox, for example, is a former model who each summer chooses a house in the Hamptons — or, rather, picks up a wealthy man with a pricey rental. Cecelia, on the other hand, has gotten the ultimate prize: a royal husband. Still, she finds herself descending into paranoia as the Manhattan media circus reports her every flaw. Then there's Winnie Diekes, a high-powered magazine columnist whose marriage flounders as she pushes her unambitious husband to write the book that will make him — and her — famous. Finally, in the most clearly autobiographical story, a writer gives up on the commitment-impaired men of New York and goes to London to find a husband."

The first assignment: Read the entire first story title, "Nice N'Easy." We'll chat about this first section a week from today, May 9.

jlgb4008 jlgb4008 9 years
I was sooo not impressed with this book. No bueno
Bisque Bisque 9 years
I have never really liked this book, while I thought the characters of the women were okay, but like avettafawna said, they weren't likable. I've read a ton of books where the protagonists weren't likable, but this book it's badly played out with the execution of the plot. The one thing that stuck out was the guy who was anally fixated or something like that, who did his business (as in honest to gosh company business) in the john. I have no idea why that's what I remember most about the book, then it makes me realize how bad that book must be, that I'd rather remember the guy doing business (literally and figuratively) in the bathroom, than the women who are the protagonists of the story.
avettafawna avettafawna 9 years
No,no,no,no,no ! This book is really, supremely bad, a true piece of literary garbage. I might even go so far as to say it is the absolute worse book I've ever read. There are tons of "lite" books out there that are at the very least well written and fun to read. You know, guilty pleasure girly novels. However, one would be hard pressed to find a worse writer giving life to less likeable characters than those within the pages of 4 Blodes.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I have to say, it's pretty bad. Vapid in a sour sort of way.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 9 years
Aww I liked this book! It is a little cheesy but such a fun, guilt-free escape from daily life. I love reading this kind of literature at the beach or in the bath or just whenever I have some free downtime
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I read this, but don't remember too much about it
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Wow, it's already provoked some interesting reactions. I'll give it a try even though it's not something I'd normally choose. Trying to figure out what makes a book/author unappealing can often be fun, especially when, in this case, Candace Bushnell has authored books that have met with some more positive critical success. Hope fan and non-fans of this book have fun exchanging ideas.
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
Yeah, it's a pretty in your face book. But I'll go dig it out of my bookcase to read it again. :P
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Oh god, I read this book a few years ago and stopped halfway through. The characters are just so darn vile I couldn't stand it.
susanec susanec 9 years
Painful, horrible book. Pure drivel. And not in a good way.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Ugh NO! This book is pure trash! I read it and thought it was awful a few years ago...I understand that you want to do a chick-lit fun book but there are such better options out there. I found the characters deplorable and had to force myself to keep reading.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Ah, yes, I've read this one. I don't think it's terrible, but definitely fluffy chick lit. Sometimes it nice to read something a bit mindless. I liked the sequel (Trading Up, I think it was called?) a bit more. The Sex and the City book and the Lipstick Jungle book are both good.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I read this book several years ago and thought it was just so-so. The only people I would recommend this book to are those who enjoy Sex and the City, but I can't guarantee that you'll like the book.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Oh man, this is hands down THE WORST BOOK I have ever read. Absolutely mind-bogglingly miserable and awful. One I start a book I feel the need to finish it, but man oh man was I on the verge of gorging out my eyeballs with this one. Total and utter trash -- and not in the good way!
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