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All the fun of chick-lit with something extra added
on 9 January 2011
I really enjoyed this book and am a little surprised at all the negative reviews here. This certainly isn't typical chick-lit: no ditzy girls, gay best friends, and charming men. Instead this is far more robust, and gives us three thirty year old New York women who yes, have man problems, but also have other discontents in their lives, specifically about their careers. By the end, nothing is easily resolved, some of them have far less materially than they started off with, and yet all have learned something about themselves and are happier - with or without wedding bells.
Weisberger creates women who we don't always like, but I prefer that edge of realism to the cute girls of some other authors. Adriana the Brazilian trust-fund girl is certainly the least successful of the three but, in some ways, hers is the most interesting story. Emmy has more than a touch of Sex & The City's Charlotte about her, but her story plays out in a very different way. And I enjoyed Leigh, with her anxiety and near OCD, and her dilemma: what do you do when you're engaged to the ideal man, the hero of every chick-lit novel out there, and you just can't fall in love with him back?
So overall this has all the trappings of chick-lit (yes, they are wealthy enough to wear Chanel and shop in Barney's) and yet the overall story actually undermines ideas of 'romance' as well as the pursuit of rich men and huge diamond rings (the 'Harry Winston' of the title). By the end all the women have changed their lives: but really not in the way we - and they - might have suspected. In summary, a fun yet thoughtful read.