Thursday, July 2, 2009

Trading Up by Candace Bushnell

Here we go, 2nd attempt at Bushnell. This time in a novel format. The main character is Janie Wilcox, a model who was featured in one of the short stories of 4 Blondes. The story starts a few months after we last saw Janie. She has become a successful Victoria's Secret model. We get to see how she embraces her fame and her somewhat altered view of the world. We also get to see how she became the way she is. Some back story gets filled in as the novel goes on.
I'm still not in love with Bushnell's stories the way I know some people are. While the book certainly kept my attention, I still found many parts to be crude and unnecessary. And I still walked away feeling sorry for the people in the book. I think Janie is a good character to focus on. She's certainly very interesting. I guess I was just misinformed about what kind of a writer Bushnell is, thinking she was a lot more lighthearted. She's not.

1 comment:

Jess said...

Thanks for the review. I have to agree with you -- I am not a big fan of Bushnell stuff. I have tried reading a few of her books but couldn't get past the first few chapters.