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CHASING HARRY WINSTON by Lauren Weisberger

CHASING HARRY WINSTON

By Lauren Weisberger

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9019-4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Three single gals on the cusp of turning the big 3-0 shake up their romantic lives and deal with the consequences.

That Adriana, Emmy and Leigh have remained close since college is a testament to the strength of their bond, since personality-wise they could not be more different. Leigh is a neurotic book editor, Emmy is a financially struggling cooking aficionado and Adriana is a Brazilian knockout living off her rich parents in a swanky penthouse. After serial-monogamist Emmy is suddenly dumped by her longtime beau Duncan (for the personal trainer she hired for him), Adriana insists that the only way Emmy can get over him is by having torrid affairs with foreign men. Easy for the gorgeous Adriana to say. Emmy counters that if she can “slut out” then unrepentant man-eater Adriana has to, for once in her life, have a committed relationship. Let the games begin! Well, at least for Adriana and Emmy. Leigh, for her part, has a job she loves and a “perfect” boyfriend, hunky sportscaster Russell. Or is he perfect? When he proposes, she knows she should be happy, but she instead finds herself getting tangled up with bad boy novelist Jesse Chapman, who happens to be married. Meanwhile, Emmy, courtesy of her new job scouting restaurant locations, embarks on her erotic adventures, while Adriana nabs a slightly dorky big-time Hollywood director she struggles to remain faithful to. She also meets a magazine editor who, impressed by her effortless ways with men, gives Adriana her own advice column, “The Brazilian Girl’s Guide to Man Handling,” which sounds a lot like a sexed-up version of The Rules. The narrative is choppy (the book would have benefited from more editing), and the characters’ obsession with youth, as well as their displays of jealousy and cattiness, are tiring.

Weisberger’s third effort (Everyone Worth Knowing, 2005, etc.), 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.