This time round, instead of the usual products that our kids enjoy, we decided to provide a few selected mommy reviewers the chance to curl up with a chick lit from Candace Bushnell, acclaimed and bestselling author of Sex and the City, Four Blondes, Trading Up, and Lipstick Jungle.
One Fifth Avenue is Candace Bushnell’s latest novel whose title was derived from the Art Deco building in New York’s ultra-hip Greenwich Village. It focuses on the elite group of this Manhattan building’s residents who are somewhat rich and eclectic. Unlike Sex and the City, One Fifth Avenue characters comprises of large variety of colourful personalities and age groups. Since this book is more about the people, I believe you will agree that there are too many characters to mention in detail. However, from the building’s president Mindy Gooch to young Lola Fabrikant, whom every reader would love to hate, and gorgeous actress Schiffer Diamond, to dear Annalisa and pathetic James, readers will certainly find a character to loath or love OR at the very least, find a bit of themselves in some of the characters.
The Plot : When Louise Houghton, the aged grande dame of New York society, dies, the fate of her celebrated apartment becomes the obsession not only of the real estate industry, but of everyone living at the fabled address. Located at One Fifth Avenue in an Art Deco architectural gem, the 7,000-square-foot apartment reflects an age and milieu long past its ability to influence social prominence—or so it is thought….
Dubbed a page turner, check out how this novel fared among our mommy reviewers:
Mott’s Island – A story with these elements – sex, tragic deaths, sabotage, ‘planned’ accidents and bankruptcy..is surely all part of the rich lifestyle that we, the minions of the earth, love to read about. If you are looking for an easy book to curl up to this Christmas, this would be it. While it might take awhile to familiarize yourself with the characters…once, you’ve gotten their first names down to a pat, you’ll wish there was a sequel to this book!
The Pond -I am caught up in the story line that involves power and money. It also has romance although the type of romance in the book is contrary to any I would want involvement in. Romance in the big city seems to be contrived and manipulative. I find myself rooting for the underdog at the moment although, who knows after I turn the page, who I will be cheering on next. This book has so many twists and turns that I have even been shocked. Even Sam, the youngest character is not beyond reproach. He caused a big ruckus to the tune of a loss of $12 million dollars! You have to read this book.
Mak!Mej! – I actually found myself enjoying the tales of the lives of the characters in this novel. If I can be truthful about it, I was drawn to Schiffer Diamond’s character and her pursuit of love and happiness. She’s actually one of the motivating factor for me to finish the book ASAP. Me being a hopeless romantic, I had wanted to see how her relationship with Philip Oakland would develop and was secretly rooting that they’d end up together.
Cutie Booty Reviews – I am a New Yorker and it tickled me when Ms. Bushnell referenced so many things that are classic New York. In my opinion the book read like a soap opera and although it felt like a guilty pleasure, I just could not put it down. One of the most salient aspects of the book was the prevalence of new media. Specifically, blogging, facebook and youtube. Several of the characters write blogs and with great variety – one had a naval gazing blog, another a gossip blog and yet another keep one – well I will let you read it your self to find out about that one.
The Dirty Shirt – This book will make a great movie in the future and I for one am grateful to Parent Reviewers for the chance to read it. I give it two thumbs up, and I am a huge Candace Bushnell fan!!!!
Jojo’s Place – I am so happy that I got the chance to review One Fifth Avenue. This is one of the best books that I have read in a very long time. I loved following all the characters around New York, and I felt as though it gave me an insiders glance on what life could be like with that sorta money and prestige. Is it really what you think it would be like? You’ll have to grab the book to see!
Mid Life Musings – Candace Bushnell has written a book about life, populated with characters that are so well written and human that they seem almost real. The plot is realistic, the motivations ring true, and there is an exact amount of randomness in it that adroitly portrays life as it really happens to most of us. This author knows people, what makes them tick, and it is her ability to deliver a story that adequately portrays the emotions that beset us all that makes her story shine.
Three Different Directions – Ideally a novel should transport you to an alternate place, one that through the words of the author you feel like the characters are your friends or enemies, and if you can believe that you are a part of that world for 400 pages then it is well written. Bushnell does a wonderful job of it. There are characters I wish would be my neighbors, and then there were some I wanted to punt!
Red Sox Mommy – While I didn’t personally relate to any of the characters in the book, seriously they’re all in New York City and I’m a suburban girl stuck in a small town, I still really enjoyed discovering a world far from any I’ve ever known. Bushnell’s vivid descriptions make you feel like you’re almost there.
Mommy Bits Reviews – If you are looking for a great book to help get you through the dull winter months, I recommend heading out and picking up One Fifth Avenue. From the moment I read the first page I was sucked in to Bushnell’s world and could barely put the book down.
Pajama Mom – If you’re a die hard Candace Bushnell fan then you may enjoy the many story lines, the writing is pretty good and it’s actually easy to keep track of the various characters. There is a lot of room for developement and continuity which I suspect is part of the plan for a sequel for more from this group.
Cheeks to Cheeks -The story plot is centralized on a coveted property landmark, One Fifth Avenue. It talks about the building previous residents’ flamboyant past and its current residents’ cold but true to reality ambitious lifestyles. Bushnell managed to elaborate on her characters by intertwining them with social activities that only audiences in the paparazzi’ed world could relate to. Personally, as a “commoner” it is like an outsider looking into the glass egg. The characters seem to live a lifestyle that “commoners” like us could not imagine be in.
Always, Alli – While the plot is tricky and involved, the characters are more so, making most of them intriguing enough to keep reading over several days. I was pleased with the outcome of the story, with one disappointment I can’t tell because it will give away something (it involves death).
Some of the story is intertwined with the the blog culture, which I found interesting but also thought it was as if Candace Bushnell was trying to give a nod to an existing subculture, but not really go into it in depth.
Sewing Mom – If you enjoy books filled with eccentric characters, gossip, rumors, intrigue, sex, and even murder, One Fifth Avenue, by Candace Bushnell is the right book for you. As a reader of One Fifth Avenue, you’ll find yourself anxiously awaiting the turn of the page as you read on to learn more about the relationships of the people living inside as well as those who wish they did.
I Know Everything – I was pleasantly surprised to find there was some mystery in this book. I also thought it was really neat to see blogging and the internet featured so prevalently in a book. One other thing that stood out to me is that in this book Ms. Bushnell gave her characters some unique names, such as Annalisa, Schiffer, Thayer, Cem and Beetelle. I’m not sure how easy it would be to turn this book into a weekly series, but I can totally see it being made into a movie or mini series.
Mommy Meryl Must Haves – The story lines of the characters are ones you would find when writing about the rich and famous; lying, stealing, infidelity; drinking, drugs and corruption. At times the characters are likeable and the reader is anxious to find out about their lives but more often than not they’re predictable and dull. I definitely had higher expectations for the book and assumed it would be as entertaining as Sex and the City but I was disappointed.
Busy Mommy Product Review – I LOVED IT! I have actually read it a few times already. It was one of those books that once I started reading, I could not put it down until I was done. I loved the characters, and their interactions. I was really interested down to the very end of the book.
Mom of 2 Dancers – I found One Fifth Avenue an enjoyable read. There are several characters to get straight, but once you do the book is a quick read. If you enjoy chick-lit, you will love this book. The characters are well developed and likable. The book really delves deep into people. It explores what happens when the desire for the best in life doesn’t add up but you can’t stop pursuing it anyway. This book flows well, you want to find out what will happen to each of the characters.
Sweet N Sassy Girls – It was definitly an escape from my world though. These characters were living a completely different life than me, and it was a change to get a glimpse into the life of people living in high society. It was a full time job just being a wife with money. Having to make yourself look nice, making sure your house looked perfect, having to hire a publicist just because you had money. I never realized how important this was to them.