CHASING HARRY WINSTON by: Lauren Weisberger
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Chick Lit.
Format: Print - EBook
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publish Date: 2008
****THERE ARE NO SPOILERS****
SYNOPSIS: The bestselling author of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Everyone Worth Knowing” returns with the story of three best friends who vow to change their entire lives…and change them fast. Emmy is newly single, and not by choice. She was this close to the ring and the baby she’s wanted her whole life when her boyfriend left her for his twenty-three-year-old personal trainer — whose fees are paid by Emmy. With her plans for the perfect white wedding in the trash, Emmy is now ordering takeout for one.
Leigh, a young star in the publishing business, is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy. And to top it all off, she has just purchased her dream apartment. Only when Leigh begins to edit the enfant terrible of the literary world, the brilliant and brooding Jesse Chapman, does she start to notice some cracks in her perfect life…
Adriana is the drop-dead-gorgeous daughter of a famous supermodel. She possesses the kind of feminine wiles made only in Brazil, and she never hesitates to use them. But she’s about to turn thirty and — as her mother keeps reminding her — she won’t have her pick of the men forever. Everyone knows beauty is ephemeral and there’s always someone younger and prettier right around the corner.
These three very different girls have been best friends for a decade in the greatest city on earth. As they near thirty, they’re looking toward their future…but despite all they’ve earned — first-class travel, career promotions, invites to all the right parties, and luxuries small and large — they’re not quite sure they like what they see…
One Saturday night at the Waverly Inn, Adriana and Emmy make a pact: within a single year, each will drastically change her life. Leigh watches from the sidelines, not making any promises, but she’ll soon discover she has the most to lose. Their friendship is forever, but everything else is on the table. Three best friends. Two resolutions. One year to pull it off.
Review: First of all, I love novels that carry multiple main characters. They are harder to write, that is certain, than novels that carry a single main character. So when I read the back cover of this novel, I was instantly skeptical and hopeful. Second of all, I LOVE Lauren Weisberger. The Devil Wears Prada is one of my favorite chick lit novels and Everyone Worth Knowing is another novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. So, of course, when this author has another book out, I have to give it a try!
So what did I love? I love that Lauren Weisberger has strong, independent women as her characters. She purposefully creates protagonists that are not waiting around, twiddling their thumbs, waiting for prince charming to come around. I love chick lit, but sometimes I find the “I’m so depressed because I’m 30 and I haven’t found my soul mate yet so I’m gonna wallow” routine extremely irritating. So, I appreciate that the women in this novel are strong and successful in their own right.
The relationship between the women and their situations seemed real. For once, I read a novel and thought, yes these three best friends have been each others back but still have feelings of occasional jealousy, annoyance and irritation of one another. They seemed very real. Also, I appreciated the fact that the women, at the end, did not have the perfect happy ever after. Now, I must admit that I am a #1 proponent of happily ever after/sweet sugar sappiness/ butterflies/all other girly endings that could possibly happen. However, I will say that in the case of this book, the ending fits the novel.
What I didn’t care for: Following the other two novels that I really loved, I expected more from this book. The story line wasn’t spectacular, heck, it wasn’t exactly original, but it was fun. The beginning started off quite slow which made me a bit concerned. I wasn’t sure if the novel was going anywhere, and I was worried that the super slow pace would make me disinterested in finishing the book. Luckily, the novel picked up after a while and it ended up being a neat read. Also, the three girls seemed to be almost stock characters. Of the three girls, one is extremely promiscuous, one is extremely chaste, and one is right in the middle. I generally do not care for stock characters (unless its being done in an ironic or satirical way) so I wasn’t overly impressed in that aspect of the writing.
Final Thoughts: Overall, Chasing Harry Winston is a great summer beach read. It does not require a great amount of concentration, nor will it provide you with many surprises, but it is fun and it was definitely an enjoyable read. It preaches the age-old rule that if you don’t look for love, then it certainly will find you – and I love those kinds of stories. The novel isn’t just about looking for love; it’s about the friendship of the women and how they relate to one another in times of excitement and heartbreak.