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Candace Bushnell

Author of Sex and the City

37+ Works 10,136 Members 277 Reviews 12 Favorited

About the Author

Candace Bushnell was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut on December 1, 1958. She attended Rice University and New York University. She worked as a freelancer and wrote pieces about women, relationships and dating for Mademoiselle, Self Magazine, and Esquire. In 1993, she began writing for the New show more York Observer and in November 1994, she created the column Sex and the City, which ran in the New York Observer for two years. The column was turned into a book in 1996, became a hit television series, and a blockbuster movie. She is also the author of 4 Blondes (2000), Trading Up (2003), Lipstick Jungle (2005), One Fifth Avenue (2008), The Carrie Diaries (2010), Summer and the City (2011), and Killing Monica (2105). She received the 2006 Matrix Award for books and the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Candace Bushnell

Sex and the City (1997) 2,283 copies, 39 reviews
Lipstick Jungle (2005) 1,511 copies, 35 reviews
Four Blondes (2000) 1,457 copies, 33 reviews
Trading Up (2003) 1,325 copies, 30 reviews
One Fifth Avenue (2007) 1,303 copies, 35 reviews
The Carrie Diaries (2010) 1,088 copies, 56 reviews
Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel (2011) 455 copies, 16 reviews
Sex and the City: The Movie [2008 film] (2008) — Original book — 226 copies, 2 reviews
Rules for Being a Girl (2020) 192 copies, 10 reviews
Killing Monica (2015) 166 copies, 14 reviews
Is There Still Sex in the City? (2019) 83 copies, 6 reviews
Killing Monica (2016) 6 copies
Quinta Avenida Nº 1 (2009) 4 copies

Associated Works

The Group (1963) — Introduction, some editions — 2,352 copies, 55 reviews
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) — Introduction, some editions — 995 copies, 38 reviews
Girls' Night Out (2006) — Contributor — 225 copies, 5 reviews
Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel (2022) — Contributor — 220 copies, 9 reviews

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I don't enjoy giving negative reviews, but I'm going to have to have to be honest here and say that this book is a hot mess.

I've read many of Bushnell's other books -- Lipstick Jungle, 4 Blondes, Sex and the City, and Trading Up -- and I remember enjoying them. I was younger then. I don't know if my taste has changed or if this book is an outlier, because this book doesn't make any sense.

The first couple of chapters are a confusing amalgamation of scenes where the main character (and I as the reader!) can't seem to figure out if she or an actress named Sondra is "Monica".

The middle part of the book goes back in time finally provides some context for the plot.


The final quarter of the book is completely convoluted and had me wondering if I was reading a science fiction/fantasy novel, or just the script for some sort of "B" grade movie.

I hate to do this, but 1.5 stars rounded up to 2 only because I liked the author's previous works.

Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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jj24 | 13 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
3.5 stars. Amusing summer read; probably not for those who relate to Sex and the City, since about a much older crowd.
 
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Abcdarian | 34 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
I wasn't too into it until the end, now I really want to read the next one :)
 
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jskeltz | 55 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |

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Works
37
Also by
4
Members
10,136
Popularity
#2,344
Rating
3.1
Reviews
277
ISBNs
460
Languages
25
Favorited
12

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