4 Blondes, by Candace Bushnell

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on July 19, 2008

4 Blondes is written by Candance Bushnell, the creator of Sex and the City, but it’s most certainly not the same. Sure, there are similarities, 4 ladies, very different personalities, but do not be fooled, it’s just not as good as the original.

The novel is broken up into 4 sections, each one dedicated to a different shade of blonde and the woman who the corresponding shade belongs to. When I think back and try to recall all 4 of the ladies names and their stories, I honestly cannot remember the 4th one without a memory jog from the back cover. The first woman, Janey, has the best story in terms of being interesting and the fact that it could end in an unconventional way. However, by the end, I’m disappointed by the Hollywood ending that is meant to be empowering but is completely unrealistic.

Which brings me to the next point: suspend reality to enjoy this one as the second story, while it features an empowered and powerful woman, glorifies some behavior that is, well, less than nice. Winnie (the second story feature) is a mean, bitter and obsessive compulsive. So that gets you nice and welcoming for the third story, where, suspend reality please, Princess Cecilia comes in. Yes, a real princess. Being able to connect with the neurotic, spoiled princess is a little difficult.

And like I said, I can barely remember the 4th story of woman who’s name is never really made clear. Annoying and I loved the novel Rebecca, where you never find out what the main character’s name is. That mystery left me in a wonderful delicate suspense. This left me in a state of “is this story over yet?”

While there were some guilty pleasure points, the overall taste left in my mouth was one of “meh.”

On the Bookalicious scale: 1-Diet-Abstain from the read, there is no nutritional value to be had.

But if you must…try the Amazon Marketplace and get it used.

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Bohemian Bookworm July 22, 2008 at 5:32 pm

If you like Janey’s story you should try “Trading Up” Candice’s other novel dedicated to her. And don’t forget, the “Sex and the City” book really isn’t that great either. I think we all owe HBO a big round of applause for adding some glamour and glitter to those rather grim prose.

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