Lauren Weisberger’s Chasing Harry Winston is the follow up novel to her major best seller The Devil Wears Prada. It is described by the publisher as “Sex and the City-eque”, which is a very accurate description, as well as the “Beach Read for 2008.”
Here’s why: unfortunately Chasing Harry Winston is a little too close to Sex and the City (SATC) but minus the Carrie Bradshaw. The three main characters can be drawn directly to the cast of SATC which gives the novel a pretty predictable story line. Sure, there were some bright spots of advice, bonding and witty dialogue, but overall this book falls right into the marketing department’s promotional description. I will most definitely have forgotten about it’s existence in the fall.
The novel is a fast read, with designer names scattered throughout, giving it a glamorous touch. While I do truly love SATC, this diluted version of it in print is much less than cosmopolitan perfection. Particularly when compared to the author’s previous novel The Devil Wears Prada, which I loved. (Hated the movie- that’s always how it is when you love the book.)
The novel did deliver what it promised, young Manhattanite women making the most of who they are and what they have to give, leaning on each other for support and learning to be happy for one another. The cover however, is absolutely fabulous, showing the good ol’adage that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.
On the Bookalicious scale: 2- Nibble: Good read a little bit at of the time, but don’t overead, consume modestly.