Review: I’m So Happy For You: A Novel About Best Friends

I’m So Happy For You: A Novel About Best Friends

By Lucinda Rosenfeld

Reviewed by Jill

 

Synopsis- What if your best friend, whom you’ve always counted on to flounder in life and love (making your own modest accomplishments look not so bad), suddenly starts to surpass you in every way? 
Wendy’s best friend, Daphne, has always been dependably prone to catastrophe.  And Wendy has always been there to help.  If Daphne veers from suicidal to madly in love, Wendy offers encouragement.  But when Daphne is suddenly engaged, pregnant, and decorating a fabulous town house in no time at all, Wendy is…not so happy for her.  Caught between wanting to be the best friend she prides herself on being and crippling jealousy of flighty Daphne, Wendy takes things to the extreme, waging a full-scale attack on her best friend-all the while wearing her best, I’m-so-happy-for-you smile-and ends up in way over her head. 
Rosenfeld has a knack for exposing the not-always-pretty side of being best friends–in writing that is glittering and diamond-sharp. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU is a smart, darkly humorous, and uncannily dead-on novel about female friendship.6164083

Review-

I originally read this book because I thought it would be a cute/ funny story about the complex relationship between ”frienemies”.  Not that all Chick-lit books have to be about Macarons and Manolo’s, but the book was described as an “uncannily dead-on novel about female friendship”. So I assumed some actual friendship would be involved.

Overall, the book seemed hollow and empty. I’m So Happy For You didn’t seem as if it was about friendship at all. In fact, it seemed like Wendy hated Daphne. It didn’t make sense to me why, if she felt so insecure and miserable by this person, Wendy would have continued to be friends with Daphne at all. At one point in the novel she genuinely believed that Daphne was sleeping with her husband, and continues to passive aggressively be cordial with her. Even though at the end, it turned out to be a misunderstanding (of course).

The one thing that the book did get right, is how some friendships in NYC can be either one-sided, or make it through the years strictly out of convenience, but I am sure that can happen anywhere you live.

I felt it lacked any depth or real emotion behind the characters. The book is described as “darkly-humorous”. I can agree with the first part, it definitely was dark.

 

2 stars.

Review: Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
by Lauren Weisberger
reviewed by Kelly Smith

The long anticipated sequel to The Devil Wears Prada is here and revisits Andy, Emily and Miranda ten years after Andy gave Miranda and the job “a million girls would die for” a righteous send off. Andy and Emily are now best friends who have joined forces and launched “The Plunge,” a highly successful bridal magazine. Emily is married and Andy is about to marry the love of her life in a grand wedding that will, of course, be featured in “The Plunge.”

The magazine is so successful that it catches the eye of the Devil herself, Miranda Priestly, Continue reading Review: Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

Review: Starlit


Starlit
by Lisa Rinna
reviewed by Kelly Y. Smith, Guest Reviewer
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Starlit finds Tally Jones, a young, beautiful, auburn haired waitress/actress trying to make it in the glittery world of Hollywood. Accompanied by her friends, Mandy and Sadie, they all take the required acting classes and wait on the stars at high profile Hollywood functions, convinced that if they can all just get one shot, they’ll make it in Hollywood. Well, not so surprisingly, Tally, Sadie and Mandy each get their shot, albeit in different ways. Tally, being the main character, quickly gets discovered and makes her way to the upper echelons of the Hollywood rich and famous. Continue reading Review: Starlit

Review: Adventures Of An Ice Princess

Ever been dumped by your boyfriend and decide to brave Antarctica with your two best friends? I know I haven’t, so I was intrigued by the story premise enough to pick up a copy of this book.

Clarissa Schneckberg, our main heroine, had just given her notice to her company that she was going to quit and become a homemaker. After all, she was positive that her boyfriend Kieran was about to propose. Instead, Kieran ends up giving her the old heave-ho, insisting that he wanted to see other people. Clarissa is devastated, and decides to head for Antarctica with her two best friends Kate and Delilah. Continue reading Review: Adventures Of An Ice Princess

Review: Wolves In Chic Clothing

There’s nothing like a good book with spoiled, rich characters who have it all and like to flaunt it. We first saw this type of book in “Bergdorf Blondes” (which was a better book than this). With Wolves in Chic Clothing by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman, it’s a jewelry heiress named Lell Pelham of Pelham Jewelers who decides to take the hip, beautiful but offbeat Julia under her wings.

It begins innocently enough. First Julia gets to deliver Lell’s engagement ring to her, then Lell decides to promote Julia to be her assistant in a new department of the store. Soon Julia is thrust into parties, makeovers, and society events. Lell’s rich and mostly stuck-up friends, who are not without problems of their own, also take Julia under her wing, but not without some cattiness. But when Lell’s husband and Julia realize they are extremely attracted to each other, things begin spinning out of control. What will happen if Lell catches them? Continue reading Review: Wolves In Chic Clothing

Review: The Givenchy Code


The Givenchy Code is one of the latest new chick lit mysteries that are beginning to trickle out into the market. Chick lit meets danger/suspense/action in this novel- or at least I thought it was supposed to. Let me elucidate.

Meet Melanie Prescott. The first time we meet her, she is a hip, upbeat woman just scraping by on rent, hoping to meet Mr. Right and trying to fund her expensive taste for designer shoes. The day starts off normally: she is walking dogs for some extra cash when she runs into her ex boyfriend Todd, who manages to coerce her (with beautiful designer shoes) into coming over to his place for dinner. But after a night spent with him, she wakes and discovers him in a pool of blood and brains… and the hunt begins. Continue reading Review: The Givenchy Code

Review: Spooning


Spooning
by Darri Stephens
Broadway Books, April 2006
Reviewed by Rian Montgomery

This book held great promise: the story of a girl just starting out in the great city of New York with a new job, new apartment, and a unique twist of a cooking club.

The problem is that the story was all over the place; you could tell that it was written by two people. Continue reading Review: Spooning