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Gilding Lily

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

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    A Total Drag

    After many weeks trying to get through "Gilding Lily" I've completely given up, without even getting past the half-way mark. I started reading Lily on my lunch breaks at work thanks to an Advance copy in the breakroom, and recently have realized that it's ruining my lunches. This book is a constant let-down, and every page further cements the feeling that the main character is not at all relatable, totally shallow, and mostly pathetic. Instead of trying to power through hard times in her marriage and career, she wallows in her self-pity and becomes solely focused on climbing in a world that gives nothing back to her. Every paragraph is a downer, even when good things are happening, and I can't imagine an ending that would make the first half of this book worth reading. Don't bother paddling through this swamp of boredom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    Sadly overrated

    I love chick lit in almost any form! But this book was boring and just very shallow. Lily didn't really have any personality, and her struggles seemed silly (especially in light of the economy - am I supposed to feel sorry for her because she cant afford t oget her hair done?) I wish it were better! It had potential, but Lily was just dumb. The writer seemed to be wanting to write about herself. And like one of the other people who wrote a review, I was kind of squicked out by the racism with the maid. Too bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Boring, Trite

    I was initially excited to dive into the advance copy of Gilding Lily - after all, summer is the perfect time for fluffy books and amusement. However, about 20 pages in, I began to turn the pages with trepidation - things only got worse. Protagonist Lily, despite the author's best efforts, remains out-of-touch with the reader. While she's gained weight, hates her mother-in-law, and is trying to be a good mom - all characteristics the reader should find endearing - Lily is shallow, focused only on the social scene and her status. She doesn't concern herself with any deeper issues, and displays no resentments other than passively holding grudges. It doesn't seem to occur to her that endearing herself to the social scene (which is so very cruel to her) may not be a worthy goal instead, she aims for status only. Little explanation for this single-mindedness is given, and that which is given certainly isn't very believable. I gasped openly (on the bus, for that matter) when Lily tries to dress herself up as a Puerto Rican by slicking her hair back and wearing large earrings. The racism, crystallized in that instance, remains prevalent as the author uses Lily's Puerto Rican maid, Jacinta, as a prop throughout the novel. If you want a novel filled with thoroughly unlikeable, out-of-touch characters and lack-luster descriptions of the New York social scene, Gilding Lily is your book. If you prefer chick lit with style, pass on this.

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