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Prospect Park West

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A great book from one of my favorite writers!

The best book yet from one of my favorite writers. In 'Prospect Park West' Sohn skewers her own neighborhood - I have read she lives in Park Slope - with hilarious and poignant results. This book examines contemporary motherhood through the lens of four very different ...
The best book yet from one of my favorite writers. In 'Prospect Park West' Sohn skewers her own neighborhood - I have read she lives in Park Slope - with hilarious and poignant results. This book examines contemporary motherhood through the lens of four very different characters: a neurotic mom, a movie star, an adulterous wife, and a closeted lesbian. My favorite parts were when she poked fun at the helicopter style of so many of today's young moms but I also loved the New York celebrity references, which are more fun to read about than even Bruce Wagner's. For people who loved the sex in Sohn's other books like Run Catch Kiss, there is no shortage of that here, belying the stereotype of undersexed Park Slope parents. For people who live in Park Slope, or similar neighborhoods filled with affluent Gen X parents and their baby gear, this book will ring true. And for people who don't, there is a lot of interesting commentary on such modern issues as sex after parenthood, celebrity culture, antidepressants, and modern marriage. A page turner! I highly recommend it.

posted by BrooklynMmm on June 28, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Mildly entertaining

I heard that this book was hilarious so I bought it. It is mildly entertaining, but borrow it from someone or from the library. Don't waste your money. The writing is terrible and it reads like a miniseries. The author clearly has an agenda and opinions. What I tho...
I heard that this book was hilarious so I bought it. It is mildly entertaining, but borrow it from someone or from the library. Don't waste your money. The writing is terrible and it reads like a miniseries. The author clearly has an agenda and opinions. What I thought was funny about it was clearly the author's opinion that women who work show up on the playground at 5:30 or 6PM and enjoy their children more than SAHM's or SHAMs as she calls them. I'm not home until 8:30 or 9pm and usually my kids are asleep already.

posted by 1916587 on September 13, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Mildly entertaining

    I heard that this book was hilarious so I bought it. It is mildly entertaining, but borrow it from someone or from the library. Don't waste your money. The writing is terrible and it reads like a miniseries. The author clearly has an agenda and opinions. What I thought was funny about it was clearly the author's opinion that women who work show up on the playground at 5:30 or 6PM and enjoy their children more than SAHM's or SHAMs as she calls them. I'm not home until 8:30 or 9pm and usually my kids are asleep already.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

    Poorly imagined and poorly executed.

    Prospect Park West's characterization of motherhood in Brooklyn feels lifted from blogs and badly written magazine articles. Though a few of the issues that Ms. Sohn brings up are worth exploring her characters are too contrived and one dimensional to engage. The book's constant dropping of street and institution names and events to tie it to Park Slope try too hard. I can't tell if they are there for those of us who live here to get delight from seeing our street names in print (as if we don't get enough of that already) or for those who don't live here to get a sense of the neighborhood. Either way they fall flat. A book that characterizes itself as Brooklyn's own Sex in the City felt more like a bad blind date. I had to force myself to the end.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    do not recommend!!!

    I was expecting a 'Sex and The City' type novel. However, this novel is all fluff and very little substance. I had seen many rave reviews prior to purchasing the novel, and I must admit my expectations were high. But, after a few chapters, I quickly lost interest in the vapid, poorly written characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2010

    Author is Racist

    This author is racist. I refuse to even finish reading this book because it's so unacceptable. Every "bad" character in this book is black. When Lizzie was afraid to walk home at night, it's because there was a black man standing on her street. When a child killed a pigeon in the park, it was a black kid. When people were pick pocketed at the Coop.....the accused was black. NOT ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE BAD. Why does the author play into into this stereotype!? I thought this book was going to be a fun, light summer read, and instead it was offensive and it upset me that people still write and think like this, and I'm not even black. I will never read anything by her again. And you shouldn't either.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Boring and Pointless

    I usually love chick lit to relax with but I truthfully found this to be boring and painful. I finally threw the book in the garbage as it was just not worth the effort to try to get into it.

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    Posted July 2, 2010

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