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Trading Up: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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With a brilliant comic voice as well as Jane Austen's penchant for social satire, Candace Bushnell, who with Sex and the City changed forever how we view New York City, female friendships, and the love of a good pair of Manolos, now brings us a sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining latter day comedy of manners.

Modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox is a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp, and whose new-found success ...
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Trading Up: A Novel

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Overview

With a brilliant comic voice as well as Jane Austen's penchant for social satire, Candace Bushnell, who with Sex and the City changed forever how we view New York City, female friendships, and the love of a good pair of Manolos, now brings us a sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining latter day comedy of manners.

Modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox is a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp, and whose new-found success has gone to her head. As we follow Janey's adventures, Bushnell draws us into a seemingly glamorous world of $100,000 cars, hunky polo players and media moguls, Fifth Avenue apartments, and relationships whose hidden agendas are detectable only by the socially astute. But just as Janey enters this world of too much money and too few morals, unseen forces conspire to bring her down, forcing her to reexamine her values about love and friendship--and how far she's really willing to go to realize her dreams.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401398279
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 71,347
  • File size: 788 KB

Meet the Author

Candace  Bushnell
Candace Bushnell is the author of Sex and the City, Four Blondes, and Trading Up. She has been a columnist for The New York Observer and a contributing editor to Vogue.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

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    i expected great things when i bought this book. i thought the creator of sex and the city must be an amazing author to come up with that show, but i was so wrong. her writing is horrible! this book was such a waste of money, i only finished reading it because i wanted to try and get my money's worth out of it but that definitely didn't happen. there was no real story, it was dead from beginning to end and had absolutely no point to it. i hope nobody else wastes their money on this garbage.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Awful

    it was so bad I had to return the book after a few pages. I kept falling asleep or daydreaming. It couldn't hold onto me. She's a good author but missed the mark on this one altogether.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    Little disappointed

    I also read Sex and the City and 4 Blondes prior to reading this. I was kind of disappointed when I opened the book and realized that the author was focusing this book on Janey from 4 Blondes. She was my least favorite story of the 4 stories in that book. She was so ridiculously over the top with everything and maybe there are actually women like this in NYC, but I much enjoyed reading about Carrie Bradshaw and some of the other 'blondes' in 4 Blondes. It was light summer reading and that was fine, but I'm just glad I found this at a garage sale for 50 cents rather than actually buying it at the bookstore! However, I would recommend Bushnell's other books. This one was just average.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A shallow read

    I don't expect great depth from Bushnell, but this book did not hold up well. Read One Fifth -- much much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2009

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    Loved it.....

    I appreciated the character of Janey Wilcox. Hated her at times, pitied her at times, and then just found her outrageous. Got better and better toward the end. Great beach read. If you like Sex in the City, you will like this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2006

    You keep reading, because something MIGHT happen. It doesn't.

    I really wanted to like this book. Hoping this book to be the sassy next installment of girl power, I was willing to read all 563 pages waiting for either sweet revenge or the total collapse of the main character's world. This story had just enought to keep you going but was a real let-down when it came to the climax.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    ok book

    Thought I would really like this book. but it's a little dull. there were characters in the book that I found more interesting than the elad character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Question please

    Is sex in the city about sex, kissing, naked, hot stuff, boobs, and slutty things? Please telll me

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    Would recommend

    If you like Sex & The City and find New York society interesting, this is a great book. If you watch "The Real Houswives of New York City", you will start looking similarities from the book and the show. Lots of fun.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Really didn't like it

    I read this book after reading Lipstick Jungle and One Fifth Avenue - both of which I loved. However, this book I found to be veryslow moving until the end and had way too much back story in it. I did not like the character of Janey Wilcox. I felt she was childish and really had no depth the her. I found myself skimming some of the page and really just wanting to be done with it. I am happy that I only spent $6 for this book as I got it as a last chance bargain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2009

    Not Worth the Effort

    This book is boring and shallow. The characters are, at best, two dimensional and offer little reprieve from the trite and overly simplistic plot. I can't imagine why anyone would enjoy this pile of dribble, unless they are as uninteresting, superficial and petty as the characters in this book. Perhaps an overseas flight is the only reason to read this tragic waste of paper because this book offers a minor reprieve from the mind numbing boredom. However, after completing this hackneyed piece of garbage I doubt very seriously that it was any more entertaining than reading the safety instructions in the pocket of my seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2008

    If you like sex in the city do not read this

    I wish I had better things to say but this book was such a huge disappointment. I was expecting all of the glitz and glamor that surrounded her other characters and received none. The story line was non existent, the characters were boring, and I had to drag myself to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is one of my favorite books and I have read it a few times. Bushnell's style of writing is not for everyone but I think this book is entertaining, sassy, full of details, and funny. I am obsessed with sex and the city and this book is just as great. Trading Up has WAY more personality and spice than any of those other 'chick' books! I liked this one better than Lipstick Jungle. I can't wait for her next novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    At first, I read the preview of the book in the front flap, and I thought it was going to be a great funny book, turns out it's not! Trading Up was one of the worsts books ever and even worse, I threw away the tag before I could return it! so I decided to finish reading and it was horrible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. THE FIRST BOOK TO IT '4 BLONDES' IS GREAT TOO. THIS BOOK HAS A GREAT CONTINUOUS STORY ABOUT 'JANEY', I REALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH 'JANEY'. I COULDN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN. IT'S FUNNY, ENTERTAINING AND A GREAT READ. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IF SHE WRITES MORE OF THESE TYPES!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2006

    Just Okay....

    I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it either. It kept my interest to keep reading but didn't really have a great ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    Trading Down is more like it

    I had read 4 Blondes and although I didn't love it, Janey Wilcox was my favorite character in that novel so I was sure I would enjoy this book. Wrong. This book moved very slowly, and is divided into 3 'books' and I didn't even really begin getting into it until 'Book Three' a little late if you ask me. None of the characters are all that likeable and many of the side stories don't go anywhere and leave you wondering what happened with those people. It is a long read and I wouldn't waste your time with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2006

    Trading Up?

    (As titled in the story)...I loved this book so much! It was a great beach read & perfect for those 'lazy days & nights'. i loved the whole book, but the end killed it. i wanted to know more about mimi's 'surprise' & what happens with janey. if anyone knows, ugh, lucky you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Hate to Love it

    I gotta say, I loved Sex and the city (shows) so I first read '4 Blondes' which was also excellent. So Trading Up was my latest purchase to kill air time on the plane. It was very long, slightly drawn out story line. If you want a plot or some real clear conclusion to the story, don't read this book. Really all it is, is a very shallow look and probably very realistic look into the lives of these ridiculously rich/beautiful women, primarily Janey. It's funny, it's sad and sometimes you just want to jump in and punch her in the face for the silly things she does and says. But I believe it would have been half as interesting otherwise. However, Candace is a very excellent writer, very descriptive. You feel like your there with the characters, like your inside the gossip tree and you get to know every little detail. So be prepared to spend more time getting to know Janey rather than seeing the book draw a real conclusion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Only if you have nothing better to do...

    I was disappointed by this book. The prose is long and drawn out, while vague at the same time. I could not figure out whether to feel sorry for her or despise her. Chapters 13 through 15 were the only part of the book that kept my attention, and it took a long time to get there. Normally, I love to devour books, this one took five months to read. So if you are unemployed and have nothing better to do, then go ahead and borrow it from some one but do not waste your money buying it.

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