Lipstick Jungle: A Novel

Lipstick Jungle: A Novel

by Candace Bushnell

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Overview

The new novel that fans of the bestselling author have been waiting for, about three sexy, powerful career women who will do anything to stay at the top of their fields

Victory Ford is the darling of the fashion world. Single, attractive, and iconoclastic, she has worked for years to create her own signature line. As Victory struggles to keep her company afloat, she learns crucial lessons about what she really wants in a relationship.

Nico O'Neilly is the glamorous, brilliant editor of Bonfire Magazine—the pop-culture bible for fashion, show business, and politics. Considered one of the most powerful women in publishing, she seems to have it all. But in a mid-life crisis, she suddenly realizes this isn't enough.

Wendy Healy's chutzpah has propelled her to the very top of the cut-throat movie industry. When it becomes clear that a competitor is trying to oust her, something has to give—and Wendy must decide between her career and her marriage.

In Lipstick Jungle, Bushnell once again delivers an addictive page-turner of sex and scandal that will keep readers enthralled and guessing to the very last page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786893966
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Edition description: REV
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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Lipstick Jungle 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented Lipstick Jungle, the NBC show (I'm starting disc 2) and I fell in love with the characters and drama. My experience with books is that they are always better than their movies or TV shows. What happened here? This book was an endless rant about nothing. It was a day in the life of these three women and just when you thought a plot was about to develop, the author flashes into some side or back story about that character. I kept fighting to keep reading hoping there would be conflict or plot, but after 200+ pages of the 400+, I gave up. I guess I will keep enjoying the show (hopefully that will keep up the momentum).
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Not the best. Usually books are much better than the movie or TV series. Not so in this case. It just seemed disjointed with no real plot or character development. Towards the end, I just couldn't wait for the book to be finished. I had hoped that the ending would help tie everything together but no such luck.
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. I thought the this author would be a little like Barbara Taylor Bradford. She was a little. I liked her writing as far as it was easy to read, but I did not like so many flashback chapters. I have read reviews of other people who have read her work and they say she jumps around a lot. So I don't think I would be interested in her earlier work, but I would recommend checking out her recent bestseller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book, but I was disappointed with the structure and the way it was done. I wanted more on each character and did not like the way it was ended. So I guess, I am not disappointed in the plots or the characters, just wanted more on each.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a shadow of a doubt the worst book that I have ever had the misfortune to have had to endure. I was obliged to read cover to cover as it was a gift, and the giver was certain to ask my opinion of it (reader, I lied to him). Believe me under any other circumstances I would have used it as kindling before the end of page 1. It is dreadful contrived, silly and full of characters who don't even deserve the accolade of having two dimensions. This book is poorly written yet entirely predictable, full of clichés and characters so utterly self absorbed and out of touch with reality that they make the stereotypes who populate Bushnell's other novels look like paragons of selfless virtue. Lipstick Jungle had me reaching for the sick bucket at least once per page, right down to the closing lines: 'it's a jungle out there' says intolerable female character #1, 'no, girls' says self satisfied female character #2 'it's a Lipstick Jungle'. I can honestly say that I've seen superior work featuring more interesting characters and better executed plot-lines scrawled on the walls of public toilets.
Jaylabelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maybe Sex and the City was fabulous, but this one is definitely forgettable. I found it disjointed and contrived, and the characters lacking in depth and humanity. Despite the alluring title, skip it!
tianatune on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, and Sex and the City a few years ago, I have come to the conclusion that Candace Bushnell writes books that make good TV shows, but that aren't very good books themselves. The central theme of this book is that women should strive to be as successful as men, if not more so, no matter what the cost. This theme was forced down my throat as much as possible in this book, at the expense of any real story development. At some 400 pages, nothing much happened. The whole story revolved around the characters' ruthless drive for success but it didn't go anywhere, the characters were one-dimensional, and there was no climax. I also became annoyed by a device the author used repeatedly throughout this book in which she would give a clue as to something that had happened to a character and then wait a page or so and have a flashback to explain what had happened. It was unneccessary to present the story this way and it became very bothersome. I would not recommend this book.
WittyreaderLI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Light, fluffy and good character development are the words I can use to describe this book. Three extremely successful women are the centerpoint of this soon to be a TV series novel. Of the three women, I enjoyed Wendy's sections, then Nico's...Victory's were the most dull to me because I have zero interest in the fashion industry. I bought this book as a 3 for 2. It went very quick, and was extremely light, but it was entertaining.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since others have given the basics of this book, I'll just write my opinion of this. Overall, I found it to be a bit unrealistic and depressing. The writing was smooth, but it's just the basic plot of the story involving 3 very rich ladies who groan a lot about their lives, and the HUGE amounts of money they spend in the process. All 3 to various degrees were stressed out over their jobs, relationships, and the world in general, to the point that one wonders why they didn't simply leave the rat race and live out the rest of their lives in comfort?Nico's character was the worst, and at times I felt like reaching through the book and slapping her. After having read this, I'm definitely not interested in the tv version of it.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Super powered women interested only in money and success with a side relationship - yawn. At least Bushnell has the sense not to make her women neurotic as well. The characters do have the merit of not being completely flat and Wendy in particular does somewhat evolve... to a minor degree. Finally, Bushnell should not even try to venture her characters outside of New York; her abysmal understanding of Europe is shocking. What more to add? Park your brain if you read this.
joiescire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would say this is ok. I didn't love or hate it, but thought it could have been much better.
NativeRoses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a dog-eat-dog world among those women clawing their way to the top in New York City.
dfullmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about 4 successful women in NY. Reminiscent of sex in the city.
ennie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Your female friends aren't CEOs dating billionaires? Forget the implausibility and get lost in the luxe settings. This doesn't pretend to be great literature, and there's enough plot to keep it moving.
Brianna_H on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think that this is Bushnell at her best. I definitely enjoyed Lipstick Jungle more than Trading Up and 4 Blondes. The three main protagonists are relatable and engaging. Bushnell's writing is such that I found myself caring about what happened to each of the three women in the book.A side note: Lipstick Jungle is currently being developed into a television show starring Brooke Shields and is scheduled to premier in January 2008.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How in the world did this earn itself four stars? This POS is a mangled montage of cliches and inaccurate facts (ie. the statement that men have been disrespecting women for "millions of years." Yes. MILLIONS of years). It is some of the poorest writing I have ever read from anyone, let alone an adult, and following up Sex and the City with this was not a good idea. SATC was at least creative. Every description of anything in this book is a complete stereotype you have to wonder if she's ever even set foot in New York. Just amateur. All over. I understand it's "chick lit" but that's a disgrace to both of those words. Typos. Syntax. Simple facts. A puddle of hideously fantasized keyboard-vomit. So disappointed! Can you tell?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one jumps about a bit too much for my tastes but I enjoyed it on the whole. Very funny lines, too.
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
First, I must admit that I haven't had the pleasure of reading Sex and the City, so this is my first adventure with Candace Bushnell. I thoroughly enjoyed this book with three females as the center. I loved that each character was unique, but their friendships with each other were genuine and I could imagine how they became friends and why they stayed friends. A story of their adventures in New York and the trials that women face. I absolutely adored how the women in this story were successful and powerful. It was interesting to read how the men in their life reacted to their successes. I enjoy reading books were the men are put into a different position and how the dynamics of the family must change due to the role reversals. A great chick lit that made me want to continue reading Candace Bushnell. A must read for all chick lit fans.
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