Prospect Park West

Prospect Park West

by Amy Sohn
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Prospect Park West 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mh004g More than 1 year ago
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.
WarrenGarfield More than 1 year ago
I am an affluent, over-educated liberal who lived on Prospect Park West and still lives in the Slope and I can't be the only person to think that Park Slope just doesn't have the cachet to pull this off or to inspire anyone to read this book for its location. It might as well be Sex in the City set in Hoboken or Astoria, which is to say Sex, Not in the City. I read the book to see if Ms. Sohn could pull off something that accurately captured the nuances of Park Slope. Instead, we got the barest, most tired stereotypes Park Slope with the typical sleaze and trash and celeb misbehavior thrown in. Okay, the food Coop. Okay, PS 321, okay, 7th Avenue, okay, Garfield Temple. These are just carboard cutouts to facilitate a facile and recycled plot about regular sex, lesbian sex, adultery and the childrearing habits of the overpriveleged. Readers would be *much* better off re-reading Tom Perotta's Little Children and chasing it with some SITC reruns. That this book was written and saw its way to print probably says more about the decline and fall of Park Slope than anything else. Chick-lit readers will seek their level, and this book may be at their level (dare I say it a low one?) but the rest of you might want to give the book a pass.
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I bought this book despite the reviews because i lived in park slope and wanted to capture a bit of my brooklyn days. It was well written, funny and just rediculous enough. Well worth the money and the time spent reading it!
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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.
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Rachel is stuck in a loveless marriage and has dreams of meeting a man who will sweep her off her feet and carry her around for the rest of her life. Rachel and her husband's non-existence sex life has been dried up since before their daughter was born. She ends up meeting a man who she has a steamy affair with, Stuart who is also married. When she winds up pregnant there is no way to deny the consequences of their actions. Lizzie used to be a lesbian but she is now married to a man with whom she has a son. During a conversation, Rachel kisses Lizzie. How many more twists and turns can one group of people take? If you are looking to read an in-depth, meaningful read, this is not the book for you. If you're in the mood for a fun yet trashy read that reminds me of a soap opera, this is up your alley. It's entertaining and I found it to be a nice escape from reality.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The gentrified yuppie population has invaded Park Slope in Brooklyn. There they file away in Co-ops that cost a fortune. Most are filled rage and boredom; at least the mommy yuppies are; who knows what the daddy yuppies are doing across the bay in Manhattan. On the playgrounds and cafes, the mothers meet to commiserate their impotency. Abandoned Rebecca's attempts to seduce her spouse fail because he prefers fatherhood over spousal-hood. Lonely Lizzie leans increasingly to returning to lesbianism as her roadie spouse is never home. Ennui Karen finds living in the borough too limited to a social climber ready to take Wall St. Actress Melora misses Manhattan where her myriad of mental phobias are eccentric while here in the burb they are psychotic. This is an interesting satirical mommy lit starring four women with differing issues. Each comes across as their own person and the oft-referenced neighborhood provides strong background to their plight. Although the well written story line focuses deeply on each mommy's psyche in a lampooning amusing way; their individual sexual and kiddy plights seem shallow when each makes it feel as if the end of days has begun. Still sub-genre fans will want to visit Prospect Park West to see how the yuppie moms cope. Harriet Klausner
DefinitelyMaybe More than 1 year ago
Prospect Park West follows the lives of four mothers as they struggle to cope with issues ranging from sexual identity confusion to infertility. Overall, it was a fast read, bordering on trashy in places, with a couple of interesting characters and some extremely annoying ones. Set in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, we meet: Lizzie - former lesbian stay-at-home mom, married to a musician who is constantly travelling. She develops an attraction to another mom in an attempt to assuage her loneliness. Rebecca - my favorite of the mommies, Rebecca is loud and occasionally rude but of all the moms presented in this book, the one I'd most want to hang out with simply because she's fun and she knows how to laugh at the pitfalls of mommydom. Big problem is that her husband doesn't want to have sex with her since the birth of their child. Interesting turn on the sex-after-baby issue. Karen - a manipulative social climber. The kind of mom who makes her kid wear kneepads at the playground. Couldn't stand her, and was glad to see her come to a somewhat bad end. And then there's Melora - an Oscar-winning actress who adopts an orphan a la Angelina Jolie, but then foists him off on the nanny and decides to take up pick-pocketing as a hobby. The racial paranoia subplot felt forced, and I just laughed outright at how delusional most New Yorkers seemed to be about then-nominee Barack Obama's presidency and what they thought he could accomplish. The ending doesn't tie everything up neatly - it leaves you wondering about some of these mommies - but not really interested enough to wonder for very long.
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CanadianReader More than 1 year ago
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.
redtquinn61781 More than 1 year ago
What was Ms. Sohn thinking? I think this book bordered on racist under the guise of the Obama campaign. She was way too focused on race. However, maybe that is the real story behind Park Slope yuppies - vote for Obama, but I don't want blacks in my neighborhood because of property value. Maybe I missed the nuance. I was disgusted with her vapid characters, especially Lizzie and the breast feeding/masturbation scene - really, Amy? She tried to do too much and it failed. Don't waste your time. I only finished it because I have a bad habit of not finishing books I don't like and wanted to quell that tendency. It got the book free from a bin at Borders-I'm glad I did because I would have been upset if I paid money for such a terrible book.
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