Trading Up: A Novel

Trading Up: A Novel

by Candace Bushnell

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786890873
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.70(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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Trading Up 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
IsabellaR More than 1 year ago
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.
WP_Mom More than 1 year ago
I don't expect great depth from Bushnell, but this book did not hold up well. Read One Fifth -- much much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
emigre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Entertaining look into lives of the wealthy. More money just makes for more problems... it seems. No character is really likable, so it makes the story-telling less sentimental. I wasn't invested in seeing any one character's fate change for the better.
jennifour on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fans of Sex and the City will enjoy anything written by Candace Bushnell.
NativeRoses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful woman uses and betrays her wealthy husband, and almost loses everything. An insiders view of the top of the food chain in New York City and Hollywood.
avital on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. Unfortunately Bushnell is missing that special "je ne sais quois" of S.J.Parker.
CreateSean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I ever had the displeasure to have to read. Excruciatingly boring and trite.
JeanGrey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Sex and the City but okay. Good summer reading.
hockeycrew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Janey is a superficial supermodel only interested in herself. She uses everyone around her and is only interested in social gain. When scandal errupts and her perfect world crumbles, Janey is forced to reinvent herself.I found Janey to be a completely unlikable character. I found myself reading more to find out what happens to her sweet sister Patty. The writing style jumps around from past to present within a paragraph and can be pleasant. Certainly makes me happy I'm not part of the New York Social Scene.
dkg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hated this book. My least favorite of hers.
joiescire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok. Not a favorite in this genre.
jlw7221 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had the worst ending ever. Horrible. If you're planning to read it, don't read this review because I'm going to give away the ending. Which, if you hadn't noticed, I hate. So, the book itself is a pretty entertaining read. It's about a beautiful, manipulative, bitchy, shallow, whorish, self-centered woman and her quest for fame and fortune. And on that quest, she has some very Sex and the City-esque adventures which are always good fluffy reading.However, over the course of the book this woman explicitly trades sex for money (ummm...), lies, cheats, and manipulates everyone she comes into contact with including her sister, husband and best friend. And in the end, just when you think she's finally going to crash and burn (which is exactly what you want, because by now you HATE her and she deserves it!) everything all magically works itself out for her. And la-di-dah, what do you know, suddenly she's on top of the world again. The moral of the story is that if you're beautiful and a good liar you can get away with anything. And if New Yorkers eventually realize you're a miserable excuse for a human being, just move to LA and they'll worship you there. Seriously, stupidest ending ever. Ever.
girakittie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found that while the book was technically well written, I did not empathize with the main character much. I disliked the author's cold assessment of women's motives for manipulating men, even though I couldn't quarrel with her conclusions. I felt that she did not show any compassion in her treatment of her characters and it detracted from the overall quality of the book. Not one I'd recommend.
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runmarathon More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is sex in the city about sex, kissing, naked, hot stuff, boobs, and slutty things? Please telll me
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