Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Killing Monica - Candace Bushnell


Product DetailsThis is the book fans of Candace Bushnell have been waiting for. From the author ofSex and the CityLipstick Jungle, and The Carrie Diaries comes an addictive story about fame, love, and foolishness that will keep readers enthralled to the very last enticing scene.


Pandy "PJ" Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt something different: a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy's publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica-as does her greedy husband, Jonny, who's gone deeply in debt to finance his new restaurant in Las Vegas. 
When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself. But to do so, she will have to reconcile with her ex-best friend and former partner in crime, SondraBeth Schnowzer, who plays Monica on the big screen-and who may have her own reasons to derail Pandy's startling change of plan.
In KILLING MONICA, Candace Bushnell spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and the meaning of identity. With her trademark humor and style, this is Bushnell's sharpest, funniest book to date


Could someone please explain to me what I just spent 2 days reading?  Maybe I am not the targeted audience which should have been YA but  with a lot of vulgarity, heavy drinking, drugs, and some sex; but I should have found some entertainment value in this book, shouldn't I have?  I mean the character of Pandy is supposed to be in her 40's -  well she is before and after part 2.

This is a cliched look into the lives of an author and an actress -how the author wants to write something 'meaningful' and what craziness happens when her meaningful book gets rejected. Oh yeah, it is also about the horrible choices that  Pandy makes in picking out a man, marrying him and then getting a divorce .

This book could have been written in the '90's  and for all intents and purposes just comes off as reconstituted Sex in the City but  without the freshness.  I mean come on, this woman is in her 40's, shouldn't she have had some dignity?

The 'mystery' of Pandy's sister -could it have been anymore obvious?

And by the way just what are "salty lights" and the "San Geronimo" festival?  Yes, I know this is fiction, but if you are going to do a take off on something real (the San Gennaro Festival perhaps?) at least give it a better name (unless this was changed  before publication?)

Flat, cliched, unbelievable characters - outlandish, trite plot - some humorous bits.

*ARC supplied by publisher.

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