Review: One Fifth Avenue

One Fifth Avenue
One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There was next to nothing good about this book. Listen to all the other reviewers on Goodreads who warned you to stay away from it.

Candace Bushnell had a major hit with Sex and the City, and I can’t say I’ve read it, but I’m guessing it was much more original than this. I have a feeling this book is like a cheaper, middle-aged version of that.

One Fifth Avenue is all about people with no morals whatsoever who use others for whatever purpose they need to and almost always stay in bad relationships simply because they are middle-aged. There is an extremely heavy bent on middle age throughout the book, which it didn’t say on the book blurb, and that changes the whole feel and focus of the story. I found myself only interested in one character’s storyline not because I liked her, but because she was the only interesting one in the book.

Bushnell’s inability to write a book without characters who make their living or gain popularity through writing articles/blogs and becoming massively famous is very disappointing. I was hoping this book would be a little different from what I know of Sex and the City at least in terms of the characters’ jobs, but no. Same old, same old.

The only reason this didn’t get just one star is Bushnell has some very well phrased bits that I enjoyed a lot and I also thought she moved flawlessly between characters’ perspectives even from sentence to sentence. I very much appreciated that talent that took as I’ve seen many authors struggle with it.

Overall, don’t bother. I didn’t even like it as a fun chick lit romp, which was what I was looking for.

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2 comments on “Review: One Fifth Avenue

  1. raisingdaisy says:

    Thanks for saving me the time and money on this book! I really appreciate your honest and candid reviews.

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