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Trading Up

3.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,739 Ratings  ·  672 Reviews
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 sociall ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2003 by Time Warner Books UK
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Aug 27, 2007 Christina rated it did not like it
Dear Candace,
Please stop writing female characters with no depth of soul. I am a women and yet capable of thought. I am capable of getting a job and supporting myself. I am capable of dating people because I like them and not because they are rich. I am capable of having friends who I don't back-stab.
If you were a man I would accuse you of hating women, however, I believe I will have to look for another excuse for your writing.
In the meantime please cease and desist.
Jul 24, 2007 Karen added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Do yourself a favor and NEVER READ THIS. I give it zero stars.
This book was the worst piece of crap ever written. I have a problem when it comes to books in that I have to finish reading a book once I start it. I hate myself for finishing this one. I'm dumber for having read it and will never, ever read a Candace Bushnell book again.
Jun 21, 2008 Erika rated it really liked it
Fun, totally underrated, and maybe misunderstood. This is a contemporary update of The House of Mirth, which makes it a creative, ambitious project. The plot mirrors that of the Wharton novel until the end, where the shameless, LA-based, culture of entertainment allows the protagonist to survive her exclusion from rule-bound New York society. Yes, that protagonist is shallow and bitchy, but she has her demons, and Lily Bart was hardly without shortcomings.
Aug 02, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it
I cannot describe the extent that I dislike Candace Bushnell’s character, Janey Wilcox. She is the only protagonist I have willed to die.
My stomach bubbles in fury with what Ms. Bushnell put me through with this devastating waste of paper. It isn’t a book, it’s a door stopper.
Janey is the face of today’s reality stars. A former model, Janey gets meaning from her “existence” by climbing social ladders. Aiming to become a movie producer, Janey is constantly buffeted by past acquaintances that have
Jan 09, 2008 Danielle rated it did not like it
Reading this book was painful and horrifying. I was astonished to find that anyone could think up so many shallow topics and characters on which to write. However, I found myself compelled to finish the book, hoping all along that Janie, the main character, would eventually do the right thing. I did, however, find some of the character names, locations, corporations and New York-isms both clever and interesting.
May 13, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: the open mind
I read a lot of reviews on here before I read this book. I was almost talked out of reading it because they were so negative. But I had already bought it at goodwill, so I went ahead and read it.

The character this book is based on is in fact a horrible, shallow, nasty person, but I found myself liking the book anyway. Even if it was ridiculous and I couldn't believe what was being said, I kept on reading, and wanting to read more.

Yes, she's horrible, and no, I am not like her, but at the same
Apr 03, 2010 January rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. If you like Sex and the City then you should like this. It is very similar. This being said, this book is not for everyone. If you are somewhat of a prude or if sex bothers you in ANY way don't bother reading this book. There is a lot of sex in it. I think it is a fun book and as long as you don't take it too seriously you will enjoy it. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to any of my friends...just not my mother (which is funny because she is the one that bought it ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Machel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow, not sure how I have missed these book on my bookshelves on Goodreads.
Can I just say, I loved this book? I loved Janey Wilcox. I liked the dirty mix of modeling vs Hollywood with the Hampton socialites, with the 'the one upping' and just the fabulous candid fun journey of Janey trying to pry her way to the top.
This book rocked. I loved the whole bit about her maybe or maybe not had written a screenplay. I like how the the novel eventually peels off the layers of Janey's tough exterior and
Mar 04, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Sex & The City, so I am hoping that this one will be good too. However, after reading the first chapter, I am already disgusted with the main character. And unfortunately, I am the type of person that has to finish a book once I start reading we'll see.

A few days later...Okay, I gave it another try and gave up. I have no desire to finish this book and will not recommend it. Stories about the fashion world and the glamorous life of the rich and famous can be tastefully written
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it did not like it
I received Candace Bushnell's novel Trading Up in a care package from friends when I was on bedrest during my third pregnancy. Knowing that I had just discovered Sex and the City on DVD, one of my girlfriends assumed that I'd like reading this book. At the time, I was reading at least one and sometimes two books a day, and yet it took me three days to read Trading Up. The following explains why.

::: The Premise :::

Trading Up opens with Janey Wilcox, a character introduced in Bushnell's previous n
Jun 02, 2016 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not one of Bushnell's best. It started out promising, and I loved its prequel, Four Blondes. In the end, it felt disjointed and disorganized.

Bushnell spends the entire book setting up the main character, Janey, as manipulative, shallow and utterly unlikable. Then, at the end, asks the reader to almost feel sorry for her and find her sympathetic without really giving a reason.

Bushnell leaves several subplots hanging unresolved, mysteries unanswered and the final scene is a character we'v
Eleni De
Oct 19, 2009 Eleni De rated it did not like it
"Trading Up"

All Janey Wilcox wants is to be on top. Climb up the social ladder and become Manhattan's elite. However, in NYC, its not as easy as it seems and no one is ever good looking enough, rich enough, or talented enough to stay atop the social ladder.
Many unexpected forces in the end, after many problems occurring, threaten to bring Janey down. Will she achieve her dream of reaching the apex of the social hierarchy or will she fail miserably?

-Personally I disliked this book. Janey Wilcox i
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
I think, after a month of reading Trading Up, it is safe to say that Candice Bushnell's novels worked better when HBO interpreted her writing. Believe me, Sex & The City was my favorite Bushnell book but I loved it better on cable. I was also glued to the TV set whenever Carrie Diaries was on.

Somehow, with Trading Up, I had a hard time getting charmed with Janey Wilcox and her posse. I didn't think I had the energy to like her, much more appreciate her as both a heroine & a bitch.

Yes, I
Sep 14, 2007 Tonya rated it did not like it
Coming from a gal who normally loves shallow chick-lit (think the "Shopaholic" series, "Bergdorf Blondes", "Devil Wears Prada", etc. etc...) "Trading Up" didn't even serve my only purpose for it: to be a mindless beach read while on vacation. I struggled through about 60 or 70 dull, tedious pages before I finally gave up on it. Fortunately, I found it in B&N's bargain bin for only 5 or 6 bucks. Unfortunately, I also wasted another 5 or 6 bucks on "Lipstick Jungle" which I am now unlikely to ...more
Cassie Caine
Feb 07, 2012 Cassie Caine rated it it was amazing
I love Candace Bushnell, there can be few more intelligent authors working in the U.S. today, and Trading Up is one of her best. I'd say that this tale of a lingerie model's attempts to claw her way into the upper echelons of New York society reminds me of Edith Wharton, if I wasn't afraid that might make it sound a tad dull and worthy. Whereas it's sparklingly funny and wonderfully observant. A long flashback towards the end of the novel throws things off-kilter a bit, but otherwise this is hea ...more
Rochelle Reed
Jul 30, 2012 Rochelle Reed rated it did not like it
I attempted, TWICE, to read this book. Not only was it a complete bore being in the main characters head, but in my head I can't get around the fact that it was so bad that I could barely start it, and there was no way in hell I was going to finish it. I have read a lot of bad books in my time, but there have only been a couple that I never finished. This is proof that being published takes a good backscratching and nothing more. Write one good book and get the golden publishers ticket. I won't ...more
David Collins
Feb 12, 2013 David Collins rated it it was amazing
It's a fun read. I was rooting for the main character the whole way! This is a continuation from one of the stories in "Four Blondes", read that one first and you won't be disappointed. This certainly isn't going to be a book that challenges the social norm or makes you look particularly smart on the subway home, but that's what the hipster sitting next to you reading Nietzsche is for. If you don't take yourself too seriously and just want something easy and fun to read this is for you.
Jul 03, 2008 Fran rated it did not like it
Goodreads needs a new bookshelf category: "couldn't bear to continue reading."

Why would anyone want to spend hundreds of pages with unlikable, unfunny Janey Wilcox, even if she is a blond, beautiful Victoria's Secret model? I would be a million times happier rereading _Cranford_.... so that's what I'm going to do!
Mar 28, 2012 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rejects
I kept reading this book to see if the author could produce some redeeming character in this incredibly selfish self absorbed girl, but no she just keeps using people and gets away with it because she is beautiful. I don't think I have ever read a book with more despicable main character.
Nov 14, 2013 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: candace-bushnell
This was not my favorite Candace Bushnell book. Instead of feeling sorry for the protagonist you felt sorry for everyone she came in contact with!
Jul 13, 2009 Erin rated it did not like it
You know, all day at work I am reminded about how shallow mankind is. For exanple: 1) since I am not one of the "beautiful" people I am not treated as nicely and will never make as much money no matter how hard I work or how smart I am. 2) Since there are always people willing to sell themselves out for a buck- whether it is morally, spiritually, or environmentally- it seems like we will never make progress as a society. 3) Postponing short-term fulfillment for the greater good long-term is just ...more
Mary Clare
Sep 24, 2010 Mary Clare rated it liked it
Janey Wilcox a Victoria secret model will do anything to advance her position in society, including sleeping with whoever has the most money. This has been the lifestyle that Janey has always led since her modeling days in Paris as a young teenager. A couple of summers ago Janey was commissioned to write a screenplay for her current Beau Comstock Dibble for $30,000. The only problem was janey never delivered the screenplay but she thought her sex acts were payment enough. Fast forward one year l ...more
Ellisa Barr
Mar 01, 2011 Ellisa Barr rated it it was ok
*Rating Factors*
Did I like the book: Yes
Would I read it again: No
Will I recommend it to friends: No
Was there anything special about the book: No

You can pretty much save your time and skip this book. It had way too much language and questionable material to be entertaining, and the main character (Janie) was very unlikable. That said, I did like the book and the stories about a segment of people I will never be able to relate to or understand. Also, I was impressed by Janie's courage and sheer de
Lindsay green
Oct 16, 2010 Lindsay green rated it really liked it
This is a novel about shopping, sex and social statuses.
Janey is a character from bushnells novel 4 blondes.
Janey's dream is to the be IT girl in NYC. She is a victorias secret model, but always striving to be better than the best.
Janey’s got a crazy history that involves multiple relationships with a rich men and a reputation around town of doing anything for money
Bushnell does a great job of capturing the NY social climbing woman, unfortunately its hard to like her character. She uses people
Jan 08, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
This book was interesting because the characters were living such extreme and glamorous lives that it had a fantasy feel to it. However, it's a little bit of a caricature of the Upper East Side, reducing the characters to stereotypes. The story centers around a protagonist who is far more shallow than she is likable. Yet I did enjoy following their cartoonish incidents.
Jan 17, 2009 Leslie rated it liked it
A different kind of read. I have seen a lot of women get angry over this book because it is about a model who uses her looks and men. Yes, I feel that I have more depth and can't really relate to the character. But, the reality is, this DOES happen. And, it also shows you that just because women do this, it doesn't mean that they are happy with themselves or their lives.
Allison Jaynes
Nov 17, 2014 Allison Jaynes rated it did not like it
Can I not give zero stars? I actually thought this was a joke when I started reading it. It took about 100 pages before I realized that this was the real protagonist that we are supposed to be rooting for. I've never loathed a book so much, and still felt obliged to finish it - hoping for a glimmer of redemption, but there was none. I truly loved the Sex & the City tv show, and thought that since this woman wrote the book that it was based on, it should be somewhat funny/interesting/likeable ...more
Alexandra A.
Jan 17, 2014 Alexandra A. rated it really liked it
Trading up by (one of my favor authors) Candice Bushnell is a smart and witty novel. We got to know Janey in 4 Blondes as a former model, and in Trading Up, she has just scored a major Victoria’s Secret contract. Janey is suddenly given instant society status as she begins to spend her summer in the Hamptons, becoming best friends with the renowned socialite Mimi Kilroy. Mimi is set on hooking Janey up with the very wealthy Seldon Rose, head of a television studio. Seldon is different from the m ...more
Liz Shaw
Nov 07, 2015 Liz Shaw rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm a huge Candace fan because of Sex and the City, so I think it goes without saying that because of that I'm reading several of her books.

Despite some of the negative reviews I like the book. I don't know, maybe it's because I'm in the media industry that I can relate to wanting fame and fortune.

I feel sorry for Janey yet at the same time I hate her and think she and Mimi are backstabbing bitches.

I wish I'd read 4 Blondes first though as that's where Janey is introduced.

I definitely fel
Emily Rose
I will be entirely honest. This novel was, in its entirety, a guilty pleasure. There is nothing definitive which sets Bushnell's narrative style apart from anyone else's. The novel really doesn't hold any truly unique characteristics, and it is definitely not a work worth analyzing, unless one wants to look at its socioeconomic implications, considering the plot of drama among the enormously rich and famous. The novel, as a whole, is more an indulgence than an intellectual experience. I will adm ...more
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Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of Killing Monica, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as di ...more
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