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Trading Up

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  12,342 ratings  ·  630 reviews
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 m...more
Paperback, 600 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Hyperion (first published 2003)
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Christina
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.
Love.
Me
Karen
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.
Awful.
Erika
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.
Laura
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...more
Danielle
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.
Carrie
May 13, 2009 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
January
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
Machel
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...more
Michelle
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 it...so 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...more
Cyndy Aleo
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...more
Eleni De
"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...more
Tonya
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
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
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
Samantha
I like this much better than 4 Blondes. It's a pseudo-sequel, expanding on one of the short stories. The main character is almost pitiable, and I found myself often wishing she would just give up and be a "normal person," but like a train wreck, I couldn't just look away.

I've known people who attempted this sort of lifestyle, so I guess that's why the story held my interest.
Fran
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!
Margaret
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.
Diana
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!
Erin
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
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
*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...more
Lindsay green
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...more
David Collins
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.
Amanda
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.
Leslie
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.
Alexandra A.
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
Erin
I'm embarrassed by how much I enjoyed this book. It's really fun to read.
eleonora -
Anni luce da "Sex and the city", di cui pianifico ugualmente una rilettura, una protagonista insopportabile, una storia piena di banalità, un libro difficile da terminare, con personaggi uno peggiore dell'altro, per i quali non è possibile provare nessun sentimento se non il desiderio che finisca subito..
Insomma, un libro nel quale è difficile trovare qualche pregio, se non quello di un finale che, in un modo o nell'altro, è realistico e stupefacente al tempo stesso.
"Non giudicare un libro dal...more
Jennifer Hart collopy
Meh....for a beach read, it was slightly entertaining. I'm not a "chick lit" fan, and would never have paid for this book (even after reading it), but I got it from a friend...I would not recommend it to anyone, but once I started-i was committed to finish all 504 pages of it.

Janey, Mimi, Patty, they are all horrible characters in the two large ensemble of rich people with no depth. The end of the book is just atrocious, it's like Candice was like "oh, yea-I need to end this!" And threw togethe...more
Megan
guilty pleasure. held my attention!
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Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling novelist whose first book, Sex and the City, was the basis for the HBO hit series and subsequent blockbuster movie. Her fourth novel, Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC. Bushnell’s novels include Four Blondes (2000), Trading Up (2003), Lipstick Jungle (2005), One Fifth Avenue (2008) and The Carrie Diari...more
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