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Scruples (Scruples #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  12,698 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Scruples is the novel that created publishing history, the first-and widely acknowledged to be the very best-novel ever written about the staggeringly luxurious life of a Beverly Hills boutique and the people who work in it. Scruples was translated into twenty languages and made Rodeo Drive famous around the world. The New York Post said that "Scruples was born to be a sma ...more
Hardcover, 474 pages
Published July 20th 1978 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (first published 1978)
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Oct 01, 2008 Evie rated it it was ok
This was THE pornographic novel in my coming of age story. It was the only thing I had access to that was mildly explicit when I was a throbbing tween, so the spine was broken and the dirty pages dogeared. I'd probably cringe if I read it today, but it has a special place in my heart and in my pants.
Dec 05, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Did every girl in the world steal this from her mother just read the sex parts and then sneak it back on the shelf? I feel vindicated that most of the Good Reads reviews say the same thing. Totally trashy and awesome. I've been wanting to re-read this for a while, just to see if it's still as shocking to me. Probably not.
Aug 03, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Really, I could put any book by JK here -- I have read her entire oeuvre -- but Scruples was the book that stole my heart. An overweight, awkward, ostracized ugly duckling who sheds her weight, sheds her billionaire husband, finds her power and wants to run the world? Billy Hunnenwell Ikehorn Orsini Elliott 4-ever.
I loved Judith Krantz's books when I was in my twenties and still find anything contra to my own culture and old traditional values exciting. In fact, we raved about her books. I'm not rating it since I've read it so long ago and might have a totally different experience if I reread it.

I just wanted to add them to my book experiences.
May 01, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: trashy book lovers, beach book lovers
total trash, but so worth it!
decadent 80's excess, fashion, sex, love, has it all.

A guilty pleasure, trashy beach book you cant put down!
I’ve been comparing many novels to SCRUPLES and yet still no post...
2009: Boy, Scruples has it's fair share of explicit sex in all thinkable variety. Usually an overdose ruins a romance for me. But when I bought a grubby, well-thumbed copy in a small second-hand-store ten years ago, I got addicted for a few months and had to read all the other Krantz books as well - ploughing facinatedly through the high society glamour and relationship drama and steaminess. Though, each time I see shelves tagged with "guilty pleasure" I immediately think of Scruples and the res ...more
Meghan Pochebit
Sep 28, 2008 Meghan Pochebit rated it it was ok
Trashy. Trashy. Trashy. Love it. Put on the shelf of books to read when your brain is tired and needs some good old smut. An even better option for such a mindset: Valley of the Dolls!
Right off the bat I can say this was not as dirty or trashy as it was hyped to be nor was it memorable. I think the main waste of potential was Billy as a protagonist. She was by far the most captivating character and the easiest to sympathize with for her humble, insecure beginnings but her page time was in competition with like five other mediocre characters. The entire time I was reading I kept asking myself "why?" Why make a book about this modern Cinderella type woman and her boutique and t ...more
the gift
okay this is a question: do i want to reread this? after almost 30 years? from a somewhat more educated or at least read perspective, from a thoughtful, independent, mature standpoint? well i am interested in reading my youth so... but then it is a long book. did i read the whole thing? questions questions... oh wait a sec, i have to find a copy? maybe i will read dickens instead...

final question: do/did many men read this book? does not look like it...

first review: this was maybe most interesti
Mar 21, 2007 Alicia rated it liked it
This is one of those books that teenage girls pass back and forth so they can all read the "sex parts." It's crazy! Crazy good.
Nicole F
Aug 20, 2007 Nicole F rated it really liked it
Shelves: trashyde-lites
Oh my god, this is trash at it's very best. This book taught me what "glory holes" are. Life changing!
Nov 22, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
Oooh, boy, I have been in the mood for some trashy books lately. So I thought it was time to read some Scruples. Especially since there might be a movie or show soon? Gotta beat the rush. And what did I think? Yes, it's trash. But most of it is pretty good trash! We have: an awkward, overweight girl from an upper crust Boston family who goes to Paris and becomes a swan, as one only can in Paris; a California boy, who believes in beautiful women (taking beautiful pictures of them, and sleeping wi ...more
Lila Veen
Jan 07, 2013 Lila Veen rated it it was amazing
I knew I'd love this book. I'd read "Till We Meet Again" years ago after spontaneously remembering the miniseries and wondered why I'd never read "Scruples." So basically Judith Krantz described the store exactly the way I picture Anthropologie. Coincidence? Love it.

Also, how could it end like that? I mean, it's the perfect HEA, but you just want it to keep going. Of course I'll get to the sequel one day. But this is how to end a book with a HEA. Judith Krantz probably didn't even think to write
Jul 22, 2010 Reanne rated it really liked it
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Aug 25, 2008 Mitch rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was 11-years-old. And it would seem that I read it because of the sex. To be honest, the real draw for me was the glamour.

Krantz tells a story of a world I was fascinated by at that time. It was about money and fashion, fame and glamour. I don't really remember the sex scenes, but I do remember Krantz's descriptions of outfits, interiors, store merchandise and scenes. Her later novels became something of a joke, and eventually became Lifetime movies starring Valerie Bert
Aug 10, 2010 Shamsh rated it really liked it
Although Judith Krantz displays very limited knowledge about South America by committing mistakes such as saying Buenos Aires is in Brazil, and that people speak Spanish in Rio, I have to admit she was able to create a very involving and interesting story about the world of fashion and cinema in Beverly Hills.
She is indeed a writer of "sex and shopping" as it was said before, but also a writer who really knows the meaning of reading for fun... Her book is highly entertaining and addictive, her
Beth Vandemore
Jun 16, 2008 Beth Vandemore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
I know, chee-zy, Schmaltzy (with a capital 'S').....but, this book was one great read when I read it! Really entertaining and it spoke to my fascination with all things glamorous when I read it as a teenager. I want to re-read this book asap. I still have one thing I related to and consequently learned in this book in play today: Wear black with cleavage and you're properly accessorized. Simple. It's kind of naughty, too. It's on my top 10 list. Cheap and tawdry, and so alluring.
May 01, 2010 Narnia rated it liked it
I found this book on my parents' bookshelf when I was about 12... I could not put it down! I had never seen/heard/read anything like it, and I think that I owe a lot of my sex education to this book. LOL I should go back and read it again as an adult and see what I think of it, and how much my pre-teen mind took away from it aside, of course, from the naughty bits. My mom found it under my bed and about killed me. Hahahaha! God, this book has memories!
Dec 20, 2009 Theresa rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books we can blame for my lifelong passion for commercial fiction. I fell in love with this book when I was in high school, and I still think Billy Ikehorn is one of the great characters in the genre. In my next life, I plan to study abroad in France and marry a rich guy (or several) and own lots of department stores.
♥ Marlene♥
Sep 18, 2013 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance
Read this years and years ago. I remember that I loved it and red it more than once. I think I was 15/16 at that time so reading all those books (Harold Robbins comes to mind) where you read about sex I devoured it.

So yes my taste has changed over the years, but for the above reasons I am giving this 5 stars.
Nov 20, 2008 Denis rated it liked it
One of the ultimate guilty pleasures of the eighties. Probably quite bad, but hard to resist all the same. Judith Kranz was the queen of glitzy trash, and somehow she knew how to make it work. This one, and Princess Daisy, are great fun - in the same way bad campy movies can be. Just don't take them seriously. And enjoy the ride.
Steph (loves water)
Jan 31, 2013 Steph (loves water) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-50-times
Read this book so many times back in the day, I think I just might re-read it for fun!
Oct 11, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Quintessential beach trash. God, I love this book.
Jul 25, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chiclit, classic, reread
This was a perfect summer re-read, mostly. Toward the end I felt like I'd had way too much of a delicious sweet.
Sep 19, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar 09, 2017 Yue rated it it was ok
Read in my teens, my first "trashy" book. I used to go to the library just to read the smutty parts, ha!
Jan 03, 2017 Betty rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
This was not my style and I could not get interested in it. So, I am not wasting my time on it.
I feel like Scrooge, criticizing a book that most people love, as I've been gathering from the reviews. I thought I was going to enjoy this book so much more than I actually did. That's not to say I hated it, it was mildly entertaining after all. But after adoring Mistral's Daughter in my teens, I really thought it was going to be so much better. Maybe I'm the one who has changed.

I didn't much care for the protagonist Billy. She had her moments, but generally speaking, she became such a spoiled,
Mihovil Kisić
Dec 21, 2015 Mihovil Kisić rated it it was amazing
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Judith Krantz (born Judith Tarcher), is an American novelist who writes in the romance genre. Her works include Princess Daisy and Till We Meet Again.
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