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Scruples (Scruples #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  9,807 ratings  ·  155 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 tobe a smas ...more
Hardcover, 474 pages
Published July 20th 1978 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (first published 1978)
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Evie
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.
Jen
Dec 05, 2009 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Sarah
May 01, 2008 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: trashy book lovers, beach book lovers
total trash, but so worth it!
decadent 80's excess, fashion, sex, love, business...it has it all.

A guilty pleasure, trashy beach book you cant put down!
oliviasbooks
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 facinated through the high society glamour and relationship drama and steaminess. Though, each time I see shelves tagged with "guilty pleasures" I immediately think of Scruples and the rest of th ...more
Meghan Pochebit
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!
Alicia
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
Oh my god, this is trash at it's very best. This book taught me what "glory holes" are. Life changing!
Michelle
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
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
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Jenn
I re-read this purely because it was mentioned on a podcast I listen to, and I was transported instantly to my 15 year old self reading this book, jaw dropped at the scandalous contents. As an adult, it's nothing too wild (the sex scenes, while explicit, are brief-ish), but as a teenager it seemed like the book, and the world it was portraying, was decadent and sophisticated, and unattainable. 70s and 80s excess are nothing compared to the super new money tech & oil billionaire lavishness th ...more
Reanne
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Mitch
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
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Shamsh
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
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thegift
this was most interesting in that girlfriends liked it, but the rampant materialism, the money, the brands, seem embarrassing now. but this was a book of the mid-eighties. i confess, one serious girlfriend loved being a model so i guess this is what i wanted, too. i was young. i was attracted to surface glitter. i think I read this through, trying to discover what women want. money and sex. preferably, moneyed sex. this is before there was this sex and the city tv show, so maybe this was vicario ...more
Beth Vandemore
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.
Narnia
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!
Denis
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.
Theresa
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.
Pamela
Fun book with a heroine that at times you love and at times you want to wring her neck! If you enjoy immersing yourself in a total fantasy world of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Paris, New York, and the ultra rich, this book is for you. If you are looking for a book to raise your social consciousness...well , this book isn't the one.
One disclaimer:This book was written in the late 1970's and has not been revised. It has a deliciously retro feel in the writing, and all of the social and retail refer
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♥ Marlene♥
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.
Kijoda
i read this when I was a teen and over twenty years later the story still resonates with me. Unfortunately the book could never be used to reflect any image of me that I saw for myself other than being a strong and resourceful women. That model however I had already had in my mother although like the character she as well as people in general are flawed and the glamour of fictional money, power and gorgeous men to me placates a life of a story currently removed from the integrity of life today. ...more
Glimmerfee
Aus einem dicken Teenager entwickelt sich die Schönheit Billy, die in der Welt der Reichen an die Spitze klettert. Sie eröffnet das Edel-Kaufhaus Skrupel und bietet dort Mode und all die schönen Sachen an, von denen sogar Stars ins Schwärmen geraten. Ihr zur Seite stehen die französische Designerin Valentine und der Modefotograf Spider, der ein ganz spezielles Händchen für Frauen hat.

Dies ist der Auftakt zu einer Trilogie die fortgesetzt wird mit den Büchern ‚Luxus‘ und ‚Triumph‘. Der Roman gibt
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Steph
Read this book so many times back in the day, I think I just might re-read it for fun!
Minty McBunny
A trashy classic from my youth, this has been my "emergency" book for a while, one I keep in the car in case I forget whatever book I am currently reading.

I got caught up in it the other day and since I am having a hard time getting into the "real" book I'm reading, I just abandoned myself to the delightfully decadent trash for a while.

I love Judith Krantz, as far as American trashy romance novelists go, she's pretty much top tier. This is fine example of her work, though I think Til We Meet A
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Justin Ward
As long as it took me to read this, I have to say it was generally a fun story. It's filled with all the glamor, excess, and camp you'd expect (and hope for), but human emotion is at the center of it all, as it should be for any good soap opera. The characters are mostly likable people, though our lead heroine could have used a few slaps across her snobbish face, and the plots have movement.

The hardest parts of the novel to get through would be the pages and pages spent on Billy's backstory in F
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Serenella
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,
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Laurie
Billy doesn't have the greatest childhood. Raised by her widowed father who was more involved with his medical research than her upbringing, Billy is closer to the housekeeper than her own father. She turns to food for comfort and ends up overweight and seriously introverted. A kind aunt helps her to find a household in France for her to spend a year abroad. When Billy returns she is a brand new person.

We are given some very detailed character studies for the different players involved in this
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Edward Creter
Scruples rules because it is a story that has a unique insight into the worlds of fashion and movies, and how one rubs off the other and vice versa.Billy Ikehorn Orsini creates a clothes shop for the ultra rich where people do whatever--from playing pinball machines to eating sandwiches!!!!--without fear or guilt. Her Italian husband is a bigtime movie producer on his way to make the world's best film of all time (a romantic drama called Mirrors, which in real life would've attracted hardly any ...more
Brent Mckay
I was reading about 80s excess, and I stumbled upon a reference to this mass-market bestseller. It was far better than I expected. A multi-character novel told in an omniscient third person, Krantz details the lives of various ambitious characters who end up in Beverly Hills. Krantz understands many secret worlds--fashion in New York and Paris and Beverly Hills, the world of Cannes and film production, the tedium of wealth, how people reinvent themselves, serve as svengalis, etc. Several section ...more
Kilian Metcalf
In a fit of nostalgia, I decided to buy a copy of this book and Princess Daisy, also by Judith Kranz. I had enjoyed both books when I was in college, and I wanted to see how well they stood up to the years. Better than I did, I have to admit. They are still pure fantasy, wish fulfillment, and happy endings rolled up into one. They remind me of the glitzy, glamorous movies that were popular during the depression. Sometimes I need something to transport me out of my mundane existence into the real ...more
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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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