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Nice 'n' Easy

2.73 of 5 stars 2.73  ·  rating details  ·  19,249 ratings  ·  833 reviews
Four Blondes charts the romantic intrigues, liaisons, betrayals and victories of four modern women: a beautiful B-list model scams rent-free summerhouses in the Hamptons from her lovers until she discovers she can get a man but can't get what she wants; a high-powered magazine columnist's floundering marriage to a literary journalist is thrown into crisis when her husband'...more
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Diane
Feb 26, 2007 Diane rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
This book doesn't even deserve one star. This has to be one of the worst books that I've ever read in my life. I only kept reading it in the ridiculous (and futile) hope that it surely would have to get better at some point. Surely the women who came up with the idea for Sex in the City couldn't possibly suck THAT bad as an author.

Well as it turns out, she can. Don't waste your time or anyone else's with this book. It's about 4 stupid women who make ridiculous choices and live lives consumed by...more
Betsy
Terrible. I finally followed the 50 page rule, where if it's not good by the first 50 pages, dump it. This was the worst book I have ever attempted. I picked it up at a garage sale for a quarter because I enjoy "chick-lit", and Sex and The City was a hit show, I thought the author would at least have something worthwhile. Big mistake! The storyline and characters were so unrealistic, fake, and BORING! Don't bother.
Hilari
Bushnell is one of the worse writers of all time. I hope she wakes up every morning and thanks whichever god she believes in because however she got Sex in the City published is supernatural. That someone saw past her schlocky prose to an award-winning television series is beyond me.

Four Blondes is a trite story about four women you couldn't care about if they were on fire on the midtown bus. Their stories, remarkably, are less interesting. Read this book only if you are being threatened with d...more
Jeff Menter
And now we have a real dilemma: how do you honestly review a book that's so bad that you didn't really finish it and you were never interested in reading it in the first place?

Candace Bushnell (of Sex and the City fame) has written a book that is either disgusting in its skewed portrayal of vapid, mindless, and spiritually bankrupt women or genius in its satirical and ironic take on selfsame.

I'm going with the former.

Perhaps it deserves some kind of recognition at the very least for the entertai...more
Emily
This book is not good. It is divided into four sections about four women with barely any brains and their stories never connect. At first I felt like I was missing some big secret underlying message about society while I was reading it, but then I thought that it was just about four stupid rich women.

The writing style of the second section almost made me quit reading. Sentence length averages 6 words and every other sentence is in parentheses which I think was meant for humor but ended up being...more
Jess Driscoll
Apr 27, 2008 Jess Driscoll rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are Bushnell completionists
page 166: He's sitting in the living room in a red-and-white-striped shirt, suspenders still looped over his shoulders, drinking a beer with his buddies from the network whose names I still can't be bothered to remember, when I come down the stairs, wearing a white brocade dress with grey mink trim and long grey gloves. My mother is married to a fishmonger. My father is gay and lives in Paris. I am going to the ballet.
Kirsten
Okay this book is disgusting - but i was trying to get a feel for the popularity of Candace Bushnell (of sex in the city fame)without watching sex in the city. I notice most people rate this book pretty low, so i guess even fans don't like this one.

It was just creepy. High "Ick" factor. As in the normalization of deviant sex ick.

However, i happened to be reading Ibsen's A Doll's House at the same time and it made a fascinating comparative study re: women's roles and what women have done with the...more
Meghan
I purposefully didn't rate this book, because it's the worst book I have EVER read. I only finished it on principle. Awful, awful, awful. In fact, when I go to Barnes & Noble, I actually consider placing a note on the shelf that holds this book, warning people!
Anjanette
Admittedly, this book has little redeeming social value, beyond being humorous. And that said, it's probably only entertaining to readers who recognize that "it's funny because it's true" - even without being in the social circles of people like these characters, you would need to realize that they exist. If you must respect the protagonist in order to enjoy a book, then don't pick up this one. Leave it for those who will laugh out loud in recognition of someone they know.
Candy
Don't judge...its awesome. Very well written and easy to read :) Very different from the show.
Kanika Sood
First, you need treat Four Blondes as an independent book and not a byproduct of a writer of a hit TV series. Sex and the City was and still is such a massive hit that audiences use it as the totem pole to measure everything that Candace Bushnell writes. The quintessential Carrie candor was a creation of the show’s writers alone; if you read Bushnell’s newspaper columns from which the show is derived (there is an archive of all of them somewhere on the Internet), you will notice that her writing...more
Carol Storm
It was the best of blondes -- it was the worst of blondes.

I was never a big SEX AND THE CITY fan. As a rule I prefer romance to chick lit. I like guaranteed happy endings, and I also prefer a more hopeful take on men than what you get from most literary or "feminist" fiction.

The point is, I approached 4 BLONDES with really low expectations. Yet it wasn't quite as bad as I expected. Some of the satire on career women and feminists is razor sharp. Bushnell really shows how "educated" white women...more
Jaime
Jul 31, 2008 Jaime rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
Recommended to Jaime by: a friend
Honestly...this book is probably one of the worst books I have ever read...I did not enjoy it what-so-ever...I do not watch Sex and the City (i make fun more than anything) but my friend told me this is one of her favorite books and i had to read it. I hated the way it was written...The second story I could not stand all the parentheses and the third story the intitials bothered me also...I felt that the characters kind of sucked and you really could care less about them. I also did not like how...more
Stephanie
Jul 27, 2007 Stephanie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
I only gave this 1 star because it was an easy read and I will admit a line or two was funny, however, it was hard for me to give it 1. The main reason I bought it was because it was written by the author of Sex and the City and I thought it was going to be interesting or at least follow characters that were similar to the ones in the TV series but I was dead wrong. I kept reading only hoping (assuming) that at some point it may get interesting. The book should be called 4 dumb blondes. It’s NOT...more
Matimate
I was hard in to the TV series Sex and the City and when I hear d about Candace Bushnell, I decided to read more books from her. I bought the 4 Blondes and I was not disappointed the style was crisp and very observing. The four women had one thing in common they are relatively rich and very beautiful, however it is not much in the city jungle, where you can always find someone younger and more beautiful. Life suck and it is even worse when main heroines are selfish and self obsessed. It is fine...more
Kelly
Before I launch into another diatribe about the enormous amount of crap that is this book, let me say that chick-lit CAN be smart, it can be fun and it can YES PLEASE have a protagonist that, while interested in dating and mating, isn't obsessed over it or derive ALL of her self-esteem from it.
...the problem is that's ALL this novel is about. I get the Sex and the City thing- I even loved the show for the first few seasons before they became walking cliches of superficiality and excess, but tha...more
Laila
Jun 14, 2007 Laila rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody!!!
Shelves: chick-lit
I like watching Sex and the City, a funny and interesting television show about four female friends and their love lives in the city. This book, however, is dreadful. I had a hard time getting through it. The characters and stories are not funny nor are they in any way interesting. You don't care about the characters, but almost sort of want them to wander into city traffic and get run over. Luckily I borrowed this from the library and didn't actually squander any of my hard-earned money on it.
Love Fool
In her first book since the cultural phenomenon Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell triumphantly returned with the national best-seller Four Blondes, which The New York Times says "chronicles the glittering lives of semicelebrities, social aspirants, and moneyed folk ...

WTF did I just read? Candace Bushnell, I know Manhattan has some vain and money/career driven people living there but please, let's not scare anyone away. I feel like I should be ashamed to live and love NYC. Yes, we are the city...more
Shauna Mulligan
May 07, 2007 Shauna Mulligan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy guilty pleasures
Good? Eh. Entertaining? Mostly. This book was like reading an episode of Sex and the City, except that the characters are less fun, more emotionally messed up and often married. They do have similar taste in shoes, drink a lot of cocktails and talk about sex a lot. It was a quick read -- good for the beach, airplane or anywhere you won't be embarrassed to be seen reading it.
Jessuina Lopez
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Brittany
Jan 15, 2010 Brittany rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Bushnell's general mantra of sex-shopping-socialites
How I Came To Read This Book: I borrowed it from my sister.

The Plot: This isn’t just one book, but actually four novellas regarding four status & sex obsessed Manhattan-bound blondes. Janey Wilcox (subject of the full-length follow-up ‘Trading Up’) is a floundering model/actress that baits guys in exchange for summers in the Hamptons and a life she deems worthy of her greatness. Cecelia is married to a royal, but the media’s obsession with her every flaw keeps her high-strung personality on...more
PurplyCookie
The author whose name is synonymous with her novel "Sex and the City" weighs in again with four loosely linked tales: in "Four Blondes" she returns with a quartet of novellas on her favorite subject -- the mating habits of wealthy sex-, status-, and media-obsessed New Yorkers. These are people for whom a million or two does not make one rich, and who consider Louis Vuitton and Prada bare necessities.

The novel is broken up into 4 sections, each one dedicated to a different shade of blonde and the...more
D
This book took me two years to finish! I wish for the life of me I could have one positive remark on anything but truthfully this book is horrendous. I have never seen a cast that is so self-absorbed, manipulative, and downright one dimensional before in my life! There's only one character that comes to mind who might rival their superficiality.

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Its sad when Gaston is considered a well-rounded character compared to these bitches.

Not only are they selfish they are a downright disgusting portraya...more
Kelly
So I read this book with no expectations, one way or another. And then I came on here and was shocked to see every review was so horrible. The problem with Candace Bushnell is that everyone expects her to be fluffy chick lit because Sex and the City is the epitome of chick TV (and don't get me wrong, I love the show). Even the cover design of this book just makes it look like a beach read. But when I read Sex and the City (the book) I realized that's not the kind of writer Candace Bushnell is. W...more
Michaela Lugo
I was surprised I even finished this book, whenever I read something I hate I rarely ever even consider finishing it. However the "25 books per year" requirement made me. I'd like to start by saying I read this during a wiggity-wack barbeque during memorial day weekend, how I decided reading this would be better than ribs I do not know. The book is basically Sex and the City with no wit and more blondes. We follow the romantic endeavors of four middle aged New York City women who just can't find...more
Catherine
One of the tasks in my reading challenge was to read a book you started but never finished. I hardly ever do that, and the only two I could come up with were The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco and this. I wasn't really in the mood to tackle something heavy, so I figured I'd give Four Blondes, another shot. I still hated it. The first time, I made it through the first story, and quit on the second one. I was pretty close to the end, I just decided I didn't care about the characters anymo...more
Amanda J
This novel is actually a collection of 4 novellas that are completely unrelated, save for a few slight reaccurring appearances by supporting characters. The first story, "Nice N' Easy," details the life of Janey Wilcox, a character also featured in Buchnell's book Trading Up , as she sleeps her way to a better summer house in the Hamptons. The second tale is about a married couple, each unsatisfied with their marriage and their careers as writers. The third story, the most unbelievable, albeit...more
Yrinsyde
Lots of negative reviews about this novel by Bushnell. I am wondering though - it isn't bad writing. Bushnell reminds me strongly of William S Burroughs. He writes of the real dirty urban world full of unhappiness but gleams of light shine through. Sometimes it makes your stomach turn, but both write with 'this is how the world is, or at least - my world' with brief, to the point statements. Both are not overly descriptive - my husband says this is in the tradition of American literature. 4 Blon...more
Kat Engh
Even though I myself am a blond, I think I may be getting tired of seeing and reading about my own kind. This was a yard sale purchase for the purpose of vacation reading. Bushnell might be one of the writers for Sex in the City, but I wouldn't pay full price for this in a store.

It's just ok. There are plenty of chick-lit books out there that are better. Or maybe I'm just tired of reading stories about desperate women who wouldn't know what true romance looked like if it dropped to one knee in f...more
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Although I enjoyed the first story in this book, it just wasn't doing it for me enough to give it more than 2 stars.... and it was only because I liked the first story that I even gave this book more than one star...

I should have listened to other reader's reviews on this one... it was bad... I did try to get into it by reading ahead to the 3rd story after the 2nd one was boring me but I just couldn't get into it.... There was a major lack of a plot on all the stories. The characters had no dep...more
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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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