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The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  764 ratings  ·  82 reviews
A tale inspired by the ultra-wealthy hedgefund society of the Upper East Side finds Holly, a wife of an elite investment company owner, becoming increasingly disenchanted within a sheltered world of snobby women and interfering in-laws; a situation that is further complicated by her husband's infidelity.
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Dutton Adult (first published February 12th 2009)
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Ben Babcock
I began this book fairly sceptical and remained ambivalent throughout. Chick lit isn't a genre I read too often, so I'm not sure what made me pick this book up off the library shelf--perhaps a combination of the title and the promise of a glimpse into the world of New York high society.

This book made me extremely aware of how young I am. Growing up, all the books I read talked about technology commonplace to my parents' world: television, radio, cars, and computers. Hence, it's become noticeable...more
Robin
A very unrealistic and predictable read. Wife gets dumped for younger model. She finds new love of her life with minimal effort and time. Seems to have no financial worries and is always out dating and partying with a few references to puting her child to bed...... Motherhood in Manhattan (?) At the end she gets married to her new love, who just so happens to be wealthy as was her last husband. In between all that, she finds a fabulous, cool job with again little effort. Also, her ex husband los...more
Jessica
All I wanted was a mindless, entertaining summer read. Turgid writing and a plot lifted from a junior high school essay alone weren't enough to kill this book for me, but the heaping helping of moralizing and condescension rendered this one unreadable. I gave up one third of the way through and still resent the author for wasting that much of my time.
Jessica
This book didn't start out too bad. But it ended up being awful! The characters were all one-dimensional and the plot was so predictable. I didn't care about Holly at all, even though she was supposedly down-to-earth compared to all of the other hedge fund wives. I didn't have a favorite character, except maybe the slutty best friend because she was such a Long Island stereotype (who was somehow supposed to be super classy despite her trashy wardrobe and fowl mouth).

The worst part (and this is...more
Lisa Wells
It started out shakey, I thought it was going to be another one-dimentional character...but she turned out to have some hard moments and some great descriptions of heart ache. In the end it was perfect...but I guess thats what people want....I thought I was one of those people too, but I next I would love to find a real-life book. Where things do not end perfect buttercup. Cause the beggining to end story structure gets repetitous when you read a lot...
Ashley FL
It wasn't awful. The story had promise and some of the secondary characters were fun and quirky. But the economics of the whole thing didn't make sense (if they have SO MUCH MONEY, why do they need his mom to buy them a not-so-big apartment? Where are the maids, etc? Where is the car and driver? Etc. How does she have no income at all but not worry about buying food?) And the writing was a lot of "And then I did this. And then I did that. And I felt like this. And I felt like that." All telling...more
mark
Finally, a female author makes it to the "Really bad books" shelf. This is Chick-lit at its worst. Terrible writing that relies on every cliche and every currently "hip" phrase to fill out the page; and even uses GRAPHS! Which make no sense at all. There are quotes that lead each chapter, which are amusing, BUT, the relation to the chapter content is obscure. If you come across this book at your favorite bookstore, or the library, please turn to page 150, Chapter 25, and see if you don't agree....more
Micah


I am not a huge "chick-lit" fan but I decided to read this because I enjoyed Kargman's other novel, The Rock Star in Seat 3A. While this book was not awful, I was not impressed. It was a quick and easy read, which everyone needs every once in a while, but it was also rather predictable and flat. I have one more of Kargman's books that I picked up at the library and I am debating whether I am going to give it a shot or assume it ends the same way as The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund. I appreciate how Kargma...more
Marisa
Wow, thoroughly enjoyed this book, I might not like the hedge fund wife in most depictions, however I love the true down to earth ones. Love the story of the sisters in law, throughout the book, very strong women. I recommend for others to experience as well.
Cindy Bokma
I just dont understand this! The character was married, her husband out of town. She was getting ready to head out with her friends for dinner, then suddenly with no explanation or segue into the next scene, she's at a party with her former sister in law, saying she's ready to party and meet someone new since she's single and divorced.

Ive read books with typos and thats okay but there was a whole chapter or several paragraphs missing...?

I never give two stars and Im sure the book was very good...more
Julie Barrett
The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund by Jill Kaangman
Story about a woman whose husband grows up in a company and he
learns to trade funds and be very good at it, so good he's able to
hide them in his portfolio. She has a baby, Miles, and her best
girlfriend are out one day when they see her husband making out
with another female on the streets. He's not due home for another
2 days so they ransack his office to find his hidden funds so they
can take them and deposit them elsewhere. They used to attend
charity events w...more
Sharal Hunter
Another book by this author that was utterly forgettable. If there is an adultery theme in the book that is in the past tense, I seem to be able to overlook it as just part of the story, but when it's in the present, I have a harder time letting it go; especially when the heroine's stupid mother in law berates her for filing for divorce instead of accepting the infidelity as "men have needs." Life is too short to be annoyed and irritated with my reading material.
Mary (BookHounds)
I LOVE snarky dialogue and this has it! It is full of line you just wish you had said yourself and with that fantasy in mind, everything else that you could dream up. This is a great beach read and chick lit for the summer months. I like the fact that the main character, Holly, is not so wrapped up in the rich and famous lifestyle and you can honestly root for her. That and the EX gets his in the end.
Karen
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B
I have liked the authors other books but this one was just...so forced. I stuck with it but just wasn't enamored with it like I generally am when I read a book. The best part of the book? The end where she gives the insights one what certain characters are now up to. So skip reading the whole book, go straight for the back and call it a day.
Debbie
A somewhat predictable novel of the life and times of a woman married to a wealthy hedge fund manager. There's the requisite affair (his), the end of the marriage (theirs), the supportive best friends (hers), the young child going back and forth between 2 parents (theirs), and the happy ending (hers). A easy, amusing read.
Tina
I got his book from the library because it was on a list of "funny" books and I needed to read something funny after the dark book I just read. I thought it was slightly amusing and full of stereotypes and clichés. Even though I didn't laugh out loud it was nice to be entertained and amused instead of scared and creeped out.
MJ
Better than 'The right Address" but the theme was the same - NY social life of the mega rich. Too much language, too much 'new rich', too many brand name dropping, too many brainless wives... I really hope there is a lot of fiction in this book, because these people make me sick. I liked the quotes and the end.
Martine
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and although it slowed down a lot somewhere in the middle it was still a fast and good read. Holly and Kiki are the kind of sister/friend we all hope to have. And the chronicling of their lives after their divorces was simply fun and at times crazy!!
Paula Hebert
I got to page 18 before I was unable to control my urge to vomit. reading this book is like reading vogue(which is awful enough) without the pictures. BORING! TRITE! SHALLOW! am I being too subtle for anyone? do not waste your time or money with this book.
Sue
I just love Kargman's fun attitude. My favorite part was when Holly and Kiki were mocking a woman's dress and Kiki said "If you could weave vomit, it would be that dress."
I know, the wealthy New York scene is popular material in books but she does it with more wit.
Marnie
A really quick read about being a wife...or ex-wife...in NYC's hedge fund society. Pretty predictable, but still entertaining to watch Holland & Kiki divorce hedge fund brothers, get back out on the market, and remarry another set of brothers, one a hedgie, one in art.
Rio (Lynne)
This book was OK, but not great. It did hold my attention better than Hedge Fund Wives, which never went anywhere. I enjoyed the friendship of the best friends. Kiki's character could have her own book. For a bargain price book, this will fill a rainy day.
Maria
I wasn't sure if I'd like this because I read her book, "Wolves in Chic Clothing", which she co-authored, and didn't love it... but I really enjoyed this book... it gave you a good feeling as you went through it. Can't wait to read her other books!
Tarakalsu
Good book-perfect for light reading. Definitely chick lit, but worth it, especially after having trouble with Alice in Wonderland. Highly recommend if you need something in car pool lane or need to laugh a little about divorce and marriage.
Ameena
This wasn't exactly what I thought it would be but it was a good read anyway. It was more of a dating story than a book about high-flying hedge fund wives...but the book definitely had interesting and funny parts. I'd recommend it.
Katie
May 08, 2009 Katie added it
Planning on reading this after "Time Traveler's Wife"-with a title like that, how can it be passed by? Plus, the author also wrote "The Right Address" which was an enjoyable, summer read many years ago for me.
Lisa
Mar 04, 2011 Lisa added it
I think this could have been a decent book but all the Ross Perot diagrams on every other page irritated me. I thumbed through the rest of the book and saw they didn't stop so I gave up around page 50.
Debbie March
Typical but playful and fun. Great girl with family values marries jerk who dumps her. Of course, the happy ending is great. Clever charts about hedge fund wives and managers add a nice touch.
Ashley
I really liked the ending of the book. It is a typical chick lit, finance book. The epitome of a beach read. If you don't have any other books to read at the moment then read this one.
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Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her art...more
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