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Brooklyn's famed neighborhood of Park Slope has it all: the sprawling, majestic Prospect Park; acclaimed public schools; historic brownstones; and progressive values. The more upwardly mobile New Yorkers discover its virtues, the more that claiming a stake in Park Slope becomes a competitive sport.

In the park, the coffee shops, and the playgrounds of the neighborhood, fou...more
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Published September 15th 2009 by Tantor Media (first published 2009)
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Jennifer Lee
Set in my hood, I had to take a look. It had all the spots– Tea Lounge, 3rd Street Playground, The Coop, and P.S. 321. It had the stereotypes: the mother who puts knee-pads on her kid; the aging, opinionated, hippy coop member who just got back from Burning Man; the nannies and play dates and “the loop.” To say that it was mocking us families who live here is an understatement. But I didn’t mind that; it’s good to laugh at oneself often. But there was something I minded…a lot…and it was the fact...more
Jennie
I don't know why I keep reading Amy Sohn's books. I have some sick fascination with them. Her characters are deplorable. I start out enjoying snarking on them, but by the end I just want them to all kill themselves or each other so we can all be put out of our misery. I have read 3 of her novels on 3 different beach vacations, and that is the only thing that makes them bearable, that my friends are there, usually somewhat buzzed, and I can read the especially absurd parts aloud to them as we sit...more
Andrea
One part smut
One part celebrity worship
Four parts whiny mothers who resent their children
Top with a hefty dose of Brooklyn name-dropping and five too many mentions of Gawker - stir swiftly and chug. Do not linger over or savor.

In addition to all of that, there were several dropped storylines, which makes me think this book was in a rush to publish - and makes me wonder, WHY? With some character editing and story tightening, this book could have gained at least another star.

The racial paranoia fe...more
Catherine
It's about mommyhood in the neighborhood where I work. Of course I was going to read it (#37 on BPL's hold-list)! PPW is chock-full of satire and snark, and for the first 100 pages or so I found myself smirking at least twice before turning to the next page. Now most of the parents I interact with are good eggs. They clearly love and enjoy their children, and they're in check about themselves and their roles as parents. However, it wouldn't make for a viable satire if the stereotypes skewered wi...more
Maria
The characters Sohn created in this book are mostly shallow, narcissistic and spiritually bereft. Fittingly, my investment in them was superficial. Having said that, they were certainly composites of people I know/have known, and I couldn't put the book down. The book is set in Park Slope: “It has the worst of Berkeley, California combined with the worst of the Upper East Side.” Sohn's spot-on about showcasing the irony of engineering the organic... and her scenes at the food coop had me laughin...more
MoyJoy
The premise of the book is great and and first glance I could see why SJP would consider it a great find for TV but the meat of the story... well it's like when you get a soy hot dog... as much as it seems to be legit it's just not real meat.

The writing was all over the place and not very easy to follow which I think is the only thing that makes it not chick lit; you have to pay attention, and not in a good way. There are so many characters that when Sohn goes off on tangents (they're convienie...more
Suzanne
I thought this book would be a trashy, fun read. I was very wrong. I don't even know how to write a review for it so here are the three big things I have to say about Prospect Park West:

1) There is A LOT of sexy business in this book. But this isn't like romance novel sex. This is like "Did I just read that right?" sex. I was telling my husband about some of the things in this book and he actually made me stop talking.

2) Sohn seems to highly sexualize breast feeding in this book. As someone brea...more
Toni
Hmmm. Didn't care for this one. It may be a case of my expectations being too high. The tag lines on the cover of the advanced promo copy that I read say, "Finally there's sex in another part of the city..." and "You'll never look at brownstones, babies or Bugaboos the same way again." Those lines are true, but the book fell flat for me.


Set in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, Prospect Park West, follows the lives of four married women during one summer.

* Melora Leigh, an actress who fe...more
Dianne
Sep 06, 2013 Dianne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Brooklyn's famed neighborhood of Park Slope has it all: the sprawling, majestic Prospect Park; acclaimed public schools; historic brownstones; and progressive values. The more upwardly mobile New Yorkers discover its virtues, the more that claiming a stake in Park Slope becomes a competitive sport.

In the park, the coffee shops, and the playgrounds of the neighborhood, four women's lives collide one long, hot Brooklyn summer. Melora Leigh, a two-time Oscar-winning actress, frustrated with her car...more
Blair
I chose this book randomly from the library. I should have looked more closely, because it wasn't what I expected it to be. I expected something smarter, something more real. This book was pretty salacious and smutty. There's nothing wrong with that, I guess, but it's not the kind of book I usually like to read. The good: it was a page turner, got sucked in right away, it was kind of fun to imagine that real life celebrities are really like their Amy Sohn-world alter egos. The bad: it was over t...more
Amy
I got sucked into this book though it was a somewhat guilty pleasure! All 4 main characters are pretty loathsome, yet each of them stated some ugly truth about motherhood at some point or another that I couldn't help relating to. The Melora character, however, is so ridiculous that she seems to be more of a caricature (then again maybe some celebrities really do think and act like that!) I don't live in Park Slope but I am a New York mom and Sohn definitely captures some of the unique difficulti...more
Beth
Prospect Park West takes place in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. It's marketed as "Sex in the other Borough". I love SATC, the show and movie but I've never read the book so I can't comment on that but I can only hope that SATC is better written. I work in Park Slope so I know the neighborhood and the people who live here and I thought this would be a funny and satircal look at the neighborhood but no. There is not a sympathetic character in the entire book. They are all selfish, egotisitical,...more
Elise
I have always been a fan of Amy Sohn. She is not a brilliant writer by any means, but she always manages to grab my attention and the fact that she sets all her novels in Brooklyn is an added plus for me. Prospect Park West is a hilarious spoof (or maybe not necessarily a spoof, who knows?) on Park Slope life and the competitiveness of living in that neighborhood; the unnecessary pretentiousness of the people who reside there, their obsession with status, Park Slope celebrities, and good schools...more
Kate
This book was passed to me by a co-worker under the pretense of being a "one of THOSE summer reads". The whole transaction was very fast and furtive, much like a crack dealer slips a scummy vial to an eager patron over on Georgia Ave. And I consumed this book the way a crack addict might consume that vial -- fast, with plenty of self digust. And after a short feverish high, I now feel sick. Ugh!

Stay-at-home moms who alternately hate, kiss, and compete with one another. Gentrifying Brooklyn. Org...more
Barbara
just read this in between other books, was in a hurry to return to the library. the title is the street i live on, so maybe i can catch a break for being curious enough to read? i was also stubborn enough to finish it but it really should have been relegated to the didn't-finish shelf. what a collection of uniformly unlikeable characters, name-dropping and sloppy, lazy writing. there were a few sharp moments, but in general the attempts at satire didn't even feel accurate enough for me to be stu...more
Libriar
Very disappointing. I went into this thinking it would be nice, light chick lit but I don't think chick lit is the right way to classify this book. It wasn't romance either but it did get pretty smutty (I don't think I've ever used that word!) My biggest issue with the book is that the main characters were highly unlikeable. I'm giving it two stars instead of one because it did give me some insight into Park Slope and stay-at-home moms and also because the narrator of the audiobook did a good jo...more
Nette
I was surprised by the terrible reviews here, and I wonder if people are missing the point. This book is satire, not chick lit! Yeah, the four unhappy moms are awful, awful people, self-centered, entitled, greedy: they're deliberate caricatures. It reminded me of the books by Rona Jaffe and Erica Jong that I used to sneak out of the library in the 70s: juicy, name-dropping, dirty, and funny. And I stayed up until 11:30 to finish it, which almost never happens.
Missives From
There really isn't much more to add to this review, which is what convinced me to buy the book:

http://www.fuckedinparkslope.com/home...

Great reading. I was sorry to see the story end, and I'll definitely be picking up more of Sohn's books.

This would be a fantastic book club choice, particularly for a book club in the suburbs, because so much of what Sohn writes about Park Slope is really an analysis of suburbia.
Heidi
Having lived in Park Slope for over 7 years, I thought this would be a fun book to read and reminisce. There are all of the stereotypes of PS and ALL of the places - but instead of satire, the book is just plain mean. The location name dropping was old by the second chapter, and I did not like any of the characters - even all of the minor characters are caricatures with no heart at all.
Best part about the book - it was a quick read.
Aurora
After putting aside "Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict" because it's - well, just dumb - I picked this up and started it. The smart writing, fearless satire, eye for detail and ear for dialogue that Austen fans love are all here. About halfway through and loving it.

Finished it, and still say two thumbs up. Irreverent, smart, and funny. Fans of Jonathan Tropper will like Amy Sohn, and her other books are going on my to-read list!
Liz
OMG, this was like the Real Housewives of Park Slope! It was so much fun to read, I started it and finished it this weekend. I did really really like it, but largely for the kitsch value of it taking place in my neighborhood and maybe for the steamy scenes. There were a few things that were super unbelievable (don't want to spoil it) but I definitely recommend it -- you'll enjoy it, especially if you live in Brooklyn.
Becky Sandham Mathwin
This book was so much fun to read! I read the whole thing this past weekend-I couldn't put it down. A very well written trashy novel full of satire, sex and snarky observations about upper-middle and upper class life in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Escapism at it's best (for me, anyway!). It reminded me of a Candace Bushnell book.
Emily
Super trashy and way too name-droppy--will anyone reading this 10 years from now know what any of these characters are talking about?--but I was still completely sucked in and entertained.
Bianca
Depressing. None of the characters were likeable. Waste of time.
Anne Kadet
Worst thing that ever happened to me.
Nola Reader
Should have been shorter and tighter and less mean spirited. And yet some interesting character sketches of bored, aging narcissists all shoved into one urban neighborhood. If you're interested in depressed, social climbing artsy moms and dads in Brooklyn (and likely elsewhere), you'll find this book amusing at points. It's satirical but it makes you sad for the children of people who become parents for all the wrong reasons. This novel portrays the lives of adults who wanted to grow up to be fa...more
Cheryln Kurz
Jul 15, 2011 Cheryln Kurz rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
Recommended to Cheryln by: No one if they liked me
I love chick-lit but this book was beyond superficial! I hate every single character in this book. Even the children. I know that sounds bad, but the author made the kids seem like whining leeches. The husbands were jerks and the women were snotty, self-righteous, self-absorbed, pretentious, and obnoxious. Just horrible horrible women that I would have to smack if I ever met them.

The women all did horrible things and none of them paid for their a actions. There's a "karma is a b*tch" things, lik...more
Angel
The characters in here are horrible, trashy people. But you realize that with the first paragraph of this book, so if you continue much further into it, it's no one's fault other than your own.

For me, I equate reading this to watching the Real Housewives shows. I know it's bad and wrong and the people are horrible, but I keep watching, or in this case, I keep reading.

And truth is, it makes me feel better about myself to make fun of the people who populate Park Slope. I have my reasons for this....more
Rebecca
A huge tomb that really didn't have to be. But whatever, everyone needs lame books like this sometimes. To make it a little different, it didn't take place in Manhattan at all, but in the borough of Brooklyn in the currently super hot neighborhood of Prospect Park. While I know the area a little bit, the author used real places a lot and I am sure if you know that area well, the book would have been more interesting. I just couldn't picture it, which is always a downside for me. Otherwise, I lik...more
Colleen
Prospect Park West by Amy Sohn chronicles the lives of four SAHM's in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood. Park Slope is an area in Brooklyn filled with "bourgeois bohemian breeders" - it is a socially progressive enclave just outside Manhattan filled with couples with young children in classic brownstone homes.

Prospect Park West is not all Bugaboo strollers and trips to the Park - the four Moms whose stories are each featured in the novel are grappling with much more than just what to make for d...more
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