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Prospect Park West

2.76  ·  Rating Details ·  1,563 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
In Amy Sohn’s smart, sexy, satirical peek into the bedrooms and hearts of Prospect Park West, the lives of for women come together during one long, hot Brooklyn summer. Frustrated Oscar-winning actress Melora Leigh eager to relieve the pressures of raising her adopted toddler, feels the seductive pull of kleptomania; Rebecca Rose, missing her formerly robust sex life, begi ...more
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Published (first published 2009)
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Jennifer Lee
Dec 02, 2009 Jennifer Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
helen the bookowl
This novel was surprisingly good despite the fact that it has an average of 2.75 stars here on Goodreads. That's why I went into it with very low expectations. I thought it sounded funny and like something I would like, and I did!
This book follows four different mothers who live in Brooklyn and who all deal with the struggles that come with motherhood. It also deals with celebrities living in their area, and I was surprised to see that Amy Sohn wasn't blunt when it came to these celebrities. Sh
Jan 26, 2010 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, chick-lit
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
Aug 12, 2011 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2009 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2009 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2013 Blair rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Jun 29, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2010 MoyJoy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2011 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Monica Tomasello
I chose this book because I love the cover. It reminds me of some favorite childhood books, but I almost gave it up in the first chapter when it started out with a masturbation scene. There was a lot of gratuitous sex and Obama promotion. A good romantic sex scene is one thing, but this was just cheap, trashy sex. It's kind of amazing that I stuck with it, but I did. It was like one of those accidents where you can't look away. It was like reading a soap opera. I kept trying to figure out what t ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Liza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this less than one star if I could.

I normally don't take the energy to write long reviews, but good God.... This is just too awful not to unpack piece by piece.

I am not one to read chick lit, so maybe this book and writing style is typical chick lit. Maybe Amy Sohn is the Hemmingway of this genre. I wouldn't know. Brace yourself... There be spoilers ahead - although honestly, I'd be doing you a favor. Because the book is pretty damn bad.

I picked this book up because I used to live i
Shari W.
Sep 01, 2015 Shari W. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook, that I borrowed from the public library, on my way to Park Slope/Prospect Park for the first time. A nice coincidence, I thought. I was looking for something fun, lighthearted and scandalous and the synopsis on the back made the perfect impression.

What a disappointment.

Mostly, the characters were inconsistent and one-dimensional.

I suppose in being "bourgeoisie breeders" readers shouldn't expect much introspection on their part, and in the end, they all get what th
Dec 01, 2009 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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
Dec 15, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2009 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2013 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2010 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2016 Jb62 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't complete this book. I found none of the characters were very likeable and the author went into too much detail on things.
Oct 24, 2009 Libriar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
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
Oct 03, 2009 Nette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2009 Missives From rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There really isn't much more to add to this review, which is what convinced me to buy the book:

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.
Susann Brennero
Apr 05, 2016 Susann Brennero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Für alle New York Liebhaber ist dieser Roman eine rasante Erzählung über das Leben mehrere Familien rund um die Wohngegend Prospect Park West, die Einblicke in vielschichte, sympathische Charaktere gibt. Der Kampf um das perfekte Appartement und die besten Wohnverhältnisse treibt kuriose Blüten. Vier Frauen versuchen in einem heißen New Yorker Sommer das Beste für ihre Familie und Kinder zu arrangieren. Die Geschichte verläuft quer durch alle gesellschaftlichen Schichten der Stadt. Oberstes Ziel ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 22, 2009 Aurora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 16, 2012 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 24, 2015 sendann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful. Hilarious and full of crazy people. Amy Sohn is willing to stand with one foot in chicklit and one in morbid rant lit, and another in full on thriller territory. I absolutely loved this book. Kept me amused and guessing. Also, I'll mention again, characters being likable people does not a quality book make. Yeah, they're super psycho and treat other people like shit. They're allowed to. They're characters in a fun, fiction, fantasy book. Why the fuck is everyone obsessed with the cha ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Amy Sohn is the author of the upcoming novel The Actress, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in July 2014. Her other novels are Motherland, Prospect Park West, My Old Man, and Run Catch Kiss. She has been a columnist at New York magazine, New York Press, the New York Post and Grazia (UK). She has also written for The New York Times, The Nation, and Harper's Bazaar. She has written pil ...more
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