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Lipstick Jungle: A Novel

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  30,005 ratings  ·  836 reviews
The new novel that fans of the bestselling author have been waiting for, about three sexy, powerful career women who will do anything to stay at the top of their fields

Victory Ford is the darling of the fashion world. Single, attractive, and iconoclastic, she has worked for years to create her own signature line. As Victory struggles to keep her company afloat, she learns...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 1900)
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Lora
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jennifer
As a "Sex and the City" viewer, I thought I was going to enjoy this book; however, that was not the case. I think that the book could have been much better and that a few times hit on deeper thoughts that should have been further developed- but instead were just dropped... leaving the story somewhat superficial. Now you might think- "Sex and the City" (SATC) isn't exactly deep so what did I expect? I suppose that after watching SATC for several years- you naturally develop relationships with the...more
The Writer
If there is an award for the most ridiculous and unrealistic book ever, I would award it to Lipstick Jungle, written by Candace Bushnell. The one and the same author who wrote the widely-known "Sex and the City".

I have always been suspicious of her writing talent though. No offense, I do love Sex and the City series, like many other single and fabulous women in the world *coughs* but that's only the TV series, not the real book. When I finally had the chance to pick up the book and read it, my d...more
Amitha
I was very happy to find that this novel is not your typical chick-lit book (and not at all like the Sex and the City novel which I found jarring and strange). Bushnell basically tries to answer the following questions: What happens when women act like stereotypical men? Can they be respected and treated the same way in the workplace? How do high-powered careers affect a woman's relationship with her husband and family?

I am a big fan of the Lipstick Jungle TV series and was interested to see wh...more
Huw Rhys
On one level, this is a bland enough book that would pass by the reader as soon as the book was put down. It tells us about three ruthless female executives in New York who "do lunch" together whilst in pursuit of the "American Dream". This apparently involved backstabbing, sniffing out more money, more backstabbing and generally acting completely immorally whilst looking for even more money again. One of the more poignant moments - and there are one or two - is when one of the characters questi...more
*Christie*
Feb 19, 2008 *Christie* rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women who want a mindless read.
Recommended to *Christie* by: Jeana
Shelves: fiction
So, at first I was going to write this whole review about the book and why I SHOULDN'T have liked it. But the truth of the matter is that it was entertaining enough and it's okay for a book to be just that. I'm allowing myself to find the good in things for what they are. And sometimes you want a fluffy, no brainer. It's called ENTERTAINMENT. Something I normally make myself feel guilty over enjoying.

I truly didn't appreciate the whole, "women can and should have it all and be the best" attitude...more
Love Fool
Lipstick Jungle weaves the stories of Nico O'Neilly, Wendy Healy, and Victory Ford, numbers 8, 12, and 17 on The New York Post's list of "New York's 50 Most Powerful Women."

Love reading books about women in power. Sure, some parts annoyed me but it's a nice refreshment to see women with money, power, and choices. Plus, it was also a nice refreshment to read about older women, women in their late 30s who can do it all and have it all. This was like Sex and the City, but smarter.
Lain
If Miranda, Carrie and the gang were high-powered businesswomen, this would be their story. It's the same old "Sex and the City" tale: Can women find happiness, friendship and success in the Big Apple?

Bushnell is a smooth, entertaining writer. A perfect beach read.
Samantha
I gave this book 4 stars for several reasons. The book is worthy of 5 stars as far as the storyline is concerned, but the way it is written makes it live up to only 4. Lipstick Jungle was a bit hard to follow due to the fact that per chapter, Bushnell jumps from character to charter. Just as you're finally getting into one character, she cuts that one off until the next chapter and picks up where she left off with another character. This was a bit difficult to follow because I found myself confu...more
Kate
I came away on holiday with three books to read: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and Burning Bright by Helen Dunmore. Of course, this did not stop my from buying a book at the airport (I am a serious bookshop junkie) and since I was going on holiday, I thought I would get something fairly trashy and easy. I opted for Candace Bushnell´s Lipstick Jungle seeing as I am enjoying the TV show. I have just finished it and I have to say I am pretty disappointe...more
Megija
Kendaisa Busnela "Lūpukrāsas pavēlnieces." Grāmatas žanrs ir drāma.
seit tiek stāstīts par trim ietekmīgām Ņujorkas sievietēm, kuras, atrazdamās panākumu virsotnē, izbauda veiksmi,taču tajā pasā laikā arī zaudējumus, attiecību vētras, nodevību un skandālus, kas sevī ietver katras sievietes aktuālās tēmas un spēj piesaistīt daudzas lasītājas.
sī grāmata ir ļoti mūsdienīga, jo darbība risinās Ņujorkā ap 2008. gadu.
Par sižetu īsumā - lai gan bizness Ņujorkā ir ļoti skars un ir cieņā visbriesmīgākie...more
Rebekah
It is pure unadulterated fluff. Very obviously by Candace Bushnell. Much like Sex in the City had girl power and sex right up together described (or shown) in equal detail so with Lipstick Jungle. The ladies work in high power (or climbing high) jobs, one in magazine publishing, one in movie production, and up and coming fashion designer. They help each other as they can because they are friends and they are friends because they can’t threaten each other. Wendy the producer married a man who cou...more
Jennifer
Lipstick Jungle had a good message and a decent story. The problem was that is was always obscured by some problem. Everything felt scattered, from an all over the place time line to almost interchangeable, and therefore easily confusable, main characters.

Lipstick Jungle follows three strong, professional women who found that they could be vulnerable, but only among their female friends. The story showcased the idea that highly successful women have the same problems as average women, only on a...more
Brittany
Aug 28, 2008 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Kathleen Tessaro, Candace Bushnell
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
How I Came To Read This Book: I spotted it at Superstore and snagged it.

The Plot: Instead of four single sirens in NYC, Bushnell writes about three power players who are learning the 'glass ceiling' of yesteryear still has an impact on their lives. Victory is a fashion designer plagued by financial woes - that could be easily solved by compromising her own values. Wendy is trying to balance her intense work pressure with her intense home pressure care of her stay-at-home husband. Nico is stuck i...more
Joanna
Wonderful writing but awful book. The characters had no redeeming value, so much so that instead of rooting for the characters I was happy to see bad things happen to them. These characters are the exact reason why some men hate feminists; there is nothing wrong with being a strong woman but these women took it to another level of belittling and disrespecting the men in their lives. These women seem to think that being a strong woman is about being as big of a jerk as you can to men, which could...more
Lil
Ok, so sassy New York ladies all dressed up and going to work is my jam (thanks, Ryan!). Quick read, fun but a little repetitive and hit you over the head with its "themes". Still, it would be perfect to take on a beach trip with the ladies and read while sipping daquiris that some handsome younger man brought you.
Nicolas
That was really good. It's not the type of book I typically read, but it was a nice change of pace. Great characters and a very entertaining story. I may have to read more of her books. This was much better than the guilty pleasure I was expecting.
Danielle
Candace Bushnell's writing leaves so much to be desired. I've tried and tried, and it's just not worth the effort anymore. How they managed to turn one of her sad books into a multi-million dollar franchise is beyond me.
Alice
Blah blah blah women blah blah blah power blah blah blah relationships suffer blah blah blah money blah blah BLAH! The "feminism" in this book gets really heavy-handed and then just ends up being tiresome.
Bridget
I love Candice Bushnell for giving us a book that eventually became the TV series Sex and the City, but most of her books are OK. Not a bad way to pass an afternoon though.
Angelic Zaizai
Suka deh novel ini..

apalagi sekarang ada serial tivinya.. seru banget..

bongkar2 lagi ah nyari bukunya..
Molly
It's hard to understand why soulless, ignorant, vapid, shallow golddiggers are of interest.
Anthony
successful chicks are h.o.t.t!
Karla
Some have said this book is unrealistic. Others have commented that it shows a critical view of what happens when women act like men in the business world. I feel both views are right. It was pretty improbable sometimes and I could tell it was dated but I was still intrigued by the " women as rich, high powered business executives" angle of the story. Should women try and act like men? Is business equal for the sexes and should it be? I didn't find the answers in this book but appreciate the fac...more
Jackie
I selected this book while aimlessly wandering the bookstore as an easy, Spring Break read. I was drawn to it because I loved the TV series and I was interested in the book that inspired such a wonderful show.

It's definitely an easy read, but I absolutely loved it. It follows the lives of three of New York's most successful, working women which is a refreshing change from all the other stories that follow the love lives of young twenty-somethings with no strings attached to complicated their li...more
Jeni
I am not sure what took me so long to get to Lipstick Jungle. It's been out for years.

And it did not disappoint.

Set in New York City (of course), Lipstick Jungle is the story of 3 successful women-Nico, Victory and Wendy. Each equally successful in their chosen field, each with their own set of personal problems.

I am not going to go into each of these women's stories. I am just going to point out some of the highlights of this book.

1) The turned tables. These are women that are kicking ass in th...more
Alissa
I read this because I was interested in watching the new NBC show starring Brooke Shields.

The three storylines focus on “three New York City women at the top of their fields, each navigating her way through business, relationships, scandal, success and betrayal.”

Nico O’Neilly is a editor in chief of Bonfire magazine. Wendy Healy is president of Parador Pictures and Victory Ford is a successful fashion designer. I liked Nico the best, and thought she was the most developed character.

The book was...more
Laura
As with Sex and the City, I watched the tv series version of Lipstick Jungle before being inspired to pick up the book. However, whilst I preferred the television adaptation of Sex and the City, I definitely favoured the Lipstick Jungle novel to it's predecessor. It was easier to follow and there was a lot more scope for plot and character development. There is less of an emphasis on relationships and more on career ambition and progression, although, like SaTC, ultimately it is a story of close...more
Leen
De drie hoofdpersonages zijn beste vriendinnen en alledrie succesvolle carrièrevrouwen. Eén gaat scheiden omdat haar (huis)man er niet mee om kan dat ze nooit thuis is, een ander houdt er een toyboy op na en de derde is de eeuwige single.

Ik had ’t moeten weten dat dit boek boordevol clichés zou zitten. Ik weet eigenlijk niet waarom ik het niet na één hoofdstuk al heb opzijgelegd maar het braaf tot het einde heb volgehouden. Bushnell pleit duidelijk vóór carrièrevrouwen en tégen het stereotype va...more
Nichole
Candy book: that is what this read was (a book which you gain no insight, no knowledge, no answers to life’s questions…simply fun to read). More specifically, it was the type of candy which you know you shouldn’t be eating and you know it will not make you feel good in the morning, yet you eat it anyway.

This follows the lives of a group of women friends (each powerful in her own field of business) though trials, triumphs, and just life. As I mentioned, this is probably not the book to recommend...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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“The car was on the FDR drive now and, turning her head, she glanced out at the bleak brown buildings of the projects that stretched for blocks along the drive. Something inside her sank at the sight of all that sameness, and she suddenly felt defeated.
She shifted uncomfortably in her seat. In the past year, she'd started experiencing these moments of desperate emptiness, as if nothing really mattered, nothing was ever going to change, there was nothing new; and she could see her life stretching before her--one endless long day after the next, in which every day was essentially the same. Meanwhile, time was marching on, and all that was happening to her was that she was getting older and smaller, and one day she would be no bigger than a dot, and then she would simply disappear. Poof! Like a small leaf burned up under a magnifying glass in the sun. These feelings were shocking to her, because she'd never experienced world-weariness before. She'd never had time. All her life, she'd been striving and striving to become this thing that was herself--the entity that was Nico O'Neilly. And then, one morning, time had caught up with her and she had woken up and realized that she was there. She had arrived at her destination, and she had everything she'd worked so hard for: a stunning career, a loving (well, sort of) husband, whom she respected, and a beautiful eleven-year-old daughter whom she adored.
She should have been thrilled. But instead, she felt tired. Like all those things belonged to someone else.”
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“It was ironic, but when you scratched the surface, most successful men were working for one thing only--to retire--and the sooner the better. Whereas women were the complete opposite. She had never heard a woman say she was working so she could retire to a desert island or to live on a boat. It was probably, she thought, because most women didn't think they deserved to do nothing.” 19 likes
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