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Sueños de una chica de ciudad (The Zephyr Zuckerman Series #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  389 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Zephyr es una chica corriente que no sabe qué hacer con su vida. Ha empezado varias carreras y las ha abandonado todas, así que mientras espera la inspiración sobre su profesión ideal, sus padres la obligan a aceptar el puesto de conserje del señorial edificio del que son propietarios.
Su nuevo cometido desata a la detective que Zephyr lleva dentro, y la lleva a descubrir l
Paperback, 318 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by esencia (first published December 27th 2008)
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Jan 18, 2009 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Martha by: First Reads win
This is a funny, entertaining, intelligent romp of a read. The heroine, Zephyr Zuckerman, is a 27-year-old unemployed college graduate living in an apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone owned by her parents. She returns home one day to find the building's super being led away in handcuffs by the police. Since she is unemployed, her parents talk her into filling the role of super. Her very vivid imagination leads her into one scrape after another, aided and abetted by her four closest frien ...more
Dec 31, 2008 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first_reads
Funny, fast-paced and clever.

Ultimately, I'd rather see protagonists, especially women, with more confidence, less neuroses, and a with a primary goal other than securing a relationship.

The mystery was fun and enjoyably convoluted. I felt there were some loose ends that could've been wrapped up to improve the overall story, but it wasn't a major deficit.

Overall, a fun beach or plane read, but maybe not one I'd recommend.

**NOTE: Reading an advanced readers' copy is difficult. It's printed off of
Jan 14, 2009 Alea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
I would classify Super in the City as a sort of Chick-Lit Mystery, I thought it was a great combination! From the Chick-Lit side we have a great group of friends with interesting personalities and occupations, an obsession with an ex-love, and a mysterious potential new love. On the mystery side we have a bunch strange and mysterious residents and a former Super with two sides to him, among other things (don't want to give anything away).

I thought for the most part this combination worked really
Jan 03, 2009 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Claire by: Goodreads
I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaways before it was released and I really enjoyed it! Not something I would normally pick up but since it was sent to me as an early read, I read it! And I'm really glad I did! I found out that Zephyr sometimes would build a whole scenario around something and inflate it to extreme proportions, much like Becky Bloomwood does in the Shopaholic books. As I read it I found myself laughing and shaking my head at her imagination and getting so far ahead of ...more
Jan 14, 2009 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I won this book off of goodreads, and while I'm all for a free book, this one was awful. It was so bad, I couldn't even bring myself to read it all. It was definitely a Sex and the City knock-off with worse characters and an even worse storyline. The main character confused me because if she was so smart why didn't she finish med school or go to law school?? People who are excepted to prestigious schools just don't decide to not go. Mainly, I found myself falling asleep trying to read this book. ...more
Mar 29, 2009 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Super" cute book.....and the author spoke at our local bookstore, so now I even have a signed copy! At first glance, I thought this was some silly chick lit read......and yes, it was funny and light......BUT on the contrary, I had to look up SIX words in the dictionary. She's smart this author......and I told her and the audience at the book-signing that I was impressed at the fact that I had gained some new vocabulary/SAT words from her novel......she was very happy to hear that from me.
Oct 13, 2009 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Zephyr Zuckerman is a 28-year-old slacker with potential. It's not that she doesn't know what she wants to do with her life; it's that so many things interest her that following one path means that she won't be able to pursue the others. On the brink of her high school reunion, Zephyr is surrounded by her successful friends but doesn't have an impressive job of her own. So what does she do? She becomes the super of the building her parents own and live in when the former super gets arrested for ...more
Mar 14, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from goodreads last month. It took me a while to get around to reading it, but once I got too it I devoured it. I'm not a huge reader of chick-lit. I don't have anything against it, but it's not the genre I prefer to spend my time on. This book was a really nice break from the stuff I usually read.

Some reviewers have complained that it's a lot like Sex in the City. To that I say: That's a bad thing? I liked Sex in the City, a lot of people did, and if this book has some things i
Nov 17, 2009 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eva by: Angela
Zephyr is a 27 year old woman who is still trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. When the superintendent of her parents building is arrested for embezzlement, Zephyr's parents make her the current superintendent since she was unemployed anyway. What an eye opener this job is for her as she learns all sorts of things about the other tenants in this building that she has lived in her whole life. Who knew there was a prostitute living right upstairs or that another tenant is so ...more
I read this because I edited two YUP books by the author's late father, Virtual Justice: The Flawed Prosecution of Crime in America and The Tilted Playing Field: Is Criminal Justice Unfair?, because I met Daphne at a book party, and because she's a self-publishing young New Yorker.

And it was a fun read--my favorite chick-lit book since Bridget Jones's Diary.
MB (What she read)
Didn't thrill me but was an okay read. I seem to be burned out with Chick Lit and this protagonist who is fecklessly living off of her rich parents was hard for me to warm up to.

Still...there were lots of interesting characters, an intriguing story line/plot, humor, and a great portrayal of strong female friendships!

I am also tired of reading about New York and New Yorkers. (But again, that's just me.) I think a lot of readers will really like this book. I just wasn't in the mood for it.
Sandy D.
Apr 18, 2009 Sandy D. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, new-york
Fun chick lit with a protagonist that is smart but at a loss career-wise. (Though I plucked this off the mystery new book shelf, I think it's definitely chick lit). Anyway, Zephyr ends up being the superintendent for her parents' apartment building in Greenwich Village, while dealing with a slimy ex-boyfriend, her friends' romances as well as her own, jury duty, and many Walter-Mittyesque fantasies. I liked it a lot, and hope that Uviller writes about the friends, too. I want to hear more about ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelftalk
In Super in the City by Daphne Uviller, Zephyr Zimmerman takes over as the super of her parent’s Greenwich Village apartment after the previous super was taken away in handcuffs. Although plunging toilets isn’t Zephyr’s dream job she will find that her vivid imagination won’t come close to what’s up ahead. A hidden staircase, a handsome exterminator, and plenty of eccentric tenants will keep her busy while solving a mystery. The sequel is Hotel No Tell.

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Jan 06, 2009 Bonny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, arcs, my-50-in-09
I greatly enjoyed this book. Once I picked it up it was hard to put it down. At first I found Zephyr's over active imagination a little annoying nd felt that it was delaying the story. However, once I got sed to the author's style I found her imaginative scenarios rather funny. The way her different activities throughout the story come full circle in the end is very interesting and I think made for a good ending.
Jan 08, 2009 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
It was an easy light read with an interesting story line. That is why I liked the book. However I did feel that it took awhile to get to the point and the author got too hung up on the character's sex life. There were parts that were too "sex and the city-ish" and that drives me crazy! These parts are small and can be looked over for the whole of the story. It makes for a good beach read or airplane read!

There were a lot of typos but maybe that's because it was a free book!
May 31, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So maybe I've rated this book higher than I would usually rate this type... but I have a soft spot in my heart for anything that allows me to experience NY again. And I liked her descriptions:

"a male specimen to my right asked me something in a voice so bedroom-saavy I felt the polish slide off my toenails."

"A Harley farting its way down Fifth Avenue swerved to avoid me..."
Jan 20, 2009 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on Goodreads.

It was very cute. It is about a girl in her late 20's who cannot get her act together. She is very bright but she is an underachiever. Got into medical school, dropped out, got into law school, couldn't bring herself to go. You get the picture. Her parents make the super of their building in the Village and the fun begins.
Jan 31, 2010 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
The story of a somewhat aimless young woman who gets talked into being her apartment building's "super." In the process of learning her new job, she uncovers and solves a few mysteries, finally forgets her wretched ex, and falls in love.

This book is everything a good chick-lit book should be: light, funny, and frothy, with a little sex thrown in the works.
Hilarious, irreverent, & honest. Be prepared for language and s-e-x. But I laughed my way through it though and felt a little more normal because my life and imagination aren't half as crazy as hers!
Apr 07, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Cute, short & sweet. I found this book to be a romantic comedy with a dash of mystery thrown in for good measure. Parts had me laughing out loud. I would not hesitate to read another books about the same characters! Hope there are more to come.
Aug 13, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-lite
Reading this book may be grounds for having your NOW membership rescinded, as the main character may reflect every bad stereotype about women. There was so much I hated about this book, but it kept my (annoyed) interest, so I couldn't in good conscience give it one star.
Julia Jackson
Jun 25, 2009 Julia Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I thought it was great, just what I was wanting to read and I loved the characters. Chick Lit for sure, but by a smart writer with engaging narrative. Forgot to add that I would laugh almost every page.
Matt Heimer

Daphne's very funny in real life--and, it turns out, three times as funny on the page. "Super" was a great summer read based around a sympathetic depiction of a certain kind of 20-something confusion.
Apr 16, 2009 Betsy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read-in
Just what we need: another mid-20s female protagonist who thinks that all her problems will be solved if she finds the right guy. She does have a bit of enlightenment, which is why I give it the second star. It did somewhat entertain me while I was sick, so I'd almost give it a 2.5.
Jul 21, 2009 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me laughing out loud most of the time. When I wasn't laughing, I was cringing at how much I identified with the directionless 20-something protagonist.
Aug 18, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun read! As a single girl, it is so easy to relate to what she goes through living on her own and trying to find love. I loved this book!
Oct 15, 2010 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
A light read, but nice, fun, easy, short. Written by Judge Rena Uviller's daughter; it was the last name that caught me.
Jul 21, 2009 Mairin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute story about a crazy girl, her life, her work, her love, and her friends.
Apr 25, 2011 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! Fun read.
Very conflicted about how I feel about this book.
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