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Swapping Lives by Jane Green
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Dec 27, 08

bookshelves: abandoned, craptastic, owned
Read in December, 2008

Terrible. Sixty pages in, Green had already talked about Prada a dozen times and mentioned Paris Hilton twice. The main plot of the book as advertised on the back cover doesn't even happen until page 230-something.

This is supposed to be about two women who swap lives: one who has a fabulous, fashionable career at a glossy magazine, and one who has a normal domestic life with a husband and children. Then they're supposed to find out if the grass is greener. Except that the "normal, domestic" woman is rich, married to someone with a name, lives in a McMansion that's been designed and decorated by celebrity architects and designers, and wears -- you've got it -- Prada shoes and Chloe pants. Oh, also? She's got a nanny who raises her kids for her. And carries in her shopping bags. And runs her errands. Gleefully. So really, she's not a "normal domestic" at all.

Either chick lit is getting worse, or I'm outgrowing it. That's like outgrowing Red Vines. Can one outgrow Red Vines?
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Reading Progress

12/26/2008 page 10
2.44% "Yawn."
12/26/2008 page 73
17.8% "This is bloody awful. I've just skipped ahead to see if it gets better and it seems the "Swapping" part doesn't happen for another 150 pages"

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