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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  14,779 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Scruples is the novel that created publishing history, the first-and widely acknowledged to be the very best-novel ever written about the staggeringly luxurious life of a Beverly Hills boutique and the people who work in it. Scruples was translated into twenty languages and made Rodeo Drive famous around the world.

With Scruples, Judith Krantz earned her reputation as a bl
Hardcover, 474 pages
Published July 20th 1978 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (first published 1978)
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Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was THE pornographic novel in my coming of age story. It was the only thing I had access to that was mildly explicit when I was a throbbing tween, so the spine was broken and the dirty pages dogeared. I'd probably cringe if I read it today, but it has a special place in my heart and in my pants.
Dec 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Did every girl in the world steal this from her mother just read the sex parts and then sneak it back on the shelf? I feel vindicated that most of the Good Reads reviews say the same thing. Totally trashy and awesome. I've been wanting to re-read this for a while, just to see if it's still as shocking to me. Probably not.
290619: just heard author of this book judith krantz has died, so suddenly feel my age. also that of girlfriend predeceased who introduced me to this, whom in turn i introduced to ‘the snow queen’ by joan d vinge... that book has continued to work for me, this book... not so much... but i must remember how young we were...

080617 from ??? 80s read 2017 second review: well. i read it, or close enough. and the answer to the motivating question? should i read it again... no. this is what happens whe
2009: Boy, Scruples has it's fair share of explicit sex in all thinkable variety. Usually an overdose ruins a romance for me. But when I bought a grubby, well-thumbed copy in a small second-hand-store ten years ago, I got addicted for a few months and had to read all the other Krantz books as well - ploughing facinatedly through the high society glamour and relationship drama and steaminess. Though, each time I see shelves tagged with "guilty pleasure" I immediately think of Scruples and the res ...more
I loved Judith Krantz's books when I was in my twenties and still find anything contra to my own culture and old traditional values exciting. In fact, we raved about her books. I'm not rating it since I've read it so long ago and might have a totally different experience if I reread it.

I just wanted to add them to my book experiences.
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: trashy book lovers, beach book lovers
total trash, but so worth it!
decadent 80's excess, fashion, sex, love, has it all.

A guilty pleasure, trashy beach book you cant put down!
Circa Girl
Right off the bat I can say this was not as dirty or trashy as it was hyped to be nor was it memorable. I think the main waste of potential was Billy as a protagonist. She was by far the most captivating character and the easiest to sympathize with for her humble, insecure beginnings but her page time was in competition with like five other mediocre characters. The entire time I was reading I kept asking myself "why?" Why make a book about this modern Cinderella type woman and her boutique and t ...more
I’ve been comparing many novels to SCRUPLES and yet still no post...
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: krantz-judith
I first read this when I was 23 in 1978. Now, days away from turning 64, I re-read it. I still enjoyed the hell out of it. A total trash, soap opera to be sure. It was a very nostalgic trip for me as I worked for 30 years in those "twin glass monsters in Century City" in a large law firm where it was no big deal to see Robert Redford, et al. walking the hallways. I, quite literally, could look out the window down into Beverly Hills High School and see all their outside lockers, track field, etc. ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Well ... I thought this was going to be more fun than it ended up being.

Hyped up as a sexy, lavish romance in Hollywood, where everyone is so rich they could never go broke and everyone is having sex with everyone else. And really, that's exactly what you get, and it was kind of depressing, to be totally honest. If this is anything like what fame and excessive wealth are actually like, I'm incredibly glad I have neither.
Mar 21, 2007 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that teenage girls pass back and forth so they can all read the "sex parts." It's crazy! Crazy good.
Meghan Pochebit
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Trashy. Trashy. Trashy. Love it. Put on the shelf of books to read when your brain is tired and needs some good old smut. An even better option for such a mindset: Valley of the Dolls!
Geraldine O'Hagan
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The cardinal sin committed by this book is that it’s just too boring. If you’re going to be a trash read, then be a trash read. This is basically 400 pages explaining how a rich woman bought a shop and then hired some fashion and sales experts to make it a success, followed by 200 pages detailing how a film producer produced a film. Which is all fair enough, but hardly riveting.

Also, the sexual politics are horrifying, the casual racism is pervasive, the sex scenes are downright unpleasant and t
Lynne Lillard
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Book 7 of the reading challenge. A bestseller from the year I graduated high school. (40 years ago). Really??!!

It was a good story but unnecessarily crude. If the author wasn’t a woman she wouldn’t have been able to get away with some of the language she used
Nicole F
Aug 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trashyde-lites
Oh my god, this is trash at it's very best. This book taught me what "glory holes" are. Life changing!
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Honestly probably closer to 3 starts, but for some reason this felt like it took FOREVER to get through. Fun & light but ... wouldn't have minded it cut down a bit. ...more
♥ Marlene♥
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance
Read this years and years ago. I remember that I loved it and red it more than once. I think I was 15/16 at that time so reading all those books (Harold Robbins comes to mind) where you read about sex I devoured it.

So yes my taste has changed over the years, but for the above reasons I am giving this 5 stars.
A very guilty pleasure! 3.5 stars of raunchy fun.
Becca Younk
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: podcast
My god, how do you even rate a book like this? It's trash, but it's meant to be trash, so it succeeds in its mission, I suppose. It really does start out kind of fun, in a reality TV way, where you're just watching people with too much money using their money. But that only lasts so long. I quickly realized that there wasn't going to be any real conflict happening, every time something bad happened to a character, they were rewarded with something even better. I think that's something many peopl ...more
Dawn Michelle
This was one of those "forbidden" books that I snuck into the house and read under the covers so my Mom would not catch me reading it [to be fair to her, she never really censored me per say, but would have been unhappy that her 13/14 year old daughter was reading such an "adult" novel]. I do not remember a lot about this book, I will admit. I believe I liked it at the time and I know I checked it out more than once.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This book was so borrring.......... I managed to get through about 70% but then just could not bring myself to go any further. The writing style is terrible and the story is nothing. If you want guilty pleasure type palette cleansers, read Valley of the Dolls or something.
Julia Lednicky
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

👍: three compelling main characters, intersecting plot lines, insights into the film industry and the world of high fashion.
👎: a few too many minor characters, endlessly rambling descriptions that devolve into tedious tangents, the trashy sex scenes were a bit much.
Overall a very entertaining glimpse into the bicoastal world of wealth, power, & haute couture.
I read this at 13, 14... or maybe earlier, at 12? I remember loving it, the pornography, the presentation of luxury, if I'm not mistaken someone wins an Oscar in the story? I'd love to read this today for laughs. Anyway, I survived it. I'm not going to mind a bit if my kids turn to smut when they (hopefully) become young readers.
Saskia Vogel
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book this year. An incredible glimpse into the 1970s, its social mores and excesses. One of my favorite things is how Krantz weaves the sex lives of the characters in effortlessly, making why and how they have sex as much part of the character as other aspects of their selves. Wonderful characters and a very fun plot.
Margie Dewind
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I'm surprised how entertained I was by this book.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun... this book is fun.
Oct 19, 2020 added it
my favorite kind of ancient paperback to read, genuinely, is one that lays out not only the main character's but also every side character's (and every side story's side character's) past, present, and future... The Godfather does it the best and I'm pleased to report that Scruples does it the next best ✨💃✨💃✨💃✨💃✨💃✨
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Oooh, boy, I have been in the mood for some trashy books lately. So I thought it was time to read some Scruples. Especially since there might be a movie or show soon? Gotta beat the rush. And what did I think? Yes, it's trash. But most of it is pretty good trash! We have: an awkward, overweight girl from an upper crust Boston family who goes to Paris and becomes a swan, as one only can in Paris; a California boy, who believes in beautiful women (taking beautiful pictures of them, and sleeping wi ...more
Lila Veen
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I knew I'd love this book. I'd read "Till We Meet Again" years ago after spontaneously remembering the miniseries and wondered why I'd never read "Scruples." So basically Judith Krantz described the store exactly the way I picture Anthropologie. Coincidence? Love it.

Also, how could it end like that? I mean, it's the perfect HEA, but you just want it to keep going. Of course I'll get to the sequel one day. But this is how to end a book with a HEA. Judith Krantz probably didn't even think to write
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Judith Krantz was an American author of blockbuster romance novels including her first novel Scruples followed by Princess Daisy. Krantz's books have been translated into 52 languages and sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. Seven have been adapted as TV miniseries, with her late husband, Steve Krantz.

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