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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,399 ratings  ·  116 reviews
The Right Address sears through the upper crust of New York’s glittering Park Avenue scene to dish the dirt on the ladies who lunch, the gents who club, and the desperate climbers who will stop at nothing to join the backstabbing, champagne-sipping, socialite-eat-socialite stratosphere.

When Melanie Sartomsky, wily Floridian flight attendant, snares billionaire divorcée Ar
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this crap. I don't watch porn, get high, drink, or engage in therapeutic shopping. This kind of book is my shallow decadent pleasure and you will respect it!
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Ahh, classic, NY chick-lit. It doesn't get any trashier then this. This book had way too many charecters and the only thing that really connected them all was the building they lived in. It was really about two different families with like an assortment of other characters thrown in. Family #1 contained this simi-newly married couple and the Girl came from no where and wanted so much to fit in to high society that she did what everyone considered really stupid things and then just talked behind ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was one of the worst books I've ever read! It was pointless, superficial and degrading. I honestly don't know what the point of this book was and I why I even bothered to finish this. I guess I was just hoping the ending would make things better- but far from.

None of the characters were likable not Melanie, Arthur or Cordelia who were supposed to be the only good people in the book. There was no soul or character to anybody making it impossible to connect to anyone.
I would give this book 0/
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-haul
An ultra-easy read, perfect for when my head is stuffed with my daily routine of work.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fiction-general
I enjoyed this book far more than I anticipated. I wasn't expecting to hate it, obviously, but I'd expected a lively bit of froth to pass an evening or two of reading, and was surprised when I actively began to care about the crass, impetuous, good-hearted Melanie. Her voyage of self-discovery isn't earth-shattering in its depths -- there aren't much in the way of depths in the shallow world she tries so hard to inhabit, anyway -- but it's true and compelling. I was rooting for her all the way.

Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ya gotta be in the right place to enjoy a book with this subject matter. Like when you’re getting away for a weekend! Typical story,but the quality of the writing was a pleasant surprise.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
“The Right Address” by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman is chick lit set in my favourite city in the whole world, NYC. The book could also be alternatively titled, the rise, fall and ascent of Melanie Korn. Melanie Korn is a youngish, ex airline stewardess, social climbing, new moneyed, socialite-philanthropist second wife of funeral homes billionaire King, Arthur Korn, and is obsessed with his supposedly sophisticated and tasteful first wife Diandra. Melanie and Arthur live at 741 Park Avenue, ...more
Eliabeth Hawthorne
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
It was a bit like listening to Gossip Girl the later years, once they've aged and toned down some, but are still shallow, petty, and obsessed with scandal. No one was manipulating them with next messages and gossip girl blasts, but they tear each other up with vicious whispers and "lost" invitations.

It's a very character driven book. Each chapter hops around and follows a different pair or family. With one notable exception, there's very little plot to the novel, it's more just listening to peop
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This is chick lit in it's most catty, upper crust form! I enjoyed reading it - a lot. I don't really know why, as it was so full of BS, and a life style that I would never want or could ever have. Maybe that, in itself, is why. If you enjoy name dropping on every high end flamboyant purchase possible from furniture and clothes to jewelry and motor vehicles, you will identify. Actually, I found this book to be a case of - What goes around, comes around. In the end, the worse of the bitches get th ...more
Beth Kibel Soulliard
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Didn't realize till after I had started reading that this was cowritten by the same genius who is responsible for "Odd Mom Out" on Bravo. LOVE that show. And this book is just as good! Also set in Upper East Side New York, this is told mainly from perspective of a lady who married into the society. Its a crazy world, and entertaining to read
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It is one of "naughty" indulgences. It has the drama, everyone says they do not like, but secretly enjoy reading. The Right Address is hilarious and makes you wonder, is New York Society really like this?
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I cared about Melanie and how things worked out for her. Yes it was an easy read and it won't be winning any prizes but it was a fun romp.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: beach-reads
3.3 stars. This was a perfectly enjoyable, mindless beach read. Loved every minute.
Abby Jean
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
poorly written trash that i would have stopped reading if it took more than 20 minutes to read
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay. At times I was a little bored, but things picked up. Satisfying conclusion.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of snobby society books (Candace Bushnell, Kathleen Tessaro)
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
How I Came To Read This Book: I bought it the same day I bought 'Wolves in Chic Clothing'

The Plot: Everyone in NYC wants to live at the 'right address' - in this case, an upscale ritzy apartment block in a primo location. Melanie Korn nee Sartomsky has found herself in the lion's den when she marries funeral home tycoon Arthur Korn and is trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to fit into the creme de la creme of the Upper East Side. The book also peeks into the windows of other residents of 'the right
Lady L
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book satisfied my voyeuristic cravings up to the point where I had more than enough and started to feel nauseated, figuratively speaking. I read this book on a 12 hour plane ride because I did not have anything else to read. I finished almost 3/4 of the book and planned to finish the rest once I get over my jetlag.

"The Right Address" is about the life of the rich and famous in New York. Not even remotely close to the complex yet beautiful societal dance of the wealthy New Yorkers in Edith W
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recently-read
At first I didn't particularly like this book & I couldn't find a character I liked very much. Even when I got to the middle of the book, I didn't think I'd give it more than 3 stars, if that.

Melanie cared way too much what others thought, which made her annoying to others (including me). & everyone else was so judgmental of others despite their own drama.

This book was fairly entertaining with a few surprising twists here and there. Melanie's metamorphosis from trying to be a replica o
Will Thompson
Trite but delightful

Trying too hard, likes its protagonist; elitist Upper East Side snark for explicitly that crowd; only missing the phrase "flyover states"; these are all criticisms I could make of this novel, and true though they may be, I genuinely enjoyed it.

Think Coen Brothers meets The Princess Diaries. A brash, driven flight attendant snatches a coffin profiteer, and their earnest, honest love brings Melanie back to Arthur's Manhattan home. She wants so desperately to break into the up
Just the ticket - I like my books on CD to be short and sweet or I lose the plot (I only listen while stuck in Los Angeles traffic). This was frothy fun in four quick CD's. The best aspect for me was the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, who I know from all the Goldy Schultz mysteries. I grew tired of the Goldy books and her voice, so I was a bit apprehensive about listening to this. She's actually a hoot with the right material, and probably did a good two dozen voices (my favorite was the Hispanic ...more
Apr 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, 2009
I finally finished this novel! Although it isn't altogether that long I just found it so hard to get into. The first 100 to 150 pages were just so boring. It was such a bore to get through the first half of the novel, because it detailed society, and I just found what was said was soo boring. But once I was near the 200th page I was so intrigued as to how the book was going to play out :). I recommend this novel if you're stubborn enough to continue reading a book even when it's downright boring ...more
Aug 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
I read this after reading their other title, "Wolves in Chic Clothing." Although WICC was not amazing, it was certainly easier to handle than this one. I generally read a book in one day, maybe two. It took me a week to struggle through this mess. You expect a book about "upper" society to be pretentious but this bordered on ridiculous and obnoxious. I will not be reading the authors again.

Want to read something fun, witty, enjoyable, and actually hard to put down? Then try the Stephanie Plum s
Jun 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fashionistas/Society Voyeurs
Shelves: fashionistas
This book makes you glad not to live in New York “society”. It is a voyeuristic look at the ladies who lunch. The good the bad and the ugly are all reveled through the eyes of an outsider and the ultimate insider. It was a great book right up until it was all tied up in a tidy karma laced bow at the end. As nice as it is to think that good always prevails over evil the ending was far to contrived for the rest of the story.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Hoping for a escapist, slightly biting look into the world of the rich, this was instead a dull, overly-obvious and painfully written book. Story lines and characters were added and dropped at random, and there was so little to distinguish main characters from each other even devising snotty nicknames for them didn't work. I always figured the rich live in a different world from the rest of us, but I never realized that world was 2-dimensional.
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
This was written by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman two authors who also wrote Wolves in Sheeps Clothing.
Although I enjoyed the book, I wouldn't say it was up there with my all time favorites, but it was enjoyable.It was snarky, witty and some of the characters were way over the top. Maria, the Latina janitor turned
If this book is a true portrayal of NYC high society then count me in as someone who is very glad to be a normal everyday, middle of the road woman.
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a fun, guilty pleasure read. A lighthearted glimpse into the lives of a half dozen NYC socialites and the insecurities they grapple with while being members of their social scene. This was enjoyable to read during finals week; a good poolside book that you don't have to concentrate or invest too much effort into in order to enjoy.
Kristine (fezabel)
I didn't see a plot or a point to this book. It's incessant whining about rich people's 'lives' as the Social Elite of Manhattan. Plus, it has lines in it like 'She burgled his breath right out of his lungs.' The authors try way too hard for catty and end up sounding jealous. It was a total waste of time to read.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I did find this somewhat interesting. Especially for thinking about the mindset behind the actions. I thought the actions were exagerated, but interesting in a strange way, nevertheless. The very fact that someone thought that this was something to write about was interesting. Novels of manners are always interesting as to time and place.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I listened to this book on tape. It was a fun read. High society ladies always make me laugh. It was funny and light. The ending was nice and put everything into perspective and all the ladies into their place. I fell in love with Melanie and Arthur from the start. Melanie was perfect and held her own against the bitter, drama of caddy women.
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a nice weekend fluff read about the underbelly of high society. We follow an unwanted addition to the rich scene of New York as she claws desperately to be accepted until she realises the secret to be accepted.
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