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Lipstick Jungle

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  38,817 ratings  ·  972 reviews
In a way, Candace Bushnell's Lipstick Jungle picks up where her career-defining book Sex and the City left off, in the money-soaked, power-hungry, beauty-obsessed jungle that is New York City. This time around, the ladies are a bit older, a lot richer, but not particularly wiser nor more endearing than Bushnell's earlier heroines.

Lipstick Jungle weaves the stories of Nic

Paperback, 496 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Hachette Books (first published 2005)
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The Writer
Dec 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Jan 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is horrible. Terrible writing, cliched, vapid, and over the top. The three women blend into one- halfway through I still can't remember what one of them actually does. And why anyone would want to date or marry any if them is beyond me. Don't waste your time reading this. And please don't think that being a feminist means you can be an asshole, "just like the men". That's not what it means.
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Huw Rhys
May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Love Fool
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, pfhr
Not great but much better than Sex and the City.
Joanna Doherty Salone
Nov 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one. Well written, not full of male bashing, and fascinating characters. Would love a sequel to this to see where the three protagonists are in 5 years time.
Aug 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
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.
Jan 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regular-novels
It's hard to understand why soulless, ignorant, vapid, shallow golddiggers are of interest.
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
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 Bushnells Lipstick Jungle seeing as I am enjoying the TV show. I have just finished it and I have to say I am pretty disappointed ...more
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
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.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Patrick Hackett
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Because what self-respecting 27-year-old doesn't devour this book in like 72 hours. (Can't believe I'm admitting this on Goodreads...)
Vicki L
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Every woman knows you need to combine two men to make one decent one."
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
successful chicks are h.o.t.t!
This book was interesting. I mean I loved Sex and the City miniseries so I was ready to read Bushnell’s work. She has such an interesting point of view of women in business living in NYC.

Nico O’Reilly is a editor at Bonfire magazine and she wants to continue to climb in her job, but that means someone else has to lose theirs. And when Kirby, hot male underwear model, comes into her life and gives it pleasure we’ll let’s just say 40’s isn’t so bad. Not sure her husband would feel the same.

Caroline G'wattage
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A story of three successful New York Woman in their early 40s who know exactly what they want : Love, passion, power and a lot of money.

Victory Ford, an elegant and determined fashion designer, awaiting the fate of her latest innovative collection during fashion week. However, she is annoyed by the fact that no matter how successful she is in her profession, society will dem her failure as long as she remains single.

Wendy Healy, president of Parador Pictures, has problems of her own life at ho
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Westerfield
Sep 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Do you remember Tom Wolfe’s ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ where he talked about certain Wall Street moguls being ‘masters of the universe’? Candace Bushnell’s ‘Lipstick Jungle’ is like that except the ‘masters’ in this case are three women at the top of their professional game. For some of you not fluent in female pop culture, Candace Bushnell was the inspiration (as well as the creator) of the ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ character in ‘Sex in the City’. Like the first few seasons of ‘Sex,’ ‘Jungle’ displays t ...more
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Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of Killing Monica, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as di ...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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