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Consider this a sequel to her Sex & The City with new characters. Bushnell's quartet of blondes struggle with high-powered success, stretch marks, romantic intrigues, Manhattan expectations, dull lovers, biological clocks, and their own paranoia. Come to think of it, this novel has T.V. series potential.

Hardcover, 245 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 2000)
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Diane
Feb 26, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
This book doesn't even deserve one star. This has to be one of the worst books that I've ever read in my life. I only kept reading it in the ridiculous (and futile) hope that it surely would have to get better at some point. Surely the women who came up with the idea for Sex in the City couldn't possibly suck THAT bad as an author.

Well as it turns out, she can. Don't waste your time or anyone else's with this book. It's about 4 stupid women who make ridiculous choices and live lives consumed by
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Betsy
Terrible. I finally followed the 50 page rule, where if it's not good by the first 50 pages, dump it. This was the worst book I have ever attempted. I picked it up at a garage sale for a quarter because I enjoy "chick-lit", and Sex and The City was a hit show, I thought the author would at least have something worthwhile. Big mistake! The storyline and characters were so unrealistic, fake, and BORING! Don't bother.
Aditi
"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together. "

----Liz Taylor

Candace Bushnell, an international best-selling author, has penned a sassy tale of four blond women from Manhattan, in her book, Four Blondes that narrates the tale of four different women, independent and strong-willed, who pave their way in the jungle called life by standing strong along with the men, fashion, age, needs and fame and to claim fame, they would do anything for it.


Synopsis:

Four Blondes cha
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Hilari
Jan 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bushnell is one of the worse writers of all time. I hope she wakes up every morning and thanks whichever god she believes in because however she got Sex in the City published is supernatural. That someone saw past her schlocky prose to an award-winning television series is beyond me.

Four Blondes is a trite story about four women you couldn't care about if they were on fire on the midtown bus. Their stories, remarkably, are less interesting. Read this book only if you are being threatened with d
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Jeff Menter
And now we have a real dilemma: how do you honestly review a book that's so bad that you didn't really finish it and you were never interested in reading it in the first place?

Candace Bushnell (of Sex and the City fame) has written a book that is either disgusting in its skewed portrayal of vapid, mindless, and spiritually bankrupt women or genius in its satirical and ironic take on selfsame.

I'm going with the former.

Perhaps it deserves some kind of recognition at the very least for the entertai
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Emily
Feb 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
This book is not good. It is divided into four sections about four women with barely any brains and their stories never connect. At first I felt like I was missing some big secret underlying message about society while I was reading it, but then I thought that it was just about four stupid rich women.

The writing style of the second section almost made me quit reading. Sentence length averages 6 words and every other sentence is in parentheses which I think was meant for humor but ended up being
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Jess Driscoll
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are Bushnell completionists
page 166: He's sitting in the living room in a red-and-white-striped shirt, suspenders still looped over his shoulders, drinking a beer with his buddies from the network whose names I still can't be bothered to remember, when I come down the stairs, wearing a white brocade dress with grey mink trim and long grey gloves. My mother is married to a fishmonger. My father is gay and lives in Paris. I am going to the ballet.
Anjanette
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Admittedly, this book has little redeeming social value, beyond being humorous. And that said, it's probably only entertaining to readers who recognize that "it's funny because it's true" - even without being in the social circles of people like these characters, you would need to realize that they exist. If you must respect the protagonist in order to enjoy a book, then don't pick up this one. Leave it for those who will laugh out loud in recognition of someone they know.
Meghan
I purposefully didn't rate this book, because it's the worst book I have EVER read. I only finished it on principle. Awful, awful, awful. In fact, when I go to Barnes & Noble, I actually consider placing a note on the shelf that holds this book, warning people!
Kirsten (lush.lit.life)
Okay this book is disgusting - but i was trying to get a feel for the popularity of Candace Bushnell (of sex in the city fame)without watching sex in the city. I notice most people rate this book pretty low, so i guess even fans don't like this one.

It was just creepy. High "Ick" factor. As in the normalization of deviant sex ick.

However, i happened to be reading Ibsen's A Doll's House at the same time and it made a fascinating comparative study re: women's roles and what women have done with the
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Suvi
En suostu antamaan tälle kirjalle yhtään tähteä, sillä a) hukkasin elämästäni kallisarvoisia tunteja lukiessani tätä, b) kirjoitustyyli on hirveä, c) naiskuva kirjassa on hirveä ja d) tämä on ehkä ällöttävin, paskin, huonoin, surkein ja turhin kirja ikinä!
Kanika Sood
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, you need treat Four Blondes as an independent book and not a byproduct of a writer of a hit TV series. Sex and the City was and still is such a massive hit that audiences use it as the totem pole to measure everything that Candace Bushnell writes. The quintessential Carrie candor was a creation of the show’s writers alone; if you read Bushnell’s newspaper columns from which the show is derived (there is an archive of all of them somewhere on the Internet), you will notice that her writing ...more
Ivana Books Are Magic
After absolutely hating Sex and the City, I was quite sceptic about this novel. I was pretty sure it will be as bad as her first work, but somehow it wasn't it. I was thinking how she will probably just recycle those girls from Sex and the City, but she didn't. Candice actually created brand new characters that felt very much alike. I found that anorexic princess character rather fascinating! Even after all this time ( I read this one a long time ago), I still can remember clearly all the charac ...more
Candy
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't judge...its awesome. Very well written and easy to read :) Very different from the show.
Jaime
Jul 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
Recommended to Jaime by: a friend
Honestly...this book is probably one of the worst books I have ever read...I did not enjoy it what-so-ever...I do not watch Sex and the City (i make fun more than anything) but my friend told me this is one of her favorite books and i had to read it. I hated the way it was written...The second story I could not stand all the parentheses and the third story the intitials bothered me also...I felt that the characters kind of sucked and you really could care less about them. I also did not like how ...more
Stephanie
Jul 27, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
I only gave this 1 star because it was an easy read and I will admit a line or two was funny, however, it was hard for me to give it 1. The main reason I bought it was because it was written by the author of Sex and the City and I thought it was going to be interesting or at least follow characters that were similar to the ones in the TV series but I was dead wrong. I kept reading only hoping (assuming) that at some point it may get interesting. The book should be called 4 dumb blondes. It’s NOT ...more
Jennifer Green
Of all the bad books I have read, this is pobably the one that I can say was the worst. I actually threw it across the room after reading it because I was so disgusted. Can't even give it a star.
Carol Storm
It was the best of blondes -- it was the worst of blondes.

I was never a big SEX AND THE CITY fan. As a rule I prefer romance to chick lit. I like guaranteed happy endings, and I also prefer a more hopeful take on men than what you get from most literary or "feminist" fiction.

The point is, I approached 4 BLONDES with really low expectations. Yet it wasn't quite as bad as I expected. Some of the satire on career women and feminists is razor sharp. Bushnell really shows how "educated" white women
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D
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me two years to finish! I wish for the life of me I could have one positive remark on anything but truthfully this book is horrendous. I have never seen a cast that is so self-absorbed, manipulative, and downright one dimensional before in my life! There's only one character that comes to mind who might rival their superficiality.

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Its sad when Gaston is considered a well-rounded character compared to these bitches.

Not only are they selfish they are a downright disgusting portraya
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Madeline Lund
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonists of these stories are connected not only by their blonde hair but also by their isolation and desire for change. While each story can certainly stand alone, the author, Candace Bushnell, shows why she published them in one collection. Some of her characters exist in more than one of the stories. Bushnell does this to show that everyone, both in her stories and in the real wold, is connected in some way. These women may never meet, but they could. These stories could in fact be re ...more
Matimate
I was hard in to the TV series Sex and the City and when I hear d about Candace Bushnell, I decided to read more books from her. I bought the 4 Blondes and I was not disappointed the style was crisp and very observing. The four women had one thing in common they are relatively rich and very beautiful, however it is not much in the city jungle, where you can always find someone younger and more beautiful. Life suck and it is even worse when main heroines are selfish and self obsessed. It is fine ...more
Kelly
Jun 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, haaaaate
Before I launch into another diatribe about the enormous amount of crap that is this book, let me say that chick-lit CAN be smart, it can be fun and it can YES PLEASE have a protagonist that, while interested in dating and mating, isn't obsessed over it or derive ALL of her self-esteem from it.
...the problem is that's ALL this novel is about. I get the Sex and the City thing- I even loved the show for the first few seasons before they became walking cliches of superficiality and excess, but tha
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Laila
Jun 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody!!!
Shelves: chick-lit
I like watching Sex and the City, a funny and interesting television show about four female friends and their love lives in the city. This book, however, is dreadful. I had a hard time getting through it. The characters and stories are not funny nor are they in any way interesting. You don't care about the characters, but almost sort of want them to wander into city traffic and get run over. Luckily I borrowed this from the library and didn't actually squander any of my hard-earned money on it.
Shauna Mulligan
May 07, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy guilty pleasures
Good? Eh. Entertaining? Mostly. This book was like reading an episode of Sex and the City, except that the characters are less fun, more emotionally messed up and often married. They do have similar taste in shoes, drink a lot of cocktails and talk about sex a lot. It was a quick read -- good for the beach, airplane or anywhere you won't be embarrassed to be seen reading it.
Amie
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brittany
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Bushnell's general mantra of sex-shopping-socialites
How I Came To Read This Book: I borrowed it from my sister.

The Plot: This isn’t just one book, but actually four novellas regarding four status & sex obsessed Manhattan-bound blondes. Janey Wilcox (subject of the full-length follow-up ‘Trading Up’) is a floundering model/actress that baits guys in exchange for summers in the Hamptons and a life she deems worthy of her greatness. Cecelia is married to a royal, but the media’s obsession with her every flaw keeps her high-strung personality on
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Jessuina Lopez
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PurplyCookie
The author whose name is synonymous with her novel "Sex and the City" weighs in again with four loosely linked tales: in "Four Blondes" she returns with a quartet of novellas on her favorite subject -- the mating habits of wealthy sex-, status-, and media-obsessed New Yorkers. These are people for whom a million or two does not make one rich, and who consider Louis Vuitton and Prada bare necessities.

The novel is broken up into 4 sections, each one dedicated to a different shade of blonde and the
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Liz Shaw
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many bad reviews about this book.

Firstly it's actually four books collected together as one.

The first one is about a model who is constantly using and being used by guys for sex. It's all about power for her. She wants power but so do the men.

The second one is about a couple who hate their married life but won't divorce because they have a son.

The third one is about a princess who can't handle fame and is a little bit psychotic. She's mental, and not in an ambitious way like Janey.
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Kelly
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
So I read this book with no expectations, one way or another. And then I came on here and was shocked to see every review was so horrible. The problem with Candace Bushnell is that everyone expects her to be fluffy chick lit because Sex and the City is the epitome of chick TV (and don't get me wrong, I love the show). Even the cover design of this book just makes it look like a beach read. But when I read Sex and the City (the book) I realized that's not the kind of writer Candace Bushnell is. W ...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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