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Swapping Lives by Jane Green
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Jul 24, 2007

did not like it
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

July 24, 2007 – Shelved
December 26, 2008 –
page 10
2.44% "Yawn."
December 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"
Started Reading
December 27, 2008 – Shelved as: abandoned
December 27, 2008 – Shelved as: craptastic
December 27, 2008 – Finished Reading
August 1, 2009 – Shelved as: owned

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