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Chasing the devil (Anatomy of a post)

4 May

My expectations from Lauren’ Weisberger’s Chasing Harry Winston were quite simple. After all what can one expect from a book that has a giant green stiletto on the front cover.

If you need to kill a boring Saturday afternoon and positively don’t want to read something with underlying socio economic issues or intelligent plots, this could be the book for you. It’s just pure and simple entertainment.To say that the author fails miserably would be an unfair assessment. The book’s writing style does sustain your interest for about an hour after which the cloyingly sweet, fluffy, clichéd style could get to you.

Chasing Harry Winston is third in her triad of New York centric Chick lit books, targeting young women in the age group of 18-30. Like others in its genre it focuses on female bonding and narrates the story of three New York based women in their late twenties trying to make sense of love and life. Familiar! Isn’t it?

Adriana is beautiful daughter of a Brazilin business tycoon and a famous supermodel. She believes that there’re too many eligible bachelors in New York to settle down but is constantly reminded by her mother that she won’t always have her pick of men and her looks will eventually fade. Emmy was within striking distance to the ring and the baby she desperately wanted when her boyfriend of five years left her for his 23 year old personal trainer. Leigh is the one fairly interesting and believable female character in the book. A neurotic young star in the publishing business she is living her dream with her dream man in her dream house.

Knocking back raspberry mojitos one night, the three friends make a pact to change one thing in their lives by the end of the YEAR. Adriana vows to find a ‘steady squeeze’ and remain monogamous, while Emmy will take a ‘Tour de Whore’ sleeping with as many men as she can while travelling the world. Leigh watches quietly, making no promises. Jesse is, overall, the most believable and well written character, a reclusive writer who stars to get under Leigh’s skin. The story of Otis is a great addition.

The book clearly lacks substance about real issues women deal with. In the beginning of the book each character is an original epitome of women’s worst characteristics. The book focuses more on women doing things to constantly validate themselves. Adriana is narcissistic, and needs constant validation from men. Emmy displays an abnormal amount of obsessive behaviour to the lengths of stalking her ex boyfriend. Only towards the end does it provide a some what realistic look at what it means to be a self-sufficient woman embracing the opportunity to grow older and more mature.

In Chasing Harry Winston, Weisberger dumps the format she adopted for her first two novels. In some ways, this is good, and gives Weisberger the chance to branch out a bit. The characters are surprisingly more unique than those in Weinberger’s other two books; with the exception of the perfect boyfriend. I definitely found myself relating to Leigh a bit. However, the author doesn’t seem to be able to create anything new- The plot seems hackneyed and reminds one of Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City.

Granted it’s not a life changing book but I think the title, cover, and storyline adequately give that away. It’s an easy and entertaining read. The book does make one laugh out loud at times.

The characters and their predicaments are humorous if taken light-heartedly. It has some great saucy lines though at times the fluffy fun bits do get lost in the blobby mess of narrative Nonetheless what the book lacks in story and plot it more than makes up in Lauren Weisberger’s beautiful narrative. Her writing is descriptive and sensory and involves the reader in every page, the only thing lacking in her writing style is continuity. Weisberger said in an interview “this is first time I am writing about three people instead of one” This lack of experience shows. The story lurches off in random directions. The constantly moving narrative can be very confusing at times but as a whole the writing style is different and refreshing.

If you’ve read her other two books The Devil wears Prada and “Everyone Worth knowing” this one can’t hold a candle to either and is totally avoidable. But if you haven’t then it’s a perfect book to curl up by the fire with. Its chick lit! What else would you really expect?