One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell

This one is a toughie. I haven’t decided whether I liked this one or not.... yet. I’m leaning towards the not liking direction though.

The story revolves around the lives of the residents of a luxury building on Fifth Avenue. A place that just by living in it or being seen entering or exiting from it - meant wealth and power. Each resident of One Fifth is interconnected somehow and it was neat to see how one of their actions would cause an effect in one of their neighbors’ lives. I also liked that architecture was the center-piece of the story. I will say, that there were a lot of characters (each written in the first person) introduced all at once, which was confusing at first, but once I got passed that and actually started focusing on who was who and what was what it became easier to read and the pages began turning. The writing was very hip and fresh and I loved her comments on 20-somethings, bloggers and the Internet.

But in the end, it just didn’t strike a note with me. I don’t know if it was that I just didn’t connect with any of the characters or that we have no similarities in common, but I found that none of the characters were likeable. There was one character that I did like but she was the one that we barely read about (figures). I got the impression that this book was expressly written to become a movie or tv series.

All in all, if you like reading stories about New York City life, sex, lies and money, (Drama, Drama, Drama), then this is something that I’d recommend you read.


Beth F said...

I haven't read any of Bushnell's books. I did like the series Sex and the City. I haven't been moved to read the books. Glad you tried one so I don't have to!!!

Nely said...

Beth - I am a huge fan of Sex and the City and although I haven't read any of her prior books I thought this looked interesting enough... it flopped with me. :(

Michele said...

I'm glad you reviewed this one. I wasn't a huge fan of Sex and the City, so I probably wouldn't love this one to death.

Great review, Nely.

Darlene said...

Sorry you didn't like this one all that much. I read it quite a while ago and did like it. It wasn't my favorite but I enjoyed the read. I do agree that the characters are never really developed enough for you to invest in them though but I think that boils down to the genre of the book and true, we may see it on tv one day.

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