Friday, April 5, 2013

Poor Little Bitch Girl and The Devil Wears Prada

Once again, I've held back a book review from you, so I have a double today.

First up, Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins
Here is the synopsis from the cover:

Denver Jones is a hotshot twenty-something attorney working in LA. Carolyn Henderson is personal assistant to a powerful and very married senator in Washington with whom she is having an affair. And Annabelle Maestro - the daughter of two movie stars - has carved out a career for herself in New York as the madam of choice for discerning famous men. The three of them went to high school together in Beverly Hills, and although Denver and Carolyn have have kept in touch, Annabelle is out on her own with her cocaine addicted boyfriend, Frankie.
Then there is Bobby Santangelo Stanislopolous, the Kennedy-esque son of Lucky Santangelo and deceased Greek shipping billionaire Dimitri Stanislopolous. Bobby owns Mood, the hottest club in New York. Back in the day, he went to high school with Denver, Carolyn, and Annabelle. And he connected with all three o them. Plus, Frankie was his best friend.
When Annabelle's beautiful movie-star mother is found shot to death in the bedroom of her Beverly Hills mansion, the five of them find themselves thrown together... and secrets from the past have a way of coming back to haunt everyone.

My initial thoughts on the characters are that they are very predictable. Their names seem really cheesy, and their personalities are the kind that I feel like I may have come up with  in high school creative writing (the rich, shallow celebrity child, the smart dedicated attorney, and the delusional, well meaning mistress).
With that set aside, though, I feel like this was a good story. It grabbed my attention, and it was an easy read. There were a couple little twists and things that I was kind of on my seat to find out (is she going to get away from those people? Who killed the mom?) but I don't think it had the suspense and mystery that the cover lead me to believe.

Also, this book is part of a series (the Lucky Santangelo series, I think) written by Jackie Collins. I didn't realize that until I found the book on Good Reads. But unlike when I read that random Stephanie Plum book, I was able to read this book without missing anything from prior books in the series.

Overall, it wasn't the BEST book I've ever read, but it was good as far as chick lit goes, and i would read other books by Jackie Collins.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I'm not going to bother giving you a full overview of what the book is about, since I think most of us know.

The book is more entertaining than i remember the movie being. As movies usually do, there seemed to have been a lot of stuff left out of the movie, and the characters were a bit different. 
It wasn't a book I was really looking forward to reading, since I had already seen the movie. But it was entertaining, and I was always thinking to myself "Andrea, you are such a dumb bitch, just quit your job!!!" and whatnot.

Not much to say about it other than I have read other things by Lauren Weisberger before that I have enjoyed, and I look forward to reading other things.

Another 3.5 out of 5. Entertaining, but nothing spectacular.


lil desiqua said...

Devil Wears Prada is on my list, but like you, I'm not looking forward to reading it as much since I saw the movie. The Collins ones sounds like a fun light read though!

Kristine said...

A. I'm glad you finally read the devil wears Prada. B. I loved poor little bitch girl but I agree; very predi