“Chasing Harry Winston” by Lauren Weisberger

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Over the weekend  my boyfriend and I went to a beautiful summer wedding, which got me thinking a lot about weddings, engagements, and marriage (as if I don’t think about this all the time on the regular…let’s be real!!!) So what better book to review to celebrate wedding season than Lauren Weisberger’s Chasing Harry Winston?

 If you enjoyed her best-seller turned blockbuster The Devil Wears Prada, you’ll enjoy a similar writing style and romance wrapped up in the big city once again. This time, Weisberger splits the focus between three main characters: Emmy, Adriana, and Leigh.  These unmarried girlfriends are quickly approaching the age of “past-their-prime” and are realizing it’s time to buckle down and snatch up a permanent man—and fast. So one night the three of them make a pact to change their love lives and dating habits before the end of the year.

Leigh is bored with her mundane life and always safe decisions. Her boyfriend Russell may seem like the perfect catch, but Leigh still longs for something more. She vows to follow her heart and let her love life take the twists and turns it needs to put her in the perfect hands for forever.  

Emmy has been recently dumped by the supposed man of her dreams and wants nothing more than to be back in a solid relationship with a rock on her finger, heading down the aisle to marriage and babies. With the help of her friends, she promises to travel the world, having a one-night stand with a new guy on each continent, experiencing free love away from commitment, futures and family.

Adriana is perhaps the woman that Emmy is trying to become. A gorgeous Brazilian from supermodel genes (literally) she is getting tired of the game—fling after fling with no solid relationship or man to call her own. Her end of the bargain is to find a man, ONE man, and settle down for good, leaving her wild child ways behind.

I truly did enjoy Chasing Harry Winston and am baffled by the number of negative comments and reviews it has received throughout the web. From 224 reviews on Amazon.com, it currently rates 2.5 out of 5 stars, with reviewer after reviewer slamming Weisberger for a weak follow-up to The Devil Wears Prada. I really just don’t get it. I enjoyed every aspect of this book, and quite honestly don’t have a bad thing to say about it. My personal opinion is that this is a quick and snappy story of three different women who deep down long for the same sort of true love, this book is chick-lit and fashionable romance at its best. If you’re looking for something deep and meaningful, it just might not be for you. But if you want a fun, fast-paced read and slightly atypical chick-lit fluff, you’re in for a treat.

So, bloggers, what do you think? If you hated this book, I’d love to know why! And if you enjoyed it, show your support!

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4 thoughts on ““Chasing Harry Winston” by Lauren Weisberger

  1. I was bought this book for my birthday a few years ago but have never read it as I found Devil Wears Prada very slow to start.
    You have inspired me to snatch it from my bookshellf and I will let you know how it goes!

    Thanks!

    1. I agree with your DWP statement about it starting off slowly. I don’t think that CHW had that problem, it gets pretty much right into the meat of things. I’d love to know what you think of it!

  2. I saw the movie the Devil Wears Prada before I read the book, and I got to say, I never finished the book even though it was very well written. Guess I just knew what was going to happen. I’m glad you posted this because I didn’t even know about this book. BUT two days ago I finished reading another book by Lauren Weisberger that I highly recommend: Last Night at Chateau Marmont. It’s about a woman who is married to an up and coming rock star and how their relationship changes when their lives change. I think Weisberger mainly writes about the glam of women in NYC. Can’t wait to read more of her stuff! What’s your next book review?

    1. I really enjoyed the book but I was sorely disappointed with the movie. I remember feeling that in both the book and the movie (but even more so in the movie) the ending was very rushed through. Chateau Marmont is on my “to-read” list so I will check it out. Unfortunately it’s been an incredibly busy summer and I haven’t had a chance to read as much as I would like. Right now I’m reading Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie and Heart of the Matter so one of those will probably be my next review! Or I might review a book I’ve previously read if I don’t get through my current two fast enough.

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