Lipstick Jungle – Candace Bushnell

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Candace Bushnell is the author of three bestsellers: Sex and the City, Four Blondes, and Trading Up. She is a popular college lecturer, has been featured in numerous publications and television shows, and is a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar. She lives in New York City.

The book in one sentence: Three powerful, beautiful yet not quite young women try to climb to the top of their male-dominated industries while juggling their personal lives.

Who would you recommend it to: Women and girls who are looking for a chick lit book with a feminist – in a good way – twist.

OK bits: I like that the three main characters are strong personalities with their own flaws. I also love how gender stereotypes are reversed in this book and raised in a realistic manner.

Boring bits: Sometimes I feel it talks too much, but then again, this is about women – we’re not afraid about talking about emotions now, are we?

Verdict: It’s not my favourite chick lit – I like them peppered with a good dose of sense of humour – but it is definitely one of the better ones. The characters are admirable without being perfect, and it is a nice change from the Shopaholic sort of chick lit. (I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella’s chick lit, but others in similar vein are unoriginal and irritating.)

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