Saturday, February 6, 2010

Book Review: Sundays At Tiffany's



Like the movie "Breakfasts at Tiffany", I can't understand why Tiffany appears in the title when Tiffany doesn't really have a significant presence in both the movie and the novel other than the fact that, I saw both heroines showed up at the world famous jewelry store very briefly. I just wonder why the book isn't called "Sundays at St. Regis Hotel" cause it's more relevant to the story.... but it probably won't sell as good.

The story was not too impressive. It's about the romance between a grown up woman with her childhood imaginary friend who somehow returned to her adult life as a real boyfriend... It's just that and the rest of the book is literally filled with the mundanes of the daily life of the heorine as a lonely and unhappy rich girl, then more mundanes of all the places she went, she ate, she visited (Tiffany is one of those places) and she went for her dates with her boyfriends. Many pages are devoted to describing what restaurants were the characters eating at and what they were eating. I find it quite lame..... cause you can easily write a story like that using a copy of the Los Angeles Magazine "dining" sections and the "places to hang" section and just connect the pages with any girl (model, student, single mother, etc, etc,) with any man (the mayor, the governor, superman, or a terminator) then just fill in some coversations, some kisses, and a sex scene, and wala, you get a book called "Afternoons in Hollywood"......

I wonder if the story is lame because James Patterson is no expert in the romance department like Daninell Steel or Nora Roberts. I thought he only wrote thrillers or mysteries, never knew he was branching out into romance too until now. But then, not sure if he wrote it himself or his assistant writer wrote it and he just edited it...

The book has a great cover and a great title (anything that draws on the success of both Tiffany and the movie "Breakfast at Tifanny" will sure sell).... and that's about it. It's a short book that can be finished in a few hours, I suggest you read it in a bookstore or the library if you really have nothing to do, cause it's really not worth the price.

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2 comments:

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Good review and good point on the short reads. I do want to read this and a short read is sometimes nice. I will take your advice and use my Library. :)

Gramma Ann said...

I hated that book. I started to read it, thought it would somewhere along the story line get interesting, but it never did. It was one of those books I had to force myself to read, and when it ended I said, WHY DID I READ THIS ALL THE WAY TO THE END?

It was so unreal, when the imaginary friend suddenly became real, I just about pitched it in the trash can at that point, that was just one of the many times I thought of throwing that book in the trash can. I had never read a James Patterson book before, so was very disappointed and will never buy or read another Patterson book again.

I would like you think he was trying to help a new writer get started on a writing career. I can't believe he would write such garbage. I wonder if he even read the book before it was published. As I said at the beginning I am one of the few people, I guess, who hated the book.

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