One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell
One Fifth Avenue tells the story of the residents living in this notorious NYC apartment. Like any good neighbors there's quite a bit of conflict but also a good neighborly feeling between them all. There's a mix of new faces and old friends as well as a mix between those with old money and new.
When I first started reading this book I wasn't a big fan. There were a lot of characters and I couldn't seem to keep them all straight. Since I could never remember the back story of the character I would be reading about, I never seemed to be able to get into it. But by the time I was about one third of the way through, I finally could tell the characters apart and I was able to finally enjoy the story.
One I got them sorted out my favorite character was Analisa Rice, a former lawyer from D.C.. She moves into the building with her husband whose recently made his wealth through a hedge fund. What I liked about Analisa is that she seemed to be able to see through the fake-ness of the New York high society. So I was a little disappointed when so quickly she seemed to disappear and become like so many of the other characters. It was a bit of a let down, but I was still in for a few surprises from her.
Another resident who I had the opposite feeling towards was Lola Fabrikant, a 20-something party girl from Atlanta. And embody that party girl persona did she, but to the point that it was a little over the top. And yet even though I found her naive and a little stupid at first, her antics started to amuse me and by the end the parts from her point of view were some that I looked forward to the missed.
Another aspect I enjoyed reading about were the bloggers. There were several actually by the books end. It's interesting to me to read a book were there are bloggers included. By the range of bloggers in a book we were able to see how blogging can lead to some awful situations, but on the other hand can make you into someone.
By the end of the book I wound up enjoying it. I wouldn't say the book was what I expected it to be, but I still had fun along the way. It definitely became a fun read, but what I enjoyed most about it were probably all of the different characters, who by the end I could easily tell apart.