Friday, July 30, 2010

On the Fifth

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.



  1. I read this last year and it was honestly one of my favorite Candance Bushnell books. You are right about the characters though, at first they were hard to keep track of.

  2. I have this on my bookshelf! maybe I should read it ;) haha, I say that about all my books. at least now I'll know what to expect! but it is hard when there are so many characters- I get confused too! and end up flipping back to the front to figure out who's who and what's what.