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Nya

I’m an avid reader, a hobbyist writer, a professional designer, and I blog for fun!

I love mystery & thrillers, speculative fiction, non-fiction (business & design), and my guilty pleasure is chick-lit. I’ve created this blog to contradict my workaholic tendencies and talk about a non-work related passion of mine.

“Is There Still Sex in The City?” by Candace Bushnell

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There’s the sex and there’s the city but, for me, not much more than that. Sorry, ‘Is There Still Sex in the City?’ is kind of entertaining but it was not enough to keep me hooked.

Disclaimer: I’ve received a reader copy via NetGalley, and this doesn’t influence my opinion or review.

Note about negative reviews: All reviews reflect my personal opinion and tastes. They aren’t meant to disrespect authors or discourage readers from reading a book.


Personal Experience:

Quote: 

“Because what I’ve found in life is that sh*t happens to all of us, and it’s just a little better if you don’t have to go through it alone.”

Who should read it? Fans of Candace’s writing style, dating short stories and fun acronyms.

Would I recommend it? It was not for me, personally, and I wish I could recommend it, but I can’t.


I was really excited and curious about this book. I had it on my Kindle for a while, but when I don’t fall in love with the beginning of a book, it’s more difficult to keep a steady reading pace. That’s what happened with ‘Is There Still Sex in The City?‘.

But why?

sex and the city GIF

I loved the Sex and The City TV show (note, I’ve never actually read the first book). I suspect many would want to read this for the same reason. Now that’s quite the expectation since this was a series many of us loved.

The good: the parallel short stories and dating adventures do remind me of the TV show’s style. But somehow, what has worked so well in the TV didn’t seem to work in this book. Again, I can’t compare it to the first book as I never read it. Maybe it was the writing style, maybe it was the lack of structure. It felt more like a collection of short stories, without a structured plot. There was not that feeling of continuity, of “I really need to know what happens next.”

I didn’t feel much for the characters either. To be honest, sometimes I’d even forget their names or who the author was referring to because there were so many of them, especially friends or acquaintances of the main characters. It’s difficult to feel connected to so many different characters and stories, and you end up with the feeling that none of them were fully explored — even the main cast.

The other thing I didn’t love about this book is that it felt a bit depressing in the way men and relationships are described. It wasn’t as fun as I typically expect my light reads to be.

I thought the ideas and concept were there, but there was just something else missing for me.


Overall, I felt the Sex and the City spirit was lost among the many short stories and characters this book had. The fun, the reliability, the charming characters we feel connected to… I didn’t feel any of that in the book. Still, I’d encourage any fans to read it. Even though this book in specific wasn’t for me, we still owe Candice the world of Sex and the City. Without Candace, one of my favorite TV shows would have never existed.

is there still sex in the city candace bushnell

Is There Still Sex in the City?
by Candace Bushnell
Publication date: August 2019
Genre: Women’s fiction, Chick Lit

 

Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, Is There Still Sex in the City? gathers Bushnell’s signature short, sharp, satirical commentaries on the love and dating habits of middle aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships. Throughout, Bushnell documents twenty-first century dating phenomena, such as the “Unintended Cub Situation” in which a sensible older woman suddenly becomes the love interest of a much younger man, the “Mona Lisa” Treatment — a vaginal restorative surgery often recommended to middle-aged women — and what it’s really like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty-something divorcée. Bushnell also updates one of her most celebrated stories from Sex and the City, about “Bicycle Boys,” a breed of New York man who was always trying to bring his bike up to women’s apartments. Once an anomaly, Bushnell charts their new ubiquitousness, in addition to where, and how, to do your own man stalking via bicycle (and whether or not it’s worth it).

In Is There Still Sex in The City? Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles: marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.

 

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