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PRINCESS OF PARK AVENUE
by Daniella Brodsky

Genre: Mainstream, Chick lit

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Reminiscent of TV's The Nanny, Brodsky's book is about "The Colorist" Lorraine Machuchi becoming an independent woman, balancing her roots with modern culture after crossing the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Round-the-way-girl Lorraine is living
at home while coloring hair at her uncle's un-hip neighborhood beauty parlor and pining for the only guy
she's ever loved, pizza boy Tommy
Lupo. After meeting the brother of the owner of the chicest salon in all of Manhattan, the Brooklyn guidette gets an offer she can't refuse.

From there, Lorraine's luck keeps getting better and better. She winds up staying at a family friend's posh Park Avenue apartment (complete with "horse/dog" Pooh-Pooh); gets promoted at work; becomes a member of the ultra-elite "Park Avenue Princesses" (who attend fabulous parties, wear designer duds and pose for the paparazzi); and meets and connects with the wonderful Matt (and his pup,
Lena Horne).

Brodsky's novel has a cute plot, interesting characters and is a fun survey of rich city life, but it also has its faults. There is no way one person could be so fortunate, especially in such a short period of time. Readers will root for Lorraine as the first batch of good things start happening to her but will become less and less enthused as her luck continues. And Lorraine doesn't get over Tommy until the last portion of the novel -- way too late. It gets tiring reading about her obsession, which comes across as rather pathetic instead of endearing. However, in spite of all of her successes, Lorraine remains humble and down-to-earth. (Dec., 336 pp., $13.00)

Reviewed By: Cheryl A. Hoahing

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Published: December 2005

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