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    ‘How the Other Half Hamptons’ misses the boat

    “”One house. Forty strangers. Add vodka and stir…”” The tagline of the book, “”How the Other Half Hamptons,”” by Jasmin Rosemberg may stir your interest initially, but by the end of the first chapter, your head will be drooping to the floor. A few more chapters in, you realize that the tagline is spot on, and that this doesn’t make for a very interesting story.

    The book describes the summer of three 20-something girls who decide to participate in a share-house in the Hamptons. The definition of a share-house: 40 or so people, living together in one house, for the sole purpose of partying, drinking and fornicating. Sound like fun? Not to read, it isn’t.

    Overuse of brand names bogged the story down right from the start. Seven jeans and Patron vodka can only be listed so often before they lose their magical touch. A lack of description makes the main characters hard to see ð- and therefore hard to identify with. The author describes the main characters as “”the good girl,”” “”the wild one”” and “”the suddenly single serial monogamist.”” And of course, their lives center on these traits. The storyline…wait, what was the storyline?

    By the end of the novel, the girls’ accomplishments include getting a boyfriend (boyfriends?), getting wasted and hooking up. Overall, this book is not an interesting read – unless, perhaps, you’ve actually lived in a share-house in the Hamptons.

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