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What would have made Southern Charm better?
I would have liked to seen Minty struggle more with financial matters, live in a tiny, overpriced cracker box apartment with mean neighbors and just have her not be so darn shallow.
What was most disappointing about Tinsley Mortimer’s story?
I was disappointing because I've read this story many times over. You know, the whole "small town girl goes to NYC to make her way in the big apple" thing... Except it's hard to empathize or identify with Minty. I guess what bothers me is that she doesn't seem to ever work for anything, it just falls in her lap, well...because she's ...Minty. Her rich Southern family "get" her a nice apartment (and have it decorated), buy her clothes and fund her lifestyle until she basically walks into a job with a top PR firm....and of course Minty is so beautiful and vivacious that soon photographers are snapping her picture everywhere and she becomes the toast of the town. What I found hilarious is the fact that Minty complains several times about her boyfriend/husband acting like a spoiled little boy when she's hardly much better. It's very obvious that the writer patterned this after Lauren Weisberger's novels (Devil Wears Prada, Chasing Harry Winston, etc...).
What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?
Johanna Parker's performance is marvelous as always. Sorry she got stuck with this dud.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Southern Charm?
I probably wouldn't cut anything, I would add to it....flesh it out a bit. Make Minty more likable to the average woman on the street.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
As a true Southener, I adored this book. Listening to Tinsley tell her story, brought back so many memories of my first trip to NY (I also stayed at The Plaza) and the tapes which play in my own mind, placed ever so carefully by my Louisiana born and bred dear Mother. A delightful read, to be sure.