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Hot Property: A Novel

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Michele Kleier is the president and chairman of Gumley Haft Kleier, one of Manhattan’s premier real estate brokerages. The mother of three children—Samantha, Sabrina, and Jonathan—she lives on Park Avenue with her husband and business … see full wiki

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Leaves Me Cold

  • Nov 16, 2011
If only "Hot Property" by Michele, Samantha, and Sabrina Kleier--the stars of HGTV's hit real estate reality show "Selling New York" had some kind of plot to highlight and drive its rather boring and superfluous meander through a labyrinth going nowhere that features various walk-thrus and potential mega-million dollar Manhattan real estate deals. Unfortunately, being plotless on 5th Avenue means that after reading over 150 pages, you'll feel the same way I did, call it quits and pick up something that can actually be called a novel.

Each chapter focuses on a particular property and its respective realtor-- either the mother or two daughters that comprise the New York- fabulous brokerage team. The Kleiers rely heavily on cliche, celebrity and society-page references that could be interesting if the novel actually contained an event that riveted the reader's attention. This reviewer expected a Jackie Collins type romp using the real estate markets of a fashionista-centric New York as a backdrop to a The Bonfire of the Vanities fable of ill-gotten wealth and privilege. What I got was an anal retentive detail of the classifieds with absolutely no editorialized perspective whatsoever. What's the message? Moral? What's going on?

Who knows?

The three main characters, whose names escape me and, trust me, are neither important or relevant to the non-storyline, are all dripping with the latest designer fashions and enough accessories and Botox to keep even the most superficially minded reader lost in the jabberwocky of elite consumerism. However, even this penchant for labels and love could add glitz, glamour and edge if only the female protagonists described here were in any way different like the quintessential gal-pals united in their quest for love in Sex and the City. Each of the characters, no matter what their age or name, acts exactly like the remaining two, making it difficult to distinguish one from the other. Understanding the New York scene from the individual perspectives of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda lets the reader/viewer see the pros and cons of the single woman and allows him or her the choice of either agreeing or disagreeing with their actions. "Property" gives you three redundant looks sans story. Very boring indeed.

Bottom line? "Hot Property" wasn't even lukewarm enough to read in its entirety. With almost no plot to speak of, the authors take their time setting up their non-story with no main themes, dialogue or action to actually make its wealthy characters or their settings the least bit interesting. How about a little murder or adultery to rocket-boost this one out of the realm of the pretentious? Zzzzz! Recommended only to insomniacs.
Diana Faillace Von Behren

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