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Everyone Worth Knowing: A Novelby Lauren Weisberger
Synopses & Reviews
An irresistible tale about what happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite.
On paper, Bette Robinson's life is good. At twenty-six, she's got a great deal on an apartment in Manhattan, and she's on target to become an associate at the prestigious investment bank where she works with her best friend. Her eighty-hour workweeks might keep her from socializing or dating outside her office walls — but she's paying her dues on the well-trod path to wealth and happiness. So when Bette quits her job like the impulsive girl she's never been, she not only shocks her friends and family — she has no idea what to do next.
For months, Bette gets out and about by walking her four-pound dog around her decidedly unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood. Then she meets Kelly, head of Manhattan's hottest PR and events planning firm, and suddenly Bette has a brand-new job where the primary requirement is to see and be seen.
The work at Kelly & Company takes Bette inside the VIP rooms of the city's most exclusive nightclubs, to parties crowded with celebrities and socialites. Bette learns not to blink at the famous faces, the black Amex cards, the magnums of Cristal, or the ruthless paparazzi. Soon she's dating an infamous playboy who's great for her career but bad for her sanity — and scaring off the one decent guy she meets. Still, as her coworkers repeatedly point out, how can you complain about a job that pays you to party? Bette has to agree — until she begins appearing in a vicious new gossip column. That's when Bette's life on paper takes on a whole new meaning — and she learns the line between her personal and professional lives is...invisible.
"A 27-year-old New York banker quits her job and finds work at a posh PR agency, trading her navy pantsuits for low-slung jeans and skimpy tops so she can hang out with the beautiful people at 'in' places like Bungalow 8 (though first she has to find out what Bungalow 8 is). Weisberger's bestselling The Devil Wears Prada hinged on a similar fish-out-of-water scenario, and while it may have worked then, this time around it feels like a rehash. Bette Robinson begins as a likable enough character, but it isn't long before Weisberger's caricature of her becomes frustrating: Bette is surprisingly successful at her new job, even as she's constantly complaining about 'the ridiculousness of what we were doing' — i.e., orchestrating Manhattan social events in such a way that the agency's clients look good in gossip columns. Bette's personal life gets equally ridiculous treatment, as she enters into a 'just for looks' and very public relationship with a British heartthrob who's really gay, as her friends and family (and the guy she really likes) look on in horror. The book occasionally entertains — as when it makes jabs at the very critics who panned DWP — but not nearly often enough. Agent, Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider. 400,000 first printing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"With her fatuous, clunky second novel...Weisberger is unlikely to silence her detractors. She has in no way strengthened her writerly muscle, but she has wised up..." Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review
"Weisberger's attempt to turn the frothy Lizzie Grubman world of Manhattan public relations on its head lacks edge. Not as fun as Prada, but Weisberger's fans won't care." Kirkus Reviews
"Packed with celebrity mentions and insider takes on exclusive Manhattan nightspots, this novel will captivate Weisberger's fans, who are sure to enjoy the dishy, if expansive, details." Booklist
"Despite the overabundant name- and brand-dropping, this is a solid sophomore novel from Weisberger, who gives us a smart, complex character to root for in Bette." Library Journal
The international bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada returns with this breezy tale about what happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite when she's hired by a PR firm and finds the line between her personal and professional lives is invisible.
About the Author
Lauren Weisberger graduated from Cornell University. Her first novel, The Devil Wears Prada, was on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list for six months. It has been published in twenty-seven countries. She lives in New York.
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