Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger

4 Star

What happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite?

Soon after Bette Robinson quits her horrendous Manhattan banking job like the impulsive girl she's never been, the novelty of walking her four-pound dog around the unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thin as the "What are you going to do with your life?" phone calls from her parents. Then Bette meets Kelly, head of Manhattan's hottest PR firm, and suddenly she has a brand-new job where the primary requirement is to see and be seen inside the VIP rooms of the city's most exclusive nightclubs. But when Bette begins appearing in a vicious new gossip column, she realizes that the line between her personal life and her professional life is...invisible. 

Kaley - 4 Star

Everyone Worth Knowing was my first Lauren Weisberger read and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Like most females, I’ve seen (and enjoyed) the movie version of The Devil Wears Prada but I never got around to reading the book.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of this novel but it turns out I really liked it!

The thing I was hesitant about was thinking that the book would be full of people who were only concerned about their wardrobe and being seen at the hottest places. There were lots of these types of characters but they didn’t irritate me nearly as much as I thought they would. I think that’s because they worked so well with the story. I will say that if you don’t like shallow people and the lifestyle that goes along with the rich and famous this book probably isn’t for you. I ended up enjoying it because Bette was clearly the star and while she got herself some better clothes and went out to the best bars she never lost who she truly was and that helped keep the novel grounded. 

There was a lot of name dropping in this novel and since the book was written awhile ago (it was published in 2006) it was already starting to feel a bit dated. For example, Tara Reid shows up at an exclusive party. Does anyone know or care what Tara Reid is up to these days? No? I didn’t think so. I kept thinking how much different the story would have been if it had been written now with the explosion of social media. Twitter and Facebook would have been amazing tools for Bette in her party planning job. Just goes to show how much things can change in just a few short years.

I wasn’t going to give this book 4 stars but the ending left me with such a warm and happy feeling that I had to bump up my rating. The way Weisberger wrapped up Everyone Worth Knowing couldn’t have been better if you had put a big red bow around it. Overall, I really liked this novel and think many other chick lit lovers will as well. There’s a bit of scandal, a bit of romance, and quite a few laughs. What’s not to love?

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