Author: Lauren Weisberger
Characters: 5 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Source: Purchased by Myself
Description: (Author Website) When twenty-seven-year-old Bette Robinson quits her Manhattan banking job like the impulsive girl she’s never been, she knows she won’t miss the eighty-hour workweeks, her claustrophobic cubicle or her revolting boss’s Quotes of the Day. But she does miss her best friend, Penelope. And soon the novelty of getting “out and about” by walking her four-pound dog around her unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thin as the constant “What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?” phone calls from her parents.
Then Bette meets Kelly, head of Manhattan’s hottest PR and events planning firm, and suddenly she 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 person and profession lives is… invisible.
From My Point of View: This was actually a re-read for me, but since I've never reviewed it, I figured why not!
Lauren Weisberger is one of my favorite Chick Lit authors. Her stories are always very real for me. Her characters are fabulous and relate-able. Everyone worth knowing is no expection.
As much as I loved this book, I would have liked to have seen more about Bette and Sammy. I felt it wrapped up a little too quickly for my tastes. And, in all honesty, Bette's new career she embarks on is really unrealistic for her given her circumstances, so that was fairly disappointing as well.
As far as the rest of the book goes though, LOVED it. =) Obviously, if I am re-reading it. The story is fast paced and intriguing. I love, love, love the craziness of Bette's life working for Kelly and found many of the interactions to be pretty funny.
As I shared on my Beach Reads Bookaholic Picks, this is the perfect summer chick lit novel for lovers of the genre.