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The Overnight Socialite Hardcover – December 16, 2009
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As far as the characters go, they grew on me. Initially, I could not imagine someone taking Wyatt up on his offer to be a social experiment, but after considering Lucy Jo's dreams and the extent of her devastation, it seemed plausible. I mean what did she have to loose? Her character really changed as the story progressed, but not as much as Wyatt's. I enjoyed reading his scenes. His stubbornness, his denial, and his pride made him an interesting character. My favorite character by far was Eloise, Lucy's friend. Of all the characters in the book, she was the most real and down-to-Earth, (with the exception of Lucy's mother). Overall, most of the characters were interesting and memorable
The cons...The only issue I had while reading came from too many POV's. There were several characters in the story who's point of view really contributed to the story.Read more ›
OK, so the author borrows directly from My Fair Lady for the plot of her book. But it's really an enjoyable story. So there definitely is some predictability here. But Lucy Jo is a character with a lot of heart, and passion for what she loves best. Nearly all of these characters are a lot more three-dimensional than those in Clark previous novel, Because She Can. There are characters in the book, especially Wyatt and his best friend, who are undeniably flawed, but that makes them all the more real. Wyatt's ex girlfriend is a bit of a caricature, but other than that, I enjoyed reading about these people.
Nonetheless, there are a few aspects of the story that had me raising my eyebrows in disbelief (Lucy's transformation, especially her weight loss, is a little too rapid to be believable). Wyatt is in his mid-thirties, but he sure doesn't act that way most of the time. And the ending of the book isn't really an ending, as such. It just stops, without truly wrapping things up. But other than that, the story is fast paced, and extremely lively. It's cute, it's fun, and it's an engaging way to pass time. The plot just needs a little more work.
On the other hand, both Rita (the heroine's mother) and Cornelia (the villain) were unrelievedly annoying and stereotypical. Despite Cornelia's last scene, which was unbelievable given everything we knew about her character beforehand, it's impossible to think that she would change. And Lucy's line to her mother - "Can't it not always be about you?" - was wholly legitimate and appropriate so it made no sense to me that she would then seek her mother out to apologize. Lucy was the adult in that relationship and her guilt made no sense.
I agree with other reviewers that the ending was abrupt but I thought the author dropped huge hints about what would happen so there is no need for a sequel.
BIG SPOILER SO WATCH OUT!!! It's clear that Eloise has finally grown up and grown out of Trip. Even in the maudlin scene between Trip and Wyatt, Trip still doesn't say he WANTS to get married. And in the proposal, he doesn't even say he loves her. It was evident that (a) Eloise is very interested in Max and (b) he is very interested in her. I read her final scene with Trip as a clear no to his proposal. And as for Lucy and Wyatt - it's pretty obvious that they will have a HEA ending.
A fun read but not great literature.
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I loved this book it was absolutely amazing. I honestly finished it pretty question because I couldn't put it downPublished 1 month ago by russellsgurl
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed how it took you away to this imaginary glamorous world of socialites.
The only issue I had was with the ending. Read more
Gives a great glimpse at the shallow and cut-throat life of the New York socialites!Published 4 months ago by Crystal A. Brown
No where near as good as some of the other books in this catagoryPublished 4 months ago by Jacalyn Voigt
I really enjoyed this read and would think that anyone who loves style and fashion and a good love story does. Read morePublished 5 months ago by eva granderath
Liked the premise but did not leave a strong impression.Published 13 months ago by Kristin Dow, Novelist:LIBERTY & MEANS, UNBRIDLED HOLIDAY