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The Overnight Socialite Hardcover – December 16, 2009

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Clark (Because She Can) moves the Pygmalion myth to Manhattan, adds a dash of Thelma and Louise and proves what goes around, comes around to those born to the manor or trailer park. Professor Higgins is recast as suave bachelor Wyatt Hayes IV, the sleekest lion in the pride, who picks down-on-her-luck fashion designer wannabe Lucy Jo Ellis to make over into the toast of the town. The deal is eventually struck—makeover and a shot at well-born fashion contacts for a gentleman's bet that masks a lucrative and career-saving book deal. Along the way, these perfectly matched antagonists battle mean-as-a-snake society snoots and their own misguided ambitions to find happiness and each other. (And, it should be said, the Rain in Spain remix is pretty great: The snow in Gstaad puts Aspen's to shame! the newly svelte and prepped Lucy proclaims.) Yes, of course the ending's no surprise, but the rollicking, smart-aleck fun along the way is worth the price of admission. (Dec.)
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Lucy Jo Ellis, from a small town in Minnesota, moved to New York with the dream of becoming a famous designer, but so far, working in a dress shop cutting out patterns, she hasn’t gotten very far. Wyatt Hayes is a Harvard-educated anthropologist from money, very old money, who just dumped his socialite girlfriend. Suddenly inspired while waiting for a taxi, he bets his friend that he can turn a girl, any girl, into a bona fide New York socialite, no matter how corn-fed she is. Lucy needs a job, so she agrees to the experiment. In a whirlwind of personal trainers, designer gowns, spa retreats, and elocution lessons, Lucy is transformed, and now she must decide which of the Lucys is really her, and if Wyatt is simply a scientist or if there is more to his story. Clark offers a charming twenty-first-century update of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. --Hilary Hatton
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; 1 edition (December 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602860823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602860827
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My thoughts...When this story first began, I found myself overwhelmed with the name dropping. All the fancy designers, labels, $500 shoes made me sort of dizzy and a bit turned off. However, once the story started to take off and the plot took over the glitz blended nicely into the scenery. The plot was a unique twist on an old story infused with romance, heartbreak, and a whole lotta money. The Overnight Socialite gave readers a pretty good look into the elite social setting in New York City. Readers get several different POV's because story not only followed Lucy and Wyatt, the main characters, but also several of their friends and acquaintances. The ending wrapped up, but it felt a little abrupt. You could definitely make strong inferences about the character's lives, but I longed for more details.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Lucy Jo Ellis is an aspiring designer who moves to New York to work in the sweatshops of the Fashion District in order to get her foot in the door. After the city nearly chews her up and spits her out, Lucy meets Wyatt Hayes IV, who has a bet going with his best friend that he can turn the average girl on the street into one of New York's most sought-after socialites.

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.
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I want to say I really liked this book, and I would have - if there was an ending. There were a little too many secondary stories for my liking, but then I got used to it. I thought when I read the last page my kindle messed up and din't download the entire book. It just leaves you hanging, there's no true closure. Then, I learned it WAS the end.... completely disappointing. Just when the characters were finally fully getting developed...the book just stops. It could have used another few chapters. I loved where the book was going but it needed more of an ending. What happens with Lucy Jo and Wyatt? So they end up eventually going to dinner.... and then what....? What happened with Eloise and Trip's engagement? Did she end up saying yes? She didn't say no... she just sort of... stormed off. What happened with the article Townhouse was publishing? What happened with Lucy Jo and Eloise's line? There were also a ton of other secondary characters that didn't really have an ending either. I actually came on Amazon to see if I missed something or if there's some sort sequel. I just want more.
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One of the best light reading eBooks I've downloaded..I envy a writer than can describe scenarios, with the characters and is able to create a dialogue with such wit and insight as Ms. Clark. A peek at high fashion at its best and at it's not so best. The pre-chapter additives were priceless. I want more like this!
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Format: Paperback
Yes, there was a great deal of name-dropping at the beginning, which was irrititating. Aside from the products, I thought that the descriptions of the socialites were stereotypical and unimaginative. However, the author surprised me as the book developed as these socialites developed personalities, attitudes - and specific traits that made them distinguishable from each other.

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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