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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Semi-Charmed Life chronicles the world of one Beatrice Bernstein, as she attempts to gain independence from her famous artistic family and falls in with the socialite crowd.”—Elle

“A lighthearted novel filled with rude awakenings, Manhattan adventure, and the blush of first love.”—Daily Candy

“Prepare to be fully-charmed! Nora Zelevansky has delivered a deliciously hilarious novel that you will devour in one sitting and then beg for more!”—Jessica Brody, bestselling author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father

“An amazing new voice, a romantic and magical romp through the hip, glitzy and overheated and over-hyped worlds of fashion, art and music...Deft, funny, inspired.”—Molly Jong-Fast, Author of The Social Climber’s Handbook

Semi-Charmed Life is a deliciously dizzying comedic mystery, filled with as many twists and turns as the maps that Beatrice, the main character, collects. Nora Zelevansky captures Beatrice's over-the-top adventures through Manhattan celebutante society with a freshness and authenticity that makes every page a pleasure. Nora's writing is unselfconsciously stylish, giddy with references to art and pop-culture, and wholly entertaining.”—Aury Wallington, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Saving Charlie and former "Sex and The City" writer

“…a charming, magical and somewhat strange city satire that follows arty Upper West Sider Beatrice Bernstein as she becomes a ghost writer for the blog of her ‘famous-for-nothing socialite’ neighbor Veruca Pfeffernoose and ends up falling down the rabbit hole of opulence.”—Flavorwire

“I absolutely loved this book! I didn’t want to put it down…It was all just too much (in a good way!) Highly recommend.”—A Book in Hand

“Not only is Nora Zelevansky’s Semi-Charmed Life that perfect summer read to whisk you away to trips you’ve only dreamed about, but it’s also about finding and being true to who you are. I look forward to seeing more by Zelevansky in the future because she’s definitely made me a fan.”—A Written Rhapsody

 

“[With] a cast of really charming and whimsical characters, this is an excellent debut that shows the lengths one girl will go to break out on her own and feel free.”—Chicklit Club

 

“…a fun, escapist book that might even cause you to question the popularity of real-life Verucas.”—Cupcake’s Book Cupboard

 

“Semi-Charmed Life was one of those hidden gems that I never expected to love…it made me laugh and tear through the pages to find out what Beatrice would do next. It's the perfect beach-read that manages to stay with you long after you've left the beach.”—Ink Bitten

 

About the Author

NORA ZELEVANSKY’s writing has appeared in ELLE, SELF, InStyle, Town & Country, Style.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Salon.com, Vanity Fair online and Travel + Leisure, among others.  A born-and-bred Manhattanite, she now lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.


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Customer Reviews

Very witty and sharp.
Peter Soldinger
I admit I had a few problems getting a sense for this book... See, I expected a "normal" contemporary story about a girl finding her way in life.
Danny Bookworm
I look forward to reading more of Zelevansky's work.
THB

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Khelsey Jackson on July 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Beatrice Bernstein is sick of her sheltered life and wants a change. She wants to make her own choices like an adult. Her senior year of college because she would be living in off campus housing with her best friend Dolly. Her new places turned out to be below her expectations, she is forced to take Veruca Pfeffernoose's offer. She would be ghost writing for the socialite's blog and in exchange she would be living in Veruca's extravagant loft. Writing Veruca's blog also means Beatrice has to follow Veruca - to parties, the spa, art exhibits, to London, Paris, then Rio, etc. It seems like an awesome deal, but when Beatrice discovers that she'd been duped by someone she trusted, she learns to stand up for herself.

I loved this book. I won't lie it did take me a while to get into it, but when I did I loved it. Beatrice is interesting character because of her silly thoughts but the other characters also drew me in because of their unusual personalities. Beatrice's artsy and naive family, her very helpful best friend Dolly, strange dorm mates like Goth Girl and Hormone Guy, Veruca and her posse, and dreamy boy toy, Ben. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. If you really read it, then you'll love it like I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pompei on September 5, 2012
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I purchased this book on the strength of a review in Daily Candy. It is a site that I love and where I get quite a few wonderful tips for goods and services, but this book is for a significantly younger reader than myself. I am of a mid century vintage and this one got way beyond what I know or care about. Perhaps my daughter who lives in NYC fits the demographic better for this type romance novel. I found a lot of it absurd and not too well defined. I think before I jump into another purchase on the strength of one review I will seek out other reader's opinions contained on this site.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Wurster on July 29, 2012
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I loved this book! There is a very compelling dark quality to the mystery here, which keeps a reader completely engaged throughout, and the unexpected catapult "into the light" later in the piece came as a rich reward. This first novel is a highly intelligent piece of work which raises great questions about what "fame" consists of and how it is both bestowed and wielded. A terrific read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly Green on July 9, 2012
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This a great book especially because it's the arthors first attempt. I loved the trials and tribulations of the main characters
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonia M Polyn on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a such a great expression of trials one goes through when learning how to navigate those first steps of independence. It gets better with every turn of the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arlene on July 29, 2012
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Just finished reading this very clever, witty and hilariously funny book. Highly recommended. I hope she's got another one up her sleeve, only I can't decide if I want it to be about Bea or Veruca!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. C. Kitchen on March 20, 2013
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I really disliked this book immensly, and I usually love coming-of-age stories, 'chicklit' etc. It was just way over-written with too many self-concious references to the current world that actually made it seem really dated and gave the impression of trying WAY too hard to show the author knows what's 'cool' right now. The plot was convoluted and didn't make much sense, but the over-descriptive writing was what really threw me off. Definitely not worth reading, and I would rarely say that about any book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Mucha on September 9, 2012
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Outlandish, nutty, beautifully written and so New York. Read slowly and cherish the lingo, you may learn something new on every page.
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