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The Devil in the Junior League Paperback – July 10, 2007
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So, when our narrator, Frede Hildebrand, gets caught up in circumstances which require her to mentor an unlikely white trash Junior League candidate, the unfortunate subject of an overpriced and excessively extravagant diamond watch comes into play. No diamonds before six, and no watches after six? Well, yes. There is no place for diamond encrusted timepieces for the ladies of the Willow Creek Junior League.
Linda Francis Lee's latest novel is an unapologetic romp through obnoxious Southern society life. Don't dismiss this as mere chick lit--we've got a modern gal entrenched in Southern life, not looking for Mr. Right, and with no Boss to report to. Of course, a token gay friend does enter her realm and disrupt life as we know it, but the outcome is fairly unexpected. Lee has crafted a purely escapist novel about society politics, politics, and romance, with a twist of mystery and a sufficient number of double crosses.
As an upstanding member of the JLWC, Frede is in the running for the position of president-elect. Of course, this just has to be the time for her husband to betray her with an affair--and by stealing all of her money. A sponge from the beginning, Gordon has taken Frede's trust in him and broken it worse than a poorly manicured fingernail.
Now Frede's NC ("No Class," pronounced "Nancy") neighbor, attorney Howard Grout, is her only hope for getting her m-o-n-e-y back, with a side dish of revenge. If she can get his très tacky wife into the posh JLWC, he'll help find Gordon. Although Frede cringes at the deal, she agrees. All she can do is hope that none of her debutante friends find out that she's alone and almost penniless. After all, one must keep up appearances.
For anyone familiar with Junior League society, this book is a laugh-out-loud riot. For anyone who ever made fun of or looked down on the über-elite, this book is a laugh-out-loud riot. Frede's arrogant attitude might make some readers despise her, but the defining events in this book open her eyes to appearances other than those appreciated by the crème-de-la-crème of Willow Creek.
The writing in this novel is fantastic. The only drawback is that many readers will have a hard time sympathizing with Frede. Not only is she an upper-class snob, but for a seemingly intelligent woman, she proves she can make some seriously stupid moves.Read more ›
Although the characters seem a bit stereotypical, it allows readers from other regions of America to understand the ways of a southerner by the over-emphasized personalities. I am from New England and trust me, the image the author paints about us isn't too flattering (thick eyebrows, dark clothes and mostly cerebral) and I only had to laugh at the how the Texans (big hats, long cars and loud JRs.) think we are.
Her characters are written with the intention to not insult (certainement pas) but to help emphasize how non-static the main character really is. It is also the only way to convey the character's transition from selfish and unaware to enlightening and understanding Trust me, there's a transformation and it's fun to read as it happens!!!
Starting from the "right side of the tracks" and being sent to the "wrong side" only to find it more liberating and satisfying, makes the book a good example for any teenager or young adult. Having followed a very similar path, I know how life can roughen even the most polished edges, strengthening a person and making them much wiser. Life isn't about "m-o-n-e-y". Both Frede and I are vera vera sure!!! Having the silver spoon replaced by a plastic one can be very LIBERATING!!! (ALTHOUGH I still refuse wear an anklet or pierce more than an ear -- LOL!).
After reading the author's "mini autobiography" in the book, I realize she is having a great time poking fun at her own upbringing. Comme exemple: competing in a beauty contest and "thinking it was a good idea at the time". I am sure her days associatited with the Junior League are some of her most favorite memories. Being a Debutant is also something of which to be proud, for is it a tradition, very similar to other age-related celebrations in other cultures.
Bravo to Fred's husband for it was his nasty affair with Miss Mouse which propelled her into becoming a new and better person.
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Adored this book. I listened to it while at work on Audible. The narrator is amazing and adds much to the story. I loved Frede and her friends. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Meyers
We all know women like this...... I just wanted it to keep going ..... I NEED to know what Frede ended up doing with her life! Ms. Linda......please???????????Published 5 months ago by Shari holloway
The humor is of the Steel Magnolia's type and it's great until it turns into a romance about half way through the book.Published 8 months ago by Rebeccah Terry
Story was fun do not know much about Junior League. Not sure it is my cup of tea. I liked the characters.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer