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Lauren Weisberger, whose bestselling debut The Devil Wears Prada outed the vicious antics of the magazine industry elite, is back at it with Everyone Worth Knowing, another cautionary tale of sex, power, and fame. This time around, the PR industry is her target, and Prada fans will recognize similar themes throughout this entertaining, if at times overly dramatic, exposé.

Bette Robinson is a twentysomething Emory graduate who shunned her parents' hippie ideals in favor of a high-paying yet excruciatingly boring job at a prestigious investment bank. One day, after a particularly condescending exchange with her boss (who sends her daily inspirational e-mails), Bette walks out on her job in a huff. After a few weeks of sleeping late, watching Dr. Phil and entertaining her dog Millington, Bette's uncle scores her a job at an up-and-coming public relations firm, where her entire job seems to revolve around staying out late partying and providing fodder for clandestine gossip columns. What follows is one episode after another of Bette climbing up the social ladder at the expense of her friends, family, and the one guy who actually seems worth pursuing.

Weisberger is clever enough to turn seemingly outrageous circumstances into amusing anecdotes, like the tale of a woman who was close to suicide until she found out she was only 18 months away from scoring a highly coveted Birkin bag ("You simply cannot kill yourself when you're that close ... it's just not an option."). This wit, combined a hint of voyeurism that most of us can't deny, is what makes Everyone Worth Knowing a guilty pleasure that's well worth the indulgence. --Gisele Toueg

The Significant Seven with Lauren Weisberger
Lauren graciously agreed to answer the questions we like to ask every author.

Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: Very tough question. For the first half of my life, it would definitely have to be Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. I worshipped that book. Recently, I'd say that it was Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Even though there's not a tremendous amount of action, the characters are brilliant. It's a hauntingly realistic depiction of small-town America. And the place descriptions are so compelling that the book is compulsively page-turning.

Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: This is not the time for self-improvement, that's for sure--they'd all have to be 100% entertainment. For book it would have to be The Last of the California Girls, a random novel that I've read 2,000 times; for CD I would say Monster Ballads, the album of cheesy 80's love songs that I ordered from an 800-number, and for DVD, it would be Dirty Dancing, of course.

Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: That one's easy. It goes something like this: "Hi, (insert editor's name here)! Yes, of course, it's already finished. I'm just tweaking a few sentences, and I'll have the whole draft to you by Monday, latest."

Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: For me, the best writing environments are all about deprivation and the removal of temptation. Therefore, anywhere on earth where there's no TV, no phone, no internet access, no friends, and no fridge is pretty much perfect.

Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: I really don't want to think about this one, but if I HAVE to, I hope it would include a few keywords like "brilliant," "supremely talented," and "drop-dead gorgeous."

Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: I'm supposed to say Hemingway or Moses or Madonna, right? It'd probably just be my sister, Dana. We already have a lot of dinners together, so I know it's a guaranteed good laugh.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: The ability to be invisible! It would make all my current spying/stalking/staring SO much easier.

From Publishers Weekly

A 27-year-old New York banker quits her job and finds work at a posh PR agency, trading her navy pantsuits for low-slung jeans and skimpy tops so she can hang out with the beautiful people at "in" places like Bungalow 8 (though first she has to find out what Bungalow 8 is). Weisberger's bestselling The Devil Wears Prada hinged on a similar fish-out-of-water scenario, and while it may have worked then, this time around it feels like a rehash. Bette Robinson begins as a likable enough character, but it isn't long before Weisberger's caricature of her becomes frustrating: Bette is surprisingly successful at her new job, even as she's constantly complaining about "the ridiculousness of what we were doing"—i.e., orchestrating Manhattan social events in such a way that the agency's clients look good in gossip columns. Bette's personal life gets equally ridiculous treatment, as she enters into a "just for looks" and very public relationship with a British heartthrob who's really gay, as her friends and family (and the guy she really likes) look on in horror. The book occasionally entertains—as when it makes jabs at the very critics who panned DWP—but not nearly often enough.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743262298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743262293
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have a feeling there was a conversation that went something like this:

Editor: We want another 'Devil Wears Prada.'

Lauren Weisberger: I don't want to write the same book again, that's boring.

Editor: We'll pay you.

Lauren Weisberger: I don't know. How much?

Editor: A lot.

Laruen Weisberger: Such as...?

Editor: A million dollars.

Lauren Weisberger: Know what? Funny you should bring this up, but I actually have this idea that's pretty much The Devil Wears Prada, but in the PR industry...
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"Going out is part of your job now, just remember that!" squeals one of the characters in Lauren Weisberger's second novel, "Everyone Worth Knowing." As with her much-hyped first novel, this is a boo-hoo-poor-li'l-me slice of chick-lit, bemoaning how very tough it is to be live the exalted life. Oh, stop whining.

Bette Robinson quits her tedious job when her boss (think Lumbergh from "Office Space") annoys her one time too many. At first, she's confused about what to do next, and being a gossip columnist with her gay uncle is not exactly her idea of a great job. But then she falls in with a different kind of "journalism" -- at a PR and party planning firm.

At first, Bette is intoxicated by the wild nightlife of A-listers and clubs, and is rescued by a hot-yet-arrogant British "Nightlife Adonis." Soon SHE is in the gossip columns. Unfortunately, her new job threatens to derail life with those she loves -- her hippie parents, who want something better for her, and the hot bouncer she's falling in love with.

Someone needs to tell Wisberger that a guilty pleasure is no fun if the author gets sanctimonious about it. Sure, cater to people's love of the high life, wild parties and even throw in a moral or two about the shallowness of fame. But if the author has actually lived it, then moaning how very terrible it is to be famous, pretty and well-paid will only be annoying.

Much of the middle of this book exists just to tie the end and beginning together; Weisberger tries to cover up the lack of a real plot with lots of topless costume parties, celebrity name-dropping, drugs and a contrived subplot about a pal marrying her trust-fund loser. It takes some special writing to redeem a plot full of cliches and tabloid fodder, and this is not special writing.
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By J. Sklar on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I thought this would be sort of a fun distraction, but instead I was just disappointed. You know that feeling of hunger before you try a new restaurant and the food turns out to be mediocre, but you are full? Well this is my best attempt to review this book. It seems like she is a good writer, but her talents are wasted.
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Well, if you liked Weisberger's first novel, the Devil wears Prada, don't waste your time. You'll find the same basic story line, the clueless-to-this-metier girl who devotes all her time and personal life to a job that is described as fruitless and pointless and which she holds in complete disdain. The missing ingredient is the jaw-dropping central figure, her incredibly bitchy boss from 'Prada,' so the book is just boring at best. Actually, this second novel is a disfavor to 'Prada' for it underlines how little Weisberger contributed to the creation of characters or plot or anything in her first novel, which everyone knows to be autobiographical. Weisberger was just lucky to have an incredible figure to write about and her only merit is to not have that opportunity lie unexploited. Everyone Worth Knowing is just a pitiful attempt at pursuing a career in writing; Weisberger appears to be as clueless in this as her characters in their careers. NB please notify Ms. Weisberger that investment bankers do not manage client's money, that's the private bankers' job. Also, it would be extremely rare to find a successful investment banker in NYC that does not know what Hermès is. (The least she could have done is some basic research, don't you think?)
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Format: Hardcover
This book diappointed me. It had the same, predictable plot as The Devil Wears Prada, and the same poor-me-I've-got-a-terrible-boss theme. It gets old very, very quickly.

Bettina (or "Bette") Robinson is a young twenty-something living in New York. She grew up in Pughkeepsie with liberal, hippie parents and attended Emory before moving to New York to pursue a career in investment banking. She walks out on the job; and through her uncle Will, manages to find a job working as a party planner.

Throw in a handsome, debonair man-about-town who everyone thinks Bette is dating; some co-workers who I think were meant to be funny but just end up looking pathetic; and a love interest, and you've basically got the gist of this poorly-written, over-advertised novel. This is definitely one "not worth knowing."
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I loved "The Devil Wears Prada" and I definitely consider it as a pinnacle of the unfortunately biased titled genre "womens literature". Mabye thats why I found Weisberger's newest novel, "Everyone Worth Knowing" dissapointing at best. If you dont mind recycled characters or tired and predictable plotlines this book might be acceptable. The main character literally began and ended the novel sitting on her couch. Character development, bah, who needs it! At least the cartoonish co-workers caused a lot of intersting plot-development. Oh wait, no . . . they didnt. I kept reading hoping for some smashingly good confrontation but it never happened. At least Weisberger included the requisite older, sassy mentor, this time embodied by an aging gay uncle rather than the usual bohemian grandmother we normally see in this genre. Want to read a book that takes peek into the upper class? I reccomend picking up "Rebecca" or "Pride and Predjudice" instead. At least they take place somewhere other than New York.
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