- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books (December 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416543007
- ISBN-13: 978-1416543008
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 278 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,474,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyone Worth Knowing Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2006
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About the Author
Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Singles Game and The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. It was announced in 2017 that musician Elton John and Paul Rudnick will adapt The Devil Wears Prada for the stage. Weisberger’s four other novels, Everyone Worth Knowing, Chasing Harry Winston, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, and Revenge Wears Prada, were all top-ten New York Times bestsellers. Her books have sold more than thirteen million copies worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. Visit LaurenWeisberger.com to learn more.
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27 year old Bettina Robinson (Bette) quits her job at a New York Bank and finds work at a posh PR agency, changing her dark pants and old jackets for low cut Seven jeans and barely there tops so she can hang out with the beautiful people at "in" places like Bungalow 8, Nobu, The Meat Packing District, etc. although she is so clueless that at first she doesn't even know what Bungalow 8 is.
Bette begins as an entertaining enough character, but it isn't long before Weisberger's caricature of her becomes tedious: Bette is surprisingly successful at her new job, even as she's constantly complaining about the ridiculousness of what the world of fashion and celebs brings to one's plate, i.e., orchestrating Manhattan social events in such a way that the agency's clients look good in gossip columns such as Page Six.
Bette's personal life gets equally ludicrous treatment, as she enters into a "just for looks" and very public relationship with gay British heartthrob, as her friends and family, as well as the guy she really fancies, look terrified.
The book occasionally entertains but not nearly often enough. Kind of disappointing compared with her 1st novel.
I've read some pretty awful chick-lit books (most anything by Red Dress Ink before they got off the ground falls into that column) but this one's pretty good. It's a bit long, and I speed-read the last 30 or so pages (isn't the predictable ending a hallmark of chick-lit?) and there are some sideplots that I didn't quite care about, but all in all, I liked it.
The thing I like the most about Lauren Weisberger - in her first book, as well as this one - is that her heroines always come to the conclusion that there's more "out there" than what they initially expected. Her books go a bit deeper than a lot in the genre - most chick-lit deals with young women coming into their own and getting the guy in between leg waxings, but these books show girls getting what they thought they wanted, becoming disillusioned, and realizing what's really important in life.
I also like her heroines because they take risks, and seem to have their heads firmly on their shoulders, despite some setbacks. They're characters I'd want to hang out with - girls who feel more comfortable in sweats than couture and who prefer a night in with the dog than a night out at the hottest new club. The storylines are believable (I worked in PR and she doesn't lie) and the characters are engaging.
All in all, it's a good read. I give it five stars for being a good example of what the genre should be - light, airy, fun, and requiring minimal thought.