- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Be Cool Entertainment Holdings (March 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 061557551X
- ISBN-13: 978-0615575513
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,948,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
JAY FINGERS is a freelance writer, blogger, and journalist. He has contributed to print and online publications including Billboard, soulhead, and Skin & Ink. A self-proclaimed “dandy, alcoholic, and playboy,” he grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and lived in Miami where he worked in the nightlife industry for several years. He currently lives in Brooklyn. Visit him at www.jayfingers.com.
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Guestlist is a smart hip tale of the life behind the velvet rope of the New York City club scene. It's urban and edgy without being raunchy. It is two parallel stories of Juliet who moved from Florida seeking a better life, and Swann who moved from Detroit with a similar dream. They each get tangled up in romances with the "pretty people," the promoters who include them on the guest list for ulterior reasons.
The story is fast-paced, full of tabloid characters you can recognize by any name, and whose lives revolve around the perks and exposure of being in the latest new club. Even as smart and current as author Jay Fingers can be, he did have to stoop to a round of "the dozens." Some of the characters are just too funny. It was an enjoyable read, and I'll be looking for more from Jay Fingers. But I gotta ask. With all the poshness of Ava's Upper East Side apartment, why does she have ice trays?
Between the characters of Swann and Juliet as they find their way into the New York Club scene. One of the things that stuck out for me was the way both of the main characters were seemingly polar opposites but more than one way they were one and the same.
Juliet wants to be at the VIP table with the important people and she flashes the type of personality that demonstrates that she's not one to be easily cowed through multiple encounters. During those times, she becomes infatuated with a man she initially thought was a nobody. Napoleon Fey is the epitome of what Juliet desires at that point of her life.
Swann is a laid back, relaxed man that's looking for a new job and is drawn into the Night Club life by, what appears to be, his best friend named the Alcoholic. After a brief encounter with the world's best basketball player he's drawn into an intricate webs of deception by the lovely Ava.
As the story unfolds, both main characters travel along similar paths but from different sides to get to the same location. Along the way you'll be treated to some good old fashioned tongue in cheek humor along with characters you'll want to meet and some you'll want to knock out.
Guestlist was a revelation for me. Jay opened up a world for me that I would otherwise never have the chance to see. My party days were in the 80's at big hair band rock and roll clubs. Me checking out the New York club scene in this century? Prolly not happening.
However, with Guestlist, Jay grabbed me by the collar and tossed me into the shiny and shady world of Napolean and an entire cast people living large. Living life. The writing can only be described as raw. If you're offended by real people in real situations using real language then move right along. Nothing to see here.
I loved the characters in this book. Even the jerks. I rooted for them and rallied with them and joined in their little triumphs and setbacks. And isn't that the reason you read a book? It sure is for me.
In short, my eyes were opened to a world I otherwise would never have a glimpse into. For a brief moment in time, I was on the Guestlist - And I loved it.
I also like Jay's writing style and language. The way he intertwined the characters' lives was very cool and it almost seems like you're there with them, rooting for your favorites and wanting to punch a couple unsavory characters. :-)
I would love to see a part II to this story!
Lastly, as I'm getting ready to embark on my first trip to NYC, I kept a map out while reading this book so that I can vicariously experience the city until I can get there and see some of the sights myself!
My only critique is that I wish where was more character development for Marcel Swann. Initially it seems that the the book is all about Miss Feliz but there's enough Marcel vignettes to give him more of a storyline too. But anyway, other than that it's a good read. Check it out.