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How Perfect Is That Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 10, 2008

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From Publishers Weekly

In the latest from seasoned Texan social satirist Bird (The Flamenco Academy, etc.), Blythe Young's recent divorce from Trey Dix has left her outside the protective bubble of Austin's high society. As her catering business goes broke and the IRS starts to chase her down, Blythe seeks a haven at Seneca House, the housing co-op where she lived 10 years ago during college. There, she must face Millie Ott, one of many friends Blythe shucked off in a frenzy of social climbing. Once portly Millie is now slender and, as a perfect foil for Blythe, also saintly: she delivers aid to the homeless by way of a tandem recumbent bike (which Blythe names the dorkocycle). At Seneca House, Blythe tries to make amends with people she's stepped on, to avoid the IRS, and to kick both a lingering drug habit and an addiction to scamming people into helping her out. She slowly starts to wins over the affection of her housemates until one of her unthinking decisions brings potential ruin on the co-op's financial well-being. The result is a laugh-out-loud addition to Bird's long line of estrogen-fueled dramedies. (June)
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Unscrupulously self-aggrandizing, unconscionably self-centered, Blythe Young leaves a toxic wake of debts, doubts, and destruction wherever she goes. Once the trophy wife of the scion of one of Austin’s most socially prominent families, she survived a precipitous fall from grace and now struggles to maintain the kind of Chanel-suited, Cristal-swigging lifestyle to which she had become addictively accustomed. Determined to keep her Jimmy Choo–clad foot in their butler-attended doors, Blythe embarks on a career as a party planner for her erstwhile society pals; but when they discover she’s been palming off Piggly Wiggly liverwurst as Parisian pâté, Blythe quickly becomes persona non grata. When she’s forced to reconnect with her frumpy college roommate, Millie, in a desperate attempt to polish up her tarnished reputation, Blythe discovers that even the oldest friendships come with statutes of limitation. Although Blythe’s shamelessly egotistical behavior can be a bit over the top, Bird nevertheless infuses her riches-to-rags tale with enough smart, sardonic satire and irresistibly irreverent irony to uproariously outweigh any moral misgivings. --Carol Haggas
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307268284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307268280
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,429,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A couple of years ago an advertisement for Sarah Bird's The Flamenco Academy: A Novel caught my eye, and I stopped by a local Austin, Texas bookstore (BookPeople) to hear a reading. In the pages of The Flamenco Academy: A Novel I became a Sarah Bird fan. However, after reading her other books, especially, The Yokota Officers Club: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) and The Mommy Club (Ballantine Reader's Circle), I fell in love with Bird's writing and became an earnest Bird stalker. As you can imagine, I excitedly anticipated the release of her new book, How Perfect Is That.

At the same locally owned bookstore, I grabbed a front seat to hear Bird talk about her new book that characterizes Austin's elite -- so that it is. Not being able to wait for the time or space to read the book, I called in sick and settled down to read How Perfect Is That. So what if I got fired for being a no-show, it was worth it.

That Sarah Bird knows how to create a character, and How Perfect Is That gives readers a slew of tasty characters to devour.
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This is one smart, funny book. Sarah Bird is a wonderful writer and she's outdone herself with this achingly insightful look at Austin, Texas, from the homeless hoboes to the insecure super-rich. It's funny, it's true, there are characters you care about. Read it as quick as I could and loved every minute.
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Format: Paperback
Blythe Young has been given lemons... and has no idea how to make lemonade with them.

She was recently married to a very wealthy man and part of a well-known family, but sadly is now divorced and she made the mistake of signing a pre-nup. So she's broke, wearing last years fashion, living in her friends pool-side cabin, and all while trying to maintain her socialite status but failing miserably. Her last chance is to cater an upscale garden party for one of her ritzy friends but that is a total disaster and the last step off the social ladder for her.

She's bankrupt, being hounded by an IRS agent, and stalked by her irate employees who have not been paid for months, she has been publicly humiliated, and is addicted to pharmaceuticals (oh, and have I mentioned that she hasn't had a Pap smear in ten years). Luckily for her she remembers a friend (the only one she can remember and whose calls she's been ignoring) and runs to her for help. The only problem, her friend still resides in the same housing co-op she did back when they were in college. While residing amongst the tattooed, the pierced, the rasta-wannabe's and the musically hip, she begins to face her sins and make amends for her behavior... but not without getting into all types of scrapes and scuffles along the way.

I thought this was hilarious! Blythe is a narrator you will not soon forget. Her story is one full of ups and downs but mostly one of hope. She gets herself into all types of wacky situations and is always in some type of trouble - even when she is trying to do something good it backfires on her. She is funny, sarcastic, witty and clever. All the other characters were quirky and unique and they were just tons of fun.
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Format: Hardcover
Loved this book! With snappy wit and insight, Sarah Bird delivers yet another wonderful reading experience. The characters are sharply defined in a way that makes you almost hurt for them, yet wanting more and more. Unlike many books I read, this one kept strong throughout--it was with real sadness that I turned the last page. I hope Ms. Bird won't keep her readers waiting too long for our next fix.
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I decided that I wanted to read HOW PERFECT IS THAT by Sarah Bird because it sounded like a good book to read during the summer. Based on the description, I thought it would be a light, entertaining book with a cute little message in the end -- you know...normal chick lit fare. However, after reading this novel, I hesitate to call this book chick lit because of some of the negative connotations associated with that word (don't get upset with me, I happen to love good chick lit.)

The first half or so of this book definitely had "chick lit" elements; however, I actually found the messages in this book to be quite deep -- surprisingly so. As I was reading the last few pages of this book, I was actually tearing up -- real tears of joy. I found HOW PERFECT IS THAT to be almost an inspirational book for me, and it had with some wonderful words of wisdom about love and the value of friendship. This book made me think of all the things in my life that I'm grateful for (as well as those things that I should really work on); and I just wanted to call all my good girlfriends and tell them what they mean to me. (I didn't do that because they'd think I'm nuts, but I hope they are reading this review now and realize what they mean to me!)

Now, I know this review might sound like it's going overboard; and I think some people who read this novel might find it "corny" and feel that the story is tied up entirely too nicely. However, I have to say that I really appreciated this book. That's not to say that HOW PERFECT IS THAT is by any means the "perfect" book or even my favorite book of the year -- I just like that this book made me evaluate my own feelings and actions.

I have to admit that I wasn't always this crazy about this book.
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