the overnight socialite: book review.

December 23, 2010 in books,review

Before I review this book, it’s important to note that I rarely read fiction. I am a lover of all-things non-fiction: history, biographies, anthropological studies, and, most of all, memoirs.

Generally speaking, I find that fiction novels fail to hold my interest for any significant period of time. Also? I feel like it’s a waste reading about something and someone and places that are not real.

That being said… Let’s get to the review of The Overnight Socialite by Birdie Clark.
The Overnight Socialite: A NovelI found this piece of fiction randomly on the sample sale website, gilt.com. I had an account credit and felt like using it while they were offering some sort of free shipping promotion. 

My Synopsis: A mid-west girl, Lucy Jo, is living in the big city working in a low-income job for a high-end fashion designer doing entry-level work. She has dreams of becoming a fashion designer herself, however, a tragic social mis-step puts an even bigger gap between her and her dreams. Suddenly she finds her self without a job and is propositioned by a wealthy, male socialite. 

This wealthy, male, socialite, Wyatt, is a (mostly) unemployed anthropologist. Wyatt, being a mixture of bored and intrigued thanks to his recent break up with up-and-coming socialite Cornelia, is questioning the idea of young socialites. He thinks that being a socialite used to mean philanthropic giving and working hard, but now believes that anyone, given the right connections, can be a socialite. 

In walks Lucy Jo. Wyatt then bets his best friend that he can turn Lucy Jo into the hottest socialite before the biggest party of the year.

Game on.

From this point on, the book had me pretty hooked. There are twists and turns involving all of the very well developed characters that made it difficult to put the book down.

I definitely think there are reasons that I liked this book more than I would have including:
– the fact that it’s semi-tragic at times.
– it incorporates anthropology. and I’m a nerd for anthropology (it was my double-major)!
– a lot of it is about how ridiculous NYC socialites are.

I actually cannot think of anything negative to say about this book. I’m definitely going to recommend it to you guys! Enjoy!

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Simply Valorie December 24, 2010 at 3:23 am

Ooooh, sounds good. I'll add it to the lost of hundreds of books that I want to read. 🙂

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~**Dawn**~ December 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Just a thought on reading fiction: sometimes what you take away from it has nothing to do with the fact that it didn't actually happen, but what you learn about yourself or possibly how something you read makes you look at something in your life differently. Even if the events of the book didn't happen to people who really exist, remember that the author *does* really exist & a lot of what even a fictional author writes is derived from their own lives & experiences–after all, what else could *anyone* truly write about with authority? The key is to find a style & a story that grabs your interest & holds it. =) Sometimes it's just good to step outside our comfort zone for just a bit & maybe be pleasantly surprised by what we find there.

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