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This is the 2nd book out from this author and after I had read The Devil Wears Prada and loved it then I decided I had to read this book too. I've read every book by this Author as well now, but the first book is definitely the best.
The main character in the book is a woman called Bette Robinson. Bette works in a Bank - hardly interesting in Bette's view, but it's a job and money at the end of the day. Unfortunately Bette loses her job and her uncle gets her a job with an events planning company which has been set up by an ex colleage of her uncle's. This job seems more suited to Bette and she is set to arrange events for her customers as well as going out partying in New York. We see Bette change through the book. She was never portrayed as being all that shy and quiet or that, but now her life is all about going out and having fun and we see that her normal life seems to be changing as well.
It seems that Bette's life isn't all as good as what Bette feels that it is. Surrounded by friends who only seem to care about Partying (this isn't all of them, but a good few of them). We see the more shallow and self obsessed side of the party scene which includes Drugs and girls who are starving themselves to stay thin and look good (!!!).
It didn't take me that long to read the book although I wasn't as into it as I was The Devil Wears Prada. It is interesting enough, but at parts the plot seems to drag on a bit and it just didn't hold my interest like other books have done.
If you like the work of Lauren Weisberger then it is worth a read and perhaps you will like it more than I do, but I have read it once and don't see me reading it again.
I really loved the devil wears prada by Lauren Weisburger, and also quite liked Chasing Harry Winston so when I saw this in a second hand book shop I decided that I just had to have it.
Bette is sick of her job in banking as she is going nowhere, and one day she suddenly quits with no idea of what she'll do next. Luckily, her uncle has connections and then she gets a job with a PR agency organising parties, getting paid to party as well and be seen in all the best clubs. Her boss is pleased when she is seen in the gossip pages with the most notorious playboy, but her friends and family are starting to question what happened to her.
It is fairly similar to the devil wears prada in that the women in it both take a job in a new world not what they're used to then they end up changing, and also its in New York and to do with the social scene there.
I really enjoyed the book and think that Lauren Weisberger seems to have a similar style of writing each time she writes a book, I'll certainly be buying her new book when its out. This book is RRP £7.99 or £3.99 on amazon. I generally enjoyed the book, but just wasn't too keen on some of the characters.
I loved the Devil Wears Prada and since I have recently got into reading, I thought I would read Lauren Weisberger's other books. I start with this book and just finished it last night.
The main character, Bette, comes from a "save the planet" background with her parents being portrayed as hippies. However, she ended up working in a banking firm until her boss' motivational slogans and the use of the word "powwow" made her spontaneously quit. She landed a job at at Kelly & Co, a party planning firm and although initially she got looked up and down for being different: not so fashionable, not a hardcore partier and not stick thin, she soon fitted in when the tabloids reported that she was seeing the "IT boy" Phillip Weston. However, they were just dating publicly, and in private they both had "intimate moments" with other people and in one case the same sex.
While it is a light reading chick lit book, it does touch of issues including: homosexuality, cheating in a serious relationship, dealing with unemployment, love, drugs and alcohol with a subtle hint towards eating disorders "she's not mean, she's just hungry".
I think they approach these subjects well especially that of drugs and alcohol, although the book doesn't show the bad side and writes about all the "cool" characters doing drugs and getting drunk in order to be happy, you find the characters that you prefer are not stereotypically "cool" in the PR industry but as a reader you much prefer the non-drug-taking and moderate drinking characters.
Bette Robinson - She is the main character, she is a hopefully romantic hoping that one day she will herself have a real life staring role in a romance novel of her own.
Penelope - This is Bette's best friend, but they grow apart with Bette's busy PR lifestyle and constant partying, this is made worse when Penelope moves away with her fiancée.
Avery - This is Penelope's fiancée and he is a typical rich trust-fund kid with too much money, not enough sense and a truthful reputation as a "party-boy".
Philip Weston - A British guy (this novel is American) who Bette has been linked to having a relationship with in the tabloids but they haven't gone past kissing in reality, but no one believes this from one of the industries biggest ladies men, all the men want to be him and the woman want him.
Will - Bette's homosexual Uncle, who lands her the job in the PR business and is one of her closest friends / family members. They have brunch once a week to mock the wedding pages.
Sammy - This is Bette's true but secret love interest, he works as a bouncer / door mat to Bette's colleges, but soon becomes the chef in one of the most sort after restaurants in New York with his "no reservations" policy, making the privileged wait just like everyone else.
I know you are not meant to judge a book by its cover, but I am a shallow sort of person and I love a good front cover. I read the paperback version, which has the back end of a heeled show on the cover similar to the cover of "Devil Wears Prada" but it is blue and stands on a wallet to symbolise the amount of money people in the PR business have just to throw around. I really like this cover, as a huge shoe fan, I love the recurring theme of various coloured shoes throughout the range of Lauren Weisberger books.
I received this book as a trade on Bookmooch, so I cannot do a real "value for money" piece but the book does sell for £5.49 on Amazon, cheaper if you go to the Amazon Marketplace. I would definitely recommend reading it if you enjoy chick lit books, enjoyed the Devil Wears Prada and love reading about the rich and famous.
The only down point to this book is that I would have liked to have a "10 years later" chapter on the end, because the book leaves you not being really sure about Bette and Sammy's relationship and I personally would love to know if Bette got her real life romance novel.
Shortly after finishing reading The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger's most famous publication) I purchased Everyone Worth Knowing, due purely to the entertainment value The Devil Wears Prada had provided me with. I was expected to find another quirky read which I would immediately become engrossed in. I was highly disappointed.
Everyone Worth Knowing is Weisberger's second published novel which tells the story of Bette Robinson, a young single woman working in PR who is active on the New York party scene. Whilst out, she meets two eligible bachelors and the plot revolves around her decision of who to choose.
Only half way through the first chapter I had to put the book down - it was incredibly tedious. I couldn't see a clear story line and nothing about it particularly grabbed my attention. It was just trivial words with no meaning or direction. I wasn't interested in the slightest. Eventually I did manage to complete the book but would consider it a huge waste of my time.
The most important part of a book is the very beginning, as this is what either draws a person in or pushes them away - I was pushed away and will most likely never pick the book up again. It didn't keep me interested, and I was very disappointed with what I believed would be high in entertainment value.
I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for anything entertaining - the storyline is weak, even for a light hearted chick-lit.
Everyone Worth Knowing is written by author Lauren Weisberger. Lauren is probably better known for her book The Devil Wears Prada. I must confess that I haven't read this book but did see the film and this is what prompted me to read this book of hers. Everyone Worth Knowing was published back in 2005 however it did not reach the popularity or sales figures of her debut book The Devil Wears Prada.
The book tells the story of Bette Robinson who is a single lady living in New York City working for an investment bank. Her life style is a far cry from her upbringing with her parents who are portrayed in the book as vegan hippies! Bette's wealthy gay uncle and his boyfriends live in New York as well and she often visits their penthouse apartment, these visits and her book club meeting seem to be her only social life.
Bette suddenly decides to quite her job in the bank as she has had enough of all the restrictions and long working hours. Her uncle finds her a job with one of his friends working as a party planner at a top PR company. Bette stands out like a sore thumb in the workplace as they are all dressed in chic designer clothes and Bette had let herself go a bit in the fashion department! From here on Bette is thrust in to the glamorous world of New York, planning parties, dealing with the rich and famous and soon it becomes her whole lifestyle. Unfortunately along the way she loses touch with close friends and family who do not like the changes they are seeing in her, especially when she strikes up a relationship with a notorious playboy!
I had high hopes for this book after seeing The Devil Wears Prada but it was no where near as scandalous and cutting edge as I thought it would be. You cannot help but like the character of Bette and feel somewhat sorry for her with the situations that she gets herself in to. The author certainly has a talent in creating and making you believe in the characters and you really do feel a part of Bette's life. Bette seems to be playing a constant moral dilemma in her life and it is not really something most people can associate with. Her glamorous lifestyle involves her being surrounded by women who seem to live on lettuce leaves and diet coke and most people doing ridiculous amounts of drugs. It is all a case of who you know and what you know and it is a very shallow life to lead. She has wonderful friends and family and they come second to her career but she soon realises the error in her ways so I guess we can all learn a lesson from this.
I must admit that I am not usually one for really 'girly' books and prefer something that makes me think a bit more and has more of a twisted. I did however quite enjoy reading this as it was a bit of light hearted escapism. The characters in the book are well portrayed and very varied so you don't really get bored of the same old New York stereotype. The story is however quite predictable in places and I did find this a bit tiresome. If you are into programmes like Sex in the City and other American it girl and high flying lifestyles then I would say definitely give this a go! If this is not your kind of thing then it may be an idea to give it a miss! It did me though for a bedtime read and when I finished the book it had a lovely, if somewhat predictable ending but I had a smile on my face!
If the heroine of the devil wears prada was an unbelievable Cinderella, Bette of everyone worth knowing is even more so. This book is fun and a good read, focussing on Public Relations this time as the career path of choice at least Bette is old enough to have had some experience and be more mindful of what she wants. Her gay uncle and his partner brings some interesting depth to the plot. As does the resurfacing of Bette's childhood enemy who spends her time trying to make Bette look like the new socialite on the block.
Planning parties and visiting exotic countries the book is indeed about everyone worth knowing. It is a weaker offering than The Devil wears Prada but still worth a second read and offers a further look into the media world of New York. Her best friend is also entangled in a plot engaged to someone noone but her mother approves of. Public Relations is a job that people swap into when they want a career change but few make it into the high profile places Bette finds herself. Still the book is a nice read.
Written by the best seller author of 'The Devil Wears Prada', Lauren Weisberger, 'Everyone Worth Knowing' follows the story of Bette who gets paid to party.
Bette is a VIP party planner who gains access to the hottest Manhattan parties and hot spots and knows everyone worth knowing.
New York is her latest sexy late-night playground.
Before she knows what happens Bette is suddely being slandered in the celebrity gossip pages as the girlfriend of a very motorious British playboy who seems to be everywhere that she goes!
Her family and friends are pretty shocked to think that Bette has turned in to a bit of a typical socialite and are wondering what happened to the 80s loving, junk foodaholic girl that they used to know.
Bette needs to decide once and for all whether she wants to be a part of the celebrity world or a part of the real world! And it's not as easy to decide as she thought it would be.
The book has some fantastic moments including when she is organising a party for Jay-z (how great would that be?!).
I would definitely recommend this book as it was a great read and one that kept me up on a few nights running just so I could try and finish it! It's a real page turner.
This book is available in paperback from £0.01 on Amazon or in hardback copy from £6.60 new and £0.01 new and used on Amazon.
ISBM 0-00-718265-1 and the book has a recommend retail price of £6.99.
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Written by the best selling author, Lauren Weisberger, Everyone Worth Knowing is another romp through the celebrity and fashion obsessed part of New York's social scene. I'd thoroughly enjoyed Weisbergers first novel, The Devil Wears Prada (which was made into a film a couple of years ago), so when I saw she'd written another book I thought I'd give it a go. While I did find this an enjoyable read, the plot was a bit too similar to The Devil Wears Prada for my liking, and the ending was pretty predictable.
The story centres around Bette Robinson, daughter of a couple of hippies and niece of Will, a gay newspaper columnist, famous in his own right in Manhattan media circles. After losing her corporate job in a bank her Uncle Will steps in and gets her a position at an events planning company run by an ex-personal assistant of his. Tasked with arranging high profile events for clients such as Bumblebee and Playboy, and in a bid to be accepted by her colleagues Bette throws herself into the work, which mainly seems to involve partying at exclusive venues in New York. As going out starts to consume her life she transforms into a designer clad socialite, becomes more selfish and her relationships with old friends and family start to fall apart (sound familiar anyone that's read the Devil wears Prada?)
Along the way we are also introduced to Bette's workmates and friends and of course the love interest of the story. Bette's best friend is Penny, a girl she knows from working at the bank and who is a very nice person, just a bit naïve. Penny is engaged to Avery, a playboy idiot who cheats on her, but whose family are close to hers. As work takes over her life Bette has to cancel on Penny a number of times and the two girls drift apart. Needless to say by the end of the book Bette has realised that friends are more important to her than work; cue a tearful reunion.
Bette's workmates are a bunch of hard partying drug takers who only really care about themselves, their careers and being seen with the right people in the right places. Her boss, Kelly, seems nice enough on the surface but doesn't understand that people can't be expected to work 24/7 and that the world doesn't revolve around party planning. I thought her character was one that Weisberger could have expanded on a bit - towards the end of the book we are briefly introduced to someone who may be her partner and we briefly see a softer side of Kelly, and it would have been nice to see a bit more of this. Bette's other workmates are Elise, a hard partying, anorexic cokehead who seems intent on furthering her career, Davide, her boyfriend, a hard partying, shallow cokehead who seems to spend his whole time groping Elise and taking drugs, and Leo, a hard partying, gay cokehead intend on pursuing anything that looks good in trousers. Again, while some of these characters were quite entertaining it would have been nice to see a more human side to some of them. I also thought a lot of the characters were a bit too stereotypical - surely there are some people that work in the party planning scene that aren't promiscuous, don't party all night and don't take drugs?!
In terms of love interests, there are two main ones who both feature heavily throughout the book. Philip Weston, a good looking British playboy idiot who Bette is pretending to date to keep her boss happy, and Sammy, the good looking nice boy next door chef/bouncer who coincidently is from the same place as Bette and who remembers her from woodworking class. Again, I think that the characters of both boys could have been filled out a bit more, with a little less time spend emphasising what an idiot Philip is and how lovely Sammy is. As you'd expect, Bette ends up with the right man in the end and everything turns out well.
All in all, despite being a little scathing of the shallow characters and general stereotyping found in the pages of this book, I did enjoy it. I catch the tube to work every day so have plenty of time to read, but when I'm travelling I just want something brainless and fun to read, and to be fair in this respect Everyone worth knowing fitted the bill perfectly. Would I read it again? Probably not, but if you like decent trash, I would suggest giving this a go.
From Lauren Weisberger, the author of the best selling book The Devil Wears Prada, comes Everyone Worth Knowing. Again, this was another quick buy from WH Smith (see my Going Home review) and frankly, a terrible buy. But lets start from the beginning:
Bettina Bette Robinson lives in New York in a dingy, insect infested flat. She is stuck in a boring, tedious job and doesnt know what to do with herself. Cue the obligatory gay Uncle Will and his partner to help out. They manage to secure her an entry level job in a PR agency run by a shallow woman called Kelly. After finding out the life of a party planner, Bette begins to fall in love with her new life: partying in some of New Yorks hottest clubs and bars til the sun comes out, meeting the socially accepted, rich and famous and having a great time.
When she wakes up in a strange mans bed after one partying session she later finds out that this man is no ordinary bloke, he is Philip Weston, British playboy and heartthrob. After learning that they didnt have sex, Bette leaves the rude mans house and heads to work, only to be greeted with pictures of her and Philip leaving the club in a newspaper. Suddenly the envy of her co-workers and the new star employee, Bette is forced into keeping up this showy-offy act and pretend shes dating Philip to give the company good publicity and to hide a big secret. But is this life all she thinks it is? When she starts phasing out previously important people in her life and a new love interest, will she realise who is worth knowing?
Throw in a menial best friend with the token loser fiancé, hippy parents, occasional drug use, trendy parties and clubs in the city the never sleeps, the surprise gay man and the hunky bouncer who happens to be from the same town where Bette grew up and youd think youre in for a treat. Youre wrong.
For a start, this book is very poorly written. It has obvious plot holes, for instance, one night she invites a guy back to her hole of a house by the river, and the next time we hear mention of where she lives, shes got a house in a different street by Lexington Ave! And to change a chubby girl who hated wearing fashionable clothes and didnt care what sort of a mess she looked like in the morning to a stick thin girl who wore the most expensive designer clothes and HAD to have a highly coveted Birskin bag in a matter of weeks is highly unlikely. At the parties, half of her friends are so stoned and drugged up they can't talk, which makes for very boring reading.
The writing itself doesnt flow; it makes it hard to read and detracts from the information being presented. I really struggled through this book and only during the pages about Turkey and the restaurant did I really start to care about what was going on. The plot was super thin and I guessed the ending after only reading a few chapters. The characters are all unoriginal stereotypes. If you could describe a twenty something party girl, how would you describe her? Chances are it would be the exact same description in this book. Two old, gay men? The same. Bette is a shallow character and I couldnt sympathise with her at all.
As I said before, there was no element of this book that kept me hanging on and wanting to read more. You can make a book about party planning and scandal a lot more interesting than this. This is like reading about Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie for 400 pages and, to be honest, I just read it to pass the time. I should have left it on the plane!
Where do I start? Ok, well, Bette is the typical chicklit protagonist, a little fat, bored with something in her life and wanting a change. The only difference with this and the other chicklit books I've read is that she is completely superficial and lacks intelligence. She is pushed around by everyone and doesnt make a stand for what she wants. Even in the end she somehow quits her job and just lets things happen. And the fact that she moans and drones on about how it's tedious to be famous and have money gets annoying.
Penelope is Bettes best friend. She is marrying a complete loser who is so obviously cheating on her and her parents can't stand. She eventually gets phased out of Bettes life. Cue the inevitable argument that sends them drifting apart and the teary reunion at the end. Boring.
Philip Weston is a spoiled rich kid who is using Bette as a distraction from the media. I know it's completely off topic, but if youve ever seen The Simpsons where Troy McClure marries Selma to take all the attention off his strange personal life, then youve read this. It turns out that Philip is gay, and Bette walks in on him and another member of her company having sex. This character changes throughout the book and occupies about 300 of the 400 pages. He changes from quite a strong character to someone that Weisberger decided she didnt need anymore and left in the background.
Sammy is the cute bouncer who it also turns out, is a male escort. Although he likes Bette she, being the shallow character she is, won't go out with him, fearing he is too beneath her. Bette learns he doesnt want to be a bouncer, detests his job and the A-Lister that think theyre something special and wants to be a chef. At the end, he sets up his own restaurant.
The characters are all one sided and lack personality. I didnt feel like I could relate to any of them at all. There isn't a character with any humour or individuality, they all fit some stereotype. Weisberger, as a bestselling author, should have learnt how to inject some oomph into the story and people that make it.
All in all, this book was a serious waste of money. The ending was the best bit literally. If the whole book had been written like the last 50 or so pages then it would have been a scorcher of a read and would probably be another best seller. I could see her talent, but for some reason it was missing. I wouldnt recommend reading this unless you could get it from a library or borrow it from a friend, and in fact, I probably won't be reading her first book either.
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Again, it can be bought from traditional book shops at the RRP of £6.99 or even cheaper on site like Amazon or eBay.
After being let go from her 80-hour a week banking job, you would forgive Bette for mooching around her New York City apartment for a little while, eating junk food, watching daytime television and paying attention to her adorable little dog Millington. Concerned about her future, however, uncle Will quickly steps in to call in a favour and land Bette a job in super-cool PR firm Kelly & Company as an event planner.
Trading in the boring suits for the latest fashion gear, Bette now lives the high life in New York City, working 24-7, always on call. She socializes with the most famous people from East and West Coast alike and quickly becomes boss Kellys favourite new employee be it for all the wrong reasons. Suddenly Bette finds her private life smeared across the tabloids be it just because she suddenly seems to be the girlfriend of New Yorks most successful lawyer and eligible bachelor Philip Weston.
Torn between two worlds, Bette often finds it difficult to choose whether she prefers to read a chick-lit book on her couch or clubbing dressed up in designer gear. Can she somehow manage to be part of both worlds? Or will she have to make a tough choice between celebs and glamour or true friends and family? And will she be able to find a fairytale prince in the process of finding herself?
I spare you the suspense overall I really did not like this book and I kept reading it for one reason only. Fairly early on in the book it is revealed that the Bette, the main character, lives in a cement monstrosity, a multi-winged behemoth, which I quite clearly recognized as the one building in the world that I enjoyed living in the most during my life. It was therefore very bizarre to me that Weisberger had only bad things to say about it that the flat suffered from waterbugs and that the flat was tiny. I kept reading because I felt that she should really have highlighted the merits of this place I once called home. Not once does she touch upon the fact that the lobby is fantastic with waterfalls and goldfish! In addition, she tells us that Bette lives in apartment 1313. I am quite sure that this particular building does not have a 13th floor (in many New York apartments the floor numbering jumps straight from 12 to 14, to avoid superstitious tenants from worrying about the bad karma attached to this number) but even if it did have a 13th floor, I am absolutely certain that there is no such thing as apartment 1313, as all the apartment numbers consist of the floor number followed by a letter of the alphabet.
Yes, I am picking holes into an unimportant aspect of the storyline but Weisbergers sloppiness becomes apparent later on in the book, when all of a sudden the character without a mention of having moved apartments suddenly invites a man back to her place, which suddenly is not on 34th Street by the river, but on 28th street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue!
To round it off, this is not the only loophole I spotted. On one occasion, Bettes best friend Penelope calls her. There is a mention that Bette sees Penelopes number on the caller ID. But then it turns out that Penelope is unexpectedly calling from a hotel. This would not have been strange in this day and age of mobile phones except when Weisberger starts to mention how Penelopes boyfriend is pulling on the phone line of a phone that Bette could not possibly have recognized the number of!
The other thing that I was sorely disappointed with is how much Weisberger fails to capture the feeling of New York, the character of the city. She makes it sound rather bland, its inhabitants rather shallow, which is not my experience of this vibrant city. Generally it appears that Weisberger tries to keep the venues faceless and she concentrates on the interaction of the characters instead only on occasion throwing in a New York landmark that makes the connaisseur smile. I thought for a moment tat Weisberger may not have had the chance to experience New York enough to write a book in this setting but indeed the author does live in New York these days.
Focusing on the character is generally a thing that I do enjoy and I think that Weisberger does manage to portray different types of people quite well with the slight problem that apart from three characters, they all seem rather annoying and make me want to put down the book. I find Bette very unlikeable although, as she is just going through a phase in her life where she is finding herself, she may be forgiven for being a little all over the place. But the people who work at Kelly & Company are shallow people through and through and just stereotype the idea that skinny and beautiful people are false and on drugs most of the time.
The points at which I started to enjoy the book where when Bette actually is not in New York. When she visits her family in Poughkeepsie or she travels to Turkey on business, I can finally find a way to enjoy the storyline and stop picking holes in Weisbergers writing. But maybe this is because suddenly the whole focus on fashion and stardom a topic I am less than interested in suddenly is shifted to show a nicer, down-to-earth side of our main character, Bette.
To give Weisberger credit, she is an incredibly good writer and certainly has a lot more vocabulary than most chick-lit authors, making her appear highly intelligent and educated. But this brilliance with words simply does not make up for the fact that the storyline is dull for about the first 150 pages, then becomes briefly interesting, then bores the reader again only to provide another ten to twenty pages of excitement before the story is abruptly ended leaving the reader with a handful of unanswered questions.
Pages: 367 (written in very small font)
Price: £6.99 (for new paperback)
The in-crowd wears Gucci but one girl wears her heart on her sleeve...From the bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada comes a no-holds barred expose of the world of the Manhattan super-rich. Bette gets paid to party ! Well, to plan them, anyway. And she can hardly believe her luck. Running with celebs, gaining VIP access to Manhattan's hottest spots and meeting 'everyone worth knowing' is a million miles away from her old banking job. Overnight, New York has become her sexy late-night playground. But quicker than you can say Birkin bag, Bette turns up in the gossip columns as girlfriend to a notorious British playboy. It's news to her - but news that delights her publicity-hungry new boss. Her family and old friends, however, think it's not very Bette. What happened to the girl they know and love - who always had time for romantic novels, 80s music and junk food, not to mention them? As her new and old worlds threaten to collide, can Bette say goodbye to the glamour and the Gucci, the parties and the Prada, and step back into the real world - and find a prince who's got a heart to match his charm?