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Everyone Worth Knowing

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  61,233 Ratings  ·  1,910 Reviews
What happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite?
Soon after Bette Robinson quits her horrendous Manhattan banking job like the impulsive girl she's never been, the novelty of walking her four-pound dog around the unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thin as the "What are you going to do with your life?" phone calls fr
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Books (first published 2005)
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Sabiel
Aug 21, 2007 Sabiel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: brainless twits stuck on deserted islands, on the brink of cannibalism
Shelves: read-fiction
If you thought Devil Wears Prada was insipid, wait until you read this vomitous waste of valuable wood pulp, time, eyestrain and anxiety (the latter due to agitated anticipation of the novel's anticlimactic denouement).

Upon reading said anticlimactic denouement (after enduring insipid, US-Weekly-grade "plot**"), one shall either

(a) Throw 'book' violently against wall.
(b) Throw 'book' violently at photo of current Oval Office occupant. (Offended Republicans may choose to substitute with photo of
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Kaya
Sep 09, 2014 Kaya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I've ever read. Stereotypical characters, dull plot consisted of superficial world building, with predictive and anticlimactic ending. The dialogues are unrealistic and immature. And don't even let me start on describing this pathetic excuse for a "love story" or spectacular failure of a love triangle. Everything is horrible about this book.

Girl quits banking job, because she has been unhappy, gets a job at a PR firm, finds herself to be a star of the tabloids, whining al
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Sara
Mar 11, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok
Weisberger's novels seem to be about 85,000 words of actual story plus an additional 15,000 words comprised solely of celebrities' names, designer brands, and various luxury goods/destinations. The novel was published in 2005, so all the references to in-brands, celebrity couples (none are still together) and hotspots (Bungalow 8 - does anyone still go there?) make the book feel dated. Also, this novel has basically the same plot as the Devil Wears Prada. Weisberger clearly though she'd found a ...more
Jennifer
If I had read The Devil Wears Prada first, I don't think I would have read Everyone Worth Knowing.

The plots of these two books are so similar. Girl gets job. Girl hates job. Girl makes the best of her situation. Girl quits job.

Beth
Jul 12, 2007 Beth rated it liked it
I am not your typical "chick lit" fan, but I must confess that I really like this author - she writes bright, funny, light-hearted books and she can actually compose a sentence! This novel contains none of the poor grammar or flimsy plot structures you would find in Sex and the City (the novel - loved the series) or The Nanny Diaries (saw this movie last night and it was a hundred times better than the weak novel). On the other hand, I think that every girl-oriented book about a young woman maki ...more
Arielle
Jun 12, 2013 Arielle rated it it was ok
When I started reading this book I forgot that a) I had read it before and b) it was stupid.
Jennifer
I have a hard time putting an audio book on my "Read" shelf - but what the hell.

I find that I will listen to books that I don't necessarily want to read. This book is a prime example. I read Weisberger's first book and liked it well enough. This is her second and it has the same feel as the first. Well meaning girl gets caught up in glamor lifestyle - Has a melt down - repents - gets love.

I think this book would have really annoyed me to read - but for some reason - having it read to me by Eli
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Jessica
Sep 09, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Beth F.
Feb 15, 2009 Beth F. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth F. by: Jennifer
I wasn't impressed with The Devil Wears Prada--too much hype--so wasn't expecting much from this book by the same author.

However, in the end it won with me because:

--I listened to the audiobook on what was a bit of an unwanted and nervewracking last-minute road trip so the distraction was greatly appreciated.
--Eliza Dushku as narrator did a really great job.
--I had low expectations so there was no way it could have been worse than what I was expecting.
--it was abridged--hallelujah! My biggest
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Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Oct 06, 2013 Melissa Lee-Tammeus rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
Okay, this is what I get for adding this to my "to read list" and then waiting eight years to read it. This book does not stand the test of time. Seeing it is about high fashion, partying, and basically the social scene of everything high society, the references to Lindsay Lohan, Playboy Bunnies, Paris Hilton's sex tape, P. Diddy and his entourage, etc. are silly. And the references to fashion sense are certainly outdated as well. Or maybe I'm just too old for this ridiculousness anymore. I don' ...more
Betsy VanSweden
Sep 14, 2011 Betsy VanSweden rated it really liked it
The sometimes negative feedback given to "chic lit" novels is understandable at times, yet I feel that Weisberger's characters in "Everyone Worth Knowing" are written in an ordinary enough way that readers are able to more easily relate to them. The style of the writing can be seen as slightly bland because the characters are so completely normal. The are posed as every day people, doing every day things, in our often times cold world. The story is an easy read which allows for a large circle of ...more
Heather
Nov 01, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it
This book was doomed from the start, it was the same typical "girl has lousy job, (almost always a banking job) Girl has family member that can hook her up with a "better" job, girl has no backbone whatsoever, ETC...
We meet Bette, a seemingly nice girl, and right off, I could tell she was a pushover. I just don't get how this girl, who lives in New York, works around people from the city, and lives around city people, can be such a pushover, with absolutely no will, or self respect.
I just don't
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Jenn
Jun 10, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Although this book reprises the theme of examining the horrors of an entry level job, and uses a glittery version of New York City for its setting, it departs from *The Devil Wears Prada* in several ways. For one, there is more sympathy for all the characters. The protagonist is earnest, foolish, and occasionally depressed, but she seems to have more resources for moving toward what she wants than did the protagonist of *Prada*. Her boss and coworkers are colorful and sometimes devious, but also ...more
Maria
Oct 10, 2011 Maria rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
This book is not worth reading. Seriously. DO NOT DO IT.
Jennifer Johnson
May 25, 2009 Jennifer Johnson rated it did not like it
Read "the Devil Wears Prada", change the names. I can't believe the author ripped off her own book like that! HORRIBLE.

I'm assuming that Weisberger has the shortest memory in history, and her publisher also suffers from the same affliction. "Everyone Worth Knowing" is the EXACT SAME BOOK as "The Devil Wears Prada"- all she did is change names and evil, soul sucking jobs and kept the format so predictably familiar that I was laughing half way through. The name dropping is all there, and if you're
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Amy
Dec 11, 2008 Amy rated it it was ok
I feel like I need to give this review in the context of its predecessor "The Devil Wears Prada," which was good. I like the theme of finding who you really are despite the lure of all things beautiful and cool.
This book's theme: Finding who you are despite the lure of all things cool and beautiful. Wait!? Did I just read the same book over again!?
She name-dropped people who aren't even really that famous or cool anymore. And I got kind of annoyed when she quit her job on a whim, which seemed ou
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Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 Love Fool rated it liked it
What happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite?

I read this awhile ago and sadly this book didn't make an impact on me to remember it. I do remember I didn't really care for it but found some parts amusing. I recommend reading this if you have a lazy Sunday to kill.
Katie Tingle
Nov 30, 2014 Katie Tingle rated it liked it
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Ivana
Nov 20, 2009 Ivana rated it it was ok
Here's how they put it on Amazon. I really don't know how to summarize it myself.

Bette Robinson is a twentysomething Emory graduate who shunned her parents' hippie ideals in favor of a high-paying yet excruciatingly boring job at a prestigious investment bank. One day, after a particularly condescending exchange with her boss (who sends her daily inspirational e-mails), Bette walks out on her job in a huff. After a few weeks of sleeping late, watching Dr. Phil and entertaining her dog Millington
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sendann
Apr 09, 2015 sendann rated it liked it
I really hope the author stops writing books soon so I can stop reading them. This book is ok, full of weird contradictions and missed opportunities that make it seem like it was never or only very vaguely reread after a first draft, or maybe written by an assistant. But that aside, it's a kind of fascinating time capsule of 2004/5, when we still had land lines but also cell phones. People printed things off of websites. Text messaging was new and you got that first text and weren't even sure ho ...more
Becca
Sep 01, 2009 Becca rated it did not like it
Recommended to Becca by: J
Full disclosure: I went into this with a hatred of chick-lit. I had enjoyed the guilty pleasure of The Nanny Diaries, and when my best friend told me she secretly loved chick-lit, I decided to give it a try. My first attempt (from her bookshelf) was deplorable, but I liked The Devil Wears Prada film, so I decided to give the genre a second try.

This book was unbelievably terrible. The shallow, self-absorbed main character, whom we're supposed to believe is interesting enough for everyone to follo
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Michaela Osiecki
Aug 17, 2014 Michaela Osiecki rated it it was ok
I enjoy a good chick-lit novel from time to time, but this one just didn't sit all that well with me. In Weisberger's defense, she follows the formula of "normal girl finds herself in celebrity world and in the end stays true to herself" to a T. It's not a great formula and it makes for rather bland story-telling, but it sells and for that I can't really hate on the author. Writing is a business.

But honestly, I just hated the main character. She really had no....well, character. In the end, I fo
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J.S. Strange
May 03, 2016 J.S. Strange rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author, and reading the reviews left by many I can't help but think they're a little harsh. When I picked up this book I knew it would be predictable, not very complex and an easy read and I don't think that's a bad thing. The story was good enough to keep me hooked and I followed it easily.

However, whilst reading this book I watched the film The Devil Wears Prada. I've not read the book, and now I'm not sure if I need to - it seems this book was exactly
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Amanda
May 06, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: easy-reads
I got this book from the library for some light and easy reading while hanging outside while my kids played. In that respect it was exactly what I was looking for.

I wouldn't say this book is terrible, but as stated above I wasn't expecting much going into it. The plot is easily guessed by the reader, so there are zero surprises at the end. I knew who Ellie Insider was as soon as she showed up at that club the first time, and I found it pretty funny Bette never put it together until it was point
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stephanie
May 30, 2007 stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
a disappointing sophomore book for weisberger. she seems to rely too much on the city as a character to pull off the story she wants to tell - which, when it gets boiled down, is the most boring-already-read-this-ten-times plot ever.

however, she still does nail that certain new york set with amazing ease, and while this tries to do what The Devil Wears Prada did for budding writers for the club set, the fact that it IS for the club set can't be missed. over the top, and not really even worth i
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Elizabeth Emily Browne
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Elsa
Mar 18, 2015 Elsa rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
Boring. Maybe chick lit is not made for me. I also found boring Sushi for beginners, by Marian Keyes. Nevertheless, I loved The secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella and The Beach House, by Jane Green. I think I need deeper stories, not so shallow as this one. I don't know.
Kimberley
May 17, 2015 Kimberley rated it it was amazing
Chick lit at its best! I loved the main character, Bette. She was hilarious, likeable and very relatable. The book covers her career move from banking to PR and all the dramas that go with the celeb parties and events. Weisberger has a similar writing style to Bushnell, which is probably why I loved it so much!!
Laura
Apr 02, 2012 Laura added it
This book suffers from second book syndrome. I got to 100 pages and put it down, bored with the story. They also need a good name for the syndrome where you write a book about a topic you know and it is a huge success so you get a book deal and the rest of your books suck. This book has that syndrome.
Stacey G
Jul 06, 2012 Stacey G rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I rarely have the desire to read a novel again but this one might be my exception. I couldn't get through Devil Wears Prada because I had seen parts of the movie first. So, this remains my fave LW book.
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Lauren Weisberger was born March 28, 1977, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a locale recently made even more chic, if possible, by The Office. She was joined four years later by sister Dana, a.k.a. The Family Favorite, and moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, at age eleven. At Parkland High School, Lauren participated in all sorts of projects, activities, and organizations for the sole purpose of padding h ...more
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