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Everyone Worth Knowing

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  49,103 ratings  ·  1,729 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 her unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thin as the "What are you going to do with your life?" phone calls
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Paperback, 367 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Gallery Books (first published 2005)
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Sabiel
Nov 04, 2012 Sabiel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
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
Sara
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
Beth F.
Feb 17, 2009 Beth F. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Jessica
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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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Kaya
One of the worst books I have ever read. Stereotypical characters, dull plot, predictive and anticlimactic ending and superficial world building. The dialogues were unrealistic and immature. And don't even let me start describing this dull and pathetic excuse for a "love story" or spectacular failure of love triangle. Everything is horrible about this book.

Girl quites banking job, because she was unhappy there, gets a job at a PR firm, gets into the party life and in the tabloids, whining and s
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Jenn
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
Jennifer Johnson
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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Ivana
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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Melissa Lee-tammeus
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
Heather
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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Betsy VanSweden
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
Amy
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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Becca
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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stephanie
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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Love Fool
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.
Arielle
When I started reading this book I forgot that a) I had read it before and b) it was stupid.
Antof9
I bought this during the great self-imposed No Book Buying Moratorium of 2006. Why? Because I was stuck at Newark airport due to "weather". I was halfway through the last book in my carryon when they announced that we'd be at least 2 hours delayed, and knowing that I had a 3+ hour flight in front of me after that wait, I felt confident that buying a book during The Moratorium was excusable.

This book fascinated me for a dozen reasons, not the least of which is that I find celebrity very intriguin
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AJ
C'est l'histoire d'une jeune femme, Bette - 28 ans - de parents hippies. Elle travaille dans une banque - un boulot qu'elle déteste. Un jour, après s'être un peu engueulée avec son boss à la banque, elle décide de démissionner. Pendant des semaines, Bette ne fait pas grand chose d'autre que de lire les journaux et regarder Dr.Phil à la tv, avec son petit chien Millington. Son oncle Will lui trouve un emploi dans les relations publiques - où elle prépare des soirées de 'party' pour des produits o ...more
Misha
Library Journal: Who wouldn't want a job that allows one to party for a living? That's just what Bettina "Bette" Robinson has. When she quits working at an investment bank, her uncle, a well-connected columnist, hooks her up with the hot PR firm, Kelly & Company. For Bette, a style-challenged, romance novel–obsessed daughter of hippies, the high-stakes world of celebrity takes a little getting used to—especially once she is catapulted into the arms of one of New York's most eligible bachelor ...more
Michaela Osiecki
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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Christina
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Season
I couldn't finish this one. The plot was so all over the place I had a hard time following.
Miranda70
Heerlijke chicklit. Leest lekker weg. Lekker voor op het strand.
Meagan
This is the first book I've read by Lauren Weisberger. I've seen the film based on her previous novel, "The Devil Wears Prada" countless times. I picked this book up while browsing a Goodwill largely based on my love for that film, and from the plot synopsis, it seemed light a lighthearted read.

I started reading this book in the fall, and can't remember why I put it on a temporary hiatus. Last week, I grabbed it off my shelf, because I was in need of something a little lighthearted. The synopsi
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Aimee
*This review may contain spoilers*

“Everyone Worth Knowing,” by Lauren Weisberger, chronicles Bettinas rise to fame in the New York City public relations world and her dramatic, and somewhat self-propelled, downfall. Told in the first person, with Bettina acting as the narrator of her own story, the book is as much a social commentary on how the elite of New York City live as a love story unfolding as one of Bettina’s favored Harlequin romance novels. “Everyone Worth Knowing” was Lauren Weisberge
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Eunhye
I will also help you save time through this website [that's only, if you want to]. just b/c it thinks it's nytimes bestseller -- it doesn't mean anything: i picked it up at the airport, and threw it out the window by the time i got off the plane. ... but.. good way to find out what ppl are like in the niche market. pertains probably .005% of the population in the world who *might acts like they know the 99.995% of the world. might be actually the good market to study.
Laura
May 14, 2007 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has NOT read The Devil Wears Prada
Horrible! EXACT storyline as Devil Wears Prada, except it's the job (not so much an evil boss) that demands the heroine improve her fashion and social circle, and sacrifice her humble self and friends. Does the author have no shame? For me to even glimpse at another book by Lauren Weisberger, it would have to win a Pulitzer.
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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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