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The Overnight Socialite

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Lucy Jo Ellis, from a small town in Minnesota, moved to New York with the dream of becoming a famous designer, but so far, working in a dress shop cutting out patterns, she hasn’t gotten very far. Wyatt Hayes is a Harvard-educated anthropologist from money, very old money, who just dumped his socialite girlfriend. Suddenly inspired while waiting for a taxi, he bets his fri...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Weinstein Books (first published June 2nd 2009)
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Cheryl
3 1/2 to 4 stars - The Overnight Socialite is about Wyatt, a New York blueblood who's realized his reputation as an up and coming biological anthropologist has kind of fizzled out; in large part because he's done little to nothing, other than yearly "research" safaris and socializing, to further his career. Lucy Jo Ellis is a struggling, wannabe designer from Minnesota. Immediately following a break-up, Wyatt and his best friend Trip are discussing the state of Wyatt's life when Wyatt proclaims...more
Ayanna
I read this one way forever ago but it's so damn good. It brought up a lot of very salient points, but did so in a way that I could understand when I was a youngun'.
Ellz Readz
My thoughts...When this story first began, I found myself overwhelmed with the name dropping. All the fancy designers, labels, $500 shoes made me sort of dizzy and a bit turned off. However, once the story started to take off and the plot took over the glitz blended nicely into the scenery. The plot was a unique twist on an old story infused with romance, heartbreak, and a whole lotta money. The Overnight Socialite gave readers a pretty good look into the elite social setting in New York City. R...more
Andrea
Lucy Jo is just a normal mid-west girl with big dreams. She moved to New York City to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer. But life is rough. She is doing a menial job in a designer sweatshop. Just when she thinks she might have an opening to pursue her dreams, disaster strikes. She's ready to give it all up and go home when she meets Wyatt.


Wyatt Hayes had just gotten out of relationship with the top socialite Cornelia. He needs to prove to himself and the world that he stil...more
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
A chick-lit book is always my pleasure-read. If it isn't fluffy and cheesy, of course. Bridie Clark's The Overnight Socialite was quite a delightful read that kept me hooked through its 292 pages.

My opinion
The Overnight Socialite started like a typical chick-lit book. We have the heroine who has everything going against her. A very low paying job. No career growth. A terribly embarrassing day that would make anyone want to scream her lungs out and curse the maker. And, she gets looked down on by...more
Nattie
This book started off as a gut-busting joy, settled into a funny-ish pleasureable tale, and ended as a tedious and predictable let-down.
I was really loving this book, right from the start Wyatt and Trip and Cornelia and Lucy Jo had me in stitches! When "Project Lucy" got going, the story oddly seemed to lose some of its steam, the build-up to the project was so much funnier and better. It was still funny with lots of zingers, but it wasn't the same, and that's sad seeing as how there were only a...more
Trin
Surprisingly intelligent chick-lit with a truly ridiculous plot—it’s basically a Pygmalion update, but with more focus on the clothes. Still, I admired Clark’s restraint: you could totally see the precise moment where she could have, say, given her villain an over-the-top taking down, but she pulls back and refrains. Likewise, I admired her choice to focus less on the romance and more on her protagonist’s career goals. This wasn’t great, but it was different, which in this genre especially I fin...more
Kristal
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Jeanette Stingley
One of my favorite books when I was a teenager was Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw so when I read in the description of The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark that it was a modern spin on the classic, I couldn’t wait to read it. Normally retellings of the classics are a let down for me. I was really surprised at how quickly The Overnight Socialite hooked me!

From the first pages of the story, the main character Lucy Jo Ellis is so lovable. She leaves her home in Minnesota and moves to New York Cit...more
Jennifer
From My Blog...[return]In her novel, The Overnight Socialite, Bridie Clark takes the reader into the fashion world and into the upper echelon of New York in a fun modern day rendition of My Fair Lady with Lucy Jo playing the part of Eliza Doolittle and Wyatt Hayes IV the modern day Professor Higgins. Clark weaves together a witty tale with a cast of characters the reader can identify with, sympathise with or dislike, depending on the situation and the character. I am not one for fashion, so a lo...more
Michelle
Lucy Jo Ellis, a determined nobody who dreamed big of becoming a fashion desihner in Manhattan but soon her luck runs outs as she brakes a runway and embarrasses her own boss in public. She soon thinks to herself,that coming to the city was a big mistake and that her dream will never come true.

Soon that all changes until she meets a very handsome man, Wyatt. Wyatt is one of the socalite, who he is blessed with not only looks but power and money. Also he is willing to help Lucy change her life,...more
Xiaojuanwu
A girl named Lucy Joe, whose dream is becoming a fashion designer. She is a lonely, who wants to become a somebody. She does not have any experience of becoming a fashion designer until she meets a guy name Wyatt; who changes her life around. He promises her fame and good future. However, what she does not know that he is using her as an experiment to get revenge on Cornelia, ex-girlfriend that anybody can be famous. With his experiment, he is destroying Lucy’s future.

I dislike the character Wya...more
Patricia
This is a modern day "Pygmalion"/"My Fair Lady" story, aka chick-lit, and adult fiction. Because I already knew the underlying storyline from having seen the movie "My Fair Lady," I can't really say that I couldn't see what was coming but it was the fact that it was a retelling of "Pygmalion" that attracted me to the book in the first place. The author added enough unique details that it didn't feel completely predictable. Sometimes, all the name-dropping and fashion details were too much for me...more
Ellen Christian
For those of you that read the classic Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, this story will sound very familiar. Since Pygmalion was one of my favorite stories in high school, I was thrilled to find this book by Bridie Clark.

Lucy Jo Ellis is your typical "trailer trash" girl with a brash personality and little or no taste in clothes (although she has dreams of being a fashion designer). She shows up at a fashion event that she's been asked to cater thinking they want her there for her fashion advi...more
Amanda
Well, well, well...

I am completely and utterly baffled by the ending. It makes me want to scream WTF at the top of my lungs while simultaneously banging my head onto my laptop. It wasn't even a cliffhanger- it was like the end of a paragraph or a chapter! The Overnight Socialite was published in what, 2009 and there doesn't seem to be news of a sequel coming out. What absolutely sets me off is not knowing what happens next. It could have been a four star book but the way it ended completely caug...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
The Overnight Socialite was fun and witty. Lucy decided to leave her home in Minnesota and move to the big apple to fulfill her dream in becoming a fashion designer. While working for a dress shop she gets the opportunity to attend a fashion show. Unfortunately for her she ends up falling and embarrassing herself in front of everyone there. Now, she is desperately looking to prove to herself and others that she can succeed in this business. Wyatt, a rich and educated bachelor wanted to write a b...more
Faith Baine
This was a very predictable book, but I expected that. The story is not a new one; it's been told so many times in lots of different ways. Lucy Jo was a down on her luck aspiring designer who happened to meet a bored rich blue blood, Wyatt, by chance on a rainy night after she'd lost her job. Wyatt, and anthropogist thought it a good idea to right a book about anyone being able to be a socialiste after breaking up with his social climbing weird Paris Hilton like girlfriend. Obviously, Wyatt deci...more
Ruth
Wyatt Hayes IV is one of Manhattan's upper crust. He has been dating Cornelia Rockman, a beautiful girl from an equally fine family. Life is spent going from one social event to another. Cornelia has been chosen to be on the cover of Townhouse magazine and while attending the launch party for the magazine she mistakenly runs over to have her photo taken with Theo Galt. Wyatt realizes that her main goal is to see and be seen and she will do whatever she has to to get there. She wants to be known...more
Katie Hutchison Irion
I really wish I could give this 3.5 stars. I would have given it four if it hadn't been for the abrupt ending. I really enjoyed this book until the end. While it is completely predictable. (It tells you on the cover it is a modern day Pygmalion (think My Fair Lady but modernized)). So you know this girl is going to end up a beautiful socialite even though her background is humble and has a Midwest accent. There is even a scene with her pronouncing Aspen over and over again to get rid of her long...more
Emilyandherlittlepinknotes

The overnight socialite is a retelling of The Pygmalion, a play that was written by Bernard Shaw 1913, interestingly Shaw didn’t believe that Professor Higgins and Miss Eliza could potentially get married, in the musical My Fair Lady (based on the Pygmalion) there is an ambitious ending , The Overnight Socialite will instead give you a hint of closure.

The Overnight Socialite it’s definitely a romantic novel, the beginning it’s so promising that I was kind of hoping for something a bit more edgy...more
Mariachiara
Titolo: The Overnight socialite

Autore: Bridie Clark

Inedito in italiano

Trama: Scordatevi la povera Eliza Doollitle che voleva diventare una lady e aprire il suo negozio di fiori, qui la protagonista è Lucy un aspirante stilista del Midwest che acctta di farsi trasformare in una snob dell’upper class New Yorkese, pur di coronare il suo sogno.

Il professore che la trasforma per scommessa, non è un vecchio professore, ma è un gran bell’uomo ancora nei suoi trent’anni, di famiglia ricca ed antica, lau...more
Lauren
Dec 14, 2011 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I want to say I really liked this book, and I would have LOVED it - if there was an ending. I thought when I read the last page my kindle messed up and didn't download the entire book. Then, I learned it WAS indeed the end... I literally had to Google it to make sure....completely disappointing. I felt like I was just left hanging, with no true closure

There were a lot of secondary stories, and then, just when the characters were finally fully getting developed...the book just stops. It could hav...more
Lark
Lucy Jo is a struggling fashion designer in Manhattan trying to make it big... but even her biggest break turns into a huge disaster. Luckily Wyatt Hayes IV is there with a social experiment to turn Lucy Jo into the next rising socialite.

I picked this book up to read a bit of fluff and romance, some light-hearted fun. I ended up with a modern day take of My Fair Lady. I actually almost dropped the book around page 80 where the story mimicked the rain in Spain scene in My Fairy Lady without any...more
Meg
Jobless, humiliated, and alone in New York City, Lucy Jo Ellis finds herself lower than she ever imagined. When Wyatt Hayes IV makes her an offer -- put herself in his hands, and in four months she'll be a famous socialite -- Lucy Jo finds herself unable to refuse. What Lucy Jo -- or rather, Lucia Haverford Ellis -- doesn't know is that the entire project is the subject of a book Wyatt is writing. Rather than becoming the famous designer she dreams of, she will be exposed as the fraud she is...u...more
Julie Lovisa
This Pygmalion rewrite is a great addition to the "fish-out-of-water" genre of books that feature lower/middle class women who find themselves remade into high society.

Lucy Jo is a struggling seamstress who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. After a series of mishaps in her life, she accepts the challenge of a wealthy slacker who has struck a bet with his best friend that he can make her over and no one will guess that she wasn't born into a life of privilege. He succeeds, but Lucy's rough...more
Sahar Sabati
In this modern-day retelling of the classic My Fair Lady, Bridie Clark makes poor Lucy Jo, a sweet yet clumsy young lady from Minnesota, jump through all the hoops that Wyatt Hayes IV (a brilliant yet bored anthropologist and, as the “IV” in his name might have clued you in on, whose family is insanely rich) deems necessary for her to jump through to become a socialite.

Like so many others before her, Lucy Jo’s dream is to become a designer. And so she moves to Manhattan where she finds a job on...more
Crystal
Nov 09, 2012 Crystal added it
Shelves: chick-lit
This was a quick read, and in many ways fun and enjoyable. It was definitely an accurate retelling of Pygmalion/ My Fair Lady, with many of the issues that made those stories less enjoyable for me. Wyatt was obnoxious, so I had a difficult time sympathizing with him, but enjoyed seeing his character development over the course of the story. Lucy (Jo) was nice enough, but difficult to pin down as a character. She seemed more defined by externals and cliches than by a distinct personality. But she...more
Ally Martin
The book was well written as far as descriptions go. The stage of the Upper East Side was well set. And the characters were decently fleshed-out, except for Lucy, the main character. The reader didn't find out enough about her character (besides being hardworking and ambitious) in order to root for her. But even overlooking that, when the reader accepts that she is supposed to root for Lucy, even without much substance to go on, the book just ends. There needed to be at least a chapter or two mo...more
Susan
I read Bridie Clark's first novel, and her second effort was much better. She has definitely grown as a writer. I enjoyed this Pygmalion story. Lucy Jo is an aspiring fashion designer from Minnesota who has come to New York to follow her dream, but it has turned into a nightmare. She is the laughingstock of New York, and has lost her job to boot. She agrees to wealthy and handsome Wyatt Hayes' plan to turn her into a social experiment. Can a MW girl with no society ties become to toast of the NY...more
Amanda
This book was interesting but most of the characters were very shallow (especialy at the begining). It took me a couple of chapters to get into it and once started it ended up better then expected. I didn't feel it was realistic, she lost about 6 dress sizes in 2 weeks and learned to change who she was to become a socalite. The begining was shallow and I didn't like the fact that Lucy would want to change her self to become a popular socalite, to me that is hard to understand, even if it was for...more
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Bridie Clark was born on October 7, 1977, and spent a happy childhood in West Hartford, CT. Her parents encouraged her early love of reading and writing.

In 1999, Bridie graduated from Harvard College, where she was an editor of The Harvard Crimson. She has since worked as a book and magazine editor, and written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York, Quest, and Elegant Bride.

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