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The Overnight Socialite

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  1,857 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published December 16th 2009 by Weinstein Books (first published June 2nd 2009)
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Jan 15, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
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
Jan 17, 2010 Trin rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, american-lit
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
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
Ellz Readz
Feb 27, 2010 Ellz Readz rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Nattie rated it it was ok
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
Jul 28, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it
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
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Sep 13, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed most of the book. What I did not like was the ending. I get that authors leave you hanging so you can create the best possible scenario for you, but this ended like 2 pages before that!

Also, the beginning part was a little forced (the setup for the scenario) and I wanted to slap the author for saying her original size 10 was a chunk. WTF, please do better at providing good protagonists for young ladies! This was not good for people with eating disorders! And the lead character w
Nov 12, 2016 Vanessa rated it it was ok
I struggled to finish. I felt disengaged and at times bored. There was very little character development for Wyatt, and for his relationship with Lucy Jo as a whole. Where was the spark?! The anticipation?! So much potential, but a regretfully underwhelming read.
Nov 06, 2016 Winnie rated it it was ok
Not good or bad. Easy read but I couldn't care about the characters. Rather low on romance if you ask me. It's all tell and no show. Didn't bother to finish reading.
Anakaren García
Jan 13, 2015 Anakaren García rated it liked it
So I bought this book for a dollar so I really didn't have big expectations about it. It did seem like a good and enjoyable book and it certainly didn't disappointed me. I would have actually paid for its original price if I had known I would've like it the spray I did. So this book is about a 37 year old man who lives a comfy and full of richness life. Tired of the arrogance of his ex-girlfriend, he decides to make an experiment picking one random girl whom
Sydney Perry
Oct 12, 2016 Sydney Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The Overnight Socialite is a upper class "She's All That". I really enjoyed the book - but wish the ended had a little more to close with.
Sahar Sabati
Nov 03, 2013 Sahar Sabati rated it liked it
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
Oct 10, 2016 Kimberley rated it really liked it
I assumed that this book was going to be a ridiculous parody of Pygmalion, but it was actually more entertaining that I had expected.

However, the ending seemed really truncated and odd, like someone else had written it, it was tacked on, or there was another chapter missing.
Aug 29, 2012 Mariachiara rated it did not like it
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
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
Jeanette Stingley
Apr 09, 2010 Jeanette Stingley rated it really liked it
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

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
Feb 20, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
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
Faith Baine
Sep 05, 2011 Faith Baine rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10th-gr-quater-3
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,
May 17, 2013 Lark rated it did not like it
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
Jul 03, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
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
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 ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Melinda rated it liked it
I picked this up on a whim. It was a quick, fun and somewhat entertaining read...despite how shallow it was for the most part. Like hello, people and their images/reputations in high society, like ick!

However, there is some actual backbone to this story of glitz and glamour. Lucy Jo, is a force to be reckoned with... once she got over the humiliating moment on Nola's cat walk as she tries to climb her way to the top of society through Wyatt's training.

Man so many people are so shallow in this
Apr 14, 2010 Patricia rated it liked it
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
Nov 01, 2015 Els rated it liked it
Een verhaal dat mijn interesse opwekte. Ik zag, jaren geleden, de film 'My fair lady' en ik vond die niet zo geweldig maar nu het verhaal aan deze tijd was aangepast, was ik wel benieuwd hoe de auteur het zou aanpakken. Was ik blij met de manier van 'werken'? Ja en nee. Ik had graag wat meer gelezen over de de transformatie van Lucy. Hier wordt daar niet zo veel aandacht aan besteed. Ik had graag wat meer komische situaties gezien. De achterflap verraadt al dat het experiment slaagt en ook dat ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
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 ...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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