Confessions of a Rebel Debutante
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Confessions of a Rebel Debutante

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A delicious, laugh-out-loud funny Southern-fried memoir about growing up a "proper young lady"...or not.

A strict regimen of Southern-belle grooming should have prepared Anna Fields for a lifetime of ladylike behavior.

But it didn't.

As it turned out, Anna-a smart, outspoken, bookish girl- was a dud at debbing. After being kicked out of cotillion classes, the "Rebel Deb"...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Putnam Adult (first published April 13th 2010)
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Shawna Jones
The only reason I picked this book up is because I went to high school with the author -- yes, the very same "Wellingham" she refers to in the book.

Content aside (don't worry -- I'll return to that) I honestly can't believe that this book ever got published, let alone that Anna writes for a living. The writing was juvenile, colloquial without the charm, poorly structured, and completely disorganized. Memoir or no, it was incredibly difficult to follow the frequent inexplicable jumps in time and...more
Kate
The author gives us a good overview of southern debutante culture and protocol. She also has a few humorous anecdotes and touching stories. One in particular (don't want to give away the spoiler) is beautifully written.
That said, she ultimately doesn't have much to say--although I admit she says it cutely. There isn't a ton of substance here. Even her "rebel" credentials seem pretty dubious to me. Unless she was holding back in order to preserve her image, her "rebelliousness" was so mild as to...more
Lydia Presley
There were things I loved and things I rolled my eyes at in this book. First of all, I want to say I did not pick this book up expecting it to be the end all and be all of memoirs - I expected something light and fluffy, and it was exactly that. My issues with the book were, in spite of some flashes here and there of laugh out loud humor, the first half of the book was fairly boring. It wasn't until the story spiraled into a "tell all" regarding notable names like Julia Stiles, Julia Roberts, Di...more
Mairzi
Horrible, horrible book. The cover art, title and jacket blurbs are by far the best part of this book. One has to wonder about the validity of the NYU Graduate writing program if this author is type of writer to whom the school gives a full scholarship.
Somewhere in this book are the ideas for some very funny stories. Unfortunately the author is totally unable to relate them to us in an amusing or interesting way. She is rude, condescending and narrow minded. (The Massachusetts joke was only slig...more
Kelsey
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Tara Brant
This book was horrible and a disgrace to any real southern girl. Fields needs to hire a new editor. Catfish don't have scales. What kind of 'tomboy' who goes 'catfishing' doesn't know that?

I started to keep track of all of the things in this book that I wanted to add in my poor review but it just added up to be so many that I am not even going to attempt. I will just say, "Don't waste you time reading this book." In an attempt to write a humorous book about being a Southern Reb Deb, Fields ends...more
Leslie
My local used book store is going out of business and I grabbed this off the shelves in the fiction section and thought it sounded fun for 50% off.

Once I got it home and started reading I was surprised to discover it was a non-fiction book; but I didn't let that deter me.

As a Yankee who is 20 years older than the author I began looking at it like a low budget Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. But this is not so much a sociological study of the South in the 90s as it is an autobiography...more
Leila Cohan-Miccio
It's my own fault for being so obsessed with debutante culture, but oh lord, this book. Did she get paid extra every time she said "Rebel Deb?"
Loraine
Not crazy about the writing style sometimes I would be unsure of past or present status
G
Anna Fields, you had me at You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl! I love nothing more than reading a story set in the south, or devouring a good memoir. When I heard that a book was coming out that had the best of both worlds, I knew I had to read this book.

I was literally jumping with joy when I got my advanced reader copy of Confessions of a Rebel Debutante in the mail last month. I knew I was going to love it, and love it I did. Anne Fields not...more
Deonnah Davis
I picked this book up based off the cover. I know, I know. They say don't judge a book by its cover. I loved the title and the wedding dress on the cover and began to think that this would be a good read. Being a "southern belle" myself, I wanted to see what this author had to say. I enjoyed this book a lot. I do want to question the reason for this being a memoir if this is not all true. The author changed more than just names according to former classmates of hers who have left reviews. That i...more
Melissa
A funny, coming of age story about a how country girl from NC attempts to transform herself into a debutante. It takes place in Winston, Burlington and NY City. A bit redundant and juvenile but it is an easy read and fun to be able to identify with specific locations for those of us who grew up in Winston, i.e. Salem Academy, Morning Dew cafe, Krispy Kreme, etc.
Tracy
Not very well written. No real point to the story.
Bought this at the dollar store as it looked interesting from the title and jacket description. After reading first 3 chapters I was bored and realized I spent 99 cents too much for this book.
Lisa Mcbroom
Hilarious memoir of growing up in the South in the late 80's and early 90's. Fields writes about leaving the South and her adjustment to Brown University and NYC. Snarky and sarcastic.
Juanita Pryor
I read this entire book in one day and enjoyed it. It was lighthearted and fun reading, and with a couple of exceptions it was also tasteful. Fields has had quite the entertaining life! I did live in NC for seven years and found her portrayal to be fairly accurate in many respects. It most reflects the mentality of people born and raised in the South with little exposure to the rest of the country. It would be unfortunate for someone to solely base their knowledge of the South off of her limited...more
Bridget
Some girls aren't meant to be "proper". Anna could explain that better than anyone. Even though she was raised to act a certain way, she could not deny her free spirit. She was a "rebel" who didn't play by society's rules. Even though this made her an outcast, she was proud of who she was and stayed true to herself.

This is by far the best memoir I have ever read. Anna is my kind of chick! This hilariously true tale is better than any reality TV show. I think that this is the type of book that wo...more
Brookel
It was okay. It had some humorous parts. I'm glad I only paid a dollar for it.
Heather Rose
Vaguely entertaining in a pretentious sorta way. I'm so sorry you had to go to a private school, grew up with money, and had to travel coast to coast through all of the most wealthy cities working for whiny-ass, but extremely wealthy, clientele whilst doing so in order to find yourself... ::sobsobsob:: Please. That's not how "real" life works, honey, Rebel Deb or not.
Anna
Funny, very down-to-earth, and if you're from the south, probably very relatable. Not really what I was expecting as a whole, but a quick and entertaining read. :)
Mamie
Oct 12, 2012 Mamie added it
It was entertaining! A girl from the south goes to Los Angeles and works with celebs, also ends up in New York City. Through her many unique experiences, she never forgets her roots and that she is a rebel debutante using it accordingly.
Ellen
I got half-way through this book and decided I don't really feel like reading the other half. At times, it gets a bit confusing and the language is pretty bad. There are too many better books to spend my time with this one.
Kw
Clever, but she's just so impressed with herself! Seems everyone is pretty well pigeon-holed - rich, snooty deb, rebel deb, boring non-deb, etc.
I'm glad she's found her Rhett and her "calling" in New York.
Allison
Totally agree with the review that said the cover and jacket were the best part of the book. Horrible and rambly at best...couldn't finish it. Life's too short to waste on awful books....as my hubby said. :)
Ann
Thoroughly enjoyed this funny, clever, memoir. She names names in NYC...changes names during schooling. Her NYC experience is a hoot.
North Carolina gals will recognize locations immediately.
Plainfield Public Library District
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/12388846
Lynn
It took a very long time to get into the book-in fact I had to stop reading it because I felt like I was rereading the same thing over and over again.
Cindy
Pretty funny. I found myself snickering at times at the "southern-ness" of it all. Very often her recollections rang a little too true. Charming quick read.
Jillian
Even a Yankee deb can enjoy this book. A fun, enjoyable and surprisingly enlightening read. Lesson learned, don't judge a book by its cover.
Ruth
I couldn't finish this book. The author is stuck on herself. Not sure why it was even published.
Cindy
Actually I didn't finish this book, I barely got 2 chapters in, total crap.
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