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Bergdorf Blondes

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From a wonderful new voice in fiction comes a touching love story wrapped in a sparkling comedy. With enormous wit and an insider's eye, this debut capture the nuances of the rich and spoiled in a heartwarming social satire, featuring a lovable champagne bubble girl who's just looking for love.
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published May 31st 2004 by Miramax Books (first published 2004)
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Sari
Jul 18, 2011 Sari rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I picked this book up at the library book sale yesterday for $0.50 and I have to say I'm sorry I wasted my money. This book is about NYC's "it" girls and their shallow, shallow lives. It's supposed to be an entertaining chicklit read, but I'm finding I'm just not impressed at all. It's juvenile, it's stupid, it's going to be unfinished - I can't even bear to waste any more time reading it, it's going straight to the thrift store donation pile.

The characters don't seem to have any redeeming qual...more
Katie
To follow Keerthi's review: I also read this book thinking it would be as awesome as Plum Sykes' writing in Vogue, and was cruelly disappointed. In my defense, I was in high school, and therefore much more gullible.

What purports to be a 'peek into the elite' book - think Devil Wears Prada (which is, btws, an even more hateful book that should probably be burned and banned as it is an affront to even those of sub-human intelligence. Hell, single cell organisms probably wouldn't even be taken in b...more
Anne
I'm not against chick lit. In fact, I indulge in them a lot of times --but this book was as stupid as stupid gets. It was predictable and not even funny in the smallest bit. The writing style is less than mediocre and it was a total waste of the 3 hours (that seemed more like an eternity) that i spent reading it.

If I didn't have the obsessive compulsive NEED to finish books I've started, I would never have finished this one. don't waste your time on this book. There are much more books out there...more
Stephanie
This book was nearly offensive in its wanton display of greed, vanity and superficiality. It's almost embarrassing to even admit I read it, but as a follower of Sykes' Vogue pieces, I felt I owed her a bit of literary loyalty. Big mistake.
This book, sadly, confirms all those horror stories you hear about "Park Avenue Princesses," and doesn't even have the decency to laugh at itself at any point. Sykes is a clever wordsmith, but the meat of this book leaves much to be desired....like actual cont...more
Alexa
(Review was originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

Bergdorf Blondes was a pleasant chick lit read that combined three of my favorite things - New York City, traveling to various exotic locations (including England) and a relatable protagonist who enjoyed shopping, beauty rituals and writing.

Though it took a while for me to actually get into the book, somewhere in between the fourth and fifth chapter, I was hooked. I think, surprisingly, what had me riveted was the way the book was written. The a...more
Michelle
Apr 08, 2008 Michelle rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idiots
I'm not sure why I even read this in the first place. I think it may have been because my sister lent it to me when I asked her if I could borrow a book on my trip to Milwaukee last summer. She specifically warned me in advance that it was really stupid, but secretly a fun read in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Most people would probably say at this point, "What were you expecting, Camus?" I don't know, I don't care, I HATED this book. It was basically like Sex and the City but 10,000 times more...more
Louise Green
I know this is one of those books you're not supposed to like because it's so girly and fashion here shooes there. But I absolutely loved it! While reading it one got a feeling 'Bergdorf Blondes' was a mix of Lauren Weisberger meets Candace Bushnell. I had pretty low expectations on Plum Sykes, after reading some of the more well-known fashion-chick-lit books, but this was probably the best one I've read so far. Not only did I find myself laughing out loud at quite a few times, but this novel wa...more
Somi
I read this book yesterday. I couldn't stop once I started. I haven't read such a funny book in a long time. Bergdorf Blondes reminded me of the first Chick-lit books I ever read, Tiffany Trott and Minty Malone and Come Together and all those other British classics, only it had the all-too-wonderful extra ingredient, New York!

I loved every page! Park Avenue princesses with ridiculous concerns, who plot how to get the best out of a sample sale at Chanel, Front Row Girls, muses, waiting lists for...more
Kari
I went into Bergdorf Blondes hoping I was going to like it. I like chick-lit in general and am always up for a laugh. I tried to look at it as a tongue in cheek tale, but there really wasn't anything remotely funny about it. I got about 1/4 of the way through and I just couldn't take any more of the shallowness and greed of the characters.

Why? Where to start..maybe it was the main character deciding a fiance would make her skin look better. Or it could have been one of the characters freaking ou...more
Trixie
I loved this book because it is a very whimsical piece. It was a fun, light read about a high society girl living in New York. It talks a lot about fashion and friendship (that revolves around everything material: parties, shoes, clothes, private jets, etc.)

On the contrary, I don't really think it is an appealing book to everyone. I find it sort of Sex And the City / Legally Blonde / Paris Hilton / Shopaholic type of story, which at first I did not find appealing, but as I get to read the book,...more
Brittany
Aug 25, 2008 Brittany rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Brittany by: Gillian
How I Came To Own This Book: Gillian bought it due to the hype surrounding the novel.

The Plot: The unnamed character (who goes by Moi) is your typical, irritating, self-obsessed upper East Sider in NYC on the hunt for a husband and all the other trivialities that make up 'that' type of woman's life - shopping, being seen, and looking great while doing it. Basically a very very fluffy slice of life from a woman who has been there...

The Good & The Bad: This is one of my least favourite books (...more
william
Rather than a female narrator called, say, Plum, we have a narrator called “Moi,” which is that much more intimate. Moi is quick to point out that she is not blonde, that she has a career, as a fashion magazine writer no less, and that she happens to be a conduit for the lives of the rich and blonde around her.
The tone is curious, more Teen Vogue than proper Vogue. Still, it follows American magazine protocol in being chatty, toothlessly catty and less than fully informed. This suits the narr...more
Kate (VerbVixen)
Ok guys this one is a throw back for me since I originally read Bergdorf Blondes way back in the summer college days, but I just found it and re-read it again this week and now I have a blog, so ya know: review yay! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Seriously, on the surface it's a light contemporary funny read. Chick lit if you will. But for those looking there's a biting commentary below the surface. It's tres Austen-esque. How can you not love that? Also did I mention there's hot men? cause that. A...more
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
I have a huge love for some light fluffy reads and chick lit was one of my favourites to read when I was around 19, so I thought I’d give this a shot. I was sadly taken aback because this one was just too much for me.

The social climbing, sample sale shopping, husband hunting and name dropping was all too reminiscent of the Upper East Side life and I pretty much hated it. I thought our main character “Moi” was going to have a huge character change in where she realizes how selfish and shallow she...more
Annicka Borges
I thought it was a lot of pointless, designer name dropping. The storyline was hard to follow and I found the characters to be pathetic, shallow, and hard to relate to.
Chana
A very funny, light-hearted, astute and loving look at our Park Avenue Princesses.

Here is the 1st paragraph so you can see what this book is like:

"Bergdorf Blondes are a thing, you know, a New York craze. Absolutely everyone wants to be one, but it's actually tres difficult. You wouldn't believe the dedication it takes to be a gorgeous, flaxen-haired, dermatologically perfect New York girl with a life that's fabulous beyond belief. Honestly, it all requires a level of commitment comparable to,...more
Shannon
When I started reading this book it infuriated me! I felt like it was the biggest piece of nonsense garbage I had ever picked up and I was teetering on moving on....then I came to the "suicide" portion of the book and suddenly the book became very funny. Don't get me wrong, I was a suicide counselor for ten years and I more than anybody understand how serious suicide is, but this book made it so completely ridiculous it made the entire book make sense. It was supposed to be ridiculous, it was su...more
Anna
4 stars. Okay so going into this book, I didn't have many expectations, mainly that I wanted a nice and fluffy, funny feel good story. Sometimes it's nice for things (like this book) to meet your expectations.

Before I read this book, I had looked at other reviews and people complained that it wasn't written well or didn't have much substance to it. But in my point of view, if you had those expectations for this book in the first place you really shouldn't have read it. It was meant for the happy...more
Diana
This book is the literary equivalent of empty calories. Plum Sykes puts the life of the New York socialite on a platter and serves it with a bottle of Veuve snuggled in its very own ice jacket.

I don't really want to discuss this book's merits (or lack thereof). What I want to discuss is the Alpha-Beta peel. All the characters in the book are obssessed with it and, having a bit of an obsession with skincare myself, I was intrigued. After some minor investigation, I discovered that the Alpha-Be...more
Jan
Bergdorf Blondes is the tale of ueber-rich young ladies in New York City trying to snag suitable mates.

This is the kind of book that I consider "a light bit of confection." Not much to it, not the most complex story line, but enjoyable enough and fulfilling as a "time waster."

I was surprised, while reading some of the reviews on Goodreads, to see how much vitriole people had towards this book. I can see where people with more reasonable lifestyles and better heads on their shoulders might find t...more
PurplyCookie
Blissfully self-interested and flush with the cheeriness of a New York socialite on a quest to snag the perfect P.H. (Potential Husband): "Have you any idea how awesome your skin looks if you are engaged?"

It's impossible not to be entertained by a woman who refers euphemistically to oral sex as "going to Rio" in memory of the first man who suggested she get a Brazilian bikini wax, considers vodka a food group and is always embroiled in a nervous breakdown one after another.

I'd say that she's be...more
Mina
I felt my IQ dropping a few points with every few pages.

This book was worse than "Bridget Jones' Diary" and on the same order as "The Devil Wears Prada". Unfortunately, the characters are much less likeable than the characters in those other books because they are shallow, shallow, shallow.

The only redeeming aspect of the book was that it gave some insight on life as a "Park Ave. Princess", of which Plum Sykes, the author, has perhaps some knowledge. She is a contributing editor at Vogue magazin...more
Jenn
this is like a cotton candy book.. totally something easy to read and engaging, and really funny in a social-commentary-on-the-rich kind of way. i flew through most of the book when i was keeping a bedridden noah company yesterday night, and then finished it off this morning when i took a coffee break at a starbucks near my office. i was totally in the mood for something fun and light, and this was the perfect meringue of a book for the occasion...

i often find it so much easier to sink into a b...more
Debbie
Loved this book and the New York world of Park Avenue gals it spotlighted.

The book was fun, whimsical, and knew well enough not to take itself seriously more than skin deep!

The twist at the end was a good one and the author seemed to understand the need for a beginning, middle, and end of a book. Nothing was too rushed (but again it was her first book!) but it was just sweet enough to make me smile and want to pass a good review of it on.

I don't think that Ms. Sykes has or probably will create...more
Jordan
Jun 13, 2008 Jordan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sex and the City fans
Not my kind of book generally, but I had heard it was good and I bought it ages ago (like in 2004 or something) and figured I ought to read it. It was a fun little fluffy book. It read a lot like I imagine Sex and the City plays on TV. It was about rich snobby girls living in NYC hooking up with different guys, travelling around the world, spending rediculous amounts of money on clothes and getting expensive clothes for free even though they can afford them. Shorter version: anorexic-thin, rich,...more
Jen
Apr 24, 2010 Jen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: shallow, one dimensional people
God help me; a little bit of this goes a LONG way. I quit halfway through this book. What is kinda cute at first in terms of character quirks quickly becomes obnoxious and over the top. Are there really people out there who are this shallow and pointless? These women's lives are not to be envied at all. How little and empty your life must be to only live on the surface.

I don't mind girly books about fashion, dating, etc. But part of the fun of that is getting to live through the characters, but...more
Melissa
Fourth book read in my "gal about town" novels in NYC.

I'm fascinated at how people with such wealth and seemingly sophisticated lives could be, in reality, such trash. Oh sorry, when you reach a certain income level, you are "notorious" or "eccentric." The narrator, referring to herself as "moi" was as irritating as the little girl euphamisms given for such acts as "going to Brazil."

Worse yet, I saw the ending coming from a private jet across the Atlantic. Unlike "Save Karyn," where the protag...more
Poppy
Aug 07, 2008 Poppy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vapid rich women, chick-lit fans
Shelves: chicklit, drivel, humor
This book came in the mail today and I don't know why. Did I order it from half.com? Or maybe one of Amazon.com's used book sellers? Did I win it in a Bloggy Giveaway? Is it a present? I have no idea.

However, I checked it for drugs, and it came out clean. So I figured what the hell, I'll read it.

However. I'm only a couple of pages into it, and something about rich, vapid women in "good buildings" on Park Avenue seems eerily familiar.

So I'm wondering: has Chick-lit become so generic that it's a...more
Stacy
I forgot all about this book.. I wish she would write more books like this. I like sequels with the same characters transitions through life.. I get sad when some books end then excited seeing another story about them.. It was another easy book because the story was fun and i enjoyed her descriptive details. If your into fashion magazines, exspensive clothes, and hearing about what the stars do or how they live, then youll enjoy this and alot of the books ive read...ive saved alot of money buyin...more
Tara
This is the dumbest, most shallow book ever. Thought it'd be a fun beach read. The only reason I finished it was because after I read the Frontier Airlines catering menu, this was the only reading material I had available. And the Frontier Airlines catering menu was entirely more interesting. Did you know they serve Evol burritos and cheese and cracker plates and give you some excellent cocktail mix recipes? There's also a new beer, Colorado Native. Looks good. I'll definitely try one of those b...more
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Victoria "Plum" Sykes is a British-born fashion-writer, novelist and New York socialite. "Plum" was a childhood nickname (the Victoria plum being a variety of that fruit).

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