How Perfect is That
Sarah Bird's acclaimed novels include The Yokota Officers Club. In How Perfect Is That Blythe Young is stumbling down Texas' social ladder after some dubious moral choices. Bankruptcy is only the beginning. Soon, Blythe must face the facts and make amends with the world. But first she'll have to fix her nails.
She was recently married to a very wealthy man and part of a well-known family, but sadly is now divorced and she made the mistake of signing a pre-nup. So she’s broke, wearing last years fashion, living in her friends pool-side cabin, and all while trying to maintain her socialite status but failing miserably. Her last chance is to cater an upscale garden party for one of her ritzy friends but that is a total d ...more
Sarah Bird has always been a hoot and a half, and I needed a book that takes place w/in 100 miles of where I l ...more
But in truth, Bird’s heroine, Blythe Young, is an ...more
How Perfect is That is a frothy little concoction of Blythe's misadventures in the world of pretending-to-be-rich (if not famous). She manages to marry into money, but is thrown back out on the curb (the why of it isn't quite explained). Her "friends" are ignoring her--or worse, gossiping about her. Her employees are staging ...more
Blythe is the anti-Christ and Millie Ott is the saint sent to fix her. Things are smoothed over as to how the 4 employees who are despera ...more
Powering through on the drug cocktail of champions, she tries to ...more
So she's broke, wearing last years fashion, living in her friends pool-side cabin, and all while trying to maintain her socialite status but failing miserably. Her last chance is to cater an upscale garden party for one of her ritzy friends but that is a total disaster and the last step off the social ladder for her.
She's bankrupt, bei ...more
Her attempts to get out of debt by running a corners-cut catering business to her former friends - to hold on to the little power and influence she has - is further complicated when she's chased into hiding by the IRS.
If not the fact this was an audio book and I was wint ...more
Her look on life is a bit disheartening and I can't say I want to trade ...more
Blythe is a divorced (not just taken to the cleaners, but to the taxidermist, as she says) events planner, who scams, lies and cheats in order to convince her former 'friends' that she's still wealthy and connect ...more
Verdict: Bird’s latest novel (The Flamenco Academy; The Yokota Officers Club) is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud funny story. The plot stretches credulity at times, but the characters are sharply drawn, the dialog is dead-on, and the sense of place is pitch-perfect. Highly recommended for all libraries....more
Background: Blythe Young is an admitted schemer and scammer who went from trailer park biker mama to wife of a scion of Austin society. After her mother-in-law k
Well - my first run in with Sarah Bird was The Alamo House. I didn't enjoy the language she used in that book for the chick lit plotline it had - so I picked up How Perfect is That to give her a second chance.
After reading How Perfect is That, I will not be giving Bird another chance. Again she used words that didn't fit the story. This book took us back to the same sor ...more
As for the book itself, I liked the pokes at Texas society and the fun of following a down-on-her luck wannabe socialite having to crawl back to her college co-op. The story had more of its "laugh out loud" moments in the beginning (like the absurd scene of a deli slicer rolling out a ...more
"Not funny like Haha funny, but funny like this milk tastes funny."
There were certainly parts of this that made me smirk as I read, but the antics of Blythe were just so ...more
I would have given four stars if there had been less s ...more
The protagonist is indeed difficult to relate to, but that was the whole point of the novel. It was a parody of a certain type of Austin socialite. I'm sure knowledge of Texas would enhance the reading of this novel. I've never even been to Texas.
Overall, I enjoyed this story of a social climber who has fallen as low as she can go ...more
I'd give it one star, only it did ...more
It's still a fun read if you're looking for something light and live or ever have ever lived in Austin.
But if you're never read Sarah Bird before, please go read The Yokota Officer's Club, The Boyfriend School, and The Flamenco Academy inste ...more
But, then again, Blythe does have somewhere to run to. Her old friend, Millie. And Millie doesn’t let her down.
If you’ve never read a Bird, you must do it. Now. If you’re not an Austinite, or at least a Texan, be prepared to ent ...more
Well I ended up suffering through it, only enjoying the last 60 or so pages. The story seems so far fetched, the main character very unlikable. I found all the Austin references (and unreal "Texan" names) to be annoying though I could see why others may really like that aspect. A lot of crazy conflicts thrown into one story without full explanation or resolution and you just keep wonderin ...more
My previous novels are:
Virgin of the Rodeo
Yokota Officers Club
How Perfect Is That
The Gap Year
I've been a columnist for Texas Monthly for the past eight years.
Awards include a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; a National Magazine Award; Elle Magazine Readers Prize; People Magazines Page Turners; Barnes & Nobles Discover Gr ...more