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How Perfect is That

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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.

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Published April 17th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 28, 2009 Nely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Blythe Young has been given lemons... and has no idea how to make lemonade with them.

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
Jul 07, 2009 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blythe Young has made some serious mistakes in her life and is on a dangerous downward spiral. She has lost all that was important to her. Her friends, her husband and worst of all, her status. She is now forced to work for her money and has a "the world owes me" attitude. With the IRS hot on her trail, how will she survive? She can't go home and she drugged her clients so she can't exactly ask for her check. Then a lightbulb appears and she realizes that she does have somewhere she can go. Her ...more
I was hoping this would be a rollickingly fun read, it certainly seemed like it would be: unscrupulous, fallen Austin socialite Blythe Young (born Chanterelle in an Abilene trailer park) finds herself the victim of all her own bad choices and without anywhere to go but her old college co-op. Can she re-constitute some semblance of a life worth living, or is she unredeemable? Two guesses.
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
Charles Matthews
Sarah Bird’s new novel is a Cinderella story. Although when it begins, her Cinderella has already married and divorced the Prince; she’s been booted from the palace not by her wicked stepmother but by her wicked mother-in-law. She has to return to the scullery, but she finds there the equivalent of a fairy godmother. And when another Prince comes along, she has some helpers, like the mice and birds of the Disney version, to prep her for the ball.

But in truth, Bird’s heroine, Blythe Young, is an
Jul 08, 2009 Cinnamon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
We’ve all heard the saying, “When you’re at the top, the only way to go is down.” Well, Blythe was at the top. She had it all: the perfect husband, the perfect house and money raining down around her. With nowhere else to go except plummeting off of her perfect cloud, Blythe’s life does just that. Now a divorcee, Blythe kicks herself constantly for signing that dratted prenuptial agreement and although her life is in shambles, it leads to some great laughs for the reader. HOW PERFECT IS THAT by ...more
Blythe, Blythe, Blythe. How I wanted to step into the story to smack you upside the head... Alas, that cannot be, and you went on your merry way, leaving chaos in your wake.

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
Blythe Young, the daughter of a white-trash biker mama, climbed the ranks of Austin's elite by marrying rich - very rich. However, thanks to her monster-in-law, she's forced into a divorce, falls from grace and falls hard! She finds herself broke, destitute, and a socialiate outcast. She attempts to keep up pretenses as an Event Coordinator to Austin's bluebloods but her world as she knew it starts to crumble after the IRS is within minutes of slapping handcuffs on her. She has no choice but to ...more
Oct 30, 2009 Rebekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What I get for choosing a book by it’s cover, or an audiobook to be specific. Blythe Young puts the shopaholic to shame in her self absorption. Of course it all works out for the world and not perfectly for her as she still will need some more redemption to earn a love life, but sheesh how hard could a girl fall and how nobel is the power of a righteous woman.
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
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
I love books that have a healthy dose of high fashion. This gem of a book delivers the red soled pumps and the couture closet every girl dreams of. Unfortunately the leading lady, Blythe Young, manages to lose everything when her slimy husband dumps her with no notice and kicks her out of the mansion with nothing more than what she could carry. Having signed a pre-nup, she is stuck with no friends, no money, and a very bruised ego.

Powering through on the drug cocktail of champions, she tries to
Dec 08, 2011 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blythe Young 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 disaster and the last step off the social ladder for her.

She's bankrupt, bei
Jan 27, 2012 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks-a-z
Post Listen Review: This started out with a bang, with a spectacular and dizzying downfall of a woman who used to be ultra wealthy until her husband dumped her. Listening her try to frantically dodge the IRS, convince society women that Cream of Wheat was gourmet food and generally tool around taking pulls of an insane mix of alcohol, caffeine and drugs. For that portion of the book I would say the author was perhaps as funny as David Sedaris or Nick Hornby. The bad news is that the main charact ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Lana. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Shopaholic / Ya-ya Sisters
Do not be alarmed... well, o.k. be a little alarmed. Blythe Young, a youngish Texas woman who madly clings to her spot in high society after she's been divorced from her rich / upper class husband, is spiralling out of control.

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
Jennifer Defoy
This book was hilarious. I laughed almost from the first word all the way through. And while I couldn't connect with Blythe on a personal level it was entertaining to try and find reason in her messed up logic. She's been cast aside from her once glamorous life and is trying to wide a wave that has long left shore. While she can't seem to realize it, all of her problems are her fault, not her ex-husband or his "evil" mother.

Her look on life is a bit disheartening and I can't say I want to trade
Apr 16, 2013 January rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh this book. I'm reading two heavy nonfiction books right now also, and try as I might, and as much as I'm enjoying them, I need breaks from nonfiction! So this weekend I picked up this book, which apparently I had reserved after reading a review? I usually love reading tales of "Southern High Society, " and all the fashion, food, homes - all the stuff. They are things I will never have and don't want, but it is a very entertaining world. (There is a lot of New York Chick Lit that deals with th ...more
Jul 02, 2009 Hallie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very odd book. I love Sarah Bird's snarky sense of humour most of the time, and this one, about Austin, Texas super-rich socialites, seemed as if it would be a favourite. But Blythe is a very hard protag to like, and even though that's the point, it gets pretty painful to read at times.

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
Reviewed this one for Library Journal:
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.

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
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Well, I read this book for the GoodReads Challenge for a Second Chance - read a book by an author to give them a second chance.

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
Mar 09, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, audiobooks
The narrator (Susan Bennett) for this audio book elevated this from your typical sassy southern chick lit to a fun and surprisingly sweet story. She has an amazing range of voices and her Texas drawl was addicting.

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
Feb 16, 2012 Debdanz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is it possible for an author to plagiarize their own work? If so, that is what Sarah Bird did when she wrote "How Perfect is That." It doesn't come across as cute or charming or clever- it comes across as lazy when she recycles characters (Blythe, Mille, Robin from Mary Jo, Fayrene and the annoying psychology student whose name I don't remember) and locations (Alamo House becomes Seneca House). Granted enough time has passed that she could assume yesterday's readers aren't today's readers, but i ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have adored Sarah Bird since I read _The Boyfriend School_ wayyyy back when I was in college. In this NOT-A-ROMANCE, bullshit artist, caterer, and taken-to-the-cleaners-by-her-rich-ex-inlaws divorcee Blythe Young is hitting bottom. After she intentionally drugs her socialite "friends" at a party she is catering for, she finds herself on the run--from them, her creditors, the employees she's stiffed, and the IRS. Her last refuge is the hippie boarding house she lived in during her college days ...more
Cher Johnson
Jul 14, 2014 Cher Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
There may be spoilers….? Someone I respect highly recommended this book, but while I found the language clever, I couldn't get past the unrelenting shallowness of the main character and the unlike-ability of almost everyone else. The selfish world of these Austin TX rich folks holds little appeal, and the recounting of the size of their mansions, plus the listing of the finest brands of material possessions that these people surround themselves with doesn't impress. The madcap adventures did not ...more
I love a story about a flawed heroin. What's better than a lead character that is completely human and screwed up then.... after some great ephiphany become a better person. Those stories are inspiring. Those stories make us want to be better, they teach us something, sometimes give us insight. This is not one of those stories.

"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
Jul 22, 2009 Abi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the story. The further I got in the book, the more predictable it became, but I still really liked the story. It kept moving - one thing after another after another. I found myself wondering how stupid one person could really be and how long it would take, how many self-imposed unfortunate events had to occur before she would wake up and realize that it really was all her fault. That she had brought all those things on herself.

I would have given four stars if there had been less s
Oct 02, 2008 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, women, southern
I almost didn't read this book after reading all the 1- and 2-star reviews in GoodReads...but I went ahead with it because I've enjoyed the rest of Sarah Bird's books.

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
Aug 19, 2008 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls who live in Austin and watch the Oxygen network.
Shelves: book-club-pick
Read this one for book club. Don't recommend it. It's very made for television movie starring Christina Applegate as divorcee who realizes her life as a wealthy housewife/socialite is over and that's okay because she doesn't need that shallow circle of friends anyway and what really matters in life are the people that love you for who you are and not what you are and that giving truly is receiving. Might be inspiring, if I hadn't heard it 1,345,583 times before.

I'd give it one star, only it did
Sep 25, 2008 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Sarah Bird's previous books and I really wanted to love this one too, but I couldn't. Her books are always full of quirky, funny, interesting characters but this time everyone was TOO quirky and they seemed more like caricatures than characters.

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
Mar 27, 2009 Desta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book club selection. Bird had me laughing out loud through the entire book. It reminded me of a 1930s screwball comedy with Carole Lombard. The only problem I had with it was that it was set in the recent past so it was hard to remember some things (mostly technologically based) weren't possible way back in 2003 that would be now so that, from time to time, I caught myself perplexed as to why something happened just so. But that certainly wasn't enough to keep it off of my "Best of 2008" ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Blythe Young is in trouble. Her rich husband is gone, along with all the trappings that came along with being an Austin socialite. Her business is bust. She owes the IRS big time. She has defaulted on her student loans. Drugs are her only solace. Nowhere to run to, baby.

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
Terry Perrel
Nov 10, 2013 Terry Perrel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've one word to describe this novel, and it's an date slang term I've never used in my life. Sarah Bird's How Perfect Is That is a HOOT. It's a fast-paced comic novel sent in Austin at the end of the Baby Bush administration and stars a desperate, status-crazed, high ex-housewife who has been divorced by her trust-fund husband and now has to scramble not only to re-establish herself but to find someone who will shelter, feed, and hide her from the IRS, the police and others. This journey to fin ...more
May 31, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Saw this book at Half Price for $1 and with the book jacket reviews saying how funny it was, decided why not?

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
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Alamo House
Boyfriend School
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The Gap Year
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