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Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
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Mar 11, 12

it was ok
Read in February, 2012

Weisberger's novels seem to be about 85,000 words of actual story plus an additional 15,000 words comprised solely of celebrities' names, designer brands, and various luxury goods/destinations. The novel was published in 2005, so all the references to in-brands, celebrity couples (none are still together) and hotspots (Bungalow 8 - does anyone still go there?) make the book feel dated. Also, this novel has basically the same plot as the Devil Wears Prada. Weisberger clearly though she'd found a winning formula.

Bette is reasonably sympathetic, and the reader can see how she's sucked into a vortex of superficiality. However, Weisberger's "good guys" are as nauseatingly superficial as the "bad guys." Uncle Will is supposed to be the voice of reason, I think, but he grates on the nerves. He's also a blatant gay stereotype, although he's cast as a Republican so the reader won't figure out how offensively stereotypical he is. Runners-up in the "blatant stereotype" category include: Bette's hippie parents, who are portrayed as a present-day high school student would probably portray hippies in a Beatles fan fiction. Bette's pathological need to incur their disapproval (i.e. by eating Slim Jims) made her seem immature and selfish; that aspect of her character really pissed me off.

There are actually some funny moments. Bette's romance novel obsession and the references to those grocery-store Harlequins did make me chuckle. And her...uh...actually, that was about it.

I won't spoil the end, but it was totally predictable, save for Bette's out-of-left-field new career choice. All in all, it was anticlimactic and swathed in sentimentality.
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