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Everybody Rise

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,926 ratings  ·  912 reviews
It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through pr ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Lindsay Andros
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
* An advance copy of Everybody Rise was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Though I enjoyed parts of this book, I cannot say that it is worthy of the seven-figure book deal (oh, the irony!), potential film, or praise it has gotten. It's making me seriously question the integrity of the arts today (even to me that sounds like a ridiculous statement, but it's true).

The plot of the book, at its roots, is that a 26-year-old woman named Evelyn is doing anything and eve
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Oh my Lord. How can y'all give this five stars? It's two stars at best.

I was filled with a ridiculous amount of anticipation when I read the summary and learned of Clifford's impressive literary pedigree. I love chick lit. Well, here's the thing - I love well-written, provocative chick lit. This was neither.

We *should* want to root for the heroine, Evelyn - even if she quickly slides into anti-hero territory as she desperately grabs at a seemingly unreachable social echelon. Instead, Evelyn come
Elyse  Walters
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The summertime entertainment book has arrived,
.......................................................part satire, part cautionary tale!!!!
Let the credit cards rise...
Lies rise
Cheaters rise
Social climbers rise
A discard for friends rise
Manipulation rise
Aspirations for power and wealth rise
Parties rise
Ambitions rise
Servants rise
Influential mothers rise
Drinks rise
Arguments rise
Materialism rise
Meaninglessness rise
Unhappiness rise
The young and privilege rise
Demons rise
Lessons rise
This is one of those stressful books where the main character (Evelyn here) rises and rises through mildly nefarious tactics and you just know they're going to fall eventually - and even though they're not the most likeable of characters, you still root for them anyway, because they're your faithful narrator. I have a soft spot for vapid, gossip-y type books, especially when they're focused on the rich and famous, and Clifford gets bonus points because she's excellent with details and her writin ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I appreciated the concept of Everybody Rise, but it didn't work particularly well for me. Just like the main character Evelyn, the book seemed to try too hard and as a consequence felt too obvious. Evelyn's mother is a very self conscious class climber. Her father is a class action plaintiffs' lawyer who comes from modest circumstances but who has made millions through his work. Evelyn's mother has always pushed Evelyn to be with the old monied elite, starting by sending Evelyn to an elite prep ...more
Malena Watrous
Aug 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
I wanted and expected to love this book. Contemporary Edith Wharton? Shades of Prep? Yes please! Skewering of the social pretensions of young New Yorkers? Sounds like fun to me. But the book wasn't fun, at all. The prose was terrible. The characters were flat and cliched. I didn't believe in them or care about whether they rose or fell. It's hard for me to believe in or get behind a female protagonist who doesn't seem to have any particular interests or ambitions or passions other than being upp ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Evelyn Beegan wants to forge her own path in life outside of the influence of her social climbing mother. Unfortunately for Evelyn she obtains a job at a social network aimed at the elite landing her right back into the world she'd shied away from.

When Evelyn needs to start recruiting for her job she tries to fit in and pass herself off as "old money" to fit into the socialite and wall street crowd. But with her own family problems she may end up with her charade crumbling down around her.

Thanks to Goodreads First Reads and St. Martin's Press - and to my kind, giveaway-winning Goodreads friend who shared her copy with me - for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this novel!

From Gatsby, to The Secret History, to Mansfield Park, from pretty much every novel by my beloved Edith Wharton to more recent examples such as Bittersweet, I am an absolute sucker for books about some kind of interloper trying to writhe his/her way into (or at least manage to tread water amidst) some ki
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Everybody Rise” is a cautionary tale about the perils of a young well-to-do girl who tries to fit into the world of the truly wealthy in the years just before the 2008 financial crash in Manhattan. Stephanie Clifford provides an unvarished look at class, money, and ambition among the privileged – and even though this is a novel, not an expose, she gets the details right.

The main character, Evelyn, whose family is worth a few million dollars (because her father earned it) is pushed by her mothe
Jeannette Nikolova
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

Everybody Rise is one of the books I was most excited about when requesting on NetGalley. As a teenager I watched shows like Gossip Girl so I've already encountered one version of the power struggle in the New York social scene. Another point of view was welcome.

But overall, as ridiculous as parts of  Gossip Girl were, it was way more believable than Everybody Rise. What we have here is a book about the craziest, most ridiculous and possibly downright retarded
Quinn Cummings
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to @Vromans for letting me read it.

If I could give it another star, I would. EVERYBODY RISE is absolutely terrific, Wolfe meets Wharton, a page-turning look at the world of monied Upper East Siders and one young woman desperate to be part of that life right before The Great Recession. Clifford's eye is both novelistic and reportorial, few of the people are likable, but they're all interesting and believable. I cringed for the heroine, but that's because Clifford got it so right. It comes
Jen Ryland
Ha -- finally a pitch that gets it right. To me this did read like Bonfire of the Vanities meets Prep, with a strong dash of Edith Wharton.

I can see from this book's middling Goodreads star rating that Everybody Rise is not for ... everybody. If you're an amateur social anthropologist and/or a lifelong subscriber to Town & Country magazine, this book is tailor made for you. But if you're someone who's not that interested in the minutiae of WASP social life you might be bored.

I fall somewhere in
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The last 10% of this book was good. It is about a pretentious spoiled unrealistic 20 something wannabe of the old money crowd, but if your not from old money... what - your money is useless? Perhaps 20 year old's would enjoy this book. I really debated giving it a one, but I did finish it, and I did want to know how the book ended. ...more
I've received this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have mixed feelings about this novel. My first impression was good, I liked the first chapter, so I kept reading. But as I read on, it became somewhat tedious and I felt disconnected.

Our heroine, Evelyn Beegan is 26, living in Manhattan and working for a new internet social networking company. She attended an elite private high school, where she didn't quite fit in, although she made a couple of good friends, Charlotte an
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. While I don't think this was an extraordinary debut, as described in the blurbs, it was okay. I wanted to put it down several times during the first third part of it, but I stayed with it. It did get better, but I didn't feel as though it got great. I mean, I was rooting for Evelyn all the way, but I knew there was a train wreck on the way. I'm surprised she wasn't actually kicked out of her apartment. She kept that facade up longer than I thought she would.

There were some fun parts
Regan Stephens
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Everybody Rise is the story of Evelyn Beegan - a twenty-something striving to belong among New York City's elite society.

The premise is enticing, but it was difficult to finish because the protagonist is so incredibly unlikable. There is nothing to balance Evelyn's cringe-worthy behavior, no shred of an authentic personality, rather she's a social climbing robot. While her mother was a driving force behind Evelyn's ambitions, even this didn't evoke enough sympathy to root for her.

(I got an ARC
Laurie Flynn
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
I absolutely loved this book! Such a fun, gripping, page-turner about trying to rise in a tempestuous social climate and the lies and deceit it takes to get there. I was up late reading because I had to know how Evelyn got herself out of the messes she lied her way into-- and whether or not the outcome was worth it.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok

Everybody rise is not an easy care free read. It took me longer to read this but not because it was bad technically but because of the attention to detail and more extravagant word choice.

It was hard to get into and the characters and plot didnt grab my attention and didnt pull me into book, into the glamorous lifestyle.

On the plus side the cover is beautiful and if you want to feel educated with new words and a sense of peasant-ness also it has a sort of crazy rich Asians feel but not do
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everybody Rise
Stephanie Clifford

My " in a nutshell" summary...

This is a dynamic novel about wealthy people...friends of Evelyn's and Evelyn...who wants to be with them all of the time and have what they have and do what they do. Her mother pushes her to dress right and find just the right wealthy husband but Evelyn seems to always be on the fringes of this old money old school society. On the surface Evelyn seems to have everything but in reality she does not...she brings a bottle of Veuve cha
C. Purtill
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you like "Prep"? I loved "Prep."

Did you like "The Secret History"? I loved "The Secret History."

You might like "Everybody Rise." I loved it. Clarify: I love-hated it. The characters, especially our main character Evelyn, was or became awful. Unlikable to the nth degree. Even Evelyn's dad, who was probably the most sympathetic , became unlikable.

Evelyn has never quite fit in, although those around her never thought otherwise. She attended good prep school and college and did just about every
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
A fun, fast, schadenfreudy-y read. I'm a sucker for books about people who spend too much money and then inevitably crash: they make me feel thrifty and sensible and very smug. ...more
Lindsay Heller
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2015
It’s sort of rare that a book comes along that allows the reader to both like and despise the main character but Stephanie Clifford carries it off pretty damn well with Evelyn Beegan in ‘Everybody Rise’. It was a highly enjoyable novel set in a New York that might be more familiar to readers of Edith Wharton than anyone else. A New York of high society and exclusionism before the 2008 financial crisis.

From a new money family Evelyn’s family has plenty of cash but little cache. Hailing from a sm
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I saw this book advertised on Shelf Awareness and immediately added it to my to-read pile. You can imagine my excitement when it popped up on NetGalley and I was immediately approved. Going into this I pictured it to be like a “Gossip Girl” for adults and the description looked like something I would definitely be interested in. I predict that it's going to be a very popular release.

Growing up in New England helped give me a bit of context for this novel. I do feel as though it is aimed to a ver
Natalie Tyler
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Actually a very serious contribution to the literary fiction of the 21st century, those who know about the financial meltdown of 2008 will have a good inkling of which characters waltz away and which might get taken down after the conclusion of the book. Although this book is described as a "summer read" or a "beach book" in places, I think it's the best literary debut I have read since "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith. This novel is not merely derivative of Edith Wharton or Louis Auchincloss, it ta ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
ARC for review - loving the title (I sing it inside my head constantly).

Manhattan, before the 2008 recession. Evelyn is a Davidson graduate and is back in NYC working for People Like Us (I so hope that's partially a reference to the Dominick Dunne novel of the same name), a My Space/Facebook for wealthy/well-connected youth (she's promised the founders she can bring in the names). In an effort to start she's reconnecting with friends Preston and Charlotte from Sheffield, her prestigious prep sc
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
YES. So much YES.

Stephanie Clifford's "Everybody Rise" is one of the few books published in 2015 that I have truly enjoyed this year. The writing is sharp and clean, and the story and characters are well-written and would appeal to those who loved Curtis Sittenfeld's "Prep" or Melissa Bank's "Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing."

"Everybody Rise" is the tale of Evelyn Beegan, who exists on the periphery of the lives of the privileged circles of the wealthy (private schools, second homes, lunches
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Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
There was so much buzz about this book and it being made into a movie that I just had to request it. Reading lots of the 5 star ratings for this book I was sure it would be a light read but a well written and likable one. I was dead wrong. Someone actually compared her to Edith Wharton, I hope she doesn’t ever read that review which is an insult to Ms. Wharton.

There wasn’t really anything that I liked about this book. The main character Evelyn, although very well off, is trying to climb socially
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Manhattan, New York..the ultimate playground for the rich, young, glamorous, elite, and social-climbers. It's 2006 and it's all about who you know in order to be considered part of the "in-crowd." And in order to move up in the food chain, it's all about money and class. A city where old money and new money clash. And for Evelyn Beegan, she is considered new money and so begins her story as she tries to carve her own path in life and make a name for herself. But it's easier said than done, when ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing, smart, fun novel that you can’t resist and won’t be able to put down – an absolute must-read! I was totally engrossed, nose buried whenever I had a free minute, staying up late for nights to finish it. The story is captivating and exciting and has so many relatable themes – about loving the big city but being exhausted by the grind; feeling like an outsider and just wanting to fit in; searching for your true passions in life.

The language is beautiful, the humor sharp and dry, and th
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Stephanie Clifford is a Loeb-award winning reporter at the New York Times, where she currently covers Brooklyn courts. She joined the Times in 2008 from Inc. magazine, where she was a senior writer. Stephanie grew up in Seattle and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and two cats. EVERYBODY RISE is her first book. Visit her website at http://www.step ...more

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