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Everyone Worth Knowing

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  70,159 ratings  ·  2,015 reviews
What happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite?
Soon after Bette Robinson quits her horrendous Manhattan banking job like the impulsive girl she's never been, the novelty of walking her four-pound dog around the unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thin as the "What are you going to do with your life?" phone calls from
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Books (first published 2005)
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Natasha Sansone I haven't read it in a while, but I remember it has some adult scenes that aren't very graphic. I'd say that after 16-20 years in the USA a typical…moreI haven't read it in a while, but I remember it has some adult scenes that aren't very graphic. I'd say that after 16-20 years in the USA a typical reader would already have seen everything that's in this book. It depends on the reader's comfort and their parents' comfort if the reader is a minor.(less)
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Kaya
Sep 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I've ever read. Stereotypical characters, dull plot consisted of superficial world building, with predictive and anticlimactic ending. The dialogues are unrealistic and immature. And don't even let me start on describing this pathetic excuse for a "love story" or spectacular failure of a love triangle. Everything is horrible about this book.

Girl quits banking job, because she has been unhappy, gets a job at a PR firm, finds herself to be a star of the tabloids, whining al
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Sabiel
Aug 21, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: brainless twits stuck on deserted islands, on the brink of cannibalism
Shelves: read-fiction
If you thought Devil Wears Prada was insipid, wait until you read this vomitous waste of valuable wood pulp, time, eyestrain and anxiety (the latter due to agitated anticipation of the novel's anticlimactic denouement).

Upon reading said anticlimactic denouement (after enduring insipid, US-Weekly-grade "plot**"), one shall either

(a) Throw 'book' violently against wall.
(b) Throw 'book' violently at photo of current Oval Office occupant. (Offended Republicans may choose to substitute with photo of c
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Sara T
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Beth
Jul 12, 2007 rated it liked it
I am not your typical "chick lit" fan, but I must confess that I really like this author - she writes bright, funny, light-hearted books and she can actually compose a sentence! This novel contains none of the poor grammar or flimsy plot structures you would find in Sex and the City (the novel - loved the series) or The Nanny Diaries (saw this movie last night and it was a hundred times better than the weak novel). On the other hand, I think that every girl-oriented book about a young woman maki ...more
Jennifer
If I had read The Devil Wears Prada first, I don't think I would have read Everyone Worth Knowing.

The plots of these two books are so similar. Girl gets job. Girl hates job. Girl makes the best of her situation. Girl quits job.

L A i N E Y
15/01/10 - Changed my rating from 2 to 1 star

I cannot believe I even rated this anything other than 1 star; it was ridiculous when I recall the main plot involving the potagonist and her 'boyfriend'.

A few years of reading and some growing up did wonder to your expectation in books I guess.
Arielle
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I started reading this book I forgot that a) I had read it before and b) it was stupid.
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
Okay, this is what I get for adding this to my "to read list" and then waiting eight years to read it. This book does not stand the test of time. Seeing it is about high fashion, partying, and basically the social scene of everything high society, the references to Lindsay Lohan, Playboy Bunnies, Paris Hilton's sex tape, P. Diddy and his entourage, etc. are silly. And the references to fashion sense are certainly outdated as well. Or maybe I'm just too old for this ridiculousness anymore. I don' ...more
Jessica
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Beth
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth by: Jennifer
I wasn't impressed with The Devil Wears Prada--too much hype--so wasn't expecting much from this book by the same author.

However, in the end it won with me because:

--I listened to the audiobook on what was a bit of an unwanted and nervewracking last-minute road trip so the distraction was greatly appreciated.
--Eliza Dushku as narrator did a really great job.
--I had low expectations so there was no way it could have been worse than what I was expecting.
--it was abridged--hal
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Jennifer
I have a hard time putting an audio book on my "Read" shelf - but what the hell.

I find that I will listen to books that I don't necessarily want to read. This book is a prime example. I read Weisberger's first book and liked it well enough. This is her second and it has the same feel as the first. Well meaning girl gets caught up in glamor lifestyle - Has a melt down - repents - gets love.

I think this book would have really annoyed me to read - but for some reason - having it read to me by Eli
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Maria
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book is not worth reading. Seriously. DO NOT DO IT.
Kimberly
This book has been on my tbr for years, literally. It's a book that I've been wanting to read while on vacation as I figured that it would be a good beach read. I've carted it around with me on several trips, and I finally got to it on a recent trip to St. Lucia. While it was a decent vaycay book, it left me slightly disappointed. Yes, it was fairly breezy and light, perfect for my purposes. And I have to give props to Weisberger for her engaging and intelligent writing. But overall, the story l ...more
Amanda Lila
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Everyone Worth Knowing is a book which has been lying in a corner of my shelves for many years. My bad experience with Devil Wears Prada and the uninteresting synopsis made me have little to no interest in reading it.

It was only last month when I saw my huge TBR pile that was growing in a scary way that I decided to take some great measures such as: make a TBR jar, start reading some books that have been collecting dust in my shelves for years, and be super picky when buying new ones.

This book was one of
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Betsy VanSweden
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
The sometimes negative feedback given to "chic lit" novels is understandable at times, yet I feel that Weisberger's characters in "Everyone Worth Knowing" are written in an ordinary enough way that readers are able to more easily relate to them. The style of the writing can be seen as slightly bland because the characters are so completely normal. The are posed as every day people, doing every day things, in our often times cold world. The story is an easy read which allows for a large circle of ...more
June
Nov 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was doomed from the start, it was the same typical "girl has lousy job, (almost always a banking job) Girl has family member that can hook her up with a "better" job, girl has no backbone whatsoever, ETC...
We meet Bette, a seemingly nice girl, and right off, I could tell she was a pushover. I just don't get how this girl, who lives in New York, works around people from the city, and lives around city people, can be such a pushover, with absolutely no will, or self respect.
I
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Jenn
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although this book reprises the theme of examining the horrors of an entry level job, and uses a glittery version of New York City for its setting, it departs from *The Devil Wears Prada* in several ways. For one, there is more sympathy for all the characters. The protagonist is earnest, foolish, and occasionally depressed, but she seems to have more resources for moving toward what she wants than did the protagonist of *Prada*. Her boss and coworkers are colorful and sometimes devious, but also ...more
Christie
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a fun chick lit read !
Jennifer Johnson
May 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
Read "the Devil Wears Prada", change the names. I can't believe the author ripped off her own book like that! HORRIBLE.

I'm assuming that Weisberger has the shortest memory in history, and her publisher also suffers from the same affliction. "Everyone Worth Knowing" is the EXACT SAME BOOK as "The Devil Wears Prada"- all she did is change names and evil, soul sucking jobs and kept the format so predictably familiar that I was laughing half way through. The name dropping is all there, a
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Amy
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
I feel like I need to give this review in the context of its predecessor "The Devil Wears Prada," which was good. I like the theme of finding who you really are despite the lure of all things beautiful and cool.
This book's theme: Finding who you are despite the lure of all things cool and beautiful. Wait!? Did I just read the same book over again!?
She name-dropped people who aren't even really that famous or cool anymore. And I got kind of annoyed when she quit her job on a whim, whi
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Becca
Sep 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Becca by: J
Full disclosure: I went into this with a hatred of chick-lit. I had enjoyed the guilty pleasure of The Nanny Diaries, and when my best friend told me she secretly loved chick-lit, I decided to give it a try. My first attempt (from her bookshelf) was deplorable, but I liked The Devil Wears Prada film, so I decided to give the genre a second try.

This book was unbelievably terrible. The shallow, self-absorbed main character, whom we're supposed to believe is interesting enough for every
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Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
What happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite?

I read this awhile ago and sadly this book didn't make an impact on me to remember it. I do remember I didn't really care for it but found some parts amusing. I recommend reading this if you have a lazy Sunday to kill.
Elsa
Mar 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Boring. Maybe chick lit is not made for me. I also found boring Sushi for beginners, by Marian Keyes. Nevertheless, I loved The secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella and The Beach House, by Jane Green. I think I need deeper stories, not so shallow as this one. I don't know.
Katie Tingle
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Ivana
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Here's how they put it on Amazon. I really don't know how to summarize it myself.

Bette Robinson is a twentysomething Emory graduate who shunned her parents' hippie ideals in favor of a high-paying yet excruciatingly boring job at a prestigious investment bank. One day, after a particularly condescending exchange with her boss (who sends her daily inspirational e-mails), Bette walks out on her job in a huff. After a few weeks of sleeping late, watching Dr. Phil and entertaining her do
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Kristine
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
The Gist: Bette Robinson quits her boring, thankless banker job, and starts working at Manhattan's hottest PR firm where she is expected to party and be seen at the trendiest clubs and restaurants in NYC. She then meets local celebrity Philip Weston and unwittingly becomes a celebrity herself. Pretty soon Bette's life becomes tabloid fodder, and she discovers the price of fame as her personal and professional lives collide.

Sounds interesting, right?

Sadly, unfortunately, Every
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Aimee Hyndman
Nov 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*This review may contain spoilers*

What's it about?

"Everyone Worth Knowing" is the story of what happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite. Soon after Bette Robinson quits her horrendous Manhattan banking job like the impulsive girl she's never been. the novelty of walking her four-pound dog around the unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thing as the "what are you going to do with your life" phone calls from her parents. Then Bette meet
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Looking for a fluffy, no-brains-required, everything-is-over-the-top-and-ridiculous weekend read? This fits the bill nicely. The characters are very cliched and everything is an over the top party and somehow it stills makes for a mindless entertaining read. Sometimes you just read something fun, and this book fits that.
sendann
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I really hope the author stops writing books soon so I can stop reading them. This book is ok, full of weird contradictions and missed opportunities that make it seem like it was never or only very vaguely reread after a first draft, or maybe written by an assistant. But that aside, it's a kind of fascinating time capsule of 2004/5, when we still had land lines but also cell phones. People printed things off of websites. Text messaging was new and you got that first text and weren't even sure ho ...more
Misha
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: delightful
Library Journal: Who wouldn't want a job that allows one to party for a living? That's just what Bettina "Bette" Robinson has. When she quits working at an investment bank, her uncle, a well-connected columnist, hooks her up with the hot PR firm, Kelly & Company. For Bette, a style-challenged, romance novel–obsessed daughter of hippies, the high-stakes world of celebrity takes a little getting used to—especially once she is catapulted into the arms of one of New York's most eligible bachelor ...more
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Lauren Weisberger was born March 28, 1977, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a locale recently made even more chic, if possible, by The Office. She was joined four years later by sister Dana, a.k.a. The Family Favorite, and moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, at age eleven. At Parkland High School, Lauren participated in all sorts of projects, activities, and organizations for the sole purpose of padding h ...more
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