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Bergdorf Blondes

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  27,941 ratings  ·  1,342 reviews
Plum Sykes beguiling debut welcomes readers to the glamorous world of Park Avenue Princesses, the girls who careen through Manhattan in search of the perfect Fake Bake (tan acquired from Portofino Tanning Salon), a ride on a PJ (private jet) with the ATM (rich boyfriend), and the ever-elusive fiance.

With invitations to high-profile baby showers and benefits, more Marc
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 4th 2005 by Miramax Books (first published 2004)
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Dec 19, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I'm not against chick lit. In fact, I indulge in them a lot of times --but this book was as stupid as stupid gets. It was predictable and not even funny in the smallest bit. The writing style is less than mediocre and it was a total waste of the 3 hours (that seemed more like an eternity) that i spent reading it.

If I didn't have the obsessive compulsive NEED to finish books I've started, I would never have finished this one. don't waste your time on this book. There are much more books out there
Mar 07, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was nearly offensive in its wanton display of greed, vanity and superficiality. It's almost embarrassing to even admit I read it, but as a follower of Sykes' Vogue pieces, I felt I owed her a bit of literary loyalty. Big mistake.
This book, sadly, confirms all those horror stories you hear about "Park Avenue Princesses," and doesn't even have the decency to laugh at itself at any point. Sykes is a clever wordsmith, but the meat of this book leaves much to be actual
This book is a literary equivalent of a shot in the head. It may hurt as hell for a short time, but you get conveniently stupefied right away & can't care about anything afterwards. Read this at your peril.

Apr 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Idiots
I'm not sure why I even read this in the first place. I think it may have been because my sister lent it to me when I asked her if I could borrow a book on my trip to Milwaukee last summer. She specifically warned me in advance that it was really stupid, but secretly a fun read in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Most people would probably say at this point, "What were you expecting, Camus?" I don't know, I don't care, I HATED this book. It was basically like Sex and the City but 10,000 times more ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book yesterday. I couldn't stop once I started. I haven't read such a funny book in a long time. Bergdorf Blondes reminded me of the first Chick-lit books I ever read, Tiffany Trott and Minty Malone and Come Together and all those other British classics, only it had the all-too-wonderful extra ingredient, New York!

I loved every page! Park Avenue princesses with ridiculous concerns, who plot how to get the best out of a sample sale at Chanel, Front Row Girls, muses, waiting lists for
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
(Review was originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

Bergdorf Blondes was a pleasant chick lit read that combined three of my favorite things - New York City, traveling to various exotic locations (including England) and a relatable protagonist who enjoyed shopping, beauty rituals and writing.

Though it took a while for me to actually get into the book, somewhere in between the fourth and fifth chapter, I was hooked. I think, surprisingly, what had me riveted was the way the book was written. The
Louise Green
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, chick-lit, own
I know this is one of those books you're not supposed to like because it's so girly and fashion here shooes there. But I absolutely loved it! While reading it one got a feeling 'Bergdorf Blondes' was a mix of Lauren Weisberger meets Candace Bushnell. I had pretty low expectations on Plum Sykes, after reading some of the more well-known fashion-chick-lit books, but this was probably the best one I've read so far. Not only did I find myself laughing out loud at quite a few times, but this novel ...more
Rather than a female narrator called, say, Plum, we have a narrator called “Moi,” which is that much more intimate. Moi is quick to point out that she is not blonde, that she has a career, as a fashion magazine writer no less, and that she happens to be a conduit for the lives of the rich and blonde around her.
The tone is curious, more Teen Vogue than proper Vogue. Still, it follows American magazine protocol in being chatty, toothlessly catty and less than fully informed. This suits the
A finished copy was provided by the agency for review.

I have a huge love for some light fluffy reads and chick lit was one of my favourites to read when I was around 19, so I thought I’d give this a shot. I was sadly taken aback because this one was just too much for me.

The social climbing, sample sale shopping, husband hunting and name dropping was all too reminiscent of the Upper East Side life and I pretty much hated it. I thought our main character “Moi” was going to have a huge character
Jun 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Brittany by: Gillian
How I Came To Own This Book: Gillian bought it due to the hype surrounding the novel.

The Plot: The unnamed character (who goes by Moi) is your typical, irritating, self-obsessed upper East Sider in NYC on the hunt for a husband and all the other trivialities that make up 'that' type of woman's life - shopping, being seen, and looking great while doing it. Basically a very very fluffy slice of life from a woman who has been there...

The Good & The Bad: This is one of my least favourite books
Aug 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I went into Bergdorf Blondes hoping I was going to like it. I like chick-lit in general and am always up for a laugh. I tried to look at it as a tongue in cheek tale, but there really wasn't anything remotely funny about it. I got about 1/4 of the way through and I just couldn't take any more of the shallowness and greed of the characters.

Why? Where to start..maybe it was the main character deciding a fiance would make her skin look better. Or it could have been one of the characters freaking
Barbara Berry
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is silly and fun. It’s not great “literature”; although it’s a PERFECT beach read. The characters are as real today as they were in 2004 and 1987. Plum Sykes writes about the world she knows. Ahhh, to be a Park Avenue Princess!
Kate (VerbVixen)
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok guys this one is a throw back for me since I originally read Bergdorf Blondes way back in the summer college days, but I just found it and re-read it again this week and now I have a blog, so ya know: review yay! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Seriously, on the surface it's a light contemporary funny read. Chick lit if you will. But for those looking there's a biting commentary below the surface. It's tres Austen-esque. How can you not love that? Also did I mention there's hot men? cause that. ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, unhaul
Predictable. One knows form the beginning that she will end up with Charlie or the Earl. Turns out Charlie is the Earl. and they lived happily ever after.
There is no significant twist in the plot, she tries to commit suicide, but when you see there 200 pages left to read you realize she won't die.

Overall impressions: good passtime
When I started reading this book it infuriated me! I felt like it was the biggest piece of nonsense garbage I had ever picked up and I was teetering on moving on....then I came to the "suicide" portion of the book and suddenly the book became very funny. Don't get me wrong, I was a suicide counselor for ten years and I more than anybody understand how serious suicide is, but this book made it so completely ridiculous it made the entire book make sense. It was supposed to be ridiculous, it was ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book because it is a very whimsical piece. It was a fun, light read about a high society girl living in New York. It talks a lot about fashion and friendship (that revolves around everything material: parties, shoes, clothes, private jets, etc.)

On the contrary, I don't really think it is an appealing book to everyone. I find it sort of Sex And the City / Legally Blonde / Paris Hilton / Shopaholic type of story, which at first I did not find appealing, but as I get to read the book,
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I forgot all about this book.. I wish she would write more books like this. I like sequels with the same characters transitions through life.. I get sad when some books end then excited seeing another story about them.. It was another easy book because the story was fun and i enjoyed her descriptive details. If your into fashion magazines, exspensive clothes, and hearing about what the stars do or how they live, then youll enjoy this and alot of the books ive read...ive saved alot of money ...more
Annicka Borges
Sep 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
I thought it was a lot of pointless, designer name dropping. The storyline was hard to follow and I found the characters to be pathetic, shallow, and hard to relate to.
Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is like a cotton candy book.. totally something easy to read and engaging, and really funny in a social-commentary-on-the-rich kind of way. i flew through most of the book when i was keeping a bedridden noah company yesterday night, and then finished it off this morning when i took a coffee break at a starbucks near my office. i was totally in the mood for something fun and light, and this was the perfect meringue of a book for the occasion...

i often find it so much easier to sink into a
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
4 stars. Okay so going into this book, I didn't have many expectations, mainly that I wanted a nice and fluffy, funny feel good story. Sometimes it's nice for things (like this book) to meet your expectations.

Before I read this book, I had looked at other reviews and people complained that it wasn't written well or didn't have much substance to it. But in my point of view, if you had those expectations for this book in the first place you really shouldn't have read it. It was meant for the
A very funny, light-hearted, astute and loving look at our Park Avenue Princesses.

Here is the 1st paragraph so you can see what this book is like:

"Bergdorf Blondes are a thing, you know, a New York craze. Absolutely everyone wants to be one, but it's actually tres difficult. You wouldn't believe the dedication it takes to be a gorgeous, flaxen-haired, dermatologically perfect New York girl with a life that's fabulous beyond belief. Honestly, it all requires a level of commitment comparable to,
Apr 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Blissfully self-interested and flush with the cheeriness of a New York socialite on a quest to snag the perfect P.H. (Potential Husband): "Have you any idea how awesome your skin looks if you are engaged?"

It's impossible not to be entertained by a woman who refers euphemistically to oral sex as "going to Rio" in memory of the first man who suggested she get a Brazilian bikini wax, considers vodka a food group and is always embroiled in a nervous breakdown one after another.

I'd say that she's
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
I felt my IQ dropping a few points with every few pages.

This book was worse than "Bridget Jones' Diary" and on the same order as "The Devil Wears Prada". Unfortunately, the characters are much less likeable than the characters in those other books because they are shallow, shallow, shallow.

The only redeeming aspect of the book was that it gave some insight on life as a "Park Ave. Princess", of which Plum Sykes, the author, has perhaps some knowledge. She is a contributing editor at Vogue
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fluff, adult-fiction
This book is the literary equivalent of empty calories. Plum Sykes puts the life of the New York socialite on a platter and serves it with a bottle of Veuve snuggled in its very own ice jacket.

I don't really want to discuss this book's merits (or lack thereof). What I want to discuss is the Alpha-Beta peel. All the characters in the book are obssessed with it and, having a bit of an obsession with skincare myself, I was intrigued. After some minor investigation, I discovered that the
Apr 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
Bergdorf Blondes is the tale of ueber-rich young ladies in New York City trying to snag suitable mates.

This is the kind of book that I consider "a light bit of confection." Not much to it, not the most complex story line, but enjoyable enough and fulfilling as a "time waster."

I was surprised, while reading some of the reviews on Goodreads, to see how much vitriole people had towards this book. I can see where people with more reasonable lifestyles and better heads on their shoulders might find
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and the New York world of Park Avenue gals it spotlighted.

The book was fun, whimsical, and knew well enough not to take itself seriously more than skin deep!

The twist at the end was a good one and the author seemed to understand the need for a beginning, middle, and end of a book. Nothing was too rushed (but again it was her first book!) but it was just sweet enough to make me smile and want to pass a good review of it on.

I don't think that Ms. Sykes has or probably will create
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Sex and the City fans
Not my kind of book generally, but I had heard it was good and I bought it ages ago (like in 2004 or something) and figured I ought to read it. It was a fun little fluffy book. It read a lot like I imagine Sex and the City plays on TV. It was about rich snobby girls living in NYC hooking up with different guys, travelling around the world, spending rediculous amounts of money on clothes and getting expensive clothes for free even though they can afford them. Shorter version: anorexic-thin, rich, ...more
Paige Harbison
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
The thing about this book, is that in order to read and enjoy it, you have to be seriously willing to stick with it. The first third of the book, our main character is a true ninny with no backbone in the worst way. The story is the definition of shallow, and it seems like it'll never go deeper. And while they don't necessarily deepen, you come to appreciate the characters as they are. Picture "moi," the main character being played by Marilyn Monroe, not Rosalind Russell for example. She's a ...more
Mar 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: shallow, one dimensional people
God help me; a little bit of this goes a LONG way. I quit halfway through this book. What is kinda cute at first in terms of character quirks quickly becomes obnoxious and over the top. Are there really people out there who are this shallow and pointless? These women's lives are not to be envied at all. How little and empty your life must be to only live on the surface.

I don't mind girly books about fashion, dating, etc. But part of the fun of that is getting to live through the characters, but
Aug 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
Fourth book read in my "gal about town" novels in NYC.

I'm fascinated at how people with such wealth and seemingly sophisticated lives could be, in reality, such trash. Oh sorry, when you reach a certain income level, you are "notorious" or "eccentric." The narrator, referring to herself as "moi" was as irritating as the little girl euphamisms given for such acts as "going to Brazil."

Worse yet, I saw the ending coming from a private jet across the Atlantic. Unlike "Save Karyn," where the
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