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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Most Anticipated: The Great First Half 2021 by The Millions

New York’s last bohemia—the glittering, decadent downtown club scene of the 1980s—is the setting for this brilliantly winning novel about a smart, vulnerable young woman taking a deep dive into her dark side, essential for fans of Sweetbitter, Fleabag, and books by Patti Smith.

New York, 1984: Twenty-two-year-old
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Atria Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m one the luckiest cows in the earth to have a chance to discover this precious gem! I sat for at least three hours to gather my thoughts how this book made me feel and I’m still worried I can miss some parts and my words cannot be powerful enough to reflect my thoughts properly...

Because so many thought balloons and caged feelings just released from my soul as soon as I saw the last page. It was truly smart, so entertaining, gripping, addicted with flawed, realistic, vivid characters, clever
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The premise of this book grabbed me - young 20 somethings in NYC, doing the club scene, described as a love letter to the gritty side of NYC. And it should have caught my interest - Phoebe hails from Baltimore, my home town, was just a few years behind my time at Brown, and she was never the popular girl. I can remember so clearly being young and wanting something wild and different to happen to me. But still, it failed to click.
Phoebe hitches her wagon to Carmen, another Bruin, a native New Yo
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it

One of the most anticipated books for early 2021 by The Millions, this story is set in 1980’s New York City, brimming with alcohol, drugs, and the bohemian lifestyle of the time, the celebrities of Manhattan’s elite mingling with the ‘common’ people. The nightclubs, the music along with the seedier underground life. This is the setting for this story, which focuses on a young and somewhat more naive Phoebe, newly arrived from Baltimore, and Carmen from Manhattan, who meet at Brown, both undergra
Julie Ehlers
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Beginning a review by talking about what the publisher's description says feels pointless in a way, yet I know we've all been led astray by misleading publisher blurbs, so perhaps it's in this book's best interest if I do. According to the publisher, Astrid Sees All is a book for fans of Sweetbitter, Fleabag, and Patti Smith's memoirs. According to me, Astrid Sees All is NOT for fans of any of those things, unless you are ALSO a fan of books that are nothing like any of those things.

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Theresa Alan
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s 1983 and 22-year-old Phoebe has moved to New York city and is struggling to get by when events conspire to make things much, much worse. However, a bright opportunity in a dark time comes to light: Phoebe’s habit of trying to predict her own future by pulling ticket stubs out of a box becomes a sideshow at one of the coolest clubs in the city. For five dollars, Phoebe, who has become Astrid for her new gig, will predict the futures of models, actors, and New Yorkers hip enough to get in the ...more
It's 1984 and Phoebe Hayes has left her parents' home in Baltimore for a new adventure in New York City. On her own with only a minimum wage bookstore job, she finds a friend in Carmen, someone she is secretly a bit obsessed with. What would Carmen do, wear, say, she constantly asks herself. Carmen charms everyone, but isn't without her flaws. When Carmen leaves, Phoebe struggles with finding her own identity, and eventually succeeds, but not until making some experiential mistakes of her own.

Kristen Beverly
When I saw this book was suggested for people who like Fleabag and Sweetbitter, I was instantly in. There’s something about these stories that are incredibly honest about single young women that are making bad choices, falsely believing that their bad choices only affect them, that I just can’t resist. Phoebe is engaging in self-destructive behavior, but trying desperately to survive in New York in the 1980’s. She eventually starts telling fortunes with a box of movie ticket stubs - which is jus ...more
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-2021
Set in the 1980s, in New York, Pheobe moves to New York in the hope of living a glamorous life. She is in her 20s, she has recently lost her father and is now living with her friend, Carmen. She starts a job at a nightclub hosting Psyche events and becomes an Astrid.

She needs to save all her money to pay back for what she borrowed from her ex-boyfriend.
As Phoebe ( Astrid) reads future and Carmen waits table, they both get involved with alcohol and drug. They are having fun partying all night bu
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford. Thanks to @atria for the gifted Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

When Phoebe moves to New York City, she wants to live the glamorous life. When she’s hired at the hot spot night club as a novelty psychic event (Astrid), she starts to meet the glamorous crowd. When she steps into their partying world, it may be different than she imagined.

I love books that take you into a partying scene. Especially when it takes place in such a vivid environment as New York City in the early 80
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book and I couldn't wait to read it but now I'm sad it's finished.
This was a book I was so looking forward to reading when I read the description and it actually lived up to all the hype.

1980s, New York...omg! I think I was in love with the atmosphere alone. I think the author did such a great job with the city scape and describing the city and time period, I felt transported back to a time that I've always wanted to live in NYC.

Phoebe is in her 20s living with h
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-netgalley
I was delighted to join Phoebe on her trip through New York in the 1980s. She has recently graduated from college, and like many of us at that point in our lives, is full of dreams. Of course, having very little money means that she shares an apartment with Carmen, a friend she always felt like she was chasing after in college. Phoebe becomes Astrid when she lands a job telling fortunes at a night club. Carmen waits tables and Astrid sees the future, and the two get involved with a fast lifestyl ...more
I won an ARC of this book on a Goodreads giveaway. I was so excited to read this, yet so disappointed when I sat down with book in hand. It felt like it took forever for the story plot to develop, and I couldn't stand the characters. Honestly, I would have given this book one star, but it did start to get my attention toward the end. I'm sure some will love this book, but it was not my cup of tea. ...more
Hazel 2019
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This coming of age story centers around the life of two young women in the early 1980’s New York who are desperately trying to become part of the in-crowd. There’s lots of partying, glamour and glitz, drugs, bad decisions, bad people and some very raw feelings. The story builds up overtime revealing all the hidden intricacies of what’s really going on and becomes very real and moving by the end.

I received this ARC from a GoodReads giveaway.
3.5. This moved along at a pretty good clip, and I was mostly interested in it, but ultimately I finished the book feeling unsatisfied. The lives of Phoebe and Carmen were pretty tired and repetitive and what felt interesting in the beginning of the novel, I just didn't care about by the end. I did feel like the whole ending was crazy fast, and again just not satisfying.

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I won this book thru a GoodReads giveaway. Although I lived through this period in NY, I didn't relate to this book at all. I didn't feel anything for any of the characters. I did enjoy the writing, however, and would like to read additional books by Ms. Standiford. Hopefully, something that digs a little deeper. ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
via my blog:
𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝; 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐦𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐭. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐠𝐨 𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮

A story about “It Girls” in the 1980’s living in East Village, New York City. Meet Phoebe Hayes, twenty-two years old and desperate for experience, excitement and a thrilling life that only the city can offer, especially under the guidance of native New Yorker Carmen. Moving to Manhattan not far from Carmen after col
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a hometown young girl who wants to spread her wings. At the age of 22, Phoebe leaves her humdrum life behind to enjoy the bright lights of New York. Almost immediately she falls into the seedy underbelly of drinking, drugs, all-night partying, and scraping by.
The entire time I was reading this, I could hear Lou Reed’s deep and gravelly voice in the background singing “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.” The character of Phoebe is two years younger than I was in 1984, s
This book is highly successful at evoking the gritty, grimy world of the NY art world and its hangers-on circa the early 1980s, following a main character, Phoebe, who adopts a psychic person as Astrid the Star Girl, telling fortunes from movie ticket stubs (a detail I loved!) and throws herself into the art world's nightlife in an effort to make money to throw in someone's face. A motivation I do not understand, at all! It reminded me of a few NYRB books I've read that were written at/near this ...more
Natalie Wisz
New York City, where all things are possible and where life can be everything you dream of, if only you can make it. In Astrid Sees All, Maryland transplant Phoebe is immediately starstruck by college classmate Carmen—a cool, edgy New Yorker with a penchant for living on the wild side. Phoebe’s association with Carmen soon gives her a taste of "the golden world,” and she can't look back.

What follows is a dark and captivating narrative of the girls' post-college year as they navigate the seedy u
In compliance with FTC guidelines------I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.

4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars

I miss the 80’s!!!! Not the decadence. Not the drugs. But I miss the music, the moment. I can totally relate to this book! Again, not all of it, I was 10 years younger than the main
Andrea Nourse
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
If I were to picture a novel that portrayed the excess and dangers of stereotypical 1980s NYC, it would be Astrid Sees All.

Drugs. A little rock & roll. Clubs. A random serial killer, because, why not?

Yes, it was a lot and a bit over the top. Did I still enjoy it? I think so. I couldn’t put it down. I found myself rooting for Pheobe and loving her a little more with every page. Was the perfect? Nope. She was flawed and real.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
*** I won this as a goodreads giveaway ***

This book is exactly what my soul needed. A fast, fun read, that allows you to get lost in the intensity of New York City. This book was like a real life trip to the pyramid club. A coming of age novel, that is a story about friendship, love, identity, and what it means to be a young woman making decisions with nothing but uncertainty before you.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I won a copy of this one in a Goodreads Giveaway. It showed up yesterday right as I finished my book, so I went ahead and sat right back down and started reading. It's a ridiculously quick read - I don't think my partner even got through two episodes before I finished it. That being said, I honestly didn't see a whole lot of plotting, and there wasn't a real resolution - it's got sort of a SWF vibe without the killing, just the mild obsession. Don't take that to mean that this is a thriller thou ...more
Barbara Schultz
Life in NYC in the 80s got my attention; seemed like it would be a fun read.
Phoebe Hayes is a twenty-two year old young woman in search of excitement and adventure. She is living with her friend Carmen in New York in1984 and is trying to make ends meet. She seems to have some connection to the dead so is able to get a job as a fortune teller in a restaurant and calls herself ‘Astrid the Star’! Carmen waits tables and Astrid “Sees All” that is in the future! They are both making some money so get
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Special thank you to Atria Books for sending me this ARC to read, in exchange for my honest review.

As this was my first ARC to review since COVID hit, I totally wanted to just go ahead and issue this one 5 stars before even opening the perfectly 80s cover of it. Sadly, I’m leaning more toward 3.5 stars than 5 stars. I liked this book and read it in just a few days, but I don’t know if I REALLY liked it. This was a hard one for me to rate. I didn’t want to quit reading it, which is always the ha
Astrid Sees All is nothing short of electrifying.

Set in the gritty New York City of the 1980's, Astrid follows a year in the life of Phoebe, a lower east side neophyte. She sells books by day, and tells fortunes as the star girl Astrid at the hip and eclectic Plutonium club by night. Her friends are her lifeline to the world, and although she tries to define who she is at any given turn, it seems like her life mirrors the transience and contradiction of the city itself.

The story deals as much wi
J Earl
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Astrid Sees All from Natalie Standiford is a coming of age novel packed full of nostalgia, interesting characters (not always likeable), and unusual twists.

I am glad I waited to write my opinions for a while because this is one of those books that, for me, became better as I thought about it. Let me use an analogy to explain what I mean, and this will apply to the novel as a whole and to Astrid as a character. You have probably had a friend you liked but at the same time always seemed to be shak
Amy Storey
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Natalie Standiford’s Astrid Sees All is supposed to be a “love letter” to the gritty downtown scene in early 1980s NYC as seen through the eyes of Phoebe Hayes, a young Brown grade and wannabe social climber.

Ordinary Phoebe is obsessed with her more glamorous best friend Carmen and with becoming a “somebody” on NYC’s ultra-hip downtown club scene. All the while, she’s chasing after the literal ghost of her dead father and a metaphorical ghost of an older, more sophisticated doctor with whom she
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read about the setting of Astrid Sees All - East Village NYC in 1984, I barely needed any other details to be sold on it. Add in gritty underbelly of the club scene and drugs, this Sid and Nancy-loving gal was sold. There's something about that time period that has always fascinated me, and the story did not disappoint.

Phoebe is in her early '20s, and like many wide-eyed college grads (especially artists, writers, publishing types) the allure of Manhattan is hard to ignore. Phoebe joins
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I entered the giveaway because I have enjoyed Natalie Standiford's past work, and because the location of NYC in the early 80s sounded super intriguing. To that end, it was. Standiford did a great job of exploring the seediness of the city during that time, for the 20-somethings lucky enough to be living there. Decadence abounds as Phoebe flits from party to nightclub, drinking and snorting coke, rubbing elbows with artists and celebrities, sleeping until ...more
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Natalie Standiford, author of "Astrid Sees All," "How to Say Goodbye in Robot," "Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters," "The Secret Tree," "Switched at Birthday," "The Boy on the Bridge," and "The Only Girl in School," has written picture books, nonfiction, chapter books, teen novels, an entry in the 39 Clues series, and even horror novels for young adults. Standiford also plays bass in the rock ba ...more

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