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In this witty debut novel, Elizabeth Topp crafts a story that ventures behind the fanciful facade of Park Avenue and into the life of one lovable type A assistant.

Anna’s job is simple: prevent the unexpected from happening and do everything better than perfectly. An artist at heart, Anna works a day job as a private assistant for Bambi Von Bizmark, a megarich Upper East Si
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    Lisa Vita
    Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I just completed Elizabeth Topp's book and adored every moment of it!

    Before going in to what I believe the book did very well, I'd like to mention what I do NOT think the book IS or should be compared to. This work of fiction did not speak about the idle rich to me nor was it particularly reminiscent of the 20+ year old book about battered assistants in The Devil Wears Prada, the Cinderella fairytale or even Sex In The City.

    What "Perfectly Impossible" did DO was nail the genre of 'the affluent'
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    Janet Newport
    Thank you NetGalley and Little A for this arc.

    I read this a couple of weeks ago, early in the COVID-19 "shutdown". It must have been what I needed at the time, as I found it engaging and amusing. Truly mindless entertainment. I found the main characters, Anna and Kizzy both to be likeable in spite of their complete self absorption and self-serving actions. The absurdity of their indulgences was so OTT that I found myself laughing out loud in several times. The story itself was kind of pointless
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    Tara
    Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I rarely give out 5 stars, but this book was an absolute joy to read. This debut novel is about a highly educated assistant to a mega-rich wife and philanthropist in NYC. She is also an artist and a top notch professional juggler. This book is reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada in all the right ways. It is funny, lively, and unexpected. I completely enjoying reading about the mishaps of Anna and the crazy life of the ultrarich. The use of upstairs/downstairs characters was fun and engaging. I ...more
    RedRedtheycallmeRed
    Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
    1.5 STARS

    Full disclosure, I skimmed a lot of this book. I just couldn't connect with the characters at all. Perhaps this is a book for fans of Real Housewives or Kardashians TV shows?

    I think I was supposed to feel sympathy for Anna, the put-upon assistant of the super rich/artist looking for a showing, but I didn't like her at all. She came across as an entitled brat.

    In parts of the book it was obvious the author was trying for humor, but it mostly fell flat.
    Debra
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was such a fun read, and a great escape from all the Coronavirus news reports that we're all living with. The story centers on Anna, an unknown artist and senior personal assistant to one of the richest socialites in Manhattan, Bambi (Kissy) Von Bizmark,. I have no idea whether the Von Bismarks' uber-rich and privileged lifestyle is partly based on truth, because the circles they move in are nowhere close to mine. I will say that the descriptions of the family members, their 'people' and th ...more
    Meg Leader
    Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
    It's light and airy and nothing much really happens except someone wanted to explain the value of personal assistants to the rest of the world.

    I got it for free from Amazon for their monthly prime reads and I didn't expect to stick with it long enough to finish it, but I did. There was no reason to stop reading. The style was smooth and the plot wasn't lost in wordy details. That said, I won't be recommending it to anyone.
    Hannah
    Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    A Glimpse into the Unknown

    If I ever thought I knew anything about how the other half lives, then clearly I was wrong. I can't even begin to fathom living the life led by the Von Bismarcks. The story sucked me in with its helicopter rides and personalized fireworks display. And the $4.7 million dollar necklace!!!!! My brain can't wrap itself around it all. All I can say is I'm glad I do not work as a personal assistant to the fabulously rich.
    Jamie Jack
    Oct 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: contemporary, 2020
    Sound and Fury, Signifying…

    Having finished this book, I find myself scratching my head and wondering what it was all about… and wondering if I have wasted my time. Is it satire? A witty look at the lives of the mega-rich? A light bit of fluff about high society in New York City? I can't quite put my finger on what it is and what the author wanted us to “get” from it. I'm not quite sure who the ideal reader of this book may be. At times, the book was definitely over the top and extreme—and so far
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    Jess
    Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars. I thought this book was quite a fun read! I liked so many of the characters. There were a few humorous moments and plenty of ridiculous moments!
    Ida Wilcox
    Oct 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I was rather bored with this book. Nothing really happen until almost the end. And that even fell flat.

    It was like reading someone schedule book with side journaling notes.

    Kate
    Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    This book just wasn’t for me. Struggled to read it.
    Sarah
    Perfectly Impossible is a delightful debut novel from Elizabeth Topp!

    Meet Anna, the personal assistant to one of the wealthy of Park Avenue, Kitty Von Bizmark. Her job keeps her on her toes, as she attempts to meet all of Kitty's needs before she asks, keep anything unexpected from occurring and do it all with perfection. Anna is able to do all of this, with grace and charm. However, things get extra interesting when the Von Bizmarks are to be honored at the Opening Night Gala for this years ope
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    Kendra
    Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I'm not sure who this book is for. Anna, an artist and a personal assistant to a super-rich woman, manages her job as a PA while trying to get established as an artist, Ultimately, she uses her PA position to get her paintings sold and the attention of a major agent. It's kind of a Cinderella story, I suppose--even the servants go to the ball. Readers get a view of the lives of the top 1% of the 1%, but those lives aren't terribly interesting--it's a job being rich: your time is spent accumulati ...more
    Jennifer Robb
    Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
    Recommends it for: readers who like an inside look into "glamorous" jobs
    Recommended to Jennifer by: Amazon
    3.5 stars (rating shown may vary depending on whether site allows half star ratings)

    This was one of my 2 Amazon First Reads picks for October 2020.

    Anna (the main character) works part time as a personal assistant for the wealthy Von Bismarcks, where her job is to anticipate, fulfill every whim, and keep on top of quite a few things. Anna is also an aspiring artist and in a relationship with Adrian.

    Given the sheer volume of work discussed in this book, I'm not quite sure how Anna does it only pa
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    Cary B
    Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    A look at luxury

    I found this book hard to like at first. Anna, the central character is very annoying and hard to like or get used to first off. She creates scenarios in her head, and gets unhappy because of it, then she blames everyone else. She's steeped in her own negative cloud. She devalues her own job, even though she seems excellent at it. She compares herself to her husband and exaggerates his role in her mind.

    Anna expects her man to support her without question, but gives him no support
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    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    I know people who have the high level, executive/personal assistant job and it is NOT easy. 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. And it's like stepping into a completely different world. One you knew of, but wasn't sure if it REALLY existed like you see on TV. I was eager to read this as I wanted to get a birds eye view of sorts, through a fiction read on an all too real world. I'm a little confused. Is this supposed to be satire or a real, but comical also, look into this type of life?

    Anna is an i
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    Courtney
    2.5 stars. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

    Perfectly Impossible is a light, fast-paced contemporary, a perfect escape during these troubling times. However, in its lightness and opulence, there isn’t room for a ton of depth in the midst of it all. I mean, some books can be just fun, but the result of this one left me feeling very conflicted.

    While the life of a personal assistant to the rich and famous is not easy, I s
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    Jeeves Reads Romance
    Fluffy filler

    This is the kind of light, over the top fiction that ultimately feels like filler. A lot happens, but also nothing at all. The writing style sort of lost me from the start; our heroine is kinda insanely bubbly and the whole thing just feels a bit frantic. It's a low angst, easy read, and not a bad way to spend a few hours, but I can't say that anything about it ever really hooked me in. It can all kind of be summed up in one sentence: everybody's got problems.

    Essentially, the story
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    Peter Baran
    Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Styled as chicklit, and potentially a romance, Perfectly Impossible is actually an equally seductive enjoyablee read genre - the career crisis of the artist doing another job. As per the recent Tory misunderstanding that many,if not most, arts practitioners actually already do another job to make ends meet, here our heroine Anna is a Yale MFA graduate artist, who also happens to be a personal assistant to an obscenely rich woman. The enjoyable surface of the book is the crisis in not being a suc ...more
    Georgiana
    Perfectly Impossible

    This light and sometimes heartwarming book felt like a throw-back to the sixties, when escapist reading often delved into the lives of the uber rich and the problems that they create just by being. I didn’t care for them then and didn’t love this book now. I’d rather read about accessible people, not modern-day fairy tales.

    Yet if you take away the glitz and glam, you are left with Anna, an undiscovered artist who pays her way by working for The Rich and Famous and Vacuous Kis
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    Katherine
    Oct 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
    I was hoping for a light fun distraction read but instead I was bored by the lack of a plot and annoyed by the entitled main character. Anna considers herself an Artist, yep the kind with a capital A, but really spends her time as an assistant to a wealthy shallow boss. When her boyfriend talks a future and wants to get a better job to support them she’s actually annoyed he won’t continue his less paying but worthier cause career because it makes her feel better. She’s really that bad. Nothing w ...more
    Cathy
    Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Perfectly Impossible was a fun read. It was actually my first “walking around” book of the year-- you know, the one you carry around with you because you don’t want to stop reading. Anna lives two lives -- personal assistant to a wealthy and demanding woman and her family by day and artist by night.

    She struggles to balance the two as well as her place in the household -- somewhere between the homeowners and servants.

    Her life is further complicated by her attempts to do something meaningful by
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    Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: 2020-releases
    This is the story of an assistant to the wealthy von Bizmarks who is also an artist. Anna wants to change the world with her art (while working part time as an assistant); she also has to arrange everything for the big Opera Ball. Her boyfriend wants to change the world through his apps. Kissy von Bizmark (Bambi) and Peter von Bizmark are the rich people, but they did feel like very dry characters. V interesting premise and I was expecting a witty, light read. However, I wasn't able to get acqua ...more
    Lisa Konet
    I wasn't sure how to feel about this book at the end although I loved it and it was a much needed escape from all the doom/gloom of Covid. Anna is a fantastic character, as are the rest throughout the book. The descriptions and proper/rich lifestyle of the von Bizmark family are hilarious and also absurd at times. They have so much and what they worry about is laughable.

    Anna goes through somewhat if an identity crisis throughout the book and asks herself all the "what if" questions and the fall
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    Gina Micek
    Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
    3.5 Stars .The book starts off kind of slow. I almost got kind of sick of the more pedantic style focused on lists of designer clothes, fancy soirées, to do lists that the PA protagonist generated for her job. In light of 2020, Covid, political upheaval and social justice movements, the world of the Uber rich in New York seems kind of vapid and out of touch. It must have been quite shocking to have been stuck at home social distancing with each other during a pandemic without their regular Botox ...more
    Sara Oxton
    Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Perfectly Impossible by Elizabeth Topp a witty four-star read. This has something about it, there is a glitz and spark to this story, but there is also a little dullness that takes the shine off. Anna is a hilarious character, she made the story, her what ifs and crisis is just funny, in a self-depreciative manner that just shouldn’t be funny but is so funny I snorted tea out of my nostrils. Do keep reading if like me you struggle a few chapters in as I promise it does get better, its almost lik ...more
    Kate Granger
    Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I read this book because I needed something light and distracting given all the stress of these coronavirus times, and Perfectly Impossible gave me exactly what I was looking for—it’s part Nanny Diaries plus part Crazy Rich Asians plus a big dose of juicy NYC insider info to boot! But along the way I found myself genuinely caring what happened to these characters that I loved and loved to hate despite (because of?) how over the top they were, and I ended up racing to the end to find out if every ...more
    Tanya
    Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
    I'm not sure what to think about this book. I hope Anna, the main character, isn't supposed to be sympathetic. She comes across as self absorbed and self deceptive as her employer - shallow and oblivious to the damage she does. And yet, it is all cloaked in a Type A, artist vibe as if it somehow is ok to know you need to apologize but decide you don't feel like it anyway. And then everything is fine and tied up with an impossible bow.

    The book is well-written and does try to satirize the lives of
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    Lisa
    Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: october-2020
    Thank you Little A for a copy of Perfectly Impossible by Elizabeth Topp for an honest review.

    Well this one sounded like it had it all, an inside look into a rich NY family, the busy life of their personal assistant, and all the fun drama that comes from an inside look into the life of luxery.

    Instead we got a matriarch who seems to create drama for no reason, works her staff to the bone with little regard to how much they do, and an attitude that means that they all live in fear of making one mis
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    Katie
    Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I’m not sure how this book came to be in my Kindle Library, maybe it’s one I chose from Prime First Reads because the cover is delightful.

    Anna is an artist and a part-time assistant to Kissy (also known as Bambi), wife to a billionaire in New York. She’s struggling to work through her personal problems, lack of direction, and understanding of where life is taking her next.

    A little The Nanny Diaries and some The Devil Wears Prada along with some fashion and amazing organizational planning. Easy r
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    Elizabeth Topp penned her first short story in the second grade and has been writing ever since. A graduate of The Dalton School, Harvard College and Columbia’s School of the Arts, Liz co-authored her first book, Vaginas: An Owner’s Manual with her gynecologist mother while she worked as a Private Assistant, a job she still holds. Liz lives in the same Manhattan apartment where she grew up with he ...more

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