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 ...more
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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' ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Anna is an i ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Anna goes through somewhat if an identity crisis throughout the book and asks herself all the "what if" questions and the fall ...more
The book is well-written and does try to satirize the lives of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more