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The Debutante Divorcee

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  15,615 Ratings  ·  436 Reviews
A major national media event when published in hardcover, this delicious follow-up to Bergdorf Blondes was an immediate New York Times bestseller and confirmed Plum Sykes’ status as a literary superstar.

Sylvie Mortimer has just married and is blissfully happy with The Divine New Husband, Hunter. Sylvie’s new friend, Lauren Blount, is very rich, very young, very thin, very

Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 4th 2007 by Miramax (first published 2006)
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Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was just ok. It was about a newlywed who moves to NYC with her husband, who is super rich. She meets new super rich friends, one super duper rich one in particular, and watches them waste their money. The other women are divorced, and make it seem glamorous. The main character's husband is away for work a lot, and although she does work as well (for a fashion designer), she still has time to think he may be cheating, and envy the divorced lifestyle. I know it's making fun of the upper ...more
Tiny Pants
Aug 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This had been sitting on my shelf about a year -- technically, I'd only bought it because I was in a super-cute but obviously super-desperate independent used booksellers' and felt like I had to buy something -- and of course, since I'm a finisher, I read it. It gave me two days' pool material, though in the end, what I wouldn'tve given for something else to read by the pool (and yes, I am reading something else, but my hardcover 800+ page Edith Wharton bio is too big and bulky for the pool!).

Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have no explanation for why I enjoyed this book so much, but I sure did. It was a nice diversion from holiday stress and craziness (and scrimping and saving) to immerse myself in the book's descriptions of limitless money and socializing and traveling and man hunting. I listened to the audiobook, which I recommend, as the reader (not sure of who it was) did great accents, swapping between American and British like it was nothing.
The plot centers on Sylvie, a British woman newly married to an A
I am embarassed to say that I enjoyed this book. It was kind of cute in a spoiled-princess sort of way. Good mindless read for a vacation.
Jun 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Chic lit plain and simple. It only took me 2 hours to read it but it was a fun "beach read" Bergdorf Blondes was much better
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the agency for review.

I knew going into this book that it was going to have the same name dropping, brand-conscious technique that was found in the first book, so I wasn't expecting to love it. But even though I felt so annoyed when descriptions of socialites and their lives were dropped, I still liked this a little bit better than Bergdorf Blondes. This one is about marriage, trust and loyalty. Sylvie is very influenced by all of her friends who are r
P e t t y
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I always got a thing for chick-lit and I never forget to check out chick-lit shelf every time I visit bookstore. So, when I saw this new-translated plum Sykes novel (well, It's been a long due, though) I have to buy it, since I really love her previous book Bergdorf Blondes.

But, OH-GOD, this book is so awful..haha.. it feels like Ms. Sykes losing her witty sides. I enjoyed her heroine as rich and spoiled princess, the wealthy society and all of those socialites life. but on Bergdorf Blondes her
Aug 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
If it was possible to give this book negative stars I would have. I loathed this book. It was shallow, vacuous and about as interesting to read as toilet paper. Now I have nothing against a nice piece of fluff, but at least make it fun, and have at least one character that isn't completely a completely disgusting vapid twit. A cover blurb compares this piece of rubbish to Jane Austen, an insult of epic proportions. The Jane Austen society should take them to court over that one. As well as it be ...more
Sandra Pavlović
S vremena na vrijeme nije loše pročitati neki čiklit romančić, dobro dođe za opuštanje i razbibrigu. Zaviriti malo u svijet luksuza, skupih krpica, putovanja i zabava u najvećim svjetskim metropolama. Najveći problem je tržišna prezasićenost tom vrstom proze, pa je teško odlučiti se šta odabrati za čitanje. Bilo bi interesantno da u komercijalnoj književnosti zaživi i momački lit, da čujemo i mušku stranu priče.
Steph's Rom Book Talk
Light, fluffy, fun, listen but a little slow in the beginning. Once the middle hit and all the players were established it was very enjoyable.

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Aug 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Meghan
This was a fun read, trite and predictible but fun. It was really nice to read some fluff for a change, after recently reading several heavier books. It started out kind of stupid but once I realized it was a satire and not meant to be taken seriously, and that it was actually making fun of every single character in it, I enjoyed it a whole lot more.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
(Listened to the audio version). Slow to get into but excellent. I couldn't stop listening halfway through. I had Bergdorf Blondes years ago when it first came out, so I hoped that this book would be good as well. Not disapointed and thinking about rereading BBs soon.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
A little silly, but makes you laugh...and a very quick read
can people really be this 'flaky'? I suppose they can!
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes is far from my usual mystic, somewhat morbid, politic-philosophical-woman ideas self. Into those long, deep Russian novels or post-modern obscure or self-mocking tracts of novels.

I laughed out loud through Bergdorf Blondes & lost 3 layers of pretentious skin (maybe in the tanning salon the girls religiously go to or during one of the religiously followed exfoliations).

It hardly seems worth recounting the plot of BB: 2 young wealthy debutante/society New York C
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I kept expecting more. I guess it was a satire of the divorcee's but it just didn't hold my attention much. There was a bit of a mystery there but the characters weren't developed much. I guess they were supposed to be very ha ha which isn't my bag. This is very much chick lit, I did win the book. I think I would rather have read the author's first book it sounded as if it got better reviews. I'm sorry I can't rate this higher but it was one of the books you could pick up and put down as you had ...more
Hallie Szott
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

A few weeks ago I read, reviewed and surprisingly enjoyed Plum Sykes’ Bergdorf Blondes, and now I can easily say the same for The Debutante Divorcée. I think I even enjoyed this second light, funny novel a bit more than the first (though there were still several moments when I felt incredibly frustrated with the characters). Sykes once again brilliantly transported me into the foreign-to-me world of New York society and, with an entertaining and diverse
Jennifer Cooper
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit
Eh. I liked Bergdorf Blondes well enough, but this book was not much fun. It opens with the narrator's assertion that "Married girls in New York these days put almost as much effort into losing husbands as they once did into finding them," and it just gets more depressing from there. It follows the marriages, divorces, and other social activities of a group of obscenely wealthy women living in Manhattan. Unfortunately, they're all vapid, self-absorbed, whiny, juvenile, and generally awful. The ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was in the bag of books that a friend loaned me to read. I read the back cover synopsis and anticipated that this title wouldn't be the favorite but I didn't realize I wouldn't even be able to read more than a few pages and with each additional sentence just wanted to stop reading. So I finished Chapter 1 but I'm done. I'm not interested in watching The Housewives of wherever...from Beverly Hills to New Jersey to Orange County to Atlanta. I don't care. And that's my attitude about this ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chick-lit and fashion lovers
Shelves: chick-lit
If you like modern chick-lit fashion reads, you'll like this. It was a cute book, and there were a couple mysterious elements that kept you guessing throughout the novel.

Don't expect ANY character development though. You only get to know each character on a very superficial, surface level. For this books purposes, I think that worked out fine. Also, the CONSTANT mentions of the characters wearing fur coats--mink, chinchilla, etc, kept making me want to dry heave. I really didn't care for the

Kimberly Ann
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't get the point of this book..... I really tried to like it, and I kept reading until it was painful, but the book was not funny, the characters were shallow, and I just couldn't relate.

Let's see: there is this gal who's in some ubër-expensive Mexican resort on her honeymoon, however, her husband has left her @ the airport on business. She meets up with these two young empty-headed, glob-trotting, super-rich, divorced women. They spend their time talking about the things I imagine super-
Beth Dean
I got this from the pound shop so I wasn't expecting much but it was actually not hard to read at all. I didn't think oh God not ANOTHER page. True the writing was light and there wasn't real depth in the plot however every reader needs to have a bit of a break.

The characters made me laugh and the clothes description is the best I've read in a long time with the gorgeous dresses and numerous swimming costumes. The love stories were light and carefully crafted, I didn't enjoy the whole is he or
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
awal baca rada ga tertarik, soalnya kebiasaan baca harlequin jadi rada ga match sama bahasanya yang sooo chicklit
tapi mulai masuk tengah2 mulai rame, yg bikin rame justru kehadiran tokoh sophie, rekan kerja Hunter yang licik banget dan berpredikat suka merebut suami orang
sylvie yang mengetahui kebohongan hunter bingung apakah harus marah2 ke suaminya atau dia tetap percaya ke suaminya,meski jelas2 suaminya melakukan beberapa kebohongan...

pada akhirnya ketahuan bahwa Hunter berbohong untuk menyi
Oct 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: restack
After reading Plum Sykes' "Bergdorf Blondes", i was craving for her next book "The Debutante Divorcee". Lucky I finally got it from my favorite bookshop ^^
Like the previous book, this book also sketched the life of New York socialites - the PAPs (Park Avenue Princesses). The main character, Sylvie Mortimer was a newlywed and met Lauren Blount, a newly divorced during her supposed-to-be-honeymoon (because Mr. Mortimer suddenly gone for work), and they suddenly BFF.
As always, the new enlightenment
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Is Sylvie's husband cheating on her or not? That's basically the plot of this story. The rumors, the conclusion-jumping, the paranoia got a little old, but over-all I liked the story. It was quite amusing.

Set among super-rich and connected young New Yorkers it entails newly wed Sylvie landing in a pool of divorcees frantically celebrating their freedom.

There were quite a few laughs and some really great, ridiculous quotes.

"And don't tell me I'm thin, because I know I look like a museum!"


May 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
I bought this book for 50 cents at my library sale and decided to give it a go. I can't believe that I actually read it in full because it was cringing, although quite witty and well-written in parts. Possibly that's what kept me going , thinking that the protagonists would eventually wake up to the real world, or realise that not everyone cares about Pucci or Versace. It is possible that it was meant to be a satire of the vapid NY socialite scene, but sadly it doesn't come across as such, and n ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chic-lit
I say read, but really it was only partially read.

I couldn't do it.

The characters were too self centered and unrelateable (is that a word?) for me to care enough to read. I read Bergdorf Blondes years ago and enjoyed it and was looking forward to finally reading this one. I think my interest in this subset of American genre has worn off. I probably would have loved this book a few years ago when I couldn't get enough of books about women living in NY with lots of expensive clothes, nights in cl
May 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
not as good as berdorf blondes, i think it was a little short in scope. i wanted more of the characters, and the ending was a little trite. then again, i hold plum sykes to a higher standard than most chick lit authors, so i don't know. this book deals with the more 30 year old manhattan socialite scene, rather than the 20 year olds of berdorf. plenty of fashion name dropping, loads of new york references and hot spots, hilarious things like a character discovering bungalow 8 and thinking it's ...more
I know, I know, I always go through the same thing when I write reviews for chick-lit: how they're just fluff, but they are entertaining while I drive. This book totally saved me when I found it on my iPod during a four hour train ride across Denmark when there were no available seats and I just stood the entire time. I can never imagine actually reading a print version of this, but at least Plum Sykes doesn't make me roll my eyes in disgust at people making the stupidest decisions and never com ...more
While I enjoyed Bergdorf Blondes immensely this book was a little more difficult for me to get into. It was funny and well written I found but I think the whole concept of marriage and divorce is not that relatable for me yet. The characters were also a little unbelievable. I have no doubt that there are some people in the world like that but that they would all be found in the same place is far-fetched to me. This book caught my eye simply because of the author and I used it to take a break fro ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gramedia, chick-lit
Bagaimana jika seseorang yang baru menikah dan baru menikmati biduk rumah tangga, berada diantara sekumpulan orang yang baru saja "melajang" alias bercerai?
Itulah yang dirasakan Sylvie, wanita yang baru saja menikah. Teman-temannya malah baru memulai "petualangan baru" mereka itu. Berstatus janda untuk bersenang-senang. Dapatkah Sylvie mempertahankan biduk rumah tangganya atau malah ikut "tren" yang diciptakan teman-temannya itu?

Awalnya ngakak membaca "Janda-janda gres" LOL. Kayaknya bacaan kaya
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Victoria "Plum" Sykes is a British-born fashion-writer, novelist and New York socialite. "Plum" was a childhood nickname (the Victoria plum being a variety of that fruit).

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