Bergdorf Blondes: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
They're ravenous. They're ruthless. They live in a strictly hierarchical, alpha-dog, eat-or-be-eaten world. No, it's not a rerun of Wild America; it's the world of dressed-to-the-nines Park Avenue heiresses, aka Bergdorf Blondes, botoxed to within an inch of their barely-into-the-third-decade lives. Our unnamed London-born heroine is New York's favorite "champagne-bubble-about-town" and just as effervescent and exhilarating as a fine bottle of Dom Perignon. Blissfully self-interested and flush with the cheeriness that comes from being, well, flush, Miss Disposable Income 2004 sashays her way through New York society in search of the perfect P.H. (Potential Husband)-"Have you any idea how awesome your skin looks if you are engaged?"-and the perfect butt-shaping pair of Chloe jeans. Despair occasionally strikes when her latest prince turns into yet another toad, but it's nothing an invitation to an uber-exclusive Hermes sale and a gallon or so of Bellinis can't fix. She's got the crème de la crème along with her for the ride, including her best friend, the fabulously wealthy heiress Julie Bergdorf, who is tres supportive of her nervous breakdown=You'll be able to dine out on how crazy you went in Paris for months-and a posse of chattering, Harry Winston-bedecked clones with whom to limo around New York. Tacky? Absolutely. But it's impossible not to be massively 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 who holds up glamour as the first of the commandments. This is a savvy and viciously funny trip into a glittery, glitzy world we sure wouldn't want to live in-but by which we're more than happy to be vicariously consumed for the length of a book.
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Our heroine is a self-described "champagne bubble about town" (the town being New York City, of course), a twentysomething socialite whose life centers on tracking down Chanel sample sales and downing Bellinis with the group of friends she calls the Park Avenue Princesses. When she notices that getting engaged brings a glow to her friends' skin that even an alpha-beta peel can't replicate, she and her best friend embark on a roller-coaster-ride of a search for prospective husbands. Their misadventures, both romantic and cosmetic, are related in a dishy, namedropping-over-cocktails tone. At the story's end, everyone has landed safely on her Manolo Blahniks, true love turns out to be where one least expects to find it, and Vera Wang is booked to design the wedding gowns. Sykes' debut is feather light, but its heart is in the right place. Like the movie Clueless, to which it owes a substantial debt, this is a breathless, sweetly tongue-in-cheek examination of the lifestyles and arcane social mores of the young, rich, and glamorous. Readers, especially fans of Candace Bushnell, will enjoy the ride. Meredith Parets
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the lightest, frothiest example of the Chick Lit genre, and I enjoyed it and read it in about a day and a half. My only complaint: by the time I got to the end, I never, ever wanted to read or hear the phrase "going to Rio" ever again. Note to Ms. Sykes: a couple of times is cute; by the time you've said it 20 times, it just gets damned annoying.
For anyone who hasn't read it yet, I wouldn't be put off by customers' poor reviews. It obviously isn't meant to be great literature. Just devour it like the brain candy it is, and enjoy.
They live in New York, wear only the finest clothes and are doted on by the media. They are the Bergdorf Blondes, who worship Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, have lite jobs (if any at all), shop constantly, attend parties to "Save Venice," and are on the prowl for PHs (Prospective Husbands) as the latest fashion accessory.
The unnamed protagonist is actually looking for a soulmate, as opposed to arm candy. But she starts into a downward spiral when she first dates a sexy photographer who turns into a psychologically abusive Mr. Hyde, an Italian prince who turns out to be married, and then a married guy whose wife threatens her job. Can she find happiness, and a guy who doesn't possess (much) of a deep dark secret?
At first, "Bergdorf Blondes" seems like light fun, full of freebie designer wear and beautiful people with little, if anything to do. Sykes strains to make some kind of witty statement about "champagne bubble" socialites, but even she doesn't seem to have a clue what her exact statement is. In theory, it's a satire. But aren't satires supposed to be witty?
Sykes does seem to be aware that her plot -- rich girls search for fiancees and clothes -- is thin and insubstantial. So she tries to shore it up with constant name-dropping (does Versace even make tissues?) and cutesy slang. It's fun for about forty pages, but then it just gets boring and increasingly irritating.Read more ›
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