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Bergdorf Blondes [Mass Market Paperback]

Plum Sykes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Champagne bubble entertainment April 18 2007
Format:Paperback
I read this book, and the follow-up volume, "Debutante Divorcees" after I had read "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Everyone Worth Knowing" by Lauren Weisberger.

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.
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Format:Hardcover
this book is one of the worst that i have read in quite some time. the narrator is completely detestable and you get the sense that the author is unaware of this (particularly because it seems that ms. sykes has based the annoyingly named character, moi, after herself). one of the numerous irritating plots attempts to recreate pride and prejudice (a la bridget jones's diary) yet turns the tale into a predictable and unrealistic pile of crap. at least jones, which i also found trite, provided the reader with a protagonist who was somewhat appealing. i wonder if anna wintour actually read her protege's ridiculous novel before so generously providing the compliment on its jacket. if so, her skills as an arbiter of taste are grossly overrated. even more preposterous is the fact that sykes fancies her book is on par with such great novelists as wharton, capote and fitzgerald. i highly doubt that history will regard bergdorf blondes on this level of literature or even remember it. let's hope the inevitable movie fails at the box office.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only good as a light summer beach read July 18 2004
Format:Hardcover
Plum Sykes' first novel, Bergdorf Blondes, displays very little plot or character development. Although the novel itself is a quick and easy read, its ending is quite predictable and the reader will often find him/herself speed-reading simply to get through parts that appear in every romance book under the sun. I have yet to find anything that makes the novel unique, for even the diction is quite mundane. Bergdorf Blondes seems to be targeted mostly for teenagers and women in their early twenties who are still searching for that Hollywood romance that can only occur on the big screen. To summarize, the plot is far from complicated: boy meets girl, girl falls in love with the wrong boy only to realize that the one she wants has been right in front of her all along. Though the setting involves the Manhattan elite, Sykes does a poor job at developing the characters' personalities and leaves some ends untied. Few parts of the novel are quite amusing; however, the negatives far outweigh the positives in what can only translate to be a C class romance novel. I would advise to read only if you desire something light to get your mind off work, school, or all the nonfiction work circulating around the bookstore.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb "Blondes" July 16 2004
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
If Paris Hilton were ever spied reading a book, "Bergdorf Blondes" might be it -- it certainly wouldn't strain the imagination of an overmoneyed heiress. Plum Sykes' less-than-auspicious debut -- which could be retitled "Lifestyles of the Rich and Shallow" -- is a name-dropping, perpetually vapid chunk of lifeless chick-lit.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed July 14 2004
By Jade
Format:Hardcover
I admire Plum Sykes for writing a debut novel about the world she is familiar with, even though I couldn't help feeling that the book was based on events so true that the book actually lost its flavor; in brief, there was potential for a good book here. I don't mind reading about the world of PJs and thirteen-day blondes, since I don't have to relate to a character's lifestyle to enjoy a novel. Nonetheless, what undermined "Bergdorf Blondes" was the lack of plot and structure, and distracting name dropping. As a matter of fact, the writing style was a little too slang and unecessarily posh for my taste. Luckily, I speak French so that helped to keep the flow as I read. I did enjoy learning the acronyms, but that's about it. The book jacket is way cute too. As an avid reader, I just found that the characters lacked dephth. Some people such as the characters in this book are that shallow, fact of life, but "Bergdorf Blondes" was rife with them. I don't mind predictable plots to be honest, because I generally tend to like happy endings, well at least for one of the characters, but still, Moi didn't do it for me. I regret having bought this book and do not really recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like this book but couldn't
As many have said before, the characters in this book lack depth and the plot is beyond predictable. Read more
Published on March 29 2012 by htsandors
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I absolutely adore this book. I think a lot of the people who gave it a bad review took it a little too literally and just didn't get it at all. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2010 by M
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, entertaining...a real escape
I'm stunned at the bad reviews this novel is getting. This book grabbed me from the very first page and didn't let me put it down. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2008 by D. Belec
1.0 out of 5 stars What a terrible read
This has got to be one of the worst books I've read in a long time. There is no character development whatsoever and the main character is incredibly shallow. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2005 by Unsatisfied Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising negative reviews
I was shocked to see the low rating on this book? When I picked it up I had not consulted any ratings in any sources (and I'm now grateful!), and I was pleasantly amused. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2005 by S.K.P
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, A Great Fun Read!
Despite having hesitations about this book from reading past reviews, I was pleasantly surprised that I ended it loving this book! Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2005 by Christine
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great...
Humorous, OK. I will give it that. AT TIMES. However, this book was a bit of a dissappointment for me. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Disoriented...
Try as I might - I couldn't finish this book. The writing was so focused on being hip - it was unreadable. For the best chick lit read THE BIG LOVE.
Published on July 18 2004
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