The Overnight Socialite: A Novel Hardcover – Dec 22 2009
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“Quite enchanting...It’s Pygmalion in Lilly Pulitzer.”
William Norwich, Vogue
“If Edith Wharton reincarnated in a Marc Jacobs dress with the humor of a Park Avenue Nancy Mitford, that would be Bridie Clark. Hats off to The Overnight Socialite, a distinguished froth of rich social satire and romance.”
“The rollicking, smart-aleck fun along the way is worth the price of admission.”
Jules Asner, author of Whacked
“Bridie Clark made me laugh out loud from the first chapter in this sharp and pitch perfect modern fairy tale.”
“Crisp, funny prose and endearing characters...a fun read for fans of well-written chick lit.”
About the Author
Bridie Clark , a former book and magazine editor, graduated from Harvard University, where she was an editor of 'The Harvard Crimson'. She has written for 'The New York Times', 'Vanity Fair', 'New York', 'Quest', and 'Elegant Bride'. Clark's debut novel, 'Because She Can', about a beleaguered young book editor who works for a notoriously tyrannical female publisher, was published in nineteen countries around the world. Clark lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.
Top Customer Reviews
Although the ending was predictable, The Overnight Socialite was a smart, fun read that I enjoyed curling up with. I was fascinated seeing how the other half lives, loved the New York details and the lavish lifestyles and seeing Lucy Jo's transformation from a small town girl to socialite. I thought that even though the story was a version of the classic Pygmalion tale, the environment and twists were enough to make it different and interesting and I was kept intrigued throughout.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
As far as the characters go, they grew on me. Initially, I could not imagine someone taking Wyatt up on his offer to be a social experiment, but after considering Lucy Jo's dreams and the extent of her devastation, it seemed plausible. I mean what did she have to loose? Her character really changed as the story progressed, but not as much as Wyatt's. I enjoyed reading his scenes. His stubbornness, his denial, and his pride made him an interesting character. My favorite character by far was Eloise, Lucy's friend. Of all the characters in the book, she was the most real and down-to-Earth, (with the exception of Lucy's mother). Overall, most of the characters were interesting and memorable
The cons...The only issue I had while reading came from too many POV's. There were several characters in the story who's point of view really contributed to the story. For example, the thoughts of Cornellia, the villianess, really helped the story move along and helped drive the reader's emotions. There were several subplots using various characters that I just skimmed through or skipped all together. These sections felt like filler and took away from the main story line too much, in my opinion.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and was rather sad when the story ended. I would recommend it to fans of chick-lit.
OK, so the author borrows directly from My Fair Lady for the plot of her book. But it's really an enjoyable story. So there definitely is some predictability here. But Lucy Jo is a character with a lot of heart, and passion for what she loves best. Nearly all of these characters are a lot more three-dimensional than those in Clark previous novel, Because She Can. There are characters in the book, especially Wyatt and his best friend, who are undeniably flawed, but that makes them all the more real. Wyatt's ex girlfriend is a bit of a caricature, but other than that, I enjoyed reading about these people.
Nonetheless, there are a few aspects of the story that had me raising my eyebrows in disbelief (Lucy's transformation, especially her weight loss, is a little too rapid to be believable). Wyatt is in his mid-thirties, but he sure doesn't act that way most of the time. And the ending of the book isn't really an ending, as such. It just stops, without truly wrapping things up. But other than that, the story is fast paced, and extremely lively. It's cute, it's fun, and it's an engaging way to pass time. The plot just needs a little more work.
Enjoy the Summer! Enjoy the read!