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The Overnight Socialite [Hardcover]

Bridie Clark
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Dec 16 2009
From the author of the media sensation Because She Can, a modern retelling of classics My Fair Lady and Pygmalion, The Overnight Socialite tells a timeless story of transformation and unlikely love set against the glittering backdrop of contemporary Manhattan.



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Graydon Carter
“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.”

Publishers Weekly
“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.”

Library Journal
“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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Smart, Fun Read Dec 23 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The Overnight Socialite was a fun chick lit read that I quite enjoyed. It was an easy, fast paced book that made me laugh and I had a smile on my face through to the end.

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.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  68 reviews
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming story Feb. 27 2010
By Ellz Readz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My thoughts...When this story first began, I found myself overwhelmed with the name dropping. All the fancy designers, labels, $500 shoes made me sort of dizzy and a bit turned off. However, once the story started to take off and the plot took over the glitz blended nicely into the scenery. The plot was a unique twist on an old story infused with romance, heartbreak, and a whole lotta money. The Overnight Socialite gave readers a pretty good look into the elite social setting in New York City. Readers get several different POV's because story not only followed Lucy and Wyatt, the main characters, but also several of their friends and acquaintances. The ending wrapped up, but it felt a little abrupt. You could definitely make strong inferences about the character's lives, but I longed for more details.

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.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending is a letdown Dec 12 2009
By Ellis Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lucy Jo Ellis is an aspiring designer who moves to New York to work in the sweatshops of the Fashion District in order to get her foot in the door. After the city nearly chews her up and spits her out, Lucy meets Wyatt Hayes IV, who has a bet going with his best friend that he can turn the average girl on the street into one of New York's most sought-after socialites.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Just Ended June 9 2011
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
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I want to say I really liked this book, and I would have - if there was an ending. There were a little too many secondary stories for my liking, but then I got used to it. I thought when I read the last page my kindle messed up and din't download the entire book. It just leaves you hanging, there's no true closure. Then, I learned it WAS the end.... completely disappointing. Just when the characters were finally fully getting developed...the book just stops. It could have used another few chapters. I loved where the book was going but it needed more of an ending. What happens with Lucy Jo and Wyatt? So they end up eventually going to dinner.... and then what....? What happened with Eloise and Trip's engagement? Did she end up saying yes? She didn't say no... she just sort of... stormed off. What happened with the article Townhouse was publishing? What happened with Lucy Jo and Eloise's line? There were also a ton of other secondary characters that didn't really have an ending either. I actually came on Amazon to see if I missed something or if there's some sort sequel. I just want more.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! Jan. 6 2010
By Brooklyn Aphrodite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At first I enjoyed the endless label dropping and caricatures of the New York city social scene. But the main character was so flat that once the "Pygmalion/My Fair Lady" plot kicked in I tossed the book across the room. Paying homage is one thing---reusing a plot to make up for lack of imagination and any real writing skills gets two thumbs down from me. And most people from Minnesota (where the heroine is supposedly from) don't have Southern accents. Mock us Midwest transplants judiciously, please!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light Summer Read While You Sip Your Mai Tai May 26 2010
By Julia A. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Besides looking cute in your sunglasses while sipping your Mai Tai as you relax in your lounger at poolside this summer, pick up this funny, Chick Lit light easy read. If you have read the other reviews you know the storyline. "My Fair Lady" meets modern day. It is a bit like a Doris Day movie, darling, flirty, predictable and you would not have it any other way.

Enjoy the Summer! Enjoy the read!
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