Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Overnight Socialite by Bride Clark

The Overnight Socialite
By Bridie Clark

About The Book:
Lucy Ellis moved to the Big Apple to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer, but the native Midwesterner has just about had it with the city. A mousy, self-conscious girl trapped in a job at a designer sweatshop, Lucy has been mistreated, road-blocked, and otherwise insulted since her arrival. Overwhelmed by city life, Lucy is about to pack it all in and return home to Minnesota. Then she meets Wyatt.

After being publicly dissed by the glamour girl he'd been dating, man-about-town (and bored Ph.D. anthropologist) Wyatt Hayes wants to prove he's still at the top of his game and boasts to his best friend that he can transform any girl - even wallflower Lucy Ellis - into this year's "It" girl. If he can fool the upper crust of New York society into thinking an imposter like Lucy is the real thing, he can rip the chiffon veil off the whole Park Avenue social scene.

Lucy's an unlikely candidate to become a red-carpet butterfly, but she considers it her last resort and jumps at the opportunity to "become somebody" in New York. Wyatt begins to rigorously train Lucy in the style, sounds, and sensibilities of socialites born with entire sets of silver spoons in their mouths. Three months of preparation culminate in Lucy's appearance at the ultra-exclusive Fashion Forum Gala, where Lucy and Wyatt finally confront New York's aristocracy - and their feelings for each other.

Set against the glittering backdrop of contemporary Manhattan, The Overnight Socialite puts a 21st-century sheen on a timeless story of transformation and unlikely love.

About The Author:
Bridie Clark was born on October 7, 1977, and spent a happy childhood in West Hartford, CT. Her parents encouraged her early love of reading and writing.
In 1999, Bridie graduated from Harvard College, where she was an editor of The Harvard Crimson. She has since worked as a book and magazine editor, and written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York, Quest, and Elegant Bride.
Bridie’s debut novel, Because She Can, was published in nineteen countries around the world and was reviewed and featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, Glamour UK, and USA TODAY. Her second novel, The Overnight Socialite, will be published by Weinstein Books in December 2009.
In 2006, she co-wrote The Gawker Guide to Conquering All Media (Atria, July 2007) and co-founded Blue State Coffee.
Bridie lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

My Review:
I normally shudder every time a new book is described as a retelling of a classic that I love. Why, because it's really hard to shine in the shadow of a great classic story. The Overnight Socialite is such a book, but with one exception, it definitely brought it's own light to the party, no shadows for this witty, fun, and lovable story.

Lucy Jo Ellis is that very ordinary, mid-western, All-American girl-next-door. And Wyatt Hayes IV is the typical rich, handsome, arrogant, snob of a hero that thinks he can change Lucy Jo Ellis into a socialite overnight. Well, he is in for a few unpleasant surprises. On the other hand,  I was pleasantly surprised by Author Bridie Clarks wonderful storytelling talent. Even though I knew the outcome of this story in advance, the telling of it was so humorous, fresh, and enchanting, I still had to read every page. I didn't want to miss any of the action or dialogue. And as an added bonus, I met some new and charming characters, and one very nasty little snob that you will just love to despise. :) Every woman from 14 - 84 will enjoy this Classic retelling of Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Put The Overnight Socialite on your Summer reading list.

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by the author.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good book. Will be looking for this author as they are new to me.
    Sue B

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