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Plum Sykes beguiling debut welcomes readers to the glamorous world of Park Avenue Princesses, the girls who careen through Manhattan in search of the perfect Fake Bake (tan acquired from Portofino Tanning Salon), a ride on a PJ (private jet) with the ATM (rich boyfriend), and the ever-elusive fiance.
With invitations to high-profile baby showers and benefits, more Marc Jacobs clothes than is decent, and a department store heiress for a best friend, our heroine known only as Moi is living at the peak of New York society. But what is Moi to do when her engagement falls apart? Can she ever find happiness in a city filled with the distractions of Front Row Girls, dermatologists, premieres, and eyebrow waxes? Is it possible to find love in a town where her friends think that the secret to happiness is getting invited to the Van Cleef and Arpels private sample sale? And how is she going to deal with the endless phone calls from her mother in England demanding that she get married to the Earl next door?
With enormous wit and an insider's eye, Sykes captures the nuances of the rich and spoiled in a heartwarming social satire, featuring a loveable "champagne bubble of a girl" who's just looking for love (and maybe the perfect pair of Chloe jeans).
I have a huge love for some light fluffy reads and chick lit was one of my favourites to read when I was around 19, so I thought I’d give this a shot. I was sadly taken aback because this one was just too much for me.
The social climbing, sample sale shopping, husband hunting and name dropping was all too reminiscent of the Upper East Side life and I pretty much hated it. I thought our main character “Moi” was going to have a huge character change in where she realizes how selfish and shallow she really was. There was a minor inkling of it when someone tells it to her face, but I didn’t see much change in her. I found her to be wide-eyed and naive, pretty much wanting any guy who was good-looking or even gave her the time of day. I honestly can’t believe the amount of acronyms she uses in the book. They do speak in another language and I felt really annoyed about all the name dropping that was given. Julie, her best friend wasn’t any better. She almost an anxiety attack planning her book club and in the end, they all just wanted the attention of the poor professor Henry. It’s just like Mean Girls, but with money and houses.The only character that had promise was Charlie and I liked him instantly from the start. I just didn’t understand any of his attraction to Moi anyway so I figured in the end, he would be the rock that helped her.
I always wondered how the fabulously wealthy really lived, and I’m safe to say that my judgement was correct. I know this is fiction, and I know this is exaggerated for the book, but I still can’t believe some parts of this could be true. Who wrestles people for a coat?
Overall, I would recommend passing on this chick lit book. It wasn’t for me at all.