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Preview — Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes. Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes. 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 Jac 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 4th by Miramax Books first published More Details Original Title.
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Sort order. Start your review of Bergdorf Blondes. Dec 19, Anne rated it did not like it Shelves: chick-lit. I'm not against chick lit. In fact, I indulge in them a lot of times --but this book was as stupid as stupid gets. It was predictable and not even funny in the smallest bit. The writing style is less than mediocre and it was a total waste of the 3 hours that seemed more like an eternity that i spent reading it. There are much more books out there I'm not against chick lit.
There are much more books out there that are more worth your while. View all 4 comments. This book was nearly offensive in its wanton display of greed, vanity and superficiality. It's almost embarrassing to even admit I read it, but as a follower of Sykes' Vogue pieces, I felt I owed her a bit of literary loyalty. Big mistake. This book, sadly, confirms all those horror stories you hear about "Park Avenue Princesses," and doesn't even have the decency to laugh at itself at any point.
Sykes is a clever wordsmith, but the meat of this book leaves much to be desired Waste your time elsewhere. Jun 15, Melindam rated it did not like it Shelves: too-stupid-to-live-heroine , meh , why-oh-why-did-i-bother , chick-lit. This book is a literary equivalent of a shot in the head. Read this at your peril. View 2 comments.
Apr 08, Michelle rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Idiots. I'm not sure why I even read this in the first place. I think it may have been because my sister lent it to me when I asked her if I could borrow a book on my trip to Milwaukee last summer.
She specifically warned me in advance that it was really stupid, but secretly a fun read in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Most people would probably say at this point, "What were you expecting, Camus? It was basically like Sex and the City but 10, times more I'm not sure why I even read this in the first place.
It was basically like Sex and the City but 10, times more vapid and pointless. Instead I finished it. What is wrong with me?
I think I still have this book laying around somewhere in my house, sorry Addie, I honestly have no problem returning it to you the next time I see you again. Apr 27, Somi rated it it was amazing. I read this book yesterday. I couldn't stop once I started. I haven't read such a funny book in a long time.
Bergdorf Blondes reminded me of the first Chick-lit books I ever read, Tiffany Trott and Minty Malone and Come Together and all those other British classics, only it had the all-too-wonderful extra ingredient, New York! I loved every page! Park Avenue princesses with ridiculous concerns, who plot how to get the best out of a sample sale at Chanel, Front Row Girls, muses, waiting lists for I read this book yesterday.
Park Avenue princesses with ridiculous concerns, who plot how to get the best out of a sample sale at Chanel, Front Row Girls, muses, waiting lists for designer handbags, fundraisers to save 'whatever' and such wonderful and extremely quotable quotes that I was laughing out loud almost every page. The protagonist, known throughout the book as 'Moi' is a British girl who wants to be American, she escapes England, and a very snobbish American mother who is desperate to marry her to the Earl next door in spite of the Chair Affair, due to which the families are sworn enemies , and comes to New York where she lives the 'Champagne Bubble' life of a Bergdorf Blonde although she is a brunette who went to Princeton with her best friend, the quintessential New York Park Avenue Princess Julie Bergdorf.
They search for fiances not husbands , go to parties, lunches, foreign cities, get heartbroken, get wonderful facials, start book clubs, and finally find love. I thought the book was clever and hilarious I read many negative reviews, and they almost put me off reading what is actually the funniest book I've read in a long time. If you're going to go into this book judging fictional characters for being superficial, then this book is probably not for you. Maybe there are girls who fly around on private jets and think the most important thing in life is to be some fashion designer's muse, maybe that's superficial to you, but there's also someone who thinks you're superficial for having a gym membership when you could just maybe run to work.
It takes all sorts to make a world. View 1 comment. Review was originally posted on Alexa Loves Books Bergdorf Blondes was a pleasant chick lit read that combined three of my favorite things - New York City, traveling to various exotic locations including England and a relatable protagonist who enjoyed shopping, beauty rituals and writing. Though it took a while for me to actually get into the book, somewhere in between the fourth and fifth chapter, I was hooked.
I think, surprisingly, what had me riveted was the way the book was written. The a Review was originally posted on Alexa Loves Books Bergdorf Blondes was a pleasant chick lit read that combined three of my favorite things - New York City, traveling to various exotic locations including England and a relatable protagonist who enjoyed shopping, beauty rituals and writing. The author is a writer for a few major publications, so her writing was concise but filled with interesting details, and she had a strong voice telling the entire story our protagonist moi.
I like how the typical New York socialite was depicted, even though I'm certain that it was a little exaggerated. It was entertaining to read about these women, especially in lieu of the fact that my lifestyle is incredibly different. All the name brand dropping, events, beauty rituals, traveling - it was just fun to imagine and to dream of doing someday sans the name brand dropping.
As for the love story, well, despite the ups and downs she goes through, our main character ends up with who I wanted her to end up with in the first place I totally called it from the first time they met!
I thought it was cute and it was woven in quite cleverly so as not to distract from the focus of the story on our main charater's life. It's well worth a read for all the chick lit lovers out there, sort of like a grown up version of Gossip Girl. View all 3 comments. Jul 26, Louise Green rated it really liked it Shelves: review , chick-lit , own. I know this is one of those books you're not supposed to like because it's so girly and fashion here shooes there.
Bergdorf Blondes are a thing , you know, a New York craze. You wouldn't believe the dedication it takes to be a gorgeous, flaxen-haired, dermatologically perfect New York girl with a life that's fabulous beyond belief. Honestly, it all requires a level of commitment comparable to, say, learning Hebrew or quitting cigarettes. Getting the hair color right is murder, for a start. It all began with my best friend, Julie Bergdorf.
The book's title refers to rumors that one of the characters routinely gets her hair dyed a certain shade of blonde at Bergdorf Goodman , a luxury goods department store in Midtown Manhattan. The book follows an unnamed young socialite living in New York as she interacts with her best friend Julie and tries to find a successful romantic relationship. Initially she believes that she's found "The One" in the photographer Zack and the two become engaged, after which point Zack becomes emotionally abusive and unresponsive. Despite her best attempts to salvage the relationship, the protagonist is dumped by Zack.
Have blondes ever been so dumb?
There has already been quite a lot of bitchy stuff written in the press about Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes, but this is a review, a serious piece of literary criticism, so let me begin by saying that I definitely do not have a problem with her super, skinny-size 8 physique. It's fine by me if she wants to look like an overdressed swizzle stick. Nor, I hasten to add, do I envy her the glammy little number she has going at American Vogue, where she is a 'contributing editor' and is, presumably, in receipt of delicious fashion freebies. As for the gargantuan advance she reputedly received for her first novel, well, it is a bit green-inducing, I suppose. But, as Plum would be the first to point out, money alone is not enough to make a girl happy. Not even a very shallow girl.