An irresistible tale about what happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite.
On paper, Bette Robinson's life is good. At twenty-six, she's got a great deal on an apartment in Manhattan, and she's on target to become an associate at the prestigious investment bank where she works with her best friend. Her eighty-hour workweeks might keep her from socializing or dating outside her office walls -- but she's paying her dues on the well-trod path to wealth and happiness. So when Bette quits her job like the impulsive girl she's never been, she not only shocks her friends and family -- she has no idea what to do next.
For months, Bette gets out and about by walking her four-pound dog around her decidedly unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood. Then she meets Kelly, head of Manhattan's hottest PR and events planning firm, and suddenly Bette has a brand-new job where the primary requirement is to see and be seen.
The work at Kelly & Company takes Bette inside the VIP rooms of the city's most exclusive nightclubs, to parties crowded with celebrities and socialites. Bette learns not to blink at the famous faces, the black Amex cards, the magnums of Cristal, or the ruthless paparazzi. Soon she's dating an infamous playboy who's great for her career but bad for her sanity -- and scaring off the one decent guy she meets. Still, as her coworkers repeatedly point out, how can you complain about a job that pays you to party? Bette has to agree -- until she begins appearing in a vicious new gossip column. That's when Bette's life on paper takes on a whole new meaning -- and she learns the line between her personal and professional lives is...invisible.
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1 . I loved it.
Posted January 10, 2011 by Jessica L , Edmonton, ABGreat read, page turner!
2 . Loved It
Posted December 30, 2008 by LSM , DallasThis author is very entertaining and tells a great story. Being somewhat like the main character in reveling in a fairy tail ending, I can only say (as to not give away too much), I would've rather the story ended with the preacher saying, "You may now kiss the bride." Even so, I read as quickly as possible to get to the last page because Weisberger made me care about the characters and kept me intrigued until the VERY LAST PAGE.
Simon & Schuster
October 04, 2005
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Excerpt from Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
Though I'd caught only the briefest glimpse from the corner of my eye, I knew immediately that the brown creature darting across my warped hardwood floors was a water bug -- the largest, meatiest insect I'd ever seen. The superbug had narrowly avoided skimming across my bare feet before it disappeared under the bookcase. Trembling, I forced myself to practice the chakra breathing I'd learned during an involuntary week at an ashram with my parents. My heart rate slowed slightly after a few concentrated breaths of re on the inhale and lax on the exhale, and within a few minutes I was functional enough to take some necessary precautions. First I rescued Millington (who was also cowering in terror) from her hiding place under the couch. Then, in quick succession, I zipped on a pair of knee-high leather boots to cover my exposed legs, opened the door to the hallway to encourage the bug's departure, and began spraying the extra-strong black-market vermin poison on every available surface in my minuscule one-bedroom. I gripped the trigger as though it were an assault weapon and was still spraying when the phone rang nearly ten minutes later.
The caller ID flashed with Penelope's number. I almost screened her before I realized that she was one of only two potential refuges. Should the water bug manage to live through the fumigation and cruise through my living room again, I'd need to crash with her or Uncle Will. Unsure where Will was tonight, I decided it'd be wise to keep the lines of communication intact. I answered.
"Pen, I'm under attack by the largest roach in Manhattan. What do I do " I asked the second I picked up the phone.
"Bette, I have NEWS!" she boomed back, clearly indifferent to my panic.
"News more important than my infestation "
"Avery just proposed!" Penelope shrieked. "We're engaged!"
Goddammit. Those two simple words -- we're engaged -- could make one person so happy and another so miserable. Autopilot quickly kicked in, reminding me that it would be inappropriate -- to say the least -- if I were to verbalize what I really thought. He's a loser, P. He's a spoiled, stoner little kid in the body of a big boy. He knows you're out of his league and is putting a ring on your finger before you realize it as well. Worse, by marrying him you will be merely biding your time until he replaces you with a younger, hotter version of yourself ten years down the line, leaving you to pick up the pieces. Don't do it! Don't do it! Don't do it!
"Ohmigod!" I shrieked right back. "Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!"
"Oh, Bette, I knew you would be. I can barely even speak, it's just all happening so fast!"
So fast He's the only guy you've dated since you were nineteen. It's not like this wasn't expected -- it's been eight years. I just hope he doesn't catch herpes at his bachelor party in Vegas.
"Tell me everything. When How Ring " I rattled off questions, playing the best friend role fairly believably, I thought, all things considered.
"Well, I can't talk too long because we're at the St. Regis right now. Remember how he insisted on picking me up for work today " Before waiting for my answer, she raced breathlessly ahead. "He had a car waiting outside and told me it was just because he couldn't get a cab, and said that we were expected for dinner at his parents' house in ten minutes. Of course, I was a little annoyed that he hadn't even asked if I wanted to go to dinner there -- he'd said he'd made reservations at Per Se, and you know how tough it is to get in there -- and we were having pre-drinks in the library when in walked both our parents. Before I knew what was happening, he was down on one knee!"