Bergdorf Blondes

Written by: Plum Sykes

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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).
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Bergdorf Blondes Reviews

Becky
This was maybe the worst book I've ever read. I usually enjoy mindless chick lit, but this wasn't even enjoyable. The characters are horrific, completely selfish people with no redeeming value, and when the "bad guy" in the book points that out, I was unable to disagree with him. I found nothing about the plot charming or interesting, and it in no way made me envious of this supposed lifestyle.

I picked this up for a vacation beach read, and I'm glad I only spent $1 on it. Avoid at all costs.
Hannah
I bought this for a dollar at Half-Price Books and I just wanted a superficial, cute chick lit book. It turned out to be way too superficial (and poorly written). Sykes had annoying euphamisms for sex (the center and main function of relationships in the book) and overused too many words like "tres", "icky", and "Eeeew!". Also, I guessed the twist at the very beginning. It was a sadly transparent book with no likeable characters, and very few characters whose motivation is comprehendable.
Jason
Gosh.
I like fluffy romantic comedies. I’ve enjoyed largely shallow entertainment about people obsessed only with appearances and dating.
But this book. Not only does it have no substance or plot or sense, but the only times it made me think were along the lines of “What a disgusting message” and “Are people really this idiotic? How are we supposed to believe they’d find ‘love’?”
And it doesn’t even make up for its shortcomings by being amusing.
The Far Pavilions :: Where the Red Fern Grows :: Drina Ballerina :: Drina Goes on Tour :: Five Little Peppers Abroad
Romane
The cover is trés gorgeous, which sent my estrogen level skyrocketing. (Okay, now I'm exaggerating.) I love the plot and the characters, I love Moi and Julie! I wish I have a friendship like theirs. They talk in a very chic way, and I admit, sometimes it just gets on my nerves. But nevertheless, it was really a great book all the same.
Jill
The WORST book I have attempted to read. Ever. And I own the entire Sex & the City series on DVD, and can quote Clueless line by line. The vapid characters were neither funny nor charming, but boring and oh-so-annoying. Sykes' attempts at humor made me cringe, and fashion name-dropping was incessant and awkward. This book was so bad it actually made me angry.
MJ
This had literally no plot until the last 30 pages and was pretty much the literary equivalent of cotton candy: completely substanceless and fun to consume for the first half, but turns nauseating in large quantities. I love meaningless fashion drivel as much as anyone but 300 pages was way, way too much paper to use on brand-dropping.
Sherri
One of the worst books I've read in a long time. The name is indicative to how shallow the characters are. I was half expecting this and only picked it up b/c it looked like a quick and painless read. But frankly, I found the characters ridiculously obnoxious and the story line lacking any real substance. Other reviewers found this book funny. I found it mind-numbing and pointless.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I found this book very boring and the characters extremely predictable... I thought this was supposed to be a very funny/cynical book and a social critique with a twist but in the end it was just another bad chick lit book (the ending was particularly appalling!).
Brandi
I really tried with this one. Really. I can't take how shallow and stupid these girls are, so I'm giving up. I can't help but hate the characters. I'm glad I only spent 50 cents on this book, otherwise I'd be sad that I wasted some money.
Caroline
Seriously painful book to read. Which is saying a lot because I love brain candy books especially ones about the wealthy. Got halfway through when I realized I had already read it and hated it the first time.
Fran
One of my faves back in the day when I was all about chick lit. :))
Maria
Cute, fun beach reading. Only you'll feel fat and poor while having a glimpse into this world!
Kristin Dow
Glad to have borrowed this from the library instead of spending money on it. Writing was okay, but hated the shallow characters.
Tamara
I think I lost brain cells reading this book.
Amira
It's very confusing i didnt know what was going on half the time.
Lobo
Lassan kezdek rájönni, hogy mi a bajom az amerikai chick lit-ekkel, illetve azok egyik fajtájával, a glamour lit-tel, amelyben nagyon menő csajokról van szó, akik többnyire New York felső 10000-hez tartoznak, vagy legalábbis oda akarnak bejutni. Üresek. Üres az egész világuk és valahogy mindig úgy érzem, hogy még ha irónikus is próbálna lenni a szerző valahol a szíve mélyén inkább tényleg irigyli az életüket és ő maga is szeretne közéjük tartozni. Ezért utáltam annyira a Szex és New Yorkot, a kö Lassan kezdek rájönni, hogy mi a bajom az amerikai chick lit-ekkel, illetve azok egyik fajtájával, a glamour lit-tel, amelyben nagyon menő csajokról van szó, akik többnyire New York felső 10000-hez tartoznak, vagy legalábbis oda akarnak bejutni. Üresek. Üres az egész világuk és valahogy mindig úgy érzem, hogy még ha irónikus is próbálna lenni a szerző valahol a szíve mélyén inkább tényleg irigyli az életüket és ő maga is szeretne közéjük tartozni. Ezért utáltam annyira a Szex és New Yorkot, a könyvet előbb, aztán a sorozatból is csak vagy 3 részt tudtam megnézni, annyira felszínesnek, üresnek és hihetetlenül unszinpatikusnak találtam a szereplőket. Márpedig nekem kell legalább egy szereplő akit meg tudok kedveln.

A New York hercegnői is szatíra akar lenni, de azt hiszem az elbeszélővel van a gond. Bár ő a főszereplő, aki kicsit kívülálló ebben a hihetetlenül előkelő, divatbolond és szörnyen zárt társaságban, bár mindenáron oda akar tartozni, igazi amerikai lány akar lenni, szemben anyjával, aki meg az angolokhoz menekül. Először azt hittem, majd lesznek jópofa meglátásai és vicces helyzetekbe keveredik, s mindezt majd intelligens humorral kommentálja de ez elmaradt. Szörnyen szánalmasnak tűnt. Viszont a legjobb barátnője, aki igazi Bergdorf, szőke, gazdag örökösnő a kiváltságosok életének minden előnyével (elvégre az eredeti cím is a The Bergdorf Blondes volt) meglepően jó fejnek tűnt. Holott ő az elkényeztetett ezüstkanállal szájában született elkényeztetett nő, aki akár Paris Hilton is lehetne, mégis szimpatikus volt. Tisztában a saját határaival és megvolt a magához való esze, amit kiválóan használt. Szóval ahhoz képest, hogy eleinte valami antihősnőt vártam, sokkal jobb pontokat kapott tőlem.

Ja persze történet az nincs sok: csajok, élik az életüket, felszínes barátságok, rongyrázások, a pasik mind szemetek, kivéve az aki barátként mindig segít és titokban ő az, aki ... De ez elég átlátszó trükk, nem is tartogat sok meglepetést a regény kimenetele.

Azért azt kell mondanom, hogy a könyvklubos résztől kifeküdtem. Úgyhogy azért kap vagy 2 csillaggal többet a könyv, mint amúgy adnék rá, mert határozottan hangosan felröhögtem amikor azt a részt olvastam, amikor ezek az übercsajok megpróbálkoznak elolvasni és megbeszélni egy díjnyertes regényt.

Szóval a New York hercegnői valahol ott helyezkedik el, ahol a Főnőknőm egy boszorkány (The Devil wears Prada – Az Ördög Pradat visel mint a mozikból ismerhetjük). Tucat főhősnő, semmi különleges stílus, viszont
van egy nagyon jó karakter, aki miatt nem érzem annyira idő pocsékolásnak az olvasást, mert szórakoztatott.

Eredetileg: http://olvasonaplo.net/olvasonaplo/20...
Tia Bach
Rating: 3.5 stars

The main character, "Moi," details what it takes to be a high society--Bergdorf Blonde--woman in New York. It's all about Chloe jeans, facials, great restaurants, and finding the perfect fiancee. Marrying that person isn't as important as the ring and showing off your guy.

I am so torn about this novel. At times, I was swept away in the superficial world of jet-setting. Then, the romance heated up, and I felt lost. Moi (and I found it annoying that her name wasn't clearer) whined Rating: 3.5 stars

The main character, "Moi," details what it takes to be a high society--Bergdorf Blonde--woman in New York. It's all about Chloe jeans, facials, great restaurants, and finding the perfect fiancee. Marrying that person isn't as important as the ring and showing off your guy.

I am so torn about this novel. At times, I was swept away in the superficial world of jet-setting. Then, the romance heated up, and I felt lost. Moi (and I found it annoying that her name wasn't clearer) whined through one bad relationship after another. Sadly, the guy you wanted her with came into the picture early, but after a while I wished he'd run away because she couldn't get her act together. But I did love his character and the twist in the end of who he was.

To be fair, she was immersed in a world that only added to her insecurities. Still, I wanted to see a backbone emerge. However, every time I thought I'd quit this book, I was drawn back in. So maybe I'm somewhat like Moi in that regard. She was definitely deeper than the women surrounding her, but that doesn't say a whole lot.

Bottom line... it was entertaining at times, and I couldn't help but want to know what would happen to the main character. It's like the beautiful candy you see in the store and can't resist.

If you love diving into a well-detailed world and connecting with a character, then give Bergdorf Blondes a chance.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.
Kirsteen
While I liked the style of writing and I think Plum does have skill when it comes to keeping things light and easy flowing, I didn't like this book. To be fair, I felt a need to finish and I was compelled to keep reading but I'm not sure how much is that my neurotic need to simply finish a book when I read. Or, I may have just been bored. It was a slow day at work. It took me a few hours to read it, so at least I can say it was a quick read.

The characters were unappealing. While I understand the While I liked the style of writing and I think Plum does have skill when it comes to keeping things light and easy flowing, I didn't like this book. To be fair, I felt a need to finish and I was compelled to keep reading but I'm not sure how much is that my neurotic need to simply finish a book when I read. Or, I may have just been bored. It was a slow day at work. It took me a few hours to read it, so at least I can say it was a quick read.

The characters were unappealing. While I understand there would be a certain amount of superficiality, I found the main character the dumbest of them all. She doesn't grow, learn, or act like an adult at all. She was completely childish and idiotic. Reading about her character was like an insult to my gender. And I will say, I do like reading chick-lit when it's fun, moving, or humorous. I kept waiting but there was none of that in the book.

And Zach's character... I know he was supposed to be vile but the main character should have gone marching back to him and demand an apology or something after the way he treated her. He was so disrespectful and she just lets him act like that. I detest books when the female character just lets that type of thing happen. I was convinced at the end of the book she might confront him but nope, she just goes off in her little dream world...

It was a big disappointment. I can't believe people kept recommending this book on this site.
Jess
This was completely and utterly unlikable. I saw it in a coworker's locker, and asked to borrow it, as I'm rapidly running out of any books I care about reading around here.

Reading the back and giving a quick look at the first few pages, I thought it would be something like Beauty Queens, in the sense that it would be a satirical look at the american 'rich princess' type of mentality.

To be fair, I never did finish Beauty Queens, while it was mildly humorous, I lost interest.

In any case, I thoug This was completely and utterly unlikable. I saw it in a coworker's locker, and asked to borrow it, as I'm rapidly running out of any books I care about reading around here.

Reading the back and giving a quick look at the first few pages, I thought it would be something like Beauty Queens, in the sense that it would be a satirical look at the american 'rich princess' type of mentality.

To be fair, I never did finish Beauty Queens, while it was mildly humorous, I lost interest.

In any case, I thought this book would be similar. It took me over half the novel to come to the come to the conclusion that it was not meant to be humor or poking fun at the culture it depicts. I see the book is listed in the humor category, and if the author was trying for that route she failed.

The prose itself is fine, the story and characters are what make this book painful to read. Instead of poking fun or having any satire, it came off as a novel perhaps written specifically for the characters it depicts; it reads more like an biography of a woman who lives in that shallow lifestyle. Lacking in any real humor, I'd give this one a pass unless you're really into high fashion and the empty headed people who live for it.
Esther
The train wreck you can't seem to put down but you really, really, need to! I only go to page 70 of this book, and the only reason I got that far is because you just need to keep going to see if it can get any better, and it only gets worse. I am not against fluffy chic-lit, but this falls into a whole new category of just plain awful. This book probably could have been written better by tween babbling into her diary, what with the over use of exclamation points, the word awesome, and the dreade The train wreck you can't seem to put down but you really, really, need to! I only go to page 70 of this book, and the only reason I got that far is because you just need to keep going to see if it can get any better, and it only gets worse. I am not against fluffy chic-lit, but this falls into a whole new category of just plain awful. This book probably could have been written better by tween babbling into her diary, what with the over use of exclamation points, the word awesome, and the dreaded like. Not to mention the extensive references to her "Brazilian Rainforest" and her male companions' explorations of "Rio". But by far the biggest pet peeve is that the main character does not have a name, she is just a talking head, who won't shut up about designers that readers probably have no idea about, and how she can "speak French" which is just the nearly vomit inducing use of "tres" and "moi". Again, I picked up this detest just from the first 70 pages. Good thing I picked this up for .50 cents used!
L.m.
How nice to know the fashion world is every bit as asinine as it appears. It makes for fast reading, I'll give it that.

Just finished my finals, picked up this book for some mindless time-killing.

Mindless it was... and painful. The characters start off ridiculously ignorant and self-absorbed... and stay that way. And as for the plot... What is it again? Jus an endless string of some new man, clothes, jewelry, flowers, decorating, hip resteraunts, cute acronyms, blah, blah, oh and a ridiculous "su How nice to know the fashion world is every bit as asinine as it appears. It makes for fast reading, I'll give it that.

Just finished my finals, picked up this book for some mindless time-killing.

Mindless it was... and painful. The characters start off ridiculously ignorant and self-absorbed... and stay that way. And as for the plot... What is it again? Jus an endless string of some new man, clothes, jewelry, flowers, decorating, hip resteraunts, cute acronyms, blah, blah, oh and a ridiculous "suicide attempt". I read up till the last couple of chapters, flipped through the rest after finding out Charlie is an earl, Like OMIGAWD! Because if he wasn't rich, he couldn't possibly be good enough for our enlightened heroine, right? Likewise for Julie's fiancee the ENglish professor, of course he's a secret heir to LOADS and LOADS of money. Because that's what really matters isn't it?

Gag me with a spoon. I weep for womankind.
Marta
I'm not a huge reader of "fluffy" or "chick-lit" books. I don't read a lot of romances or beach reads. And those that I do, I only read the big ones (i.e. "Bridget Jones", "The Notebook", etc.) I don't know if I'll seek out other writings by Plum Sykes. BUT I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I read it on vacation and all I could think was that the characters in the book had it all figured out. Be really wealthy and have all the leisure in the world and work with only the minimal amount of effort I'm not a huge reader of "fluffy" or "chick-lit" books. I don't read a lot of romances or beach reads. And those that I do, I only read the big ones (i.e. "Bridget Jones", "The Notebook", etc.) I don't know if I'll seek out other writings by Plum Sykes. BUT I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I read it on vacation and all I could think was that the characters in the book had it all figured out. Be really wealthy and have all the leisure in the world and work with only the minimal amount of effort. Anyone can hardly say they don't dream about having at least one day like this. While reading this book and being on vacation, I truly felt like I was part of this world. That, I too, could be beautiful and creative and intelligent and exorbitantly rich beyond my dreams. The fact that this "fluffy" book about some socialites could make me feel such an intense feeling of longing is commendable. And that is why I gave five stars. For making me feel like I was part of their world.
Mayu
Este libro me trae muchos recuerdos, sobre todo porque me lo regaló Karol, persona que en mi adolescencia fue como una hermana para mi. Ya solo por todos los momentos compartidos, ver este libro me trae muchos recuerdos, tambien porque esta novela la lei en las clases de francés y mientras Karol se pintaba las uñas, la comentábamos. Nos reiamos de los disparates y las ocurrencias de la protagonista. Cosas de crias en el fondo.

Dicho eso, decir que ya no me gusta esta novela. Tras leerla una segu Este libro me trae muchos recuerdos, sobre todo porque me lo regaló Karol, persona que en mi adolescencia fue como una hermana para mi. Ya solo por todos los momentos compartidos, ver este libro me trae muchos recuerdos, tambien porque esta novela la lei en las clases de francés y mientras Karol se pintaba las uñas, la comentábamos. Nos reiamos de los disparates y las ocurrencias de la protagonista. Cosas de crias en el fondo.

Dicho eso, decir que ya no me gusta esta novela. Tras leerla una segunda vez, dejé de encontrarla divertida. Mas bien, se convirtió en un ligero drama, con amores y desamores y peripecias en el trabajo, con sus momentos de cocteles, pijerias, y fiestas de lujo, y sus ratos insustanciales de sexo sin sentido.

Esta es otra novela mas de chick lit, pero sin dramas que te hagan llorar. Mejor, ¿eh? Aun asi, el chick lit no es para mi. Ya lo he comprobado demasiadas veces. ¿Proposito del dia? No volver a leer nunca mas chick lit.
Ellen
Personally, I love fashion, I love spas, I wish I could go shopping everyday. I read this book in one day and was simultaneously fascinated and repulsed. But I can only give it two stars because it wasn't much of a stretch for the author to write. If you've ever read one of Sykes editorials or reviews in Vogue you will realize that this book is basically her lifestyle with a few plot lines thrown in. She was born of privledge in England and moved to NYC to become an "it girl" and an official mus Personally, I love fashion, I love spas, I wish I could go shopping everyday. I read this book in one day and was simultaneously fascinated and repulsed. But I can only give it two stars because it wasn't much of a stretch for the author to write. If you've ever read one of Sykes editorials or reviews in Vogue you will realize that this book is basically her lifestyle with a few plot lines thrown in. She was born of privledge in England and moved to NYC to become an "it girl" and an official muse of Alexander McQueen. If I was unfamiliar with Sykes history I might have found this book a satirical look at the young socialites of NYC. But Sykes actually lives this life so her attempts at poking fun at the lifestyle are just pointless and make her seem even more vapid. If you are compelled to read this, go ahead, it is a good beach read. Otherwise go with The Nanny Diaries instead.
Kelly Fitzpatrick
I hate myself for loving you. I wanted to hate this shallow, self-absorbed story about Park Ave. Princesses, but couldn't. I also couldn't stop reading it and I was sad when it ended. Not because it had a sad ending, but because I wanted more. Then I recommended it to a friend (my aunt actually gave me the book because I assume she loved it). Yes, I saw the ending coming from a hundred pages away, but that's okay. It wasn't a mystery, it was...something else. The heroine didn't grow much, but ma I hate myself for loving you. I wanted to hate this shallow, self-absorbed story about Park Ave. Princesses, but couldn't. I also couldn't stop reading it and I was sad when it ended. Not because it had a sad ending, but because I wanted more. Then I recommended it to a friend (my aunt actually gave me the book because I assume she loved it). Yes, I saw the ending coming from a hundred pages away, but that's okay. It wasn't a mystery, it was...something else. The heroine didn't grow much, but maybe that was the point. She was loved for herself. I like romance, and I like my romance with the H/H together for much of the book, which wasn't the case because it wasn't really a typical romance. I thought just referring to the protagonist as moi was clever, yet distancing for the reader. The entire book was witty and clever, but not a 5 star. I will be reading Plum Sykes again though.
Peaches
“So the moral is to look like a virgin, behave however you like, and that way you will always get what you want” (84).
I adored Party Girls Die in Pearls enough to give it 4 stars. I guess it took the twelve years in between the publication of this one and the aforementioned superior text to produce quality writing for Sykes, but I am still reeling that this one was that bad! Unable to convince a library to purchase it (with good reason, I now see), I bought it myself with my limited grad studen “So the moral is to look like a virgin, behave however you like, and that way you will always get what you want” (84).
I adored Party Girls Die in Pearls enough to give it 4 stars. I guess it took the twelve years in between the publication of this one and the aforementioned superior text to produce quality writing for Sykes, but I am still reeling that this one was that bad! Unable to convince a library to purchase it (with good reason, I now see), I bought it myself with my limited grad student income, telling myself I would be rewarded with quality entertainment over my summer break similar to Party Girls, but alas! I highly recommend not even opening this book, but taking it back and getting Party Girls, or anything else, really. In fact, don’t even finish this review if you think it will in any way convince you to read any more! I’m such a giver!
Unwilling to call her a protagonist or heroine, as this is not even a substantial story for characters to hold those titles, our narrator, only known as Moi, lives in NY and begins to husband hunt. No, it’s not interesting like Gossip Girls, Sex and the City, etc. Yes, I realize Sykes was attempting to be satirical, but I’ll only deem satire when it’s witty, and this was just slapstick in the inanity.
Moi, who is half British, allegedly has a job, but spends most of her time shopping, attending parties, and later fiance-hunting because her best friend thinks one would look good on her arm. Moi tries out the playboy type, the married guy, the almost divorced guy, then the guy who liked her originally even though they’ve barely had any interactions and he dated her best friend (which is the only time the exclamation “Eew!” actually would make sense!). Of course, Charlie ends up being the “Little Earl” her mother has tried to marry her off to since she was young, and they have sex in the end. It definitely gave me some Pride and Prejudice vibes, but in the worst way possible. I do wonder, however, if people who read Austen’s work during the time period desired to bash their heads against a wall as people did with this book. I saw that it had launch parties and such in 2004, but that was such a weird time, where people wore velvet track suits and used their hip bones to hold up their pants. 1 star seems to be common amongst more modern readers, though.
Thoughts while reading:
Moi, you do not have a job; you had one assignment the whole book. Also, why aren’t you a blonde?! I enjoyed your manic hairdresser, George, who screamed that you needed highlights over the phone far more than you (3).
I did like Moi’s definitions of the world: “Punctual. I am up every morning at 10:30 AM and not a minute earlier” (6).
I never knew what brown signs were, but that could be useful for trivia?
Julie’s agency and self-awareness were the best part of the book: “There’s nothing more romantic than a girl who likes to be in love and is open about it” (45). Too bad none of them were actually in love...The whole book was tantamount to listening to a conversation of hormonal fourteen-year-old girls who all have ADHD. Julie is, however, able to find positivity in everything and make it gloriously backhanded: “You wedding will be my dress rehearsal—I’ll learn from your mistakes” (53). Julie is the only woman who seems to be really secure with who she is in the book: “I’m really spoiled, and very rich and exceptionally pretty, so I get to do exactly what I want [. . .]It’s okay, you don’t have to feel sorry for me. I like me like this” (298).
I had high hopes for Zach when he called Moi witty as well as pretty. All Charlie says is that she’s sweet...Plus, Charlie has no game. Spilling soda all over yourself to do a “straw trick” for a girl...But I guess they were on the same maturity level. Is Sykes trying to make a genius commentary on how little actions can endear you to a person you hardly know, or is this bad writing? I think you know my answer!
All of the talk of Brazil was nauseating. If you aren’t mature enough to call sex what it is, you shouldn’t be having it! Also, what the hell is the the storeian jungle supposed to be?! (55). I also felt Zach was justified in getting mad that she was texting during sex. Keep in mind that in 2004, texting took a lot more effort with the different keypads!
This book is incredibly dated: The celebrities mentioned, the clothes, and, especially, the view on suicide. Sykes uses suicide as a vehicle for the love interests to get closer, then has Moi mention it every time something upsets her. I really can’t condone that idiocy. That’s not satire.
Why did Charlie even like Moi? He was fine dating her friend, he called her dramatic all the time, and he’s witnessed that she’s incredibly prone to bad decisions.
You deserve to be left somewhere if you’re an adult incapable of showing up on time....
Patrick was my second favorite character, as he was openly married and kept extending offers of fun vacations (even on holidays) to Moi amidst rejection: “ ‘What about dinner tonight, at the Carlyle?’ ‘You have to leave me alone, okay?’ ‘Colorado for Christmas?’” (237). AHAHAHA. That’s a welcome change of harassment!
Though misguided, Moi’s realizations were accurate, even if she didn’t take them: “I don’t want to get all analytical or anything, but the fact is people never change. Charlie was as fervently opposed to Bellinis now as ever” (278). Were Bellinis even that popular in 2004?!
Anyway, not worth it. I’m just really glad it was written before hostages became a trend....
I read that there was a "sequel," only to go to the description (I had to know how bad it was...) and see that it does not include any of the characters. That's not a sequel!
Hannah
Als ich 15/16 war, war dieses Buch meine Bibel. Mittlerweile liebe ich das Buch nicht mehr so obsessiv, aber ich finde es dennoch sehr unterhaltsam.

Plum Sykes beschreibt den Lebensstil der New Yorker "It" Girls. Die Erzählerin "moi" schließt sich da nicht mit ein. Sie ist brünett, hat eine Stimme und eine Karriere. Alle "Mädels" um sie rum scheinen blond und oberflächlich zu sein. Besonders Julie, die beste Freundin der Erzählerin, wird detailliert als eine oberflächliche, egozentrische, blondie Als ich 15/16 war, war dieses Buch meine Bibel. Mittlerweile liebe ich das Buch nicht mehr so obsessiv, aber ich finde es dennoch sehr unterhaltsam.

Plum Sykes beschreibt den Lebensstil der New Yorker "It" Girls. Die Erzählerin "moi" schließt sich da nicht mit ein. Sie ist brünett, hat eine Stimme und eine Karriere. Alle "Mädels" um sie rum scheinen blond und oberflächlich zu sein. Besonders Julie, die beste Freundin der Erzählerin, wird detailliert als eine oberflächliche, egozentrische, blondierte Socialite dargestellt.

Ich lese das Buch als Gesellschaftskritik - "moi" kritisiert subtil den oberflächlichen Lebensstil der "Bergdorf-Blondinen". Vielleicht interpretiere ich da auch ein bisschen viel hinein, aber vor diesem Hintergrund liest sich das Buch nicht als oberflächliche Frauenliteratur.
Lynda
I've seen this book in the bookstore for the past year or so and debated buying it. Finally, last week I found it on clearance at Barnes and Noble so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. The characters were shallow and self centered which made the story a bit amusing. The protagonist is never given a name and known only as moi. Took me 3/4 of the book to realize I didn't know her name. It makes for interesting reading.

My only major complaint is I feel the characters I've seen this book in the bookstore for the past year or so and debated buying it. Finally, last week I found it on clearance at Barnes and Noble so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. The characters were shallow and self centered which made the story a bit amusing. The protagonist is never given a name and known only as moi. Took me 3/4 of the book to realize I didn't know her name. It makes for interesting reading.

My only major complaint is I feel the characters were not well developed. Although it is a fun, light read, I thought the author could have developed their personalities a bit more. Also, if you aren't a fan of abreviations, be forewarned - this book is alphabet soup!
Keerthi
Too far from any shred of truth to make for compelling satire, too inane to be entertaining in even the most superficial of ways. I respect Plum Sykes quite a bit, but this book, shrewdly written to have mass appeal/sell copies, makes me want to bash my head against my desk repeatedly. (Keep in mind I am saying this as someone who openly appreciates less-than-highbrow things such as "Gossip Girl" and "Sex and the City," but Bergdorf Blondes lacks the witty banter of the former and emotions and Too far from any shred of truth to make for compelling satire, too inane to be entertaining in even the most superficial of ways. I respect Plum Sykes quite a bit, but this book, shrewdly written to have mass appeal/sell copies, makes me want to bash my head against my desk repeatedly. (Keep in mind I am saying this as someone who openly appreciates less-than-highbrow things such as "Gossip Girl" and "Sex and the City," but Bergdorf Blondes lacks the witty banter of the former and emotions and parallels to real-world situations of the latter.) If you've come here looking for intelligent chick-lit, don't waste your time: this book is THE PITS.
Mikaela
I picked this book up from a store it was only five dollars and the cover and blurb seemed interesting so I bought it. However this book was not worth the $5. It may have been that I couldn't connect with the character as I am not materialistic or size 0. Whilst I honestly knew nothing about the New York high society this life and 'hardships' and 'troubles' were unrealistic. The plot and main character were boring (so much so I don't remember her name). I only kept reading because I hate not fin I picked this book up from a store it was only five dollars and the cover and blurb seemed interesting so I bought it. However this book was not worth the $5. It may have been that I couldn't connect with the character as I am not materialistic or size 0. Whilst I honestly knew nothing about the New York high society this life and 'hardships' and 'troubles' were unrealistic. The plot and main character were boring (so much so I don't remember her name). I only kept reading because I hate not finishing books.

Perhaps I missed the point of the book and it was actually a mocking of New York high society, otherwise I would have probably given it a five star rating.
Jessica
Please give me a minute while I revive my brain enough to write this review. Several thoughts here: 1. Did I actually used to enjoy reading books like this? 2. Was this really on the New York Times best sellers list? 3.Were/Are there really people like this out there? 4. I knew Charlie was "little earl" from the minute he was introduced and I knew they would end up together.
Be warned the main character is dumb...and annoying... and don't even get me started on Julie. Little miss "Yeah, probably Please give me a minute while I revive my brain enough to write this review. Several thoughts here: 1. Did I actually used to enjoy reading books like this? 2. Was this really on the New York Times best sellers list? 3.Were/Are there really people like this out there? 4. I knew Charlie was "little earl" from the minute he was introduced and I knew they would end up together.
Be warned the main character is dumb...and annoying... and don't even get me started on Julie. Little miss "Yeah, probably, but you know, I'm really spoiled, and very rich and exceptionally pretty, so I get to do exactly what I want." (That's a direct quote!)
Ugh! Ok, enough, bottom line: I hated it.
Emma
This book felt like a time warp to my early twenties - Brad Pitt and Jennifer Annistan were still together, no face book so you would google dates, Sex and the City and Manolo Blahniks etc etc. What is interesting is that if I had read it in my twenties I wouldn't have had the foggiest ideas about the high class luxury items. This is probably because they hadn't yet come to perth. Take for example Diptyque. I wouldn't have had a clue what that was!

Perhaps if I had read this book in my early twen This book felt like a time warp to my early twenties - Brad Pitt and Jennifer Annistan were still together, no face book so you would google dates, Sex and the City and Manolo Blahniks etc etc. What is interesting is that if I had read it in my twenties I wouldn't have had the foggiest ideas about the high class luxury items. This is probably because they hadn't yet come to perth. Take for example Diptyque. I wouldn't have had a clue what that was!

Perhaps if I had read this book in my early twenties I would have rated it higher. A period in my life when I gobbled up vogue magazines and loved the idea of rich men. Reading it in my thirties makes me realise how superficial it all is.
Rita
This is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read. The characters, especially the main character, we're so shallow its sickening. For a while the only reason I continued to read the book was to see if her boyfriend was going to break up with her, which would have been in his best interests. I finally quit reading it before the end because I cared so little about the self absorbed characters I couldnt stand to waste my time finishing the book. Absolutely awful book.
Katie
I literally dipped this in a swimming pool and threw it away after reading it. I read the whole thing because all along the way I thought 'surely it must get better!' We'll let me assure you, it never got better but rather worse. I resorted to skimming along the ridiculous nuances about who was wearing what and in the end, the plot really didn't exist. All the character are atrocious and I feel like I lost brain cells reading this.
Sarah
This book drags on a little longer than it should. Ok a LOT longer than it should. If you don't have a really rich and hot boyfriend with his own private jet or if you don't have a closet full of Marc Jacobs and Valentino, then it might make you feel depressed. Not recommended for anyone with low self esteem. BUT if you like making fun of people, then it is a little amusing. In short, this book is really shallow but cute at times.
Erika
What could you possibly expect from a book called 'Bergdorf Blondes'? This was a light and easy read for me. Definitely beach material. I didn't expect upper east siders to change. I just wanted to hear the "problems" a PAP could have and of course fall in love in the process. So it's not Probst. It certainly doesn't deserve a five. But for entertaining for a little over a weekend, it's definitely a 3.
Melissa
Ugh. This book was so bad. I was really happy to look at the reviews and see several 1's. I spent $3 on this book at a yard sale, which is more than I have ever paid for a book. I found the whole story D-R-E-A-D-F-U-L. I know that it was tongue-in-cheek but holy hell, the characters were so annoying. With their constant whining and bragging and money spending. I had absolutely no interest in any of the characters and I am upset that I bought Debutante Divorce.
Rhodelia Azcueta
Read an advanced, uncorrected proof of Bergdorf Blondes. I recognized Plum Skyes's name from her various Vouge articles so I figured it would be a fun and well-written read. It didn't disappoint. I gave it 4 stars for being a great poolside read - quick, breezy and not too serious yet smartly written - total "chick lit" goodness. If you enjoy reading Candace Bushnell and/or watching SATC, this is in the same vein just a bit more cheeky fluff.
chris
I only read this because it was the only book in my house I hadn't completed. I bought it two years ago in a rush at the airport and promptly stowed it in my luggage for the rest of the trip.

Vapid and silly. This book has no likeable characters. They are all self-absorbed self-indulgent spoiled brats. Except for the guy who she ends up with, of course.

This book is heading straight to the donate pile. My only hope is that no one picks it up at Goodwill.

Kimberly Mungle
I think this deserves more like a 3.5. It's not a classic or anything but it's a fun guilty pleasure chick lit book to read in an afternoon. It's really good for it's genre. I found myself cracking up at the ridiculousness of the characters and of course most everything turns out perfect in the end - but I expected it to. I'm not sure anyone actually lives like these girls but it is certainly entertaining.
Isabel Camus
I would actually probably rate this book a 3.5 but it was closer to 4 than 3. Overall an entertaining read, but fashion, New York, and rich Park Avenue Princesses never were my cup of tea.

I think the main character also got on my nerves sometimes. She had the potential to be so much more. I guess the problem is, I only really liked Charlie Dunlain and he didn't appear nearly enough to satisfy my curiosity about him. But don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading the book. :)
Theresa
Oh what's a rich girl today? The clothes, the planes, but what every rich girl wants is a husband. This is the story of one rich girls pursuit of the PH (perfect husband) as she goes through several failed relationships to find him. Some of the story is laugh out loud funny but it mostly pocks fun of the rich and famous who are clueless. About half way through the story you begin to see who the PH is even if she doesn't.
Claire
At times I thought my IQ was dropping as I was reading the obsessions over clothes and jewelry and brand names, but despite all that I really enjoyed this book. It embraced the Park Avenue Princess lifestyle, poked fun at it, and still managed to tell a fun story. At times the story felt a little bit like the Shopaholic Chronicles, especially when I wanted to reach in the pages and give a character a slap and ask what the hell they were thinking! But I really enjoyed it. A nice light read.
Georgiann Hennelly
Bergdorf Blondes is a funny guilt free pleasure read. The Bergdorf Blondes are an elite group of women.Who shop do lunch and gossip about each other mainly the one who isn,t there. It,s laugh out loud funny at times. Chick lit at its finest. Asavvy and viciously funny trip into a glitzy glittery world.. this book was given to me i normally don,t read many of these types of books but i enjoyed it.
Emma
It's almost as if Sykes was trying to write Sex and the City, with a British heroine, and didn't make it. These women's lives revolve around the perfect hairdo, sample sales and finding the perfect fiance. Superficial to it's core this is chick lit without the wit and a disappointment for those brought up on S and the C or 'Devil Wears...' If you're looking for a classic chick lit novel set in the glittering city that never sleeps then go back to the great originals and give this one a miss.
eliza
Tiffany's teal is the PERFECT color for this book. Such a fun and easy read, but I must say I found myself becoming a little more materialistic and a little more brain-dead towards the end of the book. This doesn't require any deep thought to read through. Life as a socialite sounds so glamorous but too difficult to keep up with. I could deal with having to be ana....
Kelly D'Ambrosio
I expected this book to be fun and silly and iI enjoyed the movie Clueless and Legally Blonde, but this book was kinda stupid. There was nothing about it that made me want to pick it back up. I really wanted to like it and forced myself to finish to see if it would get better, but it never really did.
Helena Pires
Hard to believe that someone actually published this. I guess it's all about who you know, not anything to do with good writing or plot or character development. That's my review, with 70 pages left until I finish the book.
And now that I've finished the book: the last 50 pages had some charm but overall the book was a waste of time.
$.05
If I could give less than a star to this stupid, predictable, chick lit book I would. I get way more enrichment from watching an episode of sex in the city while drinking a cosmo than I got out of this book. I guess it's ok if you want something mindless, but I recommend killing brain cells in more productive ways than dumming yourself down with this anti-feminist drivel!!
Joanne
Simply entertaining! Fun and flirty like flipping through a chichi magazine or hearing about your BFF’s dating tales. Name dropping fashions with little words of wisdom at the end of many chapters from a PAP (Park Avenue Princess) society girl. Good beach read or dream on your deck lifestyle book.
Sara
Lord this book is really badly written, but I feel like I started it I have to finish it. Maybe it will get better. Ok, finally finished it and it didn't get better. I feel dumber now that I've read it. If you would like to brush up on what designers are the ones to know in the early 2000s then this book is good for that. If you don't know who Michael Kors is, don't bother.
Erin
I'm not too proud to admit I occasionally indulge in totally meaningless chick lit. I gravitate towards trashy novels about rich people behaving badly and/or sordid drug addictions; this book is more about the former. I appreciate this story's narrator because she is definitely more edgy than the usual vapid wannabe "it girl."
Pamela
This book is pure fluff. It's not to be taken seriously. As such it's pure entertainment and a fun read. If you take it as a documentary on society I dare some will be offended by the superficiality of the people involved. But that's the fun of the book! It's total camp. No one can take these spoiled people seriously.
Jamie
This book was too unbelievable for me to deal with. If I didnt feel guilty for "quitting" a book, I would have quit this one already! This girl (who is too cool to include her name in the entire story) wants me to feel sorry for her and her free stuff (Prada Gucci Alex McQueen) and her luxurious life?? PLEASE!!! This might be the worst Chic Lit book I've come across thus far.
Cheryl
I've read this multiple times and it is an interesting satire on high society and vanity and all that might go with it. I found it was not as good this time around as it was when I was younger but still entertaining enough. The characters are of course a bit irritating, but then they are meant to be. Sometimes, they are not very consistant, though, in their personalities.
Peggy
Amusing and slight novel about wealthy Manhattan young socialites in quest of husbands. The narrator (moi) is just down-to-earth enough to sympathize with. I've never read about a more shallow social scene, but it's quite tongue-in-cheek and I had to laugh in places. Anyone who doesn't like this sort of thing can easily steer away from it; the title says all.
Nicole
I was on vacation with a friend who was reading this and thought it looked incredibly stupid and Paris Hilton-esque. Well, I read it, and it was very inane and pointless, but also semi-entertaining. I would put this in the category of guilty-pleasure, because you shouldn't read this hoping to gain any kind of knowledge (well, maybe about fashion designers).
Wendy
I have a hard time reviewing this book because there were some questionable things in it but MAANNN I really really enjoyed it and have actually read it 4 or 5 times. It's just cute and funny. You quickly enjoy the character only known as "moi" and enjoy her funny/extremely dramatic day to day experiences. Plus - reading about anything set in Manhattan is just fun!
Lisa
I read this a couple of months ago and I am still kicking myself today for shelling out $15 for this book. The only reason I finished this was because I hate to leave books unfinished. This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. The character's materialist tendencies and overall stupidity just ended up giving me a huge headache every time I picked up the book to read.
Andrea
I'm not sure why this book is compared to Sex and the City. None of the characters are likeable- you never even learn the main character's name. It was a fast read and it did keep my interest at some parts, but the end was a total insult to the reader's intelligence. It was ridiculous. I'm surprised this book is popular but not surprised to see other low ratings on Goodreads.
Artiste
There is really no plot, the characters mostly aren't great or even good. As far as book goes, this was kind of totally terrible. BUT she is a humorous writer and the lingo is very entertaining. I would recommend reading this like reading a magazine; not for an actual story but about the opinions- fashion, food, etc. Very informative - I've learned about some new designers and great jewelers.
Kelly
I have never wanted more to be a Socialite / Hieress ever in my life than I did after reading this funny and witty book. Talk about superficial. An Hieress of the Bergdor family fortune from Bergdorf Goodman in NY City, welcome to the life of highlights, shopping, travel, and getting engaged b/c its the thing to do, not for love! I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Katy
I'm so embarrased to say I read this book. it was horrible...... I mean horrible! It was so bad that I don't even know what it was about. I was hoping for a well written gossipy book about the women of the upper East side. (like doing some rubbernecking into the "glam" life.) Didn't get it.... yuck. yuck. yuck. waste of time.
Christi
I couldn't get past the first 5 chapters. There was to much complaining and it did not allow me to escape real life instead it made me want to kill the characters for being so off putting. The main characters where needy and not full-filling. Unfortunately it let me down because I enjoyed the summary on the back, but the book itself let me down. :(
Kat
This is definitely a guilty pleasure book. For those of us that wonder what it is like to be a socialite in New York City or to live a life where Valentino sends you free clothing, this is a fantastic read - even better during those weeks where over-thinking and over-analyzing a book is out of the question. This is definitely hard to put down.
Lauren
Eh. I'm going to keep it short, sweet, and to the point, because frankly I don't have much else to say about it. It had a sweet romance by the end of it, but the characters were like literary Paris Hilton clones, and it overall just wasn't my thing. And I got it for free, so that lightened the issue of it, I suppose.
Sabrina
This wasn't a great book, but it definitely wasn't good either. It was a nice quick read that I read to help my brain relax a little after intense study sessions. I had to keep reminding myself that this book is satire and that's what helped me finish this book. Nothing memorable, but it really did take my mind off other things!
Janelle Fritz
I read it soon after having my first son. So postpartum, sleep deprived, nursing, with mush brain, I felt mildly entertained. Although in hindsight, I probably could have gotten my slave to fashion fix of NYC, labels, and the latest products and procedures from thumbing through a couple back issues of Vogue or Elle.
Gila
this is my favourite chicklit ever. you can't say that plum syke's books are smart or not as shallow as whatever. but they're exceptionally well written, sometimes sharp and if you squint, it kind of reads like very well executed, subtle satire. to me, plum sykes is like a modern jane austen. yes I just wrote that.
Joan
The first chapter was promising but by the next few pages, I was disappointed. If I were to produce the film version of the book, I'd cast Paris Hilton as the blonde. She wouldn't have to act. It'll just be a story of her life. Bergdorf Blondes has everything I don't like about the typical chic lit. Sorry Plum Sykes. I like you in Vogue but not in this.
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