Bergdorf Blondes is the chick lit début novel of Plum Sykes, an English- born fashion writer and New York “it girl”. The book was released in hardcover on . Laura Barton on the girls about town in Plum Sykes’ Bergdorf Blondes. The reputation of the fairest of the fair sex gets another mauling in Plum Sykes’s label-strewn tale of husband-hunting, Bergdorf Blondes.
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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 Salona ride on a PJ private jet with the ATM rich boyfriendand 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 Syjesa ride on a PJ private jet with the ATM rich boyfriendand 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 aykes known only as Moi is living at the peak bergdlrf 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 sykkes 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 bblondes who’s just looking for love and maybe the perfect pair of Chloe jeans. Paperbackpages. Published May 4th by Miramax Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Bergdorf Blondesplease sign up. Is this book trash? Eileen Russell Yes, one begrdorf the trashiest books I ever wasted my time reading. See 1 question about Bergdorf Blondes…. Lists with This Book. Dec 19, Anne rated it did not like it Shelves: 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.
Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes
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.
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.
Apr 08, Michelle rated it did not like it Recommends it for: 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 Bg finished sykess. 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 bergdorc 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 berdgorf ‘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 sykws the families are sworn enemiesand 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 husbandsgo 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 ;lum 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. Jun 15, Melindam rated it did not like it Shelves: This book is a literary equivalent of a shot in the head. Read this at your peril.
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 Bergdogf Loves Books Bergdorf Blondes was a pleasant chick lit read that combined three of my berdorf 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 Lpum 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 pum like a grown up version of Gossip Girl. View all 3 comments.
Jul 26, Louise Green rated it really plmu it Shelves: I know this is one of those books syles not supposed to like because it’s so girly and fashion here shooes there. But I absolutely loved it! I had pretty low syeks on Plum Sykes, after reading some of the more well-known fashion-chick-lit books, but this was probably the best one I’ve read so far. Not only did I find myself laughing out loud at quite a few times, but this novel wa I know this is one of those books you’re not supposed to like because it’s so girly and fashion here shooes there.
Not only did I find myself laughing out loud at quite a few times, but this novel was warm, and sy,es didn’t feel as serious as ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘Sex and the City’. I can’t figure a work like that out, and I’m not even sure such a word excists. But if you bergdorc ever want to read one fashion-chick. Moi is quick blomdes point out that she is not blonde, that she has a career, as a fashion magazine writer no less, and that she happens to be a conduit for the lives blondrs the rich and blonde around her.
The tone is curious, more Teen Vogue than proper Vogue. Still, it follows American magazine protocol in being chatty, toothlessly catty and less than fully informed. This suits the narrative which follows a traditional arc of girl meets boy, loses boy, meets boy, meets boy, meets really rich boy and swoons. There is a similarity to the television show Sex in the City, in that all men who wander across the pages are either appalling or unutterably wonderful.
As Moi sums up her love life: Could the narrator and author be unaware of the fact that such a treatment is available in London? Should Vogue be alerted to the existence of a little place called Bliss? This display of ignorance becomes less startling as Bergdorf Blondes stumbles on, and it allows for a cloying motif. Because of this amazing new waxing thing that has never been heard of outside of New York, sex is referred to throughout as variations on the word Brazil.
Moi, then, goes to Brazil, she goes to the Amazon, she goes to Rio the clitorisand, most dismayingly to Impanema.
The ending brings the proceedings firmly into the realm of Barbara Cartland — the moral of the story is to marry well, which I suppose is the ultimate beauty tip. A finished copy was provided by the agency for review.