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Everybody Rise: A Novel av Stephanie…
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Everybody Rise: A Novel (utgåvan 2015)

av Stephanie Clifford (Författare)

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"A masterful tale of social climbing and entrenched class distinctions, as seen through the eyes of an outsider who desperately wants in. Tense, hilarious, and bursting with gorgeous language. Stephanie Clifford is a 21st-century Edith Wharton." -J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of The Engagements. It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them. Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family's downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way. Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford's debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes - money, ambition, family, friendship - and on the universal longing to fit in"--… (mer)
Medlem:barr12
Titel:Everybody Rise: A Novel
Författare:Stephanie Clifford (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2015), Edition: First Edition first Printing, 384 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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This book wasn’t for me. The beginning started off slow, and I could easily predict where this was going. It was hard to care about the many benefits, debutantes, and even Evelyn’s friends throughout the story, as they don’t appeal to me or my upbringing.

**I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review** ( )
  JaxlynLeigh | Feb 4, 2020 |
3.75. I was hesitant to read Everybody Rise, sounded too I'm rich and fabulous, but I figured I would give it a go and I am so glad I did. It's like Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Gossip Girl blended together. Evelyn got a new job for a website that caters to rich people and is trying to find high society people to join, her mom has tried to push her into this scene, but Evelyn was against it. She now has to try to infiltrate this social group and the way to do that is to become like them. She spends money she doesn't have, makes up lies to give her a credible old money background, and does a lot of ass kissing to make it happen and become best friends with the most known NY socialite Camilla. Evelyn's character gets more unlikable as the novel goes on as she tries to fit in with these high society people. I think at times it can be hard to read from a unlikable character, because she is annoying, but it's well done where she isn't just unlikable, there's a desperation and the desperation grows throughout. I was glad to see where the plot went, some of points of the plot and characters were reaching and needed more depth, but still a very good read. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Oct 4, 2018 |
3.25 because the author used the correct "Canada goose" instead of the oh so wrong "Canadian goose", and Edith Wharton's [b:The House of Mirth|17728|The House of Mirth|Edith Wharton|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328729186s/17728.jpg|1652564] (one of my all time faves) was one of her inspirations. Otherwise this book was a fluffy social commentary trying really hard to be a serious social commentary and falling short. I also found it super ironic and more than a little hypocritical that the entire message of this book is about the evils of social climbing, but the author made sure to add in her bio that she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. Too bad she didn't graduate summa cum laude, maybe this book would have been just a little bit better if she had been able to pull off summa (just kidding). Totally middle of the road stuff here; reminds me of something I would have read in high school. My take away= meh. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
I won a copy of the advanced audiobook from Armchair BEA. I listened to this for as long as I could stand it. Nothing to do with the book, I just couldn't get past the narrator's voice.
  pennma05 | Jul 21, 2016 |
I received this audiobook as part of a First Reads Giveaway - thanks to Goodreads & the publisher.

And I wish I could say that this was a great treat - a free book is a free book, & this one is being billed as THE read of the summer. But the only reason I even finished it was because it was a giveaway, & I wanted to give it every chance to surprise me.

The story takes place right before the recession of 2008, in the rarified air of what would soon be known as the 1%. Evelyn Beegan has been raised to hobnob with these people, though she doesn't quite belong. Hailing from Bibville, MD, the child of a trial attorney who is known for large suits against heartless corporations, never having debuted herself, but on the periphery of it all from her prep school days, Evelyn has enough access to this world to think she wants more.

And therein lies the fatal flaw of this tale. First, this world doesn't sound appealing at all. Second, it doesn't sound at all real. These twenty-somethings are accepting the rules & standards of bygone days, & Evelyn wants to lock herself into the gilded cage with them.

But you have no idea why. Beyond marrying rich, there's nothing here for her but what she gets: debt. She ingratiates herself, uses people along the way, lies to everyone, and alienates the only two people who seem like they care about her.

And there is not even a moment of schadenfreude to enjoy. The rich stay rich; they're untouchable in the turbulent days just ahead. Everyone else is disposable and gets chewed up & spat out.

At the very end, Evelyn has what should be a moment of redemption. But we don't even remember the Evelyn who is supposedly "coming back." We've only seen the selfish, scheming shallow Evelyn that you can't find anything to attach to.

Stephanie Clifford's prose is tight, & the potential for a well-developed story is there. I don't know if it's the subject matter that is just so unbearable, but this was hard to get through, even as an audiobook. If you're on the fence about reading this, pass on it - there are better books to read. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
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"A masterful tale of social climbing and entrenched class distinctions, as seen through the eyes of an outsider who desperately wants in. Tense, hilarious, and bursting with gorgeous language. Stephanie Clifford is a 21st-century Edith Wharton." -J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of The Engagements. It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them. Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family's downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way. Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford's debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes - money, ambition, family, friendship - and on the universal longing to fit in"--

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