EVERYONE WORTH KNOWING by Lauren Weisberger
Genre: Chick Lit
|Having greatly enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada (and well before there was a movie), I put Lauren Weisberger’s follow-up on my reading list as soon as it was published. I finally got around to reading it, thinking this would be perfect summer fare. Unfortunately, it’s not.
Everyone Worth Knowing failed to pass the 50-page test. Failed miserably! From the first couple of pages I felt assaulted by heavy-handed references to every fashion or style or society name or supposedly “important” icon intended to invoke the setting of NEW YORK CITY (read with great reverence). But simply tossing out random names of designers and upscale hot spots does nothing more than make Weisberger sound like she’s trying to convince you of her authority on the matter. It does not, and I am unimpressed. Had as much time been spent on developing the main character in the first chapters as was put to establishing how completely remarkable NYC is — since, apparently, no one knows that — this book might have had a chance. Instead, Weisberger chose to focus on this misguided product placement device to convey the setting, and proceeded to spend more time than any drawing a gushing portrait of a gay uncle. For me, it was all just tired, unfocused and unoriginal.
Weisberger will have to work very hard in her next effort to convince me that she’s any more than just a one-hit wonder.