Sunday, September 10, 2006

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger

Everyone Worth Knowing is a trashy, junk food novel about an ordinary woman who joins a Manhattan PR and event-planning firm and subsequently becomes immersed in the superficial, VIP party world.

I decided to try this novel after having seen and enjoyed the film The Devil Wears Prada. Just a few chapters into this novel, though, and it quickly became evident that my enjoyment of The Devil Wears Prada was likely more due to the film's director and actors than the text source.

Everyone Worth Knowing is a purely formulaic, forgettable novel. The characters are not believable, the writing and grammar are poor, and the plot twists are predictable and cliched. What's worse, the novel is essentially exactly the same as The Devil Wears Prada. Just like the earlier novel, Everyone Worth Knowing features a young, naive girl who joins a high-profile Manhattan company and experiences the trappings, transformation, and toll of surrendering yourself to an all-consuming profession.

Final recommendation: skip the novel and wait for the film adaptation.

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