Synopsis from Goodreads: 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).
Number of pages: 320
My review: Okay just a heads up; If you don’t like superficial people or books about superficial people, then you better not read this book. Bergdorf Blondes takes these super rich and wealthy people and basically talks about their lives and how the live with all this money and how they’re “hunting” for husbands and stuff like that. Our main character, who’s name is never stated she is simply “Moi”, was someone I started out liking but gradually started to see her real side, which I didn’t like.
At first I thought she was a girl who was definitely not as priveliged as her friends (i.e. she claims she borrows clothes from the work closet, and borrows things from her friend Julie Bergdorf, etc.) and the way she talks about her friend Julie, I thought okay, maybe she’s really down to earth and Julie is not. Maybe she keeps her grounded.
WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.
“Moi” is just as superficial as Julie and does most of the same things Julie does. Perhaps she wasn’t as dramatic as her friends but she sure was stupid sometimes. A lot of the men in the novel kept telling her to stop being selfish and petty and to think about someone other than herself and she never understood them. She couldn’t grasp the concept that everything wasn’t about her. Definitely frustrating.
I also thought her relationships with the variety of men was very superficial, and she obviously only liked them for their money.
On the other hand, I did like the name dropping and all the talk about the luxiours dresses, jets, hand bags, shoes, etc. It makes any girl pine to be rich and wish that she was living the life that is described in the novel (minus the annoying friends).
The plot itself really went nowhere, but it was a really fast read. I smiled through a lot of it, mostly because it was so ridiculous. But all in all I would say it was a fun read that you can’t take too seriously and it’s just something for when you’re between other books. Needless to say, I gave it three out of five stars on Goodreads, so you make the call.
See you soon,