Everybody Rise

Everybody Rise

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250077172
1250077176
Branch Call Number: Fiction Cli
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 25 cm

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tegan
Sep 29, 2017

This one wasn't for me. I thought it was going to be, but the main character is so horrible it made it hard for me to enjoy it. For unknown reasons I finished it...probably b/c I listened to the audiobook version, which didn't even have the best narrator.

cmlibrary_wdoermann Feb 08, 2016

I really enjoyed this and found it to be a fun and entertaining read. While the characters will at times make you roll your eyes in frustration, it is a nice light read.

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photogrrlkp
Oct 16, 2015

aliciamarie absolutely nailed it. I had pretty much the same reaction to the book, and I really only finished it because a book has to be absolutely, atrociously unreadable for me to give up on it. The character development felt poor, everyone was a one-dimensional archetype - the pretty but mean rich popular girl, the rich party boy, the smart and slightly nerdy outsider guy, and Evelyn, the grasping wannabe who throws aside her real friends for the fast in crowd she's trying to enter. Very clich├ęd.

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aliciamarie
Aug 18, 2015

Chick lit. Not my normal kind of reading material. But interesting none the less. As I have mentioned before, I love books about NYC. A book about elite NYC society sounded interesting.
This book was a slow start but as the story progressed it was easier to pick up and read. I think I had a hard time liking and relating to the main character, Evelyn. For being in her mid twenties she tended to act like she was in high school with no real knowledge of how the real world works. Her behaviors in life and towards others were just not believable. She is so determined to get to the highest point in this elite society that she is willing to do anything to get there. It was borderline mental.
I really liked her high school friends that were introduced at the beginning of the book. However, after the story progresses those character are forgotten and we are introduced to new "friends" she makes while climbing the social ladder. Most characters in this book are flat and boring. No character growth or personality. Even Evelyn just seems to wander throughout the entire book with no real energy. She is uninteresting and dull, and overall just not a character that really engaged me as a reader.
At about the halfway point I realized that I just wasn't excited about finishing this story. It switched back and forth between present and past and went from one location to another. I really wanted to feel more engaged but it just wasn't happening. The characters didn't appeal to me. I in no way felt sorry or even rooted for the main character.
It was a good summer read due to the fact it is relatively a quick read about a society and places that most of us are not a part of. It was fun reading about places I will probably never visit and things I will never have the money to do or parties for the wealthy that I will never get invited to. Taking a peak into the world of "old money" is something I think most people have been interested in. Even if it is in a fictional book.
I give it 3 stars. Nothing phenomenal or even exciting. I wasn't swept away by it and had to will myself to actually finish despite my ridiculously high expectations before starting. It was a satisfying conclusion but came to late for me to truly enjoy it.

Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin's Press for allowing me the egalley to read and review!

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marthabwaters
Aug 05, 2015

Imagine Edith Wharton writing about the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis and you'll have an idea of what this book is like. Evelyn, the main character, is a new money girl relentlessly climbing the social ladder in New York, with predictably disastrous results. It's not precisely an enjoyable read--watching a protagonist make consistently horrible decisions for idiotic reasons rarely is--but Clifford displays a sharp eye for class markers (get an '85 Mercedes, people, not a flashy new one! A hand-me-down Racquet Club bracelet confers more status than a diamond one ever can!) and the snobby upper class society she is depicting--and satirizing--feels real. The whole endeavor feels a bit empty--but then, maybe that's the point.

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