The Overnight Socialite: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Lucy Ellis moved to the Big Apple to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer, but the native Midwesterner has just about had it with the city. A mousy, self-conscious girl trapped in a job at a designer sweatshop, Lucy has been mistreated, road-blocked, and otherwise insulted since her arrival. Overwhelmed by city life, Lucy is about to pack it all in and return home to Minnesota. Then she meets Wyatt.

After being publicly dissed by the glamour girl he’d been ...

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Overview

Lucy Ellis moved to the Big Apple to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer, but the native Midwesterner has just about had it with the city. A mousy, self-conscious girl trapped in a job at a designer sweatshop, Lucy has been mistreated, road-blocked, and otherwise insulted since her arrival. Overwhelmed by city life, Lucy is about to pack it all in and return home to Minnesota. Then she meets Wyatt.

After being publicly dissed by the glamour girl he’d been dating, man-about-town (and bored Ph.D. anthropologist) Wyatt Hayes wants to prove he’s still at the top of his game and boasts to his best friend that he can transform any girl—even wallflower Lucy Ellis—into this year’s “It” girl. If he can fool the upper crust of New York society into thinking an impostor like Lucy is the real thing, he can rip the chiffon veil off the whole Park Avenue social scene.

Lucy’s an unlikely candidate to become a red-carpet butterfly, but she considers it her last resort and jumps at the opportunity to “become somebody” in New York. Wyatt begins to rigorously train Lucy in the style, sounds, and sensibilities of socialites born with entire sets of silver spoons in their mouths. Three months of preparation culminate in Lucy’s appearance at the ultra-exclusive Fashion Forum Gala, where Lucy and Wyatt finally confront New York’s aristocracy—and their feelings for each other.

Set against the glittering backdrop of contemporary Manhattan, The Overnight Socialite puts a 21st-century sheen on a timeless story of transformation and unlikely love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Clark (Because She Can) moves the Pygmalion myth to Manhattan, adds a dash of Thelma and Louise and proves what goes around, comes around to those born to the manor or trailer park. Professor Higgins is recast as suave bachelor Wyatt Hayes IV, “the sleekest lion in the pride,” who picks down-on-her-luck fashion designer wannabe Lucy Jo Ellis to make over into the toast of the town. The deal is eventually struck—makeover and a shot at well-born fashion contacts for a gentleman's bet that masks a lucrative and career-saving book deal. Along the way, these perfectly matched antagonists battle mean-as-a-snake society snoots and their own misguided ambitions to find happiness and each other. (And, it should be said, the “Rain in Spain” remix is pretty great: “The snow in Gstaad puts Aspen's to shame!” the newly svelte and prepped Lucy proclaims.) Yes, of course the ending's no surprise, but the rollicking, smart-aleck fun along the way is worth the price of admission. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Wyatt Hayes IV is independently wealthy, has a Harvard Ph.D., and enjoys a life of leisure and luxury in Manhattan. We meet him at an elite social event where he breaks up with his beautiful, shallow girlfriend. Lucy Jo Ellis is a mousy Midwestern transplant whose dreams of becoming a fashion designer collide with a reality of bad jobs and no lucky breaks. On the same night as Wyatt's humiliating breakup, Lucy attends a fashion event, thinking that she's been invited to network but learning upon arrival that she is expected to serve hors d'oeuvres. Spotting a drenched and sneezing Lucy on the street later that evening, Wyatt bets his best friend that he can transform any woman into society's "It" girl and joins forces with an initially reluctant Lucy to upstage the New York elite. VERDICT Clark's debut Because She Can did for publishing what The Devil Wears Prada did for fashion. She scores again with this retelling of the Pygmalion story, which features crisp, funny prose and endearing characters. A fun read for fans of well-written chick lit.—Beth Lindsay, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman
Kirkus Reviews
Contemporary retelling of Pygmalion set among the cutthroat Social Register crowd. Poor Wyatt Hayes: It's so boring when you have it all! The Manhattan blueblood has led a life of aimless leisure since obtaining his Harvard doctorate in anthropology more than ten years ago. His insufferable girlfriend Cornelia Rockman is a pedigreed socialite with the opportunistic instincts of a vulture. When she "trades up" to have her photo taken at a party with the 20-ish son of a private-equity billionaire, 37-year-old Wyatt senses "a terrifying shift in the natural order." He dumps Cornelia on the spot and drunkenly vows to his friend Trip that he could take any girl off the street and turn her into a socialite. Enter Lucy Jo Ellis, just fired from her job in the garment district and now dodging the rain under an awning next to Wyatt. A deal is struck, and Midwestern Lucy Jo is transformed via diet, exercise with a personal trainer, facials, new hairstyle and designer clothes, as well as extensive lessons in elocution, vacation geography, the social register, the art of inoffensive cocktail banter and a CliffNotes version of culture. Wyatt has given her a fake identity (same name, different life) with the promise that after his experiment Lucy will have made enough important contacts to start her own design house. Meanwhile, Cornelia vows revenge on the usurper who has replaced her in Wyatt's heart and on the social circuit; Trip and his longtime girlfriend Eloise have commitment issues; and Cornelia's BFF Fernanda may decide to marry for love-can you imagine? Clark (Because She Can, 2007) has a keen eye, but the vacuous life of the super-rich is an easy target. That leaves the novel riding on thebudding romance between Lucy and not-entirely-likable Wyatt. Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins they ain't. Begins with a fresh, funny eye, but runs out of steam halfway to its foregone conclusion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602861046
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 369,919
  • File size: 341 KB

Meet the Author

Bridie Clark
Bridie Clark, a former book and magazine editor, graduated from Harvard University, where she was an editor of The Harvard Crimson. She has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York, Quest, and Elegant Bride. Clark’s debut novel, Because She Can, about a beleaguered young book editor who works for a notoriously tyrannical female publisher, was published in nineteen countries around the world. Clark lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    A good book with an icky end

    I am still not sure why authors like to write a good story and end it on a semi sweet note. I liked the book, but did not like the last five pages.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    The ending needed work

    It was good. It was your typical poor girl-meets-rich-guy-he-transforms-her-and-they-fall-in-love. I only wish that it hadn't ended so abruptly. It needed a few more chapters in order to explain what happened to everyone. The ending felt like the author didn't know how it should end. Way to quick of an ending. Otherwise I liked it a lot.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Cute but

    I am not in the know of course nitreally are all those people or charctitures? IF thats a realistic view of the upper crust thankfully I am not...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Predictably amusing

    I bought this ebook after I read 'Because She Can' by Bridie Clark and loved it. Her second book 'The Overnight Socialite' of couse seems predictable, but still maintains its own story that hooked my interest. Very enjoyable, amusing, and entertaining.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Great Book for the NOOK!!!

    I try to save my NookBooks for the tread mill, but this was SO good, i had to finish it OFF the treadmill. Fab fun reading!!!!

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    GREAT!

    a wonderful take on My Fair Lady... i want a follow up

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Easy read, fun for fashionistas, but could've been a lot better

    Overall, I was a little disappointed, since I expected more out of Ms. Clark given her credentials, but also makes me think she herself had social contacts that helped get the book published. Anyway, this was a nice fun easy read, but I was a little disappointed that the ending didn't have more and the descriptive prose could have been so much better. Clark could've really used a thesaurus since she used many of the same adjectives in describing the fashions, which was a let down. It's a great concept, but the execution was definitely lacking. If you don't know anything about haute couture and designers it would be a little difficult to visualize.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2010

    Loved it!

    Really fun, great characters, and more exciting than I would have thought possible, since we know the basic outline of the Pygmalion story. The 'social world' details were amazing too--good grief! Finally, it's one of the first times my Nook version was actually a savings, which I appreciated.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    So ENJOYED IT!

    Lovely and very interesting! Kept me reading until I finished it! ;)

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  • Posted April 4, 2010

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    This is an interesting retelling of Pygmalion

    Thirtyish billionaire Manhattanite Wyatt Hayes IV has everything going for him, but is bored with those he considers his social, economic and educational equals. He breaks off with his latest girlfriend Cornelia Rockman and wonders what next.

    Leaving Dayville, Minnesota Lucy Jo Ellis hopes to take Manhattan by storm with her designs. She attends a gala in which she thought she was a guest, but ends up serving food. Later that night, a soaked to the bones Lucy heads home disappointed. Wyatt and his posse see her and he bets them he can turn her into the in person as he believes he can change chicken sh*t into a gourmet meal. He explains to Lucy the wager and she reluctantly agrees to his make over of her. As she proves she can, outraged Cornelia blames her replacement and undertakes a vendetta while Wyatt becomes jealous of those male socialites sniffing at his creation.

    This is an interesting retelling of Pygmalion with a hyperbolized cast stereotyping various roles especially of the ultra rich and the deer in the headlight innocent coming to take the city by storm. The story is fun to follows as Lucy Jo of Middle American becomes cosmopolitan Lucy of Manhattan. Although the ending can be seen on a clear day all the way to Newark, readers will enjoy the modernization of My Fair Lady into The Overnight Socialite.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Quick Read

    Very fast read!!!! You don't want to put it down. It is like like a modern day My Fair Lady. I loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    The Overnight Socialite

    I truly enjoyed reading this book! I have trouble reading books from other author's than my favorite, however, this book was an easy read for me because it engaged my interest from the beginning of the plot. I didn't want to put it down. We all hope for fairy tale endings but this one was brought to current times which I enjoyed. I have given this book to my friend's daughter to read and pass along because I really felt that woman should read this book.

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