Smart Girls Like Me

Smart Girls Like Me

by Diane Vadino
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Smart Girls Like Me by Diane Vadino

This is a story about what happens when you are twenty-four years old and it is 1999 and you are quite certain that everyone on the planet has been invited to super-fun New Year's Eve orgies, except you, because you were too busy making plans for the end of the world---courtesy of God or militiamen or your best friend and her ridiculous wedding in the middle of the South Pacific. This is a story about what happens when you think and truly mean things like "I don't care if the world ends, as long as it ends before this stupid wedding."

There is sex, albeit awkward and tentative. There are drugs, however illegal. There is very little rock and roll, but there is, of course, a wedding, and possibly a heroine: Betsy Nilssen, who, daily, finds herself in the sort of Manhattan workplace frequently filled with fashion models, few of whom have spilled milk on their jeans. She has a best friend named Bridget, and all Betsy wants is to escape the coming apocalypse by fleeing with Bridget to New Zealand, where they could kayak through fjords and make out with surfers.

But two things happen: Bridget deserts Betsy---if by that we mean that Bridget accepts her boyfriend's proposal of marriage---and Betsy meets the man of her quite literal dreams, possibly the only person who might assuage the terrifying fact of Bridget's wedding while simultaneously distracting her from the end of the world---er, year.

This is a story about the risks and the rewards of becoming the next and better you, whoever that person might be. It is a story about what happens when you love tremendously and desperately and occasionally unwisely. And it is a story of that one friend: your phone-a-friend with the definition of a tangelo at the ready, the one you call when the world is ending, the one you need, finally, more than any other person on the planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429987516
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 244 KB

About the Author

Diane Vadino was the inaugural main staff person at McSweeney's. She has spoken with members of the Beastie Boys and Metallica for Spin magazine, conducted interviews with fashion designers in pidgin Italian for Surface, and applied perfume to passersby for Allure; her writing on film and design now regularly appears in Nylon, I.D., and other publications. She has also worked as a waitress, Daily Show intern, and professional shampooer. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, she now lives, mostly, in Brooklyn.


Diane Vadino is a senior editor at Nylon, a paper artist on Etsy, the brains behind the sassy style blog, Bunnyshop, and regular eater of cakes and pies. She was the inaugural main staff person at McSweeney's and her writing on film, design, and travel now regularly appears in myriad publications. She is the author of the book Smart Girls Like Me. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, she now lives, mostly, in Brooklyn where her mission is to enjoy Chipotle in very fancy clothing.

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Smart Girls Like Me 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up after reading about it on Ms. Vadino's blog, and I'm so glad I did! It's clever and funny, and I could really empathize with Betsy, the main character (I, too, have a pesky younger sister and wacky parents). But under all the strife and silliness, this book shows off a great collection of awesome relationships. Instead of being over the top like other books in the same genre, I could totally relate to this one. A great first novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally! A novel that I can relate to! Smart Girls Like Me was a fun read that took a deep look into the dynamics of friendships - old and new, opposite and same sex. It's truly, truly refreshing to read a book written for women in my age range that doesn't make me shake my head and wonder if this is how people really think or act. I could relate to parts of every character, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and the writing is exceptional. Rarely am I moved to actually audibly laugh - especially not in public. This book had me laughing - hard - on a very crowded train one night. It's as funny as it was touching I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the genre.
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Remember your childhood best friend, the one with whom you played every day? Then, in high school you shared the most intimate secrets, called each other in the mornings to decide what to wear. You cried when she was sad and laughed when she was happy. Then, when you both went away to college you missed each other but there were still the shared summers. That's the way it was with Betsy and Bridget. That is, until Bridget deserted her as Betsy put it. In other words, planned to marry. While sitting in a fitting room Betsy realized that Bridget was no longer the girl she grew up with - this person is totally focused on the most wonderful wedding in the world (which will take place on a South Pacific island). All of this was incomprehensible to Betsy who simply wanted her friend back so they could go to New Zealand where they could kayak and meet surfers. Of course, that was not going to happen now so Betsy simply wished that if the world were going to end it would do so before this 'stupid wedding.' 'Smart Girls Like Me,' a deliciously funny debut novel, is all about growing up, growing away, and finding out who you are. That's a chore for Betsy and sheer pleasure for those of us who accompany her via the printed page. When we meet Betsy she feels that her life may be at a dead-end, losing Bridget, and even Georgina is engaged. What is Betsy doing? She's living in a closet in Zoe's one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. She works for couture.com, an online fashion site. The editor-in-chief is Nancy who was recently ousted from Elle. However, as Betsy describes her, 'We have no proof that she can access the Internet or, for that matter, read, and she remains blissfully ignorant of the difference in meaning an apostrophe can lend to the word `its'.' Life is not good. But, wait - Bridget has fixed her up with Graham, her date for the wedding. Could he be the answer? Read and see whether he is or not. You'll laugh, you'll remember, and you'll wind up touting this book to all your friends. - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
As the millennium counts down, twenty four Betsy Nilssen feels lonely as her best friend Bridget Callahan is marrying a medical hunk on some exotic privately owned South Pacific rock. As the maid of honor, Betsy will be there, but she would rather be at a swinging New Year¿s Eve Party rather than attend a wedding unescorted.-------------- At the same time as 1999 counts down, she fears the end of days will begin on January 1 so she has filled her Manhattan apartment with non perishable food and frets over Y2K shutting down the world. However, the first bright spot occurs when Ryan Wells returns from Japan to work at the same place that bores her since he left. She is attracted to him and him to her. As they begin to see one another and she dreams he will accompany her to Bridget¿s wedding, she learns he is also sleeping with their boss Eva. Hurt and despondent as she was sure he was the one, she quits her quits her job and moves back to her parents¿ house in the burbs. Betsy fails Bridget until all hell breaks out between the once best friends in the tropics.---------------- SMART GIRLS LIKE ME is an engaging chick lit tale because of the witty cheeky asides, barbs and skin removing hits tossed like hand grenades by a biting Betsy. Her observations peel away the veneer of polite packaging from her musing that a wedding invitation is actually an overdraft credit card to what happens to best of female friends when a third party nukes the relationship dynamics. Although the plot is thinner than Twiggy ever was, fans will enjoy this intelligent look at the impact of a fiancé on the relationship between best friends.--------------------- Harriet Klausner