Thursday, June 30, 2016

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
Last year when I attended BEA (Book Expo America) this title was the one to grab before they were gone! It was tough to find a copy, and if you were lucky enough to get one, you were as excited to read it as you were to ride a bike! Now available in paperback, Everybody Rise  was a welcome addition to my Summer Reading Challenge Book Bag! 

I read Kimberly McCreight's Reconstructing Amelia a few years ago, and Everybody Rise reminds me of the social elite portrayed in that novel. The group of socialites willing to claw at one another's faces in order to climb to the top of the social ladder. I was so grateful for my humble beginnings in a mid-sized suburb in California. Mothers can be powerful influences in their daughter's decisions, and this novel draws this fact out in a brilliant way such that the reader feels they are part of the story. Family demise a la The Real Housewives is (shamefully) my cup of tea. Thank you, Book Sparks for allowing me to be a part of the Summer Reading Challenge!  

Synopsis via Amazon
Everyone yearns to belong, to be part of the "in crowd," but how far are you willing to go to be accepted? In the case of bright, funny and socially ambitious Evelyn Beegan, the answer is much too far...
At 26, Evelyn 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 New York's glamorous 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.

Happy Reading!

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