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Everybody Rise by [Clifford, Stephanie]
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EVERYBODY WANTS TO BELONG. A razor-sharp, bracing and hilarious debut novel of social climbing and the universal longing to fit in by award-winning New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford

'A juicy, scheme-filled update on Edith Wharton, and it's unputdownable.' LENA DUNHAM'S Lenny lifestyle newsletter

'Everybody Rise is on our must-read list. Her plight to find her true self has all of us rooting for Evelyn until the very last page.' OLIVIA PALERMO

'I've heard great things about EVERYBODY RISE.' CURTIS SITTENFELD

It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to free herself from the social-climbing mother who propelled her through prep school and on to the Upper East Side.

Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job recruiting members for People Like Us, a social-network site aimed at the elite, she befriends glamorous queen bee Camilla Rutherford and steps into a promised land of private schools, regattas, second homes and the society pages.

But Evelyn soon starts lying in order to fit in. And as her lies grow while she relentlessly elbows her way up the rickety social ladder, the ground underneath her begins to give way. After every rise must there be a fall?

In the bestselling tradition of social-climbing tales told by an outsider, The Great Gatsby, The Devil Wears Prada, Prep and Gossip Girl, comes this extraordinary debut novel.

'There's little more delicious than watching an ambitious but tragically flawed protagonist brought down - especially in a designer cocktail dress. A smart tragicomedy.' WASHINGTON POST

'GOSSIP GIRL fans, rejoice! Behold the literary version of a Jenny-esque narrated story, had she met Blair and Serena in her mid-20s.' MARIE CLAIRE

'An ambitious New Yorker insinuates herself into the old guard in the years before the financial crisis. Clifford details the manners of the old-money set with a reporter's well-trained eye.' NEW YORK TIMES

'It's a fun page-turner from a New York Times reporter that lives in the world of Curtis Sittenfeld's PREP.' GWYNETH PALTROW (Goop)

'The complex relationships, authentic characters and OMG moments will continue to stick in your mind long after you put Everybody Rise down. Plus, any book that leaves us with the feeling "Whoa, our sh*t is a little more together than we thought," deserves our praise.' GLAMOUR

'A new hire for a social-networking site takes her job recruiting "the elite's elite" to extremes.' VOGUE

'A buzzy Tom Wolfe-meets-Edith Wharton novel of young Manhattan.' HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

'An intoxicating blend of class, ambition and money.' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

'A Manhattan-set class satire with the bite to satisfy postrecession readers.' TIME MAGAZINE

'We are loving EVERYBODY RISE. It's a fantastic read!' iBOOKS


'A smart, moving tale of class, ambition and identity.' MALCOLM GLADWELL

'An intriguing look at class distinctions and social climbing, Stephanie Clifford's debut is not to be missed.' INSTYLE

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1383 KB
  • Print Length: 641 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (18 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011SBLOI6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This suffers from a very unlikable heroine who does not find redemption, and therefore does not give the reader a 'messed-up' who turns herself into a happy ending.
Ironically,the author's sense of place and descriptions of the life of the rich and famous are done with authenticity. But despite that, there is a flatness and lack of excitement in the writing of these iconic destinations and glamour lifestyles.
However, I wish I had not bought this book at the price. Basic writing flaws in plot and lead character descriptions suggest a mark-down price would have been better.
Writers such as Penny Vincenzi and Una-Mary Parker have spoiled me for this glamour style of read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Hype 31 August 2015
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I am mystified by the publicity hoopla that has surrounded this book. There are a million better books out there, yet this one gets a writeup in the NYT Book Review. It’s a shame -- the premise of Everybody Rise could have lent itself to some interesting commentary about wealth, social standing and feminism, but instead is an amateurish work lacking either depth or entertainment value.

The main failing of the book is that none of the characters are particularly well-developed or likable. Evelyn’s motivation for embracing the high society life is never sufficiently explained, and rather than coming across as conflicted or struggling, she just becomes more and more unlikeable throughout the book. The other characters are similarly one-dimensional. Camilla, the “perfect” society girl that Evelyn befriends, is never portrayed as more than a grade A b**ch. Why Evelyn is so taken with her is mystifying. The group of friends who connect to bring Evelyn into the story – Camilla, Nick, Scot, Charlotte and Preston – seem to have nothing in common or any reason to spend nights and weekends together socializing. Evelyn’s boyfriend Scot is consistently described as a kind of affable dork who never seems to interest her or have much of anything to say. As a result, there’s no entry point for the audience to care about their relationship or how Evelyn treats him.

In addition, the plot points don’t seem to organically connect, instead coming across as contrived and disjointed. Major elements of the plot (like the incident at the debutante ball that disrupts Evelyn and Camilla’s “friendship”) seem to come out of nowhere. Events that drive the story, like whether her father is guilty (and if so, why no one else at his firm is indicted), or whether her friend Preston is gay, are never satisfactorily resolved. The looming housing market collapse and stock market crash are never used as more than background noise.

About halfway through this book, I realized that I didn’t care about anyone in it and so I speedread through the rest. I didn’t expect Everybody Rise to be great literature, but I at least expected it to be entertaining. This book has neither the fluffy escapism of Crazy Rich Asians or the hilarious satire of Where’d You Go Bernadette. Don’t waste your time on it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish 11 December 2015
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I couldn't finish it. When Camilla threw Evelyn's bag and belongings into the hall and Evelyn apologized for being in the way, I closed the book. I felt like the parts I did read weren't at all original, and it was another case of "why are any of these people even friends?" Evelyn's constant need to fit in and make it seem like she belonged where everyone else so seamlessly blended in was just annoying.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Care about these Caricatures... 31 August 2015
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I purchased this for a light read and was surprised to find it was being treated quite seriously (full-page review in the Sunday Book Review, etc.) She's a good writer and yes, it's social satire of a sort, but it came to feel more like a pop genre novel than anything else (remember Judith Krantz or Dominick Dunne?) Isn't is possible to take apart that strata of society without the endless detail on designer names, etc. And while I know those people must actually exist, they seem so irrelevant and ridiculous to most New Yorkers that it's hard to believe in anyone's pursuit of this circle and this life. At the start, Evelyn seems quite mousy. She's never actually described so you have no sense of her physically, or the impression she makes on others. Once she sees her opening, however, she seems to change seemingly overnight into an assertive, mouthy woman who never takes no for an answer. I had a hard time believing in this transformation and then her reversion to something resembling her earlier self when her life falls apart on her.

As others have noted, there aren't too many (any?) characters here to life (maybe Charlotte?), but I think the bigger issue is actually believing in their behavior and speeches. I am fine reading about someone I don't like if they seem credible; Evelyn never did, nor did most of the others. Very broadly drawn, caricatures instead of people. This may be the focus of satire, but someone like Tom Wolfe accomplished a whole lot more in Bonfire of the Vanities, for example, as did Wharton in House of Mirth.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't meet expectations 2 September 2015
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I have a very low bar for fiction but I really couldn't stand this book. The writing itself wasn't terrible but the story was tired and the main character was not likeable at all, very underdeveloped. This was listed in several magazine as THE book to read this summer and I really don't understand why.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a great light beach read in my opinon as the plot ... 16 July 2016
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I did not realize this was Stephanie Clifford's first novel while reading Everybody Rise but then I prefer not knowing if an author is writing their 10th or frist book on my first read. This is modern day Edith Wharton indeed but i'd characterize the plot and protagonist in general as sort of a depressing Sophie Kinsella cast off. This is a great light beach read in my opinon as the plot is super simple to follow if you are enjoying poolside cocktails or an escape from a bad day at work. I have to agree with the countless other reviewers however who find Evelyn Beegan the protagonist, flat, unrelatable and unlikeable. Was I routing for her failure? Yes. Was I routing for her Regina George-esque tormenter to go down in ball of hell fire crying and wishing she had real friends. Yes. So I was only half satisfied with the ending. All in all the novel entertains but I'd call it more cringeworthy than humorous.