BERGDORF BLONDES BY PLUM SYKES PDF

Synopsis[ edit ] The book follows an unnamed young socialite living in New York as she interacts with her best friend Julie and tries to find a successful romantic relationship. Despite her best attempts to salvage the relationship, the protagonist is dumped by Zack. Not only does this harm her social standing, but the protagonist is psychologically devastated by the end of the relationship and becomes anorexic as a result. The protagonist goes through several terrible relationships with married men she was told that they were single or separated and finds herself drawn to and irritated by the filmmaker Charlie, who has started dating her friend Julie. Since the friendship is gone, the protagonist decides to see Charlie again that night, as he had invited her to return for dinner. However the protagonist finds that Charlie has left, giving her the impression that he was just using her like the other men she has dated.

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Published on Sun 2 May As for the gargantuan advance she reputedly received for her first novel, well, it is a bit green-inducing, I suppose. But, as Plum would be the first to point out, money alone is not enough to make a girl happy. Not even a very shallow girl. Then again, having read Bergdorf Blondes, neither am I exactly filled with love for her.

It took me several hours to dispatch her novel and afterwards, I was not, as her heroine might put it, in a good place. I was suffering from the literary equivalent of food poisoning, a sort of queasiness of the soul and chartreuse is so last season. It is not that this book is badly written, nor even that it is poorly plotted, although any reader who is not on hard drugs will be required to suspend disbelief to a quite mind-boggling degree.

It is simply that it is so horribly empty, a bilious swirl of superficial characters and sickly values. Yes, Sykes has found a voice - her voice? Let me count the ways in which she is annoying. Well, she has her nose waxed, for one thing. For another, she refers to oral sex as going to Brazil or, by way of witty variation, to Rio, a yucky reference to her extremely high-maintenance pudendum. She likes labels most girls would die to own as much Marc Jacobs as she does , private jets and bellinis.

She dislikes work you only do it to ensure a steady flow of freebies , getting up before Worst of all, despite her Ivy League education, she is dim. Next, she and Julie go to Paris. There, she meets a Hot Italian Prince, but it turns out he has a wife and children. Finally, she begins seeing a Hot Movie Mogul, only for him to abandon her in Cannes.

Even more happily, he turns out - dee-dah! Your outsize Chanel shades would have to be very dark indeed to stop you seeing it coming. Which got me thinking. Is she, in fact, more of a subversive than she seems? A tempting thought. But then I looked at her photograph again and I knew I was wrong. Girls who wear long, off-the-shoulder, black lace numbers on the covers of their hardbacks might well secretly long to smash the windows of Gap, but surely only on style grounds.

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Published on Sun 2 May As for the gargantuan advance she reputedly received for her first novel, well, it is a bit green-inducing, I suppose. But, as Plum would be the first to point out, money alone is not enough to make a girl happy. Not even a very shallow girl. Then again, having read Bergdorf Blondes, neither am I exactly filled with love for her. It took me several hours to dispatch her novel and afterwards, I was not, as her heroine might put it, in a good place. I was suffering from the literary equivalent of food poisoning, a sort of queasiness of the soul and chartreuse is so last season.

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Plum Sykes

Sykes has described herself as a "painfully shy" child with mousey brown hair and goofy teeth. In she went up to Worcester College, Oxford , where she graduated in modern history. The effects of this left her impecunious for a while and she received assistance from Worcester to remain at the college. Vogue[ edit ] In , Sykes became a fashion assistant at British Vogue. In , Sykes became a contributing editor on fashion for American Vogue, of which Anna Wintour , also British, had been editor-in-chief since

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