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Published by St. Martin's Press on August 18, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women
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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.
♦ My main issue with Everybody Rise is that I really disliked all of the characters. The main character Evelyn is a spoiled girl, raised to almost worship the upper crust. Her mom is pushy and is the one who taught her to lie to fit in, her father is a loudmouth who is never wrong. Her “friends” are just universally horrible people to whom having family money is the only important thing in life. The writing was very solid with fluid description and a very real world, unfortunately this helped draw out the characters un-likeability. I almost gave this a review in the 2 star range, but the writing elevated it to a three. I would be interested to see if the author releases another book with more likeable people, or if she continues on her current path. This reminded me of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. in that both featured main and supporting characters in their 20’s, in New York, who thought very highly of themselves and who were just yucky. I am disappointed as the writing itself was very good, but I want a character to root for, not a character to root to fail.
¤ Biggest Cliché – Unlikeable upper class New York twenty-somethings.
Δ What makes a character unlikeable to you?