Plum Sykes’ The Debutante Divorcee sounded like a light, fluffy, fun read – and who doesn’t love those?
About Plum Sykes:
Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. The author of the novels Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée and the Kindle Single memoir Oxford Girl, she is a contributing editor at American Vogue, where she writes about fashion, society, and Hollywood. She has also written for Vanity Fair. She lives in the English countryside with her husband and two daughters.
About The Debutante Divorcee:
From New York Times bestselling author Plum Sykes comes the delicious follow-up to Bergdorf Blondes, a hilarious tale of marriage, friendship, and divorce.
Filled with wit and charm, The Debutante Divorcée stars Sylvie Mortimer, a recently married socialite who is quick to discover that her marriage is far from photo-perfect. Her best friend, Lauren Blount, the chic-est of the Debutante Divorcées, is basking in her freedom, taking solo honeymoons, having divorce showers, and pursuing any man she chooses as part of her “Make-Out Challenge.” And Sylvie’s perfect Town & Country life is about to be rocked by a divine and dangerous predator—the very rich, very young, very thin, and very divorced Husband Huntress.
I was looking for a little fun and light chick-lit when I picked this tour. And I definitely got light. The fun, I’m not so sure about. Why? Because while The Debutante Divorcee is entertaining, it’s also quite annoying. Frustratingly annoying.
I blame it on my sensible side. Reading about a group of gals who divorce because it’s the latest “in” thing, going all out to celebrate it (a divorce honeymoon, really?), encouraging their friends to do the same – none of it spells “fun” to me. But maybe it’s the green-eyed monster speaking. Wouldn’t we all want to be rich enough to walk away from things that aren’t making us happy, and flit to a beautiful beach paradise or exclusive spa resort to recuperate?
As I was reading, one common theme kept running through my mind – I don’t get them. I do not understand their outlook or attitudes, and this was a major block in enjoying The Debutante Divorcee. Yes, even Sylvie, who’s worryingly married. Why have friends who’ll do nothing but plant horrid images of infidelity in a just-married, getting-paranoid, young wife? And why believe them, never mind listen to them? Aargh!
I’ll admit I’m most likely not in the demographics for this type of story, which in itself is quite the revelation – I read just about anything after all. Now I’m wondering what I signed up for, I have Bergdorf Blondes on my list, too… o.O
Anyone else feel the same way? Or am I getting closer to ornery old age?
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
Have you read The Debutante Divorcee? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!
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