Tuesday, July 7, 2009

review and tour: how perfect is that by sarah bird

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Blythe is utterly unlikable, but I completely love her! There’s a list of quotes at the beginning of How Perfect Is That; one is from Vanity Fair. Blythe is indeed reminiscent of Becky Sharp while there are shades of Amelia Sedley in Millie, who Blythe quickly learns is the only one to see even a hint of good in her. To create a character like Blythe, the author has to be talented otherwise she is simply unlikable and the book is put down because the reader doesn’t want to know what horrific act the character will commit next. And let me tell you, Blythe does some pretty horrific things. She intentionally drugs a group of women (her former friends) when they realize she cut corners on the food she provided for the party. Since Blythe is all about money and keeping up appearances, it is very enjoyable to see her forced to return to the “run-down dump” boardinghouse she lived in as a student at the University of Texas.

I enjoyed every second of this book. I loved that Blythe’s character stays true even as she starts to evolve into a slightly less self-absorbed person.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Gallery Books.
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1 comment:

  1. Dear Nicole, Thank you so much for your review! I'm so pleased that you picked up on the Vanity Fair reference. Very few reviewers got that the book is a giant tribute to that novel.

    I send you all my best from Austin, Sarah