Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Perfect Manhatten

The Perfect Manhatten by Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey

So you think you wanna join the ranks of the fun and privileged by summering at the Hamptons this year? You might think twice about this idea after you read this book. Our heroine has just graduated on a full scholarship from Columbia with no idea what to do with her future. She doesn’t have the lucrative financial backing (mega trust fund) to keep her afloat while she looks for a job nor does she have the career connections (daddy) to settle her in a job somewhere. She stumbles upon a newspaper ad for bartending school promising astronomical pay at bartending jobs after completing the course. She falls for it hook, line, and sinker and finds out much too late that the ad was a little inflated. Yet somehow she does manage to end up bartending at the hottest club in the Hamptons over the summer. What she finds out is that bartending is full of moral pitfalls surrounded by drinking, stealing, and drugging. Although she rationalizes her coworker’s and friend’s behavior early on, it takes her until the end of the summer to realize that she is starting to rationalize her own behavior. Thankfully, the close of the summer season sees the end of her self destructive behavior and a return to the sensible person she is. Ah, I forgot to mention that of course there is a summer romance with a richie rich kid thrown in there. Overall this was an enjoyable book. -Flourish


Blogger doubleknot said...

Nice review but it still doesn't inspire me to read about a summer in the Hamptons.

7:54 AM  

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