It sin the Manhattan of the young and glamorous Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it At , bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan 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 the 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 themRecruiting 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 wayBracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford s debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes money, ambition, family, friendship and on the universal longing to fit in Read on the WondrousBooks blog Everybody Rise is one of the books I was most excited about when requesting on NetGalley As a teenager I watched shows like Gossip Girl so I ve already encountered one version of the power struggle in the New York social scene Another point of view was welcome.But overall, as ridiculous as parts of Gossip Girl were, it was waybelievable than Everybody Rise What we have here is a book about the craziest, most ridiculous and possibly downright retarded Read on the WondrousBooks blog Everybody Rise is one of the books I was most excited about when requesting on NetGalley As a teenager I watched shows like Gossip Girl so I ve already encountered one version of the power struggle in the New York social scene Another point of view was welcome.But overall, as ridiculous as parts of Gossip Girl were, it was waybelievable than Everybody Rise What we have here is a book about the craziest, most ridiculous and possibly downright retarded person I ve had the opportunity to read about The biggest downfall of this book for me, by a very wide margin, was Evelyn Her character is absolutely absurd The metamorphosis she goes through in the course of the book is impossible Evelyn starts out the book as a girl just trying to make do with her job, but she dedicated to a job all the same At some point close to the end of Everybody Rise, the author would make you believe that she s never worked a day in her life, except for PLU and that she s never had any ambitions, which is proved as completely false by the beginning Also, her relationship with her parents is cringe worthy, not to mention her relationships with her friends If she was as pathetic as described, she would have never climbed as high in the social ladder as she did The most horrible moment, for me, was the Jaime chapter That was a new level of disgusting I didn t expect from this book And all of her actions from that moment on were rendered totally insane, because I can t believe anyone in their right mind would act like that after such a thing.The writing was another thing I had some issues with It would sometimes be normal and sane, and even provide some interesting information, and then the characters, and especially Evelyn, would start talking nonsense or we d be reading about linen material linens.The thing that I DID LIKE about Everybody Rise is the idea as a whole How far are you willing to go, how crazy are you willing to get, how much are you willing to sacrifice Had it been better written and had the characters been better built, it would have made a comparison to classical favourites of mine such as Bel Ami and The Red and the Black Sadly, such bold statements can t be made about Everybody Rise An advance copy of Everybody Rise was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Though I enjoyed parts of this book, I cannot say that it is worthy of the seven figure book deal oh, the irony , potential film, or praise it has gotten It s making me seriously question the integrity of the arts today even to me that sounds like a ridiculous statement, but it s true The plot of the book, at its roots, is that a 26 year old woman named Evelyn is doing anything and eve An advance copy of Everybody Rise was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Though I enjoyed parts of this book, I cannot say that it is worthy of the seven figure book deal oh, the irony , potential film, or praise it has gotten It s making me seriously question the integrity of the arts today even to me that sounds like a ridiculous statement, but it s true The plot of the book, at its roots, is that a 26 year old woman named Evelyn is doing anything and everything she can to climb socially to the ranks of the upper class because of pressure from both her mother and her job It begins at a crawling pace, but by the time I finished, I was glad of the slow build up As Evelyn is becoming immersed in the world of the upper class, the reader is too, learning what is proper and the names and histories of the most elite inner circle of New York and its surrounding area However, this narrative technique has its pitfalls as well I found myself extremely uninterested for much of the first third of the novel, though by the middle I was muchinto it I found myself becoming intrigued especially by the characters, who were at times very well written, namely Camilla Rutherford the top member of high society and Barbara Evelyn s mother, who is forever gazing up in hopes that she will one day reach the upper class and acceptance However, other characters were much less believable Scot, Evelyn s boyfriend for much of the novel, was a bit too clumsy and boring Overall, I thought the plot and characters were, at best, decent.The writing itself, however, is where it fell apart for me There were several scenes and images that were completely unbelievable Being a solidly middle class Jersey girl, much of this book was unfamiliar territory for me, but being a woman, a lot of the characters and situations were very real But if the title of your book is Everybody Rise, clearly a reference to one of Sondheim s most famous songs, is it really necessary to mention Sondheim a million times Is it really necessary to have the main character walk into a piano bar once she s toppled from the height of the inner circle and have the people in that bar just beginning to sing Ladies Who Lunch, forcing her to join in, and then following that with threesongs that so perfectly explain her situation Aside from that, is it believable that a 26 year old woman would be stupid enough to believe that winning a crew race could catapult her back into high society Or that one of the wealthiest and most sought after men in the world would not only call her back, but want to marry her after a one night stand they had a week ago Or that word about that one night stand wouldn t get out, especially since he s in her group of friends and they had sex in her friend s house Come on These things aren t just improbable they re unbelievable A few specific lines that drove me nuts Dusk was approaching, and birds whiggered and cawed, passing messages about dinner and why the nest was such a mess Each bed was neatly made with linen colored, linen material linensshowing remarkably restrained taste and then reached for a cheese knife at the same time as Nick Oh, excuse me, Evelyn said, and flicked her eyes up Oh, Nick Sorry, I didn t mean to be a cheese Nazi N.B.D., Evelyn, Nick said, which stood for no big deal Get down with your Roquefort The editing, too, was a complete disaster, with rogue commas and misdirected punctuation marks More than the grammatical errors, however, were the continuity mistakes characters are scolded for using the word dude when the word was never used in that character s dialogue Evelyn misquotes prices that have just been stated to her names of minor characters jump from one name to another, and then back to the original again I know this book doesn t come out until mid August, and admittedly I m not completely familiar with the way all of this works, so perhaps it will go through another round or two of editing before it s actually put on shelves I hope that s the case, anyway, because otherwise, it s disastrous When marking my students papers, I don t comment on grammar unless it detracts from meaning These errors detracted from meaning heavily I sometimes found myself going back in an attempt to figure out who a character was, or how we got here, or how an author whose book was just purchased for seven figures could be unclear on the simplest grammatical rules It was an issue for me, albeit one of the smaller ones I had with this novel.All of this being said, I do think that this will make an interesting movie, if not a good one I think that it will sell at the box office with the right cast, and that it will make the people involved a good deal of money though I shudder to think that the producer is the same as Twilight, and I m hoping it isn t a sign of things to come But I also think that those involved will need to go through severaledits before this is ready for shelves or screen I also think or, rather, hope that other,talented artists gain the recognition and perks that Stephanie Clifford has somehow received Oh my Lord How can y all give this five stars It s two stars at best.I was filled with a ridiculous amount of anticipation when I read the summary and learned of Clifford s impressive literary pedigree I love chick lit Well, here s the thing I love well written, provocative chick lit This was neither.We should want to root for the heroine, Evelyn even if she quickly slides into anti hero territory as she desperately grabs at a seemingly unreachable social echelon Instead, Evelyn come Oh my Lord How can y all give this five stars It s two stars at best.I was filled with a ridiculous amount of anticipation when I read the summary and learned of Clifford s impressive literary pedigree I love chick lit Well, here s the thing I love well written, provocative chick lit This was neither.We should want to root for the heroine, Evelyn even if she quickly slides into anti hero territory as she desperately grabs at a seemingly unreachable social echelon Instead, Evelyn comes across as cloying, sharp, deceptive, and worst of all annoying The reader feels vindicated when Evelyn falls from grace We are excited that she finally gets her comeuppance because we hate that damn Evelyn She only manages likability in the final pages of the book when she finally learns the value of family and friendship Or whatever.The plot itself is utterly dull, as we are swept from benefit to benefit, high tea to alcohol fueled mountainside bacchanal, all delightfully accompanied by Eleanor s constant complaints Shut UP, Eleanor The heavily detailed boat race at the end left my pages wet with tears of boredom Hey, Clifford the bulk of your audience probably doesn t have an in depth knowledge of rowing terms and we probably aren t about to start to care now.I made myself finish this, but it never got better Two out of five stars The summertime entertainment book has arrived,.part satire, part cautionary tale Let the credit cards riseLies riseCheaters riseSocial climbers riseA discard for friends riseManipulation riseAspirations for power and wealth riseParties riseAmbitions riseServants riseInfluential mothers riseDrinks riseArguments riseMaterialism riseMeaninglessness riseUnhappiness riseThe young and privilege riseDemons riseLessons rise EVERYBODY RISE The summertime entertainment book has arrived,.part satire, part cautionary tale Let the credit cards riseLies riseCheaters riseSocial climbers riseA discard for friends riseManipulation riseAspirations for power and wealth riseParties riseAmbitions riseServants riseInfluential mothers riseDrinks riseArguments riseMaterialism riseMeaninglessness riseUnhappiness riseThe young and privilege riseDemons riseLessons rise EVERYBODY RISE fabulous book title , is enjoyable, witty, and wise Thank you for this delicious treattasty than my evening popcicle , to St Martin s Press,Netgalley, and Stephanie Clifford