Published on Sun 2 May As for the gargantuan advance she reputedly received for her first novel, well, it is a bit green-inducing, I suppose. But, as Plum would be the first to point out, money alone is not enough to make a girl happy. Not even a very shallow girl. Then again, having read Bergdorf Blondes, neither am I exactly filled with love for her.
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Published on Sun 2 May As for the gargantuan advance she reputedly received for her first novel, well, it is a bit green-inducing, I suppose. But, as Plum would be the first to point out, money alone is not enough to make a girl happy. Not even a very shallow girl. Then again, having read Bergdorf Blondes, neither am I exactly filled with love for her. It took me several hours to dispatch her novel and afterwards, I was not, as her heroine might put it, in a good place.
I was suffering from the literary equivalent of food poisoning, a sort of queasiness of the soul and chartreuse is so last season. It is not that this book is badly written, nor even that it is poorly plotted, although any reader who is not on hard drugs will be required to suspend disbelief to a quite mind-boggling degree. It is simply that it is so horribly empty, a bilious swirl of superficial characters and sickly values.
Yes, Sykes has found a voice - her voice? Let me count the ways in which she is annoying. Well, she has her nose waxed, for one thing. For another, she refers to oral sex as going to Brazil or, by way of witty variation, to Rio, a yucky reference to her extremely high-maintenance pudendum.
She likes labels most girls would die to own as much Marc Jacobs as she does , private jets and bellinis. She dislikes work you only do it to ensure a steady flow of freebies , getting up before Worst of all, despite her Ivy League education, she is dim.
Next, she and Julie go to Paris. There, she meets a Hot Italian Prince, but it turns out he has a wife and children. Finally, she begins seeing a Hot Movie Mogul, only for him to abandon her in Cannes. Even more happily, he turns out - dee-dah! Your outsize Chanel shades would have to be very dark indeed to stop you seeing it coming. Which got me thinking. Is she, in fact, more of a subversive than she seems?
A tempting thought. But then I looked at her photograph again and I knew I was wrong. Girls who wear long, off-the-shoulder, black lace numbers on the covers of their hardbacks might well secretly long to smash the windows of Gap, but surely only on style grounds.
I think it may have been because my sister lent it to me when I asked her if I could borrow a book on my trip to Milwaukee last summer. She specifically warned me in advance that it was really stupid, but secretly a fun read in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Most people would probably say at this point, "What were you expecting, Camus? It was basically like Sex and the City but 10, times more vapid and pointless. Instead I finished it. What is wrong with me? I think I still have this book laying around somewhere in my house, sorry Addie, I honestly have no problem returning it to you the next time I see you again.
Sykes has described herself as a "painfully shy" child with mousey brown hair and goofy teeth. In she went up to Worcester College, Oxford , where she graduated in modern history. The effects of this left her impecunious for a while and she received assistance from Worcester to remain at the college. Vogue[ edit ] In , Sykes became a fashion assistant at British Vogue. In , Sykes became a contributing editor on fashion for American Vogue, of which Anna Wintour , also British, had been editor-in-chief since Sykes soon became a familiar figure on the New York social scene, being frequently described as an " It girl ". Men want women to be sexy.
Have blondes ever been so dumb?