Monday, June 3, 2013


GuestlistGuestlist by Jay Fingers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I learned about this book through a review by Naomi (Sisterhood of the Traveling Book). I was really impressed at how much a white girl loved this book. The Kindle edition was 99 cents at the time, so I jumped right on it. It finally worked it's way up to the top of my pile.

Guestlist is a smart hip tale of the life behind the velvet rope of the New York City club scene. It's urban and edgy without being raunchy. It is two parallel stories of Juliet who moved from Florida seeking a better life, and Swann who moved from Detroit with a similar dream. They each get tangled up in romances with the "pretty people," the promoters who include them on the guest list for ulterior reasons.

The story is fast-paced, full of tabloid characters you can recognize by any name, and whose lives revolve around the perks and exposure of being in the latest new club. Even as smart and current as author Jay Fingers can be, he did have to stoop to a round of "the dozens." Some of the characters are just too funny. It was an enjoyable read, and I'll be looking for more from Jay Fingers. But I gotta ask. With all the poshness of Ava's Upper East Side apartment, why does she have ice trays?

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