Because you can't judge a book by its cover
Daisy Greenbaum has a dark secret and she uses this secret to keep her life just the way it is. In The Social Climber’s Handbook by Molly Jong-Fast, Daisy lives on the Upper East Side in New York City, she has twin girls, one who goes to one of the most elite private schools in NYC. Daisy is a New York socialite and wants to keep it that way. Dick is Daisy’s husband, he works Goldman Sachs, he is a financial wiz and has information about upcoming troubles that could make him lose his job. Daisy isn’t about to let anything get in the way of her lifestyle, even kill if she must.

Molly Jong-Fast has a very dry sense of humor, which I enjoy, but I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. I think it’s because I don’t understand a “socialite’s” life. Up until January of this year, I was living in a very small town (think 2600 people and that included the surrounding area). So I struggled with that concept. I did enjoy meeting all of the characters and figuring out how they all fit into the story. I was intrigued about how it was going to end, and Jong-Fast did a great job of keeping the ending open for interpretation. There is quite a bit of swearing, including the use of the f* word. There are some descriptive sex scenes. Overall, I enjoyed the dry humor, but just couldn’t get into the socialite life. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind sex and swearing.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: The Social Climber’s Handbook

Author: Molly Jong-Fast

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 247

ISBN: 0345501896

Publisher: Random House Digital

Release Date: April 25, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Random House

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

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