Overnight Socialite is a modern twist on Pygmalion , which later was adapted into musical and film, My Fair Lady. It also reminds me of She’s All That. Except in this book Usher wasn’t the school DJ and there was no fun dance scene. I wonder if She’s All That was based off Pygmalion……?
I digress. Lucy Jo Ellis moved to New York with dreams of making it big in the fashion world. The furthest she’s gotten with world domination is being an unappreciated lackey for fashion designer Nola Sinclair making $8 an hour. Wyatt Hayes was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and is the epitome of an Upper East Side Snob. Bored with his life and the women in it, he decides he wants to focus more on his Anthropology career. After a string of events and twisted fate, Lucy Jo and Wyatt have the pleasure of meeting each other on one dreary night where Lucy Jo is offered a deal that could forever change her life: Wyatt will turn her into a socialite and if she is successful, he will be an investor in her clothing company. At first, there is much apprehension from Lucy Jo but when she realizes she has nothing to lose (literally) she takes him up on his offer. Lucy Jo thinks Wyatt is only in it for the best he made with his best friend Trip but in actuality he plans to take this experiment and publish it into a book. Wyatt does not feel the need to tell Lucy Jo about the book because he figures at the end of the experiment both will get what they want and no feelings will be hurt. Yeah. Feelings always get hurt.
I really enjoyed this book. It is very well written. What I like is that Bridie tells the story from several character’s point of view and the subplots are just as good (if not better) than the main one. Once again, I assumed I knew what would happen and how the book would end but surprisingly (and thankfully) I was wrong. But, it does leave me wondering if book number two is in the works. I hope so. I feel like there are a lot of loose ends. I feel that Bridie could write a second book based on one of the other subplots and it would still be a great read.