A note from Annie: A few months ago, I started giving away ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) on my Instagram page. I wanted to start another "traveling book club," where books I enjoyed left my hands and found new homes all over the country. All I asked was that recipients pass the books along to someone else once they were finished and to let me know what they thought of the title they'd been sent. Here, then, is the review of one of the first books I mailed out, Everybody Rise. Special thanks to Lauren Branham of the blog Found and Favored for this review!
Thanks again for sending me Everybody Rise. I had such a fun time reading it.
The first bit was slow, and it took me a while to get into the story. I kept thinking I didn't care about upper class New York! But it was such a great novel. I don't think I've felt that much angst while reading a book in a long time. The debt drove me crazy, and the Evelyn's [the book's protagonist] decisions made me so angry.
Have you read The Rise of Silas Lapham? Everybody Rise reminded me so much of that book -- how you knew the main character would eventually fall because of the title.
I loved Evelyn's mother's evolution. It reminded me so much of The OC's "Trailer Park Julie" -- who was my favorite. There is something about seeing those high and mighty few eventually become normal. The justice of it feels so good.
All in all - the book reminded me how ridiculous it is to kill yourself trying to fit in with a group you don't even really like. I learned that the hard way in high school, and as an adult - I need to spend time with friends who build up, not tear down.
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford releases on August 18. Stop by your favorite local bookseller for your copy!