Friday, February 25, 2011
Everyone worth Knowing
I recently read the book Everyone worth Knowing by the Lauren Weisberger. Many of you have probably heard of her, as she is also the author of the well known novel The Devil Wears Prada. I have not read very many of Weisberger’s books, but I was drawn to Everyone worth Knowing because it tells the story of a young woman, Bette Robinson, who begins a Public Relations Career in Manhattan. Since I am currently a PR student, this topic was of great interest to me.
I was extremely excited to start reading this book. I remember thinking to myself, “This will give me a glimpse into what my future as a PR professional will be.” I was so wrong. As much as I loved this book, I don’t think it gave a very accurate portrayal of what it will be like to work in PR.
The main idea of the novel was that the main character, Bette, gets a new job at a boutique PR agency in New York. She had no previous experience, but somehow she ended up working with many high profile clients. It seemed like her whole job consisted of going to parties ever night, and being forced to date one of the most desirable bachelors in all of New York in order to increase his own publicity and the publicity of Bette’s PR agency.
From everything that I have learned so far in school, PR is about so much more than going to parties and hanging out with celebrities. This book seemed to glamorize the career and it didn’t do a very good job of showing what PR is really about.
However, with all of that aside, I really did like this book. It was funny and very engaging. One thing that I really liked about the novel was the high amount of character development. Bette especially was a very complex and likable character. She seemed like a real person, and someone who I would want to hang out with.
I hope that all of you check out this book. I would be interested to hear some of your opinions about it.