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Sweetbitter I work in a bookstore in an affluent neighborhood Today, the following conversation occurred Customer I want to return this bookplunks Sweetbitter down on the counter Me Okay, what was wrong with it Customer It was stupid Me Oh, I really liked it But I could see how someone could find it kind of pretentious Customer Yeah, all those waiters going around quoting Kant and Fitzgerald It was ridiculous Mesurprised, as this had not been what I d meant at allOhCustomer A whole book I work in a bookstore in an affluent neighborhood Today, the following conversation occurred Customer I want to return this bookplunks Sweetbitter down on the counter Me Okay, what was wrong with it Customer It was stupid Me Oh, I really liked it But I could see how someone could find it kind of pretentious Customer Yeah, all those waiters going around quoting Kant and Fitzgerald It was ridiculous Mesurprised, as this had not been what I d meant at allOhCustomer A whole book about someone wanting to become a good waitress I mean, who cares What does it matter MeAfter a few beats of dead silence that stretch a little too longWhy don t you go ahead and pick out something else What I wanted to say, but couldn t because like the main character in Sweetbitter you know, the waitress I am in a service position that requires me to hold my tongue even when someone insults me to my face is that I thought Danler s depiction of her protagonist s aspirations and growth were gracefully handled The style is indeed a little pretentious with short passages of all dialogue and other experimental stunts but for me it created an almost dreamlike quality that meshed beautifully with the main character s whirlwind of new experiences This is a book about a young woman finding herself in a big, strange city, and starting her career, and gaining life experience And yes, she does all of those things as a waitress You condescending bitch I would hate to see how this customer tips HmmmWhere to start when reviewing Sweetbitter My desire to read it can certainly be attributed to the Hype Monster and a serious case of Cover Lust People were raving about this one long before the release date, and it was hotly anticipated ever since Stephanie Danlier s book deal was announced Also, the cover lured me in the first time I saw it I mean look at at it it s just so striking.I went out and bought the novel right away because of the glowing reviews and that striking image HmmmWhere to start when reviewing Sweetbitter My desire to read it can certainly be attributed to the Hype Monster and a serious case of Cover Lust People were raving about this one long before the release date, and it was hotly anticipated ever since Stephanie Danlier s book deal was announced Also, the cover lured me in the first time I saw it I mean look at at it it s just so striking.I went out and bought the novel right away because of the glowing reviews and that striking image on the front Unfortunately, I don t think Sweetbitter lived up to the hype, or was as good as its gorgeous cover Sweetbitter follows Tess as she arrives in New York City to escape her empty life in Ohio and have all the experiences she can Tess isn t an aspiring anything she gets a job at a fancy restaurant in Union Square as a backwaiter and that s enough for her Just to live in the city and to be immersed in restaurant life is living her dream Tess is subsumed into the culture of her profession She drinks too much She stays out all night She does coke She injures herself on the job and can be found crying in many a corner Rinse and repeat.Aha But there is something to shake up Tess s routine of toil and debauchery There is the older woman, Simone, a senior server with affected, European ways who teaches Tess about Wine and Life and Literature Enter a lot of platitudes Tess, being a motherless child is soon in thrall to Simone But she s evencaptivated by Simone s closest companion, Jake, the moodily handsome bartender at the restaurant The nature of Simone and Jake s relationship isn t clear, but one thing s for sure Tess is ready to get in the middle of it.Tess was proclaimed by various shout lines and reviews to be uniquely beguiling and unforgettable I found her to be neither These lines from Tess s own lipsaccurately sum up her characterI m their pet Their puppy They need me to follow them around Tess spends the whole book following her coworkers blindly, allowing them to mistreat her and determine the course of her life at every turn I didn t really get her as a character, or feel for her, or like her I can t say I cared about any character in this book Not only are they an unlikable host of people and I like a well done unlikable character, don t get me wrong , they are an uninteresting bunch beset by a cliched host of demons and addictions and foul mouthed one liners We ve seen these people before, and they re not interestingly wrought here.The New York Times declared that Sweetbitter is an unpretentious, truth dealing, summer weight novel and Kirkus Reviews which gave the book a starred review says it has only occasional lapses into unintentional pretentiousness I have to disagree I found the majority of Danler s writing, in Tess s first person narrative voice, to be pretentious It was like she was trying too hard to sound literary Here s how she describes figs Each one with a firm density that reminded me of flesh, of my own breasts Um, okay Here s how Simone talks I know you I remember you from my youth You contain multitudes There is a crush of experience coursing by you And you want to take every experience on the pulse I m sorry, but does anyone talk like that A lot of the dialogue is stilted like this, just doesn t ring true, isn t the way people converse The book also tries some ambitious narrative shifts that I don t think work It switches from Tess s first person narration to second person narration, where Tess refers to herself as you, and then there are passages dropped into the work at random of stream of consciousness dialogue, overheard from the guests and the waitstaff It doesn t come together as a cohesive whole or illuminate any special meaning in the story.There is no plot to speak of There is no driving force in the novel that keeps it interesting There is a scene where finger banging is supposed to be the sexiest, and it s not, it just ends up being ick There are some well written passages where Danler shows promise as a writer But they re overwhelmed by the pages and pages of try hard literary fiction The book never lives up to its promise and I was left thinking, what s the point I can t say I liked Sweetbitter It left me feeling meh when I wanted to be wowed This is one of those I really wanted to like it books The sentence level writing is gorgeous, and the subject matter working in a high end NYC restaurant is for some of us nearly irresistible And at first I liked Sweetbitter very much Young girl moves to New York, gets an amazing job, is immersed in the life of the city What s not to like But after a hundred pages or so maybe even fewer , I started to get frustrated While I was enjoying protagonist Tess s introduction to fine food This is one of those I really wanted to like it books The sentence level writing is gorgeous, and the subject matter working in a high end NYC restaurant is for some of us nearly irresistible And at first I liked Sweetbitter very much Young girl moves to New York, gets an amazing job, is immersed in the life of the city What s not to like But after a hundred pages or so maybe even fewer , I started to get frustrated While I was enjoying protagonist Tess s introduction to fine food and wine, I kept waiting for, well, a plot Eventually I could no longer deny what I d begun to suspect there was no plot, unless you call a 22 year old backwaiter falling in love with the attractive yet troubled bartender a plot It s not Tess s relationship with Jake the bartender is as tedious as you d imagine Theinteresting relationship is the one between Tess and Simone, the restaurant s doyenne and longest serving server Simone takes on Tess as her protege, teaching her about wine, urging her to go deeper, learnSimone in many ways is who Tess wants to be well traveled, at home in the world, mysterious, cultured The problem is neither Simone or Tess or Jake, the troubled bartender are fully developed characters And they re the main ones, so imagine how unmemorable the secondary characters are Simone is intriguing, but ultimately she seems like a type instead of real person Same with Tess, same with Jake But they re so close to beingthan that I finished this book wishing it had gone through oneround of edits you will grow tired of the drinking and the snorting and the vomiting, I promise you will begin to skim , in which the author had gonedeeply into her main characters I had the feeling she didn t want to reveal too much about them because she was holding back for the penultimate reveal but to be honest, what we learn at the end of the book doesn t have much of a payoff I think it s supposed to be shocking, but it isn t Or it s not really that interesting so, mildly shocking in a boring kind of way I d rather have real characters.Anyway, if you re twenty and living at home in the suburbs this summer, dreaming about how great life will be once you re shed of your parents and your job at the mall, you ll like this bookthan I did If you re me, you ll read to the end after vowing to give up in the middle , skimming as you go, because you re curious how things will turn out But of course you already know how things turn out They always turn out that way I apologies in advance for sounding hard and harsh in this reviewSo one of the most anticipated books of 2016 according to some literary and press sources.In their reviews and in the first GR reviews it was said to be Anthony Bourdain meets Jay McInerney with a sprinkling of Siri Hustvedt So Anthony Bourdain Tough luck I just read his Kitchen Confidential Sweetbitter is supposed to engulf your gastronomic senses Except for a short episode of eating a first oyster, the first and o I apologies in advance for sounding hard and harsh in this reviewSo one of the most anticipated books of 2016 according to some literary and press sources.In their reviews and in the first GR reviews it was said to be Anthony Bourdain meets Jay McInerney with a sprinkling of Siri Hustvedt So Anthony Bourdain Tough luck I just read his Kitchen Confidential Sweetbitter is supposed to engulf your gastronomic senses Except for a short episode of eating a first oyster, the first and one of very few real recipe descriptions was an omelet with cantaralles on page 106 Kitchen confidential had by then collected an entire Jamie Oliver Cookbook And wow I encountered some namedropping of wines that weren t the usual Chablis or Bordeaux Maybe it s cuz I m a European gastronaut pun intended but as Shania Twain exclaimed once that don t impress me much.Siri Hustvedt It felt that the writer didn t dare to choose between full on incrowd food porn and, euhm, a good story.It felt that the writer just adored to show off her talent which she has of writing playfull dialogues.It felt that the author went out to play, while the reader wasn t invited to play along, sitting and staring annoyed on a courtside bench Look y all, with no hands So, it s not that muchthan yet another girl leaving everything behind to go to the big city tabula rasa to wait tables another pun intended.And of course there is a likable lickable waiter that our waitress is crazy about, untill she kisses him and he doesn t seem to remember afterwards Sometimes I wonder if some readers on Goodreads actually read the novel, or just the promo talkBut, I know, it s all about taste except for the topic of this culinary novel I have a new appreciation for this book, reading it the second time One of my favorites I adore Stephanie s writing, sis needs to come out with another one It s weird I couldn t put this one down and at the same time I was slightly annoyed the whole time I was reading The descriptions of working in a restaurant are good, as are the food and wine discussions descriptions, and they kept me going thru all the bar scenes and bumps of cocaine and thoughts that seemed too mature for a 22 year old who was the opposite of mature.Enjoyable but just not my favorite. This was a spontaneous audiobook pick available through my library overdrive I never had any serious intentions of reading it when it first came out I had pre judged it unfairly I assumed the writing would be amateurish WRONG The words that Stephanie Danler used in her sentences were invigorating delicious and thought provoking My original thought was, what gifted author writes about a 22 year old female looking to reinvent herself in New York City I wanted to change the chann This was a spontaneous audiobook pick available through my library overdrive I never had any serious intentions of reading it when it first came out I had pre judged it unfairly I assumed the writing would be amateurish WRONG The words that Stephanie Danler used in her sentences were invigorating delicious and thought provoking My original thought was, what gifted author writes about a 22 year old female looking to reinvent herself in New York City I wanted to change the channel on this story before it even started But for kicks I pushed AUDIO PLAY This story wasn t about a girl with big dreams on being an actress a singer or dancer looking to be discovered Tess actually just wanted a job..away from America s heartland I found myself intrigued during a job interview that Tess was having The interviewer asked her questions that didn t seem related to the job whatsoever He wanted to know what she was reading She debated about telling the truth or not Given that Tess was applying for a waiter job at the most popular New York restaurant The interviewer asked her to tell him about a problem situation she faced with her last job and how did she solve it The entire interview had me on the edge of my seat This book now had my respect Tess gets hired as a back waitress She learns to fold napkins correctly set the tables deliver the dinners but not take the orders and clear the tables when the guests are done eating She becomes infatuated with the wine expert name Simone and the bartender named Jake Between Tess s lifestyle of alcohol, food, which you can almost taste , drugs, sex, and the dealings of the complexity of relationships we get a personal back scene tour of the sweet, the sour, the salty, and bitter shenanigans I definitely got an inside look and expanded appreciation into the restaurant industry THE AUDIOBOOK HELD MY ATTENTION most of the time.but what surprised methan anything was the writing itself I enjoyed the way Stephanie Danler put words together They were innovative NOT BAD FOR A LIBRARY FREEBIE I liked it LOVED THE WRITING awesome sentences Very impressive enjoyable 3.7 rating I love a good coming of age story, but 98% of this book was is unbearable Here s a sampling ROMANCE Your eyes It s unmistakeable, he said He thumbed my cheekbone Veiled melancholy has her sovereign shrine His hand moved up my cheek, flushing me, into my hair, where he tugged, his fingers dry, nonchalant His other hand pressed into the bruise on my thigh, as he could intuit the blood below the skin When he kissed me I said, Oh my god into his mouth but that, like everything else, I love a good coming of age story, but 98% of this book was is unbearable Here s a sampling ROMANCE Your eyes It s unmistakeable, he said He thumbed my cheekbone Veiled melancholy has her sovereign shrine His hand moved up my cheek, flushing me, into my hair, where he tugged, his fingers dry, nonchalant His other hand pressed into the bruise on my thigh, as he could intuit the blood below the skin When he kissed me I said, Oh my god into his mouth but that, like everything else, was swallowed up METAPHORS Our three glasses touched and I pulled a mouthful of wine The joints in my spine softened, like butter going to room temperature DRAMATIC DIALOGUE This is all one scene, mind you Fuck you, I said to a man I didn t recognize You want to repeat the names of things You want to make out That person disappeared I serve people I yelled out above the music Sasha, you think my life is easy cause I m pretty It s not I get a fucking door opened for me now and then Being prettywell I wanna fuckin record this shit right now It sucks Baby Monster, how bout you shut your face fore I break your face I hate you, I said to Will, but he was asleep on coats OK, after typing these quotes, I d like to amend my review to state that 100% of the book is unbearable, UNLESS, that is, you re drinking and reading it aloud to friends or by yourself summertimesadness The bestselling novel about a young woman s coming of age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York s most elite restaurants Now A STARZ Original Series Newly arrived in New York City, twenty two year old Tess lands a job as a backwaiter at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant What follows is the story of her education in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen As her appetites awaken for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging Tess finds herself helplessly drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle In Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler deftly conjures with heart stopping accuracy the nonstop and high adrenaline world of the restaurant industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young in New York ✫ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas Books ✭ Author Paul W. 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About the Author: Stephanie Danler

Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School Sweetbitter is her debut novel.


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