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Sweetbitter 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 This book is completely full of itself and full of shit. If Sweetbitter is the book of the summer, then clearly I need a new season I could not find one reason to understand why the reviews of this book were as good as they were Most of them seem to center around how well they say the author describes food As someone who has been deeply interested in food writing since high school, I can deem her merely adequate This book is the ne plus ultra of terrible MFA writing The self indulgent meandering that the reader is forced to endure as the dimwitte If Sweetbitter is the book of the summer, then clearly I need a new season I could not find one reason to understand why the reviews of this book were as good as they were Most of them seem to center around how well they say the author describes food As someone who has been deeply interested in food writing since high school, I can deem her merely adequate This book is the ne plus ultra of terrible MFA writing The self indulgent meandering that the reader is forced to endure as the dimwitted main character blunders around life only is saved by the occasional inadvertently funny passage, or moment when one of the other characters rightfully give the main character shit for being a complete moron What little plot exists centers around the narrator landing in New York with no drive or direction to anything except, like, I dunno, live or something So she decides to get a job in a restaurant so closely based on the Union Square Cafe I hope Danny Meyer sues the writer s ass Naturally, as only a privileged pretty white girl can do, she bats her eyes into a job at a pretty damn prestigious restaurant and proceeds to get away with all sorts of incompetent bullshit due to her youth, as far as I can tell The character is supposed to be from some Midwestern city, and though anyone who s ever even only been adjacent to a copy of Food and Wine knows, food outside of New York consists ofthan toast and canned soup All of the other raves about the look inside the restaurant industry must have come from people who never read Kitchen Confidential or Blood, Bones Butter This just in Sometimes people use cocaine Shocking, I know Our idiot heroine literally begs one of the older staffers who she idolizes into being her friend and mentor, in turns so pathetic they re incredulous She also, naturally, falls in love with a beautiful boy behind the bar with the personality of her favorite food which is toast, btw but she can t figure out if he actually likes her All of the growth she experiences boils down to her learning how to order wine like the kind of douchebag most of the people I know who have worked in the serving profession want to murder describing a white she orders as flabby but adequate Bitch, are you for real When the end mercifully comes at last, the last 40 pages are so breathtakingly incomprehensible as to only possibly belong to another book Perhaps if the developments came earlier and there was less wanking about Oysters and wine and whatever the hell else there would have been, I dunno, a plot Instead, we got a rundown of Chowhound.com s greatest hits from 2005 dropping Sripaphi s name like it s a new thing Come on now Everyone s hip to that trick Do yourself and avoid this All it will make you do is want to set the book on fire especially not recommended if you have an ebook , and sing the Internationale and hope that idiots like the characters in this book are first against the wall when the revolution comes and perhaps starting your own revolution to facilitate this The book can only be summed up as follows 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 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

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